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first_imgWashington, D.C. – As chair of the bipartisan Florida Ports Caucus and a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to award a $43.9 million to PortMiami.The grant will support the construction of a fumigation and cold chain processing facility, as well as other infrastructure projects including pavement repairs, stormwater and drainage upgrades, and enhancements to support refrigerated containers.“Congratulations PortMiami for winning a $44 million grant to support the construction of a fumigation facility and other infrastructure. This is something I have long advocated for and am pleased that the department of transportation is making this much-needed investment in our community.”Today’s announcement is the culmination of a years-long effort to improve PortMiami’s infrastructure and competitiveness in processing perishable commodities such as flowers.In September 2019, Congresswoman Wilson joined Congresswomen Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in supporting PortMiami’s application in a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao.Moreover, as chair of the bipartisan Florida Ports Caucus, Congresswoman Wilson convened several meetings with colleagues, federal officials, port officials, and other stakeholders, led several letters, and supported legislation to help address the competitive disadvantage PortMiami faced because of disproportionate and unfair USDA fumigation fees and other infrastructure constraints.Congresswoman Wilson will continue to champion issues affecting PortMiami and all other Florida ports.Indisputably, these 15 public seaports serve our state as an economic engine that we cannot take for granted, generating more than 900,000 jobs and $100 billion in economic activity.last_img read more

first_img Four England Golf regional coaches are among the first group of PGA professionals in the UK to complete a new, top-level coaching qualification. The four, who all coach U16 squads, are: Steven Orr, the South East boys’ coach; David Brooks, the West Midlands boys’ coach; Sam Johnston, the West Midlands girls’ coach; and Alex Saary, the South girls’ coach. They’re among a dedicated group of seven PGA professionals who have achieved the Level 4 Certificate in Coaching Golf while fulfilling busy day-to-day roles. Nigel Edwards, the England Golf Performance Director, said: “I am delighted for Alex, David, Sam and Steve. They will have put a huge amount of effort and dedication into gaining this qualification and I am sure they will benefit greatly from the whole process. “It’s always great to see coaches looking to progress and develop their skill set for the benefit of the golfers they coach.” The PGA launched the qualification in conjunction with the University of Birmingham to develop coaching expertise and specialist knowledge and skills. The success of the first seven reflects the ever increasing level of coaching standards among PGA pros who fulfil a range of commitments from grass roots through to European Tour and world level. The four England coaches have all spoken about their experience on the course. Steven Orr is England Golf’s 2015 coach of the year. He is a PGA Advanced Fellow and director of coaching at the Cranfield Golf Academy in Sussex where he is responsible for 18 coaches. His success with the Level 4 qualification has spurred him on to take a PhD. He commented: “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done. I think the reason for that is that it caused me to step back and look at my coaching and look at it as a whole, how I make decisions and why I do what I do.” David Brooks is a PGA Advanced Professional based at The Warren Golf Club, Essex, and the lead coach with Essex Golf Union. He has also built on his Level 4 achievement, by completing a Masters in Sports Coaching on developing mental toughness in young golfers.  He remarked: “Coaching for me has always been about making informed decisions and the more you can make those decisions when they are informed by research and experiences, the better.” Sam Johnston is based at Tidbury Green Golf Club in Solihull. He rated the level 4 course as tough but enjoyable. “It’s easy to carry on in your own bubble,” said Johnson. “But the course forced you to step out of your own comfort zone. It looked outside of golf as well and learning how other sports work was invaluable.” Alex Saary, of the West London Golf Centre in Middlesex, is a PGA Advanced Professional and head county coach for Middlesex. He said: “One of the biggest things I’ve learned is the importance of getting to know the pupil at a deeper level, understand where they are coming from and understand their world more thoroughly and in the process give them a programme more bespoke to them.” The other three professionals who have completed the Level 4 qualification are: Greg Brodie (Foxhills, Surrey), Ben Knight (Chartham Park, Sussex) and Rick Valentine (Loretto School, Musselburgh). Caption: (standing from left) Sam Johnston and Steven Orr; (sitting from left) Alex Saary and David Brooks. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) 1 Mar 2016 Top qualification for England Golf regional coaches last_img read more

