December 8

1 killed in early morning crash in Windsor

first_imgTroopers found a vehicle that went off the roadway and struck a NYSEG pole. They say the driver was still in the vehicle and unresponsive. According to a news release, the New York State Police Department says troopers were dispatched to the intersection of Fox Farm and Reagan roads around 5:42 a.m. Eastern Broome Ambulance, West Windsor Fire and NYSEG also responded to the crash. WINDSOR (WBNG) — One person was killed in a one-car crash in the town of Windsor early Wednesday morning. The driver was pronounced dead on scene and transported to Wilson Hospital for an autopsy. A name was not released.last_img read more

October 19

Government to accelerate state capital injections for SOEs

first_img“To disburse the funds, we need to be quick, but that doesn’t mean we can violate the rules of governance,” he added, explaining that the capital injection process needed to comply with the relevant government regulations (PP) and that a regulation on the disbursement of the funds was still being processed. The government plans to inject Rp 7.5 trillion into state-owned infrastructure company PT Hutama Karya, while state-owned financing firms PT Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia (Bahana) and PT Permodalan Nasional Madani will receive Rp 6 trillion and Rp 1.5 trillion, respectively. State-owned PT Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation and state asset management company PT Perusahaan Pengelola Aset will receive Rp 500 billion and Rp 5 trillion, respectively, in state capital injections.The capital injections are part of the Rp 695.2 trillion in stimulus provided by the government to strengthen Indonesia’s healthcare system and cushion the pandemic’s economic impacts. The Finance Ministry’s State Assets Directorate General (DJKN) has said it will accelerate the disbursement of Rp 20.5 trillion (US$1.4 billion) in state capital injections (PMN) for five state-owned companies. State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have an important role to play in supporting the country’s economic recovery, Meirijal Nur, the DJKN’s separated state assets director, said. The capital injection plan is a part of the government’s national economic recovery program.“We are trying to do it as fast as possible. It will be done by September at the latest”, Meirijal said during a media briefing on Friday. Meirijal expressed optimism the funds disbursed to the SOEs would eventually reach the bottom economic layer of society. Permodalan Nasional Madani, for instance, finances ultra-microenterprises through its Mekaar program that targets mostly women entrepreneurs. Aside from backing several SOEs through direct support in the form of capital injections, the government will allocate funds to Bahana, PT Asuransi Kredit Indonesia (Askrindo), PT Jaminan Kredit Indonesia (Jamkrindo) to give loan guarantee to banks and financing companies that will then provide loans to cooperatives and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The government has also allocated funds to be channeled through the Finance Ministry’s special mission vehicles (SMVs) to several chosen SOEs. National flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia, railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia and steelmaker PT Krakatau Steel will receive loans of Rp 8.5 trillion, Rp 3.5 trillion and Rp 3 trillion, respectively, through the SMVs to support their operations. The SMVs include infrastructure financing guarantee agency PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia, infrastructure financing firm PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur ( SMI), secondary mortgage company PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial (SMF) and Indonesia Export Financing Agency.Meanwhile, state-owned plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara and housing company PT Perumnas will receive Rp 4 trillion and Rp 650 billion, respectively, to manage their liquidity. “We have been very selective. We don’t give funds recklessly to SOEs,” Finance Ministry State Assets Director General Isa Rachmatarwata said during the media briefing, adding that the agency designed support schemes based on its assessment of the SOEs’ needs. “We are giving to those that have been really impacted [by the pandemic] but on the other hand, still have the capacity to accelerate the economic recovery,” Isa added.Topics :last_img read more

