New Eagle Scout Dylan Kampf, 16, of Ocean City, with sisters, Julie Ann, 22, at left, and Melissa, 19, at his Court of Honor celebration at the Ocean City Yacht Club Sunday. (Photos courtesy Kampf family) By MADDY VITALEAchieving the rank of Eagle Scout is the highest honor bestowed upon a Boy Scout.But to get to that rank is an arduous road, built through learning life skills, through mentors and perseverance.For Dylan Kampf, 16, a junior at Ocean City High School, his Eagle Scout project took a little longer than he had hoped, a year, rather than months.But when it was completed, fishing line recyclable containers to help protect wildlife and marine life were installed at 12th Street, 10th Street, Eighth Street and Second Street.“They look like reusable PVC pipes. People can put fishing lines right into the containers and the Surfrider Foundation takes the lines out,” Dylan explained Sunday. “I thought it was a good project to do to help save the environment.”He had his Eagle review on Feb. 4.“That is when I learned I achieved the rank of Eagle,” Dylan noted. “It is a big honor. It has taken a while to get there, definitely. I had to work very hard to get to the rank of Eagle.”Eagle Scout Dylan Kampf installs a fishing line receptacle on a dock in Ocean City.On Sunday, Dylan, of Ocean City, had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Ocean City Yacht Club. The presentation of the Eagle Award was done by Ocean City Troop 32 Scoutmaster Dean Mitzel. The Master of Ceremonies was Mark Faverzani.His parents, Mark and Lee Ann Kampf, and sisters, Melissa, 19, and Julie Ann 22, attended.“We are very proud of him,” Mark said, adding that his wife was also very proud. “She has been a big part of the Eagle accomplishment as well.”A host of dignitaries were at the event to show their support for Dylan’s accomplishments. They included Congressman Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, Cape May County Freeholders E. Marie Hayes and Jeff Pierson, Former U.S. Marshal James Plousis, Cape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan and Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti.Mark Kampf said the family was humbled by the attendance of the distinguished guests.“It was humbling to see all the distinguished guests come to speak. (Boy Scout) Troop 32 in Ocean City is definitely special,” he noted.Eagle Scout Dylan Kampf takes center stage with dignitaries. From left, Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, Sheriff Bob Nolan, County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti and Freeholder E. Marie Hayes.The Kampf family was deeply grateful to City Councilman Tony Wilson for helping make Dylan’s project possible, Mark said.“Councilman Wilson was a great help in donating supplies,” Mark said.Dylan, who has been scouting since the first grade, said there are many reasons why he has remained a scout through his teens.“It helps with daily life. It helps you talk in front of people and really get through life,” he said. “It has a lot of problem-solving and other good skills if you need them.”Dylan knew when he was very young, he would become a scout. After all, his father was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.But unlike Dylan’s accomplishment achieving the rank of Eagle, his dad did not have that honor.“I never made Eagle,” Mark said.Yet, he saw all of the positive experiences he learned through scouting and wanted to give his son the same opportunities.“For me, it was an opportunity to invest time and share in the scouting experience with my son in the way my dad shared the scouting experience with me,” Mark pointed out.Dylan, who is thinking about studying aerospace engineering in college, said he even though he has already achieved the highest rank he could in scouting, he is not finished.He will always be an Eagle, but always continue to achieve by doing tasks that will earn him Eagle palms, which are accolades or awards.Dylan added, “I plan on staying active in the troop and obtaining Eagle palms and continue the journey.”From left, Assistant Scoutmasters Dr. William Schumacher, Paul Leonetti, Frank Faverzani, Scoutmaster Dean Mitzel, Eagle Scout Dylan Kampf and parents, Lee Ann and Assistant Scoutmaster (and dad) Mark Kampf.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has intervened in the sale of assets by a manufacturing company to ensure the proceeds have been given to the company’s pension funds.Coats Group, a US textiles group, has agreed to pay £255m (€304.5m) into two of its UK pension funds following “anti-avoidance action” from TPR.Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said it was a “substantial settlement”, adding: “It shows we can and will use our existing powers against a solvent employer if that is the right thing to do… In this case, the settlement will substantially improve the funding of the two schemes and also strengthen the employer covenant supporting those schemes.”Coats Group said in a statement that, on top of the £255m payment, it would make annual deficit-reduction contributions of £14.5m to the schemes. The two schemes account for 90% of the company’s Total UK pension membership.In addition, a third scheme sponsored by Coats has been offered a £74m upfront payment and £3m a year thereafter.The trustees are yet to accept the offer, Coats said, and a TPR investigation into this scheme remains open.TPR sent warning notices to Coats in 2013 and 2014 setting out its case for intervening to secure cash for the pension schemes.Defined contribution (DC) pension providers have made “significant progress” on reducing fees charged to members, according a joint report from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).An independent project board was set up in 2013 to address poor value for money in DC schemes.More than 1m DC savers are now paying less than they were three years ago, the report said.However, progress was “unsatisfactory or unclear” for 16% of assets in contract-based schemes, and 15% of assets in trust-based schemes, the FCA and DWP said.Richard Harrington, pensions minister, said: “I am pleased that more than 1m pension savers will benefit from our push to curb excessive charges in legacy schemes. Nevertheless, some people are still at risk of high charges, so I shall be seeking assurances from the providers of those schemes that they will be taking steps to resolve this issue.”Andrew Bailey, chief executive at the FCA, said the regulator would be contacting providers yet to take sufficient action.“We expect them to act swiftly to ensure good value for customers,” he said.Elsewhere, the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF) has claimed it saved its sponsors roughly £300m in contributions over four years through the success of its investment strategy.MNOPF has a large portion of its assets in a liability-hedging strategy, which was a “significant contributor” to its performance since March 2012, the pension fund said in a statement.Willis Towers Watson runs MNOPF’s investment portfolio in a “delegated CIO” fiduciary management arrangement.In the four years since, MNOPF has improved its funding ratio from 68.9% to 81%.The trustees are targeting a 103% ratio by 2025.
