Swim Club renovations proceed as scheduled

first_imgStaff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI The roofs on the cabanas and lavatories at the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club are being renovated. The construction is halted for now and should be finished by next summer, officials say. MIDDLETOWN — It’s been a summer full of quality poolside play for members of the township’s Swim and Tennis Club, thanks to the successful completion of a portion of $250,000 worth of renovations not shouldered by taxpayers. All revamping has gone just swimmingly, so to speak. As the summer season draws to an end, officials say a good time was had by all, and there are more refurbishments and fun to come in the summers ahead. As part of a plan that’s been four years in the making, the demolition of roofs deemed unsafe resulted in some realigning and the construction of two new handicapped-accessible cabanas. The former A-line roof, which township Parks and Recreation Director Gregg Silva said was hard to maintain because of its design, was removed and replaced with pitched roofs for easier maintenance and durability. The two new cabanas were constructed in addition to the replacement of the new roofs on some of the club’s buildings. “They’re pie-shaped and a healthy size. They also have bathrooms with showers because they are handicapped accessible,” said Mayor Joan Smith, who is also a club member. The area around the club’s concession stand was also improved, while the stand itself got a new roof, as well. “By the time the club opens next year, all the roofs that need to be done will be completed,” added Smith. It’s not just roofing and cabanas that have improved the club. Those who enjoy tennis have been treated to new tennis courts this season. In the near future, the drainage and concrete surrounding the main pool will also be revamped. While a lot of improvements have been made over the past four years, according to Smith, there’s still more to be done and the club’s fees pay for the work. Though some have argued that the club is a tax burden, Smith says the fact that the club has been established as an independent township utility makes it a self-fulfilling entity. “All these repairs are supported by the fees collected from the membership,” Smith said. “We’ve made repairs as funds allow, and we’ve always managed to break even.” Township Administrator Robert Czech reiterated the specifics that a utility entails: “It means that revenues from the utility are used to operate it. In other words, the fees generated by the membership cover all operating and maintenance costs. There’s an entirely separate section of the municipal budget titled the Swim Club Utility — a separate utility budget — that delineates revenues received and expenditures absorbed by those revenues. This is separate from the municipal operating budget. In the event that the township bonds for money to complete repairs at the club, the debt service for that bond is paid for by fees generated from the club, not taxpayers.” Czech concluded that township officials expect to see all necessary repairs completed by the summer of 2003. By ELAINE VAN DEVELDE last_img read more

PNG granted wildcard entries at surfing World Championship Tour

first_imgPresident of the Surfing Association of PNG, Andrew Abel said the two PNG surfers (one male and one female) will be chosen from the 10 affiliated surfing clubs in the country.“The World Surfing League has only granted us two wild card entries. We can’t have any more than that.“The 36 male and 18 female inbound surfers are invited only. These are the world’s elite surfers.“So we’re very fortunate to have the world’s best on our shores and we’ve capitalized on this opportunity to also showcase our best to compete with them.“PNG has only two wild cards- one male and one female, and we’ll have two reserves,” said Abel.“Our contest director, Jason Pini will have the final call on that on who will be representing PNG.Abel said the two PNG surfers will be announced shortly before the Men’s and Women’s Longboard World Championship Tour that will run from March 18-25 in Madang.last_img read more

1 injured in 3-vehicle collision on Brickdam

first_imgOne man narrowly escaped death while a woman had to be rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital following an accident at the corners of Camp Street and Brickdam, Georgetown on Saturday afternoon.Two vehicles – a bus belonging to Cell Phone Shack with registration plate GSS1718 and the Toyota Raum collided at the intersection, before involving a third vehicle belonging to the Education Ministry.Guyana Times understands that the Raum was heading West on Brickdam while the bus belonging to Cell Phone Shack was heading in the opposite direction.As the car turned South and made its way onto Camp Street, the driver collided with the Cell Phone Shack bus. After the collision, the bus ended up in the roadside drain and the car slammed into the Education Ministry’s vehicle.A pedestrian, Fabion Barton, who narrowly escaped injury, spoke to this newspaper and related what he witnessed. According to theOne of the damaged vehiclesclearly rattled man, he was walking along Brickdam when he saw the car slam into the bus which then skidded in his direction.“I saw the bus coming towards me and I managed to jump out of the way but it got so close that my bag that was on my shoulder ended up pinned under the bus.”One occupant of the car had to be rushed to hospital and is said to be in a serious condition. She is the mother of the driver of the car.However, the other four persons involved in the accident managed to escape unhurt. The Raum and the bus belonging to Cell Phone Shack were badly damaged, while the vehicle registered to the Education Ministry received minimal damage.Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

