Owners want a 24-hour operation, neighbors disagreeRED BANK — The owners of a convenience store expected to replace the Welsh Farms on East River Road and Spring Street want the store to remain open around-the-clock, but neighbors say the plan will disturb the peace.The borough Planning Board on Monday continued to hear the application for Dina Enterprises, Inc., which is seeking the board’s approval to convert the Welsh Farms convenience store, 9-11 Spring Street, into a 7-Eleven, much to the consternation of area residents who have expressed strong opposition to the store remaining open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.When the lawyer and representatives for Dina first appeared before the board on March 5, the lawyer, Philip San Filippo, began making his case that the original approval, which the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment granted back in 1975, never limited the number of hours the location could operate, and given the provisions of the borough zoning, could not now prohibit 7-Eleven from staying open.In response, Mayor and Planning Board member Pasquale Menna recommended that the borough planner evaluate the application, borough master plan and the nearly 40 year approval for the site and offer an opinion for the location and this use.Richard Crammer, the borough planner said on Monday the original approval never intended to allow for an around-the-clock operation.Crammer said the original approval did not specifically mention operating hours, either by the zoning board or the borough council. However, he continued, the original site plan the applicant submitted contained a notation indicating they intended to be open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. And that should “be construed as part of the conditions,” he said.“If the mayor and council felt so strongly about the hours of operations couldn’t they have made it one of the conditions?” San Filippo asked.“The board relies on the totality of what is presented,” including the notations on the site plan documents, Crammer responded.San Filippo detailed that the approvals and those meetings’ minutes contained no specific mention of limiting when the business could operate. And he and his engineer and planner, Robert P. Freud, went on to argue that this zone, the BR-1 Zone, is the same as the section of Bridge Avenue and the NJ Transit commuter rail station, which has a WaWa convenience store, open all day. “A wholly permitted use,” according to Freud.Menna suggested that borough council and zoning board members who served in 1975 offer insight as to what they were thinking in making their decision.“That is for the board to decide if that is an important fundamental issue,” said Board Attorney Michael Leckstein.The East Front Street site, “sits in a special place, between the downtown and the residential zone,” Crammer said. And the original approval was for a gas station and grocery store.Asif Khalid, a senior real estate representative for the 7-Eleven Corporation, said the chain may have originally operated 7 a.m.-11 p.m. in the company’s nearly 80-year existence, but needs to expand hours to compete in the modern marketplace. “Every decision we make is in the best interest of the customer,” Khalid said, noting the company doesn’t call them customers, instead calling them “guests.”“Honestly, customers’ needs have changed considerably,” he said.The board is expected to again hear and very likely vote on this application on April 16.
…says only PPP stands between Govt and corruptionFormer President and current Opposition Leader Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo has called on supporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to become foot soldiers in an effort to make the party the strongest ever.On Sunday, as he addressed close to seven thousand supporters gathered at the Babu Jaan Monument Site on the Corentyne in East Berbice for the annual wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 20th death anniversary of the late President Dr. Cheddi B. Jagan, the Opposition leader predicted that the PPPC would be returned to power at the next General Elections slated for 2020. As such, he urged supporters to strive towards strengthening the party, since the current administration is sending clear signals that it wants to drive fear into the working class and, to a lesser extent, the business community as well as certain ethnic communities.Former President Donald Ramotar pays tribute to Dr JaganOutlining the current administration’s dismal performance, particularly in regard to the ongoing efforts to close more sugar estates, Jagdeo said President Granger has made it clear that Government will not spend money on the sugar industry.“The President has made it clear: ‘I don’t want sugar on the books’. So now that he has said that, in spite of all that they are arguing about, they have to now close some estates, like they are planning (to do) at Rose Hall and Enmore and several of the cultivations. They have to do this because the President doesn’t want to spend a cent on sugar, although sugar only needs transitional help, because it could turn around in the future,” Jagdeo stated.Former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds lays a wreath at the memorialHe also questioned the Government’s unwillingness to save thousands of jobs, and the rationale behind such a move. “Government did not spend too much money on the Skeldon Sugar Factory. If we (had) spent too much on sugar, how is it that in 2015 and 2016, the Gold Board lost $27B?” Jagdeo asked. “That is more that the entire cost of the entire Skeldon Factory; and Banks DIH is suing the Government for $28B because of a decision they made to give DDL some tax write offs. The lawsuit alone will cost us more than the cost for the entire Skeldon Factory. How can they find physical space for those reasons and they can’t find physical space to help the sugar industry?”Alluding to the role of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), Jagdeo asserted that the agency is now acting in an unconstitutional way. Making mention of an incident on Friday during which members of SARA visited a businessman and asked him to produce certain documents, the Opposition Leader said SARA is now doing the work that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) should be doing.