Bond Ordinance to Fund $9 Million in Projects

first_imgRoad and drainage projects are among big-ticket items in the funding package. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City is lining up the funding for a series of road, drainage and dredging projects that will get underway in the fall.City Council introduced a $9 million bond ordinance Thursday night that includes $4.2 million to rebuild roads and alleys, $1.8 million for drainage improvements and $3 million for dredging.The projects are part of an ongoing strategy to protect the island from flooding, replace aging drainage pipes and clear out lagoons along the bay backs that are choked with sediment, said Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer.“It’s obviously been a major component of our capital plan year after year. This is a continuation of that effort,” Donato explained of the city’s emphasis on upgrading its infrastructure.Construction work is expected to begin in the quieter fall months to avoid disruptions during the peak summer vacation season.The road, alley and drainage projects go hand in hand. They will be scattered across the city as part of an aggressive program to ease flooding throughout the low-lying barrier island.Roads will be elevated to make them more flood-resistant. Aging drainage pipes that date back decades will be replaced. Donato said that pipes in some parts of the city could be close to nearly a century old.Meanwhile, dredging is scheduled to start in the fall at North Point Lagoon at the end of Bay Avenue in the Gardens section of town. The same area is also known as the Gardens Lagoon.In the past three years, the city has been spending millions of dollars to methodically clear out channels and lagoons along the back bays that are laden with mud and silt.The funding will continue the dredging program for lagoons and channels along the back bays.In 2018, Ocean City became the first municipality in New Jersey to receive a state permit allowing it to dredge along the entire length of the island.The permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection essentially gives the city blanket approval to dredge the bayfront from one end of town to the other. In the past, the city had to secure permits for each dredging project it had proposed.Boat slip owners are able to piggyback on the city’s dredging permits for their own projects. Under the voluntary program, property owners still have to pay for dredging their slips, but the process relieves them of some of the costs and headaches of doing the work on their own, including finding a disposal site for the sediment.Mayor Jay Gillian has repeatedly said that the dredging projects preserve property values, improve public safety, help the boat owners and marinas and protect the environment.The dredging program planned for this fall also includes what Donato called “maintenance projects” that will improve tidal flow and keep sediment from building up at the mouths of other lagoons. Maintenance will be done at lagoons throughout the city, he said.In order to keep the dredging program going, the city has been emptying out its main disposal site for the huge amounts of sediment that are scooped or pumped out of the lagoons.The disposal area, known as Site 83, is located in the marshlands off Roosevelt Boulevard in the south end of town. The site had to be emptied out before it begins accepting new sediment from the next round of dredging projects scheduled in the fall.Donato said 65,000 cubic yards of sediment was emptied from Site 83 in the spring. An estimated 50,000 cubic yards of sediment will be taken there after the new dredging projects get started in the fall, he noted.Members of the Ocean City High School girls JV8+ crew team are honored by City Council for their national championship.In other business at Thursday’s Council meeting, the Ocean City High School girls JV8+ rowing team was honored with a city proclamation for winning the title in May at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta at Dillon Lake in Ohio.The JV8+ coxswain boat captured the national championship a week after the team won the gold medal at the prestigious Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia.Members of the championship team included McKenzie Thurlow, the coxswain, and Ryleigh Mack, Alexis O’Keefe, Vanessa Karayiannis, Michaela Carroll, Julianna Giardina, Maggie Clunn, Carly Dougherty and Alexia Schmidt.It was the first time in Ocean City High School history that the girls rowing team had won both the national championship and the Stotesbury Regatta.“Winning the nationals is a big deal,” Councilman Michael DeVlieger told the team members as they stood in the Council chambers for the proclamation ceremony.He also told them that even when they grow older, they’ll always cherish the memories of their championship and will remember the teammates who were in the boat with them.last_img read more