4th South Rupununi Safari launched

first_img− organisers call for more sponsorshipThe stage is set for another successful South Rupununi Safari, which will further enhance Guyana’s drive to promote ecotourism. Participants can expect to experience the destination’s beauty as they travel through several of the country’s most picturesque regions.Coordinator of the South Rupununi Safari, Frank SinghAccording to the organisers, this year’s event will see the participation of about 50 persons who will set out on the six-day trip, moving through various communities in Regions Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). The event takes place from November 24 to 29. The convoy leaves Georgetown and the trip will end at Achiwuib in Region Nine.During the launch of the event on Tuesday, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Indranauth Haralsingh, said more sponsorship is needed to help make the event successful. Haralsingh noted that it costs a family of four over $200,000 for the six days. This cost, he assured, will be reduced immensely once the event attracts strong sponsorship. This will in turn attract more participation, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.The convoy will also be donating food items among other things to the various communities along the way.Haralsingh said too that increased sponsorship will also go a long way towards assisting the residents of the various Amerindian communities. Mekdeci Mining Company (MCC) usually sponsors the river crossing for all participants. The safari is organised by the Public Telecommunications Ministry and the GTA, in collaboration with Rainforest Tours, Regions Eight and Nine administrations, and the Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministries.Coordinator of the safari, Frank Singh, said this fourth edition is a good opportunity for families to bond and make new friends.Singh explained that, “This one here is to give drivers the know how to activate a 4×4 vehicle, due to the fact that when we visited the North Pakaraima (safari) before, a lot of persons didn’t know how to engage the vehicles and this is an opportunity for them to learn how to operate their vehicles.”Singh explained that on the convoy there are usually business persons who would buy the villagers’ products and see how best their products can be marketed. The coordinator said it is compulsory for safari members to donate something to each village that they pass through.He pointed to the magnificent scenery and the potential for new experiences; “One of the things that they will be doing this time around is trying to drive up the Shea Rock. We have tried before, but it did not happen, so we are going to do it this time,” he said.One dedicated participant, Edward Luke King, who has been a part of all four Safaris thus far, encouraged families to come onboard. “We have had persons on the trip who met and got married, new friendships are formed and more persons get to see this beautiful country, Guyana.”The South Rupununi Safari offers an ideal opportunity for persons to experience the outdoors, have fun and adventure, discover the picturesque beauty of miles of savannahs and explore little known places South of Guyana’s interior. The South Rupununi Region has some of the most beautiful sceneries that travellers will come across; it takes the adventurous through many indigenous villages, including the Wapishana village of Shea where travellers will get a glimpse of the Shea Rock which towers over the flat savannahs. From Shea, the sightseers will get a stunning view of the famed Bottle Mountain, the Shiriri Mountain and the Kanuku Mountain range.last_img read more

