Bayshore Trail Finally Reopens

first_imgBy Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After nine months of construction and over $1 million worth of repairs, the 1.25-mile-long Bayshore Trail section of the Henry Hudson Trail officially reopened to the public last week.“I think we accomplished a great thing here,” Atlantic Highlands borough administrator Adam Hubeny said at the ribbon-cutting, as winds whistled in off the Sandy Hook Bay. “We know how many people love this trail and how many people use it.”The Bayshore Trail suffered damage after Hurricane Irene hit the Jersey Shore in 2011, and then was nearly destroyed during Super Storm Sandy’s storm surge a year later. This bayside section of the trail was fortified with precast concrete structures and hundreds of feet of new drainage.Monmouth County paid $700,734 for the repairs, along with Atlantic Highlands’ portion of $356,214. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 80 percent of the bill for both entities.“I don’t want to say that it’s bigger, but it certainly is better,” Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said of the trail.“And that was the whole focus, so it could sustain hopefully any other onslaught we have.”This article was first published in the Nov. 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Pluto Lovers Will Want To Hear This NASA Scientist

first_imgBy Michaela Boneva |NASA’s New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM), Alice Bowman, has led her team of about 40 scientists in piloting the spacecraft that made the historic Pluto flyby in 2015 and captured the most high-resolution images of the dwarf planet to date. In hopes of spreading her love of science to young students, Bowman will be speaking at the InfoAge Science History Learning Center in Wall Township from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.The New Horizons mission was one among many to be proposed to NASA with the main focus of reaching and exploring Pluto. While many others were not approved or shut down, New Horizons had a more simplistic approach with a lightweight spacecraft and a small team that helped it achieve success.Starting with the exploration of planets, Bowman will be speaking about how NASA decided to shoot for Pluto and the technological and engineering elements that were necessary to get there. She will also be speaking about the next steps for the New Horizon mission, which was extended after the Pluto flyby to explore further into the Kuiper Belt, the region where Pluto resides. This includes the preparation of different flyby sequences for another Kuiper Belt Object that the spacecraft will be exploring. Bowman said she might also speak about the historic photos returned from the mission, which she describes as being “absolutely stunning, definitely art.” Like most young people, Alice Bowman had a wide variety of interests and while she says space exploration was one of her first loves, she didn’t know this was the career she would pursue. Her interest in space, particularly the engineering aspects, was sparked by the space missions she grew up learning about: Gemini, Mercury and Apollo.“That wonder you have as a child, it sort of spurred me on to pursue something like that,” Bowman said.She offers advice to young girls who have fallen in love with science the way she did: “Understand that you will have tough periods … but the important thing is, if you’re really interested in that field of study, that you work your way through it and understand that you may not be perfect but keep pursuing that dream.”Bowman has been speaking to audiences of students ranging from third-graders to university students, and she hopes to see more young people at InfoAge on Saturday afternoon.Tickets can be purchased online for $15 at Registration ends Feb. 23.This article first appeared in the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

