Cottagers coy over Al Fayed reports

first_img The 84-year-old has transformed Fulham from a third-tier outfit to an established Barclays Premier League side since taking over in 1997, but reports suggest the former Harrods owner is now willing to sell the club. Fulham and a representative of Al Fayed opted not to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport, with suggestions that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is the interested party. Fulham and Mohamed Al Fayed have declined to comment on speculation the Egyptian is preparing to sell the club after 16 years. The Cottagers reached the Europa League final three years ago and last season finished 12th in the league under the guidance of Martin Jol. Off the field, training facilities have improved markedly and Craven Cottage has been revamped, with planning permission in place to redevelop the Riverside Stand and increase the stadium’s capacity to 30,000. The club is also effectively debt-free after Al Fayed converted previous loans into equity earlier this year. Reported potential buyer Khan has close sporting ties to London, with his NFL franchise playing one regular season game a season at Wembley for the next four years. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

SB Begins Process of Redeveloping Business District

first_imgBy John Burton SEA BRIGHT – As the borough continues its long journey toward restoration and rebuilding after the devastation of Sandy, discussions are beginning to outline what changes should be made to the borough’s downtown business district.“What we’re envisioning is a total redevelopment of the downtown area,” Borough Councilman C. Read Murphy said.Discussions on what would or should be done to the commercial area “is really preliminary.” While there hasn’t been any formal discussion about it yet, Murphy said there have been very informal talks about what the future should look like.What is being floated mostly involves the western side of Ocean Avenue/ Highway 36 to be reserved for a stretch of local businesses.Murphy said, first and foremost, any plan would have to address revised elevation for any rebuilding that might occur.Borough officials are awaiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcement regarding new elevation requirements to try to prevent a reoccurrence of the flooding and damage caused by the late October storm and its accompanying tidal surge. That announcement is expected at any time now, Murphy said.Preliminary talks have centered around having a possible elevation that is 15 feet higher than the current standard as the benchmark for future development, the councilman said. There also has been preliminary discussions about erecting an elevated boardwalk in front of the elevated business.The plan is expected to encourage mixed-use development, combining retail and other businesses with residential units on upper floors, Murphy said.“We haven’t nailed any of this down yet,” Murphy stressed.As for any future redevelopment, “We’re looking at a myriad of different ways of doing that,” including possible public/private partnerships, he said.“We’ve had assurances from the governor (Chris Christie) and lieutenant governor (Kim Guadagno) that they’ll assist us and aid us in this process,” Murphy said.Calls this week to the governor’s office seeking comment were not returned.Northshore Menswear on Ocean Avenue was destroyed during the storm. Its owner, Brian George, has temporarily relocated to Rumson but expects to be back in the borough by March 1.He acknowledged there is a plan but that could be as far away as two years.“The main thing right now is to get the businesses opened” by the all-important summer season, George said.Many of the buildings have been so severely damaged that they have been condemned and will have to be rebuilt. Others will require substantial work to get them ready for businesses to return, George said.The possible plans he has heard about for a future downtown meet with his approval.“Absolutely,” he said, indicating it would create a picturesque, “Nantucket-ish” look with its design.last_img read more

Retiring Head of School Honored

first_imgTINTON FALLS – The Ranney School community honored its retiring head of school by dedicating the middle and upper school building in recognition of Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff for his more than two decades of service.Students, parents, school facility, administration and guests gathered May 21 on Ranney’s campus, 235 Hope Road, to dedicate the building now named the Lawrence Sykoff Center for Excellence.Ranney Upper School students, from left, Kendall Tropey, Jordan Hesslein and James Soldati, place school memorabilia into a time capsule during the dedication and naming of the Lawrence Sykoff Center for Excellence that honors theretiring head of school.Sykoff, who is retiring at the end of the school year, has been head of school for the pre-K-12th grade private school since 1993.Students were present to assist with the placing of noteworthy mementos from the year school year into a time capsule for the newly named facility. The capsule will be buried in the building’s courtyard.“You’re true lasting legacy, Dr. Sykoff, is the thousands of young adults that have been impacted because of what you have done with the school,” board of trustees President Jamie Price said during the outdoor ceremony. “They will be better prepared for life’s challenges and are guided by a strong ethical code. Most importantly, they will go on to impact millions of people and will change the world in ways we have yet to see.”last_img read more