Stars pray against injury jinx

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, June 2- Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo saw his dreams of World Cup glory ended cruelly in a nondescript friendly against Ireland and he may not be the last big star to suffer a similar fate.Colombia are praying that their talismanic striker Radamel Falcao will win his battle to be fit, Spain have concerns over their Brazil-born marksman Diego Costa, Uruguay too are waiting on last season’s leading scorer in the English Premier League Luis Suarez and France on winger Franck Ribery. Montolivo was joined on the sidelines of football’s global showpiece by two other players as Mexico midfielder Luis Montes went from the joy of scoring in the friendly against Ecuador to the despair minutes later of suffering a serious leg fracture.Ghanaian central defender Jerry Asaminko will also have to sit at home and watch his compatriots perform after the term ‘play to the final whistle’ came agonisingly true as he broke an ankle in the third minute of time added on of their 1-0 defeat by Holland.However, while the respective injuries are devastating for the players, who may never again get another chance to play in the finals, it can equally be so for their team-mates and their morale.Montolivo’s was a case in point as Italy coach Cesare Prandelli — who also has doubts over Montolivo’s replacement Alberto Aquilani who went off injured in the first-half — highlighted after the 0-0 draw with the Irish.“We saw the players inside. Everyone is broken and really sad about what happened.“Montolivo is a key player for this squad. He is a point of reference not only on the pitch but off it for his behaviour.“He has such a good attitude. I think all the lads were really shocked by what happened.”The same could be said for the morale of the other injury doubts.While Falcao has been a major doubt since January his absence would be a major blow also to morale for his team-mates.The 28-year-old is so pivotal to Colombia’s hopes — though they have a relatively weak group with goalshy Greece, Japan and the ageing but talented Ivory Coast — that coach Jose Pekerman has said they will wait till the last minute to see if he makes it.Frustrating for both country and player is that Falcao, who has scored 20 goals in 51 international appearances, tore his cruciate ligaments in a game he could easily have been allowed to miss by Ligue 1 side Monaco, a French Cup game against an amateur side.“We will wait until the last minute of the last day,” said Pekerman earlier this week.It has also been the attitude adopted by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez with regard to Suarez, who injured his knee in training and underwent an operation.“Things with Luis will depend on how things go with his knee. Our main concern is the player’s health,” Tabarez said this week, adding that he hoped the forward’s “fitness will permit him to participate.”Ribery is crucial to France’s hopes of erasing the nightmares of 2010 where the squad — including the Bayern Munich star — returned home in disgrace after going on strike and then going out in the first round.However, the 31-year-old, who made a better impression in the 2006 edition when they reached the final, has not trained with the French squad since joining up with them and coach Didier Deschamps has not been able to ease doubts about his key player.“He grits his teeth, he puts up with the pain. He could do team training and even play. But if it is to play and not be free enough, that is not going to resolve the problem,” said Deschamps.“Antoine (Griezemann and the most likely player to start if Ribery is unfit) has qualities, but Franck Ribery is Franck Ribery. It is as though (Cristiano) Ronaldo was not available for Portugal and the journalists asked his replacement to be a Ronaldo,” he added.So much time and energy was put into ensuring Costa would be eligible to play for Spain that to lose the 25-year-old Atletico Madrid star — the third highest goal scorer in La Liga last season with 27 goals — to injury would be the bitterest pill to swallow.Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has cover in veterans Fernando Torres and David Villa.However, with Torres coming off another disappointing season in England and Villa having played second fiddle to Costa at Atletico del Bosque will be desperate for him to recover from his hamstring injury.“We’re in the hands of the medical staff,” said del Bosque in his typically unflamboyant manner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Thrilling match nights as Heineken launch Champions League campaign

first_img0Shares0000A fan enjoying a UEFA Champions League match.PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, April 11 – Ahead of Tuesday’s quarter-finals return leg matches, Heineken Kenya has announced the official campaign of the 2016 UEFA Champions League promising to engage and excite Kenyan football fans.Building on the success of last season’s Champion the match, the premium brewer declared that the campaign remains the base of their UEFA Champions League communication this season. The campaign aims to drive broader appeal of match nights before, during and after the game.In addition football fans will enjoy entertainment and stand the chance to win prizes in the different establishments that Heineken will be activating in Nairobi, Eldoret, Nakuru, Mombasa and Kisumu.‘‘So far we have witnessed world class football performance in the Champions League first-leg quarter finals and round of 16 knock-outs. Fans are definitely looking forward to more outstanding action and surprise in the forthcoming games.“At Heineken we want to encourage fans to create the ultimate match nights whether watching the match from home or at the sports bar with their friends,” Heineken Kenya Country Manager Nina Ndabaneze declared.She further stated, ‘‘UEFA Champions league is watched by more than a billion people worldwide, whether Barcelona is playing Arsenal or FC Basel is playing against Anderlecht , every match brings along its own surprises and excitement. Heineken has been successfully partnering with the UEFA Champions League since 2005.” 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Put on your Thanksgiving thinking cap

