After Nine Hearings, Rebuilding Of Sea Bright Bar Approved

first_imgBy John Burton and Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A long and grueling process ended in ultimate victory for the owner of the Mad Hatter bar and restaurant and his plans to rebuild and expand.On what was the ninth and equally lengthy hearing on Thursday, June 30, on the plan to reconstruct the Sandy-damaged popular oceanfront spot, the borough Planning Board voted 6-3 to approve the plan.As with many recent building and zoning issues, the legal battle may not be over. After more than a three-hour hearing and a board vote which came after 11 p.m., Scott and Amy Kelly, the couple who have owned Mad Hatter since January 2006, hugged each other and were met with rounds of applause from supporters who regularly attended months of hearings and continued to voice their endorsement for the site’s rebuilding.But there was opposition during these hearings as well. Jennifer Walsh, who has been opposing the plan, offered an emailed statement in the days following the vote. In her statement Walsh noted after discussing the matter with her lawyer, Ron Gasiorowski, “[W]e are evaluating the options for further action.”Gasiorowski said he and his client would review the resolution after it is finalized, and weigh the possibility of an appeal. Under state land use law, an objector has 45 business days following the resolution to file an appeal and have the decision evaluated by the state Superior Court. Walsh, who lives near the Mad Hatter’s Ocean Avenue site, continued to express concerns over the expanded size, and the larger crowds it would attract, as well as the associated noise, traffic and parking needs. “I continue to support the Mad Hatter rebuilding to its existing size and successful business model as a single floor bar-restaurant with an outdoor patio and office/residential space above, plus elevating to comply with the new flood plain elevation, thus satisfying the requirements for safety and sustainability,” Walsh said in her statement.The Kellys, through their Kelly Management Group, LLC, plan to construct a 43- foot structure (42 is the maximum under current borough standards), with no setback restrictions. The three-story building would have a ground floor restaurant and retail kiosk, and the upper floors would have bars and outside decks. The facility would operate from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.Brian Kelly testified the site would have live music on busier evenings and play recorded music through the business’ sound system the rest of time.As a concession to some of the concerns expressed during the hearings, Kelly plans to stop live music earlier than previously planned and install thick glass enclosures on the deck areas to contain noise.Like much of Sea Bright, the popular Mad Hatter, 10 East Ocean Ave., sustained substantial damage from Sandy. Kelly said previously the site had as much as 6 to 8 feet of water, with sand, mud and debris from the storm.The New Jersey Economic Development Authority previously provided the Kellys with a 10-year, $5 million low-interest loan to assist in rebuilding the project which Brian Kelly said would cost approximately $15 million to accomplish.While there were those who voiced objections, the Kellys have received seemingly substantial public support, with those in favor donning T-shirts and commenting on social media, as well regularly voicing their beliefs that the rebuilding would help with Sea Bright’s continuing efforts to return to normal following Sandy’s devastation.But Walsh and others have said the plan would put a further burden on parking resources and impact quality of life for residents.Walsh, who has a 3-year-old son, said she has received two anonymous letters she felt were threatening because of her objections.last_img read more

Joburg’s Bus Rapid Transit expands

first_imgBuses will run at the same first and last bus times as the current starter service. Tickets will be available from trunk route stations and from approved vendors near bus stops. Source: City of Johannesburg 15 February 2010 The final stage of phase 1A will be introduced on 3 May and will include complementary services from Dobsonville to Maponya Mall, in Soweto, and will also make use of feeder systems from Protea Glen to Thokoza Park Station and from Eldorado Park back to Thokoza Park Station. From 1 March, additional complementary services will run from Dobsonville in Soweto to the Johannesburg CBD and Ellis Park Station. Feeder services will transport passengers from Naledi to Thokoza Park Station, from Jabavu to Lake View Station, and from Mofolo to Boomtown Station, all in Soweto. Fare increase “We remain convinced that the fees are affordable compared to other modes [of transport] and represent excellent value for money,” said Johannesburg city councillor in charge of transport, Rehana Moosajee. Fares will also go up from 1 March because of the extensions and improvements to the transit system. The trunk route service, now costing R5 a trip, will increase by a rand to R6 a trip; a trip on a feeder bus that connects to the trunk route then into the inner city will cost R9.50. The inner city distribution service will be re-introduced to link the trunk route with Braamfontein, the University of the Witwatersrand and Hillbrow. From this date, all service times will be extended and the last buses will depart at 10.40 pm. There will also be a Sunday service. As the city awaits an influx of spectators for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, passengers have been assured that ticket prices will not change. Rea Vaya will be ready to transport an expected 20 000 spectators to the Soccer City and Ellis Park stadiums. Just six months since its launch, Johannesburg’s Bus Rapid Transit system, Rea Vaya, has announced an expansion of its routes, with new routes to be rolled out between March and May. “We are convinced that we will be able to move spectators speedily and safely to the game and after the game has finished,” Moosajee said.last_img read more