first_imgBy John Burton RED BANK — The Borough Council intended to vote on an ordinance requiring owners of foreclosed properties to post contact information on their properties and submit that information to borough authorities, but the vote was tabled last Wednesday after Councilwoman Sharon Lee voiced her objection.Lee was concerned about a provision of the ordinance that requires owners of foreclosed properties to post an 81/2×11 inch sign on their building, likely in the window, with the pertinent contact information.Lee, won of two borough council members who are west side residents, explained that she felt the posting of signs on foreclosed homes could exacerbate neighborhood decline, particularly in low income areas of town that are largely on the west side.“I certainly know that a sign plastered on one house or two houses would certainly discourage people from purchasing in that neighborhood,” said Lee, who is African American and a lifelong west side resident.Lee also wondered if this would be administered equitably for the more affluent east side and the downtown business district. “Can you image Broad Street with a bunch of stickers on the doors?” she asked on Monday.“The genesis of this,” Borough Councilman Michael DuPont explained at last week’s public meeting, is “to compel the mortgage holder to contact us.”“I don’t have a problem with that,” Lee responded.While there is a state statute requiring that towns be notified and property be maintained after a foreclosure, the economic meltdown and the ensuing rise in foreclosure has, in many cases led to confusion over who the owners of many foreclosed properties actually are.Banks and mortgage companies have been selling off the mortgages on these properties, and merging with other banks, making it increasingly difficult to track down the responsible parties when properties fall into disrepair. “We’re going to put the burden on them to ensure their information is up to date,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said last month. The ordinance is modeled after one enacted in Lodi, and would also require a $125 registration feeVincent Lepore, a Long Branch resident, offered his objections at last Wednesday’s meeting, telling the council he feared it could open the door for properties to be deemed as “blighted” and condemned under eminent domain laws, much like what was done in the controversial Long Branch Redevelopment.But DuPont and other council members responded that there would not be any condemnations of property.When contacted by ***ITALSThe Two River Times**ENDTALS this week, Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, executive director for New Jersey Citizen Action Committee, a government watchdog coalition, agreed with Lee’s perception of the detrimental effect of requiring foreclosed properties to be identified with signs.The state already requires mortgage lenders to be registered and to have a local agent available, said, Salowe-Kaye, which her group supports, however, “Putting signs in the windows of foreclosed properties can’t do anything to make the neighborhood a better place to live.”The council agreed to table the matter to continue discussions before it returns for a vote.last_img read more

first_imgJules Chopin of Kaslo and the Simon Fraser University Clan have advanced to the final four of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over host Regis Rangers Sunday in Denver.The Clan travel to Evans, Ga. for the NCAA Division II semi final December 5 against Carson-Newman of Jefferson City, TN.Unlike the quarterfinal when SFU needed a late goal and a shootout conversion from Chopin, the Clan put this game away early scoring in the first seven minutes of the game and late in the half.Ryan Dhillon and Colin Jacques scored in the first half before Carlo Basso (51), Alexander Kleefeldt (83) and Jovan Blagojevic (85) completed the rout.Brandon Watson faced eight shots to record the shutout.SFU, 17-2-2 now travel to Blanchard Woods Park inEvans, Ga. for the Final Four.The other teams remaining are Southern New Hampshire University and Rockhurst of Kansas City. Kaslo’s Jules Chopin kicks SFU Clan into NCAA Elite EightFirst there was Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz powering University of BC to the gold-medal in the CIS men’s soccer tournament last Sunday.Now, another Nelson Youth Soccer player has tasted stardom on the university circuit — this time in the USA at the NCAA level.Jules Chopin of Kaslo scored in the sixth round of shootout (watch penalty kick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVde4AfljQ) to spark Simon Fraser University Clan to a win over the University of California, San Diego Tritans to clinch the program’s second straight NCAA West Region title and a trip to the Elite Eight.The Clan tied the game with four minutes remaining as Jovan Blagojevic scored to even the game at 1-1.After overtime settle nothing, the teams went to the sixth round of shootout before the Tritans missed and Chopin converted the winner.This is the second season on the Clan squad for Chopin, who toiled in the NYS system before heading off to play in the Lower Mainland while attending Burnaby Mountain Secondary.Chopin Graduate of SFU High School Soccer Academy in 2011 and played for U18 CMFSC MetroLast season as a freshman, Chopin played seven games for the Clan.This season he started 11 of the 15 games this season for SFU.The win clinches the Clan’s second straight NCAA West Region Championship and sends SFU to the “Elite Eight” where they will face the host Regis University Rangers. The Clan’s match Sunday against Regis will begin at 1 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at athletics.sfu.ca.last_img read more

