During its March 12 meeting, the Oceanport Planning Board approved NJCU’s site plan application for a single academic facility and adjacent parking lot. OCEANPORT – Following an outcry from borough officialsover the scope of its plans, New Jersey City University is scaling back itsproposal for a satellite campus at the former Fort Monmouth. FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman said that, though NJCUhas agreed to alter the amendment, Amendment #13 has not been withdrawn. This story originally appeared in the March 14-20 print edition of The Two River Times. “Based on discussions Oceanport and NJCU had regarding futureelements, NJCU has agreed to make some changes and reduce the scope of theproject to some extent. That doesn’t mean the amendment has been withdrawn oreradicated, but it will probably be amended,” Steadman said. Borough officials remain wary the larger plan by developer KKFUniversity Enterprises, LLC, may resurface in the future. They are concernedtheir borough can adequately provide emergency services and security services,or absorb the potential traffic. “Once we see how enrollment goes (at Fort Monmouth), we can sitdown again with everyone and revisit the plan. But it’s difficult to know whatwe’ll need because we don’t know what that demand looks like,” de Veyga added. NJCU Chief of Staff Guillermo de Veyga said the pullback was theresult of a late February meeting between the university, the development groupand members of the Oceanport Borough Council. “We have no interest in doing (Phase 2 and 3) right now,” saidde Veyga. “The university has no vision to immediately put these massivestructures in. Our enrollment doesn’t merit anything beyond Phase 1 right now.” FMERA has received 44 pages of public comments concerningAmendment #13, said Steadman. The organization’s staff will be reviewingsubmissions in coming weeks. “My concern is that at some point, down the road, thedevelopment group can resubmit the same amended plan and FMERA can try to getit passed again,” said Borough Councilman and Planning/Zoning Board memberRobert Proto. “We would be in the same situation we are now.” Instead of constructing a residence hall, academic lab, visualarts center, performing arts center and athletic center and a parking garage,NJCU says it will only seek to build a one-story academic facility, and parkinglot on the 27-acre Squier Hall parcel and an adjacent complex on Sherrill Ave,as originally proposed in September. KKF put its Phase 1 plan – the construction of the facilitybuilding, performing arts center and parking lot called Amendment #13 – inwriting to FMERA on Dec. 12. With undergraduate enrollment at approximately 7,000 students,de Veyga said that it could be five years before the school needs to revisitthe site plan. By Chris Rotolo and Laura Kolnoski Oceanport Borough Councilman Joe Irace said the meeting withNJCU was a positive one, and that he agrees with the administration’s vision toenhance the school’s footprint if the student body’s growth determines it. Because the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority(FMERA) has the authority to approve the project, the governing body would liketo enter into a redevelopment agreement with the developer and cut FMERA fromthe development process. “(Amendment #13) is a plan for years down the road. It’s allbased on potential growth. Instead of jamming it all into one plan andhamstringing us, take FMERA out of the equation and five or 10 years from now,come to our planning board and work with us. This should be an Oceanport/NJCUdecision,” Irace said. Steadman said the FMERA board will vote on the scope of the work at Squier Hall in April. The board is due to meet April 17 at 7 p.m. at 502 Brewer Ave. in Oceanport.
