As the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival is scheduled to begin today in Abuja, all appears not to be well within the camp of Edo State.The state’s contingent left Benin City for Abuja yesterday with disquiet within the camp as athletes and officials complain of shoddy treatment in the run up to the Festival.Just like the discordant tunes playing out from the various camps of several states contingents, poor funding and ill-preparation appear to be the sing-song of most teams heading to the festival postponed for six years since Cross River State could not raise the needed funds to host it. Insiders in the Team Edo camp revealed that funding has been the major issue as coaches had to personally fund the training and preparation of their athletes following non-release of funds by the state government.One of the coaches spoken with complained bitterly of how he had to use his meagre resources to feed and take care of athletes under his watch.“It is totally unacceptable for this to be happening. How can a state that says it wants to win the festival act this way? How can they completely abandon athletes and officials like this? Were it not for the commitment of some of us, we would not even be in a state to compete at the festival,” the angry coach who did not want his name in print told reporters yesterday before departing for Abuja with his athletes.One of the top athletes confirmed the position of his coach, stressing that it was very sad that despite their readiness to win laurels for the state, athletes had been treated shabbily by the state.“We are sad the way we are being treated by the government. We have been left without food and medication. Were it not for our coaches who have been fending for us, using their own money, things would have been worse,” the athlete told THISDAY.He said the sorry state of preparation is surprising to him and his colleagues particularly as they know the seriousness Governor Godwin Obaseki attaches to the Games especially as he has signaled the intention of the Edo State Government to host the next edition of the festival in 2020.“Something is wrong somewhere. We don’t understand what is happening. Our Governor is not only interested in us doing well at this festival; he is also interested in hosting the next edition of festival. So, why would he allow us to be so badly treated?” the athlete wondered.Despite the poor treatment meted to them, the athletes and officials are still upbeat about their chances at the games.“We are not going to let the way they have treated us deter us from our determination to win laurels for the state. Our coaches have prepared us the best way they can given the circumstances. We are appealing to our governor to come to our rescue. We know he is a good man and means well. Let him rescue us from this difficult situation,” a female athlete said.The newly appointed Chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission (ESSC), Godwin Dudu-Orumen could not be reached for his reaction on the sad situation painted by the coach and athletes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
On the March 27 edition of New Jersey 101.5’s ‘Ask the Governor’ program, where he regularly fields calls and messages from residents, the MCRP was brought up by host Eric Scott.Christie said he wants the BPU to go through their public hearing process first, so he can get a feel for what the people are saying.“Ultimately this is going to be a decision made by the Board of Public Utilities,” Christie said. “Can I have some influence on that? Sure, but I have not taken a position on this issue one way or the other yet, because I think the information is still being gathered and being brought in.”Christie added that he is briefed on the public hearings, and said that his office is “keeping an eye on things.”Citing pipelines and the Susquehanna-Roseland Reliability Project – a 150-mile long, 500 kV transmission line beginning in Salem Township, Pennsylvania and ending in the Borough of Roseland, New Jersey – the Governor said the state has tried to make energy more reliable in the post-Super Storm Sandy era.“Everybody objects to the pipelines or the powerlines – ‘I don’t want them’ – well how do you expect us to get the energy to be more reliable? These projects are about making these power delivery services tougher, stronger, more resistant to storm,” Christie said.“I understand that people don’t like it in their backyard, but they like the electricity in their house when they turn the switch,” Christie added. “It’s a balance, ever ybody.” By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – To explain why it believes its proposed powerline project is necessary and would benefit Monmouth County, JCP&L officials point to a situation last August, when a mix of hot and stormy weather jeopardized power for thousands.Between Aug. 12 and 14, the Freneau Substation in Matawan experienced a chain of events that could have disrupted power to 65,000 Monmouth customers, Larre Hozempa, a FirstEnergy transmission operations manager, toldmembers of the media at an invitation-only information session Tuesday.With temperatures in the 90s and thunderstorms in the area, a dead end connector for a 230 kV transmission line at the Freneau substation in Matawan failed. That substation is served by the transmission line connecting the Atlantic substation in Colts Neck and the Raritan River substation in Sayreville.Complicating the issue, Hozempa said, was that two smaller 34.5 kV lines were not functional. One was out for a scheduled service, and the other had tripped, due to an overload of power. This left the potential open for a cascading outage.