Global Gaming revenue falls 76% after Swedish ban

first_img Email Address Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Troubled operator Global Gaming reported an operating loss of almost SEK40m (€3.7m/$4.1m) during the third quarter of 2019 as it paid the price for its licence being revoked in Sweden, its main market. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Global Gaming revenue falls 76% after Swedish ban Troubled operator Global Gaming reported an operating loss of almost SEK40m (€3.7m/$4.1m) during the third quarter of 2019 as it paid the price for its licence being revoked in Sweden, its main market.In its Q3 results, the owner of Ninja Casino said operating loss was at SEK37.6m, compared to a profit of SEK60.3m in the same period last year.Revenue fell by 76% to just SEK60.3m for the period from 1 July to 30 September, with Global Gaming having had its Swedish licence revoked by regulator Spelinspektionen on 17 June for “serious deficiencies” in business practices.Since losing its licence, Global Gaming has recommenced activities in Sweden by rolling out the white label brand NanoCasino through its partnership with igaming technology and platform provider Finnplay Group.Despite the loss of its licence in Sweden, Ninja Casino still accounted for 90% of the group’s revenue for Q3. During the quarter, revenue from the Nordic operation amounted to SEK47.1m, with a further SEK7.0m coming from operations in the rest of Europe to SEK7.0m and SEK6.2m from B2B partnerships.Depsite implementing measures to reduce business costs, this failed to prevent a significant loss for the period.“Our situation is unsurprisingly still difficult and there are no magic tricks that can restore our results or the market’s confidence and belief that we can bounce back. All we can do is work hard with the determination to do just that – bounce back,” said Global Gaming chief executive, Tobias Fagerlund.“Adapting the business to the circumstances restoring revenue-generation and growth is a long-term endeavour and will continue for a while yet, but I’m pleased to note that we are already able to see the results of our efforts. The effects of our restructuring, cost saving measures, changes in strategy and technology are immediately tangible.”In Q3, personnel costs were up slightly at SEK23.9m, although almost SEK4m of this was related to restructuring costs such as redundancy pay. Marketing costs for Q3 amounted to SEK37.2m, which while almost half of the Q3 2018 figure were still higher than Global Gaming desired due to contractual commitments.Global Gaming said total headcount in early 2020 will be fewer than 90, which is less than half what it was at the end of the second quarter of 2019. Its team in Malta has shrunk considerably and the technical team in Malmö has been removed entirely. The Swedish office, consisting mainly of corporate functions, will move to smaller and more appropriate premises in Malmö in early 2020.“We estimate that at the beginning of the year [fixed cost base] will be over 50% lower than at the end of Q1 2019,” added Fagerlund.Compared to the previous quarter, the gross margin increased by 10% due to the group not having to pay tax on gambling operations in Sweden.Following a series of unsuccessful appeals against Spelinspektionen’s decision, Fagerlund said Global Gaming remains hopeful that Ninja Casino will return to the Swedish market but said “it’s important for me to stress that it is not our main focus”.Looking ahead, Fagerlund said: “We have good and growing revenues from other markets and are focussing on launching our products and brands on other and new markets – which we’ll show in 2020.“The collaboration we launched with Finnplay during the period proceeds as planned and we are truly pleased with its development. Q4 will see us transferring operations from our own technology platform and wholly onto theirs. We expect to fully reap the benefits of this transfer from the first quarter of 2020.“Our vision is to be a global player, delivering top-class products and returns by being responsible, making data and knowledge-based decisions and by delivering quality on time.”Global Gaming’s share price was up around 3% today (21 November) to SEK6.19. That price is down more than 80% since the start of 2019. 21st November 2019 | By contenteditor Finance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Financelast_img read more

