Naples reopens beach with new restrictions after vote

first_imgThe city of Naples, Florida has voted to reopen it’s beaches after closing them due to a lack of social distancing between parties.The decision was finally made during an hours long emergency meeting and three failed motions.City Council members decided that the beaches will reopen but with more regulations.Starting May 13th,  beaches will only be open Monday- Friday from sunrise to sunset and on weekends from 7:00 am to 11am and from 5pm to sunset.Coolers and tents will no longer be allowed on the beaches but chairs can be used by those who want to watch the sunset in the evening hours.Parking will also be limited to vehicles with city and collier county beach stickers and parking will not be allowed on residential streets unless they are properly marked parking spaces.Officials also say that parking enforcement will be beefed up and those in violation of parking protocol will be subjected to a $200 fine without the ability to pay ahead.Council members will reconsider the new restrictions at their next meeting on June 3rd.last_img read more

Strong spent 3 decades prepping for job like Texas

first_imgIn this Aug. 4, 2014, photo, new University of Texas NCAA college football head coach Charlie Strong watches a morning practice session in Austin, Texas. Strong laid down the law with a series of player dismissals and suspensions, then he moved into the dorm with his team for training camp. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ricardo Brazziell )AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charlie Strong has been prepping to lead the Texas Longhorns for 30 years. The evidence is tucked away in his office, stuffed into file cabinets one page, one lesson, one line at a time.Inside the drawers are daily notes, quotes, practice reports, meeting agendas and conversations that span a career from his first job as a graduate assistant at Florida in 1983 to stops at Texas A&M, Mississippi, South Carolina, Notre Dame and back to Florida before his first head coaching job at Louisville.Some are typed on pages still crisp. Others are handwritten on floppy and withered paper. They have followed Strong to every job he’s ever had, including Texas.“His attention to detail was unmatched,” said Gary Darnell, who coached with Strong at Florida in 1988-89. “He loves gathering information. He was either going to be a college professor or a coach.”And it likely explains why Strong comes off as so confident to face the mission in front of him: returning Texas to the top of the Big 12.“It isn’t a monster,” Strong said of Texas, despite the fact that his office view of the stadium is partly blocked by a video board so big its nickname is Godzillatron. “It’s a program with all the resources you need.”Strong will need every bit of that confidence — and those resources — as he begins his tenure. Strong, the first black head coach of a men’s sport at Texas, was hired to replace Mack Brown, who in 2005 delivered the Longhorns’ first national championship in 36 years and led them to another national title game after the 2009 season. But the run ended there. Since 2010, Texas hasn’t won more than nine games in a season.Texas offensive coordinator Joe Wickline, who was with Strong as a graduate assistant at Florida, describes him as “insanely organized.”“He’s always been like that,” Wickline said. “He made notes of drops, missed assignments. Charted everything.”But it was more than routine stuff. By documenting the details, Strong was soaking up years of valuable teaching from national championship-winning coaches like Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer.Spurrier taught him how to build team confidence, not just for a game, but a swashbuckling program-wide swagger.“(Spurrier) built a confidence in a team where you knew you weren’t going to lose a game. It didn’t matter who we played, he made that team feel it’s time to go put on a show,’” Strong said. “They came here to watch US play … No matter where we went, Alabama or Auburn, it didn’t matter. That’s the confidence you have to build in a program.”Holtz taught him about attention to detail. Not just within a game or practice or playbook, but within his players. Holtz demanded that his assistant coaches know their players better than he did. And it was challenge because Holtz seemed to know everything about every player on the roster, from their personal lives to their weekly academic status.Strong gives each of his players a biography form to fill out. It asks personal questions, such as naming three people they would like to have dinner with, the last time they cried, and the happiest days of their lives.That’s particularly important when inheriting a roster of players he didn’t recruit and only first met a few months ago.“We want to understand our players,” Strong said. “I don’t ever want our coaches to ask a player ‘How’s your mom?’ when really he lost her when he was 2 years old.”The players also have to understand him. And play by his rules.He had laid down core values of “no drugs, no guns, no stealing, be honest and treat women with respect” in his first meeting with the team back in January. Then he created a stir with a series of dismissals or suspensions at the start of training camp.Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were kicked off after felony sexual assault charges and Strong says they won’t be allowed back even if the charges are later dropped or they are acquitted. Three other players were dismissed and three more potential starters were suspended for at least one game for unspecified rules violations.“If you want to be a part of this team, you are going to have to follow the rules, you are going to have to be committed and do things right. If you don’t want to do that, you can’t be a part of this team,” quarterback David Ash said.“I say it all of the time, if a young man doesn’t want to be a part of this program, just break a core value and you are telling me exactly where you want to stand,” Strong said.There have been other minor adjustments for his team.Strong removed the iconic Longhorn logo stickers from player helmets in training camp, telling them they had to earn them back. He eliminated the half-mile air-conditioned bus ride from the locker room to the practice field. Players now walk to practice in their pads. In the heat.Strong has been up front with fans about the team’s prospects, and practices the honesty he preaches. Back in April on the first stop of his statewide “Comin’ on Strong” tour to meet Texas fans, he warned them the Longhorns “will not be in the national championship game.”Will they ever be?Those piles of notes may have the answer.last_img read more