Cab Cam – Planting at 10 MPH!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thanks to the new John Deere ExactEmerge row units, Nate Douritas, the Farm Manager at Farm Science Review, is planting soybeans at over 10 MPH. That works out to be about 50 acres an hour! See the new planter in action with this Cab Cam from Ty Higgins of The Ohio Ag Net.last_img

Marc Buoniconti: It’s time to ban youth football

first_imgView comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Buoniconti is thinking about calling for a ban on “Little League football” and perhaps extending it through high school. He fears that the hitting inherent in the game is too dangerous for kids, even if no concussions have been sustained.Buoniconti is not speaking for the Miami Project, for which he has raised nearly a half-billion dollars for research into the treatment of spinal cord and brain injuries. That organization, founded in 1985, has not taken a stand on including such a discussion in its efforts.“This is my personal opinion, I don’t even have any evidence to suggest that is what happens with children who play football,” Buoniconti says. “It’s just my opinion that children playing football, continually hitting their head, whether it is concussion or repetitive hitting, is detrimental to their health.”While acknowledging that helmet manufacturers are trying to develop safer equipment, Buoniconti finds that a losing battle.“No matter what you do, you are always going to hit the head,” he says. “The head leads the body and no matter how you try to protect the head, it’s just the type of game where the velocity is just too fast and people are too strong, and there is nothing they can do to really protect the brain. The equipment just doesn’t exist.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Buoniconti has written a book titled “Undefeated: From Tragedy to Triumph.” He notes that it was both a painful and uplifting exercise to tell his life story. The book discusses his family’s fund and the advances the Miami Project has made through the decades in the search to find a cure for paralysis.And now, perhaps, Buoniconti has another cause toward which he could devote his unflagging energy.“Just think about it,” he says, “the brain of a child is in the earliest developmental stages at this time in their life. (It is) the most critical and important time of their brain development and they are repetitively hitting their head constantly day in and day out. I believe over a longer run, they are going to find out that it is not just concussion that causes brain damage, just that repetitive hitting of the head over and over again is also causing damage.“So I would like to start the conversation of thinking about that type of research to try to understand early childhood development of brain function, whether or not this impact is really going to cause damage. Because I think someone is going to have to stand between the player and the field, especially with these children, and I would like to start that conversation about doing that type of research to protect our kids.”Buoniconti will host the 32nd annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to honor the Miami Project, part of the Miami Miller School of Medicine, in New York on Monday night. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games League-leading Ateneo rises to 4-0, keeps UE winless As he has learned more about concussions and has seen his father, Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, have significant cognitive issues in recent years, Marc Buoniconti is adamant that children should not play football.“For me, my opinion has changed 180 degrees,” Buoniconti told The Associated Press. “Years ago I would always tell people that absolutely I will let my son get on the field, play football; I love football. The things you learn at football — the teamwork, the camaraderie, learning how to win, how to lose, the practice, the discipline — everything is so important that you learn in football that you can apply to your life.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was amazing for me what I learned on the football field was so instrumental when I went to the Citadel because of all I had to go through there with all that training and discipline that it really prepared me.“But the more I learned about concussion through the research, through the experience of my father, I honestly can no longer tell parents that their loved ones should play football. I just can’t do it in my heart.” LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  In this Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 photo, Marc Buoniconti talks during an interview in New York. On the right is a photograph of the former Citadel player with his father, Nick Buoniconti. Buoniconti wants to see youth football banned. A former college player who was paralyzed during a game and now a spokesman for the Miami Project, Buoniconti believes children’s brains are put in jeopardy with every hit. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — A victim himself of the sport, Marc Buoniconti wants youth football banned.He hasn’t always felt that way. Now, as his Buoniconti Fund and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis also researches head trauma, the former college linebacker paralyzed from the shoulders down in a game nearly 32 years ago has a different view.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Brickell and Baggio nominated for NSW Sports Awards

