SANDY HOOK – Sandy Hook and Fort Hancock are undergoing positive changes and upgrades that will have a significant effect on the park’s future.Representatives of the National Park Service (NPS) and the Fort Hancock Advisory Committee participated in a Two River Times editorial board meeting on March 24 to discuss developments at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook and the Fort Hancock, the former and historic military installation at the park’s northern tip. They joined staff members of The Two River Times to discuss the park’s ongoing Sandy recovery work, other developments and park improvements in the works, along with the hopes of the NPS and its advisory committee concerning the rehabilitation of some of the aging and deteriorating fort structures.“We have our challenges there,” said Jennifer T. Nersesian, superintendent of the NPS Gateway division. Nersesian was talking specifically about the Fort Hancock efforts, but her comments could have been about the entire park as the federal agency continues to work on its infrastructure after it was smacked around by Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2012, and it works on a viable public/private partnership to renovate and preserve the fort buildings.Joining Nersesian was Peter McCarthy, Sandy Hook unit coordinator; Daphne Yun, a NPS public affairs specialist; and Gerry Glaser, who co-chairs the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, as well as serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Sandy Hook Foundation, the official friends of the park group.The advisory committee has 20 members, made up of various stakeholders, from government education and the private sector. The NPS established the committee in 2012 to investigate ways to hopefully save the aging structures by establishing partnerships that would lead to the restoration of the buildings without necessarily requiring taxpayer dollars.The Park service had sought requests for expressions of interest for a pilot program that would allow six buildings formerly used as officer’s living quarters to be developed for possible for-profit bed and breakfast businesses, residential use and for not-for-profit office space. “There was a very high level of interest,” from parties for the program, Nersesian said, with the park service getting 40 responses, 19 of which were for residential uses.The NPS subsequently has been seeking formal requests for proposals for the six structures, with the deadline for those set for April 17, Nersesian said.“We want to see a real vibrant community out there,” Glaser said. And this pilot program is a means of “testing the waters for what the community would like to see there,” Glaser added.But any agreement would require potential tenants to undertake restoration of the structures to conform to the U.S. Department of Interior historic guidelines. Any costs incurred by the tenants would be taken into consideration in the lease agreements, Nersesian said.Under federal law, lease agreements can be as long as 60 years, she added.Ongoing work for the beach areas include redoing the park’s telecommunications infrastructure and overhauling the sewerage system, both impacted by Sandy, with the sewerage system upgrade expected to take another couple of years to complete, Nersesian and McCarthy said. In addition, the Park service is working on a pre-Sandy project, building another portion of the multi-use paved path that runs most of the length of the approximately seven-mile park and is a popular feature for joggers, walkers and cyclists.Work is underway on repairing the boardwalk that runs through the park’s 64-acre maritime holly forest. And plans are in the works to repair and adapt the park’s Sandy-damaged History House site to better withstand storms. “This is not just about fix it and get it up quick,” but to prepare it for the long-term use, Nersesian said.Sandy Hook had sustained considerable damage from Sandy, battering structures and infrastructure along with eroding the beach areas, as the park was hit with as much as 13-foot tidal surges, park representatives and federal officials said at the time. Despite the damage, most of the park was sufficiently repaired and open and available to the public by May 2013.For the summer there will again be commuter ferry services from New York City to the park, provided by SeaStreak, and the Park’s camping grounds will be available from mid-April to Sept. 30. The bicycle rental service will again be on-site for this summer season, according to McCarthy.For the next two summers, however, park visitors will have to again settle for food vendor trucks, McCarthy said. Work is continuing on the buildings that had housed the now-defunct Sea Gulls’ Nest restaurant and bar and the other food serve areas damaged by Sandy. But the NPS is working on a plan for its future use, McCarthy said.Another change park visitors could see is an increase in parking fees in 2017. For the season running from Memorial Day to Labor Day, daily parking is proposed to increase from $15 to $20, and seasonal parking $75 to $100.Local, state and federal lawmakers had been critical of the fee hike, but Nersesian insisted the fees are competitive with other area beach costs.Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook is situated on a barrier island in Middletown, separating Sandy Hook Bay on its west and Atlantic Ocean on the eastern coast. It became a federal park in the 1972 when Congress established the Gateway National Recreation Area, making it one of three locations in the New York/New Jersey region providing recreational opportunities for largely urban areas.McCarthy has said previously the park gets approximately 2.2 million visitors a year, with roughly 2 million coming between Memorial and Labor Day. –By John Burton