Veikkaus adds ID requirement and €1,500 loss cap for retail betting

first_img7th June 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui Email Address Regions: Europe Nordics Finland Tags: Veikkaus The player must be registered as a “Veikkaus Loyal Customer”, and will be able to present forms of identification such as a driver’s license or a Veikkaus card. The company hopes that this will facilitate age limit controls with regards to betting, as well as allowing players to keep track of their betting history. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finnish betting operator Veikkaus has added identification requirements and a daily wager limit for retail bets on final match results, coming into effect on 10 June. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Veikkaus’ betting director Juha-Matti Mäkilä said: “The condition of identification and the spending limit also mean that we are better able to prevent money laundering and match fixing in fixed-odds betting, which has been the most sensitive to abuse as a game form.center_img Topics: Legal & compliance Social responsibility Sports betting Uncategorized Regulation Responsible gambling Retail sports betting Any such bets made at points of sale will have a daily €1,500 purchase limit, and the introduction of the ID requirement is in keeping with Veikkaus’ responsible gaming initiatives, having already been introduced for slot machines. The rules will apply for bets placed at shops, kiosks, traffic service stations, restaurants and Veikkaus’ own gaming venues. Regulation Veikkaus adds ID requirement and €1,500 loss cap for retail betting “In Finland, match fixing and related betting abuses have already become smaller than in our neighboring countries. We are now continuing this work with the identification requirement and daily €1,500 purchase limit for point-of-sale gaming.” Earlier this year, Veikkaus extended its €500 temporary loss limit for online casino games until 30 June. last_img read more

Beta Glass Company ( 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgBeta Glass Company ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Beta Glass Company ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Beta Glass Company ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Beta Glass Company (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileBeta Glass Company Plc manufactures, distributes and sells glassware for the local market in Nigeria and for international export. The company supplies glass bottles and containers to the soft drinks, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors in Nigeria as well as exports to Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritius, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Beta Glass Company has manufacturing plants in Agbara Ogun state and in Ughelli Delta state. The company is a subsidiary of Frigoglass Industries Nigeria Plc. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Beta Glass Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

England’s Synod agenda built around women bishop question

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Posted Jun 20, 2014 Women’s Ministry Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET England’s Synod agenda built around women bishop question This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing [Anglican Communion News Service] The General Synod of the Church of England meets in York in July for a five day meeting July 11-15.The agenda for the meeting was published June 20. The agenda is constructed around a sequence of legislative business on women in the episcopate. This will begin on the afternoon of July 11 with the Report by the Business Committee on the Article 8 Reference to the dioceses.This will be followed by the Final Drafting Stage for the Measure and Amending Canon. The House of Bishops will meet on the morning of July 12 for its consideration of the draft legislation under Article 7 of the Synod’s Constitution. The agenda allows alternative scenarios for the afternoon of July 13 to enable the Convocations and the House of Laity to debate the draft legislation if they claim a reference under Article 7.  If these stages are completed, the Synod will take the Final Approval stage during the morning of July 14.On the afternoon of Friday 11 July, the Synod will be debating the first consideration of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure and the associated Amending Canon No.34, which give effect to proposals in developed in response to the reports of the Chichester commissaries and approved by the Synod in February.  Changes will include making it easier to suspend clergy, or bring complaints against them, where abuse is alleged, enabling bishops to compel clergy to undergo risk assessments and imposing a duty on clergy,churchwardens and PCCs to have due regard to the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policies.On the afternoon of July 12, the General Synod will be addressed by the US writer and theologian the Rev. Jim Wallis. Wallis is the president and founder of Sojourners magazine and the author “On God’s Side.” This will be followed by group work by Synod members on the same theme, culminating in a debate later that afternoon on a motion from the Mission and Public Affairs Council.On July13  there will be a presentation by the president and CEO designate of the newly-established Churches’ Mutual Credit Union. The aim of the CMCU is to provide a mutual ethical vehicle for tax efficient savings and affordable loans for clergy and staff of church charities. It is hoped that the establishment of the CMCU will help to support and strengthen the credit union movement and provide a viable, ethical alternative to mainstream banking for people irrespective of their financial status. Also on July 13 the Synod will be debating the draft new Additional Texts for Holy Baptism in accessible language which have been drawn up by the Liturgical Commission and which have been passed by the House of Bishops to the Synod for First Consideration.On the morning of July 14 there will be a presentation followed by a debate on a motion promoted by the Mission and Public Affairs Council on The Armed Forces Covenant and Community Covenant. The motion invites many community bodies, including local authorities, churches and others to join the initiative which offers pastoral care for members of the Armed Forces Community.  The opening presentation will be from the new Bishop to the Armed Forces, the Rt. Rev. Nigel Stock.There will be a debate on the commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta on a motion moved on behalf of the Guildford Diocesan Synod.  A motion on the Spare Room Subsidy from the Diocese of Bradford (now part of the diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales) is listed as contingency business.  A Private Member’s Motion from the Rev. Christopher Hobbs on Canon B 8 (vesture), postponed from the previous Group of Sessions is scheduled for the evening of July. 12This group of sessions has a substantial legislative program in addition to the items already mentioned, including legislation on synodical elections, ecclesiastical property, the faculty jurisdiction and pensions.The full agenda can be viewed here.Synod papers can be found here. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 – Round 7

