The Navesink River Is Getting Cleaner, Say Advocates

first_imgBy Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen About 50 people attended Rally for the Navesink’s first public meeting of 2019 at Rumson’s Bingham Hall. Clean Ocean Action (COA) launched Rally for the Navesink in 2016 after 565 acres of the river was downgraded and condemned for shellfishing due to pathogen pollution caused by fecal contaminations. Protection of the Shrewsbury River is also part of its mission. For instance, in Red Bank four sources of human waste were found and fixed, with a fifth under further investigation. In Fair Haven a severed sewer main was found and fixed and another damaged pipe proved to be the source of bacteria in Fourth Creek. Rain gardens are planned in Red Bank and Fair Haven to reduce stormwater runoff. Swarna Muthukrishnan, a COA staff scientist, spoke about the collaborative effort to find and fix sources of pollution that includes 26 local organizations, citizen volunteers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and poop-sniffing dogs from Environmental Canine Services (ECS), based in Maine. “COA has collaborated with NJDEP to conduct innovative human fecal source track down screening tests in these waters using scent-trained canines,” Muthukrishnan said. “COA is also the field coordinator for the COA-DEP ambient bacteria source track down and monitoring from about 20 ‘hot spot’ locations of concern throughout the watershed to fix these sources.” The organization also has developed education programs for grades K-12 and a “First Five” program – the first five actions that individual towns, businesses, schools and citizens should do to improve the water quality of the Navesink. The organization’s next scheduled public meetings are 7 p.m. March 28, May 30, July 25 and Sept. 26 at Bingham Hall, Rumson. For more information see the Facebook page or call 732-872-0111. Allison Meyerhoff, marketing and communications coordinator for Clean Ocean Action in Highlands, said, “It’s about find it, fix it, no blame.” The Navesink River water quality has improved so much it is on track to meet or exceed its 2020 restoration goal, according to Rally for the Navesink, a project of Clean Ocean Action.last_img read more

Industrial Fishermen Embrace Executive Order #84

first_imgThe United Seamen Post and General Workers Union fisheries (USPGWU) section has embraced President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Executive Order #84, despite the public’s increasing mixed reactions.On Wednesday the president of the fishery section, Samuel Siaffa, said Executive Order #84, which seeks to revitalize the fishery industry, will create more jobs and also put the industry on the global map again.At a press conference yesterday at the Union’s office in Monrovia, Siaffa said “We commend the President for the decision to revitalize the fishery industry. This has been our hope for the past seven years and we are certain that the decision will create more jobs for all fishermen in the nation including the artisanal fishermen.”He said under the three nautical miles provision there are possibilities that more fishes at affordable prices would flow into the local market and noted that vessels on Liberian waters have suffered great losses under the six nautical miles regulation which made industrial fishermen jobless for the last seven years.“Under the six nautical miles there were one hundred vessels and 58% of those vessels were illegally fishing in our territorial waters below the six nautical miles while 42% of legal vessels were catching less fish because of the six nautical miles regulation,” he said.“Since the introduction of the six nautical miles by the West African Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP), many vessels left our waters because they complained that their catches were very low and they were spending more money to keep their vessels on sea.“The constraint of those legal vessels left many industrial fishermen without jobs and fishery mongers, especially women, were buying imported fish at a very high price,” Siaffa said.He called on the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), the new supervisory arm of the National Fisheries Bureau, to revisit fisheries laws and strengthen its security system.Responding to the ongoing discussion that artisanal fishermen would be victims because of Executive Order #84, Siaffa said industrial fisheries will not affect artisanal fisheries, under the three nautical miles regulation.“As leader of the group we want to clarify that industrial fisheries will no way interfere with artisanal fishermen’s operations under the three nautical miles regulation.Seamen union leaders“Artisanal fishermen, especially canoes without motors, operate between one and two miles where floating fishes are found which is below the three nautical miles,” he said.He added: “Moreover, industrial fisheries throw nets that are at least three miles deep in the sea, so there is no way artisanal fishermen’s activities will be victims of this opportunity”Meanwhile, Mr. Freeman Gueh, President General of the United Seamen Post and General Workers Union, accused those who are against the President’s Order for politicizing what he described as the president’s good intentions.“Those who do not know a thing about fisheries should not politicize it because Executive Order #84 shows the good intention of the president for the sector,” he said. “They should not stir up dispute among the two fishery groups because we are all the same.”Since May 2, 2017, Executive Order #84 has gained the attention of many stakeholders, including, environmental organizations, artisanal fishermen, and prominent citizens, most recently Blamo Nelson, former Senator of Grand Kru County.It was also reported that a group claiming to represent more than 350,000 local fishermen and women from nine coastal counties of Liberia said Executive Order #84 is not in their interest.“This decision has the propensity to create serious hardship on the already poor and struggling artisanal (small scale) fishermen,” stated the letter under the signatures of Mr. Jerry N. Blamo, the Secretary General, and President Nyantee Sleh Sr.However, the government said the decision is necessary because the fishery resources of Liberia have been underutilized for over a decade and the government intends to encourage investment in the sector to ensure the sustainable development and utilization of its natural resources that may benefit those in the sector.It said in furtherance of its intention to start sustainably utilizing its fishery resources, the government has recognized that the Bureau of National Fisheries, a unit under the Ministry of Agriculture, needs to be granted an autonomous status to enable it meet up with the demands of the fishing industry, and reduce the government’s bureaucracy around the process of obtaining a fishing license.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Seamen union leaders and member at the press conferencelast_img read more

