By John BurtonRED BANK – Mayor Pasquale Menna said he’s had enough with the organization overseeing the borough’s business district, over discussions of the long-debated parking garage. But the organization’s head insists the mayor is mischaracterizing its positions.Menna in an interview with The Two River Times this week expressed frustration with dealing with Red Bank RiverCenter, the not-for-profit management and advocacy organization for the borough’s commercial Special Improvement District. Menna said the governing body would be willing to “go it alone” with any plans to address the downtown’s chronic parking shortfall situation, if the business group were unwilling to participate.“The time for hedging is over,” Menna said. “The time for moving is now.”“He’s creating a problem that does not exist,” countered James Scavone, RiverCenter’s executive director, about any perceived conflict.The issues that Menna has with the business group in part concerns discussions about RiverCenter’s proposed $40,000 contribution, which would cover half the cost of an engineering study for the White Street municipal parking lot, a borough-owned property that would be the location of any future parking garage/multitier deck. The borough government would pay the other $40,000 for the study.Scavone has said his organization would like to see language included in the memorandum of understanding that would guarantee RiverCenter would be entitled to get its money back if garage construction plans don’t move forward in two years.RiverCenter has long campaigned for a garage to address the downtown’s parking deficiency that has had business owners complaining for years that it puts them at a disadvantage in trying to attract customers and visitors to the area.Scavone said at the Aug. 10 council meeting, “We’ve been down this road before,” with talks of a garage or other solutions eventually going nowhere.Menna this week said emphatically that a guarantee would not be included in any agreement. And RiverCenter can “keep its $40,000.”The mayor said borough officials may just move forward on their own with planning – without RiverCenter – if the organization kept to this and other positions that Menna said the organization held. That would mean the business group wouldn’t necessarily have a role in the process if RiverCenter continued to object. “I’m ready to tell them we’ll go it alone,” Menna said. Scavone, however, maintained that the guarantee was not necessarily a deal breaker. “I’ve said publicly a few times, we just want an answer to be able to determine how we would proceed,” he said. “We’re not necessarily saying no if that provision is no.” And there hasn’t been any direct conversation with Menna or any other official on this matter recently, he added.For Menna another sticking point is RiverCenter’s insistence the borough finance and be responsible for constructing any garage. “That is not acceptable to me,” he said. “That is an option the municipality should reserve for itself.”Menna has always maintained any garage “has to make sense” for taxpayers. He has said the most practical option would be to strike a public/private partnership with a private sector developer who would build it with a possible commercial or residential component included to make it financially viable.It would be a very difficult to convince primarily residential taxpayers – who live and vote here – to support bonding the millions of dollars it would take to build a garage, Menna has said on numerous occasions.RiverCenter has advocated a publicly constructed project, but again Scavone stressed the organization was open to discussions about all options. “We’re definitely keeping an open mind.”According to Scavone, meetings with parking experts have shown such public/private partnerships with private developers responsible for public parking facilities are very rare; most communities, like Morristown, wind up opting to construct and manage their own, he said.“I thought they were business people. They can’t take a reasonable risk after 30 years?” Menna said of RiverCenter’s members and their lack of skin in the game (with the 30 years referencing the organization’s nearly three decades). “I guess not.”Whatever direction the governing body may look to move on the parking issue, Scavone is convinced officials will need RiverCenter’s support to get it approved. He was also puzzled by the mayor’s tone. “I’m not sure why there seems to be a desire to drive a wedge between the business community and the residents at this point,” he wondered.
The Dragons caused an upset last weekend at Lamana to beat minor Premiers Lamana 2, four frames to three in a thrilling grand final.The five singles was a see-saw affair. In the first frame, Dragons Roger Ng beat Lamana stalwart Arua Simoi 2-1. The second frame saw Port Moresby Open winner Ralph Kaina beat Philip Magic 2-1 to level the scores at one all.In the third frame Alexis Tam defeated Noel Ramos 2-1 and in the fourth frame, Joey Chan with the home tables advantage puffed out Kiwi Danny Earles 54-24 and 51-18 for a 2-0 win to even the score at 2 all.PNGs chief referee Jonathan Cavanagh had some anxious moments before edging out youngster Miria David 2-1 in close encounters.Lamana levelled the score in the sixth frame when Simoi and Kaina doubled to beat the Dragons pair of Tam and Francis Tsereira.However the dragons had the last puff when Ng and Magic put away Ramos and Yiannis Nicolaou to clinch their first premiership.PNG player of the year Marcus Ng made the highest break of 37 during the season while Nicolaou and Roger Ng took out the best players award.In B Grade grand final, minor premiers Phoenix Kasens outplayed PMMI Bomana Bullets four frames to two while the C Grade title went to Starland Laguna Dragons after beating KR Motors CCT Originals four frames to two.Tournament director Joey Chan thanked Pacific MMI for their continued support over the past eight years of the premier snooker competition in PNG.He also extended his thanks to other sponsors including Lamana Hotel, Starland Freezers, Port Moresby Lift Services, PBVS and KR Motors.
