Among major projects, Doha is building or refurbishing eight stadiums, overseeing massive roadworks and the country’s first Metro system.Qatar is also building the $45 billion Lusail city, projected to be home for 250,000 people, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final games.Rumaihi said organisers were working in accordance with the world’s football body FIFA environmental standards.Earlier this week, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made an unannounced stop in Qatar where he inspected some of the stadiums and the metro project.He said the 2022 tournament would have “to be even better” than the hugely successful Russia World Cup held earlier this year.Share on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar’s football World Cup 2022 will be a “carbon-neutral” tournament with zero harmful emissions, the country’s environment minister told a sustainability conference on Wednesday.Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi said strict standards in design and construction would offset the tournament’s carbon footprint, despite the huge number of infrastructure projects underway in the Gulf emirate.“The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has been working on planning and organising a carbon-neutral 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament,” Rumaihi said.Carbon neutrality is achieved by offsetting the amount of harmful carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere.Hydrocarbon-rich Qatar, which is spending $500 million a week on capital projects for the World Cup, is undergoing a huge transformation for football’s biggest tournament.
A Florida woman is facing a life-sentence after she killed a teen who she believed molested her daughter several years prior.43-year-old Connie Serbu was convicted Thursday for the 2016 murder of 18-year-old Xavier Sierra.According to the report, Serbu contacted the teen and asked him if he wanted to make money by assembling bunk beds.Serbu then met up the with teen and confronted him about allegations that her young daughter made about Sierra touching her inappropriately when the girl was about five-years-old and he was 12 or 13.Serbu and her brother, 29-year-old John Vargas armed with two stun guns, two handguns, an ice pick and a potato to silence the gun, then drove the teen to an undeveloped area near the Naples airport where he was then killed.Vargas was fatally wounded in a struggle for one of the guns as the teen attempted to escape. Serbu then fatally shot the teen in the chest.During a police interview, Serbu confessed to wanting to kill the teen because her daughter told a babysitter that Sierra inappropriately touched her.Serbu has been found guilty of second-degree murder and now faces a possible life sentence. Her next hearing is set for Jan. 3rd.It is unclear if the child’s allegations are true.
By Kathy MieleIt was after dinner and my son Alex and I were taking a walk around the neighborhood.We didn’t have to go far before the fragrance of our neighbors’ grill seemed to fill the air. I inhaled deeply. “I have to say I love the smell of a steak cooking on the grill,” I said to Alex as we were busy walking off our dinner of hamburgers that I’d cooked on the stove.“It does smell good,” Alex agreed. We walked a little further when he turned to me and asked, “Why don’t we barbecue anymore?”“That’s a good question.” We’d made it to the end of the block when a new smell overwhelmed us. “Wow, whatever they’re cooking, it sure was marinated with a lot of garlic! It smells great!”As we walked further along I tried to think of when we’d used our grill last. It had been so long ago that I couldn’t even remember if we had any propane left in the tank. We hadn’t grilled this season and I’m pretty sure we didn’t last summer either.“Your dad’s not big on grilling.” I explained.“Why does Dad have to be the one at the grill?” Alex asked. “You could do it.”“Are you kidding? I’m busy getting everything ready in the kitchen!” I argued. “I can’t be walking outside every 5 minutes checking on a piece of meat! It’s easier for me to just cook it inside with everything else!”“O.k.,” Alex sounded wary. “I didn’t mean to get you upset.”“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to snap at you,” I apologized. “I’m just not big on grill cooking.”We walked a few blocks more in silence until we came across a new smell. “Someone’s cooking with charcoal.” I said. “I have to say I love the smell of lighter fluid.”“Isn’t lighter fluid like gasoline?” Alex asked. “It can’t be good for you.”“I’m sure it’s not good for you but nobody really thought about that when I was a kid.” I had to smile when a favorite memory popped into my head. “My dad would use so much lighter fluid you could actually taste it on the burger,” I told Alex.“I think I’d rather skip the charcoal grill and stick with the propane,” Alex said as he kicked a stone down the road.“You know I could teach you how to cook on the grill,” I said.“Why would I want to do that?” Alex asked.“It’s a great skill to learn.”“Let’s see,” Alex said then thought for a moment. “You don’t cook on the grill and neither does Dad but somehow you think I’m going to like doing it?”“I didn’t say you’d like doing it. I really can’t think of anyone who likes standing outside during a heat wave and cooking over an open flame. It’s really all about the flavor you get when you cook on a barbecue.”“You know what I like the flavor of?” Alex said. “The cheeseburger you made tonight. It was perfect!”“I’m getting the feeling that I’m not going to be able to talk you into manning the grill this summer.”“Nope.” We were coming around the corner of our block and our walk was almost over. Alex gave me a quick pat on the back. “But, that was a really great try.”
