Little Silver Ball Fields Upgraded With $250K Grant

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |LITTLE SILVER – When the boys and girls of summer take the field this season, they’ll do so on revitalized borough ball fields.According to Doug Glassmacher, Little Silver’s director of recreation, a $250,000 parks and recreation grant awarded annually by Monmouth County has helped borough officials refurbish baseball and softball diamonds at Sickles Field and Borough and Library Fields.“The fencing was old, the dugouts and bleachers needed upgrades, and the drainage of the fields was a big issue that needed to be addressed,” Glassmacher said. “These are fields that hadn’t been upgraded in more than 30 years. So it was our goal to make some long-lasting improvements to them.”Sickles Field is located next to Sickles Market, at 200 Rumson Road. The Little Silver Borough and Library Fields can be found behind CVS and Borough Hall, at 480 Prospect Ave.Glassmacher confirmed that the aged and rusted galvanized fencing surrounding these Little Silver facilities has been replaced with new black vinyl coated materials. For Glassmacher, the most significant of those upgrades are the new concrete pathways leading into the dugouts and nearby bleachers, making the fields more accessible and comfortable for special needs fans and athletes.“The handicap accessible pathways were something we were really pushing for. We have such a large special needs population in our area, and all over the county. So this was a very necessary upgrade, and one we were going to push for even if we didn’t get this grant.” “The recreation improvements have been a long time coming,” Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff Jr. said. “We have a really dedicated recreation committee in town, who brought their concerns to us, so we looked for opportunities. That’s when Doug and our Borough Administrator Kim Jungfer went to work and got us the grants from the county. And with that we’ve been able to make some really significant upgrades.” New dugouts with covers are now in place, while a newly purchased high-quality clay mixture has been used to enhance the condition of the infield.State-of-the-art drainage systems have also been installed at the fields to combat the underground streams beneath Sickles Field and Borough and Library Fields.Glassmacher said that Challenger Field, accessiblefrom Willow Drive, has also been equipped with a new drainage mechanism to keep over flow from the nearby wetlands at bay. Glassmacher said the grant award was due much in part to the formation of a master plan by the recreation committee – a document produced by Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc. of Wall Township – which allowed the borough to take inventory of its athletic fields and recreational facilities.The planning document also makes suggestions on upgrades, which the recreation director says gives the borough’s grant requests more credence in the eyes of the county.“The planning document does provide us a little bit of a wish list in terms of upgrades, so each year we apply for more grants we can reference the master plan, which gives the applications more credibility. And we plan on applying for them every year moving forward. We may not be awarded each year, but the master plan displays a clear vision of what funding would accomplish.”The article was first published in the May 10-17, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Over 350 residents of Eteringbang without birth certificates

first_imgWith general elections looming, residents of Eteringbang in Region Seven, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, are contending that the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) is refusing to issue birth certificates to more than 350 persons.Guyana Times was reliably informed that persons have registered several times over the past years, but have not been issued with their birth certificates.According to a source, GPOC is disputing the birth claims of residents from the small mining community, since it is believed that they are from neighbouring Venezuela. Some two years ago, the community benefited from a local Health Centre; however, persons are not taking advantage of the facility.It was revealed that a majority of the applicants were born at home, but the issue was only recently raised since parents are required to provide birth certificates for their children to enroll in school.One frustrated resident stated that she registered her six-year-old daughter several times, and to date has not received the birth certificate. The woman stated that, in November, she journeyed to Georgetown to enquire, but was informed by GPOC that the document cannot be issued, since more information is required. It was only then that she was asked to provide evidence of her daughter’s birthplace in the form of a clinic card.However, she was unable to provide such proof since the child was delivered at home with the assistance of her mother, who acted as midwife.The woman further explained that the health facility in the area was commissioned about two years ago, hence, at the time of the child’s birth, there was nowhere to facilitate the registration.The worried mother has stated that the new school year is fast approaching, and without the birth certificate, her daughter would not be permitted to attend school.As such, she is calling on the relevant authorities to intervene.Other residents in the area were not too vocal on the issue, but have endorsed the claims of the resident who spoke on their behalf.last_img read more

