By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A new look is coming to the borough’s downtown, with back-in angled parking on Ocean Avenue. It’s part of a New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) project and a streetscape plan featuring landscaped bump outs at marked pedestrian crosswalks that are designed to shorten the distance to cross Ocean Avenue.The parking changes will include eliminating all parking on the east side of Ocean Avenue and making all parking on the west side back-in angled spaces, from the location of the former gas station just south of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to Center Street, where Borough Hall is located.At a Borough Council meeting last week, Borough Engineer Jaclyn Flor, T&M Associates, outlined the streetscape plan. She said the landscaped bump outs would extend approximately 25 feet into the street, thus shortening the distance a pedestrian must cover to cross Ocean Avenue. There will be additional pedestrian crosswalks added, Flor said, and more trees. Another change will be decorative street lights, she said.In addition, Flor said that sidewalks will be replaced in the streetscape area, which extends from the bridge to Center Street, except in front of Tommy’s Tavern + Tap where new sidewalks were just installed.Bicycle paths will be added on both sides of the road.Flor said that the streetscape project would be finished before the end of June.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Wednesday that the streetscape project was being funded by a $1.3 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The grant requires that work be completed by July 2016, he said.The work to be done by the DOT extends from curb to curb on Ocean Avenue and is not part of the streetscape project, Verruni said. He said that work is expected to be completed by the Spring.Asked about the public’s possible response to the introduction of back-in angled parking spaces to replace more traditional parking in the business area of the town, Verruni said the new parking would be safer for the bicycle lanes which border it and for motorists and passengers who would enter and exit cars without having to step out on the street, which is a state highway.“Is (the new parking configuration) it right for everywhere?” Verruni asked, adding that time would tell when asked about questions raised about the new type of parking.Earlier Verruni said, “There is going to be a learning curve,” in getting used to the new parking spaces. “It’s new, not all that common. Something just coming out,” he said.A question about the proposed parking change was raised at the meeting by one person who said he made trips to Bethlehem Pennsylvania, where the angled back-in parking was in place and then later removed, but he did not know the reason.An article on the website LehighValleyLive on August 25, 2014, reported that Bethlehem’s mayor, Bob Donchez, decided to eliminate back-in-angle parking, which was put in place in 2009, because merchants had been asking him to do so.“It was clear that back-in angle parking was a negative to bringing people to lower Main Street,” Donchez said. “It’s the right thing to do to help the merchants.”
Morning workouts continued this morning at Santa Anita Park, as Beholder once again worked under cover of darkness while American Pharoah looked strong galloping this AM. Videos posted below.With the Autumn meet rapidly approaching on September 26th, make sure that you’re subscribed to the XBTV and Santa Anita Park on YouTube for awesome Thoroughbred videos all season long.BeholderAmerican Pharoah
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Filoil: Blazers relish physical game in win over Growling Tigers View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Jordan Sta. Ana. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust a day after bidding farewell to University of Santo Tomas, Jordan Sta. Ana said he has gotten several offers from other schools from both the UAAP and NCAA.Sta. Ana, though, cleared that he is still undecided yet on where he would be playing next.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s nothing official yet. I just want to focus on improving my game so I have yet to make a decision if I would transfer to another school or go to the next level,” Sta. Ana, who was spotted outside Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, said in Filipino on Tuesday.The 6-foot guard, however, bared that he had already spoken with his former high school coach at National University in Jeff Napa, who is the head coach of the Letran Knights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He told if we can play in the same team again. I told him I’m not ready to transfer yet,” Sta. Ana said. “I really have to think about it because I’m planning to focus on myself first.”Sta. Ana said he is also “in contact” with teams in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “I’m also thinking of playing semi-pro in Maharlika.”Sta. Ana introduced himself in the collegiate basketball scene last year after averaging 11.