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Area Towns Continue to Tally Sandy’s Costs

first_imgRed Bank approved $454,000 for its work, an amount to be paid off over a five-year period, according to Chief Financial Officer Colleen Lapp. Sea Bright with its 1,500 year-round residents was one of the towns most dramatically impacted by Sandy, causing damage that preliminary estimates put at roughly $450 million for public and private property. For its initial expenses the borough council authorized emergency expenditures at $3.7 million, according to Joseph Verruni, Sea Bright’s acting administrator.Donovan’s Sea BrightThat money, he said, was used for massive debris removal, immediate emergency repairs to necessary infrastructure, overtime costs and replacement of equipment.“We’re fast approaching our limit of $3.7 (million),” Verruni said, noting the borough council is looking at additional expenditures, including the second layer of repairs to damaged municipal structures and to shore up the seawall.Sea Bright officials are relying on short-term notes for funds at this point, hopeful for quick reimbursement, Verruni said. Little Silver appropriated $2.4 million of which $1.9 million was used for brush removal, borough CFO, Laura Geraghty said. That was done by way of a self-funded emergency appropriation, as opposed to bonding. Middletown, the largest municipality in Monmouth County with more than 40 square miles and 60,000 residents, has allocated approximately $20 million in short-term notes to cover its cost. A significant amount of that was for debris and brush removal.Mayor Anthony Fiore said the biggest portion of the storm’s price tag for Middle­town was taking away large ruined appliances from homes and businesses flooded and damaged by the storm. By John BurtonIt amounts to big dollars for the relatively small towns – and even for those with relatively little damage – for the cleanup and recovery from Super Storm Sandy.The storm that landed about eight weeks ago and cut a destructive swath across much of the Jersey Shore, especially in Mon­mouth County, has forced municipalities to address immediate emergency needs. The costs range from hundreds of thousands of dollars for some towns that experienced comparatively little damage to millions for others. Some are contemplating long-term redevelopment projects that will have substantial price tags attached.Municipality officials have been applying for reimbursement to the Federal Emer­gency Management Agency (FEMA), with the agency assuring them they will get 75 percent of valid costs recovered and possibly up to 90 percent – though that officially has yet to be determined.Some local officials are expressing nervousness at the 112th Congress’ failure to vote on a bill that would free up $60 billion in storm recovery money. As of Jan. 2, that vote was being handed over to the 113th Congress.center_img Atlantic Highlands was spared some of the most severe damage that neighboring communities experienced because much of the borough sits at a higher elevation. But, Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny said the town’s municipal harbor/marina and some nearby private businesses bore the brunt of it, sustaining damage estimated at between $35 million and $40 million.Atlantic HIghlands Yacht HarborThe initial outlay for cleanup and recovery was an emergency expenditure of $150,000. The borough council is expected this month to vote on an additional $500,000, which will eventually be rolled into a long-term bond, Hubeny said. That money will be used to pay for the brush and debris removal, equipment and overtime, he said.“We don’t have the cash flow that’s needed to fund 100 percent of what ultimately our insurance and FEMA will reimburse us,” he said.The long-term bond, which would be paid for over the course of years, will be used for projects including the repair of the municipally owned and operated harbor and potentially could be as large as $20 million.“It’s a big deal. It’s a lot of money for a small town,” Hubeny said.However, the harbor, which is a self-sustaining utility, is supported by its users and the cost of repairs “should have no impact on property taxes,” he said.Traditionally, the harbor commission provides $1 million a year to the town to offset property taxes. “We’re not sure that’s coming uptown this year,” to borough hall, Hubeny said. Rumson officials have issued a one-year note for $5 million to address its costs, with brush and debris removal taking up a lion’s share of it.According to Tom Rogers, Rumson’s administrator, borough workers and private contractors have hauled 80,000 cubic yards of brush and about 2,000 tons of debris that resulted from the storm’s flooding and high winds.Rumson also has to make repairs to its infrastructure, including sewer pumping stations, damaged equipment and parks and sports fields, Rogers said.Following the 1992 storm, local officials authorized upgrades along with repairs to the sewer system “but the improvements were no match for Hurricane Sandy,” Rogers said. Fair Haven faired relatively unscathed from the storm’s wrath, but still had to allocate $125,000. “We will absorb the cost in our current budget,” until reimbursement is received, said Theresa Casa­grande, Fair Haven administrator.Much of that money will come from the town’s current snow removal budget line item, as permitted by a recent governor executive order, and will be replaced with reimbursements, Casagrande said.As for those reimbursements, municipal officials interviewed indicated they have had meetings with FEMA representatives and have been submitting preliminary paperwork for the money.The process will involve federal, local and state input with the state Office of Emergency Management being the lead agency, said Darrell Habisch, a FEMA spokesman.Payments will be for at least 75 percent of their “emergency costs above and beyond their normal expectations,” Habisch said.But towns ultimately may be able to receive 90 percent if the storm “is such a severe nature” that is crosses a certain dollar threshold. If so, President Obama and Congress can authorize the higher reimbursement, said Chuck Chaffins, a FEMA infrastructure branch manager, who couldn’t be specific at this time as to what is that higher dollar threshold.While there is no specific timeframe, municipalities can expect the money “in a relatively quick turnaround,” Habisch said.But, he noted, that the 112th Congress did not take up the Senate’s $60 billion aid bill, thus leaving any additional money for recovery uncertain.Habisch could not immediately comment on that development. However, Red Bank Borough Councilman Michael DuPont, who chairs the council’s finance committee, fear­ed, “without that aid you’re looking at taxes potentially going up.”Atlantic Highlands’ Hubeny agreed.“Anytime you’re dealing with dollars like this you’re definitely looking at affecting people’s lives,” he said. “What we don’t want to see is our taxes going up because of this.”Fiore, a Republican, was critical of the Republican-controlled House’s action. “I’m probably in a long line of people who believe spending needs to be reined in and spending cuts are necessary, but there are things that government should spend on and this is exactly it.”HighlandsOutrage was not only on the local level with U.S. Representative Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat whose 6th Congressional District includes areas severely hit by the storm, said in a released statement, “I am outraged that at a time when we need it the most Speaker [John] Boehner could dismiss the need for the same kind of relief has been granted to other regions hit by disaster.”State Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, a Republican who represents the 13th Legisla­tive District, said in a released statement, “This is an utter disgrace.”“Congress not approving this bill, we have some concerns,” Hubeny said, “but we think ultimately it will get done.”last_img read more

