Bicycle Lanes at Standstill As Two River Mayors and County Fail…

first_imgArea mayors continue to advocate for a designated bike lane along county roads through much of the Two River area. County freeholders, however, would like the responsibility and cost shouldered by the municipalities. Photo by Tina ColellaIN NEW JERSEY, only 0.3 percent of people bike to work; others believe it is “too dangerous,” said Cyndi Steiner, Executive Director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition.Steiner joined local elected officials and other pedestrian and cycling advocacy groups for a press conference last week in Fair Haven to outline their goals in improving safety for those who share the road with vehicles.It was more evidence of a divide between the Two River Council of Mayors and the Board of Chosen Freeholders over the cost of bicycle paths that would traverse several towns. Neither side wants to bear the brunt of the cost.Without bike lanes, cars drive too close to cyclists or simply do not see them, often speeding past and nearly clipping them, the press conference group agreed. In order to make transportation safer for both drivers and cyclists, Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli seeks to fund bike and safety transportation, which is at the “bottom of the list for funding,” according to Cathleen Lewis, Regional Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for AAA New Jersey Automobile Club.Lucarelli advocates, with Rumson Mayor John E. Ekdahl, for bike lanes on a number of county roads, such as Rumson Road and Ridge Road, where many cyclists travel.A few other things Lucarelli and safe cycling advocates are looking to do is to include using the funding from the state Transportation Trust Fund to repair sidewalks and other smaller, local projects. Lucarelli has been working with advocacy groups to include cyclist information in driver’s manuals in local schools. The groups are also seeking the passage of the state safe-passing bill that calls for four-foot distance when driving next to cyclists, and to better educate children on bike safety.That bill is currently languishing in the Assembly, according to Janna Chernetz, senior New Jersey policy analysis for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, one of the advocacy groups involved.The AAA Mid-Atlantic is also contributing, offering roadside bicyclist assistance for the first time. As announced by AAA Mid-Atlantic news release, “in the event a bicyclist needs assistance, AAA will be ready to provide the same quality road service that has been offered to motorists for over 110 years.”According to Chernetz, biking improves the economy by saving money, improves health by relieving stress, and improves the environment by reducing congestion. Funding the bike and safety transportation will promote safety for everyone on the road while “increasing the vibrancy of downtown,” Chernetz said.The municipal money is tight, said Lucarelli, and funding would come from local taxpayers.And that’s the rub.Area mayors seeking county support for designated bike lanes through much of the Two River Area were dealt a blow by the freeholders’ recent decision.The freeholders adopted its bicycle facility policy and guidelines, based upon one used in Ocean County, following an April 23 executive session that says the municipalities are responsible for studying and paying for proposed cycling paths.“It’s very frustrating,” responded Rumson Mayor Ekdahl about the dealings with county government and engineering as locals advocate for the designated bike route along county roads.Town engineers would be expected to prepare a plan “showing the design and layout of the bicycle facility” including lane widths, pavement markings and proposed signage along the route, meeting state standards, according to the county’s approved guidelines.Once completed the plan would have to be for warded to the county engineering department for its approval and that of the freeholders. The municipalities “will, at its expense, install or cause to install” the final project requiring the county engineer to sign off on it.County Engineer Joseph Ettore estimated the cost of the project would be approximately $15,000 per mile for striping and signage.Ekdahl and Lucarelli have said recently this was a step back in their attempts to get the multi-town bike route established.Ekdahl said this week he had told freeholders “This is the future,” encouraging people to get out of their cars and bicycle to work, school and for recreation and providing a safe lane for them. “You want to get out ahead of this. You don’t want to be the county that is trying to catch up.”“We’re hoping the freeholders will go back and reevaluate the situation due to the fact that it’s impractical,” Lucarelli said, “because the county roads travel through multiple jurisdictions.“We hope the freeholders will reconsider,” he added.“If local roads will tie in with county roads that’s a good thing,” for cycling safety, said Freeholder Tom Arnone in response to the mayors’ assertions. “But there is a cost, there are issues. There’s a safety issue, cost and logistics. Safety being the most important.”The county oversees and maintains roughly 1,000 lane miles, “And it’s difficult to meet all the local demands,” said Freeholder John P. Curley.Lucarelli and Ekdahl have been spearheading a proposal that would have designated bike lanes, striped and stenciled, that would run along county roads starting at Red Bank’s border and continue east to Sea Bright and continue south to Monmouth Beach, making its way through Oceanport on the border of Long Branch, and making its way back through the towns, toward Red Bank. “It worked out to a nice loop,” Ekdahl said. “It seemed like a great plan.”The concept won the support of the Two River Council of Mayors, an informal coalition of local officials who regularly meet to discuss issues of common interest. And Ekdahl said the mayors saw an opportunity given the county had just re-milled and repaved Rumson Road – with county officials agreeing to not complete the striping just yet – and are planning to work on Ridge Road shortly. Ekdahl and Lucarelli thought this would be the ideal time to start to get the lanes installed.“This just seemed to just pop up,” Curley said.“Our answer to that is we’re only advocating for this because these roads were just paved. We’re not to go back and start doing old roads,” Ekdahl said. “And that should be your policy going for ward,” he said for the freeholders’ benefit.Ekdahl said Rumson would consider paying for some of it. And Lucarelli said he would be willing to take this to his borough council. “That is something that is up for consideration,” he said.However, getting all of the municipalities to offer financial support for a project that is intended for county roads would be difficult. And given the roadwork in the area at this point, “If we can’t make it happen here then it’s not going to happen anywhere else,” Ekdahl said.John Burton can be reached at [email protected] or 732-219-5788.Editors Note: The Two River Times is sponsoring an editorial initiative called Crossroads to find practical and proactive ways to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety throughout the Two River area. Post pictures and comments regarding positive or negative experiences with pedestrian and cycling.last_img read more

