Ocean City Board Vote Delayed for Soleil Condo-Hotel

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiOpponents sparred with the developer of a proposed condo-hotel during an Ocean City Planning Board hearing Wednesday night that ended with no vote on the project.Instead, the board decided to continue the hearing for the six-story Soleil Resort until its April 6 meeting. It marked the second time in two months that the board delayed voting.Despite the lack of a vote, some fireworks were exchanged between the attorney representing the developer, Select Properties Inc., and the lawyer for the project’s chief opponent, the Flanders Hotel.The 111-unit Soleil Resort is proposed on vacant land that now serves as a parking lot next to the Flanders at the corner of Ocean Avenue and 11th Street. Soleil potentially represents a formidable competitor for the historic Flanders, one of the city’s iconic businesses.Flanders attorney Christopher Baylinson accused Select Properties of playing “a trick” by revising its plans to try to quell public criticism.“That’s not how this game is played,” Baylinson said.“It’s not a game,” shot back Nicholas Talvacchia, Select’s attorney. “We have a right to hear your objections.”Select is expected to submit revised plans to the board next week. John Heckler, a principal with Select, said the changes will address concerns raised by the public about Soleil’s parking, traffic flow, signage and hotel operations.During last month’s planning board hearing, more than 20 members of the public, many of them condo owners at the Flanders, spoke against the Soleil. They claimed the project would cause parking and traffic disruptions in the heart of town.In an interview after Wednesday’s hearing, Heckler stressed that he is “definitely” committed to building the project despite the opposition from the Flanders.The proposed site for the Soleil is within a redevelopment zone that envisions a “first-class resort hotel.” Critics allege that Select has no serious plans to build a hotel and simply wants to develop a condo project.An architect’s drawing shows how the proposed Soleil condominium-hotel complex might look at 11th Street and Ocean Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.Heckler and Joe Ernst, another principal in the development group, strongly denied those allegations.“It’s going to operate as a hotel,” Heckler said.“This property will operate with more hotel amenities than any other hotel on the island,” Ernst added.Features of the project include hotel-style maid service, valet parking and professional management. Select has pledged that Soleil would operate as a hotel at all times.However, a professional planner representing the Flanders scoffed at those claims. He said the Soleil is really a condo project in disguise and would lack the amenities to truly function as a hotel.“This looks like a residential project to me, not a hotel,” said planner Vincent Orlando of Engineering Design Associates in Upper Township.Orlando also criticized the Soleil’s proposed traffic flow, parking arrangements and signage. He said the project would not conform to the city’s redevelopment plan for a resort hotel at the site.According to Orlando, Select has engaged in a “classic bait and switch” by revising the project after a proposed hotel was approved by the planning board for the same site in 2007.Talvacchia, though, said it was another development group that wanted to develop the 2007 project. When that project failed to secure financing, the Pennsylvania-based Select Properties stepped in to take control of the development site.Soleil’s proposed hybrid condo-hotel ownership structure is crucial for securing financing for the project. Soleil’s condo owners would make their units available to overnight guests to satisfy the city’s requirement for the property to operate as a hotel at “all times.”Condo owners would not be allowed to stay in their units for more than 120 days per year, freeing up the rooms for hotel guests most of the time, Select has said.last_img read more

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C.K Akunnor backs Division One league stars for success

first_imgAfter the exploits of Asokwa Deportivo’s Joel Fameyeh for the local Black Stars, many have called for greater emphasis to be placed on the Division One League. The striker was in impressive form for the second tier outfit, bagging 29 goals in the just ended season, and followed up with a brace for Ghana against Ivory Coast on Sunday.Head coach of newly promoted Dreams FC, Charles ‘CK’ Akunnor believes talent abounds in the Division One and more can be done to unearth them.The former Black Stars captain was of the view pushing the players from Division One into the various national teams will do them a world of good.“It is also fair to say these division one boys be brought [into the national teams]. It will be fair to take a look at them,” he told the Joy Sports Track on Monday,“Fameyeh’s exploits have informed us there are a lot of talents in the first division. Yes, take a look at the Premier Division but it will be fair to take a look at the Division One League as well.” Akunnour led his side to top Zone 3 of the Division One League to ensure that they gained promotion to the Premier Division.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Olympics: Five stand-out stars from week one

