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North End Neighborhood Drainage Project Update

first_imgA “Road Closed” sign blocks Simpson Avenue at the intersection of Fourth Street during work this week on the North End Drainage Project. Work to be completed during the week of Sept. 24-28:· The construction contractor, Feriozzi Concrete, will finish work on Simpson Avenue between Fourth Street and Fifth Street, restoring curb gutters and sidewalks. Work will then begin on Sixth Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue.·   Construction crews will continue installing drainage pipe on Seventh Street, working from Bay Avenue to West Avenue. ·   Paving crews will begin restoring the roads on Monday, starting on Fifth Street. Then they will pave from Second Street to Fifth Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue. Project DesignSee Design Presentation for Detaillast_img

“Coffee With Cops” Perks Up Community Relations in Ocean City

first_imgDead End Bakehouse Manager Sarah Leone, in white shirt, is joined by Ocean City officers, from left, Charles Simonson, Jen Elias, Patrick Randles, Mike Gray, Matt Schaffer and Neal Cullen.  By Tim KellyPatrons of the Dead End Bakehouse at 1050 Bay Avenue received a pleasant surprise Wednesday when they stopped in for their morning refreshment: the coffee was free and so was the interaction with members of the Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPS) of the Ocean City Police Department.  It was all part of “Coffee With Cops,” a regular event around town designed to help police and the community get to know each other better, answer questions, and mostly see each other in a new light.Long before police-community relations became a hot button topic nationwide, the OCPD established the program as a way to interact with the public.“These events are great opportunities for people to get to know us and for us to know them,” Patrolman Neal Cullen said. Cullen is not a member of the COPS unit, but stopped in anyway, as did several other police officers.“Sometimes we meet people under the worst circumstances or when they are having a really bad day. Here’s a chance to interact in a nice casual and friendly setting,” said Cullen, a recent hire now in his sixth month with the department.Those who stopped by were in agreement. “I think (Coffee With Cops) is great,” said Nancy Deckard, a 20-year Ocean City resident. “You can have a nice one-on-one chat with the officers. There is no issue on either side, and you can just talk.”Ocean City resident Nancy Deckard embraces Capt. Charles Simonson.The COPS unit has been around since 1996. It performs a myriad of formal duties, but its main job is to interact with the people it serves.From giving tours of the police department for school and community groups, to performing home and business anti-crime assessments and almost everything in between, the COPS unit is there for the people of Ocean City. Want to identify your property in case it is lost or stolen? They will lend you the engraving tool to do so as part of their Operation ID. The unit also sends its officers out to meetings of community clubs and organizations and conducts a youth leadership safety program to inform youth and promote internet safety and security, pedestrian and bike safety, drug and alcohol awareness and much more.COPS and its officers also put on two special events of their own, the COPS Chase 5K run and walk held each June; and the Youth Summer Camp for kids 10 through 14.Members of the Ocean City Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPS) on hand Wednesday include, from left, Sgt. Patrick Randles, Ptl. Jen Elias, Ptl. Matt Schaffer and Ptl. Mike Gray.It was the first Coffee With Cops event since Police Chief Jay Prettyman officially was sworn in to the department’s top spot recently. He was not in attendance yet when a reporter dropped by, but was reached via text. “(Questions or concerns) can be addressed in a casual setting,” Prettyman said of Coffee With Cops. “It also gives the Police Department an opportunity to support our local businesses and to reinforce those important relationships.”Sarah Leone, Dead End Bakehouse manager, was happy to see the police on hand greeting customers and passing out informative literature from a table in a corner of the store.“I have been a part of these events in the past at Drip ‘n Scoop (where she also works). We were happy to do it. We were a bit concerned there might not be enough space inside, but we made it work. It’s a great program,” Leone said.Eddie Wagner, working on a nearby construction job, said there were police officers in his family and he was comfortable talking to cops. Nevertheless, he felt the program was beneficial, especially for those whose contact with police was rare.“Yes, definitely,” Wagner said when asked if he was a fan of the program. “A lot of people (aren’t comfortable) around police, but here they are, meeting with them. They can address their concerns or ask their questions in a nice atmosphere.”Community member Eddie Wagner gets to know Officer Mike Gray.last_img read more