September 21

Portugal rout inexperienced Ireland

first_img However, it was striker Hugo Almeida who took centre-stage, heading Portugal into a second-minute lead and, after Richard Keogh’s own goal had put them further ahead, claiming a second eight minutes before the interval. James McClean’s first strike for his country on his 23rd senior appearance gave Ireland hope seven minutes after the break, but substitute Vierinha struck 12 minutes from time and Fabio Coentrao added a fifth as newcomer Nani produced a superb late cameo performance. While Portugal boss Paulo Bento included his highest-profile player for obvious reasons, opposite number Martin O’Neill left his sitting on the bench having hinted that he might in his pre-match press conference when he said he knew all he needed to about Robbie Keane. Eight days short of 20 years since Ireland famously defeated Italy 1-0 in the World Cup finals at the old Giants Stadium, a team which included only a handful of regular starters ran out hoping to spring a similar surprise, albeit in different circumstances. However, the game was over as a contest long before the half-time whistle as the Portuguese flexed their muscles in impressive style. They needed barely two minutes to get their noses in front when winger Varela, in what was to become something of a theme, found himself in space down the right and delivered the perfect cross for unmarked striker Almeida to head firmly past goalkeeper David Forde. Ronaldo had already served notice of his intent with a deft turn which took him away from Jeff Hendrick and David Meyler on halfway, although his scuffed shot had an element of rust about it. But he tested Forde further with a left-footed drive 13 minutes later, and the Millwall keeper reacted superbly to deny Raul Meireles from the follow-up. Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comfortable victory over Ireland. The Portuguese captain, who had missed the earlier warm-up games against Greece and Mexico through a combination of knee and thigh injuries, started at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and played a leading role as his side raced into a 3-0 lead on their way to a 5-1 win. Ronaldo had a hand in the third goal, having earlier hit the post with a free-kick, and showed few signs of being hampered by any fitness concerns. Press Association Ronaldo was warming to his task, although clearly unhappy with the playing surface after slipping on more than one occasion, and McClean could have been forgiven for thinking he had done just that with 18 minutes played when the Portugal captain hit the deck after the merest of contacts. The Real Madrid star dusted himself down and curled the resulting free-kick around the wall and past Forde’s dive, only for the foot of the post to intervene. The respite was only temporary, however, and Ireland fell further behind when full-back Coentrao’s cross clipped the unfortunate Keogh and sailed over the stranded Forde’s head before dropping inside the far post. Skipper for the night Jon Walters produced Ireland’s first effort on target, but his 27th-minute header from McClean’s cross was directed straight at keeper Rui Patricio. But Portugal were cruising with playmaker William orchestrating from the middle of the field and Varela terrorising on the right as Ronaldo floated menacingly ahead of them. They increased their lead eight minutes before the break when Forde could only parry Ronaldo’s header from yet another Varela cross to Almeida, who made no mistake from close range. Bento resisted the temptation to remove his star man from the fray at the break, but Ireland made a better fist of it in the early stages of the second half as wingers McClean and Aiden McGeady found themselves in advanced positions on several occasions. They got their reward seven minutes into the half when Wes Hoolahan played a quick free-kick to McClean on the right side of the penalty area, and he stepped inside before dispatching a low left-footed shot past Patricio. Portugal’s response was concerted and having wasted one free-kick by thumping it straight into the defensive wall, Ronaldo forced Forde into a diving save with a second on 57 minutes. Varela could have wrapped up the win had he been able to collect Ronaldo’s return pass after the pair launched a lightning break-out, but substitutes Nani and Vierinha combined in fine style on 78 minutes, and the former set up Coentrao for an exquisite fifth five minutes later as the Irish wilted. last_img read more

August 16

Spars Cup 2014 – Igokea, Šibenik and Timisoara in Sarajevo: New Great Project by Spars

first_imgWhen it comes to club basketball in Sarajevo, it looks like only the Youth basketball club Spars is going somewhere.We could see that at the yesterday’s press conference held on occasion of the forthcoming Spars Cup 2014 tournament where, besides Spars as a host, other clubs like the Bosnian champion Igokea, Šibenik from Croatia and Timisoara from Romania will play too.A growing traditionThe president of the club Nihad Selimović pointed out that the tournament will become tradition and that in time stronger teams will arrive to Skenderija. The first matches are scheduled for today, one between Timisoara and Igokea at 17:30 o’clock and the other between Spars and Šibenik at 20:00 o’clock. On Saturday, a match will be played for the 3rd place while the final match is scheduled at 18:30 o’clock.“The tournament will serve as a checkup of the actual condition of the team gathered for a month now, while the basic preparations were held during that time at Vlašić. The most important thing is that we have mostly kept the same members as in the last season and that we are going to face new challenges with more experience.” – said Selimović.The first Bosnian team’s trainer Marko Trbić points out that the club wishes to bring well known teams at the tournament so that the young players from Spars could have a chance to play against excellent players.“We made efforts to organize this tournament on our own and decided to call the teams with more experience than us. The tournament will be a chance for us to see in which direction to go in the future as well as to see our mistakes and to try to eliminate our deficiencies. We will probably have some problems when it comes to striking but we will fix that by the beginning of the season. The most important thing is that our opponents are of high quality and we will try to ensure as much matches with them as possible. When it comes to our players, we miss two of them this year, but we will rely on our experience. Ambitions remain the same and that is to play again in the finals.” – said Trbić.New captainWhen Adin Vrabac went to the German Trier, the captain of Spars became a young and senior representative of our country Stefan Glogovac who said that the role of captain represents great honour for him.“This is my fifth year in the club and I am very glad to succeed Vrabac. I am grateful to the coach and to the Management of the club for the confidence they have in me. I will do my best to fulfil their expectations. I hope I will play even better in the next season and that I will be invited again to our senior representation.” – said Glogovac.(Source: Oslobođenje / photo: Didier Torche)last_img read more

