Red Bank Riverfest Dries Up

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — This summer season will boot up without one of the borough’s longest-standing events. Organizers of Riverfest have pulled the plug.The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and This Is It Productions, the groups responsible for organizing Riverfest, have decided not to move forward this year with the food and music festival held each year in the borough’s Marine Park. The news was first reported by“You just get to a point when you have too many costs,” said Deanna Hunt, a partner in This Is It! Productions, the Hoboken firm that mounted the event for a number of years.Hunt and Lynda Rose, president and chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce, said the reason for the decision not to proceed with this year’s event was due in large part to added demands placed upon them by borough officials. Those included a request for an additional $5,000 contribution to the borough on top of the other fees the organizers have to pay.“The fees they were requesting were becoming cost prohibitive for us to be able to produce the event,” Hunt said.“Quite frankly, we just had to draw the line,” Rose said.Organizers had to pay for the use of the park for the three-day festival; pay for police overtime; for private security; to cover the cost of having Department of Public Works available for cleanup; “and all the other costs that go along with producing the event the average person doesn’t see,” Hunt noted.Last year’s event included a beer and wine garden for the first time. Hunt said borough officials requested organizers make a donation to a not-for-profit organization in exchange for allowing that attraction. Organizers decided to contribute $1,000 to the borough Department of Parks and Recreation, even though, Rose maintained, the event failed to show a profit.“They weren’t happy with the amount,” said a piqued Rose. “I’m sorry, it was a donation.”Neither Rose nor Hunt had figures readily available as to the costs related to producing the event.A lengthy renovation project of Marine Park facilities damaged by Super Storm Sandy in October 2012 has begun, and organizers also feared that would cause some difficulty in utilizing the location.Much like Kaboom! Fireworks on the Navesink, the largescale July 3 fireworks display that a private group organized with borough participation, sometimes these events become victims of their own success, said Borough Council President Kathy Horgan. “At times these events become too big, they become unmanageable, they become too expensive,” Horgan said. “We have to think what that means for the police, for everybody.”Organizers of the fireworks display, not affiliated with Riverfest, decided to cancel the event in 2012.Rose said there has been some early talks with Sea Bright officials about possibly bringing the event to the beachfront town but nothing has been decided.Riverfest in another iteration began in the early 1980s as the International Food Festival, held twice a year. By the 1990s the chamber came on board and partnered with the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation to incorporate live music and other attractions, along with food merchants into the event.A contentious schism developed between the jazz and blues foundation in the early 2000s, with the chamber walking away from the event for a couple of years and taking the name, Riverfest – which it owns the rights to – with it. For a number of years, the music foundation ran it as the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, but eventually the chamber came back and took hold of the reins.By the mid-1990s, the early June event became the largest free event of its type in the area, Hunt noted. At its peak it could attract upward of 80-100,000 people to Marine Park, she said. “Back in the ‘90s it gave a name to Red Bank when Red Bank was ‘Dead Bank,’” Hunt said, referring to the derogatory moniker the borough was tagged with prior to its redevelopment.Hunt and Horgan said they both hope discussions can continue to reinstate the event in the future.“I think it’s important to have events that keep people coming to Red Bank and keep residents involved and have things to do,” Horgan said.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Shevchenko: “The draw was lucky”

first_imgIn response to the question of which team worries him most, the coach replied that “The stronger the team, the more interesting it will be to prove what one is worth”. “Our team has no pressure. The tournament has not even started. It was created to give some options to qualify through the League of Nations. But, more than anything, it is a possibility to gain experience, to play with rivals of enjundia. Spain, Germany and Switzerland are waiting for us, world-class teams, “he explained.As for his team, he admitted that the goal is to “settle in the upper division”. “We’ll see if we succeed. We had to work hard to get into League A. For each player it is a great motivation. Show your strength to the best teams in Europe and the world“, He said. In the face of the European Championship, in which Ukraine is inserted in Group C together with the Netherlands, Austria and a team of the repesca to know, considered that the objective is to move on to the next round. The Ukrainian coach, Andrei Shevchenko, today considered the draw of the League of Nations “lucky”, where his team will face Spain, Germany and Switzerland in group 4 of League A.“Yes, we have had strong teams, but it will be even more interesting to play those games. Such confrontations will be a real experience for our players. Therefore, I consider that the draw was fortunate, “he told the Ukrainian press.Shevhenko, what He qualified Ukraine for the European Championship as the first of his group ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, said that “I did not expect easy equipment.” “At this point in the classification, all teams are strong. It is already an achievement for us to access the group with the strongest teams in Europe“, he pointed.last_img read more

