Friends Replace O.C. Man’s Stolen Camera – and Then Some

first_imgBy TIM KELLYIt was a moment that might cause a person to question humanity. But that moment was quickly followed by another that would restore one’s faith in humanity.Sean Beebe is an Ocean City resident well-known to locals and visitors alike. He’s an accomplished photographer, a presence on the beach, Boardwalk — and prior to the COVID-19 outbreak — at area restaurants and night spots.“Sean is a great guy,” friend Shane Rauner related. “That’s why so many people wanted to help him out.”Last week Beebe was grabbing a bite to eat and briefly walked away from his seat to dispose of his trash.Upon his return, a timeframe of less than a minute, his Nikon D5500digital SLR camera was gone.The trusty camera had rarely left Beebe’s side for four years. Just that brief moment of separation was all the thief needed.Sean Beebe captured a lightning strike in Somers Point recently.“As most of you know, my camera was stolen the other day,” Beebe wrote on social media. “I want to thank (all of his friends) for all the love and support during this tough time. Hopefully soon I’ll get a better camera and capture much better pics.”That post was pure Sean, Rauner said.“He’s always positive and Sean is a guy who would do anything for you. But this really hit him hard,” Rauner noted. “He takes such amazing photographs, and then his camera gets stolen. That was a really hard thing for him to deal with.”That’s when Beebe’s friends came to the rescue.Organized by a group of pals including Rauner, Kylie, Kirsten and Cory Raab, Amanda Brooks, Conor Plasha, Sam Newnam and Christian Heist, a crowdfunding site was set up on the internet to try to replace Bebe’s old Nikon.“He told me that he paid about $500 for his stolen camera a few years ago, and that’s what we set as the (crowdfunding) goal,” Rauner said. “I wasn’t sure if we raised that much if it would be enough to actually replace the camera.”Something would be better than nothing, the friends reasoned, and the page went live on Wednesday.They needn’t have worried. In less than 24 hours, the effort raised more than six times the goal amount. The page was finally shut down, Rauner said, after more than $3,200 had been raised.“Even after the page had been closed, we were getting messages from people who still wanted to help. That shows you how highly people think of Beebz,” Rauner said.Beebe was thrilled to hear about the fundraiser’s success and began looking to purchase new equipment.“I’ve already ordered a new lens and I’m shopping around to find an upgrade,” he said, gratefully.Rauner said he was “amazed” the crowdfunding page achieved such immediate success, although he “shouldn’t be surprised at all.”“Beebz is such a well-liked guy it kind of stands to reason. He is just the nicest guy you’ll meet. If you need a ride or if he can help you in any other way, he’ll drop whatever he is doing to lend a hand,” Rauner pointed out. “I also know that if the situation were reversed, Sean would be the first person to step up and do whatever he could to help out.”An expert at many aspects of photography, Beebe specializes in capturing the beauty and life surrounding the South Jersey Shore. Beach and surf pictures and sunrises and sunsets are among the subjects posted on the page.For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/seanbeebz/about/?ref=page_internalBeebe said he was thankful for the action of his friends and that he will soon be back in business with upgraded equipment.“It really means a lot to me,” Beebe said. “I’ve been seeing nothing but positivity amid all the negativity in the world today.”The power of the sea and the Atlantic City skyline on display in one of Sean Beebe’s photographs. Sean Beebe in a portrait he totaled “Social Distancing.” (Photos courtesy Sean Beebe Photography Facebook page)last_img read more

