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Preseason ball field upgrades under way

first_imgABERDEEN — With baseball season on deck, the township has started work on three softball and baseball fields that will result in the addition of drainage at each site along with reconditioning of the infields with new infield mix. Work began Feb. 23 on the Little League/softball league and regulation baseball fields at Guisti Park, located on Cliffwood Avenue, and the field at Storyland Park, located off Warren Drive at Woodman Place. According to the township, the projects, which will cost approximately $40,000 for completion, are scheduled for completion prior to the start of the spring 2009 sports season, weather permitting. Lucas Construction, of the Morganville section of Marlboro, is the contractor on the projects. According to a press release from the township, this is the latest in a series of improvements made to the township’s ball and soccer fields. Last year, Fireman’s Field, on Gafton and Lloyd roads, underwent a major upgrade that also included a new infield with extensive drainage improvements, new dugouts, and a higher fence along the firstbase line to protect cars parked nearby. Infield, drainage and dugout improvements were also completed at Ross Field in Cliffwood Beach and Cambridge Field on Lloyd Road. — Erin O. Stattellast_img read more

SPORT SHORTS

first_imgRutgers University will serve as the host of a Free Football and Cheerleading Camp July 19 from 1-4 p.m. at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway. This camp is for children ages 5-18 and will include coaching from former NFL and college players. All drills will be non-contact. Everyone will receive a free t-shirt.For more information, contact the Rutgers Football Office at 732-445-6200 or email dave@stynchulafoundation.org. Items for the Sport Shorts column may be sent to tmorris@gmnews.com. Please send items at least two weeks prior to a registration deadline or tryout date.last_img

Rosberg Triumphs In Britain After Vettel Retires

first_imgGermany’s Nico Rosberg won a dramatic British Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after one of several explosive tyre failures scuppered team mate Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of home victory.On an afternoon that also saw triple world champion Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull break down while leading, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso boosted his title hopes with an unexpected third place.Vettel has 132 points to the Spaniard’s 111 after eight of 19 races, with the German’s home race at the Nuerburgring next up in a week’s time.Australian Mark Webber, who had started on the second row but plunged to 14th at the end of the first lap after a nightmare start, finished second to continue a run of Silverstone podium finishes dating back to 2009.“It’s a very, very special day,” said Rosberg of his second win of the season.“With Lewis, I feel sorry for all the British fans. It would have been a great race for Lewis here in front of his home crowd. That’s racing sometimes,” said Rosberg in a podium interview with 1996 champion Damon Hill.“When Sebastian stopped, I won’t lie. I wasn’t disappointed by that one. And it was just a great race from then,” added the German, who beat Webber by 0.7 seconds after a thrilling last seven laps following the second safety car.Hamilton had started on pole, chasing his first win for Mercedes since his move from McLaren, and led for the first eight laps until the 2008 world champion’s rear left tyre exploded in a flash of flailing rubber.He nursed his bucking car around the circuit, pitted in 18th place and returned to the track 21st with his hopes of victory wrecked.It was the start of a mighty drive by the Briton, who ended the race in fourth place.“Wonderful drive, Lewis,” said team principal Ross Brawn over the team radio at the finish. “Sorry it didn’t quite work out but well done.”TYRE FAILURESHamilton’s blowout was the first of five rear left failures in a race with two safety car stints – one of them caused by Vettel whose car ground to a halt on the pit straight while he was leading.“Lost the drive, lost the gearbox,” the German shouted over the radio.Ferrari’s Brazilian Felipe Massa, Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso and Mexicans Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez for Sauber and McLaren respectively also suffered tyre failures.Red Bull said they found cuts in Vettel’s tyre after he had pitted while Mercedes detected the start of delamination in Rosberg’s rear left.“We have seen something new, a different type of problem. We’re currently performing our analysis, we’ve got to go away and understand what has happened today,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.“It was one tyre at the back, left rear, so we need to understand that. It’s pointless me adding anything else until we have all the facts,” he told reporters.Massa went to the back of the field after he pitted on three tyres and a rim but also fought back to finish sixth, behind Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen.Raikkonen set a Formula One record for his 25th successive points finish.Germany’s Adrian Sutil was seventh for Force India with Ausralian Daniel Ricciardo eighth for Toro Rosso.Britain’s Paul Di Resta was ninth for Force India, after qualifying fifth on Saturday and then being demoted to the back row of the grid when his car was found to be underweight.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg took the final point for Sauber, with former champions Williams finishing empty-handed for the ninth race in a row. Their Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado was 11th.last_img read more

