Kimbrel is reportedly looking for a deal in the $39-$52-million range to sign with a team.The Braves don’t have a great bullpen, they really don’t have a closer and yet they remain a contender to win the National League East.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNSigning Kimbrel would go a long way in helping the team repeat as division champions.All that being said, it has been reported by MLB.com that Kimbrel is closing in on a contract with a new team.Who that team is remains to be seen, but the Braves were mentioned as having interest along with the Brewers.Atlanta is reportedly being cautious with how it spends its money considering the limitations the team has in the international signing market, but with the loss of Vizcaino, this may be the nudge the team needs to make the move. Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino underwent a likely season-ending surgery to repair his labrum and remove scar tissue on Tuesday.Is this the moment that forces Atlanta to go out and sign free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel? However, the same thing was said when Milwaukee lost reliever Corey Knebel to season-ending surgery at the beginning of the year and nothing happened there, so it’s quite possible Kimbrel could still remain unsigned despite the health concerns for Atlanta.But at the time, too, Kimbrel was rumored to be asking for a deal in the $100 million range and his price tag appears to have dropped in the few weeks since then.Taking that into account, things appear to have changed on that front, so a signing could be very near for the man who sits 14th all-time with 333 career saves.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonThis sweet girl is Wilma. She is now one of the shelter volunteer’s favorites with her beautiful coat and happy and loving temperament. She is always ready to join the volunteers for hikes on the trails around the shelter. She walks well on leash but does let the volunteers know that she would gladly go for longer walks if they were ready. Wilma is enjoying being in a safe place where she does not have to worry about finding food or a dry place to sleep. Wilma was a stray so we do not have any historical information on her.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 432-3091 to learn more about Wilma, volunteering, or to meet one of our other dogs.
TINTON FALLSThe Arc of Monmouth has announced it will proceed with its 46th annual Winter Glow Ball at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The event is the nonprofit agency’s most important benefit for more than 1,400 Monmouth County residents with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.Due to severe damage at the Shore Casino, the event is being moved to the Cultural Center at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1033 West Park Ave., Ocean Township. The hall is managed by restaurateur Chris Mariani of Buona Sera in Red Bank and The Arc is honored to be one of the first guests at the venue.The Winter Glow Ball will feature hors d’oeuvres, a multi-station buffet, silent auction items and dancing with music provided by The Infernos.This year’s honorees are Peter Cancro, owner of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems and in memoriam, Food Circus Supermarket’s Joseph Azzolina, Sr. and Grace and Louis Scaduto, Sr.The Arc of Monmouth offers healthcare, employment, education and other services for over 1,400 individuals in the county.For more information, please call 732 493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.WGIRLS at the Melting Pot for ‘Little Black Dress Night’ MIDDLETOWNSpread some cheer this holiday season as Regal Pointe Independent Living invites the public to a holiday gift auction from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to benefit local children. A $5 donation will allow attendees to participate in the gift auction.Proceeds will be donated to MonmouthCares, Inc. and Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. Attendees can also help by donating clothes or a new, unwrapped toy for a child. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda or Elaine at 732-957-0083.MonmouthCares, Inc., is a private non-profit agency whose mission is to ease positive change so children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families have the best opportunity to live, thrive, and develop in their communities. For information, visit www.monmouthcares.org.Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. envisions a totally accessible, individualized, family-friendly system of care for children and their families, which ensures that every family who has a child with behavioral or emotional challenges has the chance to thrive safely within the community. For information, visit www.oceanpartnership.org.