“Why is it that SARA will take a businessman into the Office of the President compound when it has no legal authority to do so? The reason is simple: they want to drive fear in the business community. These businessmen, if they dare to take a stand in this country, they must be afraid of the repressive nature of this Government (and) the ‘Burnhamite’ tools that they are using. Why is it that sugar workers who, when they now go on strike – which is a routine thing provided for by law – they are told that, ‘If you continue to do this, we will shut down the factory’? It is with the aim of driving fear into the hearts and minds of sugar workers, so that they would become less militant, they would not want to take protest action, because if they do there will be consequences.“Why is it that after putting the Value Added Tax [VAT] on private education and on educational material – and there is a petition and protest about it – the President says, ‘Their people are tax dodgers’?”Jagdeo also pointed to intimidatory tactics being employed against members of the judiciary. “When the rulings of Judges and Magistrates go against the Government, the Attorney General uses the Chronicle newspaper and launches an attack on them. So no Judge, no independent body, will in the future want to take a decision against the Government, because they would be subjected to an assault (by) this Government; because they are fearful that it will harm them in their upliftment,” Jagdeo said.He said Government is also trying to drive fear in the mining sector. Explaining that in his opinion what Government has done is split the mining movement, the Opposition Leader said Government’s second move would be to go after the large miners; so the small miners have become fearful that Government would come after them, demanding large sums of money in taxes.Addressing the way forward, Jagdeo urged supporters of the PPP to accept all those who are returning to the party. “It is the Cheddi Jagan way!” he said. According to the Opposition Leader, party supporters must defend democracy at all cost; and on that score, he called on them to become foot soldiers.Since his death in 1997, the life and works of the iconic Dr. Jagan, who served as this nation’s 3rd Executive President, have been celebrated annually, with thousands making the pilgrimage in his remembrance to the Babu Jaan Crematorium at Port Mourant on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice.Born on March 22, 1918, Dr. Jagan died on March 06, 1997. Over the years, the month of March has been dedicated to remember and reflect on the invaluable contributions he has made to the development of Guyana and Guyanese.Also addressing the gathering were Hydar Ally, former President Donald Ramotar, former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, representatives of the People’s Youth Organisation, the youth wing of the PPP (PYO), and the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO).
1 Former Manchester United reserves, and Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce is the new Melbourne City manager. What a greeting… pic.twitter.com/09sloWuEM0— Coral (@Coral) June 19, 2017 Watch Warren Joyce’s press conference below… When a new manager is introduced to the media, it is natural for there to be a palpable sense of excitement around the club involved.That was not the case, however, at Melbourne City FC after Warren Joyce was named boss.The Australian media went to interview Joyce following his appointment, and it was clear they were not keen on such a big club being managed by the former Manchester United reserve boss, who was sacked from his last job after only picking up six wins from 24 games as Wigan were relegated from the Championship.There was a frosty reception for the 52-year-old, and you can check out footage of the presser below…
The Government has announced funding of €62 million for 26 projects across the country designed to boost rural towns and villages – including projects in Donegal. The round of funding is made under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, which is part of Project 2040.One of the beneficiaries is the Killybegs town regeneration project. Details were outlined by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.He described the fund as “a game-changer for rural Ireland”.Mr Ring has said that the fund will have delivered €148m for 110 projects when the current round is spent.“I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in rural communities and make our towns and villages vibrant places for families to live,” he said. The €62m from the Government is supplemented by another €33m from State-funded bodies, rural communities themselves and philanthropic sources. Killybegs regeneration project to benefit under new €62m rural scheme was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Leroy Fer’s fabulous goal put QPR ahead at Loftus Road, where Charlie Austin was denied by the woodwork early in the second half.Fer smashed home a right-footed effort from 30 yards in the 20th minute – the Dutch midfielder’s third goal since his arrival from Norwich in the summer.Rangers had a lucky escape in the opening minutes when Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass carved open their defence and keeper Rob Green was outside his area when he handled the ball after racing from his line to deny Wayne Routledge.Former QPR man Routledge was involved in much of the early action, shooting wide of Green’s right-hand post as the visitors continued to threaten.But it was the home side who opened the scoring and Bobby Zamora missed a chance to double the lead when he headed Eduardo Vargas’ right-wing cross over the bar.Batetimbi Gomis could have equalised for the Swans, who named star striker Wilfried Bony among their substitutes.Gomis dragged a shot wide and also saw a weak effort comfortably gathered by Green.Rangers made a strong start to the second period and twice went close to going 2-0 up, first when Clint Hill’s cross was headed