first_img Defender – Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The new and improved ‘Mike’ Smalling is proving a real asset for Louis van Gaal and with another imperious display at the back could prove the Dutchman right for not signing Nicolas Otamendi. He won six headers as Newcastle looked to get the ball forward directly to Aleksandar Mitrovic and his 94.4% passing accuracy goes to show he’s improving his distribution. Defender – Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Already fondly known as ‘The Chancellor’, Mbemba came in at right-back for the suspended Daryl Janmaat and immediately came up against Memphis Depay, who had displayed his qualities against Club Brugge in the Champions League. He dealt with the Dutchman’s threat well and won some vital aerial battles, even if his passing is a little dodgy. Goalkeeper – Petr Cech (Arsenal) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – After a calamitous start to his Premier League career with Arsenal, the shot-stopper looked backed to his best as he kept Liverpool at bay on Monday night. The Czech star played a huge role in the goalless draw, producing a number of fine saves from the likes of Christian Benteke. 11 11 11 Midfielder – James Morrison (West Brom) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Resilience is an underestimated attribute in a footballer, when times are tough you need to be able to bounce back quickly. After missing a penalty against Chelsea, the Scotsman could have let his head drop. Instead he displayed real leadership, scoring twice and completing all of his passes as the Baggies nearly came back to share the spoils with the Blues. Defender – Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – One of the signings of the summer so far, Gomez is excelling at left-back, despite the fact he doesn’t really have much of a left foot to speak of. He’s out of position but looks mature and intelligent. He’s a future England international for sure. 11 11 11 Forward – Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Forget the snarling brutish personality you love to hate. Costa is a brilliant centre forward – no doubt about it. Against the West Brom he showed the many facets to his game and his chest down for Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal was nothing short of sublime. Defender – Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Just like team-mate Mbemba, Coloccini was superb against Manchester United as they held the Red Devils to a 0-0 draw. He marshalled his backline superbly and, alongside Steven Taylor, kept Wayne Rooney quiet for 90 minutes as they allowed him no room to manoeuvre. Midfielder – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – If you thought the Algerian’s form was just an early season anomaly, think again. Ben Davies and Jan Vertonghen will have been travelling back to Tottenham on Saturday night attempting to untwist their knotted legs after he ran them ragged at the King Power Stadium. His goal was well deserved he looks set to be a star this season. The £350,000 they paid in January 2014 is turning out to be an astute purchase. Forward – Pedro (Chelsea) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The ex-Barcelona man already looks up to the pace of the Premier League after performing superbly on a wet Sunday in Sandwell. His forward thinking attitude saw him score one and create another on his debut and had the Blues had 11 men throughout he might have added or aided at least one more. Another thrilling Premier League weekend is over.Three days full of goals, red cards, controversy, sensational saves and the odd awful error (we’re looking at you Aaron Cresswell).Chelsea showed improvements but still look leaky at the back, meanwhile Manchester United seem to be the complete opposite.Leicester City are continuing their excellent start to the campaign, while Tottenham are being, well, Tottenham.But who features in our team of the weekend? Click the right arrow above to find out… 11 11 11 11 Midfielder – David Silva (Manchester City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The Spaniard is a delight to watch, his scraggy appearance belies his elegance on the ball. He will the architect of many teams’ downfall this season and his ability to find and create space – even when there seems like there is none – is astounding. Against Everton he had more touches than any player and 23 more than closest rival Ross Barkley. Forward – Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Four shots, three on target, three goals and three points won for the Cherries. It was an impressive performance from the ex-Coventry City man. He was prolific in the Championship and it looks like he could make the step up. 11last_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — So how did the Warriors manage to sweep two games at Oracle Arena against the potent Houston Rockets after losing twice at home in their opening playoff series to the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Clippers?“I think Houston’s raised our awareness, our level of play,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “We respect them greatly, especially the battle we had last year in the seven-game series. So we want to take care …last_img read more