By Jay Cook |HIGHLANDS – Still recovering from damages caused by Super Storm Sandy five years ago, the borough is taking steps to possibly upgrade a pair of forlorn properties within town lines: one in the hills and another along the bay.The Highlands Land Use Board announced on July 12 that they received bids for two different requests for proposals (RFP) to look at designating both Captain’s Cove Marina and Shadow Lawn Trailer Park as official “areas in need of redevelopment.”Both sites have been regular agenda items at Borough Council and Land Use Board meetings throughout the past decade, whether it be from plans to change zoning ordinances or for infrastructure upgrades in the post-Sandy era.“Last year, it was one of the priorities of the council to really do something with these two properties,” said Highlands Borough Council President Carolyn Broullon.Mobile homes like these cover nearly 8 acres of the developable land in Shadow Lawn Trailer Park.The council sent a recommendation to the Land Use Board in December 2016 for the committee to look at how the two properties could potentially be redeveloped through the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.By meeting one of seven associated criteria, the designation is designed to supersede existing municipal zoning laws, a move that potentially greases the skids for cleaning up blighted areas. Per county tax records, the property was valued at over $2.2 million this year.Broullon concurred, saying “if (Shadow Lawn) is deemed to be an area in need of redevelopment, it opens up a wide scope for the property owner, as well as the borough.”The other parcel under discussion is Captain’s Cove Marina, located at 2 Washington Avenue in the downtown section of town.Per Captain’s Cove’s website, the marina has called Highlands home for more than 110 years. It has 92 boat slips for boats up to 38 feet long, six slips on floating docks, and three self-operating boat lifts, as stated on the webpage.According to meeting minutes, Fred Rosiack, the property owner, said at a November 2016 Land Use Board meeting that his marina had been almost 50 percent destroyed after Sandy.Captain’s Cove in HighlandsHe noted that he had two potential buyers for the parcel who backed out when learning the property was zoned in a residential area and not for a marina use. Rosiack also said he has been looking to reinvigorate the café located near the bulkhead, yet would need a variance to do so.Damages from Sandy are still visible today at Captain’s Cove Marina. Pilings along the Washington Avenue side are snarled and deteriorated. Only a few slipholders have steps to reach the ladders in their slips. The café, as Rosiack had said to the Land Use Board, is virtually unusable – much of the siding is ripped off, showing a previous coat of weathered red paint beneath.Rosiack also did not return calls for comment by press time.Broullon said the borough is in its ver y early stages going for ward with the redevelopment area designation, and bringing on planners for each site moves that process forward.Broullon added that Highlands “could do so much more” with the two properties.“If they’re developed in a way that brings in more for our residents, that’s a bigger tax base that can help the whole borough,” she said.This article was first published in the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Both the ordinance change and development project led to longstanding litigation spanning over four years. Pauline Jennings, a resident fighting the ordinance change, sued the borough and Highlander Development over the change, and eventually won when her case reached state Superior Court. That decision threw out the zoning update and Highlander Development’s building application.Representatives with Highlander Development did not respond to requests for comment by press time.Recently, borough documents show an impetus to redevelop the Shadow Lawn property. Per a 2016 Master Plan Reexamination Report, the mobile home park “is one of the few tracts of land remaining in the borough.”The report promotes redevelopment of the property through mixed use, considering “its proximity to Route 36 and multifamily home districts and its location at the top of the hill.” The future of Shadow Lawn Trailer Park has bounced around borough meetings for at least the past decade.According to a Housing Element and Fair Share Plan report adopted by Highlands last year, Shadow Lawn is an approximately 120-unit mobile home park on 13 acres of developed and undeveloped land. It sits in the hills along Route 36, between the highway and the Eastpointe Condominium complex, a 14-story residential apartment building.The only ingress to the mobile home park is directly across from the QuickChek rear exit on Ocean Boulevard, near where Route 36 splits westbound, traveling towards Middletown. The main road through the development is Laurel Drive.According to court documents, the Highlands Borough Council looked to change zoning ordinances at Shadow Park in 2007 to allow for uses other than just a mobile home park, its current zoning. There were residents concerned over potential high-rise development at the site, yet the ordinance was ultimately approved in December 2007.Highlander Development Group, the property owner, came to the Land Use Board two years later with a plan to build three high-rise residential buildings with 282 units, a swimming pool, clubhouse, a multistory garage and other associated site improvements. The plan was ultimately approved in October 2010, per Land Use Board documents.