* * * * *Middletown Township Public Library presents “Meet the Musician” featuring New Jersey Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Andy Lamy from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the main branch located at 55 New Monmouth Road.Lamy will present an interactive program featuring musical solos and demonstrations on clarinets, recorders and Irish whistles. He will talk about the music, the instruments and answer questions from audience members. The program is for those age 5 and older and is sponsored by the Young People’s Music Program of the Chinese American Cultural Association.Additional information is available by calling the Middletown Public Library at 732-671-3700. RED BANK – The WGIRLS Coastal NJ chapter and local women are joining together from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, For Little Black Dress Night, an evening of fondue, shopping and networking at the Melting Pot Restaurant in the Galleria.The WGIRLS Coastal NJ will use the proceeds to sponsor women who need the services of Alternatives, a Red Bank salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer and scalp disease.Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal for only $35 per person, drinks sold separately. For those seeking a lighter fare, drink specials will be available for $10 per person.Attendees will be able to shop from Red Bank vendors: Sweetest Sin Lingerie Boutique, ICE Jewelry, Embellish Make-Up, Lucki Clover Clothing Boutique and Salon Car Tar Rae.The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.During the event those attending will be able to register to win prizes including a $2,500 Melting Pot gift card, a Tiffany & Co.® Grey Goose® necklace and a Grey Goose® swag bag by entering into The Melting Pot’s Femme Fatale de Fondue Sweepstakes. Only those in attendance qualify. For more information call The Melting Pot at 732-219-0090.Alternatives is a salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer. The WGIRLS Coastal NJ is a network of professional women who volunteer and host fundraisers to assist underprivileged women and children across Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. The WGIRLS mission is to provide women and children with the support and resources necessary to achieve health, happiness, and the ability to lead productive and successful adult lives. Learn more at www.wgirlscoastalnj.tumblr.com.
By Rick GeffkenFrank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” is about George Bailey and his Christmas angel Clarence. “The Gift of the Magi” is an O. Henry story about the selfless exchanges of a husband and wife. A recent uncommon gift of love and remembrance in our Two River area by a real married couple virtually defines the Christmas spirit we all aspire to.When Asa Sweeney was a young Cub Scout attending Middletown’s River Plaza School, David Barrett was one of his boyhood pals. Not best friends exactly, but as close as two young boys could be. “We were like the Little Rascals,” he recalls.Like most 1970’s kids growing up in River Plaza, the boys spent their free time on the Swimming River crabbing, snapper fishing and swimming. In cooler seasons, they rode their bicycles everywhere, pretended to be explorers in the woods around town, and probably teased their fair share of little girls.When school let out in June 1978, 12-year-old Asa spent the summer at home on Navesink River Road. David’s parents were separated; he went off to visit his mother in Texas. David Barrett never returned to River Plaza School that fall.Asa Sweeney: “Things were different back then. All I remember is coming to school in September and our teacher made an announcement: ‘David Barrett is not coming back. He died in Texas. Everyone please open their books.’ There were no grief counselors at that time. But we all knew what happened.”Sweeney grew up and went about his life. He married, had children, and was a boat dealer in Keyport for several years. He lost that business during the last recession when people’s recreational money went wanting.The third grade class at River Plaza School in Middletown during the 1973-74 school year. David Barrett is standing in the middle row, third from the left. His pal Asa Sweeney, in a Cub Scout uniform, stands right next to him. Photo courtesy Asa SweeneyNow 52 and a small business owner, Sweeney tells it this way: “In the fall this year, I went to Fair View Cemetery in Middletown a couple of times looking for my grandmother Anna Kennedy’s grave, but I couldn’t find it. So I thought I’d go to the office and get a map to help me. As I was talking to the woman there, she started writing down where my grandmother was, my aunt was, a friend was. Then I remembered David Barrett, who I used to ride bikes with around here. She gave me his location too.”Scuffling around the gentle cemetery hills, Sweeney couldn’t find where Barrett was buried. The office had no record of a tombstone for Sweeney’s grammar school buddy. He was shocked. “How could he not have a tombstone?” It bothered him, although he’s quick to add “I’m not judging.”A few days later, Sweeney returned to the cemetery office and asked if he could buy a tombstone for David. He was politely informed that he’d have to obtain the permission of the grave owners, listed as his friend’s grandparents from Little