Practical Advice From Olympia’s Van Dorm Realty – Should I Sell…

first_imgDiane and Jeff PustVan Dorm Realty, located in West Olympia, has been selling homes for over 30 years.  Now in its second generation of family-ownership, Jeff and Diane Pust are providing practical advice to Thurston County residents.Should I sell now is a question that Jeff Pust is frequently asked.“You can’t wait for the ‘right time’; it’s all relative,” answers Pust.  “Yes, property values have gone down, but so have everyone else’s so there is the potential to buy a new home at a reduced price.”Pust adds that many Van Dorm clients are choosing to sell now because they see opportunities in the market.“For example, a client may choose to sell their current home because they notice a beautiful home in a price range that they could not have afforded a few years ago,” comments Pust.Alternatively, some folks are at a stage in life where their large home is too large.  They are using this time as an opportunity to sell their large home, purchase a smaller more manageable home and using the difference to take advantage of another reduced price real estate purchase like a second home or investment property.  “This would not have made financial sense a few years ago” notes Pust.Regardless, home owners are seeing the potential in the market that didn’t exist five years ago.Add in very low interest rates and suddenly it becomes a lucrative decision to sell your home.  “Take advantage of phenomenal interest rates and good prices,” says Pust.Pust notes that there are signs that the housing market is turning.“It may be bold to say, but I believe that housing prices are on their way up.  I anticipate that, at the end of the year, we will look back and say that housing prices turned this year,” remarks Pust.“If you are of the mindset that you are going to hold out until prices come back, then you need to remember that everyone else’s prices will also start to increase,” comments Pust.  “When the market starts to turn, housing will go up, in general.”Pust compares the housing industry to all investment options.  “If you look at your home as one part of your investment portfolio, then you should constantly be evaluating whether you can earn a better return on your investment.  Perhaps now is the time to shift your money from one (home) investment to another,” summarizes Pust.Van Dorm Realty1530 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite FOlympia, WA 98502360.943.3800 Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