### Santa Anita has only had four primary track announcers since it opened in 1934, though others have filled in throughout the years. “I’m overjoyed and humbled that Santa Anita is entrusting me with a booth occupied by so few announcers in the track’s storied history,” said Wrona. “I shall try my utmost to honor the great legacy of my predecessors – each of whom was of the highest caliber. I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support and friendship of the Golden Gate Fields management, since I first worked there in 1992.” “This was a much harder decision than anyone could have imagined,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The finalists presented us with four incredible options, each a world-class announcer in his own right. In the end, as we said from the beginning, we listened to our fans, our horsemen, the media and our employees. It was an exceptionally close decision, but Michael just raised his game here at Santa Anita. We are honored to welcome him to the historic fabric of The Great Race Place. He has earned the right to make that booth his own.” “While we are pleased to welcome Michael as the next Voice of The Great Race Place, this opportunity also showcased three very gifted announcers in Frank, Craig and David,” Morris added. “We encourage them to continue to seek opportunities within The Stronach Group as they become available and we look forward to the chance to work with them.” The announcement comes after auditions by Wrona, veteran Frank Mirahmadi and international announcers Craig Evans and David Fitzgerald. Mirahmadi has alternated the Santa Anita announcing duties with Wrona since the season began, while Evans and Fitzgerald were the finalists from a world-wide search that included over three dozen candidates. Popular Australian Tops Competitive World-Wide SearchArcadia, CA (March 24, 2016) – Michael Wrona, the colorful and seasoned Australian race caller, has been named the full-time track announcer at Santa Anita Park. A 49-year-old native of Queensland, Australia, Wrona began his announcing career at age 17 in his homeland. He has spent 25 years in the United States and has been the voice of Golden Gate Fields for the last decade. Wrona will continue to call Santa Anita’s races through the end of the Winter/Spring Season on April 10, including the $1-million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. He will begin his full-time position on May 5 when Santa Anita opens its Spring/Summer Meeting. Wrona’s replacement at Golden Gate Fields will be named in the upcoming weeks and will begin in early May.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Wales manager Chris Coleman has told Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid. The former Tottenham flyer is reportedly assessing his options, ahead of a summer move with Manchester United said to be interested. (The Sun) Romelu Lukaku is back on Wolfsburg’s transfer wish-list – and they are ready to offer £33million for the Everton striker. (Daily Mirror)Southampton want Real Madrid’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, on loan next season. (The Sun)Arsenal have been given the green light to sign Mateo Kovacic with Inter Milan ready to sell him in the summer. (Metro)Manchester City have asked Wolfsburg about the availability of former Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. (Evening Standard)Glen Johnson is interested in joining former England pal Ashley Cole at Roma. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Manuel Pellegrini needs more time at Manchester City, claims discarded defender‘World class Raheem Sterling has his feet firmly on the ground’, Liverpool star tells talkSPORT‘We all look up to him’ – Liverpool ace backs Jordan Henderson to follow Steven Gerrard as captainExclusive – Adam Lallana: ‘Win over Man United would give Liverpool massive psychological boost’Exclusive – Arsenal must splash the cash to compete, claims former GunnerExclusive – France star would be ‘perfect’ for Arsenal, claims InvincibleExclusive – England outcast Micah Richards refusing to give up on Three Lions returnExclusive – Richards tells Arsenal and Liverpool target: Move abroad could further your careerExclusive – Manchester City defender Micah Richards admits future is uncertainJuventus jump ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in chase for Serie A strike sensationLazio star set to snub interest from Liverpool and commit future to Serie A clubNewcastle and Stoke go head-to-head for Germany forwardBlow for Man United and Man City! AC Milan set sights on Porto starRoma and Inter Milan set to launch £20m bids for Manchester City striker?
