Joy Sports Transfer Daily: Thursday’s top 11 stories

first_imgThe new series from the team at 99.7FM, tracking the latest moves in the window. We call it the #JoySports Transfer Daily. Here, we summarize all the moves and rumours in a quick, easy to read format.The series started in July 1 and ends on August 31.When does the transfer window open?The Premier League season wrapped up on May 24 and there has been a slew of confirmed transfers since – including James Milner and Danny Ings to Liverpool and Memphis Depay’s move to Manchester United. But the window did not officially open until 12am on Wednesday 1 July 2015.Is that the same across Europe?No it is not. The transfer window dates for the major European leagues have yet to be finalised, but France, Germany, Spain and Italy’s tends to open at the beginning of June rather than July. This means players from those leagues can agree moves into England, but transfers will not be ratified until July 1. The Dutch summer transfer window tends to open in the second week of June.In today’s edition… Nothing concrete on Baba RahmanChelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are among a stellar list of clubs to have registered an interest in signing Baba Rahman (main picture) from the German side Augsburg, but they have been told the Ghana defender could cost up to €20m (£14m). Last week, Augsburg’s sporting director Stefan Reuter insisted they wanted to hold on to a player who still has four years of his contract remaining. “There is nothing concrete on our table with regard to Abdul Rahman Baba,” he told the German publication Kicker. “We are very happy to have him at our club, we are delighted he is playing for our club. We have been happy to hear him saying he feels great being with us.”Chicharito injury could complicate moveJavier Hernández (above) may see a move away from Old Trafford become complicated after suffering a broken collarbone while on international duty with Mexico. The 27-year-old collided with Honduras’s Brayan Beckeles shortly before half-time in Mexico’s warm-up friendly before the Gold Cup and could be for three to four weeks. The injury could complicate Hernández’s attempts to secure a move away from Old Trafford after a season out on loan with Real Madrid, who declined to take up an option to make the move permanent… Benitez makes first signing…Real Madrid have signed 24-year-old winger Lucas Vazquez from Espanyol just a year after selling him to the Catalan side.The right-sided forward impressed in his season away from the club, scoring four goals in 39 games in all competitions. Having brought Vazquez through their youth system, Real placed a buy-back option in the deal when they agreed to sell him last summer. Real have activated that option, meaning Vazquez is Rafa Benitez’s first official signing since being appointed as head coach……and wants Llorente at RealRafael Benitez reportedly wants to lure Juventus striker, Fernando Llorente, to Real Madrid. Los Blancos are still looking for a back-up striker for Karim Benzema and it seems the 30-year-old could be Benitez’s first signing…Adriano signs for Milan Striker Luiz Adriano (below), a former Shakhtar Donetsk man, has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the San Siro until 2020, according to the club. Adriano, who finished the 2014-15 Champions League campaign with nine goals, was reported to have an agreement in place to join Qatari-based club Al Ahli. But the Rossoneri have beaten them to the former Brazil international’s signature. The 28-year-old, who joined Shakhtar from Internacional in 2007, has won six Ukrainian Premier League titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the 2009 UEFA Cup during his time with the club……and they get Bacca for €30mSevilla striker, Carlos Bacca, is a Milan player. The Serie A side will pay the striker’s buy-out clause of €30million and reportedly sent a delegation to Colombia to oversee his medical… CLICK TO READ: Joy Sports analysis – what Milan can get from Bacca West Ham want to re-sign JenkoWest Ham co-chairman David Gold has confirmed the club is working hard to secure Carl Jenkinson’s return to Upton Park.The Arsenal right-back spent last season on loan with the Hammers and manager Slaven Bilic is hopeful of retaining his services for the new campaign. 23-year-old Jenkinson made 36 appearances for the Hammers last season and has been linked with various clubs this summer, including Southampton and Sunderland…Villa get a thirdLille midfielder Idrissa Gueye flew into Birmingham on Thursday morning with a view to tying up a £9million switch to Aston Villa.The 25-year-old Senegalese player jetted in to hold talks and undergo a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee on Wednesday. If the deal is completed, Gueye will become manager Tim Sherwood’s third summer signing following the arrivals of Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair from Manchester City, and Villa’s biggest outlay on a player since they signed striker Darren Bent from Sunderland for an initial £18million in January 2011…Sunderland want Belgian law student Sunderland are maintaining an interest in Zenit St Petesburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts, who has 35 caps for Belgium.The Wearside club have been tracking the Bruges-born 30-year-old as one of a series of potential targets, but they have not made an official bid for him yet. A former law student, Lombaerts has been at Zenit since 2007 and has made 240 appearances for the club…Porto confirm €35m Martinez deal with Atleti FC Porto have announced that Jackson Martinez will join Atletico Madrid after the La Liga side confirmed that they will pay his release clause of €35 million. The Colombian was the best striker in the Portuguese League for the last three seasons and will now try his luck in Spain…Rio suggests Schneiderlin is closeFormer Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Morgan Schneiderlin’s move to Old Trafford “looks like it’s going to be done”. United and Arsenal have appeared to be in a two-club battle to sign the 25-year-old Frenchman (above), but Ferdinand clearly thinks his former club are poised to come out on top. “£20-something million, it looks like it’s going to be done,” he says…– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more news from the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal: Costa, Gabriel clash as Blues muscle nine-man Arsenal