Pupils get a lesson on dignity

first_imgPupils at Gontse Primary School in Soshanguve who were given a talk on dignity.Ahead of Global Dignity Day on 20 October 2012, pupils at Gontse Primary School in the impoverished township of Soshanguve in Pretoria were given a course on dignity and self-worth by community-driven leaders of South Africa.Speaking to the pupils were Amukelani Mayimele of Zayrah, the NGO that supplies books to war-torn areas in Africa, Neliswa Fente from SpringAGE, which is a movement of young South Africans determined to make a difference, Nicolaas Herholdt from Rotary, the renowned organisation of community service clubs, and Leo Makgamathe of Brand South Africa.The event took place on 9 October, and the speakers were all well-received by Gontse Primary School as the pupils enthusiastically participated in the discussion of dignity. Dignity Days Dignity Day speakers Amukelani Mayimele of Zayrah, Leo Makgamathe of Brand South Africa, Neliswa Fente from SpringAGE and Nicolaas Herholdt from Rotary.(Images: Cadine Pillay) Global Dignity Day was founded in 2006 by the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGL), who realised the one thing that everyone in the world wanted was their dignity to be recognised.Since then they have worked with many other YGLs and other partners in over 40 countries, hosting what are known as Dignity Days. This involves going to schools and communities around the world and teaching a course of dignity to youth.“The aim is to instil a new, positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow,” says Phuti Mahanyele, YGL and chairperson for global dignity in South Africa.The session at Gontse started with the young leaders sharing their own stories of dignity and a discussion on the principles of dignity with the pupils of Gontse; the pupils then volunteered to define dignity in their own words.Playing your part with dignity “To play your part with dignity, you have to know that you are responsible for yourself,” Fente told pupils. “We are the solution to our own problems.”Mayimele, founder of Zayrah, which also seeks to alleviate poverty and inspire Africans to better their lives, then urged the young pupils of Gontse to share their thoughts on dignity. Mayimele is also a One Young World (OYW) ambassador for South Africa. OYW is an NGO that connects young people with a desire to change the world.Herholdt concluded the dialogue by sharing his experiences of dignity and the challenges he has faced when he was a young person. “In life, your dignity will always be challenged, but you have to learn how to be strong,” Herholdt said.“Accept criticism, and accept that everyone is different and important. Be strong and know who you are.”The speakers, on behalf of their companies, also donated gifts to the school in the form of learning aids and books. Pupils who took part in the session and shared their views on dignity with the others received certificates of participation.last_img read more

