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Fort Facilities Director Retires


first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – Richard “Rick” Harrison, an Oceanport man who has played an important role in the revitalization of Fort Monmouth following its closure in 2005 has announced his retirement from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA).Director of Facilities Planning Harrison, admired as a history buff and expert on the 100-year legacy of the fort, has represented FMERA over the years with a variety of agencies, bidders, governmental officials, law enforcement authorities, and contractors who had business on the 1,127-acre property spanning Eatontown, Oceanport, and Tinton Falls.He reported on the status of fort parcels at each monthly FMERA meeting and undertook the massive effort involved with inventorying and preparing items left behind by the U.S. Army for auction.“The residents of Tinton Falls owe you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid,” said Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald TurningHarrison was also lauded for his work with military veterans and families involved with the fort. Stated Col. John Occhipinti, the Army’s Site Manager, “On behalf of the Pentagon and myself, you have been an extreme professional in what has been a difficult mission, with grace and in a superb manner, always treating the Army side with respect.”“Rick has been outstanding in developing relationships and as our historian,” said FMERA Chairman James V. Gorman. “He is devoted and tireless. He forged strong and long-lasting working relationships through his integrity and strength of character. We wouldn’t be where we are today without his persistence and determination.”“I’ve been humbled by this whole experience and the people I’ve been able to work with, especially the folks at Monmouth County Public Works and the municipalities; they are the unsung heroes,” Harrison said in accepting a proclamation from the county recognizing his accomplishments. “I am humbled by the awesomeness of Fort Monmouth. We are making great progress toward redevelopment.” Harrison was also presented with a rare Garrison coin.Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, said the position of Facilities Director has been advertised both internally and externally. “We received resumes from many people with very good qualifications and have completed several interviews,” Steadman said. “We hope to make an announcement soon.”This article was first published in the August 10-17, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


Valarivan betters world record score, bags twin gold in KSS shooting


first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) ISSF Junior World Cup gold medalist Elavenil Valarivan bettered world record score to clinch gold medals in both 10m air rifle senior and junior categories at the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship here today. Gujrat’s Valarivan bettered Chinese Ruozhu Zhaos world record of 252.4 en route to her twin medals at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. While Valarivan shot 253 and bettered the Chineses record, the feat wont go down in the history books as ISSF, the world governing body for the sport, only considers tournaments held at a world or continental level. Indias teen prodigy Mehuli Ghosh could only finish with 251.7 and had to eventually settle for silver while another Manini Kaushik from Rajasthan bagged the bronze with 230.9 in the senior category. Valarivan shined in the junior category as well with a score of 252.3 to annex her second gold. West Bengals Mehuli stayed on track to continue her medal rush as she bagged the silver with 251.1 whereas Shreya Agarwal from Madhya Pradesh too continued her medal winning spree and claimed a spot on the podium with a score of 229.7. In the youth category, Yana Rathore of Madhya Pradesh bagged gold with 249.6 while Himachal Pradeshs Zeena Khitta grabbed the second spot with 248.5. Haryanas Nischal Singh finished third with a score of 225.1. The selection trail 5 was held simultaneously with the KSS Memorial Shooting Championship which saw Valarivan top the charts with a qualification score of 632.2 while Mehuli scored 629.7 and Manini took the third spot with 629.1. These points will be considered while the Asian Games and World Championships selections take place. PTI SSC SSCSSCadvertisementlast_img read more


Meet the new head of Torontos Inside Out film festival


center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter In July, Andria Wilson and her girlfriend Jules Hobin packed their two cats into a U-Haul and left Halifax to start a new life in Toronto.“I just decided to go all in,” she said in an interview this week at a coffee shop on Richmond St.Her gamble paid off. Following a year-long international search, Inside Out announced Thursday that Wilson is the LGBT film festival’s new executive director. Inside Out is the third largest film festival in Toronto (following TIFF and Hot Docs) and Canada’s largest LGBT film festival. Facebooklast_img