August 12

UK golfers spend £4bn a year and the golf industry pays £1bn in tax

first_img Golfers in the United Kingdom spent £4.3 billion on their sport in 2014, accounting for 14% of all consumer spending on sport, and golf paid £990 million in taxes to the government.More than half of consumer spending on golf, £2.2 billion, was channelled through the UK’s near 3,000 golf clubs, of which almost two-thirds are in England.Golf equipment and clothing accounted for £939 million of consumer expenditure and golf related tourism, events and accommodation a further £775m.The figure are contained in an independent report published this week by Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC).The report was funded by The R&A and the organisation’s Chief Executive, Martin Slumbers, said: “Golf is the first sport in the UK to evaluate its contribution to economic development in line with the government’s ‘Sporting Future’ strategy and these findings give us an important economic baseline for the golf industry against which we can measure future growth.“There is plenty of room for optimism that golf can maintain and develop its position as one of the most popular sports in the UK, particularly in the year when it makes its return to the Olympic Games in Rio.”Nick Pink, Chief Executive of England Golf, has welcomed the report and commented: “This demonstrates the economic value of golf for the UK and is very positive news for the game, proving that it is one of sport’s big players.“It underlines the importance of our strategy to get more people playing more golf and joining clubs as members. What’s good for golf is good for the country and more players and more members will mean more people taking advantage of the sporting, social and health benefits of the game and making a direct contribution to the economy.”The report highlights that the golf industry in the UK employs 74,480 people with a third employed directly by golf clubs in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.Golf’s Gross Value Added (GVA), the wages and profits measure of economic activity, is calculated at £2 billion or 7% of GVA attributed to all sport in the United Kingdom.After accounting for indirect and induced economic impact effects, the turnover of the UK golf industry is estimated at £10.3 billion for 2014.Professor Simon Shibli, the Head of SIRC and author of the report, said: “The positive physiological and mental health benefits of golf are already well understood. Golf is also remarkably valuable to the economy as our figures for consumer spending, GVA and employment demonstrate.”The report provides an analysis of golf’s regular and occasional participation base, estimating there are 1.5 million adult golfers in the UK who play at least once every four weeks, including just over 1 million in England. In the UK as a whole it identifies 3.9 million adult golfers who play at least once a year, including 2.7 million in England.The role of volunteering in UK golf is also highlighted in the SIRC report with an estimated 178,000 volunteers contributing 2.1million volunteer days, a benefit to the sport worth £137 million annually.The report was launched at a reception in the Palace of Westminster hosted by the recently formed All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, chaired by Karl McCartney JP MP. The Group brings together Members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons to support the sport of golf.Image © Leaderboard Photography. 23 Mar 2016 UK golfers spend £4bn a year and the golf industry pays £1bn in tax last_img read more