Light a Moose now underway

first_imgThis is day one of the 5th annual three day Rhyason Contracting “Light a Moose” fund raising campaign, on the grounds of the Fort St. John Hospital.It is part of the Hospital Foundations 12th annual “Be AN Angel Campaign” and this year all the funds raised will go towards the 1.3 million dollar “CT Scanner Campaign”. The Be An Angel Campaign goal is $300,000 and, the Light a Moose target is $30,000.Once again this year, for each donation another light is added to the Moose sign on the grounds and, there are several ways to contribute. One is online with your credit card by clicking here and, you can donate any amount on a monthly basis. You can also visit the hospital grounds or call 250-787-7100.- Advertisement -In addition to credit card and cash donations, cheques made payable, to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.At ten o’clock Friday morning Mayor Jim Eglinski and, Councilors Lori Ackerman and Larry Evans, will be on the hospital grounds, to make the more than $55,000, Oil and Gas Conference donation, approved Monday by City Council.The Foundation is hoping to reach the Scanner Campaign target, prior to Monday evening, when it light’s the Christmas tree, on the hospital grounds, at 5.30.Advertisementlast_img read more

Warriors win at the buzzer with unlikely hero

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – Most NBA teams look at the Warriors roster and figure it is impossible to beat them. The Utah Jazz is not one of those teams.The Jazz, which beat the Warriors three times last season, almost did it again Friday night.That it didnt happen was the work of many people, including Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. But the hero of the night was Jonas Jerebko, the former Jazz player. In his first game against his old team, Jerebko tipped in a shot with 0.3 seconds remaining to give …last_img read more

Standability a concern this harvest season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As crops approach maturity and harvest begins, standability could become a concern in some corn fields.Corn fields across the Eastern Corn Belt have experienced various environmental factors that create stress conditions for the plant and as a result, stalk rots could become an issue late in the season. Ohio State University Bulletin 802 states: “The severity of stalk rot is confounded by plant stress. In general, the greater the stress the plant endures, the greater the severity of stalk rot. This has been demonstrated very well with plant nutrition. Plants with excessively high levels of nitrogen or with an imbalance between nitrogen and potassium are very susceptible to stalk rot. Plants stressed by drought (especially late season drought), foliage disease, or insect injury generally have more stalk rot.”Many corn fields have experienced nitrogen loss, leaf disease, and insect damage this year. Some areas of the Eastern Corn Belt have experienced dry conditions late in the season as well. Growers should walk fields prior to harvest and scout for stalk rots, looking for discoloration of the inside and/or outside of stalks and performing the “pinch test” on stalks to identify areas where lodging could occur. Where standability is a concern, corn should be harvested as soon as possible after reaching physiological maturity to avoid losses due to stalk breakage and lodging. For more detailed information about stalk rots, check out these links: Stress During Grain Fill: A Harbinger of Stalk Health Problems and Corn Disease Management in Ohio.last_img read more

The Future of the Facebook iPhone App, According to the Man Who Made It

first_imgTags:#Facebook#mobile#NYT#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Apple approved the first update to the Facebook app on the iPhone in almost a year yesterday and it was a huge hit. The app was built by Joe Hewitt, whose previous work includes the co-creation of Firefox with Blake Ross. With 12 million downloads, Facebook’s app was the 2nd most popular free app on the iPhone platform in 2008 behind Pandora.I spoke with Hewitt yesterday on the BadHairDay podcast and the following are three three features he identified as next steps on the app’s roadmap.Contact list synchronization between your Facebook friends list and your phone’s contact list. “It’s a Terms of Service thing more than a technical limitation,” Hewitt said.Push notifications. “We are working on push,” Hewitt said last night. “I plan to have it in the next major update, the 3.1. It will be the same kind of notifications you get on the website. I probably won’t right off the bat give you chat notifications. If you’ve ever used Facebook’s SMS notifications, you can have pretty granular control and it will be the same level of notification in terms of whose notifications you see and what categories you see.”Saved, site-wide search. On the Facebook website you can now search across public updates and other items beyond just friends and pages. You can’t do that on the mobile app yet. “I hope but I can’t promise to get that into the 3.1 update,” Hewitt said. “We’re still working on getting that into the API. I’m also hoping to let you save a search to your home screen.”Saved search icons on the beautiful new home screen? Granular control over push notification delivery so you can get immediate news of just your most important updates? Automatic contact synching so your friends’ Facebook avatars appear when they call you on the phone?Those sound like great features. We’re excited to see them implemented with the same attention to user experience that this latest update showed.What would you like to see on the roadmap of the Facebook app on the iPhone? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