Tate & Lyle sees strong volume growth in Europe

first_imgTate & Lyle, the international speciality ingredients producer, has reported strong volume growth in Europe after a slow start to the US summer.The statistics, released as part of the company’s interim management statement, showed that colder weather at the start of the year caused lower volumes in US bulk liquid sweeteners.In its speciality food ingredients division, volumes and sales grew ahead of the wider market sector. This allowed for strong volume growth in Europe and in emerging markets.Tate & Lyle also revealed a strengthened financial position, due to a fall in net debt from £479m as of 31 March 2013 to £426m by 30 June.In a bid to develop its speciality food ingredients business, the company announced it had acquired Swedish oat beta glucan manufacturer Biovelop.Beta glucan is a soluble fibre, which has widely approved health claims, including from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), for lowering cholesterol and reducing post-prandial glycaemic response.Based in Kimstad, Biovelop produces the ingredient under the brand name PromOat, for use in the food, beverage and supplement markets.last_img read more

UK Pensions Regulator calls for power to veto corporate actions

first_imgThe submission highlights a number of potential improvements from TPR’s point of view, including developing the regulator’s way of working so that it focuses more intensively on those pension schemes posing the greatest risk.It also proposes introducing mandatory clearance “in a targeted set of circumstances where corporate activity may pose a material risk to a scheme”, it said.As things stand, there is no obligation on a company to apply for clearance from TPR for any transaction, or other relevant situation, the regulator said.The regulator went on to propose enhancing its information-gathering and investigatory powers.On the subject of pension scheme funding, TPR proposed that greater flexibility be introduced over the valuation periods used, and said more regular valuations should be required for higher-risk schemes.The regulator’s scheme funding powers should also be clarified so that it can specify an appropriate level of funding and contributions, it said.TPR qualified its proposals, saying: “It will be a matter for government and parliament to decide what is a proportionate response to the challenges within the DB landscape.”It also emphasised that it did not see evidence of a systemic problem with affordability in UK DB pensions.“Most employers will be able to support their schemes making use of the flexibility within the funding framework established by the 2004 Act,” it said.Earlier this year, the Work and Pensions Committee heard evidence about the collapse of the BHS retail chain, which left the company’s pension scheme with a £571m (€634m) shortfall and forced it to be rescued by the PPF.In its recent written submission to the inquiry, the PPF backed the regulator’s call for greater powers.The PPF said it believed deficits on a PPF basis were a real risk to members of those schemes, as well as its levy payers, since if the employer became insolvent, poorly funded schemes would pass to the lifeboat fund.“In our view, more could be done to ensure schemes are sufficiently funded, and employers continue to stand behind their promises,” it said.To help this happen, it said, “targeted improvements to the powers available to the Pensions Regulator” may be needed. It added: “We recognise, however, there are a number of schemes and employers where promises may now be unaffordable and that a specific regime, with suitable safeguards, would be appropriate.”The deadline for written submissions to the committee closed last month, and oral evidence sessions are set to begin soon, continuing to around the end of November.The committee is expected to publish its recommendations in January 2017. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has detailed a number of ways it believes its powers should be expanded to protect pension scheme members, including being given the ability to refuse clearance for certain proposed corporate actions.In its written submission to the parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee, which is conducting a broadened inquiry into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and TPR, the regulator highlighted several potential improvements to pensions regulation as it now stands. A spokesperson for TPR said: “Our submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee sets out a number of ways where we feel the regulatory framework could be strengthened in areas such as clearance on corporate actions and information gathering.”“We look forward to giving evidence to the inquiry to elaborate on these proposals in more detail in the coming weeks.”last_img read more