As World Cup approaches, a budding team has no opponents

first_imgIn this Friday, May 11, 2018 photo, players of the soccer national team of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh run during a training session, in Stepanakert, the capital of the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The ethnic Armenian team has the shirts and the shoes, and even practices five days each week on an artificial field a short distance from the center of Stepanakert. The reason for the lack of opponents has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with politics. UEFA and FIFA have a general policy of not allowing teams into competition if they don’t represent an internationally recognized country or territory. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan — With the World Cup less than a month away, there is a budding national team in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh with no one to play against.The ethnic Armenian team in the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh has the shirts and the shoes, and even practices five days each week on an artificial field a short distance from the center of Stepanakert, the territory’s capital. But that’s about as far as the team goes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial A mud road leads to the entrance of the Stepanakert Republican Stadium and an old Lada car is parked on the track circling the field. Metal scraps rust away on the edge of the stands, and a youth team is practicing at the other end.All the players are professionals, but with a salary of about $120 per month, most cannot survive solely on football.Midfielder Arsen Sargsyan played in the Armenian league for more than seven years, but has now returned to Stepanakert. Besides playing football, Sargsyan also has a small business, helps out on the farms, and generally does “every job I can get my hands on.”Despite the hardship, the team says it is united and holds on to the hope that one day it will be able to make the locals proud.The few tournaments they can partake in involve other unrecognized states, or the pan-Armenian games which take place every four years. In 2015, they won that tournament by beating a team of Russians living in Armenia.“The Karabakh spirit is very high,” Sargsyan said with a smile as he spoke about a future where the Artsakh team can “play under our country’s flag.”That’s something pretty much everyone with the team can agree on.“We have hope. We believe,” said Gabrielyan, who has spent 18 years as a player and 30 as a coach. “This grassy field is my second home. Look how beautiful it is with its two goals on each side.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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That policy was weakened when Gibraltar and Kosovo joined FIFA in 2016 despite being only partially recognized.The Artsakh national team has made several unsuccessful requests for UEFA membership, the last time in 2017.Compounding political sensitivities is an Azerbaijani team playing under the name of Qarabag which made it to the Champions League this year. The team was previously based in Agdam, a town in occupied territory adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh that was entirely destroyed during the 1988-94 war. Today, they are based in Baku, supported financially by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s government and with a fan base of refugees and their descendants.“They represent one country, we represent another,” Artsakh coach Slavik Gabrielyan. “We see them using this name as a political statement.”The reality of life playing football in Nagorno-Karabakh is vastly different from the splendor of the Champions League.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “UEFA doesn’t let us participate anywhere,” said Artsakh defender Aram Kostandyan, who wishes he could inspire the younger generation of players and show them “why they are playing football.”The reason for the lack of opponents has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with politics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Nagorno-Karabakh region, as it’s known by its Soviet name, is considered part of neighboring Azerbaijan by the international community, located just north of Iran in the South Caucasus region. But since a six-year separatist war ended in 1994, it has been controlled by the local ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia.Living in a state of frozen conflict, the de facto Republic of Artsakh — in reference to the name of the region before Soviet times — is unrecognized by international institutions and the people of the region are prohibited from taking part in most international activities under their national flag. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Personal and selfish gains

first_imgDear Editor,I have been following the news regarding the “reorganisation” of the Guyana Forestry Commission, and I am in utter shock at the current state into which this model organisation has descended under this current Government.Now, rather than accepting that the current APNU/AFC Govt erred in taking away GFC finances from the REDD+ Fund and there is a general slump in construction and economic development, efforts are being made to facilitate corruption. This will be done through the wanton removal of technical and competent staff who are blocking the current AFC-led former GFC Commissioner from carrying out his acts of victimisation and impending corruption.Editor, since a teenager, I have been involved in the forestry sector as a chainsaw operator, to provide for my mother and siblings; and have moved on to owning my own portable sawmill and gaining valuable contracts from construction companies; then on to owning my own sawmill and gaining export markets. It is a fact that the sector was at its lowest when this former commissioner was in charge of Forestry. It was a free-for-all for chainsaw operators, and only his closest business associates benefitted the most. Do we want to back-pedal to those days?However, it was after his departure that the fortunes of the sector gradually changed, allowing for equal opportunities for all stakeholders operating under strict but workable regulations. During this period, many chainsaw operators got opportunities — as I did — to develop themselves and families, particularly in riverine communities.I am knowledgeable of how Guyana’s forests are managed in the fields, and will plead innocence to what is actually happening at the GFC Head Office as it relates to finances and staff benefits. But what I can definitively say is that this sector is well managed, and is one of the most regulated. To now learn that efforts are being made to “reorganise” this sector causes something to smell fishy.I am sure that the Government, which approved this reorganisation, has been misled, and should pay attention to what has happened, is happening, and will happen. The consequences and repercussions of this intended “reorganisation” will have far-reaching social effects for the staff of the Commission and for forest stakeholders, and political implications for the Government.Further, I believe that, since this Government came into power, the Commission was deliberately handicapped and sabotaged by this former commissioner and the Ministry of Natural Resources, in order for it to arrive at this stage as a means to justify “reorganisation” and seize control of an independent, semi-autonomous agency to satisfy the personal and selfish needs of this former commissioner and his subject Ministry.Sincerely,C De Barros (Snr)last_img read more