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game for the Growling Tigers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Man City, Man United rediscover old selves in EPL wins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHis playing partner Belinda Bencic also won to seal defending champion Switzerland’s victory over Britain in Group B.Federer and Bencic will next take on Williams and Frances Tiafoe to kick-start the New Year with arguably the most anticipated match in the tournament’s three-decade history. View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance,” Federer said. “I was happy with all aspects of my game . footwork, offensive play, serve, return. It was all there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serena Williams from the U.S. reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted — he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time. The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.“It’s very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition,” Federer said.By most people’s standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.“I don’t know her that well. I only know her from some champions’ dinners at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it’s rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents.”Federer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie. The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved around the court well and hit the ball crisply to overwhelm Norrie.ADVERTISEMENT
Executive Member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), retired Rear Admiral Gary Best has sought to deflect the blame for the APNU/AFC Government’s failure to fulfil its promise of constitutional reform made on the 2015 elections campaign trail.Constitutional reform was one of the main promises on the coalition’s 2015 Elections Manifesto but the Administration has been heavily criticised for not delivering.However, Best told reporters at the party’s weekly press conference on Friday that while constitutional reform remains a priority for the coalition administration, it is something it cannot do alone.“We had to get at least two-thirds of the Members [of the National Assembly] to vote for the many clauses and articles that are now in the Constitution. So constitutional reform is not an activity for the party in power, it’s an activity for all the parties in power, and parties that seek to have power… It can’t be done without the cooperation of the other Members of Parliament which are from the PPP [People’s Progressive Party]. So that’s one of the issues with constitutional reform. It has to be a national effort,” he asserted.Further questioned as to what was done by the coalition to reach out to the parliamentary Opposition to advance the process of constitutional reform, the PNCR Executive contended that there was always an open door policy for discussions on the matter.In fact, he went on to say that the Opposition had opportunities to bring up the topic, which the coalition had campaigned heavily on.“The PNCR has an open door policy when it comes to discussing national issues, whether its security or constitutional reform. The leader of any Opposition is quite able, is quiet open, is quiet permitted to raise these issues at any point in time… The President [David Granger] has met several times with the Leader of the Opposition. Those are opportunities to discuss whatever needs to be discussed. If it’s not raised by the Excellency on a particular meeting, it can be raised with the Leader of the Opposition,” Best noted.Nevertheless, the PNCR Executive posited that the coalition is still committed to constitutional reform.“I believe there’s sufficient goodwill on the part of His Excellency. Maybe we need more time and in the new term of the coalition, there will be more willingness on the party to sit and meaningfully discuss,” he stressed.Apart from engaging the Parliamentary, the PNCR Executive further emphasised the importance of also involving the public in the constitutional reform process and getting their feedback as well.With criticisms abounding about the slow pace of constitutional reform, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn earlier this year had underscored the need for a collaborative and consultative approach.“We’ve been talking about constitutional reform. In 2016, we funded a project with the Carter Center, which launched a discussion on constitutional reform. Ultimately, constitutional reform has to be a Guyanese-led process. There are a lot of people who recognise work must be done on the Constitution”.“It’s now over to the political parties to decide what needs to be done to move the process forward, if that’s what they want to do… because it has to be a consultative process. Changing the Constitution takes two-thirds of the 65 seats in Parliament. So it’s not like one party or another can direct. So they need to decide how to move that forward, if they want to move it forward”.Over the past few years, constitutional reform has been before a parliamentary committee.There is a Constitutional Reform Commission bill that was to be examined by the committee. But there have been accusations made of members of the committee stalling the process.
