RB Drafts Ordinance Requiring Contact Info For Owners of Foreclosed Properties

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The owners of properties in foreclosure must still maintain them, and an ordinance proposed at last week’s borough council meeting is intended to ensure that they do.The ordinance introduced last Wednesday would require property owners to provide specific contact information that would enable borough officials, or members of the public, to get in touch with the owners if the property isn’t being cared for properly.According to Mayor Pasquale Menna state and local laws require owners to maintain their property, whether they are present or not. But in the last couple of years, as the rate of foreclosures has escalated and properties have changed hands, it has become difficult to track down who is actually responsible for a given property.Over the past few years in towns and cities across the nation, thousands of homes formerly owned by families or individuals have been acquired by banks through foreclosure. Mortgages have changed hands and banks have been absorbed by other banks. Under those circumstances, it can be difficult to track down who is actually responsible should a property be neglected.Under current state law, if a bank or other lender forecloses on a property the bank has to send notification to the municipality.The ordinance proposed in Red Bank would also require the lender to pay a $125 fee and register with the borough, providing a contact name and telephone number of the party responsible for maintenance.Should the ordinance be approved later this month, the institution responsible for the property would also be required to place a permanent sign on the site with contact information informing the public how to get in touch. “So we are not, and the neighbors are not, tracking down nameless banks all over the country,” Menna explained.“We’re going to put the burden on them to make sure their records are up to date.”The ordinance, the mayor explained, was modeled after one used successfully in Lodi.At this point there are approximately 100 to 125 properties in foreclosure in the borough, according to the borough clerk’s office.last_img read more

CBL Galvanizes Support in Southeast

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia has once again taken a major step to enhance its financially inclusive program across the country. The latest move by the Bank is the construction and dedication of credit union banks in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties, in the southeast of Liberia.The two counties are among the poorest in Liberia, making access to bank loans extremely difficult. If made available, interest rates on bank loans in these counties could be very high. CBL officials, led by Executive Governor J. Mills Jones, drove to the region last weekend to open the two banks, which would be used by registered credit unions and village savings and loan associations to facilitate access to finances for businesses and residents in that part of the country. The idea of this financial inclusion scheme emanated from Dr. Jones, who believes that unless the Liberian people can have access to the national cake and poverty is reduced, the economy will not be where it ought to be, and the suffering of the people would continue. The Board of Governors of the CBL, comprised of former Finance Ministers, former National Bank governors and commercial bank executives, have endorsed this idea, which is making a strong impact in the lives of ordinary Liberians in the countries rural areas. Thousands of citizens, including business owners, government officials, elders, and youth and student groups, lined up along the roadsides in Grand Gedeh, Rivergee, Grand Kru and Maryland counties to show their support to CBL officials as they visited their counties.      Governor Jones’ trip to the Southeast was based on an invitation from citizens and officials of these counties, including Maryland County District #3 Rep. Isaac Roland, a man who is desperate to see the people of Maryland County rise from poverty.Mr. Harold K. Chea, head of the Unity Savings Credit Union in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, was also on hand to receive Dr. Jones and his delegation. Chea told reporters that he is proud to welcome and honor Dr. Mills Jones for his “unprecedented, invaluable, committed and dedicated service toward the empowerment of Liberians through the practical demonstration of his indigenous approach to building the Liberian economy.” Mr. Chea noted that the people of Grand Gedeh were overwhelmed by the financial and technical support they have received from the CBL through its unprecedented loan initiative under the leadership of Dr. Mills Jones.“Studies of performance for Liberian businesses after you took over as Governor of the CBL up to present reveal significant transformations in contrast to the past,” he said. “Liberian businesspeople have seen a new day. Access to finance is no longer a major issue; acquisition of skills and knowledge through capacity building is a milestone achievement that is accelerating the growth and expansion of Liberian owned businesses. We must commend you significantly for that,” Governor Jones,” lauded Mr. Chea.Rep. Isaac Roland was among several Liberians who praised the CBL Executive Governor for his loan initiative “that is helping our people significantly”.In response, Dr. Jones expressed his gratitude to the people of Maryland, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Grand Kru Counties for appreciating the work of the CBL. The CBL boss reiterated: “no one, irrespective of his/her geographic location, should see poverty as their destiny or as a badge of honor.” The CBL boss assured rural dwellers that the Bank remains committed to working with the Board of Governors, management and staff for the sustainable transformation of the Liberian economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man dies as vehicle turns turtle along Tepuru Trail