Valera, at 17 and 294 days, becomes the 31st youth squad to debut with the elastic red and white under the orders of Diego Pablo Simeone. The forward joins Poveda, Manu Sánchez Y Riquelme in the 2019/20 season.The Murcia added his first six minutes with the first team. With the subsidiary he has played 986 minutes in 16 games in which he has scored four goals and has given two assists. Germán Valera debuted with Atlético de Madrid in the LaLiga match against Levante. The rojiblanco squad entered in minute 87 for João Felix and played the last six minutes of the game, the three regulations and the three of the discount. Atleti won 2-1 against Levante with goals from Correa and Felipe in the match that closes the first round.
“I think it’s crucial,” Bucks President Peter Feigin said about the confluence of the playoffs and new arena. “We’re at a point … we want to go into the new arena for lots of reasons in a sold-out capacity. That would be the way to usher in a new arena and really have demand and a peak.“Part of that is performance and how successful we are on the court,” Feigin said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe seventh-seeded Bucks have work to do to climb out of a 2-0 deficit to the second-seeded Boston Celtics. Game 3 is Friday night in Milwaukee.“We have to protect home court,” guard Jason Terry said after the 14-point loss in Boston on Tuesday. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Handing the ball to Antetokounmpo helps. The 23-year-old’s athleticism makes him a threat to make the highlight reel at any second.Whether the future includes a new coach or forward Jabari Parker remains a question. It could depend on how far the Bucks go this postseason.Veteran assistant Joe Prunty was promoted to replace the fired Jason Kidd in January, leading the team to a 21-16 record following a 23-22 start under Kidd. The Bucks have said that they plan to have a coaching search after the season, with Prunty expected to be a candidate.Parker returned from the second major knee injury of his four-year career in February, averaging 12.6 points in 31 games. He has struggled so far in the playoffs, scoring just two points in 24 minutes off the bench. Celtics forward Al Horford in particular has been a tough matchup.The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft can become a restricted free agent following the season after the two sides could not reach agreement on a long-term extension last year. He has said that hopes to stay, but realizes that the NBA is a business.Lately, Parker has been frustrated about the lack of playing time. When asked after practice on Thursday how to get more minutes, Parker said: “Be on my coach’s good side. Yeah. Whatever that is, just try to be on the good side.”Prunty understood Parker’s desire for more minutes.“That’s not new, and that’s a good thing. We want everybody to be competitive. We want everybody to step on the floor and be assertive with their games,” Prunty said.The Bucks do have the makings of a good nucleus entering its prime regardless of what happens to Parker.Khris Middleton averaged a career-high 20.1 points, and provides steady, all-around play. Eric Bledsoe, acquired from Phoenix early in the season, gives the Bucks a spark plug at point guard. Malcolm Brogdon offers solid, two-way productivity. FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Milwaukee. A billboard down the street from the Bucks’ nearly completed new arena makes a bold proclamation in big, bold letters: “The Future is Here.” The rebuilding process is over. Winning a playoff series could make that message resonate as loudly as an Antetokounmpo rim-rattling dunk. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)MILWAUKEE — A billboard down the street from the Milwaukee Bucks’ nearly completed new arena makes a proclamation in big, bold letters: “The Future is Here.”The rebuilding process is over. Winning a playoff series could make that message resonate as loudly as a Giannis Antetokounmpo rim-rattling dunk .ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Horst, a longtime team executive who took over as GM last year, said the Bucks are a team that has “established itself in a consistent way, in that we have a core group of guys that can continue to move forward, continue to build on what we’ve done here in the last couple years.”For players, the desire to advance in the postseason trumps what’s going on off the floor. But the players do understand the big picture, too, Feigin said.It’s hard not to ignore the construction next door to the Bradley Center on the new arena that is nearly 90 percent complete. The Bucks are scheduled to start play in their new home in the fall. They moved into a new, state-of-the-art training center across the street from the construction site last summer.Feigin said the team has sold 1,600 new season tickets between January and the end of March, a number not reached until the end of the summer a year ago. BMO Harris Bank, Johnson Controls and Miller Brewing Co., are among the businesses signed on as corporate partners.In Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have a telegenic frontman poised to become a league-wide household name for years to come.