Solution For Tree Ordinance Dispute Suggested

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – The Bor­ough Council seems to be making its way to another round on the future of a long-argued tree preservation ordinance.Borough Councilman Robert Marchese initiated a conversation during the council meeting Monday, May 14, and offered an amended version of the ordinance that has been the source of debate for more than a year.As Marchese explained it, the proposal would change the existing ordinance and allow property owners to get tree removal permits for certain types of trees with a certain diameter without having to appear before the planning board.“It would essentially be the same,” as the existing ordinance, Marchese said, “but now it would be done administratively.”The change would put the ordinance under the purview of code enforcement and property maintenance, rather than its current designation as a planning and zoning ordinance.If the council adopts the proposal, property owners would have to apply for a permit and have it evaluated by the local code enforcement officer and borough’s arborist.Property owners would appear before the planning or zoning board for approval only if the property was part of an application for development.Property owners would continue to be able to go to the council if their applications are denied.As it currently stands, the boards grant applications to remove trees and determine what trees need to be planted to replace them.The existing ordinance has been on the books for about five years. It was enacted to preserve especially mature full-grown specimen trees and to prevent clear-cutting of properties, which had occurred in the past.The ordinance became the source of much volleying among the council members more than a year ago when a developer appeared before the governing body to appeal the planning board’s denial of an application to remove 12 trees from a Poplar Avenue property.The council was divided; some members said preservation was for the public good and others thought the law went too far.Marchese was very vocal in his opposition to the ordinance during those debates. He called his new propsal “an improvement over what we currently have.”“We understand there are deficiencies in our tree ordinance,” Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli said Tuesday. “I think this is a first step,” to remedy those concerns.The proposal is only in the discussion stage, The borough council is reviewing the language, Borough Attorney Salvatore Alfieri said.Officials may look at other municipalities’ laws as a model for the borough ordinance, Lucarelli said.last_img read more

Mount Sentinel off to provincials once again, make 26th straight appearance after bouncing Crowe and Stanley Humphries at zone finals

first_imgIn 1985, Microsoft Corporation released the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0; compact Discs are introduced to American Consumers and the Mount Sentinel Wildcats won the West Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Volleyball zone.Twenty-six years later, technology has changed but the same school is being represented at the Provincial AA Volleyball championships.The Wildcats booked its 26 consecutive trip to the provincials by defeating Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks and the Rockers of Stanley Humphries during the zone finals Wednesday at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium.The Cats posted straight set wins over both teams.Mount Sentinel enters the tournament, set for two weeks time at UBC Okanagan gymnasium in Kelowna, up a few rungs on the ranking ladder after posting wins over Kimberley’s Selkirk Storm and Prince Charles Comets of Creston during the recent Mount Baker Tournament in Cranbrook.Selkirk is ranked 12th while the Comets are locked in tenth spot.“Mt Sentinel has now moved up in the rankings and is playing some of their best volleyball of the year heading into to the Provincials,” said head coach Glen Campbell.Leading the Cats is senior striker Zach Grigg.The Grade 12 player won the Spike Competition in Cranbrook and has been recruited heavily by colleges and universities.Grigg has been recognized at one of the top five high school players in B.C.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

All set for 50th Ja Open Golf Champs

first_imgPrize money totalling US$100,000 will be up for grabs at the 50th Jamaica Open Golf Championship which tees off with a pro-am event at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay, St James, next Wednesday.The pro-am event will give local amateurs the benefit of playing with professional golfers ahead of the main tournament, a 54-hole stroke-play event set to get under way next Thursday.Among the top golfers who will be seeking the US19,000 top prize is Jamaica-born Johnny Bloomfield, a three-time winner. Other top contenders will include Americans Tom Gillis and Gene Jones. Gillis has played in several PGA and Nationwide Tours, winning his first title at the 2009 Nationwide Tour Players Cup.Jones, who became a professional way back in 1975 currently plays on the Champions Tour, which he joined after reaching age 50 in 2007.Three other Jamaicans – Wesley Brown, Al Robinson and Peter Horrobin – will be hunting a share of the main prize. Brown, who began playing as youngster at Runaway Bay and later at Sandals Golf and Country Club, has had some success on the Florida circuit.GOOD SHOWPeter Chin, the Jamaica Golf Association president, expects a good show from the Jamaicans and the rest of the golfers.”We expect exciting golf. We have a very good field of professionals and amateurs and we expect some high-level golf,” he underlined in an interview at yesterday’s media launch held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Chin called hosting this year’s event “tremendous for the golfing community”.The Jamaica Open Championship is returning after a four-year break and tournament director David Mais said: “This is the rebirth of the event.” He added that getting corporate sponsorship has been one of the main challenges.Event sponsors are the Tourism Enhancement Fund, with support from the Sports Development Foundation, Supreme Ventures, TVJ, Half Moon, NCB Capital Markets Limited, Spanish Court Hotel, Pure National Ice and Juici Montego Bay.Director of Golf at Half Moon Spencer Edwards said his organisation is proud to partner with the Jamaica Golf Association for the 50th staging.”The Jamaica Open is an opportunity to put Jamaica on the map,” Edwards outlined.last_img read more

