By Marion Lynch RED BANK – It’s back to the drawing board for the Borough Council’s efforts to restore the area of Marine Park where the clay tennis courts are located. Supporters of the courts won a battle this week in their years-long fight to preserve them when Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer announced at Monday’s Borough Council meeting that they would reject all three proposals for projects in the area of Marine Park where the storm-damaged courts are located.The three members of the council’s parks and recreation committee – Schwabenbauer, Kathy Horgan and Edward Zipprich – reviewed three proposals, and the plan that scored the highest was the one least favored by residents.“The Jetsun proposal came out on top numerically,” Schwabenbauer said, “but the preponderance of public opinion was not in favor.”The committee’s only option, she said is to reject all three proposals. A formal resolution will be on the agenda for the Nov. 23 meeting.The proposal submitted by Jetsun Enterprises, a group of private investors, was the most ambitious of the three submitted to the council’s request for proposals (RFP) back in April.That plan called for the construction of an 18-hole miniature golf course, synthetic, year-round ice rink, a food concession stand, a boathouse offering canoe and kayak rentals; there would also be driven golf carts to take patrons to and from offsite parking.The other plans call for rebuilding the tennis courts and operating them independently from the borough, providing the borough with a portion of the proceeds; and a boathouse and catering hall that would offer boat rentals and recreational and educational program sponsored by the Navesink River Rowing Club and Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.When evaluating the three plans the parks and rec committee relied on quantifiable criteria in making its determination. Using that matrix, the Jetsun proposal was the clear winner, “by a head and shoulders,” Schwabenbauer told the Two River Times last week. Mayor Pasquale Menna said Monday that it would be “back to the drawing board” in the borough’s efforts to restore the area of the park surrounding the courts. The red clay tennis courts, constructed in the 1930s, were severely damaged in Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and have been unusable for the past three years.In response to a question from Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, Schwabenbauer the council’s “hands were tied” and could not select the second best proposal.“We’re just following the law and public opinion. Now we’re going to start over from scratch,” said Horgan.Burnham stressed that “RFPs cost money,” and said that state law allows municipalities to lease municipal property to a nonprofit if they meet certain criteria. “Which, I do believe the tennis courts meet. So you could accept a nonprofit without going out to an RFP.”To Burnham’s charges that the RFP process was “not transparent” and that residents “did not know what was going on,” Schwabenbauer responded, “I think 83 people knew the process well enough to send some letters. The committee received 83 letters, 12 emails and “lots of phone calls” from residents, she reported.Supporters of the courts formed a non-profit organization, Red Bank Clay Tennis Courts Association, represented by attorney Donald Pepe.“We don’t need another RFP,” Pepe told the council. The group recommends a public-private partnership to repair and maintain the courts. “The money is there to fix these courts.”More than a dozen people in attendance held up “Save the Courts” signs at one point in the discussion.“If the borough doesn’t have the funding, there is private money available,” Pepe later told The Two River Times.John Burton contributed to this story.
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Garbiñe Muguruza and Sofia Kenin will struggle for the title of the first ladies’s Grand Slam of the season: the Australian Open. Each gamers search for their first title in Melbourne, the place they can even play their first final.Schedule: When is the ladies’s final of the Australian Open between Garbiñe Muguruza and Sofia Kenin?The Australian Ladies’s Open Grand Final between Garbiñe Muguruza and Sofia Kenin will happen this Saturday, February 1 from 09:30 Spanish time (19.30 native time). Will probably be the most excellent match of the penultimate day of the Australian Open.Tv: How to watch Muguruza vs Kenin at the Australian Open?The match between Garbiñe Muguruza and Sofia Kenin might be adopted via Eurosport. The unique streaming platform of the sports activities world, DAZN, consists of the risk of watching Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD amongst its contents after the settlement reached with Discovery. It can be adopted in Eurosport via Movistar +. Web: How to comply with Kenin – Muguruza on-line dwell?In AS you too can comply with Kenin vs Muguruzaa dwell. With us you’ll have the greatest minute by minute, the most spectacular pictures of the assembly and the statements of the protagonists, in addition to the chronicle as quickly as we conclude.Who in Sofia Kenin, Garbiñe Muguruza’s rival in the Australian Open final?At 21, Sofia Kenin will play her first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open. Kenin, quantity 15 of the WTA rating and winner of the Hobart, Mallorca and Guangzhou titles in 2019, has made a really stable event wherein he received in the first spherical to Martina Trevisan (6-2 and 6-4), in second to Ann Li (6-1 and 6-3), in the third spherical to Shuai Zhang (7-5 and 7-6 (7)), in the spherical of 16 to Coco Gauff (6-7 (5), 6-3 and 6-0), in the quarterfinals to Ons Jabeur (6-4 and 6-4) and in the semifinals to the first favourite, the Australian Ashleigh Barty (7-6 (6) and 7-5).What monitor will the Muguruza – Kenin play in the Australian Open final?The Australian Ladies’s Open Grand Final can be performed on the most iconic monitor in the Melbourne Park venue: the Rod Laver Area, which has a capability for about 15,000 spectators who will witness the first ladies’s Grand Final of the season.