first_imgGabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla were both sent off for Arsenal as Chelsea clinched a 2-0 win over their Premier League rivals.Gabriel was dismissed after clashing with Chelsea striker Diego Costa while Cazorla received a second yellow late in the second half at Stamford Bridge.Kurt Zouma opened the scoring in the second half before the Blues wrapped up the match late on through Eden Hazard’s strike.Blues manager Jose Mourinho dropped captain John Terry to the bench and handed Branislav Ivanovic the armband, with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill preferred in the centre of defence.For Arsenal, Theo Walcott started up front ahead of Olivier Giroud after the France international was sent off in the 2-1 Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb.It was a tight first half as both sides were largely restricted to long-range efforts, with Theo Walcott drawing a comfortable save from goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after receiving Mesut Ozil’s pass. On 32 minutes, Chelsea came close to opening the scoring when Pedro received Cesc Fabregas’ defence-splitting pass only for former Blues shot-stopper Petr Cech to smother the ball.Just before half-time, Arsenal were reduced to 10 men. Diego Costa and Gabriel clashed with both players booked by referee Mike Dean, before the Arsenal defender was handed his marching orders for flicking his boot at the striker.Chelsea made their numerical advantage pay eight minutes into the second half as Kurt Zouma headed in from close range following Fabregas’ delivery from a free kick.Arsenal had a chance to level on the hour mark but Alexis Sanchez sliced his chance, before the task was put beyond Arsene Wenger’s team when Cazorla received a second yellow for a sliding tackle on Fabregas. And the three points were sealed by Chelsea when Hazard saw his shot deflect off defender Calum Chambers to leave Cech with no chance.–CLICK TO READ: Mourinho explains why Baba isn’t yet ready for BPL–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Don’t label Johnny Walker: Arizona State standout’s unique style grows college hockey in the desert