first_imgWoyzech on the Highveld brings togetherpuppets, actors and animated filmto graphically illustrate Woyzeck’s torturedmind as he tries to make sense of thehappenings in his life.(Image: Ruphin Coudyzer) Basil Jones and Louis Seboko, who playsthe title character, with the puppetWoyzeck.(Image: Ruphin Coudyzer) Busi Zokufa and puppet play Maria,Woyzech’s love interest.(Image: Ruphin Coudyzer) During his travails Woyzek allows himselfto be subjected to medical experiments(Image: Ruphin Coudyzer) Tamara O’Reilly Puppets, like most things, have evolved: from talking socks and paper origami to life-sized, life-like manipulable objects enthralling kids and adults alike in productions around the world.One such production for grownups can be found at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg’s city centre, where Woyzech on the Highveld is being performed for the next six weeks. The play premiered here in 1992, when it ran for twice as long, now and accumulated honours such as the 1993 Vita Award for Production as well as the 1995 Vita award for Director of the Year.The genius behind the design is internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge, working with the Handspring Puppet Company, founded by director Basil Jones. Together they bring together puppets, actors and animated film to graphically illustrate Woyzeck`s tortured mind as he tries to make sense of the happenings in his life. Woyzeck on the Highveld tells the story of a man who falls in love with a young woman in his village. To earn enough money for her and her child, he undergoes a series of medical experiments. When he discovers the woman is unfaithful, he becomes delusional and murders her.The German connectionThe play is based on the classic 19-century German play Woyzek by writer and dramatist Georg Buchner, but adapted to suit South African audiences. Buchner’s Woyzek was a German soldier in the 1800s but in this version the protagonist is a migrant worker surrounded by a lonely barren landscape of industrialisation that is Johannesburg in 1965.From the Market Theatre the play travels to Cape Town and then tours the world. First stop is Perth, Australia to participate in a world puppetry festival – an annual gathering of serious to novice puppeteers and like minded fans of this art form – thereafter Norway, the US and hopefully Germany, with whom the play and puppets share a strong kinship.“It’s an interesting story, our relationship with Germany,” says the show’s producer, Basil Jones. “After four years of performing the show we decided that was it. We weren’t going to do Woyzech on the Highveld anymore and so we sold the puppets to the Munich City Museum to help fund a theatre we were building.”In 2007 the producers could not turn down a recommission of the show. But puppet maker Adrian Kohler, despite his adeptness, would have been unable to carve the puppets in time and to his liking for the show. “Besides, Woyzech is such a special character that only the original was an option,” says Jones, “so we literally had to beg the museum to lend us Woyzech for the next two years.”Puppets and actorsThe puppets are made from light wood, which allows the actors to hold them upright for the 90-minute play without tiring. Their gestures and expressions are achieved as the actors tug on the appropriate strings attached to them.As much as the show is about the life-like dolls, the actors are an integral part of the production, as they provide a two- and sometimes three-dimensional take on a scene. Adding another dimension to the production is the use of visuals and music.“We found that when a puppet is still, by using moving objects in the background – in this case images – it’s as though you are going into the mind of the puppet,” says Jones. “Audiences love this technique and when it’s combined with music it achieves something extraordinary.”According to Jones, puppeteering has quite a following in other countries. He has just returned from the Olivier Theatre in London where Warhorse, a production he lent his expertise to, had an extremely successful run.“The TimeOut London magazine loved it … they even wrote an article potently claiming that ‘Puppets are the new rock and roll’ and for them to make such a poignant statement was really brave and showed just how much they embraced this kind of theatre,” says Jones.But at home many people still see puppets as playthings for children’s amusement.“I don’t think South Africans are really used to this type of theatre,” says Busi Zekofa, who plays Maria, Woyzech’s love interest. “There’s something really magnificent about puppets and there are things you can do with them that you won’t be able to achieve with human actors but people don’t really understand that.”Adds Jones: “It’s a hell of a thing to take a wooden thing and make it live. You have got to trust the objects and pour all your feelings into it.“I’m expecting Woyzech to be very popular because South Africans truly appreciate theatre and since it played all those years ago, it has come to be known by many as a one-of-a-kind production.”Useful links Market Theatre William Kentridge Handspring Puppet Companylast_img