“You really don’t know what the situation is going to be – it’s kind of an uncontrolled event,” Hozempa said of the potential outage. “We’re not allowed to have those on our system.”He said approximately 10,000 customers experienced power disruptions at that time.This weather event occurred just days after JCP&L officially filed the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP) petition to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on Aug. 9.Hozempa said if the project were in service, its 230 kV source coming into the Freneau substation would have mitigated the issue.As described in the petition to the BPU, the MCRP is a 230 kV transmission line which would span a nearly 10-mile stretch of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail right-of- way. It would begin at Aberdeen’s NJ Transit substation, travel through Hazlet and Holmdel, loop at the Taylor Lane substation in Middletown, and continue on before ending at the NJ Transit substation in Red Bank. The $111 million project also accounts for upgrades to the substations at Taylor Lane, Aberdeen and Red Bank.Utility officials also believe two previous events underscore the necessity for the project. Failures at the Oceanview substation in 2008 and at the Atlantic substation in 2010 resulted in a combined 350,000 customer outages.Scott Humphreys, a transmission siting supervisor for FirstEnergy, said the trio of events expose vulnerabilities for Monmouth County.He added that the MCRP is “reliability for Monmouth County, in Monmouth County, and solely for the residents of Monmouth County.”Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesman, said these events will be used as rebuttal testimony for the next stage of the MCRP’s fate. Scheduled for six sessions between April 4 and 11, Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson will be presiding over evidentiary hearings on the MCRP. All testimony regarding the case from the parties involved is pre-filed to Cookson, and the meat and potatoes of the hearings will be lawyers cross-examining witnesses.Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE), the citizens group which has fought the project since its beginning in May 2016, are officially one of the many intervenors in the case, meaning they can provide witness testimony and object to the MCRP petition.RAGE has held steady in their disapproval of the project, stating they are concerned with the depreciation of home values, potential negative health effects and the possible diminished aesthetics to the five affected towns.“We don’t believe that the project is needed,” said RAGE spokesperson Judy Musa. “If there are issues to the power service to the area, there are experts that have suggested other ways to ameliorate those problems.”She said the group has hired experts who support their belief that the MCRP is unnecessary: photographer and graphic designer Michael Basch; electrical engineer Jeff Palermo; property valuation expert and founder of the Kislak Real Estate Institute Donald Moliver, PhD; and public health physician David Carpenter, MD.Carpenter spoke to concerned residents on July 20 at Raritan High School about the potential dangers from living near high voltage powerlines and electromagnetic radiation at an event coordinated between RAGE and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin of Middletown.RAGE is represented by attorney Peter Dickson of Potter & Dickson, based in Princeton.Musa said RAGE has spent $110,000 in legal fees, adding that “it’s not even close to what it’s going to cost us.”The list of other intervenors in the case, all against the MCRP, has grown in the past months. Among them are The Division of the Rate Counsel, which is ordered by statue to be an intervenor on the behalf of ratepayers; the boards of education in Middletown, Hazlet and Holmdel; and the “Joint Defense Group,” which consists of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the townships of Middletown, Hazlet, Holmdel and Aberdeen, according to Anthony Mercantante, Middletown’s township administrator. The Joint Defense Group is represented by Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, PC, a firm based in Basking Ridge.Government officials from the municipal, county and state levels in the affected areas have spoken out on how the MCRP would be detrimental to Monmouth County. The most important voice, though, is Gov. Chris Christie, who recently commented after previously staying mum on the subject.
The Castlegar Rebels played coy for most of the season, sitting the balance of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign in second spot in the Murdoch Division.But when the playoffs rolled around the Rebels turned up the intensity to roll to the KIJHL crown with a 16-4-0-1 record. Ironically the toughest games came during the run to capturing the Murdoch Division title as both Spokane Braves and Beaver Valley Nitehawks — the latter taking the Rebels to seven games — pushed Castlegar before the Sunflower City franchise prevailed.After winning the Murdoch, the Rebels won eight of night against the Golden Rockets and a tired North Okanagan Knights squad to clinch the playoff crown.The Rebels capped off the series against the Knights, winning 4-0 before a jubilant Castlegar home crowd.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the Rebels with Team of the Week honours.Pictured are the beaming Rebels with the KIJHL trophy after Monday’s championship clinching win at the Arena Complex in Castlegar.