NJCU Satellite College Campus Coming to Fort Monmouth

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – Locating an educational institution on the former Fort Monmouth has long been a goal of the state, county and local agency redeveloping the former U.S. Army base.Last week, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) approved a purchase and sale agreement with KKF University Enterprises, LLC, to buy the fort’s two-story Squier Hall and adjacent complex on Sherrill Avenue in Oceanport, now slated to become a satellite campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU). The school’s main campus is in Jersey City.Developer KKF will pay $2.5 million for the entire parcel, which includes seven buildings on eight acres. The firm will invest a minimum of $10.4 million to renovate approximately 46,000 square feet of the 76,538-square-foot main building and demolish other structures on the property. Space for parking and recreation already exist at the site.KKF is a member company of PRC Group of West Long Branch, a commercial and residential real estate development, property management and construction firm. In business about 60 years, the PRC Group also develops student housing focused on “providing students the opportunity to experience life in a community setting,” according to the company website. Among PRC’s previous projects are Campus Town at The College of New Jersey near Trenton, student housing at The Peddie School in Hightstown and the redevelopment of University Place on New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) Jersey City campus.Following renovations at Squier Hall, built in 1935, the property will be leased to NJCU. Squier Hall, considered a prominent fort building that served as the first permanent Signal Corps laboratory there, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The purchaser will take “all necessary measures to ensure the National Register historic preservation covenants are observed,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, who added the authority has already made recommendations to the purchaser regarding façade designs.South of the Raritan River, the college’s coursework toward bachelor’s and master’s degree completion programs currently takes place at the Wall Higher Education Center – known as NJCU Monmouth – in partnership with Brookdale Community College. Plans are to relocate programs including nursing, national security studies and business to the fort location. The agreement allows for potential development of a residence hall and additional educational buildings to accommodate a student body estimated at up to 800 students.Opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School, NJCU was renamed New Jersey State Teachers College in 1935, and Jersey City State College in 1958. It’s current status and name change occurred in 1998.The agreement between FMERA and KKF University Enterprises makes it clear the satellite campus’s completion and opening could be at least three years away. Prior to closing, KKF must complete its due diligence and obtain all necessary approvals to develop the project. Accommodations for extensions to three planned construction phases – each to be completed within three years – are built into the agreement.Approximately 58 temporary construction jobs are anticipated, officials said, followed by a minimum of 70 permanent full and part-time jobs to be created within 48 months of closing. As per FMERA rules, the purchaser will incur a penalty of $1,500 for each permanent job not created. KKF will also be responsible for funding a new 2,200-foot sewer main along Sherrill Avenue.KKF University Enterprises was the sole bidder on the site when it was offered for sale in April 2016. Its proposal was evaluated and scored based on established criteria by a FMERA select committee and found to be compliant. The authority’s original master redevelopment plan called for the Squier Hall complex to be redeveloped for an educational, office or high-tech industry use.All prospective purchasers of fort parcels must adhere to FMERA’s established criteria or present a reasonable alternative supported by copious backup data. While most redeveloped fort parcels have adhered to FMERA’s plans, the authority has accepted “outside the box” proposals, as Steadman put it. An example is the coming redevelopment of six barracks buildings into an active arts community proposed by local businessman and art gallery owner Kenneth Schwartz.According to Dave Nuse, FMERA deputy executive director and director of real estate development, 74 percent of the available parcels at the 1,127-acre fort are sold, under contract, in negotiations or entering the process.“Several projects are ready to break this fall and winter,” Steadman said. “The next six to 12 months will be very exciting around here.”This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