In her annual State of the Nation’s address to the National Legislature on January 27, 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that road construction remains on top of Liberia’s socio-economic development transformation.President Sirleaf said that final discussions with the Japanese Government have been concluded for the reconstruction of the Somalia Drive/Red-light corridor in Monrovia.The Liberian leader explained that the completion of that vital road corridor would considerably reduce the huge menace of traffic congestion that had over the years become a nightmare for commuters and business people in Monrovia.Many skeptics of the administration have expressed some concern about the snail’s pace of negotiations with the Japanese Government regarding the Somalia Drive road project.Understandably, the Japanese Government had insisted on many occasions that funds would not made available if the Liberian Government does not settle property owners through the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Works.President also warned that people undertaking the building of houses on the right ways and ignoring laws and regulations would certainly be removed to give way to genuine national development, growth and progress in the country.In the South East, President Sirleaf disclosed that the Karnwenkan/Tapita Highway would also start this year in order to connect the hard-to-reach areas in that part of rural Liberia.President Sirleaf also disclosed that connecting each county’s capital city with paved roads would be a top priority for this administration during 2014 and beyond.The President Sirleaf reminded Liberians and support partners that as part of the Liberian Government’s road projects, feeder roads rehabilitation remains paramount and under serious consideration.In Lofa County alone, several feeder roads have been rehabilitated thus improving the transport of farmers’ produce to all of the county’s major markets thereby improving their socio-economic conditions. She added that feasibility studies for the Gbarnga/Bong County and Mendikorma Highway have been concluded and final finishing touches are being worked for the full pavement beginning sometime this year.President Sirleaf intimated that the Government of the Kingdom of Kuwait has consented to fund that road project leading to Liberia’s biggest socio-economic food basket.However, citizens and residents of Lofa County have also on many occasions expressed serious concern about the slow pace of the feasibility studies for the reconstruction and pavement of the Gbarnga/Mendikorma Highway in Bong and Lofa Counties.President Sirleaf also pointed out that reconstruction of the nation’s road network has encountered some serious challenges—especially construction work that is associated with the use of laterite.Commenting on the sources funding some of the road projects, President Sirleaf indicated that US$16 million would need to be mobilized in order to enhance the infrastructure development of the nation’s road network.The Chief Executive further intimated that tackling the construction of primary and secondary roads still remains a major challenge and serious constraints are yet to be overcome.In closing on the road projects, President Sirleaf cautioned Liberians and lawmakers that the solution to the enormous challenges and resource constraints cannot be a quick-fix on the part of the Liberian Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The leadership of a group of Christians under the banner of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) says the Ebola scourge should not be an excuse to stop proceeding with the mid-term senatorial elections.The Faith-based group says it strongly supports President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, members of the National Legislature, and authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in holding the Senatorial Elections before January 2015.AEL’s statement of support, presented at a press conference in Monrovia on Monday, comes as Liberians are eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling on a writ of prohibition filed against holding the senatorial elections.“NEC should do all it can to hold the senatorial election before January 2015 to avoid having Senators at the National Legislature who will have no constitutional grounds for being there,” president of the Board of AEL, Nuwoe-James Kiamu asserted.Kiamu further argued that those who filed the petition before the Supreme Court claiming to be the people’s representatives are not, adding that they are doing so with the intention of undermining the country’s democracy.