first_imgTwo Touch Football representatives have been named as finalists in the New South Wales Sports Federation 2013 Sports Awards. David Baggio is a finalist for the Official of the Year, while Gary Brickell will receive a Distinguished Long Service award for his services to the sport of Touch Football over the past 30 years. 2013 has been a great year for both Baggio and Brickell, with Baggio officiating at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand in February and named as the inaugural Rick Borg medallist, the Leading Referee at the 2013 National Touch League. He was also named as the Ian Matthew Medal winner for Referee of the Year at the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Referees Awards night in May. Brickell was recognised at the NSWTA Referees Awards night, being awarded for 30 years of service. Brickell was also recognised at the 2013 NSWTA Blues Dinner last weekend, being named the Southern Suns Administrator of the Year for his work with the Wollongong Touch Association.The New South Wales Sports Federation 2013 Sports Awards program provides an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions to sport in New South Wales in 2013. The Awards program consists of 13 categories, including athletes, teams, coaches, officials, organisations, events, media and Distinguished Long Service.The 2013 Sports Awards Dinner will be held at Allphones Arena on Thursday, 28 November 2013. For more information of the 2013 NSW Sports Awards Dinner, please visit www.sportnsw.com.au. Related LinksNSW Sports Awardslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal make opening bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal make opening bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have tabled a bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.The Costa Rica international is determined to leave Real after being dumped for summer arrival Thibaut Courtois this season. Despite his three Champions League titles, Keylor has been benched by Santiago Solari since he replaced Julen Lopetegui as coach.Okdiario says Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring Keylor to London, where he sees him as ideal competition for Bernd Leno.And a first offer of €13m has already been tabled to Real for the keeper.Any move is likely to see Petr Cech seek an immediate departure next month. last_img read more

No, College Basketball Reporter, It Did Not Seem Like Kentucky Had 7 Players On The Floor vs. Auburn

first_imgA screenshot of a press conference transcript.Kentucky’s men’s basketball team made easy work of Auburn in this afternoon’s SEC Tournament semifinal game, blowing out the Tigers, 91-67. John Calipari’s squad held Bruce Pearl’s team to 33 percent shooting from the field, while making 56 percent of their own shots. It was a dominating performance in basically every facet of the game. Following the contest, a reporter asked Auburn’s K.T. Harrell if it felt like Kentucky had seven players on the floor. It did not. #math pic.twitter.com/JWg0KVMHHD— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 14, 2015Math can be hard sometimes. Kentucky will play in the SEC Tournament championship game Sunday.last_img

Video: Philip Rivers Gave A Passionate Speech To NC State’s Players

first_imgPhilip Rivers talks to Geno Smith before a game.CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Philip Rivers #17 and Geno Smith #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Before Philip Rivers was a star NFL quarterback, he tore it up for the NC State Wolfpack, throwing for over 13,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. This past weekend, he was on-campus at his alma mater to help the program’s current squad prepare for the 2016 season.Rivers, in the video below, gives a passionate speech to the team, telling the players to do everything in their life “hard.” He also expressed a desire to get on the field with them right then and there. Enjoy, NC State fans:last_img