first_imgThe driver was killed and four others were injured after the vehicle in which they were travelling turned turtle along the Tepuru Trail, Mazaruni River, Region Seven. Dead is Carlos David, 31, of Four and Half Miles Bartica, Region Seven.Those injured are Emanuel Williams, 28, of Five Miles Bartica; Denzil Lindore, 24, of Four Miles Bartica; Chris Williams, 27, of Five Miles Bartica and Wesely Rodrigues, 27 Lot 158 Four Miles Housing Scheme Bartica. Emanuel Williams and Lindore were reportedly treated at the Bartica Regional Hospital and sent away while Chris Williams and Rodrigues were admitted as patients.Based on information received, the vehicle bearing registration number GLL 1388 was proceeding along the Tepuru Trail at a fast rate when it is alleged that David, the now dead driver pulled from a pot hole and lost control.As a result, the pick-up collided with a baranka thus causing it to topple several times before coming to a halt. The occupants of the vehicle all received injuries and were picked up and taken to the Bartica Regional Hospital where David was pronounced dead on arrival.His body is at the hospital mortuary awaiting a post mortem. The two men who were admitted are said to be in a stable condition. Investigations into the fatal accident are continuing.last_img read more

WELL-KNOWN DOORMAN TOLD HE MAY GO BLIND AFTER BEING GLASSED IN THE FACE

first_imgA well-known Donegal doorman may go completely blind after being attacked with a glass in the face during an unprovoked attack.Ian Balfour who admits attacking doorman Sean Gallagher at the Central Bar. PIc copyright of Northwest News Pix.Sean Gallagher has worked as a doorman at the Central Bar in Letterkenny for the past 16 years. However a court was told that his life changed forever when he was attacked on February 23rd, 2013.The father-of-four had allowed a man into the bar to get a drink of water but told him he would not be served any alcohol as he had already had too much to drink.When he told the man he must then leave the bar, the man turned around and smashed the pint glass into Mr Gallagher’s face.He was struck with such force that blood from the doorman’s face was sent flying over other customers in the pub.Mr Gallagher was rushed to hospital and has had treatment in three different hospitals but has lost the sight in his right eyeThe man who has pleaded guilty to attacking Mr Gallagher appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Ian Balfour, a father of four and farmer from Ballinaleck outside Enniskillen, was on a stag party with friends when the attack happened.The 38 year old admitted that he had a lot to drink and had got separated from his friends.He claimed to Gardai that he had been gripped in a headlock by Mr Gallagher and that he struck out while the glass was still in his hand.However this account was completely dismissed by other witnesses interviewed by Gardai.Balfour later conceded that he accepted Mr Gallagher’s claims of how the attack happened.He told the court that he could not explain how sorry he was to Mr Gallagher for what had happened on the night and if he could turn back the clock he would.He looked towards Mr Gallagher who was seated in the public gallery and said he was humbly apologizing to him.“From the bottom of my heart I apologise for the injuries I caused you. I came to Letterkenny to have a good time and I don’t know how these events happened.“I honestly and humbly apologise to you. If I could undo what happened, I would.”Reverend Nigel Elliott told the court that he was Mr Balfour’s pastor and he had known him for almost two years.He said that from speaking with him he knew he was genuinely remorseful for the hurt he had caused Mr Gallagher.“If he could turn back the clock he would,” said Rev Elliott.The injured man, Mr Gallagher, took to the stand and outlined how his injuries had changed his life and the lives of his family forever.He said that as well as being a doorman, he was also a small farmer.“I worked at the Central Bar for the past sixteen years. It is my main source of my family income. I am unable to return to work. I always enjoyed doing the job. I met a lot of friends and a lot of people through it. I am no longer able to do this.“My work on my family farm is very difficult and I find a lot of tasks very hard to do. I now need help with tasks I would have done on my own. I find it dangerous around cows when they are calving and around machinery.”He said his insurance premiums have also gone up substantially and he is also conscious that doctors have warned him he may go blind in his other eye.“This is a worry to me and my family as I don’t know what the future holds.“Sometimes I wonder if I will ever see my children grow up and I must carry this with me for the rest of my days,” he said.The court was told that Balfour had €5,000 which he had gathered from family and friends as a gesture to Mr Gallagher.Judge Matthew Deery asked if there was also any legal action being taken in the civil courts.He was told there was.However he queried if Mr Gallagher had much hope for future proceedings if Balfour could only offer €5,000 at present.He added that if Mr Gllaghaer’s life was in seriously difficulty then he needed help now.Barrister for Balfour, Peter Nolan, said he would speak to his client and address the court today.Judge Deery said he will listen to what Balfour has to say and then decide on his judgement.WELL-KNOWN DOORMAN TOLD HE MAY GO BLIND AFTER BEING GLASSED IN THE FACE was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BlindCentral BardonegaldormanEnniskillenglassedIAN BALFOURletterkennysean gallagherlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Clinches Share of MVC Regular Season Title