Berbice Expo and Trade Fair kicks off

first_imgThe Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce last evening official kicked off the Berbice Expo and Trade FairGMC booth at the Berbice Expoat the Albion Sports Complex, Corentyne under the theme “Promoting entrepreneurship for a diversified economy”.This year marks twelve years since the expo has been in existence and saw participation by corporate Guyana, several Government Ministries and small business operators. Given the current world trends where countries are being forced to adopt to economic and climatic changes to thrive, the theme which embodies the need to diversify and develop entrepreneurial skill was well suited and mirrored in the remarks of the various speakers.The Exposition is the single largest event in the region and allows for both large and small businesses to gain from sales and promotions.During his opening remarks, Secretary of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce, Bhigroog, expressed his satisfaction and gratification with the Chamber’s efforts in successfully organising another such event.Bhigroog made a call on Guyanese to seek new avenues by diversificating their produce when dealing with the rice and the sugar industries. “We have to explore new ways to keep rice and sugar alive.” he added.Agriculturally, the region is probably Guyana’s largest producing regions given that most of its agricultural activities are rice, sugar, fishing and cash crop based. For 2015, the region produced quarter of the national production for rice and just over quarter of the national production for fish.Many business operate in fishing, but the major strength lies in agriculture. Appeals were also made for persons to practice Climate Smart agriculture. Guyana has the potential to supply fruits and vegetables to its sister Caricom countries on a large scale basis and the Agriculture Ministry through the Guyana Marketing Corporation has been working tirelessly with farmers to ensure that the best possible markets are tapped into. This, however, can only be achieved through smart and planned agricultural practices.Also speaking at the opening ceremony was Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin said that Government will continue to work with persons to formulate commodities to uplift the economy which will involve a diversification program to reduce import and advance export. “Even as El Nino posed great challenges for the region, Guyana is still expected to see a four percent growth in the economy,” Minister GaskinThe remaining days of the expo will see patrons getting a chance to visit booths set up by the Ministry of Agriculture. They will be given the opportunity to see the various products and the services they offer while having the opportunity to clear up issues with extension officers. The Berbice Expo and Trade Fair continue until Monday.last_img read more


first_imgRolihlahla became NelsonFor a teacher whose tongue perhapsCould not master the twists and curvesOf Rolihlahla and nowNelson is for posterity.Born into royaltyHe lived not royallyBecause patriotic impatienceGave him an unsavory tool which lookedImpressive for change… momentarily…And number 46664 became a destiny.But not the final destinyFor Providence had a plan,Twenty-seven (27) years of…Reflection…Evaluation…Resolution… then…Implementation sawPhysical force substitutedFor moral strengthAnd Madiba went from fighterTo prisoner to President-ReconcilerIn the process, emergedA burnished patriot,World premier citizen…Thus an enviable legacy was sealed at his exit…An ex con becameAn iconShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