Fresh, healthy and delicious Wild Atlantic produce is plentiful in the newest fish store at the fishing harbour of Killybegs.Atlantic Treasures Fish Stop, the new fish shop, are to have their official opening this weekend Saturday 12th October from 2pm until 5pm with all welcome to attend throughout the day.The opening promises to be a great day of entertainment, sampling and celebrity chef demos! See below for a preview of the opening party schedule. Atlantic Treasures Fish StopThe beginnings of Atlantic Treasures Fish Stop, New Row, KillybegsThe new Fish Stop, located on New Row Killybegs, supplies an extensive range of quality fresh fish, various frozen seafood including over a dozen types of prawns and their own award-winning smoked and marinated products.A further range of Donegal produce is available including Shines Tuna, Quality Sea Veg, Algaran Seaweed Products and Filligans Jams which were all picked to complement various dishes.The concept of the fish stop is to take the hard work out of seafood, with the option of supplying each species in ovenable bags with a range of delicious glazes and seasonings to tempt the senses of the customer.Products can also be vacuum packed for convenience in-store in the event the customer is travelling or wants to freeze for later. Ronan Cunningham showing Cllr Niamh Kennedy the excellent produce in Atlantic Treasures Fish StopEveryone is welcome to the grand opening this Saturday, 12th October.Music by local musician Brandon Shovlin from 2pm until 3pm, Donegal under 12’s county champion fiddle player.Official opening will be carried out by RTE Chef Brian Mc Dermott at 3.30pm and he will demonstrate a seafood dish at 4pm.There will be a selection of wine and seafood for tasting along with Guinness & Oysters throughout the day.Sliabh Liag Distillers famous An Dulaman Gin will also be served and as always The Fish Stop’s Fishmonger Ronan will be on hand to guide and help with all things seafood. Make sure to follow Atlantic Treasures Fish Stop on Facebook for updates, special offers and some singing specials from Ronan!The Fish Stop was supported by Donegal County Council’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme with help from the Killybegs Regeneration Group & Killybegs Community Council as part of an overall town regeneration project.Fintastic celebrations for grand opening of Atlantic Treasures Fish Stop was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Algaran Seaweed ProductsAtlantic Treasures Fish StopFilligans Jamsfoodgrand openingKillybegsproduceQuality Sea VegretailseafoodShines TunaWild Atlantic Way
Unli … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – Just as it has been for nearly the past three months, the Warriors have kept their answer the same on when DeMarcus Cousins will fully heal from a left Achilles tendon and return to the court.“I don’t know exactly when he’s going to play, but he practiced fully today,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He has to work on his conditioning.”
LOS ANGELES – Back when the NBA released it schedule, this Warriors-Lakers game was supposed to represent something else.This would serve as an epic playoff preview between an in-state rival. The Warriors’ All-Stars would square off against LeBron James just as they did in the past four NBA Finals. The storylines would produce splashy ratings for a TNT telecast.Instead, the Warriors cruised to a 108-90 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday that lacked any of those storylines. …
Just how “miraculous” was South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did the country really come to civil war?Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as SA’s first democratically elected President – and see how heavily the odds were stacked against “the rainbow nation”.18 APRIL 1994City braces for marchJohannesburg is bracing itself for Inkatha Freedom Party mass action – now scheduled for tomorrow – after the last-minute postponement of the planned march to ANC headquarters.Traffic chaos hit the city centre this morning as roads were sealed off in case of unscheduled mass action by members of the IFP Youth Brigade.The Star, Monday 18 April 199419 APRIL 1994Oosterbroek among slainThe Star’s award-winning chief photographer, Ken Oosterbroek, was among several people killed in violence on the East Rand yesterday.At least 16 people have died in East Rand townships in the past three days.Oosterbroek died and two other photographers were injured during a firefight between hostel dwellers and National Peacekeeping Force troops in Tokoza.The Star, Tuesday 19 April 1994Game park invites you to vote with prideMost South Africans are half expecting to fight their way through mayhem to cast their votes, but some will do it in style.The Sabi Sands reserve in the eastern Transvaal is offering a half-price election special. “Enjoy the luxury and safety of voting at Ulosatu Game Lodge – security guaranteed (40-strong resident lion pride)”, says the advert.Business Day, Tuesday 19 April 199420 APRIL 1994IFP for pollSouth Africa was yesterday rescued from the brink of a political tragedy when the Inkatha Freedom Party finally agreed to contest the country’s first nonracial elections, to be held next week.The announcement follows five days of intensive meetings between IFP president Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, State President FW de Klerk and African National Congress president Mr Nelson Mandela.Buthelezi, Mandela and De Klerk acknowledged the shuttle diplomacy of Kenyan roving ambassador Professor Washington Okumu, who brokered the negotiations leading to the historic inclusive settlement.Sowetan, Wednesday 20 April 1994NP loses its place at the bottomThe National Party has lost its sought-after spot on the very bottom of the national ballot paper only days after putting up posters telling voters: “To be tops, vote at the