An interest in which of the 32 balls get paired with each other

first_imgCARA-BOOOOO CUPWhile the desperation of many football fans to be offended by things of indiscernible consequence seems limitless, the Fiver did at least think some sort of line may be drawn when it came to the scheduling for the third round draw of this season’s Carabao Cup. Not the scheduling of the third round of this season’s Carabao Cup … but the scheduling of the actual draw for it, which is slated to take place in Beijing later this week, at stupid o’clock in the morning for those of us in Blighty with an interest in which of the 32 balls involved get paired with each other.The news that some British fans will either have to set their alarms to follow the Carabao Twitter feed to find out who their team will play or else – nurse, the screens! – simply wait until they wake up and find out at their own convenience a few hours later has caused howls of outrage in some quarters of cyberspace, prompting all sorts of grumbles from the kind of people whose baffling agitation over such nonsense would suggest they have far more important things to worry about.“In staging it in this way it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and south-east Asian markets,” droned an EFL statement, explaining why the draw for the competition is being moved to China. “This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences.” Curiously, the draw will not actually be televised in Britain, China or anywhere else, a state of affairs that seems somewhat at odds with the desperation of all involved to reach new audiences, but anyone desperate enough to follow events from China can do so on the social media feed of a sickly sweet Thai energy drink that is named after a Filipino water buffalo. And the irony? Those fanatically interested enough to stay awake until 4.15am (BST) on Thursday will almost certainly probably do so with the aid of an intravenous drip of coffee or a can or two of Red Bull.This is not the first time this season a Carabao Cup draw has caused controversy. Not is it the second. A graphic flashed up following the first spin of the tombola had Charlton playing two different teams, while confusion reigned following the second over which teams were playing at home and which were away. This consistent inability to get things right in what should be a very straightforward League Cup procedure is a little baffling, considering no less a thundering orange-haired imbecile as the current president of the United States of America managed to help conduct it without incident in 1991. “It’s a great game, I love soccer … in high school I played soccer,” said the man who has since claimed to be “America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion”. Oh dear.ON BIG WEBSITE TONIGHTJoin Barry Glendenning from 7.45pm BST for hot MBM coverage of Manchester City 1-1 Everton.QUOTE OF THE DAY“Our chances are not so great but anything can happen. But to be realistic, Celtic will be going through” – fighting talk from Astana manager Stanimir Stoilov ahead of his side’s Champions League play-off second leg against Celtic. Pinterest Twitter features Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Stanimir Stoilov: doesn’t fancy his chances of overturning a 5-0 deficit. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“Is anyone else puzzled by the Barcelona strategy (mes que un mess and all that) of replacing a world-class striker Neymar with as many midfielders as possible (Everton reject Deulofeu, Spurs reject Paulinho, maybe Liverpool not reject Coutinho)?” – Noble Francis.“As tributes pour in for Sir Bruce Forsyth, let it be remembered that he was quite a fan of the beautiful game, indeed who could ever forget his memorable appearance at the 1974 FA Cup final?” – Allastair McGillivray.Send your letters to [email protected] And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is Noble Francis.BITS AND BOBSSamir Nasri has supped up in the Manchester City last chance saloon and strolled out of the door to join Antalyaspor. Leeds United’s New Zealand striker Chris Wood is now Burnley’s New Zealand striker Chris Wood following a £15m move.Leicester City have condemned the homophobic chanting that took place against Brighton & Hove Albion.THE RECAPSign up and receive the best of Big Website’s coverage, every Friday, it says here. Seems to be a curious lack of mentions for The Fiver …RECOMMENDED LISTENINGJoin Max Rushden, Jacob Steinberg, Paolo Bandini and pod debutant Ed Aarons for this week’s Football Weekly!STILL WANT MORE? Share via Email The Count, yesterday. Photograph: Laurence Mathieu-Leger/The Guardian Football Topics Share on LinkedIn Facebook Pinterest Twitter One talking point! Ha ha ha! Two talking points! Ha Ha Ha! Three talking points! Ha Ha Ha! Four talking points! Ha Ha Ha! Five talking points! Ha Ha Ha! Six talking points! Ha Ha Ha! Seven talking points! Ha Ha Ha! Eight talking points! Ha Ha Ha! Nine talking points! Ha Ha Ha! Ten! Ten talking points! Ha Ha Ha!Get your piping hot home-brewed family-size transfer rumours right here. Saint-Étienne have got their joie de vivre back thanks to Oscar Garcia, write Adam White and Eric Devin.Jeremy Alexander heads down to the Broadfield Stadium to find out what Harry Kewell is up to with Crawley.Dortmund ditch Dembélé dilemma, Bayern batter Bayer, Müller’s miserable moment and other alliterative events in Andy Brassell’s Bundesliga blög.VAR! Huh. What is it good for? Abso… well, quite a few things on Serie A opening weekend, writes Paolo Bandini.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!TOMMY TWO CARS HATES THE PLANET Share on Pinterest Facebook The Fiver Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Remains Found on Seabed Belong to Sewol Victim