18 UP Bomi Executives Resign

first_imgEighteen executive committee members of the Unity Party (UP) Bomi County branch, including the county chairman, have resigned from the Party.The resignations of all of the senior members of Bomi County’s UP branch indicates that the Party has lost its ‘spiritual home’ – the ‘motherland’ of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, which is also known as the heart and soul of the Party.In a letter to UP Chairman Sen. Varney G. Sherman dated October 26 the defectors said their resignations were due to dissatisfaction “over the ill manner the Party has treated Bomi County.”They said for over 10 years, they have found themselves defending the failed policies of Unity Party to citizens and the opposition with promises that Bomi County would rise again under the Party’s leadership.“The slogan ‘you do me, I do you’ remains the epitome of our deception to Bomi. Ten years have gone and we and the opposition have seen nothing, but economic regression in poverty and a silent government to our plight,” the letter said.“Campaign promises are unfulfilled to the extent that we have become the mockery of other counties that are progressing. When we joined UP and campaigned for the leadership of this country, we did so believing that our party was the most qualified to bring development to our county.“Ten years on, we now join the opposition to believe that this conviction of ours is false. Our county remains as backward as it was ten years ago,” the letter continued.“As a result of the foregoing and several other reasons that we refrain to cite here, we have chosen this moment to discontinue our membership with the Unity Party. Please let this communication as our official resignation from the Unity Party.”Those who affixed their signatures to the letter include: Richard B. Devine, County Chairman; Maima B. Free County Chairlady; Miatta A. Monger, County Treasurer; Edwin B.G. Kpingba, County Chaplain; and Morris B. Sayou County Mobilization Chairman, among others (See full list below).Amid speculation that the former 18 UP Bomi County executive members are to join the Liberian People’s Democratic Party (LPDP), Mr. Devine said they are still searching for a better party.“I wish that since we resigned together we should also join another party together, and in numbers, for the mutual benefit of Bomi County,” Mr. Devine said.However, when our reporter interviewed Mr. Devine at the LPDP’s headquarters in Airfield, Sinkor, he clarified that the office is his business office and that the LPDP is renting from him.“I have not decided which party I would join and I don’t know about LPDP,” Mr. Devine said.It may be recalled that Speaker Tyler and scores of legislators have resigned from the Unity Party (UP). Among them are Sen. Oscar Cooper and Representatives Blamo Weseh, Moses Kollie and Morias Waylee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man says lack of employment led him to traffic ganja

first_imgSenior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday sentenced a Kitty, Georgetown resident to three years’ imprisonment and fined him $30,000 after he admitted to a charge of cannabis possession.Navindra Harichorin of Lot 7B Owen Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was charged jointly with Martin Ishmael of Foulis, East Coast Demerara. Harichorin admitted to the offence while Ishmael denied the charges when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.The charge stated that on March 20, 2019, at a house located in Kitty, Georgetown, they had in their possession 140.13 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. Prosecutor Sanj Singh revealed that the narcotics were found in a bedroom concealed in a drawer in the presence of both defendants.According to the prosecutor, both men were taken into custody where Harichorin gave a caution statement and admitted to the offence. He admitted that the cannabis belonged to him and that he usually sells it as his means of income.“Officer, the weed is my own. I buy it to sell so I could buy food to eat because I looking fuh wuk but I ain’t finding nun,” he admitted in his statement the court was told. On Friday, Harichorin was jailed for three years and fined $30,000 by Magistrate Daly.Ismael, on the other hand, was refused bail after Prosecutor Singh objected to bail being granted, citing the fact that no special reasons were given. That case will continue on April 26, 2019.last_img read more

RCMP arrest one suspect after Sunday morning gunshots

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP have arrested one male after shots were fired early Sunday morning on 109 avenue.Shortly after 12 a.m. Monday, the RCMP arrested a male who they believe fired a handgun at a black Dodge pickup truck from a silver Monte Carlo. The 22 year-old male is from Fort St. John.The driver of the Dodge truck was not injured and was able to flee the scene. Both the victim and the suspect know each other.- Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP are still looking for a second suspect that is believed to have been involved in the incident and was also riding in the Monte Carlo.If you have any information that could help identify the second suspect, contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Hazard spells World Cup danger for France