Persons with disability heighten calls for easier voting access

first_img…call for independent votingWith Guyana heading into elections mode for the 2020 polls, persons with disabilities have intensified requests for provisions be made for them to exercise their franchise as any normal person.On Friday at the National Library, a conference was organised by the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities (GCPD) as a step towards ensuring independent voting. Recommendations were drafted so that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) could be previewed to some of the challenges facing those with a disability.Ganesh Singh, who has been a strong advocate for persons living with a disability, expressed that many of them are living on the fringes of society where there are limited opportunities. However, their right to vote must be upheld. It was estimated that some 30,000 persons living with a disability in Guyana are within the voting age. While they are willing to go out and cast their ballots, policies must be implemented for them to successfully do so.“This is a critical time for Guyana…Next March will be National and Regional Elections and we, as a disability community, can have a say in the future of Guyana by voting. But we can’t just go and vote if we don’t understand the process,” Singh expressed.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Council, Cecil Morris insisted that all these efforts are to ensure that the disabled community is provided with equal opportunities. For years, they have been advocating for policies to be crafted, allowing persons with various disabilities to vote.“Every time its elections, we make our pleas to Government, to GECOM, everybody, to give us, persons with disabilities, the kind of respect that is due to us. We must be able to go at polling stations without a hassle and cast our vote. It’s important to us to play a part, especially at this point in time, in the development of Guyana. We need to get our rights…and things that are due to us. One of the things that is needed is for people to understand that as a person with disability, you have the right as any normal person,” Morris positioned.Fundamental rightUnited States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann Lynch was also in attendance, where she emphasised that voting is a fundamental right and inclusivity must be regarded beyond race, religion, gender and also, a disability.GCPD Chairman Cecil MorrisThis, she said, can be achieved by employing simple measures.“The right to vote is an important form of enfranchisement in any democracy but exercising the right to vote requires access. In Guyana, access isn’t always easy for persons with disabilities. I have come to realise that there are specific measures that can make voting more accessible, for example, providing options for blind or visually impaired Guyanese to vote privately and independently; outline special instructions for voters who are deaf and building ramps [and] slip-resistant surfaces for the physically impaired,” she outlined.ChallengesSome of the challenges when voting includes access for wheelchair users. Many times, polling stations are situated on the upper flat of buildings, where accessibility becomes a major issue.Persons suffering from a vision impairment have requested templates for them to put over the ballot paper, which will allow them to vote independently. In the past, they were tasked with enabling a proxy to conduct this process on their behalf.Morris, who is also President of the Guyana Society for the Blind, had indicated to Guyana Times in March that during the General Elections in 2015, templates were introduced for them to us. However, the templates were not utilised by officers at the polls.According to the World Health Organisation, about 15 per cent of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. Of this figure, two to four per cent experience significant difficulties in functioning.General and Regional Elections are slated for March 2, 2020 – indicating that there is less than three months to introduce these provisions. (Rupa Seenaraine)alast_img read more