first_imgzoom South Korean authorities have identified a bone found at the Sewol sinking site in early May as belonging to one of the nine still missing persons, according to the country’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.The bone was identified to be from Danwon High School teacher Go Chang-suk, Korea Herald informed. The 35-centimeter shinbone, which was located during an underwater search of the wreckage site near Jindo, was the first major discovery since the start of the investigation in April.Over the weekend, the search party found 16 bone pieces on the fourth deck. The remains were reportedly identified as belonging to a student of Danwon High School, Cho Eun-hwa.Earlier this week the teams conducting a search operation aboard the salvaged wreck found 13 human bone fragments, Korea Herald cited data released by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. Nine fragments were located inside a passenger cabin on the ferry’s third deck, while the remaining fragments were found in mud collected from the third and fourth decks.Korea Herald added that the fragments would be sent for DNA analysis.The 6,800-ton Sewol ferry sank on April 16, 2014, off Jindo Island resulting in the deaths of 304 people. 250 of the ferry’s passengers were high school students on a school trip.Almost three years after the ill-fated event, the South Korean government managed to lift the wreck from the seabed. The resting place of the ship was some 44 meters below the surface.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Youtube Screenshot/ Arirang Newslast_img read more

Giancarlo Stanton Was Made For The Home Run Derby

2002Jason Giambi488 2009Prince Fielder503 15Harmon Killebrew.253.131+.121 2013Yoenis Cespedes32✓ Only includes players with a minimum of 2500 career at-bats.Source: FanGraphs.com On the night, Stanton hit all 10 of the longest homers belted by anybody. He also hit 18 of the 19 longest, with five carrying at least 490 feet and 31 traveling at least 450. It might well have been the greatest single exhibition of raw home run-hitting power in baseball history.Of course, such herculean feats are nothing new for Stanton — he’s widely known around baseball as the hardest-hitting player in the game, a man seemingly put on this earth to murder baseballs. And it’s a reputation only enhanced by the presence of Statcast, MLB’s (relatively) new radar-based tracking system, which has turned the physics of hard-hit balls into something approaching fetishization.Stanton is the poster child for the Statcast era. Where other players once made RBIs or steals into calling cards, Stanton has fashioned the exit-velo leaderboard — in other words, the “hitting the ball real hard” leaderboard — into his own personal jurisdiction, and fans revel in the arcana. (Did you know one of his home runs last night departed the bat at 120.4 miles per hour? That’s nuts!) In an era where we can quantify the speed and angle of every ball off the bat, Stanton is the right hitter at exactly the right historical moment.So, does that make him the greatest power hitter ever? He might be on his way. If we look at his career isolated power — essentially his total bases per at-bat, but tossing out those wimpy singles — relative to the MLB average for nonpitchers, Stanton ranks 11th since 1901, trailing Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and eight Hall of Famers. Stanton is also still just 26, so he’ll have a handful more prime years to move up the list before tailing off in late-career decline. 2015Todd Frazier39✓ 7Jimmie Foxx.284.125+.159 YEARWINNERLONGEST HR YEARPLAYERHOME RUNSWON DERBY? 2015Joc Pederson39 2Mark McGwire.325.146+.179 2011Adrian Gonzalez31 2008Josh Hamilton35 2016Todd Frazier42 2007Vladimir Guerrero503 12Johnny Mize.250.125+.125 1996Barry Bonds451 PLAYERCAREER ISOMLB AVERAGEISO VS. AVERAGE But Stanton didn’t gently deposit those 61 balls into the stands at Petco Park, either — he crushed them. His 497-foot blast in the first round tied for the fifth-longest among contest winners’ top home runs since 1996.1Excluding contests where neither MLB.com nor Baseball-Almanac.com listed longest-home run data. Only includes winners’ distances because some years MLB lists only the winner’s longest HR. Most home runs in a HR Derby 2016Giancarlo Stanton497 Best power hitters, relative to league average, 1901-2016 6Ted Williams.289.130+.159 2008Justin Morneau512 13Mickey Mantle.259.136+.123 2015Todd Frazier455 2012Prince Fielder476 2005Bobby Abreu517ft 9Mike Schmidt.260.128+.132 5Barry Bonds.309.150+.159 4Lou Gehrig.293.125+.168 2010David Ortiz32✓ 3Hank Greenberg.292.123+.169 Most years the Home Run Derby is a good deal more exciting in our memories — where a young Ken Griffey Jr. is still mashing taters in a backwards cap — than it is in reality. But this year Giancarlo Stanton wrote in a few dozen new memories of his own: 2016Giancarlo Stanton61✓ Winners’ longest home runs 2004Miguel Tejada497 8Ralph Kiner.269.130+.139 1Babe Ruth.356.116+.239 10Joe DiMaggio.254.125+.129 11Giancarlo Stanton.276.149+.126 But first Stanton will have to turn his 2016 season around. Bizarre as it sounds given his outrageous batted-ball numbers, Stanton has suffered through a down first half, hitting around .220 and flirting with the replacement level before embarking on a scorching start to July. Even after that turnaround, his 116 wRC+ would be the fourth-lowest ever by a Derby winner during their victorious season.Luckily for Stanton, though, there is no Home Run Derby curse. (Seriously, stop suggesting that’s a thing. Stop it.) And more to the point, nobody hits the ball that hard for long with so few hits to show for it. Stanton’s Statcast numbers — and more conventional metrics such as contact rate and line-drive rate — might be down a bit from their lofty 2015 heights, but Stanton still figures to be one of baseball’s better hitters in the second half of the season. That’s good news for the surprising Marlins, and for lovers of hard-hit baseballs everywhere.Check out our latest MLB predictions. For years where data is available.Source: MLB.com, Baseball Almanac Regardless of format; first event was in 1985.Source: MLB.com 2011Robinson Cano32✓ 14Willie Stargell.247.125+.122 All told, Stanton slugged 61 home runs, which was by far the most ever hit in a single contest, though this is of course affected by some drastic changes in Derby formats over the years. (In fact, runner-up Todd Frazier’s 42 was the second-most ever hit in a derby.) 2005Bobby Abreu41✓ read more