first_imgTwo years later Hazard made his professional debut in Ligue 1 and went on to become French football’s brightest talent, twice winning the league’s player of the year prize and leading Lille to a Ligue 1 and Cup double in 2010-11.When a big-money move inevitably came, it was Chelsea who won the race in 2012 with a £32 million ($43 million) capture that now seems like a bargain.In six seasons in England, Hazard has won two more league titles and won plenty of admirers. But some doubt whether he has the desire to back up his immense talent and challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best player.So far in Russia, Hazard looks like a man on a mission to ensure Belgium’s so-called golden generation live up to their billing by bringing home the World Cup for the first time in the country’s history.Handed the armband by Roberto Martinez despite Vincent Kompany’s return from injury, the Spaniard has drawn out Hazard’s leadership qualities.“I think Eden is in a great moment of his career,” Martinez said before the tournament. “Look at his age, he is the captain, in terms of leadership — he never finds it difficult to show for the ball.”– Leading by example –Fighting back: Eden Hazard (left) and Marouane Fellaini celebrate coming from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the World Cup last 16 © AFP / Jack GUEZHazard’s willingness and ability to carry the ball under pressure, jinking past helpless defenders, was in evidence as Belgium claimed their greatest-ever World Cup scalp by beating Brazil in the quarter-finals.With his side clinging onto a 2-1 lead, Hazard repeatedly carried the ball forward in the dying minutes, drawing fouls to offer the Belgian backline some respite.His leadership was also in evidence with a man-of-the-match performance, including a wonderful assist for Marouane Fellaini’s equaliser, as the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2 in the last 16.In outshining Brazil’s Neymar in the last eight, Hazard may have put himself in the shop window.At 27, he has not hidden his ambition to finally make an impact on the Champions League, which Chelsea missed out on after a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season.Long linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, a move to Spain looks more realistic this summer than at any time of his Chelsea career, with Madrid president Florentino Perez often influenced by outstanding World Cup performances and Ronaldo looking set to exit the Santiago Bernabeu.Even if a move to Madrid does materialise, Hazard will be denied a self-confessed dream of working under another French influence on his formation as a player, Zinedine Zidane.As a child, Hazard used to study videos of the man who led France to the World Cup in 1998 — and stepped down as Real boss in May, to hone and copy his skills.Twenty years on, he’s just two games away from matching Zidane’s feat.To do so, though, he must prevent France’s own talented crop of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann from following in Zidane’s footsteps in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On a mission: Eden Hazard has captained Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals © AFP / SAEED KHANSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 9 – Eden Hazard is one of the French academy system’s finest exports in the past decade but he could be the man to end Didier Deschamps’s bid for World Cup glory.Born to two footballing parents in the Belgian municipality of Braine-le-Comte, Hazard’s reputation spread across the border and saw him snapped up by Lille at the age of just 14.last_img read more

Chelsea readied for Barca test as Willian leads rout of Hull

first_imgBut they still had too much quality for the Championship strugglers as two great strikes from Willian added to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud’s first for Chelsea put the hosts 4-0 up by half-time.Conte made seven changes in all from the side that beat West Brom 3-0 on Monday to ease the mounting pressure on his job after damaging defeats by Bournemouth and Watford.Once again the Chelsea support showed their backing for the former Juventus boss, but more challenging tests lie ahead in their bid for Champions League glory, and a place back in the competition next year via the top four of the Premier League should they fall short.Barca’s visit to the Bridge on Tuesday is followed by consecutive trips to Manchester United and Manchester City on league duty before the return leg at the Camp Nou on March 14.“We lost two games at the end of a busy period. Now we have the right confidence again,” said Conte.“But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong – Barcelona, United and City. We are ready.”Willian did no harm to his case to start against the Catalans with a stunning all-round display capped by his two goals.“For sure, his performance was impressive,” added Conte.“I hope to see always this type of performance because, when Willy plays in this way, it is a great joy for me, the team, the club and our fans.”The Brazilian opened the scoring after just two minutes as he jinked inside onto his weaker left foot but still produced a fine curling shot into the far corner.– Relieved Giroud –A former Barca duo combined for the second as Cesc Fabregas’s lofted pass freed Pedro in behind the Hull defence to slot past David Marshall.Willian showed he is capable of scoring from range off either foot as his low drive cushioned the post on its way past Marhsall moments later for his 10th goal of the season.Giroud then cut a relieved figure when he tucked home debutant Emerson Palmieri’s low cross to round off a first 45 minutes to forget for the visitors.“I was waiting for it,” said Giroud. “It was important for me to score my first goal. It’s relieved me a little bit.”Hull had the chance to salvage some pride early in the second-half when Fabregas tripped Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson inside the area.But a dire night for Nigel Adkins’ men was complete when Willy Caballero saved David Meyler’s penalty.And Willian was inches away from the hat-trick his display deserved when another long-range effort came back off the post two minutes from time.Leicester joined Chelsea in the last eight as Riyad Mahrez provided the spark for the Foxes on his return to the starting line-up.The Algerian’s only appearance in Leicester’s previous three outings came as a late substitute in a 5-1 drubbing at Manchester City last weekend following his self-imposed exile from training after Leicester rejected City’s advances for the winger last month.However, he showed why the runaway Premier League leaders were interested with the teasing cross for Jamie Vardy to head home the only goal in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two of the best: Willian celebrates scoring his second goal as Chelsea beat Hull 4-0 in the FA Cup © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 17 – Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are ready for a season-defining few weeks after Willian starred with two goals to blow away Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday.Just four days before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, Conte named a much-changed side with Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard not even included in the Italian’s squad.last_img read more