Happy Mother’s Day

first_imgMGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Today is Mother’s Day, a big day to celebrate moms and all they do for us.In the United States, Anna Jarvis created the day in 1908 to honor her mother. It later became an official holiday in 1914.This year, people who have living mothers might not be able to see them. But, there are plenty of ways to celebrate, like a virtual celebration, or a vehicle parade.Try a simple virtual meeting where the family could gather online to hear mom tell stories about her childhood. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

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Marina Expansion Delayed But Predict Spring Opening

first_imgOCEANPORT – The long awaited rebirth of the former Fort Monmouth Marina on Riverside Avenue has hit a snag over red tape, official ownership, and an expansion that includes a restaurant and a bar, as well disgruntled neighbors.Still, officials and the operators expect at least a portion of the marina to be operating by spring.Operators, who say they are happy to secure all the proper permits and meet with neighbors to address their concerns, predict the boat launch and 71 slips on Oceanport Creek will open May 1, with slip space applications for boaters expected to be available later this month. Boat rentals including kayaks, paddleboats and other small crafts will be run by Red Bank Marina. The operators have hired a general manager and trained Italian chef for family-friendly fare including burgers, soups, salads, dinner items, a bar menu and a lighter menu in summer. The restaurant will be open year-round.The renamed Marina at Oceanport was leased by Asbury Park Development Partners (APDP) through the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) last year, beginning its resurrection following years of dormancy exacerbated by extensive Superstorm Sandy damage.The new operators opened outdoor portions and boating to the public last summer. Partners in APDP, Fuller “Trip” Brooks and Mario Criscione, went on to enter into exclusive purchase agreement negotiations with FMERA, and are expected to take over full ownership soon under the name Marina at Oceanport Partners LLC.That company includes Criscione, Brooks, and “agents” of APDP, Criscione’s daughters, Deanna Queenan and Jessica Sarnak.One of the issues in the complex scenario is the issuance of three violations and who’s actually responsible for each.Two of three violations cited by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Coastal Land Use Compliance and Enforcement under the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) occurred while the Army still owned the fort; the third involves work on the building by the new operators.The property is technically owned by the Army so the new operators are conferring with their attorneys to determine whether the Army is responsible for the pre-existing violations and what their next course of action should be.“We did get approval on each of our building changes and expansions from FMERA and got all proper permits from Oceanport,” Sarnak said. “We are only missing CAFRA. We didn’t know we needed it. FMERA includes DEP officials and we relied on their expertise. We were given approval to continue to work on the footprint and anything already in existence. If we are able to receive a temporary Certificate of Occupancy, we will be able to open the main indoor bar and a portion of the outdoor seating with a separate bar. FMERA has been wonderful to us.”Irate Riverside Avenue neighbor Michael Sikand, an unsuccessful bidder on the marina, however, has different ideas. He publicly vowed to stop the restaurant from opening at the February 26 FMERA meeting. Speaking for himself and the neighbor directly adjacent to the marina property, he called the expansion “illegal” adding, “People will be drinking 30 feet from residents’ homes near their yards and kids.” Sikand called for an independent investigation to determine what actually happened, ending with, “We will make sure the marina does not open this spring.” He accused officials of ignoring his previous correspondence on the alleged violations.“We acted immediately, visited the site, took measurements and photographs and notified (Oceanport Borough Administrator) John O. Bennett,” explained FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman. “The marina operator is preparing CAFRA applications. We are supporting that process and responded in an appropriate manner.” Work has stopped on the portion of the building cited in the state’s Notice of Violation.At issue is the expansion of a previously existing marina building by approximately 1,750 feet and the change in use into a restaurant and bar, as well as the expansion of the building over the top of the bulkhead.“The Army has a different permitting process and should be able to help us with permitting,” Queenan said. “We are still in the early stages to determine the best course of action.” She said the two pre-existing violations performed by the Army include a bulkhead on the west side of the property and reconfiguration of some docks that the DEP found the Army performed without a permit.“Existing docks have been reconfigured, expanded or extended beyond the limits of the license area by the Army,” she added. “We haven’t reconfigured the docks because we thought it was done properly. The building was there. Our objective is not to create noise and traffic. The property is zoned commercial. No one has reached out to us to ask about our plans. We would be more than happy to sit and discuss it with the neighbors.”“The state owns the property up to the mean water line,” said FMERA Director of Facilities Planning Rick Harrison. “We are trying to bring the property to full compliance. It must be resolved. We are working with the DEP and expect the marina will be open for the boating season and the restaurant open in spring.” By John Burton and Laura D.C. Kolnoski. John Burton can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

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DISTINCTIV PASSION DOMINATES WEATHER-REDUCED HERNANDEZ UNDER MALDONADO; BONDE TRAINEE GOES GATE TO WIRE AND WINS BY 4 ¼ LENGTHS IN RACE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED ON HILLSIDE TURF

