FILE PHOTOManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City survived a sloppy start to secure top spot in Champions League Group F by coming from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 thanks to Leroy Sane’s double on Wednesday.Andrej Kramaric’s penalty put the Germans deservedly in front on 16 minutes as another much-changed City side struggled to get up to speed.However, Pep Guardiola’s men found their feet as the first half wore on and were level just before the break courtesy of a brilliant Sane free-kick.Guardiola was frustrated by his side’s wastefulness in front of goal in the second period, but Sane did at least secure victory by converting Raheem Sterling’s pass on the hour mark.“We started flat because this team is so demanding in terms of how they attack the space, their physicality, they are stronger than us,” said Guardiola.“After that we created an incredible amount of chances, but the result is good.“We are in the best 16, now we are going to see the draw and especially try to arrive in the right moment.”City made life difficult for themselves in the group with a flat performance in losing at home to Lyon in their opening group game and were similarly caught cold having already secured their place in the last 16.Kramaric had fired a warning shot inches over before Ederson produced an incredible finger-tip stop to turn another curling effort from the Croatian behind.However, Kramaric’s luck was in third time round from the penalty spot after Aymeric Laporte was punished for hauling down Benjamin Hubner.All of City’s best efforts before the break came from set-pieces as Gabriel Jesus and Nicolas Otamendi struck the woodwork.– Sane screamer –But the hosts were finally level in spectacular fashion when Sane curled a free-kick into the top corner from 30 yards out. Hoffenheim needed to win just to have a chance of qualifying for the Europa League knockout stage in third, but in their desperation to chase a winner left themselves hopelessly exposed to the pace of Sane and Sterling after the break.“I don’t think three points sums up our position completely. We would have gone further if we had got the points we should have done,” said Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann, who will leave to join RB Leipzig next season.“As newcomers to this competition, we have learnt a lot, we have played well in the tournament and come back several times in games. We have done a lot for this club and hope there will be more of this in the future.”Sane was guilty of overplaying as City incredibly spurned a three-against-one when Sterling fed the German, who tried to tee up the surprised Bernardo Silva rather than going for goal himself and Baumann saved the Portuguese’s shot.“We are young. I have that feeling. The people in front are 21, 22 years old we need to be more calm in these positions,” added Guardiola.However, the City boss reserved special praise for 18-year-old Phil Foden on his first Champions League start of the season just days after signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.“He is an amazing player. His mentality, he can score goals, he is a fighter, his control in tight positions, he is a master.“We didn’t have any doubts he is ready to play in a top level with us.”Sterling has been in the news for bravely speaking out about the alleged racist abuse he suffered in defeat at Chelsea on Saturday and news coverage he has received in the past.However, the England international showed little sign of letting it disrupt his fine form on the pitch as he teed up Sane to round Baumann and slot home the winner.Next up the competition favourites will face one of Atletico Madrid, Schalke, Ajax or Roma in Monday’s draw.Share on: WhatsApp
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OCEANPORT – The Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) will hosts its 8th annual Kortney’s Challenge Two Mile Fun Run/ Walk on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Monmouth Park Racetrack. The event will be held rain or shine.The foundation’s signature family event, sponsored by Les Friedland Associates, LTD. and Monmouth Park, raises funds for research and treatment of pediatric brain tumors, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children 20 and under.Kortney’s Challenge is a fun day for the whole family. In addition to the race, there are free kids’ activities, including crafts, pony rides, face painting, bouncer and more. All children will receive a medal, and all participants receive a free goody bag full of donated items. Prizes will be awarded to the top three girl- and boy-finishers (age 12 and younger) and the top three men and women (age 13 and older).Race-day registration and T-shirt and bag pick up begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be a Dance Plus Performance Team Exhibition at 9 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m.After the race, participants can join in for a day at the races in a KRF-designated picnic area in conjunction with the Oceanport Policemen’s Benevolent Association. Kids under 12 are free, and picnic tickets for participants of Kortney’s Challenge are only $20 for food, beverage, race program and a full day of horse races. Supporters 12 and older who not participating in the race can purchase tickets for $25.Additional information, tickets and links to preregistration are available at www.thekortneyrosefoundation.org. Also available for download are entry forms for mail-in registration and pledge forms. Runners who pre-register will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt.In addition to raising money for the foundation’s mission, all of the miles walked by participants in Kortney’s Challenge will be donated to The International Brain Tumor Alliance’s (IBTA) Walk Around the World for Brain Tumors, a London-based alliance supporting brain tumor advocacy groups www.ibta.org.