first_img (Courtesy of Arizona State athletics) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b5/7/johnny-walker-2-120618-ftrjpg_qxazhkg7x56h1kyskxwdtsvt0.jpg?t=-2055730201&w=500&quality=80 (Courtesy of Arizona State athletics) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c5/d/johnny-walker-3-120618-ftrjpg_1jtszzhq43tla1l1615ymc05k1.jpg?t=-2055730201&w=500&quality=80 (Photo courtesy of Arizona State athletics)Walker’s fun-loving persona is something he’s decided to embrace. He enjoys achieving his goals, no pun intended, so why not let that show?“I think that sometimes a lot of people can make (hockey) more serious than it should be,” Walker told Sporting News. “At the end of the day, you play the game to have fun and that’s why you started. Some people get caught up in playing to move to the next level. My goal was to play college hockey when I was younger. I finally made it and it’s time to have some fun with it. Every day I get to play is a little gravy on top, a little extra.”Walker’s enthusiasm for the game may not make him the most well-liked by the opposition, especially as he’s accumulated 65 penalty minutes in two seasons. It makes sense, then, that the NHL player who Walker models his game after is Brad Marchand, who has built a reputation as a love-him-or-hate-him talent for the Bruins.MORE: SN’s top 50 NHL prospects | 2018-19 farm system rankings“He is kind of an undersized guy that competes really hard and doesn’t back down to anyone and still finds a way to contribute offensively too,” Walker said about Marchand. “He is exactly what I try to be.”Tempe, Ariz., the home to Arizona State University roughly 10 miles outside Phoenix, goes against everything you think about hockey.Oceanside Ice Arena, the Sun Devils’ home arena, is ill-fitted considering there is no ocean in the state, let alone beside the venue (the name was actually given so as to fit with the West Coast theme of the businesses around the arena)..@Jwalks96 just Walk’n through the back door! 🚪🚶 pic.twitter.com/biARgFaRCD— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) October 13, 2018The entire premise of the sport revolves around ice, yet Phoenix is the warmest major U.S. city on average and sees snow once in a blue moon.So it might come as a surprise that the Sun Devils not only have an NCAA hockey team, but a very good one at that, with wins over traditional powers like Penn State, Michigan State and Harvard this season playing as an independent. ASU has a recruiting weapon at its disposal that is seldom found at other schools with Division I team: the very sunny, warm-weather climate that makes it an outlier in college hockey. Walker recognizes the luxury this provides and attributes it to why playing hockey in his home state is appealing. It especially gives a new perspective for Canadian kids who experienced plenty of snow growing up. Shortly after scoring the game-winning goal to defeat then-No. 6 Penn State, Johnny Walker dropped down to a sitting position onto the ice, a hockey pose uncharacteristic even for goal celebrations. Using his stick as a paddle, he pretended to row a boat.Not only did Walker give his Arizona State Sun Devils an upset victory over the Nittany Lions, but he offered up his submission for best goal celebration of the year. (Photo courtesy of Arizona State athletics)“You are not going to go anywhere else in the country, go to the rink in flip flops and then compete on Friday and Saturday night with top ten teams in the country,” Walker said.In the past, desert dwellers only had the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL — who play in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale — as a way of getting their hockey fix.The emergence of the Sun Devils in the NCAA landscape has given fans of the sport an alternative to the pros.When Walker was growing up in Arizona, college hockey was foreign to the area.MORE: The evolution of Auston Matthews“The only college hockey game I ever saw was when I went and played in a tournament in North Dakota, it was on TV,” Walker said. “Just for college hockey to be in the Valley and for kids to see more like a culture step than the Coyotes.”Perhaps his status as a homegrown star is why Walker has made an effort to give back to the Arizona hockey community and is revered when he shows up to his brother’s youth hockey games.“I know (Walker) has been doing a lot of community service with the local youth teams and he has got a little brother that plays on the junior Coyotes,” teammate Jacob Wilson said. “He is usually going out Sundays to watch his brother play, so I think that’s pretty cool of him to show his face around there. The kids know who he is.”High & inside…just like @jwalks96 likes it! 🎩🎩🎩 pic.twitter.com/c2q2y7I32N— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) October 28, 2018Arizona’s stock has been rising in the sport, and Walker seems to be the next big face in the state’s hockey scene, following the lead of Scottsdale native and two-time NHL All-Star Auston Matthews, the first selection in the 2016 draft. Walker and Matthews played on summer West Coast selects and other summer league teams together, offering a glimpse at hockey’s future in the state of Arizona from a young age.Part of the reason why ASU has had a successful season is its clubhouse culture, which Walker has actively contributed to. He keeps things loose and fun, but knows how to step up in a leadership role.“He’s not afraid to really call guys out and tell them we need more from them,” Wilson said. “He definitely helps us in the locker room.”Someone left the backdoor open for @jwalks96! 🚪 pic.twitter.com/GBivUcUBoL— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) October 28, 2018If anyone on the Sun Devils knows Walker as a person, it’s Wilson. The two roomed together as freshmen and chose to live together again. TOP 25 UNDER 25: Ranking the NHL’s best young starsKnow what else @jwalks96 is good at? Rowing a boat apparently… #SCTop10 #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/AwbbbT36mm— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) November 4, 2018The celebration was more than just Walker’s way of enjoying his winning goal. It was the embodiment of him as a player.The sophomore forward is more than just a piece of the winning puzzle for ASU hockey — which has been ranked as high as No. 16, according to USCHO.com. Walker, a Phoenix native, is becoming the face of a southwestern hockey program that some don’t even know exists. Arizona State is the only Pac-12 school with a Division I team, a geographic polar compared to college hockey hotbeds like Massachusetts and Minnesota, but Walker’s on-ice flair is helping to elevate the program on the national stage.He is popular among Arizona State’s fans and his teammates, known as someone who likes to have fun on the ice and rile up opponents before leaving them in the dust as he scores. That formula has proven especially successful this season for Walker, who holds a share of the NCAA goals lead and has been consistently among the nation’s top scorers. “He works hard on the ice and I enjoy having him as a roommate,” Wilson said. “He’s always fun and he’s always got something to say so it’s never a dull moment with Johnny Walker, that’s for sure.”Walker’s post-college plans are centered around playing in the NHL, following in the footsteps of Matthews and a select few other Phoenix residents in the professional ranks. However, just like his on-ice skillset, he’s versatile and wants to put the business law degree he plans to obtain from ASU to good use. Regardless of what he opts to do, hockey seems to be a big part of the future.“At some point I am going to have to get a real job, whether it is right out of college or if I’m lucky enough to play professional hockey for a little bit,” Walker said. “I think I would want to take it and be something on the sports agency side, whether it’s an agent or something related to hockey and stay in the sport as long as I can.”last_img read more