Pacquiao wants to fight in Olympics

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP):Manny Pacquiao says he’s thinking about fighting for his country in the Olympics this summer if the boxing competition is open to professional fighters.His promoter, though, thinks the idea of any pro fighting in Rio – much less the eight-time world champion – is a terrible idea.”The idea (that) you’ll allow professionals into the Olympics at this short notice is absolutely insane,” promoter Bob Arum said. “These people ought to have their heads examined.”The head of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has proposed allowing pros in the Olympics, though it’s doubtful the plan would be implemented by Rio because qualification tournaments are either under way or have already been held for boxers in most countries.Pacquiao, who fights Timothy Bradley next week in his first bout since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr last May, said the idea of boxing for a gold medal intrigues him.”I’m not saying I’m going to fight or saying I’m not,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not closing the door. I’m thinking about it.”Pacquiao is running for the Senate in his native Philippines, and a win in the elections next month could put an end to his boxing career as he concentrates on politics. But the possibility of fighting for his country in the Olympics could also be used to help him win votes in the campaign.No Filipino has ever won a gold medal in the Olympics, though boxers have won a total of five silver and bronze. A gold medal for Pacquiao would, if anything, cement his status forever as the country’s greatest sports hero.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness says he’s looking forward to a special Christmas with his wife and young family.The Glenties man says he may also spend some time over the break sitting back and enjoying watching some of the games Donegal played in the past year.Jim is one of a number of GAA Christmas stars interviewed for this special video.Click Play to Watch   DDTV VIDEO: JIM McGUINNESS LOOKING FORWARD TO SPECIAL CHRISTMAS WITH HIS FAMILY was last modified: December 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: JIM McGUINNESS LOOKING FORWARD TO SPECIAL CHRISTMAS WITH HIS FAMILYlast_img read more