first_img Photo Gallery Drake held a 20-18 lead after one quarter of play as the team made four-straight three-pointers to end the period. Bradley kept it close despite all the Bulldogs’ three-pointers as Haack made a triple with 25 seconds to play. The second quarter featured runs from both teams as Drake led by nine at one point, but the Braves answered with scoring runs of their own as they led 39-37 at halftime. Bradley had two different 8-0 runs in the period, including the final run over the final 52 seconds to put the Bulldogs in a halftime deficit for just the second time this MVC season. Story Links Drake trailed 59-55 after three quarters, but Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) drilled her only three-pointer of the game 18 seconds into the fourth to pull within one-point at 59-58. Bachrodt sank two much-needed baskets in a row to take back the lead for the Bulldogs at 62-59. The teams then traded baskets and the lead until Dean connected on her fourth three-pointer of the night to put the Bulldogs ahead 70-68 with 2:42 to play. Drake never relinquished its advantage, outscoring the Braves, 7-3, down the stretch for the comeback win. Dean had a layup, Bachrodt made a three-pointer and Hittner knocked down two free throws in the closing run. HTML Box Score Drake (20-7, 15-0 MVC) overcame a four-point, fourth-quarter deficit to earn its seventh MVC title in program history. Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored a game-high 24 points and was joined in double figures by Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) with 15 points, Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) with 12 points, including 10 key points in the fourth quarter and Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) with 10 points. Hittner made a career-high five three-pointers. Bachrodt added five steals, four assists and four steals. Dean just missed a double-double with nine rebounds to go with five assists. Full Schedule Roster Bradley (12-14, 6-9 MVC) had two players finish in double digits as Gabi Haack scored 22 points and Vanessa Markert had 17 points. Play was equally as competitive in the third quarter. A three pointer from Hittner with 6:25 on the clock kept Drake close behind the Braves, 46-43. Bradley answered with a jump shot and a layup, but Hittner hit another three-pointer to pull the Bulldogs to within two points, but the Braves followed with a 5-0 run. Later, Rhine added a jumper followed by a three-pointer from Dean to tie the game at 55-55. However, the Braves made two free throw points and a last-minute jumper to lead 59-55.center_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Next Game: Illinois State 2/25/2018 – 2 PM PDF Box Score Following Friday’s game, Drake hosts Illinois State Sunday in its home finale. Sunday will be Senior Day for the Bulldogs’ only senior, Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and Greiner’s ceremony will take place on the Knapp Center floor after the game. If Drake wins Sunday it will clinch its second-consecutive outright MVC regular season title. The last time the Bulldogs won back-to-back outright MVC titles was the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team clinched a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title with a 77-71 victory over Bradley Friday night at the Knapp Center.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

‘FINGER LICKING GOOD’ – DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANT NOMINATED FOR BEST CHICKEN WINGS IN IRELAND

first_imgA Donegal bar and restaurant has been nominated for having the best chicken wings in Ireland!The Casadh an tSúgain bar and restaurant is located in Loch an lúir and is owned by former Donegal GAA star Stephen Cassidy. The hugely popular bar is renowned for its delicious food and diverse menu as well as its fantastic cocktail menu. The bar is also a great spot for a few pints or a glass of wine and regularly provides top-class entertainment every weekend for its punters.The bar has now been nominated for having some of the best chicken wings in Ireland and is looking for YOUR votes to help them reach the final.The competition which is being run by Ray D’Arcy’s RTE Radio 1 programme has nominated the Casadh an tSúgain as one of the nominees for having Ireland’s best chicken wings. Management at Casadh an tSúgain posted the following message on their Facebook account expressing their delight at the nomination.“So Casadh an tSúgain’s Chicken Wings have been nominated as some of the best in Ireland and have been entered into Ray D’arcy’s Radio 1 competition! “Can we ask all our FB friends to take a minute to log on to the Radio 1 website using the following link – http://www.rte.ie/radio1/ray/ and get voting!“If we get into the top 3 in the country our lovely chef Arthur will represent us in the RTE Studios on July 17th – Lets get DONEGAL on the MAP!!!!!!‪#‎wildatlanticway  ‘FINGER LICKING GOOD’ – DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANT NOMINATED FOR BEST CHICKEN WINGS IN IRELAND was last modified: July 9th, 2015 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