Holidays Aren’t Complete Without ‘The Nutcracker’

first_img“Mymom was a dancer and I started when I was 3,” she said. “I was 6 when I startedat the Academy of Dance Arts. Fortickets for Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, Dec. 7 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. performances:asburyparkhall.com or arballet.org. Oneof the reasons this is the most wonderful time of the year is the abundance ofholiday entertainment for families. “Afterthat,” Jacey said, “you get offered a contract or find a new company.” “Additionally,Jacey has shown to be an eager learner. Her desire to improve every day hasbeen apparent,” he said. “She also brings a positive spirit in a disciplinethat can often be incredibly challenging.” Lookfor her in the corps for “Waltz of the Snowflakes” and “Waltz of the Flowers.” ARB’s new ballet master Ian Hussey, a former principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, plays the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” the ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. The ARB production includes more than 100 performers from the company and its school. Shesaid her parents, Melissa and Jim Schnappauf, have been verysupportive of her choices, including leaving Shore Regional High School in WestLong Branch after two years to pursue her dream. She is continuing her studiesonline. By Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen ARBwas founded in 1963 by Audrée Estey as thePrinceton Regional Ballet Company; the company turned professional in 1978 and wasrenamed Princeton Ballet Company. In 1990 it became the American Repertory Ballet. It also operates the Princeton Ballet School withstudios in Cranbury, New Brunswick and Princeton. “Itwas intense, but that’s where I refined my technique,”she said. “I loved it more and more and decided I wanted to do this full time. “Asmy technique developed I could push myself and more opportunities opened up,”she said. Sheenrolled in ARB’s summer dance intensives, lasting two to five weeks, and thatled to the trainee invitation. “ARB’s‘Nutcracker’ is a timeless family tradition and a wonderful way to celebratethe magic of the season,” said Julie Diana Hench, executive director. “It’s agreat introduction for all ages to professional ballet and a treat for ourdancers, knowing that it brings such joy to audiences year after year.” Alsoin the cast is Jacey Schnappauf, 16, from the SharkRiver section of Neptune. She studied dance for 10 years, training underNicholas and Shayne Mishoe, owners of the Academy of Dance Arts in TintonFalls. Meanwhile,Jacey is really looking forward to Dec. 7. It’s her 17th birthday and she willbe dancing at the Paramount Theatre, just a few miles from her hometown. “Jaceyis a committed and extremely focused student,” said Ian Hussey, ARB’s balletmaster, who also portrays Uncle Drosselmeyer in the ballet. “Physically, she isgifted with rare length and, although being tall can sometimes be difficult foryoung dancers, she is quite technically strong. Thisis her first year with ARB as a trainee, a two-year bridge program, between thestudent phase of training and a professional career. Sixteen-year-old Jacey Schnappauf of Neptune will be part of the cast of American Repertory Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Scheduledspecial guests for certain performances of the ARB’s “The Nutcracker” includetwo New York City Ballet dancers – soloist Unity Phelan (a former PrincetonBallet School student) as the Sugar Plum Fairy, accompanied by principal dancerAdrian Danchig-Waring – for two performances in Princeton. Also, fiveperformances in New Brunswick feature an orchestra and the Princeton Girlchoir. Shehas been looking into Ballet West, Salt Lake City, Utah, which she said isknown for its tall dancers. Jacey is 5 feet 8 inches tall. American Repertory Ballet’s production of “Nutcracker” will ring in the holiday season with several performances, including Dec. 7 at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Photo courtesy Leighton Chen “Welook for talented dancers that show technical proficiency, artisticsensibilities and a desire to grow and learn in a professional environment,”Hench said. “A positive attitude and strong work ethic are also key for thesestudents.  “Fromthe beginning, we could see that Jacey is a very disciplined, dedicated andtalented young dancer who is deeply invested into her dance education.”  A perennial favorite is “The Nutcracker” and the American Repertory Ballet (ARB) has scheduled 15 performances at theaters around the state through Dec. 21, including two Dec. 7 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Other venues include McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton; the State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick, and the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton. Thisyear, seven out of eight ARB2 dancers came from the trainee program. ARB2is the development company where young dancers work directly with the maincompany.last_img read more

