Some Rumson Homes Deemed Uninhabitable; Power Could be Back by Thursday

first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON — Borough officials said about 70 percent of the homes in the borough’s West Park section are heavily damaged and have been deemed uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).“Quite a bit of homes have sustained some structural damage,” primarily in that section, said Dennis Peras, the borough’s construction official.The West Park section is near St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church, located on Lincoln Avenue, the eastern point of the borough. The area includes Parker, Washington and Waterman avenues, Warren Street and Oyster Bay Drive, near the Shrewsbury River.Homes are Warren Street and Waterman Avenue were impacted by a surge that was as much as 72 inches above grade, Peras said.Peras spoke about the damage at a late afternoon borough council meeting during which the lack of power was also discussed.“The elephant in the room with us is the power,” said Mayor John Ekdahl about the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.Ekdahl was talking at the meeting which was held in the cold and quickly darkening council chambers as the sun set Monday afternoon.Borough hall, like the rest of the borough, lost power as a result of the storm and has yet to have it restored a week later.The mayor said a Jersey Central Power & Light representative told him about the power possibly being restored by Thursday but he cautioned that estimate “isn’t gospel by any means.“We have no control over that in any way,” Ekdahl said.JCP&L, the electric utility company, has restored power to parts of Red Bank, with that restoration driven in great part by Riverview Medical Center being located there, Ekdahl said.Power company representatives have indicated Fair Haven, just west of Rumson, will probably get its power back by Wednesday with the Rumson, if all goes well, getting it back  Thursday.The reason for Fair Haven’s earlier return is because JCP&L is moving west to east in this area, said David Marks who is with T&M Associates, the borough’s engineering firm.The electric company has been working on repairing high voltage lines before undertaking repairs to its substation. “This gets the most number of people energized,” Marks said.“What bothers me is we’re suppose to have a fairly strong nor‘easter on Wednesday,” Ekdahl said, noting that that storm, with possible 50 mile-per-hour winds could hamper repair efforts and exacerbate the damage the borough has already sustained.last_img read more

South Ruimveldt man charged for raping teen

first_imgTwenty-eight-year-old Travis John of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown was on Monday placed on $150,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared before her charged for raping a 15-year-old girl.Accused: Travis JohnJohn faces an allegation that on February 1, 2017, in the vicinity of Kitty, Georgetown, he sexually penetrated a teen who is under the age of consent.The prosecution’s case is that on February 1, 2017, John went over to the teen’s residence and committed the act; and the matter was reported to the Police after the teen’s parents found out about the incident.He was released on $150,000 bail, and is expected to return to court on August 20.Three weeks ago, John was arraigned before the Mahaica Magistrate on a robbery charge alleging that he was the driver of the getaway car used in the July 17, 2018 East Coast Demerara robbery in which a man who had just withdrawn money from a bank had been pounced upon and robbed of some $1.7 million.last_img read more

Jol to move for keeper and spark battle with Liverpool, City and Everton – report

first_imgFulham are set to make the first move in the race to sign Birmingham and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, the Daily Mirror say.Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City are also said to be interested in the 19-year-old.But it is suggested that Whites boss Martin Jol is ready to firm up his apparent interest and spark a bidding war between the clubs.The Mirror also say QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne.The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland centre-back, who has not played since Euro 2012 because of a hip problem, is reported to be a target for LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls.Dunne’s contract expires at the end of the season.Chelsea could miss out on Taison because his club’s new owner is reluctant to sell to Roman Abramovich, according to The Sun.Shakhtar Donetsk are now reported to be close to signing the Brazilian midfielder despite Chelsea having had an offer accepted by Metalist Kharviv.Blues supremo Abramovich’s good relationship with former Metalist owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky is said to have been a factor in the clubs previously agreeing terms.But last month Yaroslavsky sold to Serhiy Kurchenko, who, it is claimed, wants the full amount that would trigger a release clause in Taison’s contract, reportedly £12.4m.The Sun also say interim boss Rafael Benitez accepts he has no chance of landing the Chelsea manager’s job at the end of the season following the cup defeat against Swansea.The Daily Mail say Ashley Cole’s agent has flown to Spain with a view to speaking to Real Madrid about a possible move for the Chelsea star.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African TV goes digital