against the far post by Austin and then when Fer’s deflected shot went just over.Swansea responded with a spell of pressure, with Federico Fernandez missing the target with a header and Gylfi Sigurdson shooting narrowly wide. QPR: Green, Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Onuoha, Mutch, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Primera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Espanyol Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Espanyol v Barcelona Espanyol Everything you need to know ahead of the Derbi Barceloni as Ernesto Valverde’s side look to continue their unbeaten Liga season… Barcelona might still be in unbeaten in La Liga this season, but on Sunday they return to the setting of their only defeat of the campaign.Local rivals Espanyol were able to secure a 1-0 victory over the Blaugrana in the first leg of their recent Copa del Rey quarter-final.Ernesto Valverde’s side were able to turn the tie on its ahead back at Camp Nou to secure a place in the last four, and now they will be looking to avoid a further slip-up at the RCDE Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The home side have not won any of their last 10 league matches on their own patch, and Barca will be hopeful of taking another step towards the Primera Division title.BARCELONA INJURIES Summer signing Ousmane Dembele is out for a couple of months after picking up another injury in the 4-2 win at Real Sociedad last month.Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is also out, but there are no other injury concerns for coach Ernesto Valverde following Thursday’s win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey.BARCELONA SUSPENSIONS The Barca boss has no players suspended for the clash.BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPPhilippe Coutinho was left on the bench for Thursday’s win over Valencia but is likely to make his second Liga start since arriving from Liverpool.Who he replaces is the big talking point, with Sergio Busquets the man who was benched against Alaves last week. He may return, with Ivan Rakitic instead missing out.Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Paulinho and Nelson Semedo should also earn recalls while Jordi Alba will keep his place having been rested from the start on Sunday.ESPANYOL TEAM NEWS Quique Sanchez Flores’s side have struggled for consistency this season, and are not safe from relegation yet, sitting seven points above the drop zone in 14th.The former Watford boss does have a relatively clean bill of health for the derby, however, with only Pablo Piatti a doubt.Colombia international Carlos Sanchez could be handed a debut in midfield after completing a loan move from Fiorentina in the final week of the January window.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Barcelona versus Alaves kicks off at 16:15 local time on Sunday and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Football from 15:10 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on beIN Sports and kicks off at 10:15 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Espanyol are winless in their last 17 La Liga games against Barcelona (D3 L14), failing to score in 13 of them. They have never gone 18 games without a win against them in the competition. Barcelona are unbeaten in their 21 first games of La Liga this season (W18 D3) – Real Madrid (24 in 1996/97) were the last team to record a longer unbeaten start in the competition. Barcelona have fired in the most shots on target in La Liga this season (159), while Espanyol have landed the second fewest (70), after Levante (66). Luis Suarez has been directly involved in 11 goals in his seven games against Espanyol in La Liga (seven goals, four assists). At home, the Parakeets have failed to win in their last 10 league games (D4 L6), failing to score in the last five.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has expressed strong concerns about a proposal submitted by the European Commission which urges the International Maritime Organization to change its exhaust gas cleaning system guidelines.The proposal, which the Commission submitted to IMO on the February 8 deadline, calls for “evaluation and harmonization” of scrubber discharges across all ports, world-wide. The proposal is intended for consideration by the 74th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) which meets in May, in London.“This proposal is an attempt by the European Commission to push forward restrictions on scrubbers, which are accepted globally by the IMO, EU and others as acceptable means of improving air emissions quality in controlled areas,” Ian Adams, CSA 2020 Executive Director, said.CSA 2020 members, who represent over 30 leading commercial and passenger shipping companies, have been investing for years to prepare their ships in time to meet emissions abatement targets in accordance with existing IMO and EU rules, “which endorse the use of open and closed-loop scrubbers in all waters,” Adams added.Noting the broader issues facing the industry, he continued: “The EC initiative is needlessly creating baseless concerns at a time when there are already very real issues in the maritime industry regarding the future availability, suitability and cost of fuels and the effects on global trade and shipping that this will have. There could also be safety implications should ships be required to change fuels in high traffic areas close to ports.”In a letter to its membership seen by CSA 2020, a European national shipowners’ association said that the EC submission “does not identify any scientific evidence of potential risks but is lost in assumptions and speculation about possible contaminant levels and claimed risk potentials.”In its proposal, the Commission refers to the interim result of a study to be completed in May 2019 by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) for the investigation of scrubber wash water from closed-loop and open-loop systems.But as the preliminary conclusions of the BSH study do not appear to align with the Commission’s proposal, it is far from clear whether it will contain any suggestion of new restrictions on scrubber wash water, CSA 2020 said.