South Bend man sentenced to 12 years in prison

first_img Pinterest Twitter (Source: https://goo.gl/Un5i5Y License: https://goo.gl/VAhsB) A South Bend man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.Court documents reveal that in August 2019, Lamont Jamerson, 34, was in an ongoing dispute with another person about money.Jamerson called the person multiple times, then went to their home and pointed a gun at the window where they were standing. The individual called 911, and police were able to locate Jamerson, who was found with a loaded handgun that had an extended magazine.Jamerson has multiple prior convictions, including three for Burglary, as well as Carrying a Handgun without a License, Residential Entry and Battery Resulting in Moderate Bodily Injury. Darrin Wright, MNC News.In addition to jail time, Jamerson was sentenced to two years of supervised release. Facebook Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – October 16, 2020 1 668 WhatsApp WhatsApp South Bend man sentenced to 12 years in prisoncenter_img Previous articleSam Adams Elementary student tests positive for COVID-19Next articleBerrien County officers to keep watchful eye on bus stops during Operation Safe Stop week Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Facebook Pinterest TAGS12 years2019IndianaLamont JamersonprisonsentencedSouth Bend IndianaLocalNews Google+last_img read more

Speech: “All Libyans, regardless of their age, gender, or where they are from, must feel represented and understood by their political leaders.”

first_imgThank you Mr President.And may I thank both Ghassan and Rina for your briefings here today. And a very warm welcome and thank you also to our briefer from civil society, Ms. Sharief, who set out some very powerful messages and set out very eloquently the importance of an inclusive peace process, including particularly women and youth, and actually it would be very helpful, perhaps as follow up to this conversation to hear anymore from UNSMIL on how they are integrating the gender perspective in their work.Let me begin, Mr President, by welcoming the Special Representative Salamé’s update on the political process and reiterating the United Kingdom’s full support for his work.In our statement of the 14 December, we in this Council urged all parties to support the political process in a spirit of compromise for the sake of the Libyan people.This must include support for Special Representative Salamé’s efforts to secure consent to amend the Libyan Political Agreement and commitment to the sequencing of the UN Action Plan.As Ms. Sharief highlighted, civil society has an essential role to play in ensuring the voices of the people are also heard during discussions on the future of their country.All Libyans, regardless of their age, gender, or where they are from, must feel represented and understood by their political leaders. This will encourage Libyan’s to give their political leadership their support and build trust in the political process.The greatest immediate need is the establishment of a more inclusive political platform. That is essential to create an executive better able to improve the security, human rights and economic conditions in Libya.A more inclusive political settlement will also help build a context more conducive to preparation for elections. We welcome the Special Representative’s emphasis on ensuring the right conditions are in place ahead of elections, including the necessary political, legislative and security preparations to ensure their success.Mr President,The security situation in Libya remains of deep concern, as we saw from clashes at Mitiga airport on Monday. As we’ve said before, there can be no military solution in Libya. All parties must exercise restraint and express their support for national reconciliation. This must include reconciliation of the security forces.Unified security forces under the command of the civilian government, which are representative of and work for all Libyans, will also enable the threat posed by extremist groups to be tackled in a sustainable way. It will help bring an end to the impunity of armed groups which are inextricably linked to the gravely concerning human rights situation.Ungoverned spaces in Libya are creating the conditions for abuses and violations of international humanitarian law which take place against civilians, internally-displaced persons and migrants.We fully support the work of the AU-EU- UN Taskforce in tackling slavery in Libya. We call on all parties that are suspected of committing, ordering, or failing to prevent such human rights abuses and violations to be fully investigated, and if found guilty, to be held to account for their actions. We also stand ready to consider the sanctioning of individuals involved in people trafficking in modern slavery.We are also concerned by reported restrictions to civil and political freedoms and intimidation of civil society organisations, public servants, religious groups and national minorities, including recent attacks of Sufi Shrines and Amazigh representatives. These groups must be allowed to participate in Libyan society and the political process.And finally Mr President, on the economic situation. This Council needs to continue to protect the Libyan people from economic hardship, including by supporting the restoration of the economy and the delivery of services across the country. We must act robustly against attempts to illicitly sell oil and establish parallel institutions.We need to continue to ensure that sanctions measures keep up with the situation on the ground. This includes the work we have done to address fuel oil smuggling. But we should also be ready to rectify inadvertent consequences, such as addressing the depreciation of frozen Libyan Investment Authority funds – which remain frozen at the Libyan government’s request until their eventual return for the benefit of the Libyan people.Mr President,A stable, unified, inclusive government is the best way to improve the security conditions, the economic fortunes and human rights situation for millions of Libyans. It will also improve global peace and security and our ability to address the challenges of migration. We must continue to stand together in support of Special Representative Salamé’s efforts to achieve this. And we, like him, urge Libya’s political leaders to put their country first.Thank you.last_img read more

