Thank you to the community

first_imgBARBARA HOJNOWSKICommunity Cancer Support Group To the Editor:The Community Cancer Support Group would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who came together to make our toy and gift drive a success this year. For bringing the true spirit of the holidays to these children and their families we thank Tom Coughlin and the entire staff of BCB Community Bank. We are grateful for your continued support. To the men who are the foundation of this drive, Rocco Paolino, Tom Murphy, John McGovern, Buddy Klimkowski and Sean Murphy, thank you for all of your hard work. To Damion Andrisano, my Santa and our elf Barbara Andrisano, thank you for your time and compassion.For their most generous donations we thank Pat Russo, Mary Ellen Quinn, Ed Rutkowski and Penny Bardet. Thank you to Arnold Valentino, who organized more than 30 musicians who performed a fantastic night of music and collected toys at Buttero’s for us in an “All for One For All” event. To Dan Ward, who asked all who came to help him celebrate his birthday to bring gifts for our drive thank you! To Linda Klimkowski, President of the Community Cancer Support Group, none of this is possible without you and the hundreds of things that you do to ensure this is a success year after year.To the countless people who at a day’s notice came and wrapped and made packages as we received the lists and took time from their busy schedules, we especially thank Linda Kocha, Teresa Caposella, Lance Caposella and Jonathan Ramos.Special thanks go out to all of the financial institutions and their staffs that year after year support and help us get what we need to the hospitals: Bank of America, Garden State Community Bank and Provident Bank, a huge Thank you! Thanks go out to Barbara DeBenedictis and the Peer Group of School #14 and Linda Klimkowski and the staff and students at Midtown Community School. For our wonderful donation of gifts we thank Linda Kocha, Barbara Kubert, Catherine and Dana Hojnowski we are amazed by your generosity. Thanks to Peter Amadeo who coordinates the adult party and helpers, Johnathan Ramos, Ashley Ciupa, Teresa Caposello, Lance Caposello, Karen, Gene and Maegan Duran, Cindy and Jennifer Gallagher. Thank you to City Hall and The Public Library for their collection also. To Nancy Aleman and the staff at Bayonne Medical Center thank you. To everyone who saw our need and made a donation, thank you!From the families and staffs at Hackensack University Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert-Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s University Hospital as well as the children who go to two daycare centers or take part in the special preschool programs in our community we thank you all for your little acts of love and kindness and wish you a happy and healthy New Year.last_img read more

Harry Maguire’s charge nullified after an appeal

first_imgManchester United has confirmed that Harry Maguire has appealed the charges brought against him in Greece.The England international filed an appeal against his conviction for assault and attempted bribery following a brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos.It was reported that the Manchester United captain had been arrested by police officials after being involved in a fight with other tourists.In subsequent events, the lawyer of the centre-back argued that the group acted out of self-defence after Maguire’s sister was injected by Albanian tourists.The 28-year-old was found guilty by a Greek court for aggravated assault, attempted bribery and violence against public officials.A Manchester United statement read: “An appeal against yesterday’s verdict was lodged this morning by Harry’s legal team. In accordance with the Greek judicial process, the filing of an appeal extinguishes the initial court verdict and nullifies the conviction.“The appeal has been accepted and will lead to a full retrial in a more senior court. This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty.“Accordingly, he is not subject to any international travel restrictions.”last_img read more

Raiders vs. Chargers: What to watch for in Week 5

first_imgThe Raiders, despite a treacherous 0-3 start, have a chance to climb out of last place in the AFC West with a win against the Chargers on Sunday.Last time the Raiders visited StubHub Center, they lost by 20 and fired their head coach in the bowels of the stadium shortly after the game.Safe to say Jon Gruden is hoping for better fortunes this time around.Let’s have a look at three things you’ll want to watch for when the Raiders and Chargers square up for a 1:05 p.m. kickoff on Sunday in …last_img read more