FCPX Video Tutorial: How to Fix Rolling Shutter

first_imgLearn how to easily reduce rolling shutter in this FCPX video tutorial.Rolling Shutter is one of the most annoying aspects of shooting video in a digital age. Even if you aren’t familiar with the term ‘rolling shutter‘ you have probably encountered it while shooting video. Rolling shutter is a phenomenon that creates wobbly or “Jello-like” footage when panning or shooting a fast moving object. It occurs because, unlike film cameras of years past, most modern cameras don’t expose the entire sensor at the same time. Instead the sensor exposes from top to bottom causing horizontal shifting to occur.Rolling shutter shown on guitar strings.To combat this problem, higher-end cameras are beginning to introduce global shutters that expose the entire sensor at once, just like old film cameras. Unfortunately these cameras are pretty expensive. Luckily for us, this video tutorial from TheHowToMac demonstrates how to reduce rolling shutter in Final Cut Pro X. The video covers:Identifying Rolling ShutterThe Rolling Shutter ToolRolling Shutter and Motion TrackingAre you more of an Adobe person? Check out our post about reducing rolling shutter using Premiere Pro.This video was first shared on TheHowToMac’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for reducing rolling shutter? Are global shutters worth the cost? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

a month agoAllegri will make huge demands if Man Utd approach

first_imgAllegri will make huge demands if Man Utd approachby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is being linked with Manchester United.Tuttosport says United are keen to bring in Allegri should they relieve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of his duties.But he would have some demands if he was to come to England.Allegri will want ‘massive interventions’ in the January window should he accept the job in the near future.United spent big in the summer, bringing in £150m worth of talent.But the former Premier League heavyweights only added three players with that money, in the form of Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.More is needed if United are to catch up with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Modi to inaugurate Gandhi Solar Park Indias gift to the UN Headquarters

first_imgNew York: In a first of its kind symbolic effort by India at the UN, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a 50KW ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ next week during his visit to the world organisation, a gesture that highlights India’s willingness to go beyond the talk on climate change. At a contribution of about one million dollars, India has gifted solar panels that have been installed on the roof of the UN Headquarters here, one panel each for every 193 UN Member State. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Modi will remotely inaugurate the solar park at the UN Headquarters and the ‘Gandhi Peace Garden’ during a special commemorative event on September 24 marking Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. On the occasion, a special UN Postage on Gandhi’s 150 years will also be released. The ‘Gandhi Peace Garden’ is an innovative initiative under which the Consulate General of India in New York, Long Island-based NGO Shanti Fund and the State University of New York – Old Westbury have entered into an agreement to plant 150 trees. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The garden is dedicated in the memory of Gandhi and is a crowdsourced project, with people adopting trees in the memory of their loved ones. The garden is in an open site within the 600 acres campus of the University. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told reporters here Thursday that the country’s engagement during the high level UN General Assembly session will be action-oriented and with visible outcomes and the Solar Park is an example of that. “Never has there been a symbolic Indian effort at the UN, of a tangible nature, which impacts on every country of the type that the Gandhi Solar Park is going to be. The UN always talks about renewable energy, it always talks about climate action, climate change. By this small effort that we’ve made, we symbolise our willingness to go beyond the talk.” The solar panels are powered up to reach the max of 50 KW of generation power. Akbaruddin said energy generated in the park is equivalent to energy that would have been created through use of 30,000 kilograms of coal. It also has a carbon sequestration of 1000 seedlings which will grow into trees over 10 years. “It is a first attempt. It is an effort where we reflect all 193 countries because there are 193 panels there. Each one for one country, we not only believe in solar power, but we believe in equality too.” Further, in a new element in India’s engagement with the UN, Modi will host a special event ‘Leadership Matters: Relevance of Gandhi in the Contemporary World’ on September 24 in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in the UN Headquarters, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “For the first time we are having an Indian icon celebrated at the UN. The idea is that to try and contextualise Gandhi’s approach in a more broad, international context of today. So it will be focused on leadership matters.” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, Singapore Prime Minister M Lee Hsien Loong, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will address the special