bottom.”The last-minute deal struck between the Government, ANC and IFP in Pretoria yesterday will see stickers bearing the IFP’s name, logo and a picture of Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi stuck on to the white space at the bottom of the ballot papers – below the National Party.The Star, Wednesday 20 April 199421 APRIL 1994Joy as IFP plunges inTens of thousands of Inkatha Freedom party supporters marched through Ulundi yesterday to the Legislative Assembly building to celebrate the decision by the party to enter the election.Sowetan, Thursday 21 April 1994Buthelezi promises IFP will accept election outcomeInkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi said yesterday Inkatha would accept the results of next week’s elections, if they were endorsed by the international community.Business Day, Thursday 21 April 1994Foreign investors return as buyersForeign investors returned as net buyers of SA equities and gilts last week after offloading substantial amounts of their holdings earlier in the month.Latest JSE trading statistics for the week ended April 15 showed there was an inflow of R292.89m from an inflow of R490.499m in the week ended April 8.London-based merchant bank Barings finance head Christopher Kemball said international funds could channel another $4bn into SA after the elections if the country’s risk rating improved.Business Day, Thursday 21 April 199422 APRIL 1994Flag comes down on old regimeThe new South African flag will be ushered in one minute after midnight on Wednesday – April 27 – when the new flag is hoisted and the Interim Constitution comes into operation.This signals the end to decades of minority rule.At a minute to midnight on Tuesday the present flag will be lowered for the last time to the strains of Die Stem.And at one minute past mid-night the new flag will be hoisted while the new anthems, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and Die Stem, are being played.The Star, Friday 22 April 1994Clinton’s pledge to SAWashington – Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk together are a “strong rebuke to the cynics of the world”, according to US President Bill Clinton.In an interview at the White House with the editor-in-chief of The Star, Richard Steyn, and the editor of Sowetan, Agrey Klaaste – the first given to South African journalists – the president said it would be difficult to overstate the significance to the American people of next week’s South African election.Emphasising that the US intended to be a full partner of South Africa from the beginning, Clinton said he would shortly be announcing “substantial” assistance for building SA economically.The Star, Friday 22 April 1994CP in disarray as councils back ViljoenThe CP was in disarray yesterday as Freedom Front leader Constand Viljoen rejected a pact with it and CP-controlled councils deserted the party and urged whites to vote for Viljoen.At the same time the Freedom Front will sign an accord, which does not meet any of the CP’s demands for a right-wing electoral pact, with the ANC and government in Cape Town today.Business Day, Friday 22 April 199423 APRIL 1994Rallies called in final bid to woo votersANC leader Nelson Mandela and Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi are to speak at massive election rallies in Durban this weekend in a final bid to win voters in KwaZulu/Natal.Weekend Star, Saturday 23 April 1994‘I’m so proud of Nelson’London – Nelson Mandela’s former jailer James Gregory has spoken out about the man he now regards as “closer than a brother”.In a two-page newspaper interview yesterday, Gregory, who guarded the ANC leader for more than 20 years, admits he started out with instructions to do everything he could to demoralise the man he was told was a terrorist. But something in Mandela stirred Gregory. “He was different.”Weekend Star, Saturday 23 April 1994We’re out of this joint, say angry Green candidatesTwo of the Green Party’s candidates in the Western Cape have left the party in outrage at a manifesto which calls for the legislation and mass production of dagga as a purportedly ecologically sound alternative resource.Weekend Star, Saturday 23 April 199424 APRIL 1994Final step to freedomSouth Africa embarks this week on a second round of revolutionary change after completing a near-miraculous transition from apartheid to democracy.The midweek election is recognised around the world as a momentous and triumphal event, the completion of an impossible journey against the odds.For South Africa, the election marks the end of 342 years of white hegemony; for Africa, it completes the liberation of a continent; for the world, it is the final repudiation of institutionalised European racism.Sunday Times, Sunday 24 April 1994Now is the timeApartheid and centuries of white domination finally end next week when millions of our people, African, white, coloured and Indian, cast their vote to elect South Africa’s first democratic government.The elections mark the most momentous event in our country’s history, ending nearly 350 years of racial domination, conflict and polarisation.By finally consigning that ugly word – APARTHEID – to history, South Africans are on the threshold of giving the world a racial miracle.City Press, Sunday 24 April 1994Final step to freedomThe Octogenerian and the teenager. He’s 81. She’s 19. And they’ll both be absolute beginners on election day. Walter Sisulu, oldest member of the ANC’s executive committee, and Johannesburg secretary Kim Schultz will be voting for the first time on Wednesday.Sisulu, vice-president of the ANC, was imprisoned on Robben island after the Rivonia Trial in 1964 and released in October 1989. He’ll be drawing his first ever cross for the ANC. Kim, who hails from Stilfontein and works in downtown Johannesburg, is keeping her vote secret.Sunday Times, Sunday 24 April 1994The story continued …1 – 6 March 19947 – 13 March 