Brumskine Steps Down, Sen. Lawrence Takes Helm at Liberty Party

first_imgCllr. Brumskine formally turns over leadership to Sen. Lawrence-Sen Zargo, Musa Bility elected Chairman, Advisory Council HeadA newly-created National Advisory Council of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) over the weekend unanimously elected Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence as new Political Leader, replacing Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine.The decision took place in Voinjama, Lofa County, when the LP held its National Executive Council (NEC) Sitting as provided for in Article 8, Section 5 of its constitution. It stipulates that the NEC is the highest decision-making body of the party in the absence of a National Convention.It is presided over by its Political Leader and comprises of chairpersons of the 15 counties, the immediate past Chairperson of the Party, members of the Party’s Legislative Caucus, all National Vice Chairpersons, the National Secretary-General, National Treasurer and other Stakeholders.Held under the theme, “Keeping the LP Torch Burning,” the National Advisory Council also elected a new corps of officers, to steer the affairs of the party up to the next National Convention and at the same time confirm new positions for inclusion in LP’s Constitution; to include vice chairman for Educational Policy and Programs and vice chairman for Inter-Party Affairs.Former Campaign CEO Musa Hassan Bility was nominated and confirmed to head the Advisory Council, while Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and Steve Armadou Zargo were elected Political Leader and National Chairman respectively.Others elected to the LP’s NEC include: Madam Rugie Barry, Vice Chair for Administration; Abraham Darius Dillon, Vice Chair for Political Affairs; Jacob Smith , Secretary General ; Mrs. Carmenia Abdallah , National Treasurer ; E. Augustine Fredericks , National Vice Chair for Membership ; Dr. H. Marcus Speare , National Vice Chair for Education, Policies and Program, Martin Kollah, National Vice Chair for Planning; Elder Jallah , Vice Chair for Operations and Technology ; Losene Bility , Vice Chair for External Affairs, PrinceToles, Vice Chair for Mobilization; Cllr. Powo Hilton, Vice Chair for Legal Affairs;  Kwame Ross, Vice Chair for Auxiliary Affairs,  Kla-Edward Toomey, II, Deputy S/G for Press and Propaganda, and  James Yougie, Deputy S/G for Operations and Technology.Also elected are Mrs.Williette Lysander, National Women Wing Chair; Onesmus James, National Youth Chair; Alfred Cassell, Deputy S/G for Communications; Daniel O. Sando, Assistant S/G for Political Affairs;  AB Johnson, Assistant S/G for Social Policy and Programs, Suliamah Jalloh, Assistant S/G for Membership; Rebecca Hacker, Assistant S/G for Logistics; Agatius Coker, Deputy S/G for Auxilary Services and  Ebenezer Wilson, Assistant S/G for Special Projects.The outgoing Political Leader Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, in a rather emotional and passionate tone, appreciated God firstly for giving him the strength and wisdom to serve Liberia and the LP, and all current and former members of the Friends of Brumskine (FOB), the LP 2017 Presidential Campaign Team, Members of the Party and all Liberians, who supported him over the last 13 years, while aspiring to become President of Liberia.Cllr. Brumskine also paid a special tribute to late Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar,  Kamara Abdulai Kamara (KAK) and other fallen members of the FOB and the LP.He called on the new leadership to keep the LP vision alive by re-branding and rebuilding the party with reconciliation, the first of four pillars in the LP’s manifesto being its foremost priority.As Brumskine delivered his message, there was an atmosphere of total silence in the hall and sadness on the faces of delegates as the outgoing Political Leader made his remarks.In her acceptance Speech, Sen Lawrence appreciated Brumskine for being a diligent political mentor over the years and having served the LP and Liberia with utmost commitment.She also appreciated all partisans for the confidence reposed in her and promised to listen and work with all partisans in moving the party forward.Sen. Lawrence: “As political leader, my immediate priorities include reconciling the party, instituting an effective fund raising program, doing an assessment of the party’s performance in the last three presidential elections for the purpose of making improvements for the future and make party structures across the country very active through regular engagements and support. I will also set up a robust membership recruitment program; introduce the LP Charity Wing; encourage collaboration among opposition political parties, promote honesty, transparency and accountability in the party and remain supportive in maintaining the peace and stability of the country.”Sen. Zargo appreciated Cllr. Brumskine and all members of the party for the confidence reposed in him to serve as their Chairman and committed himself to expanding the membership base of the party and working hard to ensure that the party remains vibrant and come back strong in upcoming elections.Liberty Party, during the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, came a distant third to the now ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the opposition Unity Party (UP).A legal remedy sought for a re-run of the elections over LP’s allegation of fraud to the Supreme Court, was denied for lack of sufficient evidence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Substandard, falsified pharmaceuticals a threat to Guyana, other developing countries