first_img31 October 2008South Africa enters a new era in broadcasting on Saturday, when the country officially starts the conversion of its television broadcasting signal from analogue to digital technology.There will be a period of “dual-illumination” between 1 November this year and 1 November 2011, during which television will be broadcast via both analogue and digital signals.After 1 November 2011, the analogue signal will be switched off, and viewers will need a set-top box to convert the digital signal for their analogue television sets. However, digital-compliant television sets, which do not require set-top boxes, will also be available by then.“Broadcasting digital migration will bring many benefits, including efficient use of the frequency spectrum – a public and scarce resource,” Department of Communications director-general Lyndall Shope-Mafole said at the launch in Johannesburg this week.“It will bring more channels and therefore more diverse content to the South African public.”Special interactive servicesShope-Mafole added that the migration to digital also had the potential for providing special interactive services such as e-government services, as well as features audio descriptions and sub-titling for people with visual and hearing impairments.Digital broadcasting was made necessary by “developments in telecommunications technologies, which enable a more efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum as well as better quality pictures and sound,” Shope-Mafole said.Set-top box subsidySpeaking at the event, Communication Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said the department would provide subsidies for poorer households to purchase set-top boxes.She said the change meant that there would soon be specialised television services dedicated to education, health, youth and sport, as well as three regional service channels.South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting CEO Gab Mampone said the public broadcaster would provide up to eight new video channels in the same bandwidth as one analogue channel.“The migration to digital process is expected to take a minimum of three years,” Mampone said. “Viewers will still be in a position to receive the current analogue services of SABC 1, 2, 3 and e.tV and M-Net.”Two new SABC channels, SABC Entertainment and SABC International – a news channel – were also showcased during the launch.Global shift to digitalThe migration from analogue to digital signal was first agreed to at the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency for telecommunication.The union took a decision that protection for analogue signals would cease in 2015. Member states were given timelines per region to comply with the decision. Africa forms part of region 1, together with Europe and the Middle East.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela

first_imgLegendary singer Abigail Kubeka features in the second episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to air on SABC2 on Sunday 22 June at 9pm. “When I think about uTata and all that he has given us I know we will never see another man like him. He had a heart of hearts,” Abigail Kubeka says. (Image: Abigail Kubeka) • Yase Godlo Manager: Mandela Day and Outreach Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 • South African music • ‘He was not a bust made of marble – he was a man of flesh and blood’ • Mandela’s close friends express the world’s grief • Mandela and the making of a woman • SA bestows National OrdersSulaiman PhilipYou can hear Abigail Kubeka running through scales as she warms up her voice. From somewhere in her Soweto home, you hear the opening notes of Yini Madoda, a favourite song about the indomitable spirit of rural women. Her voice is warm, playful and clear, as if washed by angels. It’s still tinged with jazzy inflections, as it was four decades ago, when she first sang the song with the legendary Skylarks.With Kubeka’s jazzy voice as the soundtrack, the 20-minute wait is a joy. She sashays into the room, trailing diktats for tea to an unseen maid. Music has been good to Kubeka, who still performs today. It has built her home, a few blocks away from Vilakazi Street in Soweto, and allowed her the opportunity to travel the world. She has performed on stages in the US and for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.In a legendary career, the performances most meaningful to her were the intimate evenings she spent singing to an intimate audience in a home in Houghton, Johannesburg: Kubeka, Thandie Claasen and Dorothy Masuka were often guests at Nelson Mandela’s private birthday dinners.“We talked about music, he loved mbaquanga music. It was a change from the political discussions he had every day. Towards the end of dinner, he would got really quiet and say, ‘It’s a pity that Miriam [Makeba] and Dolly [Rathebe] could not be here’. That was such a special moment for me.”Kubeka’s smile warms her voice, staring off into space remembering the evenings. She begins talking about Mandela’s smile, his warmth. And his mischievous expectation of his guests. “He would begin by saying in his gentlemanly manner, ‘Ladies’. You would turn all your attention to him waiting for some pearl of wisdom. Then he would say, ‘You know what I have not heard in a long time…’, then we would sing for him.” A heavenly choir: Kubeka, Thandi Klaasen and Dorothy Masuka were birthday guests at Mandela’s Houghton home. (Image: Abigail Kubeka)Kubeka first met Mandela as a 16-year-old member of the Skylarks and a protégé of the legendary Miriam Makeba. She remembers the lawyer he was, the well-dressed gentleman, the music fan ­– not the political firebrand he was. “When you’re young notice things without taking note of everything,” she says.The songbird was among Mandela’s first visitors when he returned to his home on Vilakazi Street. Kubeka remembers the warmth of his smile when he laid eyes on her. As she talks about those early days before he was claimed by the world as an icon, her voice cracks. “He asked about Dolly and Miriam. Even in prison, he followed our music. He said we spoke to people through our music.” When she could, she would join Mandela on his early-morning walks. They would chat about people in the music business, some of whom she had forgotten. The walks were long and often interrupted. Mandela would stop at neighbour’s gates and reminisce with families he had last seen 30 years before. “He would always say, ‘I am back amongst you’, and it was true.”Kubeka says she is glad that Mandela is at peace now. When she thinks of him she remembers the man who hugged her warmly on his triumphant return to Soweto. The man who lingered alone with his God is not the man she knew and loved. “Forever I will remember him saying, ‘Oooh Abigail’ whenever we sang one of his personal favourites.”last_img read more