first_imgFriday Apr 13, 2012 Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 – Round 7 Plays of the Week from The Rugby Club is back and this week they’re recapping the best of Round 7 of Super Rugby. There were some amazing tries scored, some big boys getting to know one another, and some well rehearsed dancing. There were also cheerleaders. Enjoy.Thanks as always to @seanny202 and Fox Sports. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Plays of the Week Related Articles 123 WEEKS AGO WATCH: France destroy Wales in Women’s Six… 138 WEEKS AGO Waikato winger scores four tries in epic… 304 WEEKS AGO The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 27 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Donegal County Council clears the way for Malin Head tourism facilities

first_img Twitter Donegal County Council clears the way for Malin Head tourism facilities WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articlePeter Robinson admitted to hospital with heart problemNext articleMan killed in Wexford plane crash had home in Donegal admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal county council has approved planning permission for improved tourist facilities at Malin Head.This will include providing toilets, improving access and car parking.An estimated 200 thousand people visit Malin Head each year.Councillor Martin McDermott says it’s now up to Failte Ireland to provide funding so work can begin……..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook By admin – May 25, 2015 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

California engineer arrested on charges of attempting to poison colleague with ‘toxic amount of cadmium’: Police

first_imgGoogle Maps(OAKLAND, Calif.) — A Northern California chemical engineer was arrested on attempted murder charges after he was caught on surveillance footage allegedly spiking a colleague’s water bottle with “toxic amounts of cadmium,” authorities said.David Xu, 32, was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, California.Xu was arrested on Thursday following an investigation that showed he had allegedly been trying to poison a female colleague for more than a year, according to an arrest warrant obtained by ABC News.In addition to one count of willful, deliberate, premeditated attempted murder, Xu was charged with felony poisoning and inflicting great bodily injury.“As you all know, he’s presumed innocent,” Xu’s attorney, Julia Jayne, told reporters following Tuesday’s court hearing. “These are allegations, only allegations. Charges have been filed.”Authorities said Xu and the victim, who court papers identified as Rong Yuan, work at Berkeley Engineering and Research in Berkeley, California. Officials at the company declined to comment when contacted by ABC News.“That’s insane, can’t imagine anyone trying to poison anyone,” Morgan Davis, Xu’s neighbor in the Bay Area town of Lafayette, told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.Yuan told investigators that she noticed a “strange taste and smell from her water and food” that she had left unattended in her office, according to court documents. She became sick last year and grew suspicious when two relatives who drank from her water bottle also fell ill, according to the court documents.Investigators combed through security video at Berkeley Engineering and Research and spotted Xu allegedly pouring a substance into his colleague’s water bottle on Feb. 11 and again on March 4, authorities allege in court documents.Water samples from the victim’s water bottle tested positive for cadmium, which is often found in rechargeable batteries, according to the court documents.Yuan is still recovering from the attempted poisoning, according to the court records. She declined to comment when reached by KGO-TV.Investigators have not commented on a motive in the case.On his LinkedIn page, Xu claims he had served as an engineering expert witness and consultant in materials and chemicals.The case comes about a year after a 57-year-old man was arrested in the deaths of 21 co-workers at a valve manufacturing plant in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany. The suspect, identified only as Klaus O. under German privacy laws, was convicted last month and sentenced to life in prison for killing his colleagues by spiking their sandwiches with high levels of cadmium and mercury, authorities said.German authorities said the suspect was caught after managers at the plant installed a surveillance camera in the lunch break room and recorded Klaus O. spiking his colleague’s lunches. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