State medical scheme makes strides

first_img26 October 2009Since its launch in January 2006, South Africa’s Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has grown its membership base to more than 400 000 principal members, and now provides healthcare cover to over a million beneficiaries.Speaking in Durban this week, Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi pointed out that over 50% of Gems members were previously unable to access their employer subsidies for medical schemes.“This means that in excess of 500 000 of these individuals did not previously enjoy medical scheme cover, and that they now do,” he told delegates at the 2009 Gems Symposium.“What makes these facts and figures so remarkable is that the impressive growth to date was achieved in a recessionary climate.”Ensuring a healthy workforceBaloyi said Gems had managed a myriad of healthcare challenges effectively, and ensured a healthy workforce that could participate productively in South Africa’s economy.“In so doing, the many successes and considerable growth of Gems is having a powerful knock-on effect in the South African public service and on the overall economy of our country.“Gems’ success as a medical scheme serve as positive proof that the government as an employer can indeed make an indelible mark,” Baloyi said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Africa most vulnerable to climate change

first_imgMichael O’Brien-Onyeka, executive director Greenpeace Africa, referred to a 2005 report entitled Africa – Up in Smoke? (Image: Rudo Mungoshi)• Ayanda RojiGeneral manager: corporate research & knowledge managementJohannesburg City Parks & Zoo+27 11 712 [email protected] DavieAfrica is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and climate variability, says Michael O’Brien-Onyeka, the executive director of Greenpeace Africa.He was speaking at a Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo public dialogue entitled “The nature and opportunities of preserving urban green spaces in Africa”, last week, and was quoting from a 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report titled Africa – up in smoke?The statistics are staggering: 14 African countries are subject to water stress or water scarcity, and 11 more countries will join them in the next 25 years. Africa experienced a 2.8 times decrease in water availability between 1970 and 1995, a period of just 25 years. This will mean that land areas may warm by as much as 1.6°C over the Sahara and the semi-arid regions of southern Africa by 2050. This will be exacerbated by a projected rainfall decline of 10% by 2050 in southern Africa and parts of the Horn of Africa. And, global warming will cause sea levels to rise about 25cm by 2050, with tidal warming and storm surges on the west and east coasts of the continent.Despite these alarming statistics, O’Brien-Onyeka does not think Africa will go up in smoke. But he cautioned: “Climate change is a real and present danger to Africa,” adding that Africa had the second largest rain forest in the world in the Congo Basin. But this was balanced by the fact that one rugby field of forest was destroyed around the world every minute.“We had a concept of conservation when we were growing up – we wouldn’t pick unripe fruit off a tree, but we have lost that, we need to go back to a natural state,” he said.He outlined other concerns: Africa was experiencing a 3.5% urbanisation rate, with 60% of the population now in urban centres, and some 65% of the population 25 years or younger. “By 2050, we will overtake China as the greatest contributor to global workforce. By 2040, Africa’s population will be 1.9 billion. We need to make urban areas more appealing. It is a challenge but a huge opportunity.”Range of solutionsThere is a range of solutions, starting with the need to press the reset button, and “produce better, share better, live better”. We need to develop and implement climate change resilience plans to reduce emissions and cool temperature through changes to the built environment. This means that we need to integrate urban green planning with urban planning, which needs to be based on a green economy.Ultimately, we need to plan cities differently. High density settlement structures need to be developed in urban nodes to safeguard valuable farmlands and woodlands. River corridors need to be kept free from development, and urban agriculture needs to be recognised and encouraged. “We need to make a conscious effort to reduce CO2 emissions and use green transport and renewable energy,” O’Brien-Onyeka said at the discussion.And, importantly for South Africa in particular, “we need to see informal settlements as an integral part of city development”.O’Brien-Onyeka advocates a policy of one rooftop, one garden, with multiple purposes: to provide food security, to soften the hard surfaces of a city, and to regulate temperature. The City of Johannesburg has created several rooftop gardens in the inner city, and has plans to plant 6 000 fruit trees this year.Destructive properties of citiesCecilia Njenga, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), stressed the destructive properties of cities, pointing out that they occupied 3% of land surface yet produced 50% of global waste and 60% to 80% of global greenhouse