August 4

Storm-Battered Bayshore Trail Anticipated to Reopen in October

first_imgBy Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The opening of a $1 million-plus rebuilt trail providing breathtaking views and tranquil paths along the shoreline could be pushed into next month.After construction began in February on the popular Bayshore Trail, a 1.25-mile-long portion of the Henry Hudson Trail spanning Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, officials from the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS) say the project might not be completed until mid-October, instead of opening at the end of the month.“It’s been a shame to close it,” said Joseph Sardonia, a MCPS supervising landscape architect. “To us, it’s a big priority to go and get this thing done.”Compass Construction of New Egypt was retained for the construction after an $881,677 bid. Changes in design plans and necessary infrastructure upgrades since then bumped up the price to just over $1 million. Monmouth County’s portion cost $700,734; Atlantic Highlands contributed $356,214.Andrew J. Spears, assistant director of MCPS, said he anticipates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse about 80 percent of the project costs, leaving Monmouth County to fund $140,147, and Atlantic Highlands $71,243.“Park System staff knew from the beginning that this would be a major improvement project,” Spears said via email to The Two River Times. “With cost sharing from Atlantic Highlands, and an authorized FEMA reimbursement, we knew we could minimize the direct impact on Monmouth County taxpayers.”Drainage and bridge improvements are underway in theAtlantic Highlands section.Sardonia said drainage improvements along the trail could push scheduling back. About a dozen sections of drainage are to be installed underneath the trail in places where water pools. Ken Thoman, a MCPS park resource manager, said the systems are similar to those used in golf courses.New additions to the project’s wide-ranging scope include installing 80 precast concrete foundations in lieu of cast-in-place concrete foundations – where concrete would have been poured on site. The park system scrapped that idea. Sardonia added all bridge construction has been completed.Smaller construction equipment and vibration monitoring equipment was implemented to reduce the impact on underground utilities. Also, about 441 tons of riprap stone was installed between Sandy Hook Bay and the trail to act as another level of protection.Atlantic Highlands owns about a 1/5-of-a-mile section of the Bayshore Trail beginning at the borough-operated marina, located at 4 Simon Lake Drive. In that section, new bridge footings were ordered and installed for resiliency due to soil conditions there.Adam Hubeny, Atlantic Highlands’ borough administrator, said Compass Construction has been working to complete paving in front of the harbor’s dredge pit, as well as beginning cleanup efforts.“It’s come a long way, but we just hope that Mother Nature doesn’t bang us up too much,” Hubeny said.The 1.25-mile long Bayshore Trail was washed out after Super Storm Sandy’s 14-foot stormsurges displaced wooden bridges and eroded the surrounding area.While the trail has been closed to access on the Atlantic Highlands end, it has unofficially stayed open on the Highlands end, where it meets Popomora Point. Sardonia said that section of the trail is vastly popular for walkers, bicyclists and joggers. Despite all the construction, those trail aficionados have worked in ways to still use the bayside path.“This is a typical issue we have with construction on all of our trails,” Sardonia said. “People still use them, and we recognize that. We try to warn people about it, and we also let the contractor know to not be surprised that people show up.”After construction crews had departed for the night, well over a dozen people were using the trail recently as dusk began to fall. A pair of teenagers finished up the last leg of a bike ride, while others were just beginning their evening dog walks.Jersey Girl, a goldendoodle and Atlantic Highlands resident, was moving right along on her unleashed walk with owner, Paul Lenskold.“We come here every day,” Lenskold said. “This is our trail.”Instead of reintroducing wooden bridges, the MCPS decided to go with concrete structures which provide much more resiliency in the event of another storm.He said the soft sound of crashing waves and the view along the water is what draws him back to the Bayshore Trail. He’s hopeful the remaining repairs will ultimately keep the graveled pathway safe.“It’s a great trail,” he said. “So whatever they have to do to restore it, keep it up to date, then that’s a good thing.”MCPS spokesperson Karen Livingstone estimates the 24-mile long Henry Hudson Trail, connecting Highlands to Freehold, gets used by about 202,225 annually. She said there are no specific numbers on the Bayshore Trail section.Although scheduled to reopen at the end of the month, the park system believes a mid-October reopening of the Bayshore Trail is more reasonable.According to the park system, the Henry Hudson Trail was called the Bayshore rail corridor, a 19th-century rail line serving towns from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands. In 1980, Monmouth County secured a grant to acquire the property from Conrail. In 1990, the county took control of the right-of-way and began rehabilitating the trail through federal grants a few years later.The Bayshore Trail portion also hosts a local landmark: Henry Hudson Springs. According to Weird NJ, the spring outpouring was the drinking source of the Dutch explorer Henry Hudson before he embarked on exploring the New York waterway which would eventually bear his name.Visit the Park Improvement Projects tab at monmouthcountyparks.com for more information and updates on the Henry Hudson Trail upgrades.This article was first published in the Sept. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

August 3

Nelson’s Sawyer Hunt sparks Kimberley past Beaver Valley in Kootenay Conference Finals

first_imgSawyer Hunt’s goal with 32 seconds left in the game sparked the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 4-3 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference Playoff action Friday in Fruitvale.The goal gives the defending KIJHL Champs a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Conference Final Series.Game four is Saturday at the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale.Beaver Valley, leading for most of the game, squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2. The latter lead coming when Sam Swanson scored what appeared to be the winning marker with six plus minutes remaining in the third period.However, Tyler Van Steinburg scored the tying goal with three minutes remaining in the third period setting the stage for Hunt, a Nelson Minor Hockey grad, to put a dagger into the Hawks hopes of rallying in the Kootenay Conference Series.Kimberley out shot the Hawks 46-28 in the game, including a 20-6 margin in the third period.Tanner Witt scored the other goals for the Nitros.Allan Pruss and Dylan Heppler also scored for Beaver Valley, which lost the opening games of the series to Kimberley by scores of 6-1 and 4-2 in the Bavarian City.Kimberley advanced to the Kootenay Conference Series with wins over Fernie Ghostriders and Creston Valley Thunder Cats while the Hawks won the Murdoch Division Crown with wins over Nelson Leafs and Grand Forks Border Bruins.In the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Final, 100 Mile House leads Summerland Steam 2-1 with Game four Saturday in Summerland.last_img read more