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  • AH Celebrates Completion of New Borough Hall

    first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — “Finally,” said John Scheidt, president of Santorini Construction company, offering a sigh of relief and a smile of appreciation as the borough celebrated the completion of a two-year, $6 million renovation of the borough municipal building at 100 First Ave.Though a few small tasks remain to be done before the building is fully operational, Scheidt joined Mayor Frederick J. Rast III, the Borough Council, former mayors and borough employees in a New Year’s Day ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility.While the project was more expensive than projected and slightly behind the projected timeline, there were extenuating circumstances that contributed to the cost increases and delays, said Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny.Those included changes and upgrades the governing body agreed upon, and some snags related to utility work and issues with the weather, Hubeny said.The project came in at approximately $300,000 over the initial cost projections.Rast and the governing body decided to move forward with the renovation and expansion project back in 2009, to address long discussed concerns about the old borough facilty.Officials had admitted the municipal building, which contains its business offices, public library and police headquarters and dates back to 1970, had become too small to accommodate modern needs, did not adhere to handicap accessibility requirements, and had developed moisture and mold problems. Rast, with the support of the six-member council (four Republican and two Democrats), said it would be financially prudent for them to move forward with a plan to renovate and add additional space. He argued, given the economic climate many contractors faced, the borough would likely get very attractive bids and quite low interest rates, making it a propitious time to undertake the large project.“They had enough foresight to move forward with this project in difficult economic times,” the mayor said of the council. “They really saved a lot of money.”The borough also saved some money by taking an offer from the Avaya telecommunications company, which offered the borough office furniture from its closed Middletown facility. That, Rast said, probably saved about $100,000. Another cost saving measure, officials have said in the past, was for the local library to join the county system, with the county responsible for salaries and benefits.“Unless you’ve worked in construction, it’s difficult to appreciate a renovation as opposed to a new construction,” explained project architect Eli Goldstein. “And this was no ordinary renovation.”The project took the site’s existing 10,000 square feet and expanded it by another 8,000, officials explained when they broke ground on the project in March 2010. With the added space, “This building will allow us to grow,” and should continue to be viable for another 50 years or more, Hubeny said.And in the final analysis, Hubeny said, “You will be very happy as residents and taxpayers when you see what was done inside.”“We are happy with what we have,” said Police Chief Gerard Vasto of his new police headquarters.The old headquarters were built in 1970 and “built for 1970,” he said. Now, “Everything flows so well downstairs,” where the department will be situated, he said.“The officers will truly have a police headquarters that is truly functional,” the chief said, noting the department should be housed in the new facility within the week.Atlantic Highlands Mayor Fred Rast cuts the ribbon at the newly-renovated Borough Hall.last_img read more

  • FIFA legacy program ‘Live Your Goals’ launched

    first_imgThe ‘Live Your Goals’ campaign was first launched at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany and is part of FIFA’s legacy for staging the 2016 World Cup in PNG. The program will target young girls from the age of 6-24 years old and is aimed to promote and empower them to take up football.It will be rolled out to the four regions in the coming months.As part of the launch, over 200 girls participated in a football festival organised to promote the U20 Women’s World Cup to be hosted in Moresby in November.PNG Football Association (PNGFA) senior vice-president Linda Wonuhali launched the program at the Sir John Guise Stadium.Wonuhali said women’s football is growing rapidly and the program provides an opportunity for women and girls to develop a healthy lifestyle and participate in the sport as players and professionals.She said there’s a strong focus on women football development in PNG and they anticipate an increase in popularity of football as a result of hosting the U20 Women’s World Cup.For the first year of the program, the focus will be in Moresby and will include some of the home towns of the PNG U20 women’s players.last_img read more