“While it is the critics’ constitutional right to petition the Supreme Court to halt electoral activities and even suspend the 2014 Senatorial Election, we must make it very clear that these people are not all the people in whom “all power is inherent;” nor are they acting as the people’s legitimate representatives in this matter,” Kiamu emphasized.The power and authority the people have to institute their government for their happiness and safety cannot be done arbitrarily, but procedurally, he said, adding that “the people act through their government – that is those select few they elect or appoint to do their business on their behalf and not through the masses.”According to him, any action by any group of people to stall the pending election will put “the integrity of the Liberian people, their Constitution and government in question.”The AEL President further stated that the time for the senatorial election was when the Ebola Virus was on the increase, thus creating cause for postponing the election.“Unfortunately, 2014 is the year for Senatorial Election, and the second Tuesday fell right when the Ebola scourge was threatening the country’s healthcare delivery system in which elections would not have made good sense. In this instance, it became necessary for the people’s representatives and executive to act immediately and properly,” Kiamu added.He said, if it turns out that the election does not proceed as planned, the AEL holds that the sitting Senators would have the constitutional basis to retain their seats in the Senate.“The point is this. If the senatorial elections failed to hold before January 2015 then, by that action, we the people of Liberia, would automatically be mandating the sitting Senators to continue to conduct the people’s business until at such time when we cause them to leave their offices by regular elections,” Kiamu continued.He then called on churches and institutions to stand ready to participate in the pending senatorial election, adding that they should not allow anyone to take them on a propaganda ride to thwart their votes.“AEL believes that we should do all we can to nurture Liberia’s democracy and not rupture it. We pray that with God above, we will prevail over this situation, Kiamu added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chief Imam of Liberia, Sheikh Ali Krayee…In order to win the battle against corruption in LiberiaThe Chief Imam of Liberia, Sheikh Ali Krayee, has called for the complete overhaul of the country’s education system so as to win the battle against corruption.Krayee spoke at the occasion marking the observance of this year’s World Anti Corruption Day in Ganta, Nimba County on Monday, December 9, 2019.He said moral education is almost absent from the curriculum, and has therefore made the education system to lose it once merit.“Morality is what discipline people, and with the virtual absence of moral education; and collapse of the merit system in most school, those we called educational institutions have largely produced a generation of clever devils,” he said.This year’s commemoration was held under the theme, “Together, We are United against Corruption.”With this theme, Imam Krayee cautioned Liberians not to a part of this struggle, and at the same time, remain among the countless self-centered individuals, whose appetite for corruption is unbending.He said corruption has never lost any battle against its enemies, and some cases it suffers temporary setbacks.He maintained that corruption gets reinforced and launcher a counter attack that forces those who fight it to beg for mercy.Imam Krayee said, before the war in Liberia, academic corruption was somewhat unpopular, where student aspired to places of admiration among their colleagues, while their role models were men and women, who proved to be exceptions in terms of their intellectual ability.“Teachers were generally self-respecting personalities, and they were highly respecting in the communion and rural areas,” he said.He added that morality was in some ways promoted, but the country’s 24 years civil war created a brain drain in a nation that was already low in terms of literacy.Imam Krayee said that in the aftermath of the war, those trained teachers were replaced by unqualified ones, and those unqualified ones became the available teachers.Imam Krayee, who was vocal in his deliberation, said, “The fact that even teachers failed WAEC, it is a conspicuous evidence that what we have is not merely a messy education system, but a national disaster.”Rhetorically, he asked, “how do you expect a nation that institutionalizes fraud in her education sector to fight corruption?”He said, probably, most of our people were traumatized by their experiences during the war years, then the students, who should be prepared to build the nation were brought up to believed that is just a word and success is a product of chance.“Unless the education sector is revived in a serious and fundamental way, there is no hope that we will be united against corruption,” he said.Deputy Auditor General, Wingley S. Nanka, urged students to conduct themselves with integrity and stop cheating during public exams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Then at 9:19 left in the period, Aiden Craig-Steele would make his third goal of the night, this time unassisted, putting the Huskies lead at 5-1.With 5:07 left in the game, the Vipers would make their second goal putting the score 5-2.The Huskies would end up winning this game 5-2 over the Vipers.Huskies Coach, Todd Alexander, says he is impressed with the way his team played last night despite being short on the roster.Advertisement “The fact that we were were a little short-changed with some of our key guys missing, it was a really good effort for a lot of our depth guys last night. I’m definitely impressed with the handful of the young