first_imgKatie Ledecky – the best is yet to comeAmerica’s newest star wrote her name in lights by uniting the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle for the first time since 1968 — winning two of the races in world-record time. Ledecky, 19, has four gold medals overall including the 4x200m freestyle relay, plus silver from the 4x100m free.The most extraordinary stat for Ledecky is that she has never lost an individual final at a world championships or Olympics, compiling nine world titles before she has even reached her twenties. She burst onto the scene at the 2012 London Olympics, when she won the 800m at just 15. And she has confirmed every ounce of her promise with her feats in Rio, which include world records in the 400m and 800m.“I just wanted to lay it all out there,” Ledecky said after Friday’s 800m race. “It was my last swim here at the Olympics, the pinnacle of our sport, and I have to wait another four years to have that moment.” Ominously for her competitors, Ledecky may be reaching her peak for Tokyo 2020. Rafaela Silva – heroine defies racist tauntsRafaela Silva, who was brought up in Rio’s notorious City of God favela, was called a “monkey” after being disqualified from the London Olympics in 2012. Four years on, Brazil is hosting the Games and the 57kg category judoka is the heroine as the country’s first and only gold medal of the opening week of competition.“People taunted me, they said I was a monkey and my place was in a cage. But I proved my place is in sport and in judo,” said the gritty 24-year-old who has spoken forcefully about racism in her country whilst she is in the Olympic headlines. Her sporting skill also deserves attention. She beat world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia to take the title and prove that Brazil is a world force in women’s judo even if the country does not always treasure them. Simone Biles – pint-sized but up with the greatsRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | With the Rio Olympics at the halfway mark, here are five sporting stars who left their mark on the first week of competition with their records, style and courage: Fiji – the capital of rugby sevens The South Pacific sevens rugby players came to Rio as favourites but no one expected them to trounce Britain 43-7 in such devastating fashion in the final as the sport made its Olympic debut. Sevens may come from Britain but Fiji has become its capital.The speed and passing of captain Osea Kolinisau and his team blew away all-comers and they saved the best for last. World Rugby believes that Fiji and even the teams that trailed them will bring in new adepts and hopefully a permanent Olympic status. Fiji reckons the country’s first ever gold medal will bring sporting glory and tourists and investment to a poor country of 900,000 people.Ironically, Fiji is especially hailing the work of coach Ben Ryan to lift the side in recent years. He of course is British.center_img Simone Biles – pint-sized but up with the greatsSimone Biles lived up to her star billing as the gymnastics dynamo put herself on track for a record five gold medals in Rio by winning the all-around title after helping the United States to defend their team title.The 1.45m (4ft 9ins) Texan with a big smile gave a powerful display of gravity-defying tumbling and acrobatics to add the Olympic all-around crown to the three world titles she holds. She is unbeaten in the individual event since 2013.If Biles takes the vault, beam and floor over coming days she will have won more gold at one Games than any other woman, overtaking Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina (1956), Czech Vera Caslavska (1968) and Romanian Ecaterina Szabo (1984), who have all won four.“I’m pretty sure I’ll just go on lockdown at my house. It won’t be exactly normal, but we’ll make it as normal as possible,” said 19-year-old Biles of how she will cope with her fame on her return home. Michael Phelps – more gold and more matureHe said his body ached, his legs hurt and he felt tired, but Michael Phelps still went out of the Olympics in spectacular style with four golds and a silver in a week — 22 golds in a five-Olympics career — and still one more title likely on Saturday. The Chinese medicinal practice of ‘cupping’ which left red circle marks on his body was the only apparent sign that at 31, Phelps is slowing down, and then barely. His victories in the 4x100m free and 4x200m free relays, 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley were all clear.The man who won eight golds at Beijing in 2008 has always come across as something of a medal machine. But Phelps has also shown his more mature side in Rio. Being in a three-way dead heat for silver in the 100m on Friday was “kind of cool”.“My body is in pain, my legs are hurting,” said Phelps after a crushing 200m fly win. “I think the biggest thing for me through the meet so far is I’ve been able to kind of finish how I wanted to,” added the American, who has insisted there will be no sixth Olympics. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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South Africa blame ‘politics’ for humiliating loss to Egypt