  • Sime Darby Donates 5.7 Million Anti-Ebola Gloves to GOL Today

    first_imgThe Sime Darby Foundation (SDF), the philanthropic arm of Sime Darby group is expected to donate 5.7 million rubber gloves valued at US$155,000 to the Government of Liberia today, Friday, to help in the fight against Ebola to the final end.The gloves shipment, which came in three containers, arrived at the Free Port of Monrovia on October 31, 2014.In addition to the gloves, the SDF has also contributed USD157, 220 to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to carry out Ebola awareness programs and campaigns in Liberia.IFRC is working with the Liberian Red Cross Society (LRCS), which is leading efforts to control the spread of the virus through programs to reduce mortality and morbidity related to Ebola.Other activities by the IFRC include the training and mobilization of volunteers in affected communities; providing psychosocial support and also help those affected by the deadly disease; setting up diagnosis facilities; expanding on-going awareness programs to Sime Darby estates; and developing an identification system to manage any outbreak of Ebola.Up to present, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have recorded more deaths with reports of about 9,000 people infected with the virus, which has a fatality rate of about 70 percent of those infected.GOL earlier requested for help from countries all over the world to fight the deadly disease, which has claimed more than 4,500 lives across West Africa and poses serious threat to the country’s economy.The gesture by Sime Darby was part of a collaborative effort by the Malaysian government with other Malaysian companies to assist five African countries that have been greatly affected by the Ebola virus.The beneficiary countries include Liberia, the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Congo.According to a Sime Darby statement released yesterday, the Liberian Government will receive the gloves and make onward distribution to health workers, non-government organisations (NGOs) and communities.Sime Darby is one of the largest palm oil producers in the world, with about six percent of global supply. In Liberia, the company has a total planted area over 500,000 hectares and a land bank over 900,000 hectares.Meanwhile, Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDP) currently has a workforce of almost 3,000 and in 2009 the company signed a 63-year concession agreement with the government of Liberia to develop oil palm and rubber plantations in Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Bong counties.The company is an international conglomerate involved in many types of businesses ranging from aerospace to tourism. However, the plantation sector remains the most important sector for the company.About two-thirds of the company’s palm oil production comes from Malaysia, and one-third from Indonesia.  A related company in the Sime Darby group, Sime Darby Biodiesel, produces biodiesel from crude palm oil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Atletico crash out, Chelsea sink to second place

    first_imgAtletico had to win to have a chance of advancing, but although Saul Niguez’s second-half header put the visitors ahead, Chelsea drew level through a Stefan Savic own goal.In the end, Roma’s win against Qarabag in the other group match made the result irrelevant for Diego Simeone’s team, who failed to qualify for the last 16 for only the second time and the first since the 2009-10 season.It was a painful moment for Atletico and, after finishing as Champions League runners-up in 2014 and 2016, they are now consigned to the Europa League.Chelsea were already through to the knockout stages, but blew their chance to finish in first place and in theory earn an easier draw.Having lost and drawn against Roma, Chelsea finished second behind the Italians due to their inferior head-to-head record.That is bad news for Antonio Conte’s side, who could be pitted against Champions League heavyweights including Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in next week’s last 16 draw.Given the must-win nature of the tie for Atletico, Simeone’s team endured the worst possible preparation as their team bus was delayed in traffic en route to the Bridge, arriving less than an hour before kick-off.Atletico madrid’s Saul Niguez heads in to score against Chelsea in a Champions League match on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailAtletico striker Fernando Torres endured a difficult three-and-a-half years with Chelsea, but he came close to giving his side an early lead on his return to west London when his shot deflected onto the roof of Thibaut Courtois’ net.Unlike Torres, his compatriot Alvaro Morata has had no problems adapting to life at Chelsea and he showcased his deft touch to make space for a curling shot that flashed just wide.With Roma always expected to beat Qarabag, Chelsea knew only a win would be enough to guarantee top spot.Again Morata went close to the opener when he stretched to meet Victor Moses’ cross, but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak spread himself to block the Spaniard’s close-range effort.Causing Atletico all manner of problems, Morata almost caught out Oblak with a dipping strike from wide on the left that had the keeper scrambling to save.– Slack marking –Davide Zappacosta was next to test Oblak when the Chelsea wing-back unleashed a fierce shot that was pushed around the post.Atletico Madrid midfielder Gabi attempts to stop Chelsea’s Tiemou bakayoko during a Champions League match on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailConte’s men kept pushing after the interval and Andreas Christensen’s header was saved by Oblak before Eden Hazard’s deflected shot looped narrowly wide.Despite that barrage, Filipe Luis, another Chelsea old boy in the Atletico side, almost put the Spaniards ahead against the run of play when his long-range shot cannoned back off a post to Koke, who should have done better than head straight at Courtois.Sparked by that near-miss, Atletico snatched the lead in the 56th minute.When Torres flicked on a corner, Niguez easily escaped Tiemoue Bakayoko’s slack marking and had the simple task of heading home from close range.Christensen should have equalised from a Cesc Fabregas cross 10 minutes later, but the Chelsea defender somehow headed wide of the open goal.Pedro fared no better when his back-heeled flick was saved on the line by Oblak.Chelsea’s pressure finally brought an equaliser in the 75th minute as Hazard’s shot was deflected into his own net by Savic.Morata should have put Chelsea ahead moments later, but he shot too close to Oblak.There was more angst to come for Chelsea in the closing minutes when Willian missed a sitter before Michy Batshuayi’s stinging strike whistled wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in action against Atletico Madrid in a Champions League match. PHOTO/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6 –Atletico Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea that denied the English side top spot in Group C.It was a depressing evening for both clubs at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as neither got what they wanted from their final group fixture.last_img read more