Incompetent, inexperienced, unqualified consultants, contractors

first_imgDear Editor,It has been reported in the media on June 7, that a Government investigation into the collapse of the Palmyra monument on April 26, found that failure was due primarily to a poorly designed earthen foundation supporting the structure. Also, failure of the masonry blocks filled in with mortar for the base support was probably due to their low compressive strength. However, poorly cast masonry blocks filled in with concrete would not have increased the crushing strength of the blocks significantly, as was reported.The previous PPP/C Govt. had apparently assigned Design Consultants Services Ltd. (DCSL) to prepare the preliminary design. Specifications and estimated cost to construct this project was given at 5M. Construction, however, was kept on hold until the newly elected APNU/AFC Govt. decided to resurrect the project; and based on a revision of the DCSL design by its appointed consultant, FEBCAM, the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture decided to proceed with project execution.Accordingly, Innovative Engineering Consultant Services (IECS) were appointed to prepare the final design; and FEBCAM, as supervisory consultant and alternate contracting enterprise (ACE) was appointed primary contractor.During design of the project, IECS observed that soil data was required for the foundation design, in order to determine the strength and consolidation characteristics of the soil, and its capability of supporting the stresses imposed by the structure. IECS therefore requested the applicable soils data to complete its design, but was advised by the Ministry of Culture that geotechnical investigation was not carried out and would not be done, since no budgetary allowance was made for this aspect of project work.At this stage of its work, IECS should have walked away from its contract, since the Govt. had to provide the soils data, and no professional engineer could design the foundation for a structure of seeming complexity without adequate soil data.Instead, it was reported that IECS used historic soil data to prepare the foundation design, which, when used during construction, was a major cause of the structure’s collapse.Similarly, it is not clear whether the specification had listed the minimum crushing strength requirements for the mortar-filled blocks, which also failed. A concrete-testing laboratory should have tested the blocks during construction, to ensure they met design requirements.Failure of the Palmyra Monument, Kato Secondary School, and several other public works’ projects indicates that the APNU+AFC Govt continues to employ incompetent, inexperienced, and generally unqualified consultants, construction supervisors and contractors for its civil engineering projects. Firstly, these service providers should be pre-qualified, to ensure that they have the relevant qualification, experience, and other parameters to competently undertake their given assignments. Continued reluctance to do so would only add to failures and cost escalation of public works’ projects.Performance bonds should be mandatory for all contracts, as this would enable the Govt. to recoup its expenditures when contractors fail to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of their obligations. Those firms that fail to perform should also be barred from future Govt. assignments, at least for a specified period.Finally, the APNU/AFC Govt should recognize that many, if not all of its Ministries, do not have the required technical personnel, with the training, competence and experience to undertake execution and oversight of many of its engineering projects.The Palmyra project clearly bears this out, as the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture technical personnel did not comprehend the importance of geotechnical investigations and material testing, such as the determination of masonry blocks’ strength requirements for the design and construction of this structure, in accordance with generally accepted standards.Yours truly,Charles Sohanlast_img read more

LRA Adopts Professional Ethics

first_imgMrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has adopted and published a professional ethics and code of conduct policy to guide the behaviors of its staff at every level in the execution of their daily functions.LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba stated in a press release that in a bid to achieve the mission and vision of building an efficient and effective revenue administration service consistent with regional and international revenue administration standards, each staff of the LRA must be accountable for adhering to the adopted values and ethical principles, the Revenue Code of Liberia and the Act creating the LRA.The Commissioner General in her introductory message in the Code said it is the responsibility of each staff to read, fully understand, adhere to and sign the Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct, which shall serve as a reference and guidance for their actions.The professional ethics and code of conduct among other things require employees to display honesty, fairness, loyalty and impartiality in the discharge of their duties, avoiding every form of temptation and collusion at the detriment of the state and taxpayers.Employees are compelled to be law abiding, careful with public assets, behave ethically and discharge their duties and responsibilities efficiently as required by the LRA Act as well as other laws, including the Revenue Code of Liberia.The nearly 30-page booklet explains the role and responsibilities of the Authority to its staff and the public and the role of the staff to the Authority and the public, while it also guides employees in executing their functions as it relates to treatment of colleagues, stakeholders, taxpayers, suppliers and the general public professionally.It is a key document upon which the public is expected to measure the staff including the management of the LRA, according to the release. The LRA says a copy of the document can be found on its website, www.lra.gov.lr. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal complete Debuchy swoop