UPDATE: 2013 Fat Tire Festival Results

first_imgThe 2013 Fat Tire Festival results are inKootenay Krawl 5 and under:  Rosco Dupont 6-8 year olds:  Lauren Bridge 9-13 year olds:  Oso Punchard “Grown-ups”:  Travis HauckLast Wheelie Standing DudeDouble Up Cross Country Race Sane 100+:  “Slow and Easy”  Brent and Rose Watkinson Sane Over/Under:  1st:  (no team name)  Chantal Dery and Yael Oosthuizen                             2nd:  “I’ll kill you if those are my socks”  Blair and Jordan Weston                             3rd:  “Dust Bunnies”  Jim Jamieson and Oso Punchard                             4th:  “Bunny Hop Fantastic”  Jeanie Dwyer, Neeva Marchal, Macy Weston Insane Open Mixed:  “Thunderqueen  and Wonderboy”  Maya Grosch and Dude Insane Open  Women:  “Hucks R Us”  Jessica DeMars and Doris Hausleitner Insane Open Men:  1st:  “NRG” Ronnie Haws and Mike Seniuk                             2nd:  “Falcon Fliers”  Mike Hood and Remi                             3rd:  “Pulled Pork”  Mark Weigeldt and Jeremy Major                             4th:  “Home Alone”  Dylan Henderson and Chris George                             5th:  “Jamaican Christmas”  Anthony Maley & Liam Maley                             6th:  “400 lbs of meat”  Charles Arnold and Mark Crowe                             7th:  “Cheetah Power”  Jackson Giroux (SOLO!) Insane Open 80+  Mixed:  1st:  “Peddle, Dang It!”  Sue and Kelly Robertson                                         2nd:  (no team name)  Candace English and Rudy                                         3rd:  “Sollidos”  Allison Lutz and Eric Sollid                                         4th:  “Diamond Duo” Con & Martine Diamond Insane 80+  Men:  1st:  “Whiskey”  Randy Lall and Graeme Marshall                             2nd:  “Yes We Can!”  Lucas Meyers and Joel McBurney                             3rd:  “Harold Street”  CP Walsh and Marc ThibaultKids X-C 2-3 Girls:  1st Nya, 2nd Katie, 3rd Ella 2-3 Boys:  1st Ronan, 2nd Hugo, 3rd Lee 4-5 Girls:  1st Gabi, 2nd Molly, 3rd Jersey 4 Boys:  1st Jace, 2nd Henry, 3rd Liam 5 boys:  1st Rosco, 2nd Marcus, 3rd Jordan 6-7 Girls:  1st Isla, 2nd Maya, 3rd Anouk 8 Girls:  1st tula, 2nd Sarah, 3rd Neeva/Imogen (tie) 6-7 Boys:  1st Kai, 2nd Jacob, 3rd Wyatt 8 Boys:  1st Dylan, 2nd , 3rd Xxavier 9-12 Girls:  1st Jordan, 1st Lauren 9-12 Boys:  1st Yael, 2nd Nate, 3rd TheoDownhill Under 13 Girls:    1st:  Neeva Marechal                           2nd:  Imogen Maley                           3rd:  Jordan Weston                           4th:  Macy Weston                           5th:  Angelica Ross                           6th:  Sarah Robertson Under 13 Boys:  1st:  Nate Atkins                          2nd:  Arlo Henderson                          3rd:  Sam Fisher                         4th:  Yael Oosthuizen                         5th:  Coda Punchard                         6th:  Seth Oosthuizen                         7th:  Wyatt Atkins 13-15 Boys:        1st:  Benoit Thibault                           2nd:  Joel Aubert 16-18 Boys:     1st:  Lewis Seagram                        2nd:  Sky Dunn Saavis                       3rd:  Conrad Wekwert                       4th:  Elijah Cogswell Open Women:  1st:  Jeannie Dwyer                         2nd:  Candace English                         3rd:  Kerry Greenley                         4th:  Oso Punchard Open Men:    1st:  Dilon Standidge                     2nd:  Alex Volokhov                     3rd:  Nigel                     4th:  Francois Everybody loves a Parade!The Fat Tire Festival 2013 kicked off in grand spirits Friday evening as cyclists took to the new Kootenay Co-op parking lot on Baker Street to participate in the annual parade through the downtown core.Cyclists from all ages groups bought out the two wheelers for the annual parade.The parade traditionall kicks off the Fat Tire Fest weekend.Saturday events were planned before the final races of the weekend, Sunday at the former Morning Mountain Ski Hill.last_img read more