US women end drought, beat Canada for gold in a shootout

first_img“Not everyone can take the pressure like that and she took it like a champ,” she said.Gigi Marvin and Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout, another nail-biter ending four years after Canada won its fourth-straight gold medal in Sochi after rallying to stun the Americans in overtime.Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied it up with a breakaway with 6:21 left in regulation . Hilary Knight also had a goal and Rooney was spectacular, making 29 saves for the win. The 20-year-old goalie stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Meghan Agosta on her second attempt.It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold away in Sochi. Not only did the Americans end the Canadians’ stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss in the tournament a week ago.“It is everything for our country,” U.S. coach Robb Stauber said. “I am just so thankful for the outcome. It was a thrilling final. It was unreal.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games United States celebrates beating Canada in the women’s gold medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Americans’ gold medal drought is finally over. They needed the first shootout in an Olympic women’s final to do it, too.Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored a dazzling, triple-deke goal in the sixth round of a shootout thriller and Maddie Rooney stuffed the last two Canadians to wrap up a 3-2 victory over archrival Canada on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img That lasted only 2 minutes into the second when Irwin tipped a midair pass from Blayre Turnbull over Rooney’s left leg for Canada. And when Morin lost the puck, Melodie Daoust grabbed it and passed to Meghan Agosta who hit Poulin for the wrister into the left side of the net at 6:55 for a 2-1 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada. Agosta and Melodie Daoust scored in the shootout.The Canadians, who had pushed the Americans around for much of the game and taken penalties for it, wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals. Jocelyne Larocque took hers off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold.“It’s just hard,” Larocque said. “You work so hard. We wanted gold but didn’t get it.”Added Canada coach Laura Schuler: “There’s not a lot of words that can describe how you feel. It was a great game of hockey. It’s what we expected: back and forth hockey.”The Americans had dominated the women’s game in non-Olympic years, winning the last four and eight of the last 10 world championships, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Canada last spring.It only made the lack of gold at the Olympics all the more noticeable, and Canada has been in their way since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano in 1998. Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with those four consecutive gold medals — a streak of success in a women’s team sport second only to the U.S. basketball team’s current streak of six straight gold.This was the eighth time these North American rivals had met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line. None of the previous seven was decided by more than two goals.U.S. coach Robb Stauber went with Rooney in net for the biggest game of her career — the goalie for each of the three wins against Canada last fall during a pre-Olympic exhibition tour.Canada had Shannon Szabados in goal for her third Olympic gold medal game, and her teammates made her job very easy by keeping the puck in front of Rooney for most of the first period by dictating play. The Americans couldn’t use their speed or get organized even with two power plays until Sarah Nurse went in the box for interference late in the period.Knight gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with 25.4 seconds left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin through Szabados’ pads to give the Americans a jolt of energy. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Americans piled over the boards, throwing gloves in the air before huddling and hugging on the ice — 20 years after the women’s last gold medal in women’s hockey and 38 years to the day after he men’s famous “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Russians in group play at Lake Placid.“I can’t put it into words,” defenseman Kacey Bellamy said. “This whole year is for everyone that came before us. This is for Julie Chu (former USA team captain) and for all our families at home, the schools that we went to, everyone supporting us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLamoureux-Davidson’s shootout goal was the talk of the game. She feinted a wrist shot, then drew Szabados out of the net by faking a backhand and came back to slide the puck past Szabados’ outstretched leg into the open net for the clinching score.Her twin, Monique Lamoureux-Moranda, said coach Peter Elander, now at Ohio State, had taught the sisters the shootout move when the three were at the University of North Dakota.last_img read more