Man City player dumps wife for Reality star Dawn Ward’s daughter

first_img “They’ve been friends for a while but Taylor refused to go there romantically until she knew his marriage was over. She is very much a girls’ girl and would never break that code “Taylor is stunning and Riyad’s team-mates have been ribbing him about how he’s been punching above his weight.” Taylor has previously been linked to Mahrez’s City team-mate Sergio Aguero, as well as to Everton star Mason Holgate. She cheered on her new man in the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Wednesday when City made it to the EFL Cup final. read also:Mahrez: Why I missed CAF Awards Her dad, Ashley, 49, is a former professional footballer who retired from the game in 2005 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mahrez, 28, has been on a string of dates with fashion student Taylor Ward, 22 — daughter of ITVBe reality star Dawn, 46 — after he officially called time on his marriage. Dad-of-two Mahrez even took Taylor, who has also appeared on the TV show, and 15 of her friends out for a lavish dinner last week. Last night, a source close to the Man City winger said: “Riyad and Taylor get on brilliantly, and initially started hanging out as mates. He thinks she’s gorgeous, and has joined her and her pals for a few group dates. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Absolutely Unique Facts About Kanye6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much Manchester City star, Riyad Mahrez, has split from his wife — and is now dating the daughter of a Real Housewives of Cheshire star. Loading… last_img read more

GE invests half-a-billion rand in South Africa

first_imgAmerican multinational General Electric (GE) has invested R500-million in South Africa in its GE Africa Innovation Centre in Rosebank, northern Johannesburg.The 2 700m² facility is the 10th innovation hub set up globally, but a first for GE in Africa. It has been certified as a green building and to support local business, it was 90% designed, built and executed in the country.See this message from Thomas Konditi, the CEO of GE South Africa:It houses GE’s innovation across Africa within its key business sectors such as aviation, energy, healthcare, oil and gas, power and transport and will serve as the new headquarters for GE Healthcare.“The cutting edge facility boasts an Experience and Exploration Centre, coffee shop and catering facilities, agile workspaces, Learning and Development Centre, Innovation Ideation and Collaboration Centre, as well as a GE Prototyping Laboratory and sustainable Healthcare Customer Experience Centre,” the company said.President of GE Africa Jay Ireland spoke of the importance of innovation. “Innovation is shaping how we see the world and how we participate in its development today and into the future.“We are looking to impact and enhance the career aspirations of over 100 engineers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds,” Ireland added. “These are young people who will come through the centre and share their innovative solutions while learning from some of the best GE minds in their respective fields.”HealthcareThe Healthcare Experience Centre duplicates various areas found in hospitals so that users can learn about technologies in the operating theatre and intensive care unit, cardiology, oncology, maternal and infant care, general radiology and after sales service.It features virtual and augmented reality displays and a range of installed equipment so people are exposed to an interconnected and efficient hospital catering to primary care settings and premium facilities. The centre’s eight permanent work stations allow hands-on clinical education and applications training.“This initiative will play a significant role in reducing the infant and maternal mortality rate in the province,” the Gauteng health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu, said at the opening.Good place to investThe South African government welcomed the centre. It demonstrated that Africa, and South Africa, were viable investment destinations, it said, and showed GE’s long-term commitment to finding innovative solutions to Africa’s infrastructure and healthcare challenges.“Space has also been allocated for collaborative projects and solution prototyping with Transnet partnering with GE on various rail localisation projects,” the Cabinet said. “The centre also aspires to support the development of small businesses capable of supplying the local market and potentially GE’s global supply chains.”South reporterlast_img read more

9 months agoPogba dig at Mourinho after Man Utd win: When you play free and you have manager’s trust…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pogba dig at Mourinho after Man Utd win: When you play free and you have manager’s trust…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba was delighted with Manchester United’s victory at Tottenham.Pogba laid on Marcus Rashford’s first-half matchwinning goal.“I love playing big matches,” he told Sky Sports after the game. “I love playing against the best players, that is where we improve, progress and get more experience. “Obviously it was a good one for us and everyone played well, we were all determined because we wanted to win this game. I think the players helped me and we all enjoy playing football and playing together and that is what we did today.”Pogba added: “Everything comes when you play free and you have the trust of the manager and players who make it easy for me. I know [Nemanja] Matic will be there and we can press high and when we get the ball I am already there so I can shoot, I can pass and that is what I have been doing since the manager came. I know I have security behind me so I have the freedom to go so the manager has helped me.” last_img read more