News story: Ofsted launches point-in-time surveys

first_img residential special schools further education colleges with residential provision children’s homes (includes secure children’s homes) fostering agencies (includes independent fostering agencies and local authority fostering agencies) adoption agencies (includes voluntary adoption agencies and local authority adoption agencies) adoption support agencies residential family centres boarding schools Social care questionnaires 2019: what children and young people told OfstedThe results of the annual point in time surveys are now available. All surveys will close on Sunday 9 June. We highly value the responses we receive. They help to both inform future inspections and build a national picture of people’s experiences with their respective providers.center_img If you’re a social care providerOfsted has sent online survey links to all relevant registered managers and responsible individuals/nominated persons. Please look at our guidance for providers for more information.Please email [email protected] if you need copies in Word.How to complete the surveyAsk your school, college, agency or centre for a link to the survey.Alternatively, if you want to give your views, you can call Ofsted on 0300 123 1231 or email [email protected] Ofsted has today (Monday 29 April) issued its annual point-in-time online surveys for the following social care providers:last_img read more

moe. Announces Run Of Shows For Fall Tour

first_imgBeloved jam band moe. continues to work their magic on the road, and today the group has announced a run of fall tour dates stretch throughout September and October. The jam group just spent three glorious days at their own Summer Camp Music Festival, treating fans to some powerful tunes and great covers throughout the weekend.Watch moe. Cover Pink Floyd & Talking Heads With SCI Keyboardist Kyle HollingsworthThe new dates focus on the Eastern US, starting with two nights in Chicago and working towards Pittsburgh and Ohio before heading to the Southeast, with stops in Richmond, Raleigh, Asheville, and more! The way this band is playing, these should be nothing but the best from moe.!moe.Ticketing is set to begin at noon on Friday, June 10th. You can see the schedule below.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Adds Burlington Date To Extensive 2019 Tour