“For us, we’ve had this really cool parallelism between off court and on court,” Feigin said. “You’re running into a new arena, you’re running into a new foray to having a superstar in the league and growing around it. 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Niño feast LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Bucks haven’t won a playoff series since a team coached by George Karl reached the Eastern Conference finals in 2001. Back then, Ray Allen was draining 3s, forming a formidable threesome with Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell.Seventeen seasons later, they’re still trying to get out of the first round.But there is renewed hope in Milwaukee since a new ownership group led by Wes Edens and Marc Lasry took over four years ago. The Bucks were coming off a 15-win season in 2013-14, a low point for a franchise that had essentially been at or below .500 for years. At the time, a gangly 19-year-old Antetokounmpo was still getting used to NBA life.The Bucks have been on a slow and steady rise since then, making the playoffs three out of the last four years.“If you study that, eight, 10, maybe 12 teams in the NBA have done that. 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Following a thorough analysis from pages of Liberia’s historical accounts, the president of the Roman Catholic-run Stella Maris Polytechnic, Sister Mary Laurene Browne, has observed that all Liberians are of “Negro Decent.”“As we embark upon reassessing our national symbols, as we look for unity in all of them, let us remember that times of arrival here were ordained by Providence and these in no way make one group superior to the other or lay claim more to Liberia than another,” she said.By that revelation, the renowned Catholic Sister urged Liberians, irrespective of status, to embrace one another by being honest to forge in humility a nation that is destined for all.Sister Laurene’s comments were contained in a speech she delivered recently at a one-day symposium on Liberia’s symbols and national awards.The event was hosted at the Paynesville Town Hall, outside Monrovia ,on the theme, “Reviewing Liberia’s National Symbols to Renew National Identity.” She said a nation is a people united by a common language, by ancestry, by history, by culture and by common symbols. The key word, she noted, is ‘united’ not ‘uniform’ for there is a difference. The latter, uniform, according to her, affects the physical appearance; united refers to the condition of the heart and of the mind. By that, Sister Laurene wondered as to whether Liberians have a common language, heard across the length and breadth of this land and spoken by 90 percent of the populace.As for the flag, she said, it is the most visible symbol that is display at home and abroad, fluttering in the breeze and bearing a striking resemblance to that the USA. “But,” she quickly added, it is not the only national flag to fall in that category as flags of other countries resemble each others,’ such as the flags of Guinea and Mali, La Cote d’Ivoire and Ireland, etc. According to the Catholic Sister, the call for unity has become necessary and therefore, Liberians must undertake the task “individually and collectively” to understand their proper nationality. However, she said, arrivals in this part of God’s vineyard happened at various intervals as wars, famine and adventure caused future Liberians to leave the Sudan, the Congo Basin, and the Malian Empire and occupy a land which they would call their own. “Later,” she said, “they were joined by those whose only connection to mother Africa was perhaps their Negroid features.” According to Catholic Sister, centuries before, their forefathers had been forcibly removed from the mother continent with the knowledge and full participation of fellow Africans, tribesmen, even kinsmen for the adage says, “if the house doesn’t sell you the street will not buy you.” If blood had been thicker than money or power, or jealously or envy, perhaps the history of Liberia’s coming into existence would read differently.”On the other hand, she recalled that the settlers came from the United States of American to make a home for themselves and to Christianize the earlier settlers.“Would that the greeting had been the best of African tradition–the warm embrace of brothers, sisters come home. The tahtoe! Again Liberia’s history would have been different. The skin color was the same in essence, but the mindsets were different. So we are where we are today looking to understand, and to feel what should bind Liberians beyond a name and a government,” she declared.The daylong symposium was the first major activity that brought people together to discuss the essence of the national awards project—the symbols and the possibilities for making a few important improvements where necessary.Among those in attendance were Liberians from all walks of life, women groups, academia and the media. The symposium set the stage for a close and critical look at Liberia’s national symbols and awards. It was held with the objective to provide a forum for Liberians from all segments of the society and those in the