Degree of preparedness


first_imgAs India gears up to safeguard its eastern coast against cyclone Fani, prevention is the reason to prioritise any step in the wake of the approaching cyclonic storm. Prior warning issued by India Meteorological Department puts Odisha on high alert as the storm will approach its coast in a matter of hours, and there is a strong likelihood of the storm to approach the adjoining districts of north-central Andhra Pradesh on May 03. IMD predicts heavy to very heavy rainfall in few places over the coast of Odisha and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on May 03 and 04 while West Bengal will see light to moderate rainfall in most places and heavy rainfall in isolated places near the coast. This information comes well in time as it can allow adequate safety measures to be put in place. Fishermen are advised against venturing out in the southwest Bay of Bengal at this time. Indian Naval ships at Visakhapatnam and Chennai are put on standby should they need to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid distress relief work, evacuation, logistic support, and for providing necessary medical aid. The Eastern command of the Navy has thus assumed a high degree of readiness to render requisite assistance. The Bay of Bengal is the birthplace for regional cyclones due to high temperatures, humidity, rainfall, sluggish winds, and a combination of other geographical reasons. Fani is the first tropical cyclone of this season that has developed in this hotbed. As far as natural disasters go, most of them have been precipitated for anthropogenic reasons. Floods happen because of haphazard urbanisation, clouds burst because capitalist development happens with utter disregard for the environment, earthquakes are also not the most inclement of calamities. It is not the geographical process of a sudden violent change brought by nature but the destruction that it causes that makes considering disasters valid. Cyclones cannot be attributed to anthropogenic reasons but cloud seeding is an effective method of mitigating the disastrous impact of a cyclone. Disaster preparedness essentially is a measure of what one can do to avert or mitigate a disaster, not how well rehabilitation happens after disaster strikes.last_img read more


Tyrann Mathieu Drug Arrest A Strong Wakeup Call


Tyrann Mathieu, the former LSU star cornerback, says his arrest for possession of marijuana in October was a strong wake-up call about his future.“Sitting in that jail cell, it clicked,” Mathieu told ESPN’s Joe Schad this week. “Looking at those people, just staring at me. ‘You don’t belong in here.’ They wanted to come through the jail cell and get me. I’m scared now. Because it’s reality now. I don’t ever want to feel like this again. I’m not going to feel like this again.”Mathieu was arrested along with three other former LSU football players, including former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Before his arrest, Mathieu was dismissed from the team by Tigers coach Les Miles in August for a failed drug test.Mathieu, who was a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, said he became heavily dependent on marijuana after the Tigers 21-0 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in last year’s BCS championship game.Playing the Crimson Tide in his hometown of New Orleans was a little too much for Mathieu to handle.“And it really took me out of my preparation for the game,” Mathieu said. “I didn’t give up a touchdown, but I gave up four or five passes. Passes when I knew they were going to run that route. I mean, I knew they were going to run that route. But I didn’t prepare myself. I was worried about everything outside the game.”But Mathieu admits that if he could re-live that BCS championship period, he would handle things differently. He says that he would have remained in his hotel room and turned off his cell phone.When Mathieu received the news that he had been kicked off the team, he was crushed.“Devastating,” the emotional Mathieu said. “It’s all I had. Football. And to think back on it … for the BCS game, I abused myself.”Mathieu admits that Miles and Tigers head trainer Shelly Mullenix did everything possible to help kick his addiction to marijuana, but he ended up failing them and the school.“I had to accept the responsibility that I was never going to play for LSU again,” Mathieu said. “The only school that believed in me. And I didn’t even believe in them. I felt I was a loyalty person. Looking back, I didn’t know anything about loyalty. I could talk it, but you know, walking it, was a whole different thing. And when you realize you’re not loyal, that’s what hurts the most. When you realize you lied to people, that’s what hurts the most.”Marijuana provided an escape for Mathieu when it came to problems on and off the field.“I’d tell the world I abused myself though marijuana,” Mathieu said. “I abused myself through marijuana. Was I addicted to it? Maybe. Did I form a habit of it? Yes.”After Mathieu was forced to deal with the consequences of drug abuse, he re-enrolled at LSU and paid for his education. People close to Mathieu advised him to transfer and play lower-division football, but he did not.Mathieu is adamant that he has given up marijuana by going to rehab and counseling. He says he has removed the negative influences from his inner circle.He has declared for the 2013 NFL draft and has been training in south Florida with Patrick Peterson, Sr., the father of his former Tiger teammate and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.With difficult questions looming at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, Mathieu understands that he must be on his best behavior.“I know my mistakes throw red flags up. But I want people to trust me. When I get back on that field, I don’t want to get off. I don’t ever want to leave this game again.” read more