Half-time: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1

first_imgGervinho’s classy turn and finish denied Chelsea a half-time lead in a thrilling London derby at the Emirates Stadium.A clever hooked finish from Fernando Torres looked like giving the Premier League leaders a half-time advantage against the unbeaten Gunners until Gervinho struck three minutes before the break.The Blues had an encouraging start, dominating the early possession and threatening through a tame David Luiz free-kick and a decent Torres run and cross.The hosts responded with a Santi Cazorla shot that flew well over the bar and also had a couple of ambitious penalty claims turned down.But the visitors were on top and went ahead through Torres.The Spaniard ignored the close attentions of Laurent Koscielny, kept his focus on the ball from a Juan Mata free-kick and managed to cleverly steer a first-time right-foot volley in at the near post.Moments later he should have made it 2-0 after robbing Koscielny and bearing down on goal, but he delayed his finish and the big centre-back was able to get back and put Torres off.Chelsea continued to have the upper hand but failed to make the most of their dominance against an Arsenal side who seemed to struggled to cope with an injury to Abou Diaby.But Gervinho’s quality finish from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross drew them level to set up an intriguing second half.Chelsea (4-3-2-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Terry; Ramires, Mikel, Hazard; Mata, Oscar; Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

McKinleyville volleyball rallies to down Fortuna in five sets

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Down two sets to one and staring straight down the barrel of a home-opening loss to league-rival Fortuna High School, the McKinleyville Panthers volleyball team scrapped and clawed and rallied to win the final two sets in an exciting 3-2 victory on Tuesday.For Mack coaches and players, the answer came down to having energy in a hot and humid McKinleyville gymnasium.“We were working on the energy and keeping the energy up the whole time,” Panthers head coach Janis Grondalski …last_img

MLB Winter Meetings: What we’ll learn about the San Francisco Giants

first_imgOver the next few days, the movers and shakers of the baseball world will descend on San Diego, Calif. for the sport’s annual convention.The Winter Meetings technically start on Sunday, but teams and agents expecting to conduct business typically wait until Monday to begin formal face-to-face meetings. The meetings haven’t produced many headlines of substance in recent years, but that could change this offseason as clubs have already begun pursuing (and in many cases signing) high-profile …last_img

Soil testing — It doesn’t cost, it pays!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Leif, Field Agronomy Manager for AgroLiquidIn today’s agricultural economy it is tempting to take a few shortcuts and not purchase inputs or services that were utilized in the past. Growers need to make the best use of their financial resources, but care must be taken not to cut inputs that can make money. As growers consider their crop nutrition needs it is tempting to forgo something as basic, but important, as soil testing.Soil testing allows the grower to determine the current condition of the soil, including imbalances, deficiencies, and excesses. It also helps identify how much nutrition is already available in the soil so that fertilizer applications can be optimized. A multi-year testing program allows the grower to monitor changes in the soil over time.Planning a soil sampling program requires the grower to know the field. A good starting point for planning a sampling plan is a soil survey map that identifies different soil types in that field. The grower also needs to identify areas of the field that are unique, such as a sandy knoll or wet depression that the soil survey map doesn’t identify. A soil sample should be representative of a similar section of the field, and any unique areas should be sampled separately. The number of acres represented by a soil sample will vary by field but should generally not exceed 20 acres per sample.  The soil test report is only as good as the sample that is sent to the lab.The soil test report can be used to develop a complete nutrient management program for a field, including soil amendments to adjust nutrient imbalances as well as determine the fertilizer application needs for the crop. Using products that can be mixed to address the needs of a field will provide the best opportunity for economic return.Yes, soil testing does cost money — around $25 per sample for a complete test that includes soil characteristics, nutrient levels and base saturation. If, for example, one soil sample represents 20 acres in a field and the field is sampled every three years, the cost of soil sampling averages out to be about $0.41 per acre per year. The information gained from that $0.41 can guide a grower in making crop nutrition decisions that will address the needs of the crop and avoid excesses or deficiencies.If you are not familiar with proper soil sampling procedures, the Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation offers a Soil Sampler Field Certification — kind of a soil sampling 101. Certification will provide soil samplers with the knowledge to provide consistent samples to their labs, maximizing the value of results. Check it out at http://www.rnmf.org/soil-sample-certification/.Finally, don’t overlook your resources. Companies have whole divisions with people specifically trained, educated, and experienced to help you make the best decision based on your farm’s soil data. The time has come to boldly ask us to earn our pay and put our skills to use on your farm. Sound agronomic advice combined with our trusted crop nutrients can provide a balanced fertilizer program that gives your crop a chance to keep you profitable.last_img read more