Slumping Luis Valbuena, Ian Kinsler have big nights in Angels’ victory

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “There’s definitely relief,” said Kinsler, who had been hitting .140 over his previous 24 games. “Any time you can help the team win a game, you feel a lot better taking your uniform off after the game.”Kinsler and Valbuena had both been doing extra work with the hitting coaches. Valbuena had been in a particularly ugly rut because he’s struck out 13 times in his hitless streak. Kinsler was starting to show signs of emerging from his slump, just missing a homer in Monday’s game.Kinsler said it was mostly, but not entirely, a coincidence that his big game happened in a ballpark that he called home for the past four seasons.“It’s a comfortable place for me,” he said. “The box is comfortable for me. There are a lot of good memories in that batter’s box.”While Kinsler and Valbuena accounted for six of the Angels’ hits and six of their RBIs, Albert Pujols also contributed his first three-hit game of the season, and Martín Maldonado put the game away with a two-run homer. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousDETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with Chris Young #24 after a 9-2 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)The Angels’ Luis Valbuena watches the flight of his solo home run – his second of the game – during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena looks skyward as he crosses home plate after a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDetroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer catches a new ball as Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler (3) is greeted by Luis Valbuena (18) and Andrelton Simmons as they scored on Kinsler’s three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels after hitting a three-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is seen in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Zack Cozart throws to first but overthrows to allow Detroit Tigers’ John Hicks to be safe during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer gives the ball to manager Ron Gardenhire as Fulmer is removed during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Third baseman Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels throws to first base on a grounder hit by John Hicks of the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Cozart’s throw was too late to make the out. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Shortstop Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers throws wide of first base after fielding a grounder hit by Ian Kinsler of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Iglesias’ throw went into the Angels dugout for an error, Kinsler advanced to second base. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels scores from second base on a single by Martin Maldonado of the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Relief pitcher Buck Farmer #45 of the Detroit Tigers kicks at the mound after giving up a home run to Luis Valbuena of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Alvarez falls after catching a popup hit by Detroit Tigers’ Leonys Martin during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Noe Ramirez throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Angels manager Mike Scioscia signals during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 9-2 victory against the Tigers in Detroit. Scioscia passed mentor Tommy Lasorda with his 1,600th career victory. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado raises his fist after scoring on his two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) is congratulated by Justin Upton (8) after his two-run home run during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after hitting a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Angels defeated the Tigers 9-2. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena is congratulated after his solo home run during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim receives a hug from Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Parker throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) and catcher Martin Maldonado walk off the field after the Angels’ 9-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 29: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with Chris Young #24 after a 9-2 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)The Angels’ Luis Valbuena watches the flight of his solo home run – his second of the game – during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 31The Angels’ Luis Valbuena watches the flight of his solo home run – his second of the game – during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)ExpandDETROIT — With each ball flying over the fence, and each base hit, you could imagine the weight coming off the shoulders of Luis Valbuena and Ian Kinsler.A couple of the Angels hitters going through the worst slumps, Valbuena and Kinsler were the offensive stars in a 9-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.“It feels so good,” said Valbuena,  who hit his first two homers since May 1 after driving in the Angels’ first run with a single that snapped an 0-for-21 skid. “I needed a game like that.”Kinsler followed Valbuena’s second-inning RBI single with a three-run homer, his first since May 10. He also singled, doubled and walked.center_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 “That’s a good offensive night for us, and those guys really were the cornerstone,” Scioscia said. “In particular, Luis and Ian, those guys have been working hard. It’s good to see them square some balls up and get some hits to fall in.”The early runs also proved beneficial to Nick Tropeano, who had some cushion as he cruised through the Tigers for the first four innings. He gave up solo homers to Jacoby Jones and Jeimer Candelario in the fifth and sixth, respectively.That was all Tropeano allowed in 5-1/3 innings, as he picked up a victory and cut his ERA to 3.80 in eight starts since he’s come back from Tommy John surgery.“This one was on the hitters,” Tropeano said. “Them coming out and scoring those runs early allowed me to just throw my game and attack hitters and just pitch to contact. Like I said, it was only a matter of time with this lineup. I think this is one of the most dangerous lineups in the league. I’ll say it again, it’s going to be scary once everything clicks.” Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It allowed the Angels to cruise to a milestone victory for Mike Scioscia. With 1,600 victories, Scioscia passed his managerial mentor, Tommy Lasorda, on the all-time list. Scioscia, who has consistently shown little interest in discussing the milestone or comparing himself to Lasorda, said he did not keep any mementos from the game.The bigger significance of the game was that it might signal the resurgence of two hitters the Angels need to improve if they are to become a more consistent offensive team.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more