“Every year we’ve welcomed more families to this rewarding event at a superb venue,” said Kristen Gillette, Kortney’s mom and the KRF president. “With the number of new cases of pediatric brain tumors in 2013 estimated at 12.8 per day, support from our extended community is more crucial than ever.”Kortney Rose Gillette was a vivacious 9-year-old girl with a winning smile and unparalleled zest for life. She loved playing with friends and animals and enjoyed school at Wolf Hill Elementary School in Oceanport. This didn’t change even after her diagnosis of a terminal brainstem glioma. On April 27, 2006, four months after her diagnosis, Kortney lost her brave battle with this pediatric brain cancer.To celebrate Kortney’s love of life, the inaugural “Kortney’s Challenge was held in September 2006. More than 500 people participated and helped to raise money that was used to build Kortney’s Playground at Wolf Hill Elementary School where Kortney was a third grader. In 2007, The Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3)to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research and awareness. The foundation has donated more than $600,000 in the past six years, to the pediatric brain tumor research program at the No. 1 children’s hospital in the nation, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Donations from KRF are used in CHOP’s world class Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium which collects bio specimens reflecting the molecular diversity of all pediatric brain tumors and in the Large-Scale Genomics Project that hunts down the genes behind brain tumors with the goals of using this gene knowledge to guide therapy, devise new tests and treatments.The Two River Times™ is a sponsor of the The Kortney Rose Foundation’s 8th annual Kortney’s Challenge Two Mile Fun Run/Walk.
By Liz SheehanSANDY HOOK- After attempts reaching back to 1999, The National Park Service (NPS) announced on May 9 that it has finally issued the first lease on a building in Officers Row in historic Fort Hancock.The lease was issued to Brian Samuelson and Joseph Dorsey.Daphne Yun, acting public affairs officer, said the details of the 60-year lease were not available.Samuelson, of Atlantic Highlands, said that work was being done on the two-family house, known as building 21, which faces Sandy Hook Bay. The goal is to get one section, which has three bedrooms, ready for occupancy this summer.Samuelson said Tuesday that the building would be rented out for monthly or seasonal use, or for holiday vacations, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. This is consistent with his application, which said the house would be used as “a family residence in the off-season and a weekly, monthly or seasonal rental during the summer months.”Samuelson, an airplane pilot, said that “everything is up in the air,” when asked if he would be using the house as a residence.The application also said that Samuelson was interested in rehabilitating “between one and five” other buildings on Officers Row.When asked if he would be doing other renovations of buildings at the fort, he replied that he would handle “one crisis at a time,” but “I’m keeping an open mind.”The announcement from the park service of the lease quoted Samuelson and Dorsey as saying, “We hope to eventually make accommodations for the general public for summer rentals” which plan to advertise with a website.The park service’s first attempt to lease the buildings was in 1999, when a 60-year lease was given to Rumson developer James Wassel to renovate and commercially develop more than 36 buildings at the fort. The park service said it did not have the funds to restore the buildings covered in the lease. The proposal was met by strong opposition from local residents who formed Save Sandy Hook, a grassroots organization, to oppose the plan.The Wassell lease was cancelled in 2009, when the developer, after a series of extensions, was not able to show he had the financial means to rehabilitate the buildings.In 2012, a notice was put in the Federal Register that an advisory committee would be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with White House Approval to form plans for Ft. Hancock’s future. The committee, named the Fort Hancock 21st Century Committee, has 23 members, including local elected officials.The interior of the building. Photo: Liz SheehanLast December, a spokesperson for the park service said it was in negotiations with potential lessees for three of the fort buildings.According to the park service website, those leasing the buildings have to pay to renovate the structures, following the standards of historic preservation properties. The proposed rent would be offset by the cost of renovation.The terms of the lease would be based on fair market value, John Warren, External Affairs Officer at the NPS, said.According to the NPS the Fort Hancock has been a major factor in the defense of the New York harbor since colonial days. It served as a proving ground and was renamed in 1895 and deactivated in 1974.