first_img– Food & Drug Department partners with US-based leading company to counter threatGuyana is not immune of the threat of substandard or falsified pharmaceuticals and in light of this, the Food and Drug Department is now partnering with a US-based leading pharmaceutical company, Ansa Zenica, to address the issue.FDD Director Marlon ColeDirector of the FDD, Marlon Cole, at a drugs importers meeting on Tuesday, stated that such a collaboration is both timely and opportune relative to the threat that countries in the developing world, particularly low and middle-income countries, face in terms of the quality and safety of medicinal drugs and medical supplies being released for sale in the market.He explained that in the 2017 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, it is stated that 10 per cent of pharmaceuticals that are used in low and middle-income countries are substandard or falsified with the market share of drugs and pharmaceuticals recorded between low and middle-income countries to be US$300 billion.“If you factor that 10 per cent in then you would see that substandard drugs that are, we are exposed to in this part of the world, is actually US$30 billion annually. I say that to say we in Guyana we are not immune or remote from such a threat and it is a clear and present danger for us.”This means that one in every 10 drugs is substandard or falsified because of unavailability in accessing quality medication.“The report suggested too that there is weakness in governance in those countries that would affect or cause the proliferation of substandard or falsified (drugs) in the market. We here in Guyana are currently looking at legislative review to ensure that when we issue a marketing authorisations, same as is done under the backdrop of solid regulatory oversight or we have a good regulatory framework to ensure that we insulate ourselves from such a threat. Lastly, I must say that the report suggested that capacity-building or lack thereof in terms of technical capacity operative in middle and low-income countries contributed to the proliferation of substandard or falsified drugs in societies,” Cole further stated.According to the FDD Director, with the collaboration between the Food and Drug Department and US company, Ansa Zenica, strides are expected to be made in securing the country from such a threat.“We at the Food and Drug Department would benefit directly from the capacity-building by the manufacturers themselves as it relates to product security and stability data on the very products. While we operate in a global supply chain, it is important that as regulators we know that there is no acrimonious relationship between the regulators and manufacturers. We regulators are to regulate the manufacturers but still, there must have opportunity for dialogue and communication and the exchange of information to insulate ourselves from the threat of substandard products.”He said that during this period amidst the backdrop of threats that are associated with substandard or falsified medication, the FDD is happy that Ansa Zeneca actually accepted the invitation whereby the FDD can be exposed to presentations on product security and this also has to do with substandard and falsified products, how you would detect them and capacity-building.Cole added that the FDD can benefit tremendously from information shared by Ansa Zenica, a manufacturing company with over 100 years of experience in the production of pharmaceuticals.Ansa Zenica boasts over 50,000 staff globally with 30 manufacturing sites across 19 countries. Also in attendance at the drug importers meeting were representatives from the Public Health Ministry and staff from various sections of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and its pharmacy. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

TiVo posts narrower fourth-quarter loss

first_imgExcluding hardware sales, service and technology revenue rose 22 percent to $57.4 million, compared with $47 million for the year-ago period. Analysts, on average, were expecting a loss of 36 cents per share on service and technology revenue of $55 million, according to a survey by Thomson Financial. TiVo said its total number of subscribers grew to 4.44 million, up only slightly from 4.36 million in the previous year. A gain of 163,000 TiVo-owned subscribers during the quarter offset an expected decline in the number of DirecTV-based customers as the satellite TV operator marketed its own DVR instead of a TiVo-based set-top box. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – Digital video recording service provider TiVo Inc. posted a narrower fourth-quarter loss Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations, as revenues rose almost 30 percent and the company offered fewer product rebates. The Alviso-based company reported a quarterly loss of $18.7 million, or 19 cents per share, for the three months ended Jan. 31. In the same period last year, TiVo’s net loss was $21.1 million, or 25 cents per share. Net revenues climbed to $77.6 million from $60.1 million a year ago. last_img read more

‘Idol’ LaKisha Jones given kiss of death

first_imgForty-five million votes were cast to narrow the field of contestants to Melinda Doolittle, Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although frequently tipped for the top, LaKisha Jones got the boot Wednesday on “American Idol,” leaving just three contenders to vie for this season’s crown. The rise and fall of Jones included kisses from Simon Cowell and Vegas odds that she’d be the last singer left standing when the contest ends with a two-hour finale May 23. But it was not to be. The 27-year-old Michigan native, who had one of the sturdiest voices of the sixth season, never rose to expectations sparked by strong early performances. She was also criticized for poor song choices. After the elimination, a tearful Jones managed to get through “Stayin’ Alive,” a reprise of Tuesday night’s episode in which finalists each performed two songs by the Bee Gees. last_img read more