EOC launches probe into sex bias jobs

first_imgEOC launches probe into sex bias jobsOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has officially launched aninvestigation into why so few women join Modern Apprenticeship schemes. Personnel Today revealed in May that the EOC was planning to use itsstatutory powers to look at the barriers preventing women from taking upcareers in traditionally male-dominated industries, and vice-versa. Research shows an enormous difference between the training choices of youngwomen and men, with 99 per cent of construction apprenticeships and 96 per centof engineering apprenticeships taken up by men. Similarly, 97 per cent ofchildcare apprentices are women. The EOC wants to hear about the experiences of staff working in sectorsdominated by the opposite sex. It is seeking the opinions of individuals,schools and employers, and will focus on Modern Apprenticeships in fivesectors: construction, plumbing, engineering, ICT and childcare. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, said the investigation had been launchedbecause current gender segregation is harmful to the UK economy. “There’s no room for a ‘jobs for the boys’ or ‘jobs for the girls’mentality in today’s economy. There are severe shortages of skilled staff inall the sectors we are focusing on, which is hardly surprising if the pool theyare drawing from only includes half the population,” she said. The investigation will see two pieces of research completed between now andDecember, with a statistical overview of segregation, skills and pay gaps, anda survey of all 47 Learning and Skills Councils – the bodies that fund ModernApprenticeships. Throughout 2004, the EOC will look at current initiatives trying tochallenge stereotypical app-renticeship choices, and will carry out researchwith young people, employers and trainers. read more

Belvoir founder to sell second tranche of shares for £2.1 million

first_imgMike Goddard, the founder and former chairman of franchising giant Belvoir has applied to sell two million of the 4.39 million shares he still holds in the company.His sale of the shares will be at ‘no less’ than £1.05p per share but at the moment the company’s stock is being traded at £1.12p.Therefore the 70-year-old will realise cash from the sale of between approximately £2.1 million and £2.24 million, reducing his shareholding in the company from 12.6% to 5.7% of its issued share capital.Back in May Goddard, who is also a director of The Property Ombudsman and a former chairman of the British Franchising Association, stepped down as chairman of Belvoir after nearly 25 years, and was replaced by Michael Stoop (left).In December last year Goddard gave himself a well-earned Christmas present after he sold shares worth £989,700.Both today’s news and the December share sale are part of a complicated deal struck following the purchase of Northwood which required the directors involved to wait two years before realising any shares.Belvoir was set up by Goddard and his wife in 1995 after he left the RAF as a Wing Commander and it initially grew through franchising using its own brand, but later also through acquisition. As well as its own 174 offices it also operates 90 Northwood and 36 Newton Fallowell branches. September 24, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Belvoir founder to sell second tranche of shares for £2.1 million previous nextAgencies & PeopleBelvoir founder to sell second tranche of shares for £2.1 millionBelvoir founder Mike Goddard also sold £1m worth of shares in December but still holds stock worth at least £2.5 million at today’s share price.Nigel Lewis24th September 20190572 Viewslast_img read more

Despite Frigid Temperatures, Big Crowds Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Ocean City