guys that have been able to rise up to the occasion.”Up next the Huskies are at home this Saturday, December 8 as they take on the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks with puck drop at 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.Then on Sunday, the pups head down to Dawson Creek to continue the series with the Canucks with game time at 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Arena. SEXSMITH, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies had a great game as they visited the Sexsmith Vipers on Wednesday.At 2:30 into the game, the Huskies had an excellent start as Aiden Craig-Steele scored one on the Vipers with an assist by Gary Loewen making the score 1-0.The pups would continue to maintain the lead as at 2:07 left in the frame, Aiden Craig-Steele would score his second goal of the game with a feed from Alex Nimmo and Gary Loewen sending the score 2-0.- Advertisement -Then with one second remaining, Alex Nimmo would put one into the net with an assist from Matthew Apsassin making the score 3-0 as they headed into the second.In period two, Gary Loewen would make the only goal during the frame at 7:47 into the period on a power play with a double assist from Joel Bourgeois and Jared Loewen taking the lead 4-0.In the third period, the Vipers were looking to make a comeback as they made a goal at 6:26 into the frame making the score 4-1.Advertisement
Jim McGuinness feels Donegal captain Michael Murphy needs a few months off to let his body heal, pointing to the knocks he has been carrying all season as finally taking their toll. Murphy has looked laboured throughout Donegal’s campaign, and despite still having a massive influence for Rory Gallagher’s side, his movement did look restricted.His former manager McGuinness says Murphy needs a rest for a couple of months in order to let his body heal. In his weekly column with The Irish Times, McGuinness said, “I feel Michael could do with a rest to let the body heal in the coming months, as he’s been carrying a few knocks all the way through the championship and trying to manage himself between games.“It’s not easy, the loss of Neil Gallagher was very significant, so hen Dublin pushed up on the Donegal kick-out you didn’t have that absolute go-to man in terms of fetching, which forced Michael Murphy to fill that void as well.”With Gallagher out, Donegal needed a commanding presence around the middle of the field, and the versatile Murphy was able to provide that for Rory Gallagher. However, many wanted him stationed on the edge of the square, Gallagher tried to utilize him in both positions but it was a difficult task.On Saturday, Murphy landed some monster scores from frees and 45’s, but struggled to have his usual impact from open play, and was uncharacteristically dispossessed on a number of occasions.Former Mayo boss James Horan, who was on commentating duties for Sky Sports felt Murphy ‘just didn’t loom right’ and felt it was obvious he was carrying an injury.However, with club championship action set to resume in a few weeks, it’s unlikely Murphy will be get a rest anytime soon, as he’ll be asked to help Glenswilly into the last eight of the Donegal SFC, while the Foxhall outfit also have a battle to avoid relegation on their hands.McGuinness – “Murphy needs a few months off to let the body heal” was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessMichael MurphynewsSport
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Bernard Muwanga has signed a three year deal (Photo by Shaban Lubega)KCCA FC have on Thursday afternoon completed the signing of former SC Villa captain Bernard Muwanga on a two year deal.The national team player had six months left on his SC Villa contract but reliable sources confirm he he has joined KCCA.The central defender who has been at Villa for two season since joining from Bright Stars becomes the latest star that walks out of Villa Park this off season following departures of defender John Adriko and midfielder Abel Etrude.A massive exodus is expected to place at the 16 time record league champions with key players like Martin Kizza, Vitalis Tabu, Henry Katongole and Ambrose Kirya already looking for the exit door after becoming free agents.Muwanga becomes KCCA’s first major signing of the summer window and they are also believed to be closing in on two or three more players including Vipers’ goalkeeper Ismail Watenga who did not travel with the Venoms for the CECAFA Kagame cup in Tanzania yesterday.The Kasasiro Boys have so far had a frustrating start to the transfer window with primary targets Brian Nkubi and Rashid Toha deciding to stay at their respective clubs, Vipers and Onduparaka last week.The acquisition of Muwanga will indeed add value to a already stable defence as he brings maturity, leadership and experience to Mike Mutebi’s side.With Mutebi preferring a back three, Muwanga can ably play across the line and due to his versatility, he can also slot into the midfield if need arises.With KCCA already boosting of Timothy Awanyi in defence, the acquisition of Muwanga surely sends strong signals to the likes of Vipers that the Kasasiro Boys are out to reclaim the league title they lost to the Venoms last season.KCCA finished second in the league behind Vipers last season.KCCA have already let go of striker Derrick Nsibambi who left for Egyptian side Smoha at the start of the month.Comments Tags: Bernard MuwangaKCCA FCSC Villatop