Tyler Onesty Memorial Fundraiser Fights Addiction

first_imgBy MADDY VITALETyler Jay Onesty would have turned 26 on Sunday. The Ocean City High School graduate died of a heroin overdose in 2017. In his memory, and in an effort to help others battle addiction, the third Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit in his name was held.Tyler’s brother, 22-year-old Zach, and parents Sally and Marte Onesty, of Ocean City, welcomed friends, family members, employees of mental health and drug treatment services and people in recovery, who lined up at Golden Galleon Mini Golf at 11th Street and the Boardwalk to spend a day enjoying Tyler’s favorite pastime – miniature golf.“I feel like we are keeping Tyler’s memory alive and we are helping make an impact on other people who suffer from disease and addiction,” Zach explained.All of the proceeds of the event go toward scholarships for current and future Ocean City High School students who have been affected by drug addiction in some way and are furthering their education at the college level or at a trade school. Donations also go toward providing transportation to detox or rehab facilities.Over the last two years, the benefit has raised $6,000. Sally Onesty said the fundraiser would not be possible without the support of Playland’s Castaway Cove owner, Scott Simpson, who donates the golf course for the event each year. People wait to go inside Golden Galleon Mini Golf at Playland’s Castaway Cove for the benefit.“This year we hope to raise $5,000,” Sally noted. “This is the first year where we have really good weather. If we double the number of people here, then we can double the number of people for scholarships.”Since losing her oldest son, Sally has made it her priority to speak about the opioid crisis throughout Cape May County and the nation. The goal is to save as many lives as she can by offering ways to get people the help they need.It could be as simple as paying for an Uber to take a person to drug treatment or pay for the first week of sober living.Monica DiGesu, a recovery support specialist for Serenity Estates, a Hansen Foundation sober living facility, said she was happy to attend the fundraiser.“We always try to support local fundraisers to help people with treatment,” DiGesu said. Nikki Axler, of Ventnor, is in drug treatment. She played a round of mini golf with friends. “It’s for a  good cause,” she said.Marte Onesty said the day that Tyler died, they discovered his last phone messages were helping others with their troubles with addiction.“He just couldn’t help himself,” he said of his son. “It is good to be able to help kids with recovery or with education in Tyler’s memory.”John McKernan, of Ocean City, displays a tattoo he got in memory of his close friend, Tyler Onesty.One of Tyler’s best friends, John McKernan, 26, of Ocean City, works for the city in the Department of Public Works. He only had an hour to spend at the benefit. But he said he would not miss it for the world.“It feels good to be here. It is a great event that draws a lot of people,” McKernan said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Tyler. He was my best friend. We hung out every day.”McKernan said Tyler had so many great qualities. He even has a tattoo in honor of his friend on his right arm.The benefit helps keep Tyler’s memory alive, but event or no event, he will always be remembered by those who knew him, McKernan noted.“He would do anything to help people,” McKernan said. “He was a charismatic, awesome kid to be around. ” For those who could not attend the fundraiser but would still like to make a donation, send it to C/O Tyler Jay Onesty Scholarship Fund, Sturdy Bank, 661 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, N.J. 08226.Nikki Axler, of Ventnor, sizes up her mini golf shot during the fundraiser. Sally and Marte Onesty with son, Zach, of Ocean City, host the third scholarship event in honor of their late son, Tyler, who died of a drug overdose.last_img read more

Unilever Indonesia books slight decrease in net profit

first_imgThe sales growth is in line with an indicative figure provided by the publicly listed company last week.“The second quarter was a challenging period particularly for the Unilever Foods Solution (UFS) unit, whose consumers are hotel, restaurant and café (Horeca),” the company wrote in a statement on July 24.The company recorded a 1.6 percent drop in net sales in the second quarter after a 4.58 percent annual increase booked in the first quarter, it said in the statement.The COVID-19 pandemic has forced customers to stay at home to help curb the coronavirus spread, resulting in drops in visits to hotels, restaurants and cafés. Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) data show that around 2,000 hotels and 8,000 restaurants closed during the first three months of the outbreak in Indonesia, which started in March. As a result, the hotel and restaurant industry lost nearly Rp 70 trillion in revenue as leisure travel came to a complete halt.“Given the challenging conditions in the second quarter, we still consider this achievement to be in line [with expectations], as we expect the economic condition to get better in the next quarters,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia analyst Mimi Halimin wrote in a research note on Unilever’s performance on Thursday.She expected consumer companies, including Unilever, to record further efficiencies at operating level to support their bottom line in the event the economic situation remained sluggish.Indonesia’s economic growth cooled to 2.97 percent in the first half, the slowest since 2001, as the expansion of household spending slowed to 2.84 percent from around 5 percent in the last few quarters.The government expects the economy to contract 0.4 percent at worst or grow 1 percent at best this year as it slowly reopens the economy despite the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.“As economic activities have gradually resumed since June, we still believe that there will be improvement in the third and fourth quarters,” Mimi said.The stocks of Unilever, traded at the IDX with the code UNVR, jumped 1.82 percent on Thursday as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), gained 0.75 percent. (prm)Topics : Consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia booked a slight decrease in its net profit during this year’s first half as the coronavirus pandemic hit demand.The local arm of Anglo-Dutch company Unilever pocketed Rp 3.62 trillion (US$246.46 million) in net profit during the period, a 2.2 percent decline compared to the corresponding period last year.Its net sales, meanwhile, climbed 1.4 percent annually to Rp 21.77 trillion while costs increased 0.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 10.59 trillion, according to its financial report filed with the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Thursday.last_img read more

Police arrest 12-year-old boy after racist messages sent to Ivorian winger

first_imgWest Midlands Police have arrested a 12-year-old boy after racist messages were sent to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha ahead of Sunday’s match against Aston Villa.The Ivory Coast international posted several screenshots of the racist abuse he had received to his social media accounts on the morning of the match, alongside the caption: “Woke up to this today.”West Midlands Police said after the game they have arrested a boy from Solihull in relation to the incident.The posts come just two weeks after the Premier League launched a new system to allow Premier League players to report online abuse.Palace manager Roy Hodgson supports Zaha’s decision to go public about the abuse and says both clubs are working to identify the individual responsible.“It is very saddening on the day of a game that a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse,” said Hodgson. “I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don’t think it is something he should keep quiet about.“I think it is very good that our club, Aston Villa and the Premier League are doing everything they can to find out who this despicable individual is and one can only hope that they will get identified and they will get called to account and they will pay for these actions.“There is literally no excuse; there is no excuse at all.”A Premier League statement said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable and the Premier League stands alongside @wilfriedzaha in opposing this, and discrimination in any form. There is #NoRoomForRacism, anywhere.“We will continue to support players, managers, coaches and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse. “Through our dedicated reporting system, we can take immediate action on cases like this.”last_img read more