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, July 17- Arsenal completed their swoop for France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United on Thursday in a deal reported to be worth around 15 million euros.Debuchy has been a long-term target for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners’ manager finally got his man as the right-back put pen to paper on a long-term contract. The 28-year-old, who was part of the French squad which reached the World Cup quarter-finals, is the ideal replacement for compatriot Bacary Sagna, who left Arsenal to join Premier League Manchester City on a free transfer last month.Debuchy, who is reported to have cost the Gunners around £12 million ($20.5 million, 15.1 million euros), becomes Arsenal’s second signing since the end of last season following the £30 million arrival of Chile winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.“We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal,” Wenger told the club’s website.“He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France.“He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us.”Debuchy featured 46 times during an 18-month spell at Newcastle after spending the first nine years of his career with French side Lille.He helped Lille to a league and cup double in 2010-11.His performances also earned him his international debut against Albania in October 2011 and he now has 25 caps for France.Debuchy will join up with his new team-mates soon for pre-season preparations and is expected to make his debut at the Emirates Cup in the first weekend of August.He admitted playing in the Champions League was a major incentive to join Arsenal.“I’m very proud to be joining a great club like Arsenal and to wear its colours, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the whole world,” Debuchy said.“I’m looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger and to helping the team build on last season’s FA Cup success.“Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chelsea transfer report: Crystal Palace offer to take Loic Remy on loan

first_img1 Crystal Palace have offered to take Chelsea forward Loic Remy on loan.The Eagles are desperate to bolster their attacking options this summer and failed with a £30m bid for Liverpool’s Christian Benteke on Tuesday.Palace are expected to come back with another offer for the Belgian, but manager Alan Pardew is keen to sign two strikers before the transfer window.And, according to L’Equipe, Remy is the player he has identified to bring in alongside Benteke.The Frenchman is ready to leave Stamford Bridge in search of first-team football and Everton have already expressed an interest.But the opportunity for Remy to stay in London and work with Pardew again – who he played under at Newcastle – is likely to give Palace the edge. Loic Remy last_img