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ‘eligible to be Israeli citizen’

first_imgThe Russian-Jewish billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich, has flown to Tel Aviv after being found eligible for Israeli citizenship.Immigration officials told the BBC that he was interviewed last week at the Israeli embassy in Moscow. He has faced delays in renewing his UK visa.His spokesman would not comment on reports citizenship had been granted.Mr Abramovich, 51, would be the richest person in Israel.His UK investor visa reportedly expired some weeks ago but the British government has refused to comment on his individual case.The delay in issuing him a new one comes amid increased diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in southern England. Mr Abramovich did not attend the FA cup final at Wembley earlier this month when Chelsea beat Manchester United.Israeli media reports say he has been given an identity card in Israel under the Law of Return, which allows Jews to become citizens of Israel.The Times of Israel said the interior ministry had confirmed Mr Abramovich arrived in Israel on Monday and that he had emigrated to the country.He is a frequent visitor to Israel and bought a hotel in Tel Aviv in 2015 that reports say he has turned into a residence.Israel passport holders are allowed to enter Britain without a visa for short stays. Mr Abramovich is worth $11.5bn (£8.6bn), according to Forbes magazine. The move could pay off financially as new Israeli citizens are exempt from paying tax on foreign income for 10 years.Who is Abramovich?Mr Abramovich (right) has often been spotted at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground– One of Russia’s richest people, he bought Chelsea FC in 2003 – He reportedly sold dolls before making his fortune in oil in the 1990s after the collapse of the former Soviet Union – Mr Abramovich was a one-time business partner of the late tycoon Boris Berezovky, an associate of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin – Critics say the two businessmen used their Kremlin “family” ties to acquire key state companies for below market value– Mr Abramovich served as governor of Russia’s Chukotka region– He is believed to be close to current Russian President Vladimir Putinlast_img read more

Clippers hold on to beat Oklahoma City in opening-night nail-biter

first_img“Everybody has to do it,” Griffin said. “It’s part of being on a team. When it’s your time, you step up and make a play. J.J. did the same thing. It’s not something I want to shy away from.” The Thunder’s Serge Ibaka missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.Griffin led the Clippers (1-0) with 23 points, Paul scored 22 and Crawford had 16. Perry Jones led OKC (0-2) with 32 points and Serge Ibaka had 17.The Clippers trailed 28-22 after one quarter, but led 46-41 at halftime and 70-62 after three quarters. Afterward, Clippers coach Doc Rivers walked into the postgame news conference. He sat down and addressed reporters.“I don’t have a stat sheet. Don’t need one. It was pretty ugly, he said.Rivers knew his team did not do that well, the victory notwithstanding. He said he walked into the locker room and his players wore long faces.“And I said, ‘Guys, we won,’” Rivers said. “We didn’t play well. I think everybody who missed wide-open shots, we would like to get those same wide-open shots every night. And they didn’t go in. What I was proud of them for was they kept fighting defensively. I don’t know if we win this game last year, definitely not early in the season because our defense wasn’t ready. Tonight, we got stops when we needed to. We held them to 90 points and our offense just wasn’t working tonight.”Rivers talked about Jordan’s key block of Telfair’s shot.“That’s what he does,” Rivers said. “He’s just a great defensive player and he gets to places a lot of people can’t get to. He has quick hands and he’s moving his feet now. It’s something he really worked on this summer. He’s just a terrific guy to have on the team and down the stretch of games, you love having him … because you know if there is a play to be made, he’s probably going to make it.”The Clippers, who play the Lakers on Friday night, shot 39.1 percent from the field, 23.3 (7 of 30) from 3-point range. OKC shot 43.1 percent overall, 28.6 (6 of 21) from beyond the arc. OKC outrebounded Los Angeles 47-33.Alas, the Clippers won and that’s what Paul cared most about.“This was the first game of the season so there were a lot of jitters,” he said. “We were talking in the third quarter about this being one of those scary games. The other team can make a few shots and be back in the game. And that’s what happened.“At the end of the day it is a win, and we’ll take it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Spencer Hawes was not with the Clippers last season, so he could not have known exactly how they might have felt when they blew Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal series at Oklahoma City, then lost the series in Game 6.But Hawes, a 7-foot-1 post player who signed with the Clippers during the offseason, spent all of training camp with his new team. He therefore now knows how difficult that loss to the Thunder was to take, so he expected Thursday night’s game against OKC would carry more weight than most season openers.“Absolutely,” he said at the morning shootaround. “I think any time you go out to a team, especially when you feel like you’re that close, you have a little extra something coming into it the next year. … I definitely sense a little bit of that.”The Thunder were missing reigning MVP Kevin Durant (fractured foot) and their other star — guard Russell Westbrook — who played just eight minutes because he fractured a finger on his right hand. The Clippers still had a hard time shaking the Thunder. They eventually did, coming away with a 93-90 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center. center_img OKC was also without guard Reggie Jackson, who is out with an ankle injury.The Clippers had a 10-point lead at 84-74 with 6:03 to play. But when Sebastian Telfair hit a 3-pointer with 1:44 to play, the Thunder were within 89-88. Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick (twice) then missed jump shots the next four times down the floor. The Clippers stole the ball from the Thunder’s Steven Adams, but Chris Paul missed both free throws after being fouled with 13.8 seconds to play. OKC called timeout, but Telfair had his shot blocked by DeAndre Jordan. Griffin was then fouled and made two free throws for a 91-88 lead with 5.8 seconds left.The Thunder called another timeout, but Crawford did not give them a chance for a 3-point basket, fouling Nick Collison immediately. Collison made both free throws, but then Redick made two of his own with 2.8 seconds left. Griffin liked that he and Redick came through at the line, where the Clippers shot 18 of 25 for 72 percent.last_img read more