Facebook Tests Timeline Redesign In New Zealand, Here’s What It Looks Like

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… We got a look at the redesign, courtesy of ReadWrite founder Richard MacManus, who resides in New Zealand. The first thing to pop out? Your friends, pictures, Likes and interests and notes are now organized as a column down the left side of Timeline. Facebook has long used the strategy of rolling out new features to be tested to remote parts of the world first before making them available to its billion+ users across the globe (especially those in the United States). New Zealand has been a favorite testing ground for Facebook – and many other Web companies – and often is the first region to see new design features. Facebook will collect user feedback and data from the tests use that to tweak the design before making the change official for the entire world.  As you progress down Timeline, your information, Likes and assorted other material you have posted on Facebook during the life of your account remains on the left, while status updates stay on the right. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook may have a recurring problem with the new redesign in how it places old material you may have forgotten about. For instance, there are several old, slightly embarrassing posts in my long-abandoned “notes” column that would be prominently featured on the new Timeline. It is simple enough to go back to them and erase them, but that is the kind of user experience change that has gotten Facebook in trouble with its users in the past.  New Zealand stamp images courtesy of Shutterstock. And here is what the top of Timeline will change to if Facebook rolls out the New Zealand redesign to the rest of the world: Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Status updates are organized in a column on the right, next to where Facebook posts its “Sponsored” advertisements. The menu bar underneath the header image has changed and no longer shows preview boxes for Friends, Photos, Map and Likes.  Tags:#Facebook#user interface design For instance, here is what the top of Timeline currently looks like. What do you think of the new Timeline redesign? Do you like the new organization of information? At first glance, it actually seems easier to comprehend than the current iteration of Timeline, but given the experimental nature of the New Zealand test rollout, it is hard to tell how much different the user experience will be when it is done. Let us know your opinions in the comments. dan rowinski Facebook is testing a redesign of its Timeline feature on users in New Zealand. From the looks of it, the change is a subtle but significant shift to how the social giant organizes information on users’ profiles.  Related Posts last_img read more

PH coach confident of chances against Cambodia in men’s U-22 football

first_imgPhoto by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — Nine points to the semifinals.That’s the immediate goal of the Philippine men’s under-22 football team here as it embarks against Cambodia Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at Selayang Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Despite that, Maro said the Philippines will have a very strong chance of winning in the 8:30 p.m. match.“They beat us 1-0 with the Philippines having a depleted team and Cambodia playing in their home turf,” said Maro.Now, according to Maro, the PH strikers are “healthy, very strong and very excited to play.”However, Games officials didn’t allow the Philippines to train in the evening for “lack of lighted stadium.”“I don’t understand that because they have so many football stadium with flood lights,” said Maro. “But we will still practice in the morning and the afternoon.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The country needs to score nine points — a win is worth three points — to make the semifinals.“I think it’s doable because if there’s one team to dominate it would be (defending champion) Thailand, the rest will split points,” said Maro.The country’s best performance in the SEAG was bronze in the 1977 SEA Games. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Head coach Marlon Maro said the Philippines have a more potent lineup — compared to winless squad in Singapore SEAG — composed of several club players like Kou Ichi Belgira.But they are up against a motivated Cambodia side whose prime minister reportedly promised them $1,000 each for every won game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPosted on the aseanfootball.org, Prime minister Hun Sen was also said to have dangled $10,000 each if they win the gold, $7,500 for silver and $4,000 for bronze.Cambodia’s sponsor Angkor Beer Company reportedly promised $5,000 for a semifinal finish and $8,000 for a gold medal feat. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoKi-Jana Hoever becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever to play in FA Cup

first_imgKi-Jana Hoever becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever to play in FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKi-Jana Hoever has made his debut for Liverpool in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.The 16-year-old defender becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever player in the FA Cup after Dejan Lovren went down holding his hamstring within five minutes of the first half.The Dutchman has impressed at youth level for Liverpool and was recently promoted to train with the first team at Melwood by Jurgen Klopp.Hoever joined fellow teenage debutants Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho in the team at Wolves.Klopp sang Hoever praises in his pre-match press conference, saying the youngster is “incredible”. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoHaaland Snr breaks silence on Man Utd link for son Erling