Steph Curry Is Running Circles Around The Cavs Defense

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James’s relative solo act has been discussed at length this postseason. But for how much his showings set him apart from his team, there’s an argument to be made that no Cavalier feels more alone than Kevin Love.And on Sunday night, Love was made to feel like he was on an island again and again and again — maybe a dozen times in all. In each instance, Stephen Curry — a two-time MVP and the greatest shooter on the planet — had Love right where he wanted him: By himself, with no help defender in sight, giving the Golden State star the time and space to dissect him off the dribble to the tune of 33 points and a finals-record nine 3-pointers. The lights-out shooting helped spur the Warriors to a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, which now heads to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday.Certain shots will understandably garner the majority of the attention — particularly this nearly 30-foot circus shot to beat the shot clock early in the fourth that provided Golden State enormous momentum as Cleveland was attempting to make one final push. But beneath the surface, Curry is giving the troubled Cavs defense fits, in part because of what he and Klay Thompson do better than anyone else: move without the ball to free themselves for open shots.In particular, Curry has played a mix of both Hot Potato and Tag, essentially setting up give-and-go plays with his teammates by passing them the ball with the hope and intention of getting it back after he has sprinted to an open spot behind the 3-point line. The style of play makes him an even more challenging cover for the 29th-ranked Cleveland defense, not only because of the occasional confusion it brings about, but also because Curry’s teammates will occasionally use his give-and-go sequences as an opportunity to screen for him in the corner.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s tough — really tough — to guard Steph anywhere out there on the floor because he’s just so good at finding himself open,” Love said after the game, in which Curry shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the final period.Curry’s ability to shake free was far from the only thing that explained Golden State’s victory. The Warriors, who’ve struggled at times with focus, jumped out to a 15-6 run to start the game and appeared locked in from the outset in the wire-to-wire victory. They made a point of being more aggressive defensively with James after his stellar Game 1 and sought to force the ball out of his hands by occasionally sending a second man at him. And perhaps most noteworthy: Curry’s co-stars, Thompson and Kevin Durant, were even more efficient than Curry himself, with Durant scoring 26 points on just 14 shots and Thompson getting 20 on 13 shot attempts.Yet the performance — with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry’s game coming alive — highlights something meaningful about the Warriors. After looking stagnant and vulnerable at times on offense in its seven-game bout with the Houston Rockets, Golden State finally appears to resemble itself again — even without injured forward Andre Iguodala, whose presence as a secondary ballhandler has been missed on that end.Since Game 6 of the Houston series, Curry has shot 5-of-9 on give-and-go 3-point tries. By contrast, he has shot just 3-of-18 on all other catch-and-shoot looks from deep, according to analyst Matt Williams with ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. (Worth noting: Curry is getting almost an extra half-foot on average between him and his nearest defender when his shot stems from a give-and-go.)Curry noted Sunday that the sprint-and-shoot strategy is one that he has used for a while now. “We’ve been doing that for a long time — it’s just that everything’s under a microscope now in the playoffs,” said Curry, who’s building a case to win his first NBA Finals MVP. “With how teams guard us with all their switching and things like that, you’ve got to find ways to create space.”That space often comes in the form of a big like Love or Clint Capela lacking the footspeed necessary to track Curry all the way back out to the 3-point line after cutting through the paint. This — and Curry’s hesitation moves into the paint, which defenders have to honor to avoid him getting off 3-point attempts — is how Golden State makes teams pay for perimeter switches.And on Sunday, it resulted in Curry making Love and Larry Nance Jr. look like bad stuntmen — they went lunging and flying after the Warriors guard when he broke free in the short corner.So, sure: The Cavaliers might be able to take some solace in the idea of going back home for Games 3 and 4. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Iowas weekly Houdini acts bearing resemblance to 2002 Buckeye champs