PBA donates P46 million to POC

first_imgThe PBA contribution, meanwhile, is geared towards the training and development of the athletes for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia and the 2019 SEA Games here in the country. 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 View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith eyes geared towards helping Philippine sports as a whole, the PBA has extended a helping hand to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).Led by PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, the Board of Governors donated a sum of P46 million on Sunday which was received by POC president Ricky Vargas.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident San Miguel Corporation (SMC) sports director Alfrancis Chua also expressed his company’s desire to help Vargas in his tenure in the POC, saying that all of these is for the betterment of Philippine sports as a collective.“In San Miguel, we want to help the athletes in any way we can. My boss Ramon S. Ang donated 20 million so that we can help our Filipino athletes,” he said.Receiving the checks with Vargas were POC chairman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, secretary-general Pato Gregorio, deputy secretary-general Karen Caballero, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio, National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president Prospero Pichay, and Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) secretary Ed Picson.Vargas said that there are already selected programs where the funds will go to.The SMC contribution will be for a specific NSA that the company will opt to godfather, while the MVPSF fund will be for incentives of medal-winning athletes and programs.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victolero: Magnolia ‘surrendered’ in endgame vs Phoenix The San Miguel Corporation and the MVP Sports Foundation each gave P20 million in checks to the POC, while all 12 PBA teams chipped in P500,000 to amount to the league’s P6 million contribution.“I would like to thank with gratitude the PBA for their contribution and San Miguel Corporation and the MVPSF. These are all directed contribution towards athletes, towards NSAs for the program for Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games,” said Vargas. “We are very thankful for all of these contributions for the athletes, for the program, and for the country.”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 crownMarcial said that the act of goodwill was an initiative of the Board of Governors back in their planning session in Hong Kong.“The Governors said that they wanted to help and support the POC since the president is also our chairman,” he said.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant steals show at 2019 Fiba World Cup draw

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying With former teammates back in roster, John Vic de Guzman excited for SEA Games 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 MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title It’s @kobebryant with the #FIBAWC 🏆!😮😱 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img READ: Team USA among No. 1 seeds for FIBA World Cup in ChinaBryant’s Team USA will defend its crown when the 2019 Fiba World Cup tips off on August 31.USA is in Group E with Turkey, Czech Republic, and Japan.The Philippines was drawn in Group D with Angola, Italy, and Serbia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kobe Bryant poses with the 2019 Fiba World Cup trophy. Photo from Fiba.comIt’s been three years since Kobe Bryant lit up Hollywood with a 60-piece in his final NBA game yet he remains to be one of the most popular athletes today and perhaps, ever.Not buying it? Tell than to the one billion strong Chinese population.ADVERTISEMENT READ: 2019 Fiba World Cup: Philippines joins Serbia, Italy, Angola in Group DBryant was in Shenzhen, China for the three-day celebration of the Fiba World Cup capped by the 2019 Fiba World Cup draw and the Los Angeles Lakers legend was at front and center of it all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 📺 Live on 🎟 Results, Tickets and more on— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) March 16, 2019The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, who is the global ambassador for the 2019 Fiba World Cup, stole the show during the draw attended by top basketball officials around the world.Chants of “Kobe” even broke out at Shenzhen Cultural Center as Bryant was introduced. He facilitated the draw which determined the brackets of 32 qualified nations.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