  • Chelsea line-up v Aston Villa – Cuadrado to make his debut for Blues?

    first_img Juan Cuadrado could make his Chelsea debut this weekend 1 Chelsea have the opportunity to keep Man City at arms’ length, as they take on Aston Villa this weekend.Clashes between the two usually result in goals and while star frontman Diego Costa continues to serve the remainder of his suspension, the Premier League leaders will be confident against a Villa side that has been leaking goals.Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho broke his self-imposed media silence in his pre-match press conference to lambast the continued absence of Costa, but on a more positive note, he touched on the transfer deadline day arrival of Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, hinting that the Colombian could be in line to make his debut at Villa Park.One player who will miss out though is full-back Filipe Luis, who is struggling with a calf injury.Cesc Fabregas is expected to return to the starting XI after overcoming the hamstring injury that saw him miss last weekend’s 1-1 draw with City, but it seems as though Gary Cahill will have to remain patient for his return, with Kurt Zouma once again tipped to start in his place.Below is how Chelsea could line-up:GoalkeeperThibaut Courtois was at fault for City’s equaliser last weekend, but admirably saved efforts from Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho around the rare error. The Belgian will learn from the experience and continues to impress on a weekly basis. The Champions League ties against Paris Saint-Germain loom later this month may encourage Mourinho to rest his number one goalkeeper, but it’s unlikely to be this weekend.DefenceGary Cahill is in danger of being eclipsed by youngster Kurt Zouma who has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. Mourinho called the 20-year-old the best young defender in the world with Raphael Varane and he gave another fantastic performance last weekend beside captain John Terry. Brainslav Ivanovic was passed fit last weekend and delivered the pinpoint pass to Eden Hazard that cut through City’s defence for the goal. He and Cesar Azpilcueta should retain their places.MidfieldExpect Chelsea to be back at their free flowing best with Cesc Fabregas back in the side to partner Nemanja Matic. The playmaker has shaken off the hamstring injury that left the Blues weakened against City’s attacking prowess last time out. The dynamic duo with Willian, Oscar and Hazard ahead can make sure Villa aren’t afforded the same opportunities.ForwardThe Blues’ boss gave nothing away before the game, but Loic Remy’s wonderfully taken goal last weekend should earn the Frenchman another Premier League start. The striker proved his pace and quick reflexes, making him a more powerful starting asset than Didier Drogba, who has to be more pragmatic in his own approach.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up this weekend? Comment below…last_img read more