Kelly on OReilly Abuse shaming of women has to stop

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Megyn Kelly took on her former Fox News Channel colleague Bill O’Reilly in blunt terms on Monday, revealing she had gone to her bosses to complain about O’Reilly’s behaviour and saying the size of a newly revealed $32 million settlement of harassment charges made by a Fox analyst was “jaw-dropping.”O’Reilly responded, in part, by posting a copy of a thank you note Kelly had sent to him for a gift given at a baby shower.The New York Times reported that O’Reilly had agreed to the $32 million deal to set aside allegations that include a nonconsensual sexual relationship with former Fox analyst Lis Wiehl, bringing to six the number of harassment settlements involving him. The deal was reached a month before O’Reilly signed a contract extension and three months before O’Reilly was fired because of publicity about the cases against him. O’Reilly has said he’s done nothing wrong.More than just an embarrassment that Fox had hoped was in its rear-view mirror, the story could have costly consequences. Fox’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, is awaiting a decision by British regulators regarding its purchase of the Sky satellite television company, and the issue of Fox News’ management is being considered.Kelly, on her NBC show Monday, refuted O’Reilly’s claims that no one had complained about him, saying Fox “was not exactly a friendly environment” for women who had stories to tell about abuse.She said she went to Fox’s leaders Bill Shine, who has since resigned, and Jack Abernethy, who is now president of Fox News Network, after her memoir was published last November with her anger about O’Reilly’s suggestion that people who complained about their treatment at Fox were disloyal. Kelly had written in her book about alleged harassment by Fox’s one-time leader Roger Ailes.“Perhaps he didn’t realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across the country about how men continue to view the issue of speaking out about sexual harassment,” Kelly said she wrote to her bosses.O’Reilly’s attitude of “shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on the grounds that it will disgrace the company” is precisely how Fox got into the mess it was in, she said.Kelly said she was told O’Reilly would be spoken to and, hours later, he said on the air that people who don’t like what is happening in the workplace should leave or go to human resources. She said it’s clearly not just Fox that handles the issue of harassment badly.“This must stop,” she said. “The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threats, the retaliation, the silence of them after the fact — it has to stop.”O’Reilly and Kelly’s shows once ran back-to-back on Fox’s prime lineup. Now those time slots are filled by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. O’Reilly, speaking Monday on the radio program hosted by another ex-Fox colleague, Glenn Beck, said he found Kelly’s comment incomprehensible.“I don’t know why Megyn Kelly is doing what she’s doing,” he said. “I helped her dramatically in her career.”His website posted notes penned to O’Reilly by Kelly in 2009 and 2012. In one, she thanks O’Reilly for publicizing a book written by her husband. In the other, she thanks him for the “darling body suit and snuggly” given at a baby shower. “You’ve become a dear friend (no matter what you say) and I’m grateful to have you in my life,” she wrote in the note.“If you still want to think I’m a bad guy, go ahead,” O’Reilly told Beck. He said the Times’ story about the Wiehl case was designed to get keep him out of the marketplace.“This is an attack on an American citizen, me, for political purposes,” he said. “It has done enormous damage to me and my family. It is a horror show and should never happen in this country.”On her show, Kelly said she’s still being victimized by Fox. She said Fox’s powerful public relations chief Irena Briganti is “known for her vindictiveness” and “to this day, she pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers, like the one you are looking at right now.”Briganti was not at work Monday. 21st Century Fox issued a statement saying Briganti was “a valued colleague and she has our full support.”Kelly also interviewed former Fox anchor Juliet Huddy on her show. Huddy, who appeared with her lawyer Doug Wigdor, also settled harassment claims against O’Reilly, and said she wrestled with the idea of signing non-disclosure agreements. The one she signed prevented Huddy from giving any details about her case against O’Reilly. She said she struggled with the concept, knowing that it would help other women who feel abused if they knew there were others out there like them.Huddy said she still isn’t working in the broadcast business after leaving Fox.last_img read more

Nunavuts Lupin gold mine fined for not filing environmental reports on time

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – The owner of an inactive gold mine in Nunavut has been fined for filing environmental reports three years late.Lupin Mines Incorporated has pleaded guilty to the charge and faces a $100,000 fine.Daniel Smith, regional director of environmental enforcement for Environment Canada, says the mine failed to produce timely reports on impacts to fish habitat.He says those reports were filed last year and no impacts were found.Smith says the mine did not conduct the study as required for financial reasons.The Lupin Mine opened in 1982 but has been mothballed for more than a decade.The company that owns it is controlled by Mandalay Resources of Toronto.last_img

Food safety training program on March 9

first_imgFoodborne illnessReceiving and storing foodPreparing foodServing foodCleaning and sanitizingThe cost of registration is $148.50, plus tax, per person.The food safety training program is taking place this Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the first-floor meeting room at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.To register, you can call 250-787-8178 or online at fortstjohn.ca/activenet. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding a food safety training program on March 9.This is a food handling, sanitation, and work safety course designed for food service establishment operators and front line food service workers.According to the City, this course will cover important food safety and worker safety information including:last_img

Be brave and shave Bluey Day

first_imgDonations from this event will be allocated to the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. Donations to this fund are used to purchase equipment that helps to enhance comfort, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.Monies the Foundation receives also ensures that both long term and emergent needs of the hospital are met as medical staff work on early diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer at the hospital.The foundation’s desire is to have a complete set of equipment here in FSJ, so patients do not have to endure the extra stress of travel and allowing patients to stay close to home where they can receive the support of their friends and family.To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The FSJ Hospital Foundation is hosting the Bluey Day Fundraiser where participants collect pledges from the community and then shave their heads.People wanting to show their support for cancer patients, survivors, or remember those lost to cancer can participate by visiting the FSJ Hospital Foundation or registering HERE Saturday, May 25th from 10 am to 2 pm, the FSJ Hospital Foundation welcomes the community to come and watch the family-friendly event as there will be henna and prizes.last_img read more