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Haaland Snr breaks silence on Man Utd link for son Erlingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlf Inge Haaland would be happy if his son signed for Manchester United.Erling Braut Haaland scored a hat-trick in the first half of RB Salzburg’s 6-2 hammering of Genk on his Champions League debut on Tuesday.Haaland’s dad Alf Inge represented both Leeds and Manchester City – two clubs that consider Man United to be bitter rivals – during his career in football. “It would be nice,” the Norwegian told TV2 when asked about the United interest. “It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job.”So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious.”He added: “Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another. It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams.”There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.” last_img read more

Tiger Woods Used To Be One Of Golfs Longest Hitters — Until

With Tiger Woods restored to his familiar place among golf’s major winners, it’s tempting to allow the sports nostalgia to seep in. Tiger’s back! It’s just like the 1990s again! But as is the case in every sport, the game that Woods played 20 years ago is very different from today’s version and, if anything, makes his win at the Masters last month all the more impressive.Perhaps the biggest difference involves the sheer power of modern hitters. In 1995, Woods’s last season before turning pro, the average qualified PGA Tour golfer hit the ball 263.6 yards per drive; the leader, John Daly, checked in at 289.0 yards per drive. So far this season, the average is 292.9 yards per drive, and tour leader Cameron Champ checks in at 315.7. That’s right — the average drive distance from 2019 would have led the PGA Tour each season through 1996. Woods’s mark in 19971The first year Tiger played enough as a pro to qualify for the PGA Tour’s leaderboards. of 294.8 ranked second only to Daly’s 302.0. A 294.8-yard average today would rank just 86th of the 214 golfers on tour — tied with the slumping former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. And just like the existing players increased their power through technology, existing major hosts have added length to offset it. Sixteen courses hosted a major in both the 1990s and 2010s; those courses averaged 7,011.6 yards back then and 7,307.9 yards now — an increase of 296.3 yards on average. Even the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, which hosts this weekend’s PGA Championship, has increased its length by 222 yards since it hosted Woods’s U.S. Open victory back in 2002.We should note that both the boom in driving distances and the Tiger-proofing craze have largely leveled off since the mid-2000s. The average PGA Tour drive continues to creep up by a couple of yards every few years, but today’s long-drive leaders, such as Champ, Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are mostly hitting it the same distance as Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus were a decade earlier. In that sense, the game Woods left when his 11-year major drought began in 2008 was actually similar to the one he climbed to the top of again last month.Just the same, when Tiger tees off Thursday at Bethpage in the PGA Championship, the modern sport’s power will be on full display. Woods might still smash it a solid 300 off the tee like he did in the late ’90s, but he won’t be vying for the tour lead in distance; instead, that part of his game makes him just another golfer in the middle of the pack. What once was a massive distance advantage that Woods used to rack up a -13 score relative to par on par-5s at the 1997 Masters is now nothing special. These days, just about everyone hits it like Tiger — if not better.So what happened? For one thing, pro golfers took Woods’s lead and became much stronger and more athletic. Although Daly was a freak of nature — he never worked out and bombed drives while chain-smoking and pounding Diet Cokes — today’s top players have a lot more in common with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who stands a lean 6-foot-4, hits the ball 305 yards per drive and proudly posts shirtless Instagram photos. As we’ve written before, Woods’s current pursuit of majors has been made more difficult by an influx of younger athletes to the game that he himself helped inspire. And a big part of that younger generation’s success is linked to hitting the ball really far.But another, even bigger factor is a drastic improvement in equipment over the years. Before the 1990s, driver clubheads were significantly smaller, made of heavy material like persimmon (instead of metal) and attached to the ends of shorter, heavier metal shafts (as opposed to graphite). As more and more players began switching to modern clubs — the last major won with a persimmon driver was Bernhard Langer’s victory at the 1993 Masters — the tour began to see a massive increase in driving distance (and, interestingly enough, a decrease in driving accuracy). More than just the introduction of fitter players, established golfers were also hitting the ball harder: The 60 players who qualified for the PGA Tour driving leaderboard in both 1995 and 2005 saw an average increase of 18.6 yards per drive over that span.Simply put, lighter clubs with a longer shaft and larger clubhead surface area generate more power. As a fun exercise last year, YouTuber and PGA club pro Rick Shiels hit 10 drives with both a top-of-the-line club from about 20 years ago (the Ping TiSi Tec) and 2018 (the Ping G400 Max) and measured the results using tracking analytics. On average, Shiels estimated to have hit the ball 16 yards farther in the air (and 19 yards farther in total) with the modern driver, thanks in part to a ball velocity 4 mph faster off the clubhead:Of course, the ball itself has also made it easier to drive for huge distances. The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 model in 2000 — which features a “multilayer” design with a solid rubber core and thin polymer casing — instantly revolutionized the way balls were manufactured, optimizing power without sacrificing accuracy. When Shiels ran a similar test between 1998 and 2018 golf balls (using the same club for each), he drove the ball 11 yards farther through the air — and 12 yards farther in total — with the current Pro V1, thanks again to a nearly 3 mph boost in velocity off the face.These clear technological improvements have led to questions over whether such advantages should be dialed back at the pro level to make the game harder again. Although the golf ball debate rages on, many top-tier courses have been remade since the ’90s, “Tiger-proofing” themselves by adding more distance to their layouts. Par-72 major championship courses in the 1990s averaged 7,006.1 yards in total length; by the 2000s, that average became 7,319.3 yards, and this decade it’s 7,456.6 yards — a 6.4 percent increase that mirrors the change in average driving distance since the early 2000s. read more