  • Nominations now open for Donegal Sports Star Awards

    first_imgSPORT: Nominations have opened today for the 41st Donegal Sports Star Awards. Chairperson Neil Martin is expecting a big entry again and has appealed to sporting organization to get nominating immediately. Mr Martin told Donegal Daily, “2016 has been another big year for Donegal sport locally, nationally and on the world stage.The county has enjoyed many great successes on the team and individual front so it’s very important that those achievements are recognized” Mr Martin said. The Chairperson confirmed that Donegal County Council will once again be the exclusive sponsor of the awards.“We’re delighted that the Council will be providing the financial backing which has been so important to us down the years.”“Chief Executive Seamus Neely has been very happy with the profile that the Donegal Sports Star Awards has given the Council across the county in promoting a healthy lifestyle and honouring those who have been nominated and been successful at our annual function which has gone from strength to strength over the last decade.”There will be at least one new category this year as the Primary Schools will be split with an award for a big school and small school. Flags will be presented to both of these categories as well as the winner of the secondary school award.These flags similar to the Green Flag can then be raised on the grounds of the winning schools. The Hall of Fame winner will be chosen by the committee therefore no nominations will be accepted in this category.Nominations can be done online from the nominations page and emailed to or by completing a simple nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. A brief summary only of achievements will suffice.Pictorial and DVD footage is also required. For further details visit The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 25th. The Donegal Sports Star Awards presentation function takes place on Friday, January 27th in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Nominations now open for Donegal Sports Star Awards was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2016DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSnewsNOMINATIONSOPENSportlast_img read more


    first_imgA 64 year old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Mary Boyle.Mary BoyleThe man was arrested in the Midlands this morning and is being questioned by Gardai.Mary went missing in Ballyshannon in 1977 while visiting the home of relatives in Cashelard. The man is being questioned at Mullingar Garda station and can be questioned for 24 hours without being charged.It follows a recent review of the case by Gardai.It is believed the man has been arrested for alleged kidnapping.Ann Boyle, missing Mary’s twin sister said: “I have heard from nobody. I am shocked that there has been an arrest in the case. I had no idea there were any developments in my twins disappearance.” It is the first time anybody has been arrested in relation to the case.Gardaí have issued the following statement.Following new evidence being discovered by the Review Team based in the Northern Region that has been investigating the disappearance of Mary Boyle in March 1977.A man aged 64 has today been arrested by An Garda Síochána for alleged kidnapping.The man has been detained for questioning in Mullingar Station under the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and is currently being questioned. He can be detained for up to 24 hours. As well as the investigation at the time there have been two reviews by An Garda Síochána into Mary’s disappearance.The latest began in 2011 and is being undertaken by a Review Team from the Northern Region.The Review team has to date conducted a significant investigation that has involved interviewing a wide range of people and undertaking a number of searches with the assistance of forensic and geology experts.Its investigation is ongoing. Speaking today, Assistant Commissioner Northern Region Kieran Kenny said: “We are appealing for anyone with any information on the circumstances around Mary’s disappearance to contact us.Even something that people may have thought was insignificant at the time could help us advance the continuing investigation.”A family liaison officer has been continuously liaising with Mary’s mother, Ann Boyle, to keep her informed of developments including today’s arrest.BREAKING NEWS: MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MARY BOYLE DISAPPEARANCE was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:arrestBalyshannondonegalMARY BOYLElast_img read more