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiThis was one New Year’s Eve that called for ditching the fancy-schmancy tuxedos and bejeweled evening gowns and the crystal glasses brimming with sparkling champagne.On this night, hooded parkas and double underwear were in vogue. Toasts were made using paper cups filled with coffee or hot chocolate.“It’s very, very, very cold,” exclaimed Bob Callahan while sitting inside the Ocean City Music Pier as the temperature outside dipped into the single digits.But no matter. Callahan, his wife, Joann, and thousands of other revelers braved the bone-chilling weather for Ocean City’s First Night celebration that ushered in 2018.An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 visitors poured into the city for an array of family-friendly, alcohol-free entertainment at 20 venues spread out across the city. A midnight fireworks display capped the celebration as the crowds bade farewell to 2017.First Night headliner Chubby Checker performs his signature song and dance “The Twist” during his concert at the Music Pier.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, said the city was expected to sell out all 10,000 First Night buttons that served as an admission ticket to the shows and events.Gillian noted that the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebration provides a huge economic boost for the shops, restaurants and hotels. Before the city started the First Night celebration 22 years ago, Ocean City was a virtual “ghost town” on New Year’s Eve, she said.“Now, the city has become a destination,” she said of the holiday crowds.Despite the brutally cold weather, the downtown shops were bustling with customers, hotels were booked and the restaurants enjoyed brisk business, Gillian said.Big crowds also packed some of the entertainment venues that featured a total of 80 shows and events.The Callahans, Ocean City residents, had only a short walk from their home on Plymouth Place to the Music Pier on the Boardwalk to watch a concert by First Night headliner, Chubby Checker, of “The Twist” fame.Bob Callahan, 72, joked that he and his 71-year-old wife were twisters a long time ago when they were young.“Mainly, we’re old doo-woppers,” Callahan said, referring to the rhythm and blues music popularized in the 1950s.Still equipped with a powerful singing voice and some slick dance moves, the 76-year-old Checker thrilled an audience mixed with both old and young fans.“Twist and shout until we knock you out!” Checker boomed from the stage while performing a medley of hits.He ended the show with “The Twist,” bringing the audience to its feet, including dozens of gray-haired twisters who shimmied to the front of the stage.“Happy New Year! Enjoy it, Ocean City,” Checker shouted to his fans.John Loeper, chairman of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station, uses an oversized pair of scissors to snip the ceremonial ribbon while surrounded by city dignitaries. (Courtesy Ocean City)A lower-key New Year’s Eve celebration was held inside the recently opened Ocean City Life-Saving Station, which features a museum harkening back to the early 1900s. Mayor Jay Gillian and members of City Council were among the dignitaries who joined John Loeper, the chairman of the nonprofit organization that runs the museum, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.Loeper said the Life-Saving Station, which dates to 1885, is a piece of maritime history that is “Ocean City’s version of Monticello or Independence Hall.”“There aren’t many places left in the entire country that you can go to and still see an original life-saving station,” Loeper said, estimating that only 26 to 28 are still left.For years, the old building itself was in need of rescue. The city purchased the two-story structure from private owners in 2010 for nearly $900,000, ending a decade-long battle to save it from demolition.Now, renovations are underway to transform the site into an interactive “living museum” that will recreate the station’s heyday and pay homage to the surf men who risked their lives to save others.Loeper said the frigid weather on New Year’s Eve was a reminder of the extreme conditions that would cause shipwrecks off Ocean City, forcing the surf men into action.“They didn’t go to work on the Fourth of July. They would go to work on a day like today,” he said.Junior Miss Ocean City Hope Aita, left, and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman glide along on the artificial ice at a skating rink.It was so cold on New Year’s Eve that some revelers were even ice skating. But the ice was only artificial. A paved area outside the Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk was transformed into a skating rink with the help of some fake ice.Sisters Elena and Nina Mason and their friend, Alyssa Lauer, 11, were bundled up while gliding along the ice.“I was a little wobbly at first, but now I’m skating backwards” said 11-year-old Elena.When asked what she thought about the cold weather, 9-year-old Nina replied that it was “okey-dokey.”The Mason sisters and Alyssa Lauer, all from Washington Township, N.J., were enjoying a getaway holiday weekend in Ocean City with their families.“We’re a fun family. We always like to do fun things,” said Bob Mason, Elena and Nina’s father.Many other families took to the Boardwalk to enjoy the amusements, including the indoor rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. Gillian’s towering Ferris wheel, illuminated in bright lights for the holiday, was visible for miles.Tara Kowalczyk, of Springfield Township, N.J., brought her three young daughters, Priscilla, Scarlet and Amelia, to the First Night celebration.“We absolutely love it. It’s a nice, family-oriented place. The kids always look forward to it,” Kowalczyk said.Kowalczyk and her husband, Brian, also spend their summers in Ocean City at their vacation home on 35th Street and Asbury Avenue.Brian Kowalczyk, however, wasn’t with the rest of the family for the First Night celebration. He was at their Ocean City home, trying to fix a broken heater.“It was 30 degrees inside the house,” Tara Kowalczyk said.Even at that subfreezing temperature, it was still a lot warmer than the severe weather outdoors for the First Night celebration.The towering Ferris wheel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier on the Boardwalk is aglow in holiday lights for the First Night celebration. A fireworks display lights up the sky at midnight, ushering in the new year. (Courtesy Ocean City)last_img read more