Diaspora as well as the country’s international partners come together to understand and appreciate the need for a review of our national symbols as derived from the national vision exercise and the roadmap for national reconciliation. The symposium was also designed to establish the opportunity for a Broader National Conversation; to encourage international partners to join the review process even as Liberians draw upon international best practices and experiences of other countries with situations similar to Liberia; and to use findings from in the formulation of our Civic Education and subsequent National Consultation activities.The symposium coincided with the launch of Information Booklet on the National Symbols Review Project.The purpose of the information booklet is to set forth for Liberians what national symbols are, and what the National Symbols Review Project (NSRP) is. For example, the National Flag, the Seal, The Anthem, and the various National Awards constitute the core of the country’s national symbols.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Manchester United defender, who had escaped conceding a second Nigerian penalty moments earlier after a controversial VAR review, thundered home Gabriel Mercado’s cross to send the under-fire Sampaoli running down the sidelines amid wild scenes of celebration.Messi missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iceland and was largely bypassed in a 3-0 thrashing by Croatia that saw calls for Sampaoli to be sacked before their final group game.However, Argentina avoided the abyss by the skin of their teeth to fight another day against the highly-fancied French in Kazan on Saturday.Sampaoli made five changes from the Croatia game, with veterans of the Albiceleste’s run to the final four years ago Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria returning, but it was the recall of Ever Banega in midfield that provided the launchpad for Messi.The Sevilla playmaker was restored to bring some order to an Argentine midfield overrun by Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric and proved his worth inside 15 minutes.Banega’s brilliant pass over the top of the Nigerian defence picked out Messi’s run perfectly and, after cushioning the ball on his thigh, the five-time world player of the year erased the frustrations of his World Cup so far with an arrowed right-foot finish into the far corner.Modric claimed Croatia “cut off Messi” in Nizhny Novgorod five nights ago, but he was back to close to his Barcelona best at the heart of all Argentina’s best moves in a positive first 45 minutes.Relief: Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the 2018 World Cup to give Argentina the lead against Nigeria© AFP Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVHiguain just couldn’t flick the ball beyond the onrushing Francis Uzoho from a defence splitting pass before Uzoho then tipped a Messi free-kick onto the post.Argentina escaped just before the break when no penalty was given for Rojo’s high challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho.Nigeria felt that injustice was rectified just five minutes after the break, though, when this time Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir did point to the spot when Javier Mascherano tangled with Oghenekaro Etebo at a corner.Moses confidently stepped up to send Franco Armani the wrong way on his international debut and Argentina back to square one.Messi produced a magical performance in Argentina’s final qualifier with a hat-trick in Ecuador just to get his country to Russia.But he couldn’t recreate those heroics as Nigerian defenders swarmed around him everytime he was hopefully shovelled the ball by Argentine team-mates.There was further VAR controversy when Nigeria were denied a second penalty when Rojo headed onto his own arm before substitute Odion Ighalo fired wide.Ighalo missed another glorious chance when he shot too close to Armani and Nigeria were made to pay for their profligacy from the most unlikely source.Sergio Aguero had been thrown on from the bench to join Messi and Higuain in attack, but it was Rojo who produced a striker’s finish on his weaker right foot to spark delirious scenes of celebration among the tens of thousands of Argentines in the stands.Chief among them was legendary 1986 World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona who reacted by raising the middle finger of both hands in just his latest controversial moment as a spectator in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcos Rojo celebrated his late winner with Lionel Messi on his back but the striker had carried his team for most of the game. Photo/REUTERSSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, June 26 – Marcus Rojo’s stunning finish four minutes from time kept Lionel Messi and Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive to see off Nigeria 2-1 on Tuesday and set up a last 16 meeting with France.Messi’s first goal of the tournament got the two-time winners off to a perfect start in Saint Petersburg, but Victor Moses’s 51st minute penalty had Jorge Sampaoli’s men headed for a humiliating group stage exit until Rojo’s late intervention.