The 2002 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes are often remembered for finding a way to win through adversity. Sound familiar?The No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes have found themselves in the same situation this year as the Buckeyes were in 2002.Iowa has been the underdog in many of their games this season, even as a Top 25 nationally-ranked team.Penn State was a 10-point favorite over Iowa on Sept. 26, Michigan was an eight-point favorite on Oct. 6, and Michigan State was favored by one point on Oct. 24.Iowa beat Penn State by 11 and Michigan and Michigan State each by two.The 2002 Buckeyes had the same problem with the odds makers, going unfavored in games against ranked teams No. 7 Washington State, No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan and No. 1 Miami.Both teams have been considered underdogs because of their inability to blow out bad teams with bad records.Iowa has four fourth quarter come-from-behind victories, two of which they were heavily favored in against Northern Iowa and Indiana. The other two came against Penn State, ranked No. 5 nationally at the time, and Michigan State.Iowa seems to be reading the blueprint of the 2002 Ohio State team that had five fourth quarter comeback victories. OSU had to go into overtime to beat both Illinois (4-7) and No. 1 University of Miami in 2002.Both teams had to rely on their defenses for fourth quarter victories.OSU had six regular-season games decided by seven points or less in 2002 while Iowa has racked up four of their own this year. In 2002, the Buckeyes had two important games decided by their defense, against No. 10 Penn State and No. 1 University of Miami in the National Championship game.OSU was forced to silence an explosive Penn State offense, which averaged 36.4 points per game, to preserve its 13-7 win.In the National Championship game, OSU held the Hurricanes out of the end zone from its one-yard line four times to win the championship. Iowa has already proven that its defense can perform similar feats. In the first game of the season, the Hawkeye defense blocked two Northern Iowa kicks in the final seven seconds of the fourth quarter that would have won the game. They also clinched the Michigan game with an interception with a minute-and-a-half remaining in the fourth quarter to seal Iowa’s victory. The overall defensive statistics for both the 2002 OSU team and the 2009 Hawkeyes are impressive. Iowa has averaged 13.5 points per game with 18 sacks, 18 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries through nine games.In 2002, OSU allowed 13.1 points per game with 32 sacks, 18 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in 14 games. The offensive play-calling for the teams does differ. The Hawkeyes focus on the pass, while the Buckeyes were oriented on the run. Mostly on the legs of Maurice Clarett, the Buckeyes ran over every opponent, with 2,678 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns on the ground. The Hawkeyes have relied on the arm of quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who has passed for 2,052 yards. That is only 58 yards short of OSU’s starting quarterback, Craig Krenzel, in 2002. Stanzi has also thrown 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, surpassing Krenzel by two touchdowns but also throwing six more picks.The Iowa rushing game only racked up 1,127 yards and accounted for 11 touchdowns, much less than OSU did in both categories. The Buckeye offense was more potent, scoring 45 offensive touchdowns in 2002. The Hawkeyes are on track to score only 33 offensive touchdowns this season.Adversity within the roster is something both teams have been acclimated to as well. The 2002 Buckeyes were without explosive freshman running back Maurice Clarett at 100 percent for 3 games after he injured his shoulder against Penn State with four regular season games remaining. The Hawkeyes are without freshman starting running back Adam Robinson for the rest of the season, who injured his ankle in their win against Michigan State.Both of the teams have had similar results to this point in the season, but Iowa has three games remaining in the season, including one against OSU in Columbus on Nov. 14. The other two remaining games are at home against Northwestern and Minnesota.Iowa’s championship destiny does not lie in its hands as it did for OSU in 2002. No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama are all ahead of the Hawkeyes by considerable margins in the BCS. Two of these three teams will have to lose for Iowa to make the National Championship game and match the dream season OSU achieved in 2002. read more