‘Fantastic’ Hazard pleases Chelsea boss Mourinho

first_img Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea Jose Mourinho praised “fantastic” Eden Hazard, after the Belgium international’s resilient performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Stoke City on Monday.The 23-year-old showcased his flair in a fiery contest, but Mourinho admitted it was the winger’s resolve which impressed him most.Hazard was caught with a scathing tackle by Phil Bardsley early in the match, before going on to assist Cesc Fabregas for his side’s all important second goal 12 minutes from time.“We played with [John Obi] Mikel and [Nemanja] Matic, so we lost one creative player,” said Mourinho.“We had that stability in the team, and left to Hazard, Fabregas and Willian the responsibility to create, and they were not afraid to do that.“They gave their bodies to the game and put themselves in every situation, and I think the kid [Hazard] was fantastic.”He added: “If the tackle on him [Hazard] was a bad one, it was an isolated action.“Then, after that, it was a difficult fight for the kid – but I think it was also a difficult match for Bardsley, because the kid is playing fantastically.” 1last_img read more

Firmino hands Liverpool flying CL start

first_imgDaniel Sturridge and a James Milner penalty put the hosts in command before Thomas Meunier reduced PSG’s arrears.Having kept Kylian Mbappe and the world’s most expensive player Neymar quiet for almost the entire match, Liverpool seemed set to pay a heavy price for one slack pass by Mohamed Salah as Mbappe swept home seven minutes from time in front of a stunned Kop.But Firmino, who started on the bench due to an eye injury suffered against Tottenham on Saturday, had the final say as he twisted and turned before firing into the far corner to stretch Liverpool’s perfect start to the season to six games.Liverpool’s run to the final last season was characterised by fast starts that blew away Spartak Moscow, Manchester City and Roma at Anfield and buoyed by a perfect start to the Premier League season, the hosts put PSG under severe pressure from the off.Alphonse Areola has kept Gianluigi Buffon on the sidelines during the first few weeks of the 40-year-old’s PSG career and, with the Italian suspended for his red card in Juventus’ ontroversial exit to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last season, started again between the sticks.The French international was busy early on as he saved from Virgil van Dijk, Milner and Sadio Mane inside the first 10 minutes.PSG have crumbled on their Champions League travels to Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the past two seasons and their ability to challenge for the competition was again questioned as they struggled to contain Liverpool’s greater speed and power in midfield.Up front, Firmino’s absence opened the door for Sturridge to make his first Champions League start for the club.The Englishman has been dogged by injury and lack of form during Klopp’s nearly three years in charge, but took his chance on the big stage by powering home a pinpoint curling cross from Andy Robertson to open the scoring on the half-hour mark.Six minutes later, PSG’s deficit was doubled when Juan Bernat tripped Georginio Wijnaldum inside the area and Milner slammed the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.However, the visitors were handed a lifeline through right-back Meunier, rather than one of their famed front three, as the Belgian skilfully readjusted to volley home Robertson’s miscued clearance.Klopp was annoyed at his side for having to survive a nervous finale in winning at Tottenham on Saturday after passing up a series of chances to put the game to bed.And it was looked like this time they would pay as Salah had a goal ruled out for a foul by Sturridge before the latter headed a glorious chance into the arms of Areola.Salah has struggled to match his stunning 44-goal form of last season in recent weeks and was substituted by Klopp moments after gifting PSG a route back into the game.His slack pass was intercepted and quickly fed into Neymar, with Van Dijk’s tackle on the Brazilian only rebounding into the path of Mbappe to fire home.Liverpool instantly went in search of a winner as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deflected free-kick came back off the woodwork, and finally got their reward when Firmino powered home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Firmino fired a sensational effort low into the bottom corner to gift Liverpool all three points after a thrilling clash. Photo/DAILY MAILLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 18 – Roberto Firmino came off the bench to strike deep into stoppage time and hand Liverpool a deserved 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on Tuesday.Last season’s finalists showed the French champions have plenty of work to do if they are to mount a challenge for a first-ever Champions League title as they bounced back from blowing a 2-0 first-half lead.last_img read more