A Letterkenny couple are to make a courageous journey to Hungary to help give their little girl a better quality of life.Ray McFeely and partner Bronagh Colhoun will travel to the famous Peto Institute in Budapest later this summer with their little daughter Sarah.Sarah, 3, was born with a rare form of Cerebral Palsy called Dyskinetic. Her condition means that, although she looks like every other mischievous three year old, she cannot do many of the basic things in life.She is dependent on her mum and dad for many of the simple thing such as eating and getting dressed.However Ray and Bronagh, from Carraig Craobh in Creivesmith, are hopeful the month long visit to the Peto Institute will give Sarah a better shot at life.Ray told Donegaldaily.com “They have a different way of looking at things. We known the therapy will be intense but we have to do it to give Sarah all the help we can. “She’s a great little girl and she has smiled through all her darkest days and she has had many of them.“We are so proud of her and we just want to help her have as normal a life as possible,” he said.Although Sarah cannot speak, proud Ray says she has a great Donegal accent and just loves to eat ice cream.The cost of the month long treatment course, known as Conductive Education, at the Peto Institute will cost a total of €6,000.Ray, Bronagh along with their families and friends are now fundraising to gather the money to hopefully travel to Hungary in June or July. “All the treatment will help Sarah is some way. If she could eventually walk on her own then our lives would be fulfilled.“She may never walk like other children but we wouldn’t care about that. We just want to give her every shot at life,” added dad Ray.Anybody who wishes to donate to the couple’s fundraising appeal can log onto www.sarahssmile.com and find the donate section.And take it from us – Sarah really does have a terrific smile. DONEGAL COUPLE PLAN JOURNEY OF HOPE TO GIVE THEIR DAUGHTER A NEW LIFE was last modified: January 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bronagh ColhounMcFeelyPeto InstituteRaySarah McFeely
George Groves insists he has what it takes to beat Carl Froch in their title clash.Tickets for their fight in Manchester on 23 November sold out in only 11 minutes.The unbeaten Groves, from Hammersmith, will be aiming to become a world champion by taking the experienced Froch’s IBF and WBA belts.Video courtesy of iFilm London.See also:Confident Groves squares up to FrochGroves and Froch meet face-to-face ahead of title showdownFroch predicts one-sided title defence against ‘young pretender’ 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
25 May 2005Foreign investor confidence in South Africa is taking off, to judge by the number of major deals announced this year, with three of these – together amounting to about US$5.63-billion in foreign direct investment – following hot on each other’s heels since the beginning of April.First off, General Motors, the world’s largest car maker, announced a US$100-million (R600-million) investment in South African production of a new global version of its famous Hummer sports utility vehicle.Barely a month later, British Bank Barclays confirmed an offer of US$5.5-billion (£2.9-billion, or R33-billion) for a 60% stake in Absa, South Africa’s fourth-largest bank.Then last week, Coega, the massive industrial development zone and harbour project near Port Elizabeth, secured a US$31-million (R200-million) investment from Belgian-owned Sander International Textiles.Vote of confidenceCommenting on the Barclays and General Motors deals, President Thabo Mbeki said the decisions by the two multinational corporations – both of whom had disinvested from the country during apartheid – constituted “an inspiring and unequivocal vote of confidence in democratic South Africa”.John Reed, writing in the Financial Times (24 May), said Mbeki’s words “have the ring of truth: for what appears to be the first time, a foreign company is ploughing billions of dollars into an African venture other than oil or mining.“Service industries such as banking promise a future for South Africa’s economy beyond its maturing mining assets,” Reed continued.“Emerging market banks are highly vulnerable to poor macroeconomic management and political risk, so Barclays must have concluded that South Africa is a safe bet.”Speaking after the announcement that the Barclays/Absa deal had been approved by SA’s regulatory authorities, Barclays CEO for international retail and commercial banking, David Roberts, said: “We believe in the future of South Africa.“We have chosen to invest in South Africa because it’s an attractive market. The growth opportunity in banking is striking.”Biggest single foreign direct investmentThe offer by Barclays – Britain’s third-largest bank by assets – represents the biggest single foreign direct investment (FDI) ever in South Africa, with an FDI inflow that could potentially amount to almost 30% of total FDI inflows over the past six years.Between 1994 and 2004, FDI into South Africa averaged about R10.7-billion a year, or 1.2% of annual gross domestic product (GDP). Between 1999 and 2004, total FDI amounted to R121-billion.According to Absa economist Christo Luus, the Barclays/Absa deal could finance half of SA’s current account deficit for the year, allowing the economy to grow faster for longer.