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First of Fort Hancock Buildings Are Leased By Private Owners

first_imgBy 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.last_img read more

Preparing for Future Storms and Sea Rise

first_imgThe 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

Footpath replacement works due to begin in Letterkenny tomorrow

first_imgFootpath replacement works will begin in Letterkenny tomorrow (Mon), it has been announced. The works are set to take place on Ramelton Road from Station Roundabout, up the Main Street and on to Oliver Plunket Road.Donegal County Council has said that the phased works, in an effort to minimise disruption, will last for 8 weeks. Meanwhile, pedestrians will be diverted and traffic flow will be maintained. Footpath replacement works due to begin in Letterkenny tomorrow was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

South Africa’s SMME payment hotline

first_imgPayments overhaul About 760 government departments, agencies and municipalities have been asked to supply the call centre with the names of people responsible for payments. To date, 512 have responded. There are about 2.4-million registered SMMEs in South Africa, accounting for 40% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) experiencing late payments of more than 30 days after doing business with the government can now call a hotline on 0860 766 3729 or fax their details to 012 452 0458 for assistance. Through the hotline, launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in Pretoria this week, a group of agents will provide a single point of contact to facilitate the speedy payment for services or products provided to the government. Davies said payment processes within the government needed a complete overhaul. “Some of the procedures and processes have remained a stumbling block, and it’s a major challenge that we need to address. Davies said that while the delays could be absorbed by larger companies with access to credit, late payments could have devastating consequences for small firms. “It is our experience that small enterprises are still being paid extremely late, in some instances after 90 days, and this is adversely affecting the viability of small business,” he said.center_img Davies said a number of small businesses had in the past been forced to close down as a result of delays in payments, adding that the Public Finance Management Act called for contractual obligations on accounts to be settled within 30 days of receipt of invoice. 21 September 2009 ‘Contractual obligation’ Source: BuaNews The Small Enterprise Development Agency will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the call centre. The agency will compile annual reports identifying the major reasons for late payments and identifyiing government departments prone to the problem. “Of course we need to ensure that the processes and procedures are such that they ensure proper control and efficient use of resources, but we must at the same time cut out the unnecessary stress and procedures that delay payments unnecessary,” he said.last_img read more

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Real Madrid: Ronaldo face cut could have been worse

first_imgThe club confirmed he needed a few stitches, and released video of the incident.Ronaldo was diving to head in the ball from near the penalty spot for his second goal in minutes. Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabian Schar tried to hit the ball and ended up striking Ronaldo’s face with his right boot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDoctors attended to him but they could not contain the blood, and Ronaldo had to leave the game even though there were about five minutes left and Madrid had already made all three substitutions.As he left the field and blood was spilling down his face and neck, he asked for the doctor’s cell phone to look at the injury. Using the phone camera as a mirror, Ronaldo checked the damage and was not happy with what he saw, shaking his head briefly. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Australian Open: Nadal-Cilic among 4 quarterfinals Tuesday While Madrid said the injury was not serious, it did not say if he was fit to play.Madrid’s next game is on Wednesday at home against Leganes in the second leg of the Copa del Rey. Madrid won the first match 1-0 using its second-stringers.It remains unclear if Ronaldo will be available for the second leg.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Nextcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the pitch as he uses a phone to look at himself while bleeding from his forehead during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 7-1 victory. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo’s face cut could have been much worse, according to video released by his Real Madrid club on Monday.Ronaldo was sliced extremely close to his left eye by a defender’s boot while he was scoring in the Spanish league on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Harden, Rockets make it 6 straight over Mavs with 104-97 win