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)–Transferred from the hillside turf course to the main track earlier in the day, Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes proved to be low-hanging fruit for trainer Jeff Bonde’s Distinctiv Passion, as he dominated a field of four older horses in gate to wire fashion, winning by 4 ¼ lengths under Edwin Maldonado while negotiating 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.33.One of the quickest horses on the grounds, the 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction weathered a driving rain and shook off runner-up Seeking the Sherif early through fractions of 21.58, 44.23 and 1:07.85 on a track labeled wet fast.With no show wagering, Distinctiv Passion was off at 3-5 and paid $3.20 and $2.40.“We were hoping this race would come off the turf,” said Maldonado. “We were hoping it would rain and then a few horses would scratch out of it. All of our prayers were answered when all the speed did scratch, so it was a nice easy pace. He was all by himself today.”Owned by Edward J. Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phillip Lebherz, Distinctiv Passion, who ran a disappointing fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II, six furlong Palos Verdes Stakes Jan. 31, improved his record to 15-7-1-4. The winner’s share of $45,480 increased his earnings to $393,660.“He’s a very versatile horse,” said Bonde when asked whether or not he had concerns about running on an off track. “I’m not opposed to running him anywhere. When he’s good, then I go. He’s one of my favorite horses.”While Distinctiv Passion broke from post position two, Seeking the Sherif, with Kayla Sta up, broke from the outside and was second the entire trip, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Chief Lion. Claimed out of a $62,500 win by trainer Gus Headley on Feb. 1, he was off at 5-2 and paid $2.60 to place.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Documentary on 49ers legend Ronnie Lott set to debut Friday night

first_imgHere’s a hard-hitting documentary if there ever was one: NFL Network will air a new episode of “A Football Life” on Friday night, focusing on tough-nosed Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.The onetime tenacious defensive back for the 49ers and Raiders will be feted at 7 p.m. PT during the latest one-hour show of the Emmy-nominate series.In typical unassuming fashion, Lott discussed how he contributed to a 49ers rebirth, which led to four Super Bowl title while he was in San Francisco.“I brought an …last_img

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One last goose egg: Raiders offense fell apart in final half at Coliseum

first_imgThe nachos splattered behind the quarterback, but a chorus of boos followed him. Carr saw the kids he’s come to know … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Cheese spread and chips smeared across the black grassed end zone.A handful of fans chucked their Coliseum snacks in a fit of frustration as Raiders quarterback Derek Carr made his way — ensconced by a bubble of security and media — to the Black Hole. One last time.last_img

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Termites: If You Can’t Lick ’Em, Mimic ’Em

first_imgTermites, despite their bad rap, have something to teach human homebuilders.  Their mounds are self-sufficient, air-conditioned, environmentally friendly and cheap to run, according to a story in EurekAlert.  “The mounds incorporate a complicated network of tunnels and air conduits designed to channel air flow for the control of internal air quality, temperature and moisture levels.”    A multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in the UK is studying termite “smart” mounds in 3D for ideas on how human habitats could “meet all energy, waste management and other needs on site.” Maybe the termites in your walls are trying to tell you something: “This is no way to build a house!  Watch us.”  We humans tend to build rectangular things.  The free-form design of termite mounds strikes us as sloppy or makeshift, when really there is a deeper design that provides more efficiency, if we would only shake off our miter-box chauvinism.    Some “cave men” have lived in structures that look remarkably like termite mounds and possess some of the same benefits.  In Cappadocia in the land of Turkey, people have lived in natural cone-shaped caves for thousands of years (click here for pictures and history).  The dwellings are “naturally air-conditioned; cool in hot summers and warm and easy to heat in harsh winters,” according to the Hidden Turkey travel site.  (For wonderful photos of these dwellings, order the Turkey CD-Rom from Bible Places.)  If the trend in biomimetics (engineering that imitates nature) continues, wouldn’t it be an interesting skyline to see New York as a cluster of buildings resembling termite mounds.    This otherwise interesting story is marred by Darwinite hot air that adds nothing but halitosis:“Mounds built by highly-evolved African termites could inspire new types of building that are self-sufficient, environmentally friendly and cheap to run.”“Furthermore, the termites have evolved in such a way that they out source some biological functions, for example, digestive functions to a fungus that they farm inside the mound.”“In fact, in physiological terms, the termites have evolved to outsource many of their homeostatic functions, such as thermo-regulation, respiration, moisture regulation, and even digestion, into the mound structure itself.”As usual, the Darwinites fail to tell us how these termites came up with their efficient and intelligent designs by chance, but just assume they did so, somehow out there on the hot plains of Africa.  Apparently necessity is the mother of emergence (see 02/25/2003 commentary).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Mushers, fans gather for world’s most famous sled dog race