  • Options open up Bruins offense

    first_imgHorton update Free safety Chris Horton will have to wait another few weeks before making his season debut. A visit with the team doctors showed his injured right wrist has not healed sufficiently for the pins to be removed. His wrist is supposed to remain in a cast for an additional two weeks. Hurricane help UCLA’s athletic department is collecting donations to assist the families of its student-athletes affected by Hurricane Katrina. According to NCAA guidelines, student-athletes and their families may accept financial assistance for educational expenses, or expenses related to the disaster. Five members of UCLA’s football team are from the New Orleans area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA senior tight end Marcedes Lewis noticed something interesting on a critical third-and-long late in the third quarter against Oklahoma. He ran a corner route, and a linebacker and a safety followed him. Bruins receiver Andrew Baumgartner saw the same thing, so when he caught the ball in the middle of the field, he knew it was an easy run for the first down. The simple catch-and-run netted 22 yards on a third-and-13 from UCLA’s 14-yard line. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Lewis, a Poly High graduate, is the center of a well-balanced offense averaging 49.3 points through three games. But he discovered he doesn’t need to catch the ball to impact the game. “It’s lovely,” said Lewis, whose 14 catches is twice as many as the next Bruin. “You can beat them when you’re catching the ball, and when you’re not catching the ball.” San Diego State used single coverage, and Lewis set career highs with seven catches for 131 yards. Rice double-teamed Lewis, and Olson picked apart the coverage to complete 17 passes to other players. The Bruins scored 63 points. “When they work on Marcedes (with a double-team), everybody has an opportunity,” UCLA offensive coordinator Tom Cable said. “It will help us either running it or throwing it. It’s a good problem to have.” “When you’ve got other guys stepping up and catching the ball, doing things after the catch, you just can’t focus on me,” Lewis said. center_img The play also reinforced something Bruins quarterback Drew Olson learned a week earlier in picking apart Rice’s secondary — teams likely will not continue to double-team Lewis because the Bruins have too many options. “It opens up too much,” Olson said. “They’re not going to change their whole scheme for one guy. I’m starting to realize that you can’t do it.” last_img read more

  • Students can march for credit

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I thought that was really unfair because most people in band need that P.E. credit – and they just took it away,” Triana said. “That was just wrong.” The outcry prompted the Whittier Union High School District and 13 other districts to ask the California Department of Education to alter its policy, saying it deterred students from participating in the arts. The effort was a success. Now, state officials have agreed to allow students to get P.E. credit for marching band on one condition: that they take a regular P.E. class in the spring semester of their freshman year in place of the marching band class. “We appreciate the willingness of the CDE to review this matter,” said Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. “This decision benefits not just our band members, but students throughout the state.” Local band directors had feared that students’ schedules would be too jam-packed if they had to take P.E. classes on top of band class and the extra rehearsals. WHITTIER – A compromise with state education officials means Whittier-area high school students once again will be able to participate in marching band and have it also count toward physical education credits for graduation. Earlier this year, controversy was sparked when state officials conducting a compliance review at La Serna High ordered administrators to stop giving P.E. credit to marching band students. They claimed the band and regiment program did not meet the state’s requirements for physical education – specifically, that it doesn’t prepare students for annual physical fitness testing and is not taught by a teacher credentialed in physical education. As such, many juniors and seniors in the band were forced to scuttle summer plans to take an extra P.E. class – such as Pioneer High School drum major Angela Triana, 17. Plus, said Pioneer High Band Director Craig McKenzie, having the class count toward P.E. credits was always an added bonus of being in the band. “When we couldn’t say that this year, we definitely had lower numbers and less interest,” McKenzie said. “You ask for all this extra time and effort and then they don’t get a P.E. credit for it? “It looked like we were asking too much, and for too many students, they decided they just weren’t going to be in the band,” he said. Although the policy change came too late for her, Triana said she felt it was a “good compromise – and seeing as how we just started the year, I don’t think many freshmen know about it yet. “I guess for some people who use the band not to get into P.E., it will backfire on them,” Triana said. “But I guess this is a pretty fair deal.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


    first_imgThere were no threats, no shouting and no disrespect for his opponent.This is how gentleman Joseph Duffy does his pre-fight ‘stare-offs’ with his upcoming opponents. That’s unlike a certain other fighter who doesn’t know what is going to hit him when he finally meets the Burtonport man – again!And we all know  what happened the last time that happened. Boom!DDTV: WATCH HOW GENTLEMAN JOSEPH DUFFY TREATS HIS OPPONENTS was last modified: September 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJoseph DuffyUFClast_img read more