gases, while consuming 75% of natural resources.But at the same time, cities can be drivers of change at a local and global level. She referred to the South African Cities Network. It shares innovations and solutions to city problems, including climate change problems, between nine major cities across five provinces. “An integrated approach to resource efficiency optimises resource use,” she said, and explained that improved infrastructure achieved greater resource efficiency, and that taking action was cost-efficient in the long run.Njenga referred to the Billion Tree Campaign, inspired by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya, who started the Green Belt Movement in 1977. Since then, more than 51 million trees have been planted in Kenya. Over 30 000 women have been trained in forestry, food processing and bee-keeping, to help them to be self-sufficient while conserving the environment. In 1989, the Green Belt Movement was instrumental in fighting business associates of then president Daniel Arap Moi, who wanted to build a 60-storey office park in the middle of the 12.9 hectare Uhuru Park in the centre of Nairobi.The Billion Tree Campaign was launched in 2006 by the UNEP as a response to the challenges of global warming. Its initial target was to plant one billion trees in 2007. A year later the target was shifted to seven billion trees, and by September of that year the goal had been reached. By December 2011, more than 12 billion trees had been planted.Beyond human understandingCollins Adjei Mensah, a teacher and researcher in town planning, urban governance, and sustainable urban development, who is based at the University of Birmingham and the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, said: “In Africa our green environment depletion is beyond human understanding.” The per capita green space in some African cities is below 1m², when it should be 9m². He spoke of the perfect city environment being one in which green space was incorporated.Those spaces are parks, road sides, botanical gardens, outdoor play parks and recreational gardens. He emphasised the need to plant trees and cited examples of where this had actively been done. In 2010, 62 500 trees were planted in Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal. In the same year, 500 000 trees were planted in Lagos, in Nigeria; 2 800 in Maputo, in Mozambique; 30 000 in Mombasa, in Kenya; and one million in Morocco.“Some African cities have beautiful tree canopies – Johannesburg is doing very well with nice tree canopies.” The city has over 10 million trees, and in the past few years 200 000 trees have been planted in Soweto, in Joburg’s south-west.Mensah also outlined the challenges on green spaces in Africa: the pressure of urbanisation was huge, with a high rate of urban sprawl and informal settlements, and with it, the massive destruction of urban trees. For instance, in Abuja, in Nigeria, green vegetation had dropped from 21% to 12.9%. He cited several sprawling suburbs in other cities: Kibera, in Nairobi and Katutura, in Windhoek.Planning regulationsHe also spoke of insufficient operation and enforcement of urban planning regulations – a chronic example was that the 1945 and 1948 planning acts were still in operation in Ghana and Malawi, respectively. “There is an over-reliance on old master plans and a lack of political will to develop controls.” In addition, there were institutional inefficiencies and poor maintenance of urban parks and other green spaces. Ghana’s Kumasi was an example of this inefficiency. At one time considered the garden city of west Africa, with urban sprawl and rezoning, it now had no park at all. Scattered open spaces in Harare in Zimbabwe were now used to grow crops.Other challenges are socio-economic and political issues. With poverty comes an over-reliance on the natural environment to support people’s lives. “There is also a lack of priority of green spaces in the development agenda, as well as unco-operative attitudes of local people, who indiscriminately destroy the green spaces by dumping garbage in them,” Mensah said.Wars have also taken their toll on green lungs. The Akagera National Park in Rwanda, for example, has lost 70% of its land through wars. To combat these ravages, Mensah suggests that countries develop a green space strategy. This would need stable financial support with regular maintenance that evaluates the state of the green spaces. It will also need collaborative governance, with citizens playing an active role.“Let’s join hands together to preserve urban green spaces to benefit both current and future generations,” he concluded.Urban planningThe High Commissioner of Kenya, Patrick Wamoto, suggested that there needed to be more emphasis on urban planning, and more citizen involvement in keeping urban spaces green. “The benefits would be better urban air quality, increased property values, employment in parks and quiet streets, which will promote cohesion and quality of life,” he said.Advocate Zwelethu Madasa, the secretary-general of the Pan African Parliament, brought the dialogue to a close by saying that given alternatives, people would not degrade the environment. “The continent is united on how to deal with climate change. There is a clear united African awareness.”last_img read more