How Mobile Phones can Transform Health, Education and Agriculture in Liberia

first_imgDigital technology is transforming the world, and Liberia can use this technology for tremendous purposes of wellbeing in almost all the sectors that drive the Liberian Economy. Out of some of the highly advanced digital technologies, mobile phone can present HealthCare, education and agriculture sectors in Liberia with unprecedented opportunities to run their operations and provide the chance for Liberia to leap ahead in a way that was unimaginable just a few years ago. This article is the first of a three part series detailing how the mobile phone can be a key transforming agent in the future of HealthCare, Education and Agriculture in Liberia. In this article we will discuss how the mobile phone can transform HeathCare in Liberia.The mobile phone is a strong contender in fundamentally transforming the future of health and healthcare in Liberia. There are now more than 1.5 million cell phone users in Liberia[1]. Liberia now has a pathway to reach the population who were unreached earlier, and deliver health services directly to people rather than just in health facilities.Liberia’s healthcare sector is severely short of healthcare resource constraints, equipment and drugs[2]. In such a country with severe resource constraints, mobile phones can be a major boon as it can empower both patients as well as healthcare practitioners (HCPs) by providing them with the necessary information required to make informed decisions about health issues such as timely monitoring of diseases, adequate health care provisions and making health living choices.As mobile phones have reached much deeper into Liberia than any other technology, it can help in supporting diagnosis, make collection of health data easier as well as advance research and education in the remotest and resource-poor regions of Liberia.The rapid penetration of mobile phones in the country provides good opportunity to reach those segments of the population who are currently left out because of distance and lack of communication, using ‘mHealth’ (mobile health) programs.Health centers in Liberia face difficulties getting the required medical supplies and drugs they need to treat patients. As a result, a large number of Liberians are plagued with preventable and treatable diseases. The mHealth programs can help overcome these infrastructure challenges and can help health workers to collect and disseminate logistics.Apart from helping patients, mobile phones can also prove helpful to health care providers in Liberia. The mobile phones can empower health care providers to provide high quality of patient care. Due to the shortage of healthcare facilities in Liberia, many Liberians have to wait for weeks and even months to get a physician’s appointment. With the adoption of mobile phones, healthcare facilities can remotely connect, interact and monitor with thousands of patients.In addition, there are several mobile apps that offer quick access to medical research from mobile devices to physicians. These apps can help doctors better understand the health of patients and provide improved care for the patients. Such apps are now being used by several countries in Africa. In Kenya, there is Child-Count, a SMS-based system that allows health care workers to register and treat children with acute malnutrition and diarrhea. By integrating healthcare with such mobile technology, Kenya aims to end poverty and reach the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.The use of mobile phone can transform the entire health care system of Liberia by allowing doctors to deliver higher quality patient care and can ensure that more people in Liberia receive better care. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Iron Lady on the brink

first_imgDear Editor,Justice Claudette Singh Ret’d, the new Chairman of GECOM, who took over the reins of that troubled entity on July 29, 2019, is seemingly heading for dangerous waters. Facing the urgent task of executing General Elections in a tight timeframe, Justice Singh has been taking things nice and slow. In any other circumstance, I would be the first to say let’s give the new Chairman time to get her feet wet. However, with each passing day it means the Constitution is being violated further.Recall that elections were constitutionally due in March 2019 following the successful passage of the NCM on December 21, 2018, by the Opposition. Recall also that the Govt had brought spurious legal challenges grounded in nonsensical mathematics, compliments Nigel Hughes, and were seemingly aided by the Appeal Court and the CCJ, the latter which proved timid, to delay the constitutionally-bound elections.Even an ordinary person would have grasped the dire situation at GECOM. With two Government Commissioners seeking to delay the elections and two Opposition-led Commissioners seeking to expedite the elections in accordance with the Constitution, even a less intelligent person would have known the situation requires swift and decisive action.Instead, the new Chair has been slothful and tentative and her protracted decision to use data from the obviously flawed HtH is one which actually creates more problems and one which will cause even more delays. Is it a mere coincidence that so far everything the Chairman has done is in sync with the Government’s efforts to delay and frustrate free and fair elections being held in Guyana?Looking back, I think Jagdeo, Leader of the Opposition, was reasonable in his thinking to nominate Justice Singh, who has been historically rigid and upright in her application of the law, being dubbed “Iron Lady” and all, and expected not only the same attitude but swift and complete adherence to the rule of law and Constitution. Moreover, he must have reasoned that a Judge of her calibre would understand the need within our crime ravaged society and one that has seen decades of rigged elections under the PNC to uphold the law and to be seen doing so.Sadly, this has not been the case thus far and as it stands more than a month following her appointment, we are nowhere closer to knowing when elections will be held. The Iron Lady is dangerously on the brink of joining the dubious duo of Patterson and Bollers, ex-Judges who have violated the Constitution and rule of law in Guyana while at the helm of GECOM.Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