Jack Haley, former UCLA and Lakers center, dies at 51

first_img“Member of Bulls 95-96 team of ages,” tweeted former Bull coach Phil Jackson, the first to publicly report the news of Haley’s death. “RIP.”Former Chicago teammate Scottie Pippen also expressed his condolences on Twitter: “Very sorry to hear my old teammate, Jack Haley, has passed away. Great guy who I stayed in touch with over the years. RIP.”Haley also became known as somewhat of a caretaker for the enigmatic Dennis Rodman, although he disliked the label.“This year, I specifically go out of my way not to speak to the press when they ask, ‘Hey, can we talk to Dennis?’ or ‘Can you get an interview with Dennis?’” he told the Chicago Tribune in 1996. “That’s not my job. Call Dennis Rodman, don’t ask me.”Jack’s father, Jack Haley Sr., a world class surfer who won the first U.S. Open of Surfing in 1959 at Huntington Beach, opened the popular Captain Jack’s restaurant in Sunset Beach in 1965. The restaurant is still owned by the family.Haley played at UCLA for three seasons (1984-85 to 1986-87) and won a college championship as part of UCLA’s 1985 NIT title squad, which was honored at Pauley Pavilion in January. He was drafted by Chicago in the fourth round of the 1987 NBA Draft with the 79th overall pick.After his playing career ended in 1998, Haley was an assistant in New Jersey and worked as a broadcaster on pregame shows for the Lakers on Fox Sports Net and Prime Ticket.“Jack Haley, who played for me and was an assistant when I was coaching with the Nets, passed away too young,” tweeted John Calipari, now the head coach at Kentucky.Haley and his wife, Stacey, had two sons, Jack — a walk-on guard at UCLA in 2010 — and Jeff. Former UCLA and Lakers center Jack Haley, who parlayed his size into a nine-year NBA career, died Monday at the age of 51.A statement released by the family through the Lakers said Haley died as a result of heart disease. The Orange County Coroner Division of the Orange County Sheriff’s website said Haley, of Seal Beach, died at Los Alamitos Medical Center.“It is with great sadness that the Haley family announces the passing of our beloved father, son, and brother,” the Haley family said in the statement. “Our hearts are broken by this sudden, unexpected loss. Jack was honored and grateful for the opportunity to play in the NBA for nine years, alongside world-class athletes with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets. He cherished every moment and gave 100% whether on or off the court. And more than anything, Jack dearly loved his family. We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers from around the country.”• PHOTOS: Former UCLA and Lakers center Jack Haley dies at 51 Born in Long Beach and an alumnus of Huntington Beach High, the 6-foot-10 big man had a decade-long professional career in the United States and abroad, bouncing everywhere from the Chicago Bulls to the Los Angeles Lakers to AEK Athens to the LaCrosse Bobcats of the Continental Basketball Association.In the NBA, he played for four teams, spending two stints with the Bulls and the New Jersey Nets as well as two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.In his lone season with the Lakers in 1991-92, he scored 76 points and grabbed 95 rebounds in 49 appearances.“Jack was a hard worker and always very professional,” Lakers general manger Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “He was proud to wear the Lakers uniform, and he was always a credit to our organization and the Lakers family. Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this time.”Haley was a part of the Bulls’ 1995-96 NBA title run, although he famously missed all but seven minutes of the season due to tendinitis in his left knee. He subbed in during Chicago’s final regular-season game against Washington, and ended up with five points.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oceanport Looks To Move Forward On New Municipal Complex