BMO launches AIpowered chatbots on Facebook Twitter as mobile banking rises

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Montreal is taking a first step towards artificial-intelligence powered customer service by launching chatbots that can field questions via Facebook Messenger and Twitter.The deployment of such technology is the latest move by a Canadian bank to beef up its digital capabilities as customers increasingly conduct their banking on mobile phones and computers, rather than over the phone or in a brick-and-mortar branch.BMO developed the Facebook chatbot in partnership with Vancouver-based Finn.ai and the Twitter one with Toronto-based Massively.They will only answer customer questions such as how to view their account balances or transfer money, not perform transactions, such as paying a bill, themselves, even though chatbots have the capability and some financial institutions are adopting it already.BMO is exploring adding further functions to the virtual robots’ repertoire, but is treading slowly to ensure customers’ personal information discussed on platforms outside of their own digital properties is secure, said Brett Pitts, BMO’s chief digital officer.“We’re not starting in a place where people are entering personal information, or making payments or balances or any of those type of things… We have to be very thoughtful about those elements before we are comfortable rolling out the next generation of features,” Pitts said in an interview.The chatbots have been fed with the top customer questions received at BMO’s call centre and their websites. Both chatbots will learn over time, but customers will also have the option to talk to a live customer service representative on Facebook and Twitter during business hours, he added.Other Canadian banks have either been testing or rolling out chatbots on Facebook and Twitter as well. In October last year, Calgary-based ATB Financial launched a virtual banking assistant in conjunction with Finn.ai that allows users to do transactions such as paying bills via Facebook Messenger. Also in October, Toronto-Dominion Bank announced an agreement with Kasisto to integrate its AI-powered interactive chat interface into the lender’s mobile app.TD and BMO are also among the financial institutions that have developed a voice app, called a skill, that allow customers to ask questions via Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa.These technologies can help these financial institutions both save costs and address higher volumes of customer requests.The Big Five Canadian lenders have been in a technological arms race in recent years and have been ramping up investment and spending to stay ahead of the curve.Last year, BMO increased its technology spending by 13 per cent, and expects that expenditure to grow in the double digits moving forward, its chief executive Darryl White told an industry conference in January.Meanwhile, the physical footprint of Canada’s five largest lenders is shrinking, as they close or remove more branches than they are opening.In the 2017 fiscal year, these banks collectively opened or relocated 39 and 29 branches, respectively, but closed 170 brick-and-mortar locations, according to their public accountability statements. BMO closed 19 branches, but opened three and relocated nine in the 12 months ended Oct. 31, 2017.Its a reflection of changing banking patterns among Canadian consumers. A 2016 survey commissioned by the Canadian Bankers Association shows that 51 per cent say online or internet banking was their primary method, up from 47 per cent in 2012. Mobile banking was the route of choice for 17 per cent of those surveyed, up from five per cent four years earlier. ATMs and tellers were falling out of favour, at 16 per cent and 12 per cent respectively, compared to 26 per cent and 17 per cent in 2012.BMO will be investing in its traditional digital platforms, but will be looking at different ways to interact with customers, particularly in conversational interfaces, said Pitts.“Clearly, there are a number of indications that we are going to be thinking more flexibly about digital distribution.”last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP lay charges following investigation

first_imgForcible confinementSexual assaultAdminister noxious substanceAssault with a weaponUttering threats against person  x 2Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 2Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunitionTrafficking Cocaine27-year-old Matthew Robert Best of Grande Prairie is facing the following charges:Forcible confinementSexual assaultAdminister noxious substanceAssault with a weaponUttering threats against person  x 2Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 2Trafficking CocaineFail to comply with recognizance x 5Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition31-year-old Robert Wade Stewart of Grande Prairie is facing the following charges:Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 2Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunitionTrafficking cocaineFail to comply with recognizance x 4Possession of cocaineBest and Forrest remain in custody and are scheduled to appear at Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 15, 2019.Stewart has been released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 24, 2019.The matter is before the courts, and no further information will be released. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section, along with the assistance of ALERT, RCMP Police Dog Services, and Grande Prairie General Duty members made arrests on three males, on March 22, in relation to a sexual assault and forcible confinement investigation.According to Police, drugs and a firearm were located during the arrests.30-year-old Garrett Kenneth Forrest of Grande Prairie is facing the following charges:last_img read more