“The developers plan to create a place for locals, workers and community members to enjoy,” said Sarah Giberson, FMERA senior marketing development officer. “We’re looking to attract a new wave of tech innovators, creative thinkers and engaged citizens to Fort Monmouth. Access to culture, specialty food and drink and quality outdoor space are all a part of the equation.” In Other FMERA News At the March 20 monthly meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), voting members approved a plan amendment that will allow The Loft Brewery, still under renovation, to add 5,900 additional square feet, increasing its capital investment in the redevelopment project from $1.5 million to $4.6 million. “It’s going to be pretty nice,” Robert Lucky, FMERA chairman told the board, adding he had seen an “impressive” video that should be released to the public soon. “Anyone looking to have a party, wedding, bar mitzvah or business meeting in a rustic industrial space would have to travel to the Foundry in Brooklyn or the Cork Factory in (Lancaster) Pennsylvania, a two hour ride,” he said. “Now they will have a space in Monmouth County. We believe if we build it they will come!” Purchase of the 16,420-square-foot building on 4.2 acres by Regional Development Group, LLC (RDG) began in 2016 and closed in April 2018. RDG paid $120,000 “as is” for the 1940s-era Dance Hall, heavily damaged in Super Storm Sandy. Following approvals by FMERA and Oceanport officials, work got underway to save much of the historic structure’s ambiance while modernizing it into a microbrewery, restaurant and entertainment complex. The interior features an open floor plan with an exposed wood truss ceiling. OCEANPORT – The new multi-use microbrewery coming to Fort Monmouth’s former Dance Hall has cleared the first hurdle to expanding its original size and space plan. Management is required to create 48 permanent, full-time jobs within 18 months of occupancy or pay a penalty. Brooks said bookings for events during 2020 will commence soon. • Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative, has been nominated by FMERA members to receive the national 2019 John Lynch Base Redevelopment award. The award, bestowed by the Association of Defense Communities, recognizes individuals, “who have been essential in ensuring that a community or local redevelopment authority has helped address specific economic needs following base realignment or closure.” • A Request for Offers to Purchase has been reissued for the fort’s Expo Theater, an 18,833-square-foot entertainment facility on 7 acres with a 995-seat auditorium built in 1968 along the Avenue of Memories (Route 537). Originally intended primarily for theater use, the new purchase parameters now “provide greater flexibility in the property’s redevelopment.” Retail, restaurant and/or office uses would now be permitted in addition to entertainment. The initial RFOTP drew two responses. One was noncompliant and the other was withdrawn. • Following the recent FMERA-sponsored fort bus tour for Oceanport residents, officials said additional tours will be announced soon for residents of Eatontown and Tinton Falls. A new LLC, The Loft Partnership, was created by RDG specifically for this project. Brooks said increasing the size and scope of the project addresses an area need. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski Last year, Fuller “Trip” Brooks, co-founder of RDG,told The Two River Times,“Most of the roof disappearedand needs to be rebuilt.” The expanded plan includes a new front entrance and lobby and larger kitchen and offices. An additional courtyard will be added, along with all-season outdoor space. Approval of the changes by Oceanport officials is the next step. While a microbrewery was not originally envisioned in redevelopment plans for the parcel, officials now point to it as an example of their willingness to consider viable, alternative, “outside-the-box” proposals. • Forty-four pages of public commentsregarding KKF University EnterprisesLLC’s Phase One plans to redevelopSquier Hall into a location of New JerseyCity University (NJCU) are under reviewby FMERA staff. Officials said they willrespond to all comments and address thematter at their next meeting April 17. A design concept shows the mezzanine overlooking the dining area.Courtesy Regional Development Group • Burry is credited with securing several fort parcels for county use, including a recreation complex, new satellite Veteran’s Services Office, and the former Motor Pool, now a second strategic location for Monmouth County Public Works and its emergency equipment. She has also been involved in historic and open space preservation at the fort. Award recipients will be announced before the official June ceremony in Washington, DC.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2015)–Favored Sweet Swap went to the front and never looked back in taking Friday’s $65,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length under Joe Talamo. Trained by John Sadler, Sweet Swap carved out fractions of 22.29, 44.56 and 1:06.58 en route to a final time of 1:12.54 down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.