Local business owner helps modernize the NPCC

first_imgThe need for a new console was made evident during the recent Talk of the Town event, when the centre’s microphone stopped working just moments before Emcee Brain Daley was about to get the night started.“After a few minutes of scrambling by the theatre’s in-house technician, as well as some well placed humour by emcee Daley, a short-term fix was in place and the event was able to continue as per normal,” writes the Cultural Centre.The new equipment, a 32 channel Soundcraft Expression III, brings new features to the Cultural Centre, including remote mixing via iPad, automated motorized faders, scene memory lists, and built in digital signal processing on every channel.- Advertisement -A digital mixer is something that the [Cultural] Centre has wanted for a long time,” writes interim executive director Connie Surerus. “It has the features that touring artists expect, and the automation tools that make doing more complicated theatrical and music production easier and faster.”Eggleston says the replacement of the centre’s old mixing console is a good short-term solution to help get through the current season, but a permanent solution needs to found if the facility wants to remain prevalent in the years to come.last_img read more

Arsenal injury boost! Star ‘miles ahead’ of schedule

first_img Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud 1 Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is three weeks ahead of schedule and could be fit to return for the busy Christmas period.Giroud suffered a broken leg against Everton back in August and was expected to be sidelined until the New Year.But Arsene Wenger has confirmed that his influential forward is making a speedy recovery and could be ready to make a first-team comeback in December.Wenger said: “He’s three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break. He’s miles ahead of schedule.”It hasn’t been all good news though as Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of Arsenal’s clash with Burnley.last_img


first_imgThe President of the United States of America has used the plight of Donegal emigrants to launch Irish American Heritage Month.Barack Obama describes how for hundreds of years people have left the shores of Donegal to travel to America to try and build a better life.The US President made his comments in his official Presidential Proclamation from the White House. President Obama uses his speech to pay tribute to Donegal emigrants and emigrants from across Ireland who helped build America.He also appeals to millions of America to use this month to observe the month by celebrating the contributions of Irish Americans to America.The following is the speech in which President Obama cites Donegal people and the roles they have played in helping build America. Presidential Proclamation — Irish-American Heritage Month, 2012IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2012– – – – – – –BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATIONFor centuries, America and Ireland have built a proud and enduring partnership cemented by mutual values and a common history. Generations of Irish have crossed the Atlantic in pursuit of prosperity, and today nearly 40 million of their proud descendants continue to make their indelible mark on the United States of America. Their stories, as varied as our Nation’s people, humble us and inspire our children to reach for the opportunities dreamed about by our forebears. Over hundreds of years, Irish men, women, and children left the homes of their ancestors, watching the coasts of Donegal and the cliffs of Dingle fade behind them. Boarding overcrowded ships and navigating dangerous seas, these resilient travelers looked to the horizon with hope in their hearts. Many left any valuables, land, or stability they had behind, but they came instead with the true treasures of their homeland — song and literature, humor and tradition, faith and family. And when they landed on our shores, they shared their gifts generously, adding immeasurable value to towns, cities, and communities throughout our Nation.Today, we draw on the indomitable spirit of those Irish Americans whose strength helped build countless miles of canals and railroads; whose brogues echoed in mills, police stations, and fire halls across our country; and whose blood spilled to defend a Nation and a way of life they helped define. Defying famine, poverty, and discrimination, these sons and daughters of Erin demonstrated extraordinary strength and unshakable faith as they gave their all to help build an America worthy of the journey they and so many others have taken. During Irish-American Heritage Month, we recall their legacy of hard work and perseverance, and we carry forward that singular dedication to forging a more prosperous future for all Americans.NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by celebrating the contributions of Irish Americans to our Nation.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth. BARACK OBAMAPRESIDENT OBAMA PRAISES PLIGHT OF DONEGAL EMIGRANTS TO LAUNCH IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH was last modified: March 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Irish American Heritage MonthPresident Obamalast_img read more