“Prepare to Lead”

first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has told students of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) to prepare themselves to lead, in line with ethics and better education.Minister Samukai gave the admonition to the students during the induction of student leaders of senior and freshman classes of the university.He said graduating and holding a degree is not enough to get one to be trusted with leadership, but how a person manifests those traits that give people a sense of trust in that person.He told the students that becoming what others have become will begin from the day an individual enrolls in school where such individual will defend his or her capability by sharing logical opinions about issues affecting society.Samukai believes that one who wishes to be a leader will be concerned about his or her surroundings, participate in everything involving the community, and carefully listen to know the facts about the unfolding issues.“Don’t be afraid to share your opinion and do not graduate and hold a degree that you cannot defend. Show out to others what is in you that can make them trust you with leadership,” Minister Samukai told the students.The outspoken Defense Minister said those wishing to assume leadership in institutions or the country must adequately prepare themselves to be on top of the top of issues, noting that honesty, accountability and responsibility are some core values one needs to have before pursing leadership.“Have faith about preparing yourself to provide the leadership the country needs. Be trustworthy and accept responsibility for what you do,” he urged.Furthermore, Minister Samukai informed the students that popularity is a deceptive fame to rely upon, adding, “Popularity only carries a person up the ladder when the individual is able to deliver what the people need.” He cited an instance when because of his popularity in school he contested a student leadership position but was beaten by his opponent who was more academically prepared.He cautioned the students to be mindful as election approaches to elect people not because they have big names, but to evaluate them on the basis of their deliverables before casting their votes for them.The student leadership induction was performed by Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes, a politician and member of the Board of Trustees of the university.Those inducted at the level of the senior class leadership include the president, Andrew G. Kamara, Varmah Bobby Gray vice president, Cyrus J. Williams, secretary, Tarlee Feawoe, financial secretary, and Fatu C. Johnson treasurer.The Freshman class elected officials include the president, James Kollie, Nyundy R. Greaves, vice president, J. Emmanuel Kpleh, secretary, Emmanuel Wleh Dixon, Chaplain and Georenita Barolle, treasurer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cal Poly’s Cook among region’s best