“Furthermore, by improving domestic business opportunities, investment and growth, the deal may reduce the desire of both resident and foreign shareholders to repatriate dividend income,” Luus told the SA Press Association.The potentially huge FDI inflow could also boost the country’s GDP growth by as much as 0.5% a year for a couple of years, Luus said.Absa’s shareholders will vote for or against Barclays’ bid on 13 June. If ratified by Absa’s shareholders, a South African court will approve the deal on 21 June, with 13 July set for the deal’s conclusion.Coega nets first investorThe Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced last week that it had secured a R200-million investment from Belgian-owned Sander International Textiles.The multibillion-rand Coega project, comprising a new industrial development zone (IDZ) and deepwater port 20 kilometres east of Port Elizabeth, is the largest infrastructure development project in South Africa since 1994.A high-end niche textile producer, Sander International Textiles will invest the R200-million in building a sophisticated weaving mill in the textile cluster of the IDZ.“Sander will produce a specialised high-end niche product – fire retardant fabrics – for the automotive and transport industries, including ocean liners and aircraft, and for the hospitality industries,” said CDC spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika.The products are to be exported to North American markets, taking advantage of lower US import tariffs through the United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which favours African countries.Sander chief executive Alex Liessens told Business Report that because of the size of the investment, the government had given the project a tax break under the Strategic Investment Programme, which offers incentives to capital investments of over R50-million.Alcan of Canada is still considering building an aluminium smelter at Coega, and there has been interest in a similar project from Russian aluminium group SUAL, headed by South African executive Brian Gilbertson.While uncertainty remains over the aluminium project, however, Business Day reports (25 May) that a new plan is being drawn up to build a stainless steel plant at Coega, “with discussions under way to find an anchor investor for the $5-billion project”.The Made-in-South-Africa HummerIn April, General Motors (GM) awarded its South African arm a contract worth US$3-billion (R18-billion) to manufacture a new global version of its Hummer sports utility vehicle for export to markets in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.At the same time, GM said it would make a US$100-million (R600-million) investment in product development and production at General Motors South Africa’s plant at Struandale, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.South Africa will be the only manufacturing site outside of the US to assemble the Hummer H3 – a smaller, cheaper, more fuel-efficient version of the famous sports utility vehicle. SA production of the H3 will begin in the last quarter of 2006, with up to 10 000 units a year being targeted.GM’s H3 export programme investment is over and above the $50-million (R300-million) that GMSA invested in plant and equipment upgrades and the $80-million (R480-million) it invested in the new locally produced Isuzu KB bakkie range in 2004.“This is a continuation of a trend of expansion of existing investments in SA, and will hopefully mark the start of a real upward trend in foreign direct investment”, Reg Rumney, head of consultants BusinessMap, told Business Day.General Motors returned to South Africa in 2004 following its withdrawal from the country under apartheid. GM group vice-president Maureen Kempston Darkes told Business Day that the company was now more convinced than ever before that they had made the right decision.South African vehicle sales soared by a record 22% in 2004, and show no signs of slowing in 2005 – first-quarter sales were up by 23% over the first quarter of 2004.According to Business Day, SA’s vehicle exports have grown ninefold over the last 10 years – helped greatly by the government’s Motor Industry Development Programme – and the auto industry now contributes in the region of 7% to gross domestic product.And while vehicle export volumes were slightly bruised by the strong rand in 2004, this has not stopped car manufacturers from forging ahead with investment plans that will see the country exporting even more cars in the future.Toyota leads vehicle export driveToyota got the ball rolling in early 2005 with the announcement that it would double local production to about 200 000 units, with the aim of selling 150 000 vehicles a year locally and exporting 100 000 vehicles a year by 2010.A record 112 861 units were produced at Toyota’s Prospecton plant near Durban in 2004.Toyota SA’s increased export drive will see the company continuing its Corolla export programme to Australia – and also starting to export a new light commercial vehicle and sports utility vehicle to Europe and Africa as part of Toyota’s new global IMV (innovative international multipurpose vehicle) project.The IMV range covers five models: three pick-ups, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a minivan, all built on the same, low-cost vehicle platform. Four Toyota subsidiary companies – in South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia and Argentina – will together build 500 000 IMV vehicles a year for sale in 