Skin of their teeth

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After USC coach Pete Carroll sprinted down the field to plead his case, officials put seven seconds back on the clock and the ball inside the 1. With another chance, Leinart pushed and spun his way into the end zone with three seconds left to cap a thrilling but chaotic finish as USC escaped with its 28th straight victory, a back-and-forth 34-31 win Saturday against No. 9 Notre Dame. “You gotta believe you’re going to win the way that happened,” Carroll said. The Irish (4-2), dressed for success in kelly green jerseys and tested the two-time defending champs as the Trojans haven’t been during their 2“ season run of excellence. But in the end, Notre Dame couldn’t come up with one last stop. “The reaction of the fans being on the field and then seeing how you kind of want it to come out, then seeing the exact opposite all in a matter of minutes,” Irish quarterback Brady Quinn said. “People were pretty shocked and devastated.” SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Matt Leinart launched himself toward the end zone with Southern Cal’s winning streak and its No. 1 ranking hanging in the balance. Swarmed by Notre Dame just short, the ball went shooting out of bounds and the clock ticked down to 0:00. Leinart had the option to spike the ball on the goal line play to regroup his team or go with what he had. He chose the latter, took it in himself over the left side and got a little help moving the pile from star tailback Reggie Bush. “I used all 200 pounds of my body to push Matt in,” said Bush, who ran for 160 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns. Carroll said USC (6-0) never considered settling for a field goal attempt to send it to overtime. “We’ll be happy to leave South Bend,” he said. Quinn gave Notre Dame a 31-28 lead with 2:04 left, dashing around right end for a 5-yard touchdown, extending his right arm across the goal line with the ball. But Leinart answered when it looked most bleak for USC, completing a 61-yard pass to Dwayne Jarrett on a fourth-and-9 at his own 26. “You just have to throw it up and hope he gets it,” Leinart said. “I’ll take my chances with (Jarrett) against anyone in the country. He made a play.” Then Leinart called his own number for the winner. “I just saw it. I thought it was there, and I just wanted to get in,” Leinart said. “I didn’t want to spike the ball, so I made the choice and they were looking down from up above and we got in. That was all that mattered.” He sat on the bench after his score, helmet still on, looking exhausted and waiting for a final kickoff that Notre Dame couldn’t turn into a miracle. “I had no doubt,” Bush said. “We never gave up and kept fighting. That’s why we’re the No. 1 team in the country.” Weis tapped into the Fighting Irish’s past and even in defeat etched a spot in it for himself and his team. He broke out all the stops, bringing in “Rudy” and Joe Montana to fire up his team and the fans in Friday night’s pep rally, then sent the Irish off in good-luck green after warmups on Saturday. “They worked so hard preparing for this game,” Weis said. “I thought I’d give them something back.” The Trojans trailed at the half for the third time this season, this time 21-14 after Tom Zbikowski’s 60-yard punt return early in the second quarter gave the Irish their first lead. But Bush tied the game with a 45-yard scoring gallop early in the third. Notre Dame got the lead back with a field goal seconds into the fourth quarter, then D.J. Fitzpatrick missed from 34 yards when the Irish could have gone up by six. Bush struck again, going around the corner from 9 yards out with about five minutes left to make it 28-24. Then it was Quinn’s turn to have a Heisman moment. He guided the Irish on an 87-yard drive, completing all three of his passes and finally putting Notre Dame up with 2:04 left. Quinn finished 19-for-35 for 264 yards. USC went in averaging 51 points per game, but the Irish put pressure on Leinart and intercepted him twice, the first time since the final game of the 2003 regular season he tossed two picks. The dynamic backfield of LenDale White and Bush was turned into a solo act as Bush kept USC in it until Leinart made the plays of the game. He threw a prefect fade over a defensive back to Jarrett on the huge fourth-down conversion and finished with 301 yards passing. For a while though, Notre Dame looked ready to add the Trojans to its list of historic streak stopping upsets. “We believed we could win, and I think we showed it on the field,” Zbikowski said. It was Notre Dame that stopped the longest winning streak in NCAA history when the Irish beat Oklahoma and ended its 47-game romp in 1957. In ’46, Army had won 25 straight when Notre Dame tied the Black Knights, and Texas had won 30 in a row before losing to the Irish in 1971. Two years later, USC had a 23-game winning streak end in the shadows of Notre Dame’s Golden Dome. On Saturday, USC was too tough, too resilient, to let it happen, and the Trojans are still on track to three-peat as national champions. “If you’re waiting for me to say it’s a good loss, you won’t hear that here,” Weis said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img On the sideline, Charlie Weis raised his arms in what he thought was victory, sending the Fighting Irish and their joyous fans pouring onto the field. Sorry, Charlie. The Trojans weren’t done. last_img read more

Oil glut

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Back when Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast and energy prices skyrocketed, officials at the big oil companies insisted that they weren’t profiting on the nation’s misery. Rising costs explained rising prices, they said, not gouging. But that seems hard to believe in light of Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell’s recently reported record profits of $9 billion or more. At the very least, it seems that oil companies gladly cashed in during a time of crisis. But seeing that competition between them didn’t seem to do much to alleviate prices, it’s also fair to ask whether collusion played into the equation. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he wants to call in oil executives to testify on Capitol Hill, as well they should. They have a lot of explaining to do.last_img read more