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Egypt Afcon 19 hosts Share on: WhatsApp “Before the 2018 World Cup, people were worried about the security situation in Russia, but they worked hard and there were no incidents,” he said.South Africa have had cool political relations with Morocco because the republic backs the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, who are contesting land occupied by the Moroccans.On government instructions, South Arica backed the American/Canadian/Mexican 2026 bid, which comfortably outvoted the Moroccans.This decision reportedly infuriated Ahmad, leading to South African media speculation that he encouraged CAF executives to support Egypt.“South Africa voting for the USA, especially after president Donald Trump had publicly criticised the people of the continent, was seen as anti-African,” the CAF insider said.“The feeling ahead of the vote in Senegal was that Egypt were favourites, but no one expected such a landslide victory.”The contest between Egypt and South Africa was necessitated after CAF dropped original hosts Cameroon last November because of delays in preparations and security concerns.Under an Ahmad plan still to be finalised, Cameroon will now host the 2021 Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast (2023) and Guinea (2025) staging the following two editions.From this year, the tournament moves from January/February to June/July to avoid club-versus-country dilemmas for Africans based in Europe, and the number of qualifiers has been expanded from 16 to 24center_img Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | As South Africa reeled Wednesday after a humiliating defeat by Egypt in a contest to decide the new 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts, the blame game began.South African football officials said the 16-1 vote in favour of Egypt in Senegal Tuesday was “political” without offering insight.Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad said Egypt politicians were more enthusiastic than their South African counterparts about the June 15-July 13 event.A CAF insider told AFP that South Africa have not been forgiven for backing the winning Canada/Mexico/United States 2026 World Cup bid instead of sole rivals Morocco.Acting South African Football Association chief executive Russell Paul said: “Technically, there is no country in Africa better suited to host the Cup of Nations than South Africa.“We do not have a fight with Egypt, we have a fight with the way the process unfolded,” he added, referring to the vote being brought forward 24 hours without an explanation.“A delegation had been prepared for a Wednesday presentation only to find that the Egyptians had been there for a while, with government representatives, ready to present their case.”Speaking in Dakar, Ahmad said the two candidates had equally good infrastructure and the greater political enthusiasm of Egypt was the key factor.“Our audit firm said the infrastructure was equal so we assessed the political commitment in the two countries and Egypt came out on top.“Members of the (CAF) executive committee did not feel any real support from the South African government to carry the project forward.”– Security concerns –Malagasy Ahmed acknowledged that there were security concerns regarding Egypt, with three Vietnamese tourists killed in a recent terror attack there.last_img read more

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BCCI clarifies its stance on Asia Cup and IPL 2020

first_imgAdvertisement sbmdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs63i5pfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1rsnc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vdy1Would you ever consider trying this?😱ad04Can your students do this? 🌚zxlRoller skating! Powered by Firework The BCCI has recently expressed their surprise over reports that the Asia Cup is being shifted to Sri Lanka later this year, as per the Times of India. Reports came that it was decided after the ACC meeting last week and PCB and SLC agreed to swap the place of the tournament.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIAfter the ACC meeting, SLC chief Shammi Silva had told, “We had a discussion with Pakistan Cricket Board and they have already agreed to our hosting this edition due to the present world situation. We had an online ACC meeting and they basically gave us the green light to host the tournament.”To reply on this, a BCCI official said, “We have no idea where such reports are coming from and we’re surprised how fast these reports travel. The BCCI is clear that no decision was taken at the ACC meeting. The Board (BCCI) is tired of giving out these clarifications. Earlier it was about travelling to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, and BCCI had to deny it with a statement. Now this.”Advertisement As the entire world has been fighting against the global pandemic novel coronavirus, all the sporting events have either been cancelled or postponed which also included the 13th edition of Indian Premier League. However, the official further said that this year’s IPL won’t be a curtailed one because of the Asia Cup.“Let’s be clear about that first. There won’t be a truncated IPL just to host an Asia Cup. Those thinking on such lines are clearly not speaking in India’s interests and the BCCI will not be party to it,” sources further shared.Advertisement “Even the World Cup in England was a loss-making event for the broadcaster and we’re talking about an Asia Cup here. The IPL is a different beast altogether. Who’re these people who refuse to understand the numbers? It’s in Indian cricket’s best interests to host the IPL. What are we going to cater to? India’s interests or PCB’s interests?” it added again.Since the situation is better in a few nations, Cricket Australia has announced their upcoming fixtures. India will tour to Australia later this year for an entire series. However, the source also spoke about a prospective India-South Africa series as well.“Yes, India and South Africa were in talks to host a series there (in SA). These talks were first initiated when Graeme Smith took charge at Cricket South Africa (CSA) and came to India in February. But that was then. Covid changes everything,” said the source.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Here are all the new Covid-19 rules that will be implemented in international cricketChris Gayle weighs in on the Darren Sammy ‘Kalu’ racism controversy Advertisementlast_img read more