Silver. Sweeney discovered they had moved to North Carolina, but had passed away. A literal dead end. Sweeney, undaunted, began following a lead for David’s father in Arizona, but the elder Barrett had also died in the intervening years. He had no idea where in Texas his friend’s mother might have lived, her last name, or if she was even alive anymore. His frustration led to resolve.Asa Sweeney gets serious as he remembers. “David’s parents were never married, it was a broken family right from the start. When he went to see his Mom in Texas over the summer, he and another kid found a shotgun in the house, were playing around and David was accidentally shot in the face and killed.”Sweeney went back to the Fair View Cemetery staff with a proposition. “You know what? My friend has been out there for 38 years, and I want to give him a tombstone.” In early September, Sweeney put up a Facebook notice asking if anyone wanted to contribute toward a grave marker. Seven or eight people from River Plaza School responded with money, and a few others chipped in, too.With about $1,200 in donations, Sweeney went to Uras Monuments in Middletown and was quoted $2,000 for an engraved granite stone. Here’s where this story takes a George Bailey turn.Asa and Karen Sweeney have three sons, two are currently Boy Scouts, and the other is a college student in Boston. They have lots of expenses now and more coming up in the next several years. They talked over what to do about David Barrett’s unmarked grave. This ordinary middle class couple, faced with as many bills as their Toms River neighbors, decided to kick in the remaining $800 themselves for the grave marker. (Pause here while we contemplate this extraordinary generosity.)When asked about his motivations, Sweeney grew silent, his rationale apparently never contemplated. Looking away for several seconds, eyes lowered, he reluctantly whispered, “I just thought it was the thing to do.” (Second pause.)Ill at ease, Sweeney quickly changed the subject to the grave marker with David’s image. Sweeney got it from their third grade class picture, which his 81-year-old mother kept all these years. He was surprised to see himself standing right next to David Barrett in 1973.Sweeny purchased an expensive gravestone this December, and put it on an empty plot of grass for a friend he hadn’t seen in 38 years. A friend he has only a few personal stories about, a boy who was in and out of his life before either of them could understand what life is about.Bill Rockafellow, superintendent of the Fair View Cemetery marveled as he said “It’s very unusual for a nonfamily member to put up a gravestone; maybe it’s happened twice in 10 years that I can remember. As far as David Barrett’s gravesite is concerned, I’ve been here for 35 years and I’ve never seen anybody over there.”Sweeney’s wife, Karen, who never knew David Barrett, provided the poetic inscription gracing his tombstone:No Farewell Words Were Spoken, No Time to Say Goodbye,You Were Gone Before We Knew It, And Only God Knows Why.Forever Young, Forever in Our Hearts.Your Fellow River Plaza ClassmatesMerry Christmas, Asa, Merry Christmas. Somewhere a bell is ringing.
“Despite this, Logan Wright was able to earn some meet records in the 25m butterfly, 25m freestyle and 25m backstroke,” Afford added.Trail Stingrays continue to be the team to beat on the Kootenay circuit, finishing on top of the standings with 1317.5 points.Rival Castlegar Aquanauts took second followed in third by host Kimberley.Golden, Grand Forks, Creston and Nelson finished respectively through seventh position.Cranbrook and Colville were eighth and ninth.Afford continues to be impressed with the competitive fight from Cowan and Matthew.“The division swimmers that did come did a tremendous job and many of them put up some great times that I know they will be able to improve at the coming meet,” explained Afford, who also grabbed a bronze medal in Division seven girls.The Neptunes travel to Colville, Wash., this weekend for the Kootenay Regional Championships.The top swimmers qualify for the Provincial meet later this month in Nanaimo. The Nelson Neptunes may be small in numbers, but the club is huge on heart.The Neptunes took a, dwarfed by recent standards, team to the East Kootenay to compete in the Kimberley meet — the final regular season stop on the Kootenay Summer Swim Association campaign.Still Nelson won three aggregate medals, two my stalwarts Sage Cowan and Samuel Matthew.Cowan finished second in Division four girls while Matthew also earned the runner-up prize in Division four boys.“Kimberley was a really small meet for us,” Neptune coach Rebecca Afford commented.“We only had 14 swimmers in attendance and five of them were novices who swim exhibition meaning they do not score the team any points.