first_imgBy John BurtonOCEANPORT – The mayor and Borough Council want the public to weigh in on what appears to be the preferred plan for a future borough hall and complete municipal complex at a former Fort Monmouth location.The governing body has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Blackberry Bay Pavilion, 440 Port Au Peck Ave. The purpose of the public hearing is to allow the public to offer opinions and ask questions about the proposal for Oceanport to purchase a former Fort Monmouth structure to eventually serve as the community/senior center.That plan calls for purchasing the 918 Murphy Dr. building, located in the Oceanport section of the fort property.The public hearing is a requirement under the Monmouth County Open Space Program, which could award the borough $250,000 toward the purchase of the building.The public meeting will be an initial opportunity for borough officials to lay out one of the long-discussed plans under consideration for a new municipal complex, Mayor John “Jay” Coffey told The Two River Times this week.“We’re very excited about the potential of relocating our entire facility there,” using former fort buildings, Coffey said.According to the mayor, he and the council do plan to conduct a couple of town hall-style forums in the near future to fully outline what Coffey said is the leading scenario for establishing the community’s permanent municipal complex.“I think we’re almost ready to start the public dialogue, the most important part of the process,” Coffey said.The plan would be for Oceanport to acquire a number of now vacant structures and approximately 13.25 acres located on the Oceanport property of the former fort, and renovate and upgrade them to accommodate borough police, Department of Public Works (which has been using a fort site), the community center, public library, municipal court and all other municipal departments and offices in about 40,000 square feet of building space.“They were government buildings before and they can be government buildings going forward,” Coffey said.The former fort property is under the control of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, or FMERA, a state authority coming under the auspices of the state Economic Development Authority. The borough would have to acquire the property from that state entity and Coffey said officials would search out available grants to help should they move forward with this plan. Oceanport is also expecting approximately $5.3 million in financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to replace the former borough hall damaged by Super Storm Sandy four years ago. Coffey said local officials are currently negotiating with state representatives over the price.While other proposals are still under consideration, such as rebuilding on the former borough hall property, the mayor is supportive of this plan, believing it is the most efficient and cost effective way to establish a new facility without the price tag of constructing a new one.“When you look at the structures,” he said, “building new as opposed to retrofitting or remodeling, from a financial standpoint, I don’t know how anybody could opt for the new building option.”To build a new all-encompassing municipal complex could be up to four times as much, according to Coffey. “It would be great to have a brand new place, with all the bells and whistles,” he noted, “but there’s a cost attached with all those bells and whistles.”An engineering study in February 2014 determined the former borough hall, 222 Monmouth Blvd., has sustained more substantial structural damage from Sandy in October 2012 than had been previously thought. So much damage that continued use of the 50-plus-year-old structure was deemed a safety risk.Officials had relocated government offices to the borough-owned Old Wharf House, 316 East Main St., a tight fit for the offices in the building that had been used as the senior center. Police had operated out of a trailer and municipal court has been using Shrewsbury Borough’s facility. The public library has been using the former community center on Iroquois Avenue.Since then an ad hoc committee convened by former mayor Michael Mahon and the council has been studying the options.The U.S. Department of Defense shuttered the approximately 90-year-old Fort Monmouth military and research and development facility in 2011. Since closing, federal, state, county and local officials have been working on redeveloping the 1,126 acres made up of property from Oceanport, Eatontown and Tinton Falls for the economic betterment of the area.last_img read more