first_imgView comments Veteran musher Scott Janssen of Anchorage said that for now, he is letting all “the negative stuff go in one ear and out the other,” but will do everything in his power after the race to change the face of the Iditarod.“I run this race because I love the Iditarod and I love my dogs,” said Janssen, a funeral home director known as the Mushing Mortician. “My dogs have been training all year to do this and we’re going to go out there and we’re going to have a great time.”Fans also were concentrating on the race itself. Among them were sisters Liz and Jenny Ott of Bradford, England. The pair first got a desire to see the Iditarod in person after going on a sled dog ride with Iditarod veteran Ryan Redington, grandson of late race co-founder Joe Redington Sr., as part of an Alaska cruise land excursion five years ago.“It’s a bucket list thing,” Liz Ott said.“Something you have to do before you die,” her sister added.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Michigan ends top-seeded Spartans’ 13-game winning streak But two hours before Saturday’s action got started, a dog on Norwegian musher Lars Monsen’s team got loose and disappeared during preparations for the 11-mile (18-kilometer) run through town. The dog, Hudson, was not immediately found, Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George said.This year’s Iditarod comes amid a plethora of troubles for race organizers, including a former winner’s dog doping scandal, the loss of a major sponsor and increasing pressure from animal rights activists following the deaths of five dogs connected to last year’s race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut on Saturday, the focus for mushers was on the race ahead.“It’s all about the dogs now,” said defending champion Mitch Seavey, a three-time winner. “Dogs are what we focus on. I think that’s why everybody showed up down here on the streets today, it’s because we love the dogs.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Musher Aliy Zirkle runs her team during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zirkle has finished as high as second in the race. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Cheering fans lined the streets as mushers took their dog teams for a short sprint in Alaska’s largest city Saturday for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.The morning trek along snow-heaped paths in downtown Anchorage gave supporters a chance to mingle with mushers and their furry teams before the competitive portion of the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race to Nome begins Sunday to the north in the community of Willow.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Also present for the parade of dog teams were members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which brought five headstones with the names of the Iditarod dogs that died in 2017, including two dogs that died after being dropped from the race. Stuffed toy dogs topped with long-stem red roses were placed in front of the gravestones.PETA, a longtime Iditarod critic, says more than 150 dogs have died in the race over the years, a number disputed by Iditarod officials who have not provided their count despite numerous requests by The Associated Press. PETA also plans to protest at Sunday’s official start of the race and at the finish in Nome.“These dogs are being treated like machines,” said spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher. “And they are literally being run to death.”Iditarod officials acknowledged the various problems they’ve faced over the past year have been a growing process for organizers.Perhaps the most challenging issue was the October disclosure that four dogs belonging to four-time winner Dallas Seavey, one of defending champion Mitch Seavey’s sons, tested positive for a banned substance, the opioid painkiller tramadol, after his second-place finish last year behind his father. The race’s leadership faced criticism for not releasing the information sooner.The Iditarod said it couldn’t prove Dallas Seavey administered the drugs to his dogs and didn’t punish him. Since then, the rules have been changed to hold mushers liable for any positive drug test unless they can show something beyond their control happened.Seavey has denied administering tramadol to his dogs. He is sitting out this year’s race in protest over the handling of the doping investigation. Instead, he is in Norway to participate in another sled dog race, the Finnmarkslopet, which begins next week. Mitch Seavey said Dallas called him from Norway Friday night to wish him well in the Iditarod.For this year’s Iditarod, 67 teams are vying for a total purse of $500,000. Organizers say the winner’s share of the prize money will be determined later in the race. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Spin meister