first_imgWhile the turke is cooking, thest your holiday smarts. 1. Where did the celebration generally recognized as the first Thanksgiving take place? A) Near Canyon, Texas AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsB) Near present-day Jacksonville, Fla. C) Near the mouth of the Kennebec River in Maine D) Berkeley Plantation, Va. E) Plymouth, Mass. F) Charlestown, Mass. 2. Why did the Pilgrims give thanks in 1621? A) Because a supply ship had arrived from England. B) For a bountiful harvest after a deadly first winter in America. C) For a peace treaty with the Wampanoag confederation. D) For drought-ending rain. 3. Which president proclaimed the first national day of Thanksgiving? A) Abraham Lincoln B) George Washington C) Franklin Roosevelt D) Thomas Jefferson 4. True or false: Macy’s sponsored its first Thanksgiving Day parade in 1920. 5. Which president first “pardoned” a turkey? A) Abraham Lincoln B) Franklin D. Roosevelt C) Harry Truman D) Dwight D. Eisenhower 6. True or false: The 2007 national Thanksgiving turkey will be the grand marshal at the Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade? 7. What year did the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears play in the first NFL game on Thanksgiving Day? A) 1934 B) 1939 C) 1944 D) 1956 8. True or false: Thanksgiving did not have a fixed schedule until 1941 congressional legislation set the date of Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of the month. 9. Which state produced the most pumpkins in 2006? A) Ohio B) Pennsylvania C) California D) Illinois 10. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, which state is expected to raise the most turkeys in 2007? A) Arkansas B) Minnesota C) Virginia D) California E) Missouri F) North Carolina Click here for answers! 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Page reported Foley’s e-mail in 2000

first_imgReynolds has been criticized by Democrats who say he did too little to protect a page from Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned Sept. 29 after the disclosure of his sexually explicit electronic messages to teenage former male pages. Foley is now under investigation by federal and Florida authorities.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., confronted then-Rep. Mark Foley about his Internet communications with teenagers as early as 2000, according to a newspaper report. The Washington Post reported Sunday night that a former page showed Kolbe some Internet messages from Foley that had made the page uncomfortable. Kolbe’s press secretary, Korenna Cline, told the Post that a Kolbe staff member advised the page last week to discuss the matter with the clerk of the House. Cline denied the messages were sexually explicit, telling the Post only that they had made the former page uncomfortable. What she called “corrective action” was taken, she said, but she did not know whether that went beyond Kolbe’s meeting with Foley. Rank-and-file Republicans sought to mount a public defense of Speaker Dennis Hastert in the scandal, threatening their congressional control one month before the elections. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But a House GOP leader under fire for his handling of the scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley canceled a national broadcast appearance, and one Republican lawmaker said those who participated in a cover-up would have to resign. “Anybody that hindered this in any kind of way – tried to step in the way of hiding this, covering it up – is going to have to step down. Whoever that is,” said Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va. The House ethics committee is investigating the matter. If it finds evidence of a cover-up, the punishment could range from a mild rebuke in a committee report to a House vote of censure or expulsion. Rep. Thomas Reynolds, who heads the House Republicans’ re-election effort, would have been the chamber’s top GOP official on the Sunday talk shows. Long booked for ABC’s “This Week,” he confirmed his appearance on Wednesday but, by Saturday, his staff canceled without explanation and arranged for a substitute guest, Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., a network spokeswoman said. Reynolds, whose district covers a stretch of New York between the suburbs of Buffalo and Rochester, is now trailing his Democratic opponent, Jack Davis, by a 48-33 percent margin, according to a poll conducted by Zogby International. last_img read more

Leicester closing in on £40million summer signing ahead of Spurs and Man United

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Rodgers told SunSport: “The work is ongoing. Of course there is a hole in terms of the head of recruitment role.“However work has been going on below that and conversations with Monaco are taking place. There are a lot of good people behind the scenes who are continuing the work. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “It is an important one for us because we want to strengthen in the summer.”If they were to sign Tielemans for £40million it would smash their transfer record. Their previous highest fee paid was £30million for Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon in August 2016. 2 The Ligue 1 side have put a £40million price tag on the midfielder amid growing speculation that Spurs and United want to hijack the move.The 21-year-old scored his first goal for Belgium last week during their 3-1 win over Russia.Brendan Rodgers said the club is pushing ahead with the move despite the departure of their head of recruitment earlier this month. ADVICE Leicester City are confident they can sign Youri Tielemans on a permanent deal despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.Tielemans has quickly established himself as a popular figure at the club since signing on loan from Monaco in January, in a deal that saw Adrien Silva move in the opposite direction. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Youri Tielemans is on loan from Monaco BEST OF REVEALED no dice REVEALED REPLY Monaco reportedly want £40m for Tielemans Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more