“Tatum stepped up for us,” said Al Horford, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds. “He’s not afraid of the moment. One thing that helps him is he stays poised, very focused. It doesn’t matter how the game has been going up until that point. He seems to make the right plays down the stretch.”Tatum had two fast-breaks dunks and a nifty baseline drive in which he blew past Dwight Howard before drawing a foul as the Celtics broke open a tight game in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It comes with the amount games we’ve played,” Tatum said. “Each and every day I’m getting more comfortable and getting into a rhythm.”Kyrie Irving led Boston with 21 points. The Celtics had dropped three of four, including a 111-103 loss to visiting Washington on Christmas Day. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Understanding what we’re trying to accomplish and knowing that when the game has to slow down, the spots that he needs to be in, the spots that he can take advantage of and being able to have the confidence to be put in that position,” said Irving, who had eight assists. “He’s taking full advantage of it.”The Hornets trailed by as many as 20 in the first half, but cut the lead to one entering the fourth quarter after holding the Celtics to 7-of-23 shooting in the third.But Charlotte never led.Terry Rozier, who had 15 points, knocked down a 3-point to start the fourth and Horford scored inside to give the Celtics some breathing room.Aron Baynes played a pivotal role on defense, helping hold Howard to 3-of-10 shooting from the field. Baynes consistently pushed Howard away from the low block, forcing him to take difficult shots and finished with nine rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Boston Celtics’ Al Horford (42) reacts after making a basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—Rookie Jayson Tatum said he is beginning to feel more comfortable with the NBA game. It’s beginning to show, too.Tatum scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-91 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Nowitzki, Mavericks beat Pacers to end eight-game road skid OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Kemba Walker scored 24 points and Howard had 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Hornets, who are in the midst of a freefall down the Eastern Conference standings. Charlotte has lost 13 of 17 ahead of a four-game West Coast trip beginning Friday night at Golden State.With Boston leading by four early in the fourth quarter, Tatum scored on an alley-oop dunk on a fast break. A few possessions later he scored on a reverse layup, and then added a block at the other end.Tatum was able to pick his spots because the Hornets shifted their focus in the fourth quarter to blitzing Irving when he had the ball.“Kyrie is drawing a ton of attention in that moment and Al draws a lot of attention, so a couple of Jayson’s baskets were off of that,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.Irving said Tatum has tremendous patience.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “We hope this won’t be the last,” said Sison. “I hope we sustain this.”Jeckster Apinan and Kris Porter both got 16 points in the defeat, which is now JRU’s fourth consecutive loss.The scores:BATANGAS-EAC 81 — Ablaza 16, De Joya 11, Garcia 11, E. Mendoza 11, Diego 8, Laude 8, Bautista 6, J. Mendoza 6, Dela Peña 4, Estacio 0, Neri 0.JRU 71 — Apinan 16, Porter 16, Pontejos 11, De Guzman 10, Mendoza 10, Dela Virgen 5, Esguerra 2, Sawat 1, Ramos 0, Tobiano 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 20-8, 41-30, 66-43, 81-71.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’ve been wanting to win and we’re very thankful that we’re able to execute our gameplan well. What more can I ask for,” said a jubilant coach Ariel Sison, whose team finally notched their first win in five games.Jerome Garcia, Cedric De Joya, and Earvin Mendoza all had 11 markers apiece as they all teamed up to help Batangas-EAC build a 20-8 lead in the first quarter which swelled to 26, 66-39, late in the third frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Heavy Bombers staged one last uprising in the payoff period and got to within six, 71-77, after Jed Mendoza split his foul shots with 24.5 seconds left.Ablaza and De Joya, though, doused that rally, making the insurance buckets in the last 12.9 ticks. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano PBA IMAGESBatangas-EAC held on and escaped a late rally by Jose Rizal University, 81-71, for a breakthrough win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.It was a balanced attack for the Generals, commandeered by Cedric Ablaza, who had 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Pasaol: UE yet to meet new coach View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano
Residents of the port city of Greenville, Sinoe County woke up yesterday to discover that half a dozen of their kinsmen had died under mysterious circumstances.In his reaction to the news, Derry S. Dokie, the Ministry of Health’s representative in River Cess with oversight responsibility for Sinoe County, said in a text response to the Daily Observer that there were “unexplained causes of the deaths which started at about 5 a.m.”“Since 5 a.m. today (yesterday morning) six persons have died from suspected fever of unknown cause,” which health personnel in the county are investigating.The Ministry of Health in Monrovia has been urgently called upon to put into place interventions before the situation gets out of hand.The Liberian National Police (LNP) spokesperson, Sam Collins, confirmed to the Daily Observer that the LNP is investigating the deaths, and have dispatched homicide and forensic investigators to the county.Collins spoke on a radio phone-in program yesterday after many versions of the deaths started filtering in to Monrovia from Greenville.Collins called on the public to remain calm as the LNP is carefully reviewing the situation.An ELBC correspondent in the county told the station that some of the dead were students and that their bodies are at the Francis Grant Hospital.He reported that because of the intensityof the crisis, health authorities in the county were in a meeting for most of yesterday.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has confirmed the news and told ELBC that investigation is ongoing to ascertain the circumstances leading to the deaths.The Ministry of Health’s communication director, Sorbor George, said a rapid response team has already taken specimen of the dead for testing.He said the tests will be conducted at a laboratory in Marshall, Lower Margibi County.According to Mr. George, the victims had earlier complained of headaches and abdominal pains, and doctors struggled to resuscitate them “to no avail until they died at various intervals.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…rejects business representative on UG CouncilThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Friday condemned the intervention and subsequent seizing of the Golden Arrowhead by ranks of the Guyana Police Force in Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), as the Town Council was preparing to hoist it on the eve of Guyana’s 48 Republic Anniversary.The PSC, in a statement, said that raising of Guyana’s flag is a national event honoured and respected by everyone, irrespective of political association among other things. On February 22, Police shut down the Corriverton Town Council’s annual flag raising ceremony, claiming that permission was not granted for the hosting of the event. However, Mayor Krishnand Jaichand said permission was never required, and the real reason the event was stopped is because the Council refused to have Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan deliver the feature address.Jaichand stated that the council had written the Communities Minister requesting his presence, but he never responded; and to ensure the programme went, on the council invited Opposition Parliamentarian Adrian Anamayah – a resident of the Region — to deliver the feature address. They also agreed to host Ramjattan, but made it clear that he would not be the feature speaker despite being pressed by Bulkan, the Regional Executive Officer and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally.Ally would later admit to blocking the event, noting that flag raising ceremonies are national events organized by the Government.The PSC said that, over the years, Government has always been represented at the ceremonies, and that the incident at Corriverton was an unfortunate one.“According to the facts at our disposal and reported at some length in all of the media, the Corriverton Town Council quite properly invited Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan to represent the Government and be the Guest Speaker at the ceremony, but the Minister, quite wrongly, neglected to respond to the invitation,” the PSC noted.The Private Sector body noted that when the Mayor received a call from Ally, the matter should have ended there, and the Corriverton Council should have accepted the Government’s representative.“The Corriverton Council preferred to put politics before accepted national behaviour and convention, and refused to accept the Government’s appointment to speak at the Ceremony. A disgraceful and unacceptable series of events followed, in which — most unfortunately — the Police were clearly directed to intervene and prevent the flag raising ceremony from taking place on the specious excuse that prior permission had not been sought from the Police,” the statement read.The PSC urged the leaders to put aside politics and work towards the nation’s interest.DissatisfiedAdditionally, the Private Sector representative organisation expressed its dissatisfaction with the business representative on the Council of the University of Guyana.PSC claims that the Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary wrote to it requesting a nominee, and the head of the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industries, Samuel Goolsarran, was nominated to sit on the new council.However, the ministry appointed Allison Butters-Grant as the business representative, and the body is calling for this to be rectified forthwith.