first_imgFifty-seven of the nation’s youth, who have made invaluable contributions in various areas of national life, were presented with the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence during a ceremony held on the lawns of Jamaica House on Saturday (Nov. 24).The award recipients, which include 2017 Miss Jamaica Universe, Davina Bennett; Olympic Gold Medalist, Omar McLeod; and Reggae Girl, Kadijah Shaw, were selected from 200 nominees in 12 categories.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, praised the young people for their exemplary work, noting that their success required selflessness, hard work, sacrifice and tenacity.“It is therefore only fitting that your country should single you out not only as encouragement and recognition for your perseverance, but as an example to others that they can start where they are, use what they have, harness their talents and aptitude to create something far-reaching and deeply impactful,” he said.The Prime Minister said it is indisputable that Jamaica’s young people “have been blazing a trail of greatness across many platforms,” noting that the Government will continue to facilitate an environment where all youth can flourish.“We want you to be your best selves and to live your best lives. We want you to take pleasure in living, working and contributing to the progress and prosperity of your country,” he added.Mr. Holness said the Government values the input of young people in nation building, and would continue to draw on the expertise of the youth in the Governance of the country.“We want to work with you. We consider your views and ideas important. We want to involve you in charting the direction of our country,” he noted.Awards were presented in the categories of Academics, Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Protection, Innovation in Science and Technology, International Achievement, Journalism, Leadership, Sports, Youth Development and Nation Builder.The Nation Builder category, which was added this year, recognises youth, who have dedicated unwavering service to volunteerism and the development of communities.A total of 224 individuals have received the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence since the programme was introduced in 1998.It is open to persons ages 15 to 29, who are living in Jamaica and the diaspora, who have attained excellence and world-class achievement.The awards form part of Youth Month 2018 celebrations under the theme: ‘Level Up’.last_img read more

first_imgWe all hailed Hosanna, starring Damien Atkins (left) and Jason Cadieux. A Canadian classic astonishingly reinvented, a pair of epic trilogies and a new musical whose feel-good quality was entirely justified were among the top productions of the past year. Enthralling viewers with a mix of drama, comedy and music, these were rich shows worth seeing a second and even a third time.1. salt-water moonFactory Theatre, February 26 to March 13The highlight of Factory’s Naked season was director Ravi Jain‘s spare, transcendent reimagining of David French‘s Newfoundland love story. No naturalistic costumes or sets. No attempts at accents. Singer/guitarist Ania Soul underscored moments, crooned contemporary tunes and also read aloud the play’s stage directions while the superb actors (Kawa Ada and Mayko Nguyen) negotiated a stage lit only by candles. The result was an emotionally rich experience that glows in the memories of all who saw it. Jeremy Mimnagh Twitter 2. HOSANNASoulpepper, September 23 to October 22Another landmark Canadian play, Michel Tremblay‘s passionate, sharp-edged exploration of sexuality and sexual politics focuses on a humiliated drag queen and her over-the-hill lover. The polished Soulpepper production sparkled in the hands of director Gregory Prest and actors Damien Atkins and Jason Cadieux, whose chemistry proved the strongest since the work’s 1974 Tarragon premiere. Add designer Yannik Larivée‘s mirrored set and lighting by Rebecca Picherack, which reflected in several senses the various sides of the pair, and the result was scintillating theatre. Login/Register With: Advertisement 3. the death of the kingModern Times Stage Company/Theatre Centre, March 26 to April 10 Modern Times director Soheil Parsa worked his magic with the revival of Bahram Beyzaie‘s tale, inspired by Persian history, about the body of a ruler found in a poor miller’s house. Partly a mystery that explored who killed him and why, the play allowed each member of the miller’s family to become the king in a fascinating series of switched roles. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Bahareh Yaraghi (left), Ron Kennell and Jani Lauzon helped bring The Death Of A King to vivid life.last_img read more