Vaclik: “The infection in Spain grows incredibly fast”

first_imgFrom the confinement at his home in Seville, where he spends time with his family and with the training sessions that the Nervión club has prepared for him, the Czech Tomas Vaclik acts as an impromptu correspondent for the Czech Republic and recounts the difficult situation of the sport and life in general, which Spain lives because of the coronavirus. “In Spain, an emergency has been declared. People are only allowed to go to work and return home, or to go shopping and return. Many things are canceled and that is because it is the second country with the most cases in Europe, after Italy “, affirms the website of his country Isport.“Sevilla footballers were ordered to quarantine at home, but not because no one on the team is infected, but so that the virus does not spread further. They have given us training plans and it is important to stick to them, “says Vaclik.” No one knows how long the confinement will last. It is planned to meet again to train on March 23, but we will see if this happens, if the situation calms down or not, how it evolves. But I watch the news and the infection rate grows incredibly fast. “ LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 16, 2020 Vaclik believes that the positive in coronavirus of Madrid player Trey Thompkins was essential for everything to stop: “Soccer began to be affected last week, on Monday, when it was decided that it would be played behind closed doors. The same thing happened with the European match against Roma, but then, perhaps due to pressure from the players’ associations, it was decided to suspend everything. I think the case of Real Madrid, when a basketball player fell ill and the soccer team was quarantined, accelerated everything. “The goal is also committed to the suspension of the Euro Cup: “I am curious to see where that is going. UEFA will decide this Tuesday and I think postponing the tournament is the only correct decision. There are many trips for players and fans and I think that will play an important role in postponing the championship. Now it is necessary to resolve this extremely serious situation in the world and sports or soccer have to be in the background or in the background. “Vaclik says that his life has not changed much, except for training, “because we are usually at home. My wife is no longer pregnant, so we are not worried although these situations always worry the family. We try to have the least contact with the world outside and we usually spend free time in the garden. If we need something, we have it just across the road. But it is being harder for the boys who are from other places, because the club has prohibited them from traveling, so they have to stay here. “last_img read more

Juanpi Añor: “I would have no problem lowering my salary”

first_imgJuanpi Añor has an exorbitant file for the reality that is lived in the Second Division. His contract is around two million euros, a figure completely unattainable for the entity’s coffers. Next season the club will have to undertake a tremendous economic readjustment if it wants to be entered in the competition and Juanpi Añor does not fit in those parameters. The footballer says he is ready to reach out to the club and lower his profile in exchange for an extension of his contract, which expires in 2021. Still, the deal looks very complicated.“I said it earlier in the season. He would have no problem renewing, making a drop in salary for the benefit of the club. I have always been for the work. I am the first aware of the situation. We are going to wait for the League to finish and I will surely have conversations with the club to see where we can go. Obviously, you have to see how everything happens, how the League ends, what they offer, not only at an economic level but also at a sports levelWhat are you going to plan for next season… There are many things that I am not considering right now, this is not the time ”, he explained in the microphones of the TO BE.Juanpi also referred to his new role within the team after the change of coach. The red wine has once again been an important piece for Malaga. It has become indisputable since Sergio Pellicer assumed command on the bench. “His arrival gave me back the confidence, continuity and minutes that a player needs to regain his level. At the beginning of the season he also spoke about the benefit of the presence of the previous coaching staff (that of Víctor Sánchez del Amo), although it is true that I was losing it ”, he stated.These last seasons have not been good at all for Juanpi Añor, who explains his irregularity in this way: “Many of the problems I have had were in my head. In bad times, when I wasn’t used to going through those moments, they affected me. I worked on that and let’s say I’m a little more passive with myself now. I am not as critical as before. I was a long time and I am still working with a sports ‘coaching’, that of the Venezuela team. Your help made me realize many things and helped me overcome bad times. If I don’t give my level, I am aware that the eyes and the spotlights are going to be on me. It is very clear. And the hobby has manifested itself in the way it believes is correct. Before, I took it one way and now I take it another way. ” The playmaker does not hide that the locker room has received with relief the new reality that the club lives. The arrival of the judicial administrator in La Rosaleda has significantly reduced noise and completely normalized the day-to-day of the entity. “The latest news from the club just before the break was very positive. The arrival of Pellicer gave us the tranquility of not thinking about other things than football. Before there were meetings and talks in excess, something that was not the most correct and that we did not correspond to us. We could do absolutely nothing with what was happening with the club. Y Pellicer gave that peace of mind, also thanks to the judicial administration. Shaheen? I am not going to criticize any ex-worker of the club, but it is true that the club takes a long time that internally things were not being done in the best way. Now we are starting to see something different and positive for us players and for all fans of Malaga. I hope the best for the club, for the people and for us. Whoever is, do their best to benefit the club, the players and the people, ”he argued.Regarding the coronavirus crisis and the options to return to competition, Juanpi is clear: “I would not like to play behind closed doors, but I see it as very logical. The most sensible thing is to finish the leagues behind closed doors. We have to wait, see how long we are going to be like this and what the solutions of the League and the clubs are going to be. ”last_img read more