The federally funded document will examine three scenarios, including moving away from so-called “vulnerable coastal areas,” and recommend steps government and other stakeholders in the region, like NJ Transit, can take to be more resilient. The public got to see the latest on the regional project, called The New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES), at an open house July 10 at the Middletown Arts Center. “There should certainly be a strategy for areas that are at risk to be bought out by Blue Acres over time where needed,” she said. “We do not need to vacate the entire Jersey Shore and we certainly don’t want to. We don’t want to because we love our shore and also because it is an economic engine for tourism.” Some ideas call for the state Department of Transportation, local governments and the county to work on infrastructure projects, like raising sidewalks and roads. “Ultimately, it’ll create a plan, working with the representatives from the 15 towns and stakeholders and the public, for how they can take action or how they and the state, they and the county and they and the federal government can take action based on the threats that we’re seeing from sea level rise and future coastal events,” said Nicholas Angarone, bureau chief with the DEP’s office of climate resiliency and planning. “We’re providing them the options to make informed decisions.” This October will mark the seventh anniversary of Super Storm Sandy hitting the state and devastating the coastal region of Monmouth County. “This went from being a conversation that we were having at DEP and some environmental groups and some advocates were having and some towns, to being on the front page every day that people were looking to address,” Angarone said. “The 15 towns here have been very progressive in taking this action to start having what are ultimately difficult conversations.” Yet in a state where local control rules in municipal government, Long said she thought the challenge would be getting “local buy-in for the recommendations” in the report. Part of the project looks at water levels, projected at different time frames through the century, of as much as 12 feet above the norm due to combined effects of sea level rise and bad storms. Data from a Rutgers University report projecting sea level rise is being used for the project. Howard said she favors an approach that was applied in Wayne, where a government program called Blue Acres was used to buy homes of willing sellers who live in flood-prone areas of that community. A report by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will offer policy recommendations, both in the short and long term, for how to respond to future coastal flooding in the Two River region, in the face of rising sea levels and potential major storms in the coming decades. “So we all need to be coordinating and working together,” she said. By Philip Sean Curran At Naval Weapons Station Earle, a military installation in Monmouth County, the federal government spends about $100 million every 10 years to strengthen and repair the pier complex. But during Sandy, Earle suffered $50 million worth of damage. Area map of 15 towns, displayed at the open house. Photo by Philip Sean Curran “We are pretty damn sure, based on the science, based on carbon emissions and climate change, that sea level is going to rise,” Angarone said. The report that gets released at the end of 2019 will show how all layers of government will have a role to play. None of the recommendations for policy changes will be binding on the towns, however. “We’ve been saying from the beginning water doesn’t respect a municipal boundary,” she said. “Whatever we do in one town has to be consistent to the next town to the next town. Otherwise, we’re just spinning our wheels.” Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, arguing that flooding is not “a singular problem” for her community, said she pushed for a multijurisdictional approach to the issue. She said flooding “affects all the towns along the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers.” The NJ FRAMES project was an outgrowth of the storm, as mayors decided to work collaboratively. “None of this would have happened but for Super Storm Sandy,” Long said. “This started out as a desire to coordinate locally across municipal boundaries.” “The Navy will take care of its own infrastructure,” said Dennis Blazak, community plans and liaison officer at the installation, at the open house. “We’ll always want to be ready to do the mission we have. But if we’re the only ones that do it and the community doesn’t also prepare, then we’ll just be an island in the stream.” At the open house last week there were maps of the region for the different scenarios the project team has laid out for 2030, 2050 and 2100. For 2030, in the “protecting our communities from the water” scenario, suggested steps call for raising bulkheads in north Rumson and closing seawall gaps in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, among other things. In some actions, towns can take steps on their own, but there are “things that have to be done at a regional scale,” Angarone said. Paid for with a roughly $900,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the project was launched in 2016. The Two Rivers Council of Mayors applied for the funding, with the state performing “the analysis and the planning” for the 15 communities, Monmouth Beach Mayor Sue Howard said.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender van Dijk lauds Shaqiri: He’s become our game-changerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveXherdan Shaqiri has become Liverpool’s game-changer, according to his teammate Virgil van Dijk.The Swiss came off the bench to score two goals in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.”You can concede and it happened,” van Dijk told the club’s website. “The thing then was to bounce back and make sure we kept pushing, putting the pressure on them and being patient.”That’s what we did and in the end, big Shaq came on and did the job for us.”He is a fantastic player. He showed it since the first game against Manchester United in America [in pre-season]. He is something different and sometimes that’s a game-changer.”