Fickell calls for Ohio State football to move forward

As fans and media throughout Columbus continue to dwell on Ohio State’s 24-6 loss in Miami on Saturday, Buckeyes’ coach Luke Fickell said he can’t and won’t. “We have a 17-hour rule. After 17 hours, it’s over with,” Fickell said. “Doesn’t mean we forget about what happened or we forget the feeling of what happened, but we move on.” With the team’s 17-hour period of reflecting on the loss over, Fickell said his team will only concern itself with present problems. “Somebody asked, ‘What do you think this team is going to be in three weeks?’ I worry about today,” he said. “I’ll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. “(One thing) the team can’t do is worry about what’s going to happen in three weeks, three months … that will eat you alive.” Junior defensive lineman John Simon, a captain for this Saturday’s game against Colorado, is eager to move forward with the season. He expects to learn a lot about his team after coming off its first loss of the young season. “We’re fired up. It’s an exciting week for us,” Simon said. “These are the weeks you kind of look forward to. You never want to lose, but you get to see what kind of team you have this week, seeing how we’re going to react and rebuild off this loss.” The other Buckeyes’ captain on Saturday will be junior fullback Zach Boren, who doesn’t plan to need rebuilding off of a loss again this season. “We’re going to go out and try and win every game,” Boren said. “No matter if it’s by one point or 50 points, we don’t care, we’re going to go out and win every game. That’s our mentality.” If the young Buckeyes can go on to win every game, Fickell said he believes it could leave Buckeye fans remembering the Miami loss as a mere bump in the road. “It’s ultimately where you end and not where you begin. We want to see improvement. That’s what our focus is going to be,” Fickell said. “But you have to move on.” “You still (have) to spend time on Colorado,” Fickell added. “We need to make sure we focus on what we’re doing, tackling on defense, ball security on offense.” Fickell said moving on involves holding every player accountable for his play, regardless of the player’s tenure with the team. “No excuses, whether they’re young or they’re old,” Fickell said. “We have such an incredibly high standard for those guys.” Simon echoed his coach’s feelings. “We’re not going to make excuses for ourselves. Miami came to play and got the job done. But our objective this week is Colorado,” Simon said. “We’re up to the challenge. Like I said, guys are in there this morning breaking down film, game planning, so we’re ready to go.” read more