140 countries.According to the Financial Mail, Toyota SA has invested R2.4-billion in two IMV vehicle ranges: a new Hilux, to be launched this month, followed by a new SUV in September.Toyota SA plans to build 46 000 IMVs and export 18 000 in 2005, and to build 86 000 and export 49 000 in 2006.VW, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Nissan, TataSoon after Toyota’s announcement, Volkswagen SA announced that it would start building trucks and buses in SA, possibly for export to Africa and other parts of the world.In 2004, Volkswagen SA announced a R25-billion export programme that will see the company exporting about 2 300 of its new Golf 5 cars each month for the next five years, mostly to Japan and Australia, but also to New Zealand, Brunei, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia.Other announcements by car manufacturers in 2004:Ford announced that it would be investing R1-billion in starting a local export programme. The company said this would involve doubling production capacity at its Pretoria plant to about 80 000 units a year. DaimlerChrysler confirmed that the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be manufactured in SA from 2007. The company plans to almost double production at its East London plant to roll out up to 80 000 units a year, a large portion of which will be exported. Nissan announced that it would begin exporting fully built-up Hardbody one-ton bakkies to Europe, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand from August 2005. Tata Motors, India’s second-largest car manufacturer, invested some R40-million in a bus assembly factory in Johannesburg.SouthAfrica.info reporter
IPD extended its work to South Africa in 1997, when its first local property index was published. At the end of 2011, the total value of the IPD SA Databank included over 2 000 investments with a total value of R205-billion. SAinfo reporter 6 July 2012 Cape Town and Johannesburg’s commercial property has outshone that of cities such as New York and London over the past 10 years, according to Investment Property Databank’s (IPD’s) Global Cities Report released in London this week. “Commercial property is a key measure of economic vitality, since strong retail, leisure and industrial performance encourages investors such as pension funds to buy up buildings to earn income through rental income and capital value increases,” the London-based research and information company said in a statement. “Over a 10-year period, Johannesburg and Cape Town saw the strongest growth in property values around the world,” IPD said. Capital value appreciation in Cape Town has hit 9.7% over 10 years to 2011 and Johannesburg’s has hit 7.5%, compared to 3.6% percent for New York, 2.2% percent for London and -0.1% for Munich, the Global Cities Report showed. The report compares real estate performance in 60 cities in 24 countries. It also examines the impact of tourism, gross domestic product, exchange rates and national debt on property performance. Johannesburg and Cape Town outperformed major global cities due to growing investor appetite and the fact that its property was sheltered from the global financial crisis, the report found. “The picture for global real estate is a tale of havens and have-nots,” said IPD senior director for group business development Peter Hobbs. “Institutions want safety, and at the minute, that means low-yielding prime office or retail in safe haven pockets around the world.” The two South African cities serve as havens as both Johannesburg and Cape Town boast a strong fundamental demand for real estate. “Properties with good leases held by strong tenants tend to be attractive to institutions sheltering from the volatility of global markets,” Hobbs said. “Only a select few cities around the world have values above their pre-recession peaks – among them Johannesburg, Cape Town, Zurich, Munich, Toronto and Seoul, while Dublin has remained bottom of the list for three consecutive years.”
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The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has developed a strategy that will see the establishment of two day-care centres in each constituency at a cost of $520 million.This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (May 8).“That is 126 day-care centres across the length and breadth of Jamaica. The strategy will involve the selection of institutions in each constituency that have the capacity to accommodate children from three months to five-plus years,” Mr. Green pointed out.He noted that the Ministry will assess each institution to determine the type of retrofitting and support that will be needed, ensuring that Boards are in place for each institution.Mr. Green said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed, which will outline the expectations and agreement of both parties.“The Ministry will provide trained early-childhood teachers, will upgrade facilities where needed, will provide furniture and equipment and resource materials, and children will attend these centres free of cost,” he said.The State Minister informed that already, 52 institutions have signed the MOUs and are ready to begin.“We know that it is during these early years, the first 1,000 days, that the majority of the brain development takes place, and, as such, we are creating a safe and conducive environment to allow our children to unleash their tomorrow today,” Mr Green said.