“I was glad to see him break well today,” said Talamo. “He has a tendency, even when he’s won, to break slow sometimes. Fortunately, he’s easy to ride. When he makes the lead, he puts his ears up and just idles which is real easy on the rider. I just let him do his own thing.”Off at 6-5 in a field of seven older horses, Sweet Swap paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.40. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old Candy Ride horse picked up his fifth win from 12 tries down the unique hillside layout and improved his overall record to 17-7-3-3. With the winner’s share of $39,000, he increased his earnings to $390,529.Third, beaten three quarters of a length after hopping at the break in in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hill Jan. 25, Sweet Swap had been the beaten favorite in his last three starts, but will now be pointed to a title defense in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes over the course on April 19.“Yes, we’ll run next in the San Simeon,” said Sadler. “I’m really happy. This is the make-up race for the Joe Hernandez Stakes on Feb. 22, which got rained out. It was really nice that the Racing Office gave these horses a chance to run back.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, U S Citizen sat second to the winner throughout and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths as the runner-up over longshot County Lineman. The second choice in the wagering at 7-2, U S Citizen paid $3.60 and $3.20.County Lineman, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was next to last crossing the dirt at the top of the lane, wheeled five-wide turning for home and finished third, a half length in front of Si Sage. Off at 6-1, County Lineman paid $3.40 to show.There was one winning ticket in Friday’s Pick Six, worth $46,920. The ticket was purchased through a wagering hub in Lewiston, Maine. The purchase price was unavailable at press time.First post time for a nine-race program, highlighted by the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes on Saturday, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30– ONE WINNING TICKET IN PICK SIX PAYS $46,920; TICKET BOUGHT THROUGH LEWISTON, MAINE HUB –30–
SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the Victors of The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 27, 2013In “Community”Ready, Set, Go: The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug Race!September 21, 2012In “Community”The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 17, 2012In “Community” They’re lean, they’re mean and they’re swarming back to Geocaching HQ as we speak. Almost a full year ago at the 2012 Geocaching Block Party, we released a collection of Travel Bugs in The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug Race. The trackables entered the wild to start the race of their lives. Geocachers and Geocaching HQ Staff (Lackeys) alike watched their intrepid racers start their journey with a singular goal: to make it at least 2013 miles and return to Geocaching HQ in Seattle in time for the 2013 Geocaching Block Party. Additionally, Travel Bugs competed in the following categories:Fastest TB back to HQ (after traveling the minimum mileage)TB with the most mileageTB to travel to the most countriesTB with the best pictureTB with the best log entryTB with the most geocachers who moved the TBTB with the most creative Hitchhiker (item the TB is attached to)Summer Time Geocoin’s Travel MapWe’re in the homestretch now, less than 72 hours left! But who will win each prize? Will the mileage race be won by budda63’s 28,000 mile powerhouse Summer Time Geocoin, which has already traveled further than the circumference of the Earth? Will “most geocachers involved” go to Pinscreen’s Hippo Safari racer, or will belaviz’s Pass’n Gasser Racer Tag take the prize? All questions are answered once and for all this Saturday in Fremont at the 2013 Geocaching Block Party.In the meantime, keep up that 31 Days of Geocaching streak (we sure will)! You can also check out the status of all the Travel Bug® racers here. Who’s your favorite to win? Share with your Friends:More
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.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 shutoutAtlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this June 5, 2016 file photo, Mexico defender Rafael Marquez leaves the pitch after a Copa America group C soccer match against Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Ariz. Marquez is back with his club on Monday, Sept. 18 2017, more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties. Atlas says the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again and will continue his legal fight. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)MEXICO CITY — Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:21Police report on Nov. 2013 Pampanga drug sting ‘full of lies’ — ex-PNP official00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Bucks re-sign 40-year-old guard Jason Terry