Goema music goes classical

first_imgMac McKenzie is “a guardian of goema music and its greatest innovator to date, re-imaging the boundaries of this style”. (Image: Steve Gordon) The flyer of the Cape Town Goema Orchestra, advertising its 6 Cape Town-based composers. (Image: The Cape Town Goema Orchestra) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mac McKenzie Composer and conductor, Cape Town Goema Orchestra +27 21 637 3695 RELATED ARTICLES • Memorial honours Cape slaves • Music awards to recognise composers • South African music • Bringing music to the youthLucille Davie“If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, the clash of marching bands, the pizzazz of the Klopse, a driving primal beat and lots of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema, Goema, Goema!”So goes the description of goema music by www.profoundlysouthafrican.com, a goema music website. “Klopse” is originally a Dutch word, meaning “club” – now the expression “Kaapse Klopse” refers to the goema music troupes.Goema music is a distinctively Cape Town-based music, originating in the annual New Year’s minstrel carnival, a celebration of the end of slavery in the 1830s, and held for the past 100 years or so. Cape coloured minstrels dress up in multi-coloured trousers and jackets, paint their faces and march with their musical instruments through the city streets, in dozens of troupes, competing with each other. The banjo and guitar feature prominently in their music, with musicians playing classic Afrikaans folk songs such as Daar kom die Alabama, and Bobbejaan klim die berg, which probably had their roots in the melting pot of early slave cultures.Slaves were brought to the Cape in the mid-17th century from Mozambique, Zanzibar, Madagascar, India, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and Indonesia. They brought their varied languages and cultures, and their musical instruments and lively songs.A goema is a drum made from a small wooden wine barrel from which the lid and the base have been removed. An animal skin is stretched over one end of the barrel and the result is a portable, resonant drum. The word possibly originates from “ngoma”, a Swahili word for “drum” used by slaves to the Cape, particularly those from Zanzibar.Custodian of goema musicCapetonian Gerald Samuel “Mac” McKenzie is a custodian of goema music and bills himself as “a guardian of goema music and its greatest innovator to date, re-imagining the boundaries of this style”.In the past few years, 62-year-old McKenzie has taken the minstrel street music and turned it into orchestral music, teaching himself to write music along the way, in what he calls “symphonic goema”. He runs two orchestras – the Cape Town Goema Orchestra, and the Friendship Orchestra, based in Basel in Switzerland.The Cape Town orchestra is made up of around 22 musicians, playing a range of instruments, from violins and cellos, to trumpets, trombones, saxophones, flutes, a double bass and a mandolin.He composes for the orchestras, and conducts several concerts in Cape Town and Basel each year. He has presented three major works: Goema Symphony No 1, Table Bay Concerto, and South Atlantic Suite.“I will show them where goema music is going,” he says. And it’s going to launch a “global attack”, growing the orchestra in Europe, where, besides Switzerland, McKenzie wants to conduct in Holland, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.Music in his veinsMcKenzie hails from humble beginnings, growing up in the Cape Flats township, where he still lives. He says he was always composing music in his head, and when he finished school, he said to his father that he wanted to make music, to which his father said: “You must be mad.” So he trained as a draughtsman but eventually followed his heart.His father was a talented musician, and outside of working as a labourer his entire life, his played the banjo and coached the Cornwalls carnival troupe; and in “two years turned them around from being hopeless hobos and hookers to a tight musical unit”, according to www.music.org.za.“Music is in my veins,” says McKenzie, as he barp-barps a tune over the phone. He first performed professionally in the early 1970s, playing a range of styles and becoming a regular on the local jazz scene as a guitarist. In the mid-1980s he established a goema rock band, The Genuines, which drew “a crossover audience and broke new ground”. The band recorded four albums – Goema (1986), Mr Mac and the Genuines (1987), Nights with the Cape Gypsies (1989), and Chasing the Voodoo (1991), which he says achieved international success.McKenzie was the resident composer-performer at the District Six Museum in Cape Town in the late 1990s and recorded the album Namaqua. The Goema Captains of Cape Town in 2003. It featured what he calls “penthouse goema”, arrangements with a sophisticated and mellow jazz feel.Cape Town Goema OrchestraHe formed the Cape Town Goema Orchestra in 2010, and spends much of his time composing for it. He is also the director of the Cape Town Composers’ Workshop, an incubator for emerging Cape music composers, which aims to “promote and enhance the creation of musical works by Jazz composers from Cape Town, especially Athlone [a suburb of Cape Town]”.It also aims to further jazz performance in poorer communities, as well as train talent, uplifting and empowering young people from poorer communities.Compositions played in their November season included works by Capetonian Keenan Ahrends, the youngest of the composers. Mandla Mlangeni, Maxim Starcke and Serbian-born Ana Strugar return with new works for their third appearances in the orchestra, while Amos Levin makes his Goema Orchestra debut. McKenzie will play a piece entitled Cape Dance Variations.The orchestra produces an impressive six new original symphonic works each year.The workshop aims to “to elevate the profile of home-grown orchestral talents and foster a truly representative South African oeuvre”.“Approaching music with this fresh and bold premise, the Goema Orchestra prides itself on being a classical ensemble that grooves,” according to a press statement from the orchestra.The workshop organisers are planning to take a group of goema orchestra composers to Switzerland in early 2015, while McKenzie will do three concerts with the Swiss orchestra next year.McKenzie has featured in the award-winning documentary Mama Goema. Several of his albums are available at the African Music Store in Cape Town.last_img read more