Fischer Leads Cross Country At Chile Pepper Festival

first_imgStory Links 2016 Chile Pepper FestivalOct. 1 – Fayetteville, Ark.Drake Men’s Individual Results – 8 kilometersScoring finishes6. Reed Fischer, 23:53.2563. Kyle Brandt, 25:46.1376. Chris Kaminski, 26:05.3978. Kyle Cass, 26:09.3792. Josh Yeager, 26:30.3698. Matt Cozine, 26:38.1111. George Webb, 27:03.11126. Alec Bognar, 28:49Drake Women’s Individual Results – 5 kilometersScoring finishes25. Bailee Cofer, 17:40.5745. Mykaela Cole, 18:11.0772. Morgan Garcia, 18:45.498. Olivia Rogers, 19:18.5100. Meghan Kearney, 19:21.22109. Paige Nicholson, 19:37.94111. Kayla Giuliano. 19:52.93112. Theresa McAlister, 19:54.91115. Shelby Varney, 19:59.66 Women’s Results Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Men’s Results FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams returned to action on Saturday, Oct. 1, as the young Bulldogs gained valuable experience at one of the biggest meets in the nation at the Chile Pepper Festival.The race featured competitors from 65 schools across 17 states in the largest collegiate field in the history of the venerable event. The Bulldog men’s team finished 12th out of all NCAA Division I teams while the Drake women’s team was 13th. Arkansas claimed both the men’s and women’s team titles.”I’m very proud of how well our freshmen competed on the men’s side in their first 8k, especially against so many nationally ranked teams,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “On the women’s side, nearly everyone was able to come out with a 5k personal best, so we’re excited for our bigger meets ahead.”Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) led the men’s team again, scoring in sixth place, ahead of reigning All-Americans, with an 8-kilometer time of 23:53.25 against a field that included more than 300 competitors. Fischer was just 20 seconds off the winning pace.”Reed ran very well in a tough nation-wide field and to finish where he did at this point in the season is a great indicator of what is ahead for him in the coming weeks,” Hostager added.Two of the Bulldogs’ next top three scorers were freshman as Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) was 63rd in 25:46.13 while Kyle Cass (Deforest, Wis.) was 76th.Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) continued her strong junior season by scoring in 25th to lead the women’s team.”Nearly half of our team is made up of freshman and it’s great to have some tremendous leadership from our upperclassmen like Bailee,” Hostager added.Cofer completed the 5-kilometer circuit in 17:40.57 and was followed by a trio of freshmen in the top scorers 100 for the Bulldogs.Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) turned in a 45th place finish in her biggest collegiate race to date while Morgan Garcia and Olivia Rogers (Boulder, Colo.) were 72nd and 98th, respectively.With the MVC Championship quickly approaching at the end of the month, the Bulldogs will train for two weeks in advance of their next competition, the adidas Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 15.last_img read more

Joshua Cheptegei wins Gold at 2019 World Cross Country Championships

first_imgCheptegei celebrates after winning the Senior Men’s race at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships (Agency Photo)Joshua Cheptegei has made amends for his 2017 performance by winning Gold at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships held in Aarhus, Denmark.Cheptegei who collapsed in Kampala, two years ago has this time round beaten the rest of the field to become Uganda’s first Gold Medalist in the senior Men’s category at the global event.In winning it, the double Commonwealth Champions beat off stiff competition from another Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo who finished second.At this year’s edition held in Aarhus, Denmark, Uganda has now accumulated six medals, twice as much as they did in 2017 in Kampala.Uganda has gathered sox gold medals at this year’s championshipsThe medals include two golds, one of Cheptegei and the team gold in the senior Men’s race.The Silver medals came in the Junior Men’s category (8km) and Jacob Kiplimo finishing s3cond in the senior Men’s race.The Bronze medals have come via Oscar Chelimo’s third place finish in the Junior Men’s race while the other, in the Senior Women’s race where Rachael Chebet narrowly missed out on the medal herself as she finished fourth.Uganda sent out its biggest contingent ever to World Cross-country Championships of 27 athletes with a view of improving on past performance.At the look of things, the team has indeed done justice to the faith placed in them by the government before they left.Comments Tags: 2019 World Cross Country ChampionshipsJacob KiplimoJoshua Cheptegeitoplast_img read more