first_imgPJ Gallagher, Burtonport, took the Gortahork Singles title in an extremely high standard final, edging out Mark Beattie, Strabane CC.Semi-finalists were Mervyn White, Conwal and Owen Gallagher, Gortahork and quarter- finalists were Bill McKinley, Dunfanaghy, Michael Gallagher, Burtonport, Michael Ryan, Gortahork and Patsy Boyle, Burtonport.With the tournament complete, the real winner was the Donegal Hospice who will be receiving a cheque for €1170.00. A great effort from a small club and a credit to it’s members. Picture; Club President, Johnny Conlon, presenting Perpetual Shield to PJ Gallagher, Burtonport.BOWLS: PJ TAKES GORTAHORK SINGLES – AND HOSPICE WINS CASH! was last modified: April 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more


first_imgDeclan McElwaine is a happy man today!The Letterkenny man is the first winner of the Letterkenny Credit Union 2015 members draw.Declan was presented with the keys to his new car today. Pictured from left to right, Charlie Mc Glynn director at letterkenny Credit Union, Declan Mc Elwaine Car draw winner, his partner Veronica and kids Shay and Conor, Denis O Donnell Director of Letterkenny Credit Union and Conal Kelly and Mark Carey from Highland Motors. DECLAN’S IN CREDIT WITH HIS NEW CAR! was last modified: April 16th, 2015 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:Declan McElwainedonegalLetterkenny Credit Unionlast_img read more

Government Policies Cannot Produce Ethics

first_imgCompanies are big on corporate ethics programs. Trouble is, they don’t do much good.“Compliance cannot compel ethical behavior” writes Greta Guest reporting for the University of Michigan. Twenty-five years ago, government regulators had the best of intentions:Corporate ethics compliance programs have flourished since the federal government gave companies that established one a break on fines and penalties in 1991.Corporate scandals also have continued unabated. A new analysis by University of Michigan researcher David Hess suggests that both companies and the government rely too heavily on merely having a compliance program—and not enough on preventing bad behavior.Corporate executives would apparently smack their hands and feel good that they had a “program” in place. But it was just a piece of paper. The program had no teeth.Both corporate executives and government officials like reporting on things they can measure, like how many employees took an ethics program or how many audits were performed. It gives them good press on the annual reports. Hess says those things fail to measure the corporate culture. He feels companies need to create a climate that encourages people to do the right thing.Hess gives two suggestions to improve the ethical culture of an organization:Monitor the organization’s informal system of communication, surveillance and sanctions, and promote an informal system that supports the goals of the compliance and ethics program.Periodically assess organizational members’ perception of the organization’s ethical climate.So if the auditors find ways to measure those two things, will bad behavior go away?Bosses cannot make bad people good. Neither can government. They can only punish wrongdoing or reward actual good behavior, making it more costly to engage selfish lusts that are inherent in human nature (see Romans 13:1-7). Policies can be instituted to turn selfish desires to good ends, as in free market capitalism, where the only way an entrepreneur can get more money is to please as many customers as possible. This can at least create a moral culture from a group of selfish individuals (see Walter Williams describe how this works in a 5-minute video clip on Prager University). Another example comes from military culture, where the code of honor encourages teamwork and mutual support against a common foe. But these cannot change the inner person.Ethics must come from within each individual, from unmixed motivations that actually love good and hate evil. That takes a transformation of the heart. The only Great Physician who can do spiritual heart transplants is the Creator. Because of His new covenant with mankind (Hebrews 10), he is able to write his laws on the mind and heart, granting people a spirit of obedience that makes them want to do right.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa loses another hero in Shoes