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has added a date to their extensive 2019 tour, set to take place at Burlington, VT’s Lake Champlain Maritime Festival on Sunday, July 28th.A band Facebook Pre-Sale will start tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5th beginning at 1:00 p.m. (EST),  1:00 p.m. Check the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Facebook page at 1 p.m. (EST) to get the pre-sale password. A general public on-sale will begin this Friday, February 8th at 1 p.m. (EST).Following an explosive three-night run at Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre last month, JRAD will head out next week for a four-show jaunt, including performances at Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle (2/14); St. Louis, MO’s Pageant (2/15 & 2/16); and Madison, WI’s Sylvee (2/17).For more information about Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s 2019 tour, head to the band’s website.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 2019 Tour Dates:Thursday, February 14, 2019: The Tabernacle ~ Atlanta, GAFriday, February 15, 2019: The Pageant ~ St. Louis, MOSaturday, February 16, 2019: The Pageant ~ St. Louis, MOSunday, February 17, 2019: The Sylvee ~ Madison, WIFriday, March 1, 2019: Palace Theatre ~ Albany, NYSaturday, March 2, 2019: State Theatre ~ Portland, MESunday, March 3, 2019: State Theatre ~ Portland, MEWednesday, March 13, 2019: Penn’s Peak ~ Jim Thorpe, PAThursday, March 14, 2019: College Street Music Hall ~ New Haven, CTFriday, March 15, 2019: The Wellmont Theater ~ Montclair, NJSaturday, March 16, 2019: Masonic Auditorium ~ Cleveland, OHFriday, April 26, 2019: Mardi Gras World Ballroom ~ New Orleans, LASaturday, April 27, 2019: Mardi Gras World Ballroom ~ New Orleans, LAFriday, May 31, 2019: Cuthbert Amphitheater ~ Eugene, ORSaturday June 1, 2019: Marymoor Amphitheater ~ Redmond, WASunday, June 2, 2019: KettleHouse Amphitheater ~ Missoula, MTThursday, July 11, 2019: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ~ Chicago, ILSunday, July 28th, 2019: Lake Champlain Maritime Festival ~ Burlington, VTFriday, August 16, 2019: Greek Theatre ~ Los Angeles, CAThursday, August 29, 2019: Red Rocks Amphitheatre ~ Morrison, COThursday, September 12, 2019: House of Blues Dallas ~ Dallas, TXFriday, September 13, 2019: House of Blues Houston ~ Houston, TXSaturday, September 14, 2019: ACL Live at the Moody Theater ~ Austin, TXThursday, September 26, 2019: Metropolitan Opera House ~ Philadelphia, PAFriday, September 27, 2019: Metropolitan Opera House ~ Philadelphia, PASaturday, September 28, 2019: The Anthem ~ Washington, DCView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Legislature considers renewable energy portfolio and ‘brown’ electricity