first_img ALL-SCIAC The all-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors for basketball were released Wednesday, and players from local schools were well-represented on both teams. On the women’s side, conference champion La Verne produced the player of the year, sophomore Trenecca Jones (Chaffey High School), first-team junior Marissa Raya and second-team junior Lindsey Shiomi. Jones also earned SCIAC athlete of the week honors on March 1 after leading the conference in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage. Pomona-Pitzer senior Alana Casner won the Ed Baldwin Award for sportsmanship, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Lana Young (first team), and freshman Cameron Hanson and sophomore Jocelyn Woolsey (second team) were also honored. For the SCIAC men, Pomona-Pitzer senior David Knowles earned the Ted Ducey Award for sportsmanship and was a first-team selection, while junior teammate Jabarri Reynolds was a second-team pick. Cook was one of five named to the second-team all-regional squad, which also included Upland product Prentice Harris of Cal State San Bernardino. Cook led the Broncos in scoring during the regular season, scoring 17.9 points per game. The awards are starting to accumulate for Cal Poly Pomona senior guard Dion Cook. One day after earning a first-team all-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors, Cook was named to the Daktronics West Regional Team. center_img CMS was represented with first-team junior Mani Maceira. CHAFFEY BASKETBALL The Chaffey College men’s and women’s basketball teams, both with solid seasons, were well-represented on the all-Foothill Conference teams. For the men, sophomores Alwyn Jordan and Bobby Kovach made the first team, while sophomores Brandon Price and Jamar Berry were honorable mention. Sophomore Lillie Parks and freshman Christina Warren made the women’s first team, while freshman Carly Horine was an honorable mention selection. CAL POLY BASKETBALL Some Cal Poly players were surprised about their awards when the all-CCAA awards came out Tuesday. “I am surprised,” said junior Vanessa Dominguez, a second-team selection. “It’s exciting and it’s nice to know that other coaches recognize what you’re doing.” Donnelle Booker was surprised he got conference freshman of the year honors. “I’m honored to be freshman of the year,” he said. “I didn’t know who the competition was, I was just focused on winning.” Booker joins teammate Larry Gordon, a first-team selection this year, as back-to-back freshmen of the year honorees. “I guess part is recruiting well and part is out of necessity (to play),” coach Greg Kamansky said. “Donnelle did a great job.” Booker averaged 5.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and a team-leading 0.9 blocked shots. 160Want 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

Feds move to limit ravens in California deserts

first_imgThere’s always the disturbing part in those nature documentaries – when the adorable little ones wind up as a meal for some other predator. Mother Nature is a harsh mistress, but there’s nothing natural about the way common ravens have decimated the struggling desert tortoise. A plan to control ravens will soon be implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting endangered species. “There are problems with ravens that attack and eat juvenile tortoises,” said Carl Benz, assistant field supervisor in the agency’s Ventura office. “If we can reduce predation, it will be an important step in recovery” for the tortoise. Raven populations exploded sevenfold in the western Mojave, scientists estimate. The population in the Mojave and Colorado deserts of California is thought to range between 30,000 and 45,000 birds. Juvenile tortoises provide a ready meal. The shells don’t get hard enough to withstand a raven’s beak until the slow-moving reptile is 4 years to 7 years old. “As the shell develops, it gets stronger so it can stave off the pecks from a raven,” Boarman said. Given that tortoises don’t reach reproductive age until they’re 13 to 15, losing the younger generation makes it impossible for the population to remain stable, much less recover. An adult, fertile female desert tortoise lays close to six eggs a year, but most of the hatchlings are lost to predation. Recovery plans for the threatened reptile likened the desert tortoise to the California condor, the black rhino and the blue whale – all of which are in danger of extinction. It’s much easier for other species, including ravens, which can reproduce at ages 2 or 3, to generate a lot of new members in a hurry. It doesn’t help that tortoises are most active in the spring, during the same time the ravens are raising their hatchlings and most need food, Boarman said. The plan preferred by the Fish and Wildlife Service is to restrict the food and water sources available to ravens, and to remove or kill ravens that are clearly preying on tortoises. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The threatened desert tortoise has seen its populations plummet as it faces a gantlet of threats: habitat loss, disease, vehicles, livestock, and ravens. “Tortoises are threatened by the death of 1,000 cuts,” said William Boarman, a tortoise researcher. Ravens used to be rare in the desert, with limited food, water or nesting sites. In the 1940s, naturalists had a hard time even finding ravens in the Mojave Desert. But as humans spread across the desert, the crow-like black birds flocked behind, able to find food in landfills, trash cans, campgrounds and outside restaurants. Power poles, billboards, buildings, and even abandoned cars provided a vast network of places to build their nests. last_img read more

Burnley land Chelsea starlet on loan

first_imgBurnley have announced the signing of Chelsea starlet Nathaniel Chalobah on loan.The 19-year-old England Under-21 international has put pen to paper on a deal at Turf Moor that runs until January.Able to play in defence or in midfield the youngster presents Sean Dyche with depth to his Premier League squad as they look to avoid relegation back to the Championship this season.Chalobah has already had successful temporary spells in the Championship with Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough in recent campaigns. Nathaniel Chalobah 1last_img read more