first_img22 April 2015Tributes are pouring in from the sports community, ordinary South Africans and government officials for John “Shoes” Moshoeu, who died on 21 April after a long battle with cancer. He was 49.“We have lost an outstanding footballer, a good role model for our youth and a committed and patriotic South African,” said President Jacob Zuma. “We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends as well as the entire football fraternity. May his soul rest in peace.”Moshoeu, affectionately known as “Shoes”, was a former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs player. He will be remembered for his incredible role in 1996, when South Africa won the Africa Cup of Nations. He played a vital role in the midfield and earned himself great respect in the international football community, attracting many overseas offers.Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula also remembered Shoes as a skilful player who scored over eight times and was capped 73 times for the South African national team.“His passing [comes] after we laid to rest the ashes of Dr Steve Kalamazoo Mokone and just a few weeks after we bid farewell to Richard Henyekana. All of them have left marks in football that will ensure we never forget the rich legacy they leave behind. Our country is poorer without him,” said Mbalula.The South African Football Association (Safa) has also sent condolences to the family and friends of Shoes. Safa president Danny Jordaan and former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe visited Moshoeu at the Sandton Clinic the evening before he died.“I saw him on Monday evening when I visited him at the clinic and although he was not in good shape, he recognised me and even spoke a bit; little did I know that this was some way of him saying goodbye,” said Jordaan. “Our deepest condolences to his family and friends for their loss. I hope they find strength in these difficult times. As the association, the passing on of this legend saddens us.”Today everyone talked about the Class of ’96 because the likes of Shoes made it famous. They got into the history books by lifting the title, Jordaan said. Among their number were Mark Fish, Lucas Radebe, Phil Masinga, Neil Tovey, David Nyathi, Andre Arendse and the late Sizwe Motaung, among others.“These are the players who put our country on the map and we will forever be indebted to them for what they did for this country. These players have been an inspiration to our current crop of players.“Shoes was a genius on the field, an intelligent man. He was humble and always willing to give advice. He will be remembered for almost single-handedly defeating Ghana in South Africa’s path to lifting the 1996 Afcon title.“We have certainly lost a hero. What saddens us more is that just the other day we were mourning the passing away of Richard Henyekane [Free Stars and former Bafana Bafana player] and also attended the memorial service for the late Kalamazoo Mokone. The tears have hardly dried and now this.”Radebe, who played with Moshoeu at Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana, said he had lost a friend he had known since childhood. “When I saw him struggling on Monday, I was heartbroken but I still expected that a fighter Shoes was, he would pull through.“What an exemplary figure he was on and off the pitch. He lived a clean life – never smoked or drank, exercised religiously and this happens. Anyway, that is life. We are never masters of our destiny.”Moshoeu’s career blossomed when he joined Giant Blackpool and then moved to Kaizer Chiefs. He did not stay long as his talent was noticed overseas; he made a big money move to Turkey, playing for Genclerbirligi, Fenerbahce and Bursaspor.Funeral arrangements are being made and will be announced soon.Moshoeu had been battling cancer for some time and was in and out of hospital in the past few months.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Facebook, Other Tech Giants Launch Push To Sign Up More Internet Users

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Ericsson#Facebook#global#Internet#MediaTek#Nokia#Opera#Qualcomm#Samsung A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… will bring Internet access to the 5 billion people across the globe without access. Facebook is teaming up with six telecom companies to launch, a global partnership with the goal of making Internet access available to the 5 billion people who currently don’t have access to it. Founding members Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung will collaborate on projects centered on mobile technologies to provide affordable Internet access to communities across the launched late Tuesday evening, and the initiative’s site will feature interviews with industry leaders and experts in the coming weeks. While bringing Internet connectivity to more people is a laudable goal, with the potential for boosting education and local economies, the companies involved have a clear financial interest in expanding Internet and mobile-data usage. Facebook’s growth in developed economies has largely stalled, for example, as it has fully penetrated those markets.Just over one-third of the world’s population has access to the Internet, and while the industry is growing at a fast clip, the global community is still largely disconnected.The initiative began with founding members Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, eventually government and industry leaders will also be involved.“Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people around the world the power to connect,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a company statement. “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.” will focus on three main challenges in developing countries.Partners will work with mobile operators to make Internet access affordable through development of lower-cost, higher-quality smartphones.They will invest in reducing the amount of data required to use the Internet and develop data compression tools that allow more efficient network and data capabilities.And the partners will help other businesses become part of the effort to increase Internet access by providing incentives for mobile operators, device manufacturers, and developers to drive traffic online. selena larsoncenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Ledecky, Adrian steal opening night show at US nationals