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This week, DD’s Finance columnist Shona Chambers from John McColgan Financial Services explains how there is crucial you don’t make contributions or choose pension investments blindly! In response to the Mind the Gap study, carried out by consultancy firm Deloitte for Aviva Insurance, I’ve seen headlines like ‘Sickening news for anyone retiring in Ireland over the next 40 years’, ‘Future retirees told to save extra €1,100 a month’, and ‘Irish workers need to save over €1,000 a month more, states pension report’ crop up on online news sources.It is disconcerting to read headlines like this, and some might even call it scaremongering. However, these headlines can be a good thing if they stimulate conversation and get people thinking about their financial future. Many of us equate saving more for retirement with denying ourselves the things we want now — and the prospect of buying a new car or going on a foreign holiday will always look more attractive than making pension contributions. But think about it this way — how would you like to pay less tax? In fact, tax relief is one of the biggest attractions for most people when it comes to saving for retirement!Employees also make contributions to employer-sponsored pensions schemes because their company will match their contributions. A good way to think of this is that it’s free money! And who wouldn’t want to turn down free money?It’s good that people are making some kind of pension contribution. It goes without saying that any kind of contribution is better than none at all. At least there will be something in the pot at retirement.The big BUT is that few people understand how much income their pension contributions will give them in retirement, and nor do they understand how much they will need. In fact, many are making contributions blindly with no advice going on behind the scences. And these are the people with pension plans! There is a whole other group of people in Donegal with no pensions at all. Recent research by Friends First showed that 36% of households in the North-West have no private pensions, meaning that those people will be entirely dependent on the state pension when they retire. The current rate for the contributory state pension for a single person is just €233 per week.Ask yourself this question: could you live and pay all your bills if you had to rely solely on the state pension? Clearly, a lot of people will face a sudden sharp drop in their incomes, or they will be forced to work well into their 60s and even 70s to meet their expenses. It’s no surprise then that the same Friends First research found that 84% of people without a private pension fear that they will not have enough income to support them in retirement.Naturally, affordability is a huge factor when it comes to saving for retirement. Some pension contributions are certainly better than none. The key is to meet with an independent financial advisor and understand how much income your current pension will equate to in retirement. Don’t make contributions or choose pension investments blindly!Do you know how much your pension will give you in retirement? If not, get in touch and we can help you make a plan that will suit your needs.Shona Chambers QFA RPA is a Qualified Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Advisor with John McColgan Financial Services. You can contact Shona on 074 9124366 to make an appointment. Money Matters: Don’t make contributions or choose pensions investments blindly! was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by Shona ChambersShare 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:BlindlyJohn McColganMoney MattersnewspensionsShona Chambers
The popular Tir na Nog bar in Letterkenny is celebrating its 10th birthday this weekend.And the birthday celebrations include a pool competition and a weekend of musical highlights.The management of the popular bar would like to thank all their loyal customers for visiting them over the past ten years. Why not call in over the weekend and raise a glass to a super pub and a great local success story.LETTERKENNY’S TIR NA NOG CELEBRATES 10TH BIRTHDAY WITH SUPER WEEKEND was last modified: August 21st, 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:10TH BIRTHDAYdonegalTír Na Nóg Bar
A group of 12 people all connected in one way to Ramelton Town Band are undertaking a unique challenge.Errigal will be the last mountain climbed on the three peak challenge.The group will take on a “3 peak, 3days, in 3 counties challenge.”The task will see the group climb Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo, Slieve Donard in Co Down and Mount Errigal in DOnegal on the 25th, 26th and 27th of April. The group are all members past or present ,committee, instrutors, parents or family members of Ramelton Town Band.They will be raising much needed funds for the band and the Irish Cancer Society.Their first fundraising event is a spooky car treasure starting from Durkens Bar in Ramelton on the 31st of January at 8pm fee €10 per car.Anyone that can help in any way with sponsorship or funding towards the challenge would be greatly appreciated. you can contact us by email ,at , email@example.com, or like or facebook page ” 3peaks 3day challenge” or contact PJ Cavanagh on 0863082244. THREE PEAKS IN THREE DAYS FOR DONEGAL CHARITY CLIMBERS was last modified: January 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:challengeRAMELTON TOWN BANDTHREE PEAKS