199414 – 20 March 199421 – 27 March 199428 March – 3 April 19944 – 10 April 199411 – 17 April 199418 – 24 April 199425 April – 1 May 19942 – 8 May 19949 – 11 May 1994Research, photos: Ndaba DlaminiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Richard Florida, “How the Crash Will Reshape America,” has some very interesting observations about home ownership and the damage that our society has done to itself by creating artificial incentives for people to own homes. Home ownership has been subsidized in America for many years through mortgage-interest tax deductions and artificially low interest rates. These factors have distorted demand for homes, creating incentives for people to buy bigger (and more) homes than they need. This demand for increasingly larger homes has also distorted development patterns, leading to the creation of low-density suburbs instead of more sustainable, and denser, cities and towns. It also led to a boom in the home building industry, which, as most booms eventually do, has turned rapidly into a bust.The fictional “happy homeowner”While I accept that the recent disasters in the mortgage and financial markets are an aberration, we need to realize that not everyone should, or even necessarily want to, own a home of their own. A study from the Wharton School of Business quoted in the same article reports that homeowners are no happier, no more or less stressed, and have no higher self-esteem than renters. Another study shows that in both the U.S. and Europe, areas with higher rates of home ownership also have higher unemployment numbers. Homeowners are less mobile than renters, keeping them from accepting jobs in new locations. In our current dismal economic climate, this problem can lead to more foreclosures as residents are stuck living in homes where they cannot find work. Those that do find work will have longer commutes, reducing their quality of life, using more imported oil, and increasing pollution — none of which is a good thing.Don’t restart the building industry, reinvent itNew-home construction is in the tank, and the industry and government are tripping over each other trying to figure out how to reinvigorate it. To me this seems a myopic view of the problem. The entire industry is trying restart when it would be better off reinventing itself.Forget about building new homes, which will be difficult to sell anyway, and focus on both improving the homes we have and building new rental properties. All the homeowners who are losing their homes are going to need a place to live, so why not build it for them? Instead of providing financial incentives for first-time home buyers, let’s create a benefit program for builders and renovators of rental properties and their tenants. Along with that, create incentives to make both new and existing rental properties green. That will move us toward energy independence as well as reduce utility costs for these new renters.Insanity is not a good business planI know that this post will irritate builders, but the industry needs to take a long, hard look at itself and prepare for the future. All business is cyclical, but construction will take a very long time to recover, longer if it doesn’t change the way it does things. Let’s not forget Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
File photo of CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi.After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided his house in the national capital on Friday and questioned him for eight hours over allegations of bungling in the conduct of the sporting extravaganza, a beleaguered Suresh Kalmadi said that he is innocent till proven guilty.Trying to put up a brave front, Kalmadi, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman, told reporters outside his residence, “I have not taken any decision alone. All decisions have been taken by the Executive Board”.He went on to say that the OC was given a budget of Rs 1,500 crore which is “four to five per cent of the total budget” for the Games and “we have by way of revenue generated Rs 700 crore from the Games”.As he faced a volley of questions, Kalmadi said, “I am innocent till proven guilty. You (media) are all pronouncing me guilty”.”I offered them full cooperation. I had said after giving the successful CWG that the Organising Committee was ready for any investigations,” he said.The Congress MP said that he or his officials had nothing to hide from the probe agency and expressed surprise over the letter written by the CBI Director A. P. Singh to the government seeking his removal as he was interfering in the probe.”I have written to the CBI chief and informed that the Organising Committee had handed over all the documents. In case there were some more left, the same would be provided” Kalmadi said and also added that there was a possibility that the papers could be with other probe agencies including Income Tax, CAG or Enforcement Directorate.advertisementAsked if he was being made a “scapegoat”, Kalmadi declined to comment.”I don’t want to answer this question. No comments,” he said.On what all has been taken by the CBI after the searches, Kalmadi said, “I don’t know what all they have taken. They have handed me a list.”The CWG OC chief came out of the gate but went back quickly as he found the media waiting in large numbers rushing towards him.He came out again after some time to address the media.Kalmadi said the CBI teams besides his residence had also visited his home in Pune and his brother’s place in Mumbai.The CBI officials also searched his business premises. “They have searched the whole place through and through”.Asked whether he was hurt, Kalmadi said, “No, I am not hurt. I have no complaints at all”.Kalmadi, in a lighter vein, also said the CBI sleuths had brought breakfast for him. “Of course, I gave them coffee”.- With PTI inputs
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