World Cup 2011: Bookies expect India to stem Aussie tide

first_imgThe stage is set at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Thursday for the mother of all cricketing battles.Perhaps the most closelycontested rivalry of the 2000s will be back in its full glory, this time with a berth in the World Cup semi-finals at stake, when India take on Australia here.Bookmakers across the world certainly seem to think that India have a distinct advantage, as even a cursory look at the odds would reveal. While British bookmaker Ladbrokes has given India short odds of 8/ 13, the odds in favour of Australia are longer at 5/ 4. Another UK- based bookmaker, Bet365 , is giving odds of 4/ 6 to India and 6/ 5 to Australia, while even Australian bookies Sportingbet Australia are favouring India with 1.70 as against 2.15.Click here to EnlargeEven as odds-on favourites, India will have their task cut out in defeating the four- time world champions, whom they haven’t beaten in the quadrennial mega event since 1987. In the build- up to the knock- out phase, both teams have had their share of problems, and the emphasis will undoubtedly be on addressing these issues in the win- or- go- home situation. But the deafening roar of the Motera crowd firmly behind the home side and the spin- friendly nature of the wicket might just be the reason why the bookies are favouring India so heavily.The wicket, as is the norm at this venue, is expected to be tilted heavily in the favour of the batsmen, with only a little bit of turn available for the spinners later in the day. India will certainly be hoping to have first use of the pitch, since chasing a score against Australia’s threepronged pace attack could be the tougher task.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe one major question- mark for India is the continued uncertainty over Virender Sehwag’s fitness. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni indicated in his pre- match press conference that the opener was not 100 per cent fit. ” We will take a call either after the day’s training or probably tomorrow before the match,” Dhoni said on Wednesday.Sehwag missed India’s last league encounter against the West Indies due to an allergic reaction around his knee but practised on Wednesday.However, one man who will take the field will be the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, as will Ricky Ponting for Australia, pitting the two greatest batsmen of their generation against each other possibly for the last time at the grandest stage of them all.Yusuf Pathan is probably the only doubtful starter among Indian batsmen, given his string of failures in the group matches, but is likely to retain his place ahead of Suresh Raina for his power- hitting.Neither side has been able to dominate its opponents despite being in positions of strength so far, with India suffering from three batting collapses and the expected bowling and fielding woes.The Indian pace attack has relied completely on Zaheer Khan and the management would think twice before tinkering with the two pacers- and- two spinners combination.After all, in the last match against the West Indies, Ravichandran Ashwin justified calls of his inclusion into the XI with a tight spell of wicket- to- wicket bowling.The lanky spinner bowled his first eight overs on the trot until the 16th, indicating that Dhoni has his man ready for the powerplays, especially considering how much the Aussies have struggled early on against spin.Captain Ponting’s seemingly unending run of poor form with the bat is what must be giving them sleepless nights. Shane Watson and Michael Hussey will shoulder the majority of the burden in the top and middle- order, but someone like Michael Clarke, a good player of spin with a great record in India, can never be discounted.The biggest worry for Australia will be their back- up bowlers.Spinners Jason Krejza and Steve Smith haven’t had much impact on any opposition so far, and they may opt to bring in David Hussey for the out- of- form Cameron White, since he gives them an extra slow bowling option.last_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich face German competition for Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich face German competition for Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich face competition for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.Kicker says a third German club have joined the chase for Chelsea forward Hudson-Odoi.RB Leipzig are next in line to try and take the 18-year-old off Chelsea’s hands.Bayern Munich are said to have already had a £20m big turned down.Leipzig are now keen but must also battle Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund for the young England prospect. last_img read more

9 months ago​Nottingham Forest appoint O’Neill; Keane could join as no.2

first_img​Nottingham Forest appoint O’Neill; Keane could join as no.2by Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest have turned to an old boy in the hopes of rediscovering past glories.Martin O’Neill, who played for them for ten years under Brian Clough, is their new manager.The former Celtic and Republic of Ireland boss will take over immediately after Aitor Karanka departed.Forest are 9th in the Championship table as it stands.They are four points off the last playoff spot, which is currently held by Derby County.It is possible that Roy Keane will join O’Neill at Forest as assistant manager once again, according to the Mirror. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Florida Public Safety Trolls Florida State With Pokemon-Inspired Jameis Winston Crab Legs Joke

first_imgA closeup of Jameis winston calling an audible.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 06: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles calls an audible against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on December 6, 2014 in Greenville, North Carolina. Florida State won 37-35. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)It has been over two years since former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was caught shoplifting crab legs at a Publix Deli in Florida, but the shelf life on the jokes stemming from that incident is still ongoing.The University of Florida’s official public safety account couldn’t resist a crab jab at its rival today when a Pokemon Go account tweeted a picture of the character Krabby sitting on a platter of crab legs. Can anyone confirm if this location is at #FSU football locker room? #PokemonGO #FSUfootballjokes #Publix— UF Public Safety (@UFPublicSafety) July 11, 2016Florida fans will probably never stop bringing this up, but Florida State fans will likely continue to point out that they’ve won five of the last six meetings between the two programs.last_img read more