…says “living in poverty is worse than living in hell”A 35-year-old mother of 10 children of Charity New Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast, is seeking assistance to take care of her children.A neighbour of Sonia Chung reached out to Guyana Times seeking to have the public assistance to help her with basic amenities for her children. At present, six of the 10 children are living with herSpeaking with this publication, Chung said that her smallest child was five months old. She said that both herself and her husband were finding it difficult to gainSonia Chung with five of her 10 childrenemployment as they were both uneducated.Her husband, Moses, she said, was renting a farm in the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), but owing to the heavy maintenance cost, he could not afford to continue with that venture.The house in which the family is living has no electricity nor water and is being rented for $14,000 per month. But the family owes six months’ rent – it is only the goodwill of the landlord that stands between them and eviction. Describing her situation and her poverty-stricken state, the woman said, “Living in poverty is worse than living in hell.”Chung said her eldest son, who is 19, is differently abled and cannot help her in any significant way.Meanwhile, her neighbour, Mary Anthony, a member of the Charity Full Gospel Church, who reached out to this newspaper to visit the family, said that she was very much concerned and sad to see the living conditions of her neighbour. She said that her family has offered assistance, but is appealing for some aid to support the family.
SIMI VALLEY – Dozens of transients were rousted Wednesday from the bed of the Arroyo Simi by police and park rangers trying to clear illegal campsites from the west end of the city. Authorities said they’d previously issued warnings to the 30 or so transients living in the arroyo, which is subject to flash floods during rainstorms. Similar sweeps have been conducted in recent years along the Ventura and Santa Clara rivers in Ventura County, and come as officials in Los Angeles and other cities grapple with the homelessness issue. “How much warning can we give them?” said Lt. Greg Riegert of the Simi Valley Police Department. “This has been going on for six months.” “I don’t have anywhere to go,” said Marine, who has been living in the arroyo since September. “I can’t take my dog and puppies (to the shelter.)” firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Larry Peterson, general manager of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, said the transients camping in the arroyo had no running water or toilet facilities and faced danger from disease as well as flooding. Members of Sonrise Christian Fellowship held a morning prayer rally, then stayed to offer moral support to the homeless men and women. “They’ve become our friends down here,” said church member Karen Dobson, who broke into tears when police and park officials arrived shortly before noon. Police and district officials encouraged the transients to take advantage of Simi Valley’s winter shelter program, which offers beds at local churches, and to visit the Samaritan Center, which is open weekdays for showers, breakfast, clean clothes and help in obtaining social services and employment. But Susan Marine, 53, told authorities she had no alternative to her tent in the arroyo, where her dog, Annie, was nursing eight puppies.
0Shares0000Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the club’s top marksman with ten Bundesliga goals so far © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, Nov 16 – Borussia Dortmund have dropped star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from their squad to play Stuttgart on Friday for “disciplinary reasons”, the club announced.The Gabonese forward is the club’s top marksman with ten Bundesliga goals so far, but he has failed to score in the past three games with Dortmund in a slump. “For disciplinary reasons Aubameyang will not feature in the team for tomorrow’s game,” Dortmund said Thursday on the club’s Twitter account.The club made no mention of the nature of Aubameyang’s indiscipline.After three defeats and a draw, Dortmund have seen their five-point lead atop the Bundesliga turn into a six-point deficit to bitter rivals Bayern Munich.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Bertrand Traore.PHOTO/courtesyPARIS, France, Feb 22 – Premier League club Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering under-age players, FIFA said on Friday.It means the club will be unable to make signings until the end of January next year. “The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods,” FIFA said in a statement.In addition, Chelsea were fined Sh60mn (600,000 Swiss francs) and given a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the minor players concerned.The ban does not prevent players being released by the club and it does not apply to Chelsea’s women’s and futsal teams.Chelsea have been given three days to appeal against FIFA’s decision.The move follows a FIFA into Chelsea’s signing of foreign under-18 players, including the club’s former forward Bertrand Traore, a Burkina Faso international who now plays for French Ligue 1 club Lyon.Traore signed professional forms for Chelsea in 2013 at the age of 18 but was not registered until January the following year.French website Mediapart, quoting documents from Football Leaks, reported that FIFA had scrutinised 19 Chelsea signings.Mediapart reported that FIFA found evidence that Chelsea had supplied misleading information about Traore’s signing and that he had made more than 20 appearances for the club at different age levels despite not being registered by the Football Association.FIFA said Friday it was also fining the Football Association (Sh51mn) 510,000 Swiss francs for breaking the rules on signing minors.The world governing body gave the FA a period of six months to update its processes concerning international transfers and the registration of minors.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)