first_imgby Alan Panebaker vtdigger.org In legislative committees on Natural Resources and Energy this session all the buzz is about two bills that would require mandatory renewable portfolio standards. Until now, Vermont utilities have voluntarily purchased renewable energy; the utilities receive credits verifying that the power is renewable and then they sell most of those renewable energy credits to other utilities out of state.Under several new bills before the legislature utilities would no longer be allowed to sell as many renewable energy credits to other utilities out of state. Other New England states mandate that utilities to show they have a certain amount of these renewable energy credits. Vermont doesn’t require that utilities retain the credits.Searsburg wind towers, courtesy GMPA renewable portfolio standard is a mechanism that requires electric utilities to supply customers with a certain amount of ‘renewable’ power. If utilities do not produce a set percentage of renewable power in their total load, or ‘portfolio,’ they are required to pay a fine essentially known as an alternative compliance payment.According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 29 states and the District of Columbia have renewable portfolio standards and goals. Vermont is the only New England state without one.Although a statute has been on the books since 2005, utilities have not been required to purchase ‘renewable’ energy per se. Instead, the state set goals, and if utilities do not meet them, a mandatory renewable portfolio standard kicks in in 2013 if utilities did not meet these goals.Vermont’s approach encourages developers to build renewable energy projects like wind and solar farms without requiring utilities to keep what are called Renewable Energy Certificates, or ‘RECs.’When a renewable electric generation project sells electricity, it sells the juice ‘ and it sells the value of the credits separately. These ‘green’ credits are basically a label that utilities buy with the power to verify it meets ‘renewable’ standards set by a state.The proposed Vermont legislation is slated to shake up the whole system by requiring utilities to keep some of the credits, which they currently sell to other states.Paul Belval is an attorney in Connecticut whose firm Day Pitney is counsel to the New England Power Pool, the organization that owns and operates the renewable energy credit system in the region.Belval compares the regional transmission grid to a bucket of water. You can poke a bunch of holes in the bottom of the bucket and drain it into cups, but you cannot pinpoint the exact hole the water came from. In a similar fashion, it is essentially impossible to determine where power comes from once it reaches the grid. Enter the RECs. When someone buys power from a generator, they also buy the RECs. This is a way of accounting for how much renewable energy there is out there.‘The whole issue here is in an integrated transmission system, it is not possible to know which electrons come from which generator,’ Belval says.This is where Vermont comes in. The state’s Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development program encourages utilities to obtain a percentage of their power from qualifying renewable energy projects in the state. The utilities can then sell the credits to other states, and in the majority of situations, this is what happens. The energy counts toward the SPEED program, and utilities can sell the RECs for cash to other states.Everyone wins, right? Not quite.Kevin Jones, Smart Grid project leader for the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, says this double counting is a sham.‘The fundamental problem with the SPEED program is it’s a brown power program, not a green power program because it encourages utilities to sign contracts with renewable energy developers, then it allows them to sell the RECs out of state rather than to keep them for their customers’ benefit,’ Jones says.Jones, who said he does not represent the law school’s position, has been an outspoken critic of the program.‘Traditionally what states have tried to do is to allow their customers to purchase clean renewable energy,’ he says. ‘In order to do that, the RECs must be procured and retired for the benefit of customers.’Allowing renewable energy to be counted once for SPEED and once for a renewable portfolio standard undermines the confidence of Vermont consumers who think they are buying green power, when it is technically ‘brown’ power from the grid ‘ meaning it comes from coal, nuclear or some other nonrenewable source, according to Jones. If Vermont is going to allow utilities to sell RECs to Massachusetts and Connecticut (where the majority end up), it should not call the SPEED program a renewable energy program, he says.‘If the goal of the SPEED program is to procure renewable energy for use by Vermonters, that goal is not achieved, given sale of Renewable Energy Credits out of state,’ Jones said. ‘If the goal is to procure brown power for Vermonters at high rates but provide cash payments to in-state renewable developers, then the SPEED program is very successful.’If Vermont really wants to procure renewable energy for its residents, it needs an renewable portfolio standard, Jones says.The Costs and the CompromisesDespite its critics, for utilities, like Green Mountain Power, the Vermont system has been successful, says spokesman Robert Dostis.The SPEED program requires utilities to enter contracts with developers who are building renewable projects, providing them some level of certainty that they will be able to pay off the costs of construction.‘SPEED is working,’ Dostis says. ‘If the goal of a renewable portfolio standard is to promote more renewable generation, SPEED has worked very effectively to do that.’Selling the credits out of state also helps keep rates down for Green Mountain Power customers, Dostis says. If the goal is to claim renewable energy credits, he says, there are cost implications.The value of the Renewable Energy Credits is not chump change. Dostis says value RECs for projects that will go online in 2013 are worth about $10 million in today’s market. If the utility had to retire those RECs, it would represent a 4 percent rate increase for customers, according to calculations from the utility.The catch for utilities is that once they sell the RECs, they cannot call the power renewable any more under Federal Trade Commission rules called Green Guides. Once they are sold, even though the power might be bought from a wind farm, it is technically ‘brown’ power off the grid made up of some amalgamation of fossil fuels and nuclear. It is also cheaper.If the state implements a renewable portfolio standard, power from new projects like the controversial Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell and the Granite Reliable Power Windpark in New Hampshire would be more expensive since the utility could not sell the credits, Dostis says.Some power in the state is technically ‘renewable’ already. For example, Green Mountain Power has a program where customers can opt to pay more and retire the RECs. Otherwise, they are sold to other New England states.John Spencer facilitates the SPEED program under an appointment from the Public Service Board. He gave testimony last week along with many others. Spencer says most, but not all, credits from SPEED projects like Sheffield Wind are sold to Massachusetts or Connecticut.Spencer emphasizes that he is neutral on whether the state should shift to a mandatory RPS. One advantage that it will lose, he says, is the ratepayer cost savings.‘I think as a theoretical policy issue, people like a renewable portfolio standard,’ Spencer said. ‘It’s complex. It’s global. It’s very enticing to them for those reasons. From a practical standpoint, the State of Vermont is already doing a good job of incentivizing development of renewable power.’After all, utilities could choose to retire the RECs in state to retain the environmental attributes. The just don’t.The Vermont Department of Public Service and the Public Service Board have weighed in as well.In the Comprehensive Energy Plan, released in December, the department recommended a renewable portfolio standard with a 75 percent renewable goal by the end of a 20-year period.Department of Public Service Commissioner Liz Miller said including all ‘renewable’ sources in the 20-year target rather then making distinctions between different types (for example large versus small or new versus old) would help smooth the rate trajectory.‘It’s an all-in suggestion by the department in the energy plan that rather than creating a number of carve-outs or technology preferences or age preferences that the Legislature instead focus on what we heard Vermonters wanted in the energy planning process,’ Miller said. ‘That was clean energy that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions that relies on our natural resources, rather than the system we have now where renewable energy can be built here even though the renewable credit attributes can be sold out of state.’A renewable portfolio standard does not come cheap. In the Public Service Board report to the Legislature, it estimated a proposed RPS would cost between $311 million and $435 million above the status quo ‘ a number highlighted by some conservative politicians and business groups as a reason not to implement an RPS.For now, the two committees begin the process of grinding through the muck to create legislation.Senator Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, is the chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. She introduced renewable portfolio standard legislation this session.During a break between committee presentations, Lyons said the challenge is achieving a balance between steady electricity rates and ensuring Vermont does its share of reducing its carbon footprint.‘We want to make sure that both ratepayers and utilities are protected economically,’ Lyons said. ‘Allowing for RECs to be used at will by the utilities may not be in the best interests long term for ratepayers, and i think that’s what we’re hearing, that we need to make adjustments.’The critical issue, Lyons said, will be offsetting environmental effects. This means possibly redefining Hydro-Quebec as a separate tier from other renewable sources and clarifying differences between large and small projects in state as well.Lyons said the House will most likely take the lead on introducing a renewable energy bill to the floor. Top Photo: AllEarth 2.2 MW Solar Farm South Burlington, Vermont Business Magazine.January 9, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Richmond, Calif. city council considers coal export ban