first_imgLedecky, as usual, dominated the women’s 800-meter freestyle, winning by nearly 9 seconds. Adrian, meanwhile, rallied in the closing meters of the men’s 100 free and outtouched Caeleb Dressel by 0.01 seconds to win the men’s 100 free at the U.S. National Championships.“That’s kind of what we’ve built into my nervous system,” Adrian said. “I’ve always tried to go out and bring it back in the back half. Now maybe we can figure out what to do in the front half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdrian doesn’t have much time for fine-tuning before heading to Budapest, Hungary. The meet is scheduled for July 23-30.But after taking Olympic gold in the 100 free in 2012 and picking up a bronze in the same event last summer in Rio de Janeiro, Adrian returned to Indianapolis this year under completely different circumstances. The 19-year-old Comerford was the fastest qualifier in prelims then led from start to finish, defeating five Olympians in the championship heat. Comerford’s time of 52.81 was the third-fastest in the world this year. Manuel wound up second in 53.05.“I’ve really been trying to figure out long course, and I think it’s finally clicking,” Comerford said.Hali Flickinger won the women’s 200 butterfly in 2:07.60, more than one second ahead of Dakota Luther. Jack Conger captured the men’s 200 fly in 1:54.47, just ahead of Pace Clark (1:54.48).And 19-year-old True Sweetser won the men’s 1,500 free in 14:59.73. Robert Finke was second at 15:01.31.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The winners of each event qualify for the world championships. Runner-ups are also likely to join the team through a selection process.Ledecky, as usual, provided no drama in an event she has owned for years.The 20-year-old Stanford star took the lead in the first 50 meters and extended it by between 0.31 and 0.83 seconds on each ensuing lap through the first 600 meters. At one point, the Washington native was even swimming under her own world record pace.She eventually finished in 8:11.50, beating Leah Smith to the wall by 8.96 seconds.Ledecky did all that despite having only about 25 minutes between her sixth-place finish in the 100 free and the start of the 800 and without the benefit of changing her workouts before nationals.“I didn’t rest too much for this. I’d say maybe compared to other trials/selection meets, this is probably the least tapered I’ve been,” she said. “I felt in control but by the time I got to about 400 or 50, I couldn’t pick it up any more.”By winning, Ledecky has already given herself the option to compete in the 1,500 free at Budapest without having to swim the event Saturday.She will still plans to swim the 200 free on Wednesday and the 400 free on Friday, setting her up for the possibility of four more international golds to match the four individual golds she won at the 2015 world championships and four more golds more she brought home from the 2016 Olympics.But Adrian and Ledecky weren’t the only turning heads on opening night.Mallory Comerford, of the University of Louisville, surprised Simone Manuel, the reigning Olympic co-champion in the women’s 100 free. 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MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES At age 28, he was easily the oldest competitor in the final, almost 6 1/2 years older than the oldest competitor, Ryan Held.And with the retired Michael Phelps and suspended Ryan Lochte not around, Adrian has accepted his role as Team USA’s elder spokesman.The good news is that he appears to be as strong as ever.After qualifying fourth in the morning prelims, Adrian charged back from the No. 6 spot at the turn and sprinted past five younger competitors to reclaim a title he first won in 2009, also in Indy. He won in 47.96 seconds. Dressel was next at 47.97.“I didn’t know where they were and if I had looked, I probably would have lost it,” Adrian said after pumping his fist and taking a deep breath following the race.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Katie Ledecky swims on her way to winning the women’s 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming championships in Indianapolis, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Katie Ledecky keeps makes winning look easy. Nathan Adrian continues to prove experience matters when things get close.Either way, the result was the same Tuesday night in Indianapolis: The two Olympic gold medalists qualified for another American world championship team.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more