first_imgRead Next Eric Gordon scored 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Southwest Division-leading Houston was up and down from beyond the arc, going 10 of 14 in the first quarter and 2 of 15 in the second.The Rockets finished two shy of their season high in 3s, going 21 of 51. Harden shot 6 of 10 and Ariza was 5 of 14. Chris Paul went 3 of 8 and had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWesley Matthews matched his season high with 29 points for the Mavericks, who lost for the seventh time in 10 games since a season-best four-game winning streak that helped lift them out of last place in the West. Yogi Ferrell scored 19, going 4 of 5 from long range.Ariza, who combined with Harden and Chris Paul to go 9 of 10 from 3-point range in the first quarter, was suspended two games for entering the Clippers’ locker room after a feisty game in Paul’s first game against his former team since the offseason trade that sent him to Houston. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mavericks: Portland at home on Friday. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) celebrates sinking a three-point basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — James Harden scored 25 points after getting named to his sixth straight Western Conference All-Star team and the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-97 on Wednesday night.Trevor Ariza had 23 points as the Rockets beat their Texas rivals for the sixth straight time, a streak that started with a four-game sweep last season. Houston won its fourth straight game and seventh in the past nine.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Simmons’ triple-double helps 76ers top Bulls MOST READ Clint Capela had 16 points and 13 rebounds. That included an alley-oop dunk on a pass from near midcourt by Harden in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets took their biggest lead at 20 after a 15-point edge in the first 6 minutes was cut to six at halftime.NO CP3Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t thrilled that Paul was left off the All-Star team. The nine-time All-Star missed 14 games with a left knee injury and another three with a left abductor strain. But the Rockets are 24-5 in games he has played, and won his first 15 starts. He entered the Dallas game averaging 19.1 points, 8.9 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. “People that should be watching games don’t watch the games and see how important a guy is,” D’Antoni said. “It’s perplexing.”TIP-INSRockets: Capela extended a career best with his 11th straight double-digit scoring game, and the Rockets improved to 16-2 when he scores at least 15. … Houston was just 11 of 23 on free throws, in part because Harden, an 87 percent free-throw shooter, matched his season low with two attempts.Mavericks: Rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. was chosen for the Rising Stars game, and coach Rick Carlisle has been campaigning for him to be in the dunk contest during All-Star weekend. Smith is among rookie leaders in points, assists and steals. … G Kyle Collinsworth was signed to a second 10-day contract. … G Devin Harris, who has been in the concussion protocol, missed his second straight game and will be out at least two more, coach Rick Carlisle said. … Dirk Nowitzki scored seven points in a season-low 15 minutes.UP NEXTRockets: At New Orleans on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more

PBA players look back at ups and downs in 2018 as they welcome new year

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lee, whose daughter Tokyo was born in October, also won his first Best Player of the Conference award.Jalalon and partner Kristina Apan also celebrated the birth of their baby girl Jiana Skyla just five days earlier before Tokyo was born. Continuing with happy families, Phoenix forward JC Intal and wife Bianca also celebrated the birth of baby daughter Carmen Eliana.Intal also sneaked in his best nine memories of his 2018 that centered on his family and new daughter. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TNT big man Kelly Williams wished himself and everyone a new start for 2019 after a “turbulent” past year.Williams and the KaTropa did not have the best 2017-18 PBA season only making the playoffs twice and getting booted out in just the quarterfinals. MOST READ Still, the 2008 league MVP had a positive outlook for the New Year.Barangay Ginebra forward Kevin Ferrer also embraced 2018’s challenges as point for improvement for the coming year. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MANILA, Philippines—As the world ushered in the new year, PBA stars looked back on the past 365 days that brought smiles, tears, and all sorts of emotions.It can be said that Paul Lee and Magnolia teammate Jio Jalalon had one of the most memorable 2018 of all PBA players, celebrating the birth of their first children and capping off the year with the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup titleADVERTISEMENT The NLEX Road Warriors had one a rocky 2018 to say the least, entering the semifinals for the first time but losing two key players to various reasons.The Road Warriors finished with a 6-5 record for the sixth seed in the Philippine Cup before losing to eventual runner-up Magnolia. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Manny Pacquiao throws shade at Floyd Mayweather with his New Year’s resolution Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kevin Alas missed most of the season after tearing his ACL in March before Kiefer Ravena received a hefty suspension that extended to his PBA stint for a doping infraction during a Fiba game.The 44th Season of the PBA opens on January 13.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Hospital Patient Tweets That The Real Score Of His NCAA Football Game vs. Cardale Jones Was 98-42

first_imgShirt showing score between Cardale Jones and hospital patient in NCAA Football.Twitter/@CoachZachSmithThe high-scoring NCAA Football game between Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and Jared Foley, a Buckeyes fan that he visited in the hospital before the national championship, is quickly becoming one of the most hotly-contested video game results that we can remember. The game was originally thought to be a 91-35 win for Jones, but yesterday he clarified that he added a late touchdown to make it 98-35.Clearly, Jones wants to get credit for all of the points he scored, but he may have undersold Foley’s effort himself. In response to a t-shirt that an OSU fan created to celebrate the game, Foley claims that he actually scored 42 [email protected] I NEED ONE!! #Savage RT @Court0385: @CJ12_ @bearfoley check out the new shirts pic.twitter.com/xRauvMJbi1— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) February 11, [email protected] it was 98-42— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, [email protected] yeah I scored in the finel minute— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, 2015Maybe Cardale can invite him to the next Taco Tuesday to make up for this discrepancy.last_img read more

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