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Salt Lake Tribune:Since its first year in business in 1982, the Levin-Richmond Terminal has been tied to Utah industries, first importing coke for use in the Geneva Steel plant, then exporting iron ore. After Utah’s iron mines shuttered, its coal mines kept the deep-water terminal on the San Francisco Bay’s east shore busy, transferring coal from rail cars onto ships bound for Japan.Now city officials in Richmond, Calif., are looking to sever that Utah connection with a proposed ordinance banning the handling and storage of coal. Such a prohibition would effectively eliminate a key pathway to Asia for Utah coal, potentially slowing production at Sufco and other big Beehive State mines and forcing many rural Utahns out of work.The proposal has divided Richmond — a working-class city of 110,00 with long-standing ties to heavy industry, famous for oil refining and shipbuilding — pitting union workers against environmentalists and public health advocates.Council member Eduardo Martinez contends the past six years of coal shipments have left a harmful coating of dust in Richmond neighborhoods near the rail shipping yards and terminal, and he hopes to put an end to it. “It’s in the world’s interest [to restrict shipments of coal], but specific to Richmond, it’s all the coal dust that has blown out over our communities,” Martinez said. “We, as city legislators, have the ability to govern land use. Air quality is the reason we are employing a land use regulation.”If ultimately approved, Richmond’s proposed coal ordinance would immediately bar new land uses from handling coal and petroleum coke, while phasing out these fossil fuel commodities over three years at the Levin-Richmond Terminal, a family-owned, civic-minded business employing 62 mostly union workers.The Richmond City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on its proposed ban Dec. 3, after which it is expected to vote up or down, according to Martinez. The city has already banned coal from its publicly owned port facilities.More: Bay Area city might ban coal shipments, shutting down a key overseas export point for Utah mines Richmond, Calif. city council considers coal export banlast_img read more

How To: Open A Beer With a Paddle

first_imgI’m a firm believer that we should all continue our education well after we’ve attended our last class. For some, that means learning French or attempting to levitate through mindful meditation. Personally, I’m trying to learn how to open beer bottles with random objects. I suck at it. Never could master the cigarette lighter beer bottle trick. I’ve even been known to have trouble opening beers with an actual bottle opener.But since I’m all about trying to become a better person, I’ve been seeking out wise individuals who can open bottles of beer with outdoor equipment. We’ve already covered the carabiner and the bike pedal. Now it’s onto the river.Here’s the latest in BRO’s hard-hitting investigative series about how to open beer bottles with random objects. In the above video, Hartwell Carson, the French Broad River Keeper, shows you how to use a canoe paddle for good, not evil.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com.last_img read more