Jesse Skalicky earned rookie of the year honors in IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region for Modifieds. Skalicky is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)FARGO, N.D. – Three successful seasons in a Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod were more than enough to convince Jesse Skalicky it was time to move up to the IMCA Modified division.The Fargo, N.D., driver was rewarded for that decision with rookie of the year honors in the Side Biter Chassis North Central Region.“I knew it would be possible. I knew we could be there but the big thing for us was learning to make different adjustments to the car,” said Skalicky. “I like to push myself and knew I had the best crew and the best sponsors behind me.”Driving the Fury Chassis ride owned by Randall’s Excavating of Glyndon, Minn., Skalicky won three of 50 starts at nine different tracks. He was fourth in final standings at home track Red River Valley Speedway and Buffalo River Race Park – where he won his first Modified feature on June 3 – and fifth at Norman County Raceway.He won again at BRRP in late July and then topped Sheyenne Speedway’s battle at the Boneyard on the final night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season.“My uncle Nick raced a street stock at Red River Valley and I grew up there watching him Race,” Skalicky said. “I was consistent and hope to get a win there in 2019.”Skalicky raced “all kinds of stuff” since starting his on-track career at the age of 10 in a go-kart, racking up wins in two-person road hog and pure stock classes before earning the INEX Legend Car semi-pro dirt national crown in 2013.He collected 25 feature victories and four track championships during his Northern SportMod stint.Never one to shy away from top-flight competition, he made his first four Modified starts at Beatrice Speedway’s Spring Nationals and Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge.“Those were huge learning opportunities. I could have used the excuse that I was a rookie to not go to those races, but we learned so much there,” Skalicky said. “If you push yourself and force yourself to learn, you’re ahead of the game. I don’t think we’d have gotten those three wins later in the year if we hadn’t gone to those specials early in the season.”Wins-3 Top Five Finishes-15 Starts-50HIS CREW: Parents Warren and Karen, grandfather Jerry Skalicky, Eli Olson, Patrick Lee, Flipper Schank and Tailin TommerdahlHIS SPONSORS: Randall’s Excavating of Glyndon, Minn.; Skalicky’s Auto Repair, Earthwork Services, Jeff’s Plumbing, Magnum Contracting, BG Products, Matco Tools, Rusco Window, Golf Addiction, Grant’s Mechanical, M & J Auto Parts, Coors Light, Flash Back Auto Trim, Master Transmission, Revline Performace, RM Auto Sales, Dave’s Classics and Rolland Sayler Apartment Rentals, all of Fargo; River’s Edge Construction of Argusville; Matejcek Farms of Brocket; BHE Shocks of Ames, Iowa; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Performance Engineering and Manufacturing of Saint Clair, Mo.; Fury Chassis of Stuart, Neb.; KS Engineering of Albert Lea, Minn.; and Braseth Cabinets of Ulen, Minn.
HKJC appoints Philip Chen as new Chairman June 23, 2020 Jon PullinUK racecourse operating firm Arena Racing Company (ARC) has confirmed the appointment of Jon Pullin as its new Racing Director.Pullin is promoted from within the firm, having previously held the title of Racing Operations Director, he takes over the ARC executive position from Stephen Higgins who will depart the firm to join the Hong Kong Jockey Club.A racing veteran, Pullin has been involved in racecourse management for a number of years, having served as Managing Director of Royal Windsor racetrack.Within ARC operations, Pullin has been a key stakeholder across multiple courses acting as lead Clerk. Furthermore, he has managed day-to-day operations of ARC’s Racing Department.Chief Executive of ARC, Martin Cruddace, commented on the promotion of Pullin: “Jon has proved himself and invaluable member of the team and I am really pleased to appoint him asARC’s Racing Director. He has proved he has the knowledge and skills needed to represent ARC during industry discussions and to make a great success of the role.”Jon Pullin commented on becoming ARC Racing Director “I am delighted to be appointed as Racing Director. It’s a privilege to taking up this senior role within in the business and have the chance to continue to work with ARC’s first-class team. This is a crucial time for British Racing as we work together on how best to support all levels of the sport. I look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to ensure ARC is at the heart of the future growth and success of British Racing.” Hong Kong racing bucks trend by upping prize money June 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Tote adds Superpools for all Royal Ascot races June 15, 2020 Related Articles Submit
The Tamale paramount chief has promised spiritual support for Ghana’s Black Stars ahead of a game against Togo which Ghana needs to avoid a loss to qualify for AFCON 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.The Gulkpe-Na, Alhaji Alhassan Abdulai, gave the assurance after donating a bull, 100 tubers of yam and 25 shinny smocks to the players who will be playing the last AFCON qualifying game in Tamale, Northern regional capital.The Black Stars who will be playing in Tamale for only the second time, had visited the Tamale paramount chief to formally greet the Tamale chief on their national assignment.In an atmosphere of charity, the players have also contributed monies to be given to two unnamed orphanages Tuesday morning, Saani Dara, GFA Communications Director, told myjoyonline.comThe mood in Tamale is set to get festive when the team trains at the Tamale Sports stadium at 5pm today.Ghana needs at least a draw, Togo needs a win in this last qualifying encounter which will determine which two teams will make out of the group to join 14 other nations in Equatorial Guinea next January.