Game one of the series went down last Saturday in Spirit River, with both teams bringing their offensive touch, in a 8-6 victory for the Rangers.It’s a big game for the Fort St. John Flyers, who are looking to snap a four game losing streak Saturday night, which began back on November 10 with a loss to the Bentley Generals.Saturday’s game will also be a special one for the Senior Flyers organization, as the team, who for the first time this year participated in the international Movember Campaign, will be donating half of the gate admissions for the night to the men’s health organization.- Advertisement -Fans in attendance will get to view the Flyers’ Movember badges of honour Saturday night, as the team will be rocking their staches despite it being December, giving the Fort St. John faithful a look at the Flyers’ collection of dusters.Following the game, the team will shave their upper lips. If unable to attend the game but interested in donating to the team’s Movember page, click here.Saturday’s game begins at 8:30 p.m.Advertisement
The money from the reward comes from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s discretionary fund. Meanwhile, sheriff’s officials urged residents to make sure their doors and windows are locked and to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Deputies have increased patrols in the area. The county offered a $10,000 reward Friday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a rapist who attacked two women in recent weeks in Canyon Country. Sheriff’s deputies believe that the same man – described only as Latino and wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt – assaulted one woman before dawn Jan. 6 and another Thursday morning. In the most recent case, a woman in her 40s was attacked at knifepoint in her Four Oaks Street home by a man who apparently entered through a window. The earlier case occurred at 6:40 a.m. on Stillmore Street. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 New Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker Steven Caulker has completed his move to Queens Park Rangers, signing a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.talkSPORT brought you news the defender was set for a medical at Loftus Road on Tuesday morning, having agreed terms with the side last week.And club chairman Tony Fernandes announced the player’s official arrival later the same day on Twitter: “I would like to announce the signing of Stephen Caulker to Queen’s Park Rangers. Welcome.”The 22-year-old rejoins his former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp following just one season at Cardiff City, who were relegated to the Championship last season.Caulker signed for the Welsh outfit for £8million last summer and was named the side’s captain after only a short time at the Cardiff City Stadium.The centre-back, who scored a goal in his only England cap against Sweden in 2012, completes his move to Loftus Road just days after fellow defender Rio Ferdinand also agreed to join the newly-promoted Premier League outfit.“I’m very excited to be here. It was important for me to be back playing in the Premier League and Harry Redknapp has given me the opportunity to be at this fantastic club,” Caulker told the club’s official website.“Harry was a big factor for me having worked with him at Tottenham. He was very keen for me to join and it was a big plus knowing the manager wants you.“Being able to play with Rio was also a big draw. He has been a role model of mine for many years, along with Ledley King. To have the opportunity to play alongside him was something I felt I couldn’t miss out on.“Our first aim this season has to be to get to 40 points to make sure we stay up. That’s our first goal.”
Marcos Rojo has confirmed he is heading to Manchester United, with the Argentine defender describing his impending switch to Old Trafford as a ‘dream’.New boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to boost his limited defensive options and has targeted the 24-year-old, who can play at left-back or in the centre of defence.United have held lengthy talks with Sporting over signing £16million-rated Rojo, with the deal complicated by third party ownership issues.But it now looks as though they finally reached an agreement with Sporting after the player told media in his homeland he is relishing the prospect of linking up with Van Gaal at Old Trafford.“It’s a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with [Louis] van Gaal,” Rojo said, speaking to radio station Continental.“I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily.”Rojo was reported to have refused to train with Sporting earlier this month in an effort to push through the move to Old Trafford.He insists that was not the case, but admits he could have handled things better and has said sorry to the Portuguese club for any upset he may have caused.“There was a misunderstanding, I never wanted to do something wrong at Sporting as I have always been very thankful to that team that gave me many chances for playing in Europe,” he said.“If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn’t want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club.” 1 Marcos Rojo