No-confidence vote certified, will not be reviewed – Clerk of House

first_img…needing 34 votes to secure passage defies logic – Ram Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs has confirmed the validity of the Opposition-sponsored No-confidence Motion, having told Guyana Times on Thursday that he has certified the vote. In fact, Isaacs also made it clear that he will not be conducting a review of the decision.“Not me, period, that is not my duty,” the Clerk outlined. “Once approved, the motion becomes a resolution and I’m required to send the resolution to the mover of the motion among other persons which is what I did,” Isaacs told this news entity.Later on, the Clerk of the National Assembly issued a letter responding to accusations he said Charrandas made against him, saying Isaacs stopped the vote during the division of the No-confidence Motion after the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Member of Parliament said “yes”.Noting that he has always performed his duties with professionalism and impartiality, Isaacs said he actually paused “due to the uproar” after the now expelled AFC member’s vote.“Mr Charrandas Persaud may be a lawyer but Parliamentary Practice may evade him. Parliamentary Practice has taught me that when there is disruption in the House during a division, the Clerk must stop taking the division. I therefore had no option but to stop and to ensure that the vote of the member was correctly taken,” Isaacs clarified.Much of Guyana was left stunned but the dust is now settling over last week’s shock passage of the no-confidence vote against the coalition Administration which came via Alliance For Change (AFC) member Charrandas Persaud deflecting to the Opposition. Some observers are questioning the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified, which cleared the path for elections to be held in three months’ time.Outspoken political commentator Christopher Ram is at a loss as to why last Friday’s vote is being questioned, alluding that 33 out of 65 constitute a majority.“What is a majority? A majority is the greater number or the greater part so if you’re saying 34 is the majority then what are saying that we have 66 members in the National Assembly or do you take away their seats? It defies logic and it defies law,” Ram opined.However, Attorney Nigel Hughes, an AFC member told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number would be 33 as there is no half member.He therefore suggested that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) needed 34 to secure majority. Ram however sees it differently, having expressed his hope that the polls, due by March 19, 2019, will not be stalled.“Mr Nigel Hughes is reading words in the Constitution that are not there. The Constitution certainly does not say that; it says a majority… I am hoping that [the comments] are for academic excitement and not intended to stall any process or to create and sow confusion – that is my concern,” Ram posited.In keeping with the Guyana Bar Association’s recent endorsement of the validity of the no-confidence vote, Ram said it must “absolutely” be accepted. In fact, the Kamal Ramkarran-headed Association said on Wednesday that to suggest that the recently passed No-confidence Motion was not validly passed is erroneous, disclosing that “the results and consequences of the motion be accepted and that urgent preparations for elections by the Elections Commission be started,” in keeping with Article 106(6) of the Constitution.Government is said to be seeking legal advice on the matter but calls to senior Cabinet ministers on Thursday were unanswered. Attempts were made to contact Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Government Chief Whip and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams.Nevertheless, on Thursday evening, through the Director of Public Information, Imran Khan, the Government in a release stated that Cabinet met and would have received a report from the Special Legal Sub-Committee on the matter with regard to the no-confidence motion.“The Chairman of the Sub-Committee, Attorney General Basil Williams SC, updated Cabinet on the matter and presented a number of recommendations. Cabinet discussed various options and took certain decisions on the way forward,” the release added.In addition, the coalition Government via the release assures its supporters and the public that it will pursue all available options and act in the best interest of all Guyanese.Persaud who became a parliamentarian following the May 2015 elections said he was dissatisfied with AFC MPs being ‘yes men’. The Berbician had resigned from the party in September 2013 but would later face the media and indicate that his resignation was nonexistent.The lawyer said his vote was one of conscience since he was tired of towing party lines. He left the country Saturday morning after saying that was threatened both online and by one of his colleagues in the National Assembly.A total of 10 MPs had debated the motion and when a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 in favour of the motion versus Government’s 32 votes against the motion. Government was previously confident that it would have won the vote. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more