George Foreman Challenges Steven Seagal to 10Round Fight


Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former heavyweight champion George Foreman has challenged big-screen tough guy Steven Seagal to a real-life fight.The 68-year-old Foreman posted a picture of the 65-year-old Seagal on Twitter on Monday, writing: “I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas.”When fans asked Foreman on Twitter why he wanted to fight Seagal, Foreman replied that the martial artist “really can fight” and is big enough to defend himself. Foreman first won the heavyweight title in 1973 and again in 1994.Seagal made headlines last week for saying that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem were a “joke” and an “outrage.”A representative for Seagal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the star didn’t want to comment on Foreman’s offer. read more


How To Find The Best Soccer Matches Of The Week


On any given week during peak soccer season, FiveThirtyEight offers projections for dozens of club soccer matches across the globe. The sheer volume of matches taking place this time of year can be paralyzing. With that in mind, we’ve added a feature to our club soccer predictions that rates upcoming matches on their quality and importance. You can use this page to pick a few good ones to be sure not to miss.This week’s biggest match — rated an overall 96 out of 100 — is today’s Champions League round of 16 first leg between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. This is a bit of a no-brainer — it features Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo leading the second- and third-best teams in the world against each other in a high-stakes clash. But there are some other good matches to watch: Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta — two of the best eight remaining teams in the Europa League — play each other on Thursday in the round of 32. If we dig deeper, Empoli and Parma — two teams fighting for promotion and the league title at the top of a very tight Italian Serie B — play each other Saturday. And Manchester United plays Chelsea on Feb. 25 in the Premier League in what is a pivotal match for Champions League qualification. Here’s how we calculate our match ratings:Quality is simply a measure of how good the teams are. Specifically, it’s the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Soccer Power Index ratings. (We’re using the harmonic mean instead of merely averaging the two ratings because in lopsided matches it limits the impact of very high or low ratings, resulting in a more balanced number.) Because every team has an SPI rating between 0 and 100, our match quality stat also ranges from 0 to 100.Importance is a measure of how much the outcome of the match will affect our forecast for how likely the two teams are to win the league, or be relegated or promoted, among other things. To calculate it, we generate probabilities conditional on each team winning the match and then find the difference between those two possible numbers.We consider different factors depending on which league the match is being played in. For some leagues, our forecasts cover winning the league and qualifying for the Champions League, for example.We take a weighted average of the change in each applicable factor and scale the result to between 0 and 100. All leagues are treated equally when calculating importance, so a match to decide the winner of the Swedish Allsvenskan would rate just as high as a match to decide the winner of the English Premier League.The overall match rating is just the average of quality and importance.Visit our club soccer predictions to explore the ratings of all the upcoming matches yourself. read more


Croatia name 24man squad for World Cup


first_imgCroatia has announced a 24-man squad for next month’s World Cup in Russia with head coach Zlatko Dalic confirming that one of the defenders will be removed from the final listThe likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic respectively will be leading the charge for Croatia this summer, who will be hoping to do better than their group exit from four years ago in Brazil.“I didn’t have many dilemmas … I firmly believe in these players,” said Dalic, as reported on The Statesman.“One of the stoppers will be removed from the list.”The 24 players will gather in Zagreb this weekend and will face former world champions Brazil in a friendly on June 3 at Anfield with another match against Senegal five days later in Osijek.“I wanted strong matches to see our situation, to correct some things,” continued Dalic.“These two matches will give us a real picture,”Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…Croatia 24-man World Cup squad:Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco/FRA), Lovre Kalinic (Gent/BEL), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas/TUR), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria/ITA), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool/ENG), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Kiev/UKR), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Matej Mitrovic (Club Brugge/BEL), Duje Caleta-Car (Salzburg/AUT)Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid/ESP), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona/ESP), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid/ESP), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina/ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan/ITA), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus/ITA), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan/ITA), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan/ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim/GER), Marko Pjaca (Schalke/GER), Ante Rebic (Eintracht/GER).Croatia has been drawn in Group D for this summer’s World Cup alongside Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland.last_img read more