ITF Claims Wage Theft on BlueScopeChartered Ship

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The International Transport Workers’ Federation said that its inspections in Australia’s Western Port and Port Kembla exposed a wage theft aboard a BlueScope-chartered foreign-flagged ship.Namely, ITF explained that an inspection of the Panama-registered vessel KEN EI in January, led to $38,384 in coastal wages being paid to the 20 Filipino seafarers crewing the ship.“Upon arriving in Western Port, the crew on the KEN EI immediately asked our inspector about claims for payment for two coastal voyages and requested that the ITF contact the shipowner as they had no correspondence or indication that they would be paid by either the shipowner or charterers BlueScope and Rio Tinto,” Dean Summers, ITF national coordinator, said.“Wage theft is one of the biggest problems in the global shipping industry. In December last year alone, ITF inspectors conducted 761 inspections and recovered almost $2 million in wages stolen from the world’s seafarers,” Summers added.In mid-January, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) informed that BHP and BlueScope Steel decided to remove the last two Australian-manned iron ore carriers from the country’s coastal and international trade.The decision, which would end 100 years of Australian shipping, would make nearly 80 Australian seafarers redundant, MUA earlier said.last_img read more

JAMAICA Bauxite on growth path says Minister Henry

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 15, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says Jamaica’s bauxite and alumina industry is on a growth path, driven by the reopening of the Alpart plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth, by Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) Limited.The company has proposed to invest some US$3 billion over a three-year period in the upgrading of the 1.65-million-tonnes-per-annum plant, which opened in June.This will expand production capacity to two million tonnes per annum by the end of 2020, the Minister said.   He was addressing a press conference held at the Ministry’s Maxfield Avenue offices in Kingston on Tuesday (November 14) to provide an update on projects under his portfolio.Other aspects of the investment by JISCO include construction of a new US$500 million, 230-megawatt (MW) liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant and a new aluminium foil/stainless steel plant; a new sheet plant; a new welding rod plant with other aluminium hydrate products.The project also includes redevelopment and expansion of Port Kaiser to accommodate mega ships, housing and support infrastructure for workers/investors as part of the special economic zones, and a greenhouse agricultural demonstration project to begin at the end of the second quarter of 2018.Meanwhile, the Mining Minister informed that in another few weeks, ground will be broken for the construction of a new 120MW LNG power plant at the Jamalco refinery in Clarendon.“This will improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and increase (the plant’s) profitability,” he said.He argued that the growth and development expected to come from the proposed investments in the alumina industry offer a unique opportunity to radically transform the economy of the south central section of the island and increase growth throughout the wider economy.“The forthcoming investments in the wider minerals sector, including metallic mineral exploration and the industrial minerals industry, will generate some 2,300 new direct and full-time jobs after the construction phase.   Additionally, over 22,000 new indirect jobs are to be created by the sector over the next three years. I am excited to see these come to fruition,” he said.Between 2014 and 2016, the mining and quarrying sector accounted for 50 per cent of the country’s domestic export earnings with the bauxite and alumina sub-sector responsible for 97 per cent of this amount.This averaged approximately US$663 million for that period. Only tourism generated more foreign earnings than this sector. Related Items:last_img read more