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cabbage rolls, sauerkraut balls or even herring have been tied to many families’ New Year’s mealtime traditions. The North loves their roast pork and sauerkraut, the South their ham, peas and collards while the Northwest has been known to eat salmon — all steeped in tradition to bring good luck and fortune. Paul and I head down to the neighbors to enjoy a North-South meal. We love sharing this blend of traditions and reliving our days of living in the south with our Southern neighbors.The main attraction is Ham and Pork Roast. Ham is a must for our Georgian neighbors, while we Ohioans gravitate toward roast pork. The carnivores we are, we all usually pile both selections on our plates. The folklore story that was told to me and that I retold to my kids was, we eat pork because pigs root forward giving us a forward momentum in the new year. Pigs have also been associated with plumpness and plentiful eating. Plenty to eat never seems to be a problem in this family, but I don’t want chance the bad luck of “scratching out” my living in the new year like poultry scratches backward. OSU extension tells the tale that pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s days goes back to German and Eastern European roots and will bring you good luck and prosperity to those who eat it. Southern Living (the south’s food bible) states “the more pork you eat, the more luck you’ll have” for the year — just another reason to eat up! Ohio ranks 8th in pork production in the nation. OSU reports that the pork industry has improved this year with less PEDv and should be good news for all of us as we pile on the pork to get as much good luck as we can get.Cabbage is another staple. Southerners serve their cabbage in coleslaw where us northerners consume ours in sauerkraut. Believe it or not, cabbage is big business in Ohio. Ohio ranks 12th in the nation and produces $7.1 million worth of cabbage products. That’s a lot of cabbage whether it’s sauerkraut or coleslaw. Don’t like sauerkraut but want its lucky benefits? Try adding an apple or applesauce and a tablespoon of brown sugar just to take the sour edge off.In our North-South New Year’s feast after the pork and cabbage variations, it’s time to head to the side dishes. This is where the menu starts to differ. Southerners love to add collard greens and black eyed peas, which represent greenbacks and coins ensuring wealth and luck for everyone. Southern Living says that this tradition dates back to Civil War times when Union troops (us dreaded northerners) ravaged the southern farms leaving only black-eyed peas and greens for the animals to eat. These humble foods allowed the south to survive and have hope for the future. Although these aren’t our favorites, we make sure we eat at least a spoon of each because who wants to avoid wealth and luck of any kind.Cornbread is always served and symbolizes gold. True southerners do not put any sugar in their cornbread but we need juuuust a pinch of sugar. A fellow Ohioan neighbor always brings mashed potatoes to the table. I’m not sure why, other than we love potatoes and it seems it has always been included in a pork and sauerkraut meal.The 2016 New Year’s meal may have to be tweaked with more of a tailgate flare, as the Buckeyes kick off at 1:00. Whether you will stick with tradition or vary with bbq pork sandwiches and coleslaw for the game, make sure you fill your plate with plenty of Ohio’s agriculture filling your new year with lots of luck and prosperity.Eat well and healthy! Easy Black Eye Peas from myrecipes.com 16 oz. pkg. frozen black eyed peas.3 cups water (may need less)1-2 large beef bouillon cubes1 medium onion, chopped1/2 (16-ounce) package kielbasa, sliced, browned, and drained (optional)Bring first 4 ingredients and, if desired, sausage to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Serve with Sweet Onion Relish. Short-Cut Collard Greens from Ellie Krieger foodnetwork.com 1 1/4 pounds collard greens1 tablespoon water2 slices Canadian bacon1 tablespoon olive oil1 small onion, chopped1 tablespoon cider vinegar1 tablespoon maple syrup1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes3/4 cup low-sodium chicken brothSalt Remove the stems and center ribs from the collard greens and discard. Cut the leaves into 1/2-inch strips. Place the greens into a large, microwave-safe bowl with the water and cover tightly. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.In the meantime, preheat a large skillet and cook the bacon for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the bacon from the pan, chop, and set aside. Add the oil and onion to the pan and cook until onions have softened, about 2 minutes. Add the collard greens and stir in the vinegar, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, and broth. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Add the chopped bacon to the pan, and season with salt. Makes 4 (1 1/2c servings) Shelly’s Golden Cornbread adapted from Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook 1 cup sifted flour2 Tbsp. sugar4 tsp. baking powderDash of salt1 cup yellow cornmeal3 egg whites1 cup skim milk3 Tbsp. oil Preheat oven to 425°. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In small bowl beat eggs with fork and add milk and oil. Create well in dry ingredients and add egg mixture all at once. Stir with fork just until moist. Even if lumpy stop stirring. Pour into a greased 9” square baker and bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes 9 servings.Love corn muffins. Pour into muffin tins and bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Sauerkraut Pizza tasteofhome.com 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust1 to 1-1/4 pounds bulk pork sausage1 cup chopped onion1-1/2 teaspoons fennel seed, divided1 teaspoon dried oregano1 teaspoon dried basil1 garlic clove, minced2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, drained1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, well drained1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Press pizza dough onto a lightly greased 14-in. round pizza pan. Bake at 450° for 4 minutes; set aside.In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion, 1 teaspoon fennel seed, oregano, basil and garlic until the sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain.Sprinkle crust with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Spread with pizza sauce, sausage mixture, tomatoes, sauerkraut and remaining fennel seed and mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.Bake at 450° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings. 1 serving (1 piece) equals 472 calories, 25 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 1,727 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 21 g protein. Hearty German Supper 2 c applesauce14 oz. can or bag of sauerkraut1/3 c dry white wine2 Tblsp. Brown sugar12 oz. pkg. polish sausage2 cups of sliced onions2 c potatoes in bite-sized chunks Combine applesauce, sauerkraut, wine and brown sugar in large saucepan. Mix well and add sausage, onions and potatoes. Simmer uncovered on stove top for 20-30 minutes.
The first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament is over, but this doesn’t mean teams get to start over with new slates.Oh no, the second round is essentially when the UAAP separates the men from the boys and did the men show up in Week 5.ADVERTISEMENT Clue, the biggest man of the week wore red.Center: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers)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 shutoutIt’s tough to think that reigning MVP Ben Mbala is still the most dominant force in the UAAP since he put up a lackluster, by his standards, performance in La Salle’s 76-75 loss to Ateneo.Mbala, however, still featured in this list by virtue of sheer numbers—and that practically no center in the league can match up to him one-on-one. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Forward: Matt Salem (NU Bulldogs)Talk about finding your rhythm.Matt Salem found himself in a four-game slump for National University where he averaged a disastrous 4.5 points a game, and in the Bulldogs’ three-game losing streak the captain put up just 3.8 points.And when the Bulldogs desperately needed a win, Salem heeded the call and fired 21 points in their 77-70 victory over University of the Philippines.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto is clutch. That’s that.In the first Ateneo-La Salle game of the season, Nieto showed why he’s an invaluable member of the Blue Eagles roster.If some of the players here in this list got included because of sheer numbers, Nieto became part of this because of sheer fortitude.It was Nieto who stole the inbound pass of Kib Montalbo in the dying seconds of the rivalry game and it was also him who iced Ateneo’s 76-75 win from the free throw line.Take a bow Matt. Take a bow. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The big man from La Salle averaged 28.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, including a career performance of 39 points against University of the East.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (UE Red Warriors)This list relies heavily on numbers, and did Alvin Pasaol bring those digits.Pasaol became the highest-scoring man in the UAAP this century when he put up a career-high 49 points against the Green Archers and he followed it up with a 32-point outing against University of Santo Tomas.And Pasaol is also a reliable figure in the glass as he averaged nine rebounds a game this week together with his ridiculous 40.5 points-per-game mark.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Guard: Jerie Pingoy (Adamson Soaring Falcons)Scoring is fine and all, but helping your teammates score is probably a notch more honorable.And Jerie Pingoy became Adamson’s consummate Soaring Falcon when he recorded this season’s single-game assist mark when he dished out 10 against Far Eastern University.Oh he also was a reliable scorer for the Falcons this week as he put up an average of 10 points in their two games this week.Honorable mentionsPhilip Manalang (UE Red Warriors)Pasaol is UE’s Batman, and Philip Manalang is the Red Warriors’ reliable Robin.Manalang did not put up as gaudy numbers as his heftier teammate, but he did put up an average of 17 points in the two games UE played this week.Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson Soaring Falcons)If you’re wondering who benefited the most from Pingoy’s passing, then it would be Jerrick Ahanmisi. The lanky wingman averaged 19 points a game in the Soaring Falcons’ two victories this week while shooting an even 50 percent from deep. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments LATEST STORIES Blue Eagles enter PVL Finals, beat Tigers in 4 sets Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Communication and Customer Services Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, says at least 25 per cent of the annual expenditure on mitigation activities could be otherwise utilised, if the country’s drains are not blocked with garbage and debris.Addressing the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Disaster Preparedness Month press conference in Kingston recently, Mr. Shaw said much work has been undertaken by the NWA to improve roadways and drainage systems under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), but this is being undermined by a lack of social responsibility among users of the roadways.“In some instances, our own actions have already compromised the performance of some of these brand-new drainage features. Recently, along the Mandela Highway, for example, a section of the eastbound carriageway was inundated following the heavy rainfall. While there are existing troughs which run for a couple of kilometres designed to drain the roadway, their capacity was greatly reduced due to impediments, including a large number of PET bottles deposited in the drains,” he said.“Our gutters, gullies, drains and culverts will only function as well as we keep them clean. I implore all Jamaicans to take the time to ensure that you assist in keeping our waterways clear of garbage and debris,” Mr. Shaw added. Story Highlights Communication and Customer Services Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, says at least 25 per cent of the annual expenditure on mitigation activities could be otherwise utilised, if the country’s drains are not blocked with garbage and debris. “In some instances, our own actions have already compromised the performance of some of these brand-new drainage features. Recently, along the Mandela Highway, for example, a section of the eastbound carriageway was inundated following the heavy rainfall. While there are existing troughs which run for a couple of kilometres designed to drain the roadway, their capacity was greatly reduced due to impediments, including a large number of PET bottles deposited in the drains,” he said. Addressing the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Disaster Preparedness Month press conference in Kingston recently, Mr. Shaw said much work has been undertaken by the NWA to improve roadways and drainage systems under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), but this is being undermined by a lack of social responsibility among users of the roadways.
LONDON – The British government has referred Twenty-First Century Fox’s bid for satellite broadcaster Sky to competition authorities on public interest grounds, a move that sets up a six-month investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s takeover plans.The Competition and Markets Authority said Wednesday it “will now examine how the deal would impact media plurality and broadcasting standards in the U.K.”The move was widely expected after Culture Secretary Karen Bradley told lawmakers last week she planned to refer the deal to regulators.With Murdoch already owning the Sun and The Times newspapers, there are concerns about too much power concentrated in one company.Murdoch’s media group wants to buy the 61 per cent of Sky it doesn’t already own. The takeover values Sky, which broadcasts Premier League soccer, at 18.5 billion pounds ($25 billion).
UPDATE – The Highway is now open to single-lane alternating traffic.FORT NELSON, B.C. — The Alaska Highway is closed because of a spill involving a fuel truck between Liard Hot Springs and the Yukon border.According to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, at around 1:00 am this morning, a transport truck carrying roughly 55,000 litres of fuel was reported to have overturned on the Alaska Highway at Mile 543. No leak was reported at the time of the crash, but in an update at 7:45 a.m., the RCMP confirmed that the load was leaking. Members of the Watson Lake Fire Department and additional RCMP are en route to the incident site. The overturned truck is approximately 500 m from the Liard River.The responding Environmental Emergency Response Officer with the Ministry has reached out to the local Emergency Program Coordinator and local First Nations to notify them of the incident. The officer is currently preparing to conduct an overflight of the incident site.The Alaska Highway is currently closed in both directions. Biil Woodworth with the federal government agency responsible for the Alaska Highway north of Mile 84 says that an update on the situation is expected at noon.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.