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Leafs turn up defence to edge Spokane Braves 3-1

first_imgNelson is 3-1 against the Braves this season.Carsen Willans, Travis Wellman and Austin Seaman scored for the Leafs while Brad Rebagliati turned aside 20-plus shots to register the win in goal.Nelson, 22-2-1-3 on the season, increases its Murdoch Division lead to 10 points over idle Beaver Valley Nitehawks.However, Nelson has played two more games than the Fruitvale based squad.Nelson travels to Fernie Friday to meet the Ghostriders before playing the Nitehawks December 13 in Fruitvale.Next home game for the Leafs is Saturday, December 14 against Golden Rockets. Much of the success for the Nelson Leafs this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season has come through the offence.Wednesday, at the NDCC Arena, the Leafs clamped down defensively on the Spokane Braves, scoring a 3-1 Murdoch Division decision.The win was the second straight for the Leafs and avenged a 4-3-overtime loss to the Braves the last time the American franchise was in the Heritage City.last_img read more

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MIKE MITCHELL PUBLIC MEMORIAL SET FOR MONDAY, APRIL 20 AT SANTA ANITA; SERVICES FOR BELOVED TRAINER TO BEGIN AT 1:30 P.M. IN TRACK’S CHANDELIER ROOM

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2015)–A public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place Monday, April 20 at Santa Anita Park. The service, which is to begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be staged in the track’s Chandelier Room.Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers.At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Southern California Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room. –30–last_img read more

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What A’s phenom Jesus Luzardo is working to improve for big league step

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Jesus Luzardo enters A’s spring training with a type of buzz rarely afforded such a young pitcher.It’s an excitement that began last year when Luzardo, 21, blazed a minor league path from single-A to triple-A a little more than a year after ligament reconstruction, commonly known as Tommy John surgery. Luzardo already is being labeled as a savior of the A’s rotation, which has had solid No. 1 starters in recent years but has lacked a bona fide “ace” since the early 2000s.Back …last_img read more

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Raiders mailbag: Time for D-coordinator Paul Guenther to go?

first_imgALAMEDA — Got a little behind on the mailbag with the unfortunate Willie Brown news. So let’s get to your questions.Q: What do you think of (Paul) Guenther? What grade would you give him? — @urbanteaaaSince the Raiders are 3-3, a straight ‘C.’ He’s got better players this season — I was on record as saying he deserved a mulligan in 2018 considering the personnel. The personnel is better, but still not up to par. He’s going to have to live with Clelin Ferrell’s growing pains since he’s a No. …last_img read more

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SA must contain debt levels: Gordhan

first_img14 March 2013 While South Africa has shown itself capable of reducing its public debt in the past, the country’s current debt levels render it vulnerable to economic shocks, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Speaking in Parliament in Cape Town on the debate of the Treasury’s Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals on Tuesday, Gordhan said that the country had reduced its public debt substantially during the mid-2000s. This had created the fiscal space that enabled the country to sustain a robust countercyclical response to the global financial crisis of 2008-09. However, slow economic recovery since then, along with substantial deficits, had eroded South Africa’s debt position compared to its peers, Gordhan said. “This has a number of negative consequences for South Africa. First, it means that we are vulnerable in the event that economic circumstances take a turn for the worse. The fiscal space available to us is narrower. “Second, high levels of government debt put upward pressure on interest rates and can have other effects which undermine growth and investment in the economy.” Gordhan said that rising debt led to rising debt service costs. The deteriorating debt position would see debt-service costs outstripping all others, with the government forecast to spend R118-billion to service its debt in 2015/16. This would be more than the budget for police services, forecast to be R80-billion, or the salaries of healthcare workers, expected to amount to R96-billion. Although the 2013-14 Budget showed a narrowing of fiscal space, it continued to support economic growth, Gordhan said. “Rebuilding the fiscal space we had achieved before the [2009] recession will require us to continue along a path of moderate growth in spending. It also means that structural increases in spending, for instance as a result of new policy reforms such as the introduction of a National Health Insurance scheme, would require concomitant increases in revenue.” Gordhan added that the government was committed to ensuring that a greater share of public funds became available for capital investment over time. He said a ministers’ committee on the budget would oversee expenditure reviews in the coming year to analyse patterns of public spending, including personnel spending. “The reviews will also identify opportunities to improve value for money, such as enhanced procurement controls and the phasing out of projects that are ineffective or no longer aligned with policy priorities,” he said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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