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Gen. Pervez Musharraf easily won the presidential election on Saturday, but an opposition boycott and pending hearings in the Supreme Court, which still has to decide on his eligibility to run for election in uniform, left him with an incomplete victory. The vote, by national and provincial assemblies, ended up as a one-man race after other candidates withdrew. All opposition parties refused to take part, and only legislators from the ruling coalition, plus a few independents, voted. Musharraf won 98 percent of the votes – 671 of the total of 685 ballots cast in the national and provincial assemblies were for him, and eight were for one of his opponents, Wajihuddin Ahmed, a former Supreme Court judge. Under the electoral college system, Musharraf got 384 votes out of 702, more than 50 percent of the electoral college, according to unofficial calculations. “This is a very welcome result,” the prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, told reporters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMusharraf had been widely expected to be re-elected as the government coalition holds a majority in all but one provincial assembly. But the election will be recognized only if the Supreme Court, which will hear challenges this month to Musharraf’s participation in the election, rules in his favor. Two of his opponents have raised constitutional objections to his being elected by the outgoing assemblies, seeking what is in effect a third presidential term and running for elected office while still holding the position of chief of army staff. Opposition lawyers, who have opposed Musharraf’s eight years of military rule on constitutional grounds, and all the main opposition parties are supporting the legal challenges. Musharraf, who seized power in a military coup in October 1999, has struggled against accusations that his leadership is illegitimate. He first led the country as chief executive. Then in 2002 he sought an election by referendum, which was widely criticized for being rigged. He won a vote of confidence by the electoral college in January 2004; that allowed him to continue as president through a term that expires next month. Yet he still commands a majority in the elected assemblies, and disquiet among members of the ruling party melted away on election day. The former minister of tourism, Nilofer Bakhtiar, who had said she would not vote for Musharraf if he remained in uniform, said his recent promise to the Supreme Court that he would resign his military post after the election had satisfied her. “I am here only because he said he would take off his uniform,” she said Saturday. “He will take the oath in a suit.” She added that she believed the general would respect the Supreme Court if it ruled against him. “If the court goes against him, he will quietly quit,” she said. “He has the courage to do that.” She and other female parliamentarians said they supported Musharraf for his promotion of women. “He has the qualities to make changes in our society,” she said. Farooq Sattar, a parliamentary leader of the Muttahida National Movement, best known by its Urdu language acronym, the MQM, said his party, which is a partner of the governing coalition, was voting for Musharraf for his stance on terrorism and his macro-economic achievements. “We are voting for the continuity of stability and the democratic process,” he said. “He is the only candidate, so definitely he will win,” said Aijax Ahmed Chaudhry, a legislator from the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League. The election passed with barely a hitch. There was only a token protest from demonstrators in the capital and a walkout by members of the Pakistan Peoples Party, the party of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. A group of lawyers staged a demonstration outside the assembly in the North-West Frontier Province, burning an effigy of Musharraf and attacking an armored police vehicle with sticks after it ran over the feet of two senior lawyers. Divisions within the opposition parties played to Musharraf’s advantage. Some 80 members of opposition parties resigned their parliament seats earlier in the week in protest of his standing for re-election while still holding the post of chief of army staff. But Bhutto’s party, which has been negotiating a power-sharing deal with Musharraf, chose to abstain from the vote, preventing an attempt to declare the vote invalid. Members of the National Assembly and the Senate, including Cabinet ministers, gathered in the main parliamentary chamber in the capital at 10 a.m. to answer a roll call and cast ballots. The unofficial count was announced by 4 p.m. Supporters of Musharraf were out celebrating Saturday night with fireworks and banners in front of the parliament building. Bhutto’s party members were present for business on Saturday morning, but they walked out as the chamber was being prepared for the vote. “The whole party boycotted,” Sherry Rehman, a spokeswoman for the party, said. “We had said we are not going to legitimize a process we have opposed in the courts. We do not endorse the election of a military man as president.” Coming just a day after successfully negotiating an amnesty bill with the government that will allow Bhutto to return to Pakistan this month to contest parliamentary elections, her party’s protest appeared as a token demonstration. “Only a few hours ago they were negotiating with the president, and now they suddenly remember his uniform,” the state minister for information, Tariq Azim Khan, said. “They have selective memory loss.” A call for a general strike received a lukewarm response. Only two dozen protesters gathered outside the parliament, shouting, “This election is a fraud,” and, “Go Musharraf, go.” “We may not be able to stop this farce from happening, but we can certainly register our opposition,” said Asim Sajjad Akhtar, an activist from the People’s Rights Movement, an independent political organization. “We are against this election because it is totally illegal. It is totally illegitimate. It is totally against the wishes of the people of Pakistan.” Akhtar said he believed the majority of Pakistanis were against military rule even if they did not come out to protest. “This election is a farce; it is a bid to perpetuate authoritarian rule,” said I.A. Rahman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, standing in front of parliament. “All those who are voting and taking part today, they are just trying to prop up an undemocratic regime.” The provincial assemblies also returned a clear win for Musharraf, with so few votes going to his opponent Ahmed that they did not register in the electoral college. In the North-West Frontier Province, where opposition parties hold a majority, the boycott meant only a quarter of the elected members voted.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!