Ohio State mens soccer faces Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Sophomore defender Alex Nichols (15) advances the ball against Rutgers on Sept. 18. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Janaya Greene | Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is coming off a tough 2-0 loss to Bowling Green over the weekend, remaining winless on the road this season.This Wednesday, the Buckeyes (3-6) return to Columbus to take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1-4-2) at 7 p.m.Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has been very kind to OSU as of late, with the Scarlet and Gray coming into the match riding a three game home win streak.“You always want to protect your house,” said senior defender Austin Bergstrom. “It’s good that we have been doing that so far, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.”After wins over Rutgers and Valparaiso a week ago, the Buckeyes took a step backward over the weekend, suffering a shutout against Bowling Green.Despite outshooting the Falcons 16-9, OSU again fell to the misfortune of its own mistakes, specifically turnovers.“Sometimes it is a little frustrating when you can’t put the ball in the back of the net or when another team only gets a few opportunities and they are able to score,” said senior forward Danny Jensen. “We let the pressure get to us a bit. I think we just have to cut down on the mistakes and we will start to see much better results.”Jensen was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against Valparaiso, where he recorded the first hat trick by an Ohio State player since 2012.“It is cool to get some individual recognition every now and then but our focus is on the team,” Jensen said. “Right now we just need some more wins.”The matchup with SIUE is a rare one, as both teams have only played each other once in school history, and played to a scoreless draw in Columbus in 2009.While the matchup between the two teams is unfamiliar, the faces involved are not. Cougars coach Mario Sanchez was a soccer player under now-Buckeyes head coach John Bluem during his time at Fresno State.“(Sanchez) was probably one of the top five players I’ve coached in my career,” Bluem said. “They are going to be really well organized and battle defensively. You are playing against a team that, much like us, is having trouble scoring.”Saying the Cougars are having trouble scoring is an understatement, as Sanchez’s squad has only found the back of the net three times through the first seven games. However, the defense has stood tough, allowing only seven goals thus far.SIUE’s junior goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo has 13 career shutouts. This year, Dal Santo’s .788 save percentage ranks him 51st nationally.As the match signifies the halfway point in the season for the Buckeyes, Bluem feels the biggest improvement the team needs to make is in its mentality.“This group has to accept that we are not going to just show up and win games. If we don’t outwork the other team, if we don’t outhustle the other team, if we don’t play harder for longer than the other team, anybody on our schedule could beat us,” Bluem said. “On the flipside, if we do those things, we will be in every single game and chances are good that we win more of those games than we lose.”With a very important Big Ten matchup looming against Michigan State on Sunday, the Buckeyes will look to build momentum by grabbing a win against the Cougars. read more