De Gea the hero as Man United’s visit to Arsenal ends in thrilling victory

first_img David de Gea kept Arsenal at bay with a number of impressive saves 1 Jesse Lingard scored twice as 10-man Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 in a pulsating Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.United burst out of the traps and Antonio Valencia opened the scoring in the fourth minute after linking up with Paul Pogba and drilling the ball through the legs of Petr Cech from 15 yards.The Red Devils doubled their lead after 11 minutes through Lingard, who benefited from a fine Anthony Martial lay-off before converting in off a post.Arsenal wasted numerous chances to cut the deficit, the most glaring being Alexandre Lacazette’s close-range shot which was somehow parried onto the crossbar by David De Gea.Lacazette did pull a goal back for the Gunners just after half-time but Lingard restored United’s two-goal cushion with a tap-in after 63 minutes.Pogba was then sent off for a stamp on Hector Bellerin with 16 minutes remaining but Jose Mourinho’s side – who are five points behind leaders Manchester City – held on.Arsene Wenger secured a first Premier League win over Mourinho at the 13th attempt in May, when United’s focus was on the Europa League.That victory was part of a 12-game winning run at home for the Gunners in the league, their best since leaving Highbury.And it was also part of United’s winless streak of 11 away to established top-six rivals.Mourinho’s men had scored just once in eight of those games, but they had surpassed that tally after 11 minutes here, punishing two Arsenal aberrations.A dreadful pass from Koscielny towards Sead Kolasinac was intercepted by Valencia.The United captain played a one-two with Pogba, who sucked in defenders for Valencia to overlap and fire a shot between Petr Cech’s legs.The sin was repeated. Mustafi hesitated on the ball and Lingard nipped at his heels, sending the ball to Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium striker, now with one goal in 12, found Anthony Martial.Martial showed great dexterity to pirouette and present the ball to Lingard to shoot inside the far post.Mustafi collapsed in a heap, perhaps as much in embarrassment as pain, before limping down the tunnel for attention on his right ankle.Alex Iwobi replaced him, giving Arsenal more of an attacking threat.That left them vulnerable at the back. At times they were defending two on two and United looked as likely to score a third as Arsenal did to net in the remainder of the first half.Lacazette was the Gunners’ greatest threat. The France striker, who shrugged off a groin injury to start, delayed over a shot which hit De Gea’s chest and struck the bar. Granit Xhaka fired the loose ball just wide.Arsenal had further chances but De Gea saved from Bellerin, Kolasinac and Lukaku, after the striker had diverted a cross towards his own goal.Arsenal did have a goal back within four minutes of the restart. Alexis Sanchez clipped the ball through for the on-rushing Aaron Ramsey.The Welshman showed brilliant composure to cushion the ball for Lacazette to finish.The intensity ramped up a notch. Lingard went through only to see his shot brush Cech’s arm and loop on to a post.Then De Gea denied Iwobi and made a double stop, first from Lacazette low to his right and then with his feet from Sanchez.United had threatened to strike on the counter and did so when Lingard found Pogba, who danced around Koscielny and crossed for Lingard to tuck in the third unopposed.Having shown his best, Pogba then showed his worst. A mis-timed, studs-up challenge on Bellerin saw the France international dismissed by referee Andre Marriner.Mourinho felt Koscielny should have seen red for hauling back Lukaku on the halfway line with three minutes remaining, but the Gunners defender was only booked despite being last man.And there was no penalty when Danny Welbeck went down under the challenge of fellow substitute Matteo Darmian, meaning there was no furious climax to a breathtaking contest.last_img read more

Spurs great backs ‘wonderful’ Pochettino and hits out at ‘harsh’ criticism

first_img 3 The pressure is building on Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino Chris Hughton has backed Spurs to end their rut getty And they are in danger of slipping further down the table if their current run continues, following back-to-back defeats to Bayern Munich 7-2 in the Champions League and Brighton 3-0 in the Premier League.It appears a good time, then, to host rock-bottom Watford at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday – with LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary on talkSPORT 2.The Hornets are still yet to win this term, so Pochettino will surely be looking to win and force the spotlight from his team as well as himself, following months of speculation over his future.But Hughton believes the criticism of the Argentine and his Tottenham side is ‘very harsh’, dismissing their current run as ‘something that is normal for every team’.Speaking in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s James Savundra which will be aired in full on Wednesday from 7pm, the former Spurs star and long-serving coach said: “[The criticism] is very harsh.“We’re talking about a manager who has achieved something that the large majority will never do, which is getting to a Champions League final. “They have a wonderful manager.“You can’t go from being the manager who gets you to the Champions League final a few months ago to suddenly being a manager who can’t get the best out of the team.“They are capable of going on a good run, but it is a difficult period they’re going through.“This is where Mauricio will use the best man-management skills and the best tactical knowledge that he has. He has that type of ability to turn things around. Chris Hughton is baffled by the recent criticism of Tottenham and their manager Mauricio Pochettino, telling talkSPORT the ‘wonderful’ coach can turn their form around.Last season’s Champions League finalists have endured a tough start to the new campaign, with just three wins from their opening eight fixtures leaving them in ninth place. AFP or licensors 3 Mauricio Pochettino was hailed for taking Spurs to the Champions League final, but faced criticism for his tactics against Liverpool in Madrid and is now feeling the heat AFP 3 “Tottenham are in a good place at the moment. They’re a consistent top-four team and certainly in my era that was never the case.“What’s happened is just what can happen in football, which is they’re having a bad time. It’s normal for everybody.“As well as Liverpool and Manchester City are doing at the moment, at some stage they’ll have a tough time and they’ll get criticism, it goes with the game. It just so happens that this is Tottenham’s period.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Tottenham vs Watford at 3pmlast_img read more