Ohio State Scarlet and Gray DaysUpdate: We’ve got another Scarlet and Gray Days preview to show you. This one features Braxton Miller, wide receiver. Like what you see, @OhioStAthletics fans? Don’t miss “Scarlet & Gray Days” at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday. #InsideOSU http://t.co/CYarPB7qKE— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 18, 2015Earlier: The Ohio State football program is the subject of a new Big Ten Network show that’s focusing on the Buckeyes’ 2015 training camp. The show, Scarlet and Gray Days, is set to debut Wednesday at 7 p.m. E.T. on BTN. Thanks to Land Grant Holy Land, we’ve gotten a sneak peek at one of the scenes from the first show. In this scene, Urban Meyer is addressing his players. “We will not go into Game 1 in Blacksburg, Va., not nine strong,” he says. Urban Meyer: “We will not go into Game 1 in Blacksburg, VA not ‘nine strong’ … That’s absolutely not negotiable.” http://t.co/y39urFk7T6— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) August 17, 2015Ready for the fall, Buckeye fans? Ohio State opens its season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:More beats for banks? Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, TD Bank and National Bank are set to report their third-quarter results this week. The results from the four banks follow Royal Bank and CIBC, which both reported profits that beat expectations and raised their dividends last week.Duties deadlineThe U.S. International Trade Commission votes on final phase anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into newsprint from Canada on Monday. The U.S. government gave most Canadian newsprint producers a reprieve earlier this month by lowering final anti-dumping and countervailing duties after several U.S. businesses and politicians complained the tax on Canadian newsprint threatens the already-struggling newspaper industry.Economic updateStatistics Canada releases its latest reading on the country’s economy on Thursday, with a report on economic growth for the second quarter. The economy slowed in the first quarter to its lowest rate in two years, largely attributed to a pullback in the real estate market. The latest assessment comes ahead of the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement set for Sept. 5.The next Trans Mountain battleThe Federal Court of Appeal will release its decision in the case of Tsleil-Waututh Nation et al. v. Attorney General of Canada et al. over the Trans Mountain pipeline on Thursday. Opponents of the pipeline project were dealt a major blow on Thursday when the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby to consider overturning a lower court decision that denied the port city leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.NAFTA talksCanada is waiting to rejoin the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations as the United States and Mexico work to resolve their bilateral issues amid reports suggesting the announcement of a deal is close. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said last week that she’s been “very encouraged” by signals from Washington.
KATOWICE, Poland — Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show that many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming.The opening Friday of the U.S. Climate Action Center alongside pavilions from Britain, Poland and New Zealand contrasts with the low-key presence of the official U.S. government delegation.The administration of President Donald Trump, who has announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, is holed up in a cubicle away from the main concourse. It currently has one public event planned Monday promoting U.S. technological innovations.The Climate Action Center is backed by a grouping called We Are Still In that wants to maintain the 2015 Paris agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).The Associated Press
London: The UK has secured a short delay to the March 29 Brexit deadline after the European Union (EU) leaders reluctantly agreed to offer embattled Prime Minister Theresa May time until May 22 to get the divorce deal through another House of Commons vote next week. If the agreement, already defeated twice over the controversial Irish backstop clause, fails to clear the UK Parliament for a third time, the EU has set April 12 as the deadline for Britain to make up its mind on the next move. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USWhile the EU’s latest offer reduces the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit by the March 29 deadline, the UK could still leave without a deal if Prime Minister May fails to get the backing for her deal from MPs by April 12. The UK government will still have a choice of a deal, no-deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50, said Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, soon after EU leaders agreed to May’s plea for a short extension to the Brexit deadline at an ongoing council meeting in Brussels. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”April 12 is a key date in terms of the UK wondering whether to hold European Parliament elections. If it has not decided to do so by then the option of a long extension will immediately become impossible, said Tusk, on behalf of all EU member-countries. If May’s deal fails to clear the Parliament hurdle yet again next week, the UK would be expected to table its no-deal plans for crashing out of the 28-member economic bloc by April 12 or accept a longer extension to the Article 50 mechanism and contest the European Parliament elections scheduled for May 23. “I hope that we can all agree we are now at the moment of decision. And I will make every effort to ensure that we are able to leave with a deal and move our country forward,” May said, adding that Britain’s MPs now had a clear choice . She, however, did not repeat her vehement opposition to the prospect of a longer extension to Article 50, which is likely to come with many strings attached from Brussels. In return for even more time for Brexit, should Britain go down that route, the EU will demand that the UK holds a general election or a second referendum. A longer extension on offer is believed to run until December 31 this year or beyond. The BBC quoting Downing Street sources said that an agreement with the EU to extend the Brexit deadline would be a piece of international law and would take precedence even if Parliament rejected it.