first_imgAkash Karnataki says it’s the ‘wow’ factor of dance that initially attracts students, but what they end up staying for is the pure joy of dancing. His Spin Academy was holding classes in Mumbai, Nashik and Devlali in 2000, when after visits to Gujarat, he saw the business potential of,Akash Karnataki says it’s the ‘wow’ factor of dance that initially attracts students, but what they end up staying for is the pure joy of dancing. His Spin Academy was holding classes in Mumbai, Nashik and Devlali in 2000, when after visits to Gujarat, he saw the business potential of starting an academy in the state. Karnataki felt Amdavadis will take to Latin American dances very well-the dances are cool, casual, fitness-oriented and done in couples. He was right; today, Spin Academy holds classes in other cities of Gujarat, like Vadodara, as well.Karnataki, 36, studied dance during the 1990s at several prestigious institutes, including Shiamak Davar’s institute, the Dance Centre in New York and at the Dance Theatre of Sydney. Karnataki’s courses now include jazz-to explore body movements, hip hop-to instill rhythm, modern jive and rock ‘n’ roll-to build speed and tempo, and, finally, Latino dances like the salsa. “Looking good, feeling fit, having grace and style-these are some of the USPs of the Spin Academy programme. Dance is great stress-buster after a hard day’s work,” says Karnataki, who is a qualified teacher of Latin American dance.This year, Spin has introduced a Zumba-style fitness programme, inspired by a similar plan created by Columbian choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s that combines Latin American dance with music. Also taught are contemporary hip hop styles of b-boying and b-girling, locking and popping, all of which are break-dancing’s evolved versions. Says Saket Tibrewala, a 28-year-old entrepreneur, “I attended a class where most of my batch-mates were corporate execs and entrepreneurs, and we really enjoyed the way it was put together.”advertisement Spin centresShashi Kunj: II Floor, ‘Shapath – 3’,S.G. Road,Ahmedabad.Tel: 09825419007,079-26851457/ 26854862.Nirman Bhawan: Law Garden Road, Ellis Bridge,Ahmedabad. Tel: 09825419007.The Sports Club of Gujarat: Sardar Patel Stadium,Ahmedabad. Tel: 079-26440371.Only Parathas: 5, Sudhanagar,Jetalpur Road,Alkapuri, Vadodara. Tel: 09825419007.last_img read more

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15 days agoChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regrets

first_imgChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regretsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists he has no regrets missing a move to Real Madrid.Kepa was all set to leave Athletic Bilbao for Real in January 2018, only for Zinedine Zidane to block the switch.He recalled: “It was a few months in which my grandmother saw me more in the newspaper than in person. There was a lot of talk about me. Also because of an injury I was not going through good times.”I was finishing my contract and since January I could talk to teams. I didn’t get to see what happened. “I ended up renewing and with the idea of staying and after six months I left. It’s the only contradiction.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Top Catalan lawmaker freed from jail after posting bail

first_imgMADRID – A top Catalan lawmaker on Friday left a Madrid prison where she spent the night after posting the bail a Spanish judge imposed as part of a wide-ranging rebellion investigation stemming from Catalonia’s declaration of independence.Spain’s Supreme Court said the judge who jailed and set bail Thursday for Catalonia Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell, freed her after the 150,000 euros ($175,000) bond was registered.As conditions of Forcadell’s release, the judge withdrew her passport and ordered her to stay in Spain, to check in at a court in Catalonia each week and to return before the Supreme Court if summoned.The lawmaker left the prison in a car without speaking to reporters.“We’re going back home,” she tweeted later. “With an easy conscience for having acted correctly: to guarantee freedom of expression in (the Catalan) Parliament, headquarters of the national sovereignty.”Forcadell and five other Catalan lawmakers are being investigated for the actions that led to the regional Parliament’s Oct. 27 vote to declare independence from Spain.After questioning the lawmakers, magistrate Pablo Llarena jailed only Forcadell immediately. He ordered four to pay 25,000-euro ($29,000) bail in one week to remain out of custody and released another who opposed the declaration of Catalonia as a separate republic.In his ruling, Llarena wrote that all “have expressed that either they renounce future political activity or, those who want to remain active, will do it renouncing any actions outside the constitutional framework.”Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said the lawmakers’ commitment to the judge indicated that a “return of constitutional order (in Catalonia) is starting to become a reality.”Forcadell, long one of the leading figures of the Catalan independence movement, testified Thursday that the independence declaration was “symbolic,” according to lawyers familiar with the proceedings.Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told Cope radio Friday that it “remains to be seen” if Forcadell will follow Spanish laws and court rulings preventing Catalan lawmakers from unilaterally seceding. If she doesn’t, Dastis expects the judge to consider revoking Forcadell’s bail.Eight members of the now-defunct Catalan government remain jailed in a related rebellion case. Former regional president Carles Puigdemont and four other ex-cabinet members fled to Belgium where they are fighting extradition.Two other grassroots secession group leaders have also been jailed in a parallel sedition probe. One of the two groups, the National Catalan Assembly that was formerly headed by Forcadell, said Friday it had paid her bail.Spain’s constitutional Court warned that the Parliament’s Oct. 27 vote declaring a new Catalan republic would be illegal. Most opposition lawmakers boycotted the session.The Spanish government responded by seizing control of the wealthy northeastern region, the first time in the four decades since Gen. Francisco Franco’s dictatorship ended that Madrid removed powers from any of the country’s 17 regions.Central authorities dismissed the Catalan regional president and his government, dissolved the parliament and called a new regional election for Dec. 21.Catalonia, with 7.5 million people, represents a fifth of Spain’s gross domestic product and polls show its people roughly evenly divided over independence. Puigdemont claimed a banned Oct. 1 secession referendum gave it a mandate to declare independence.___This story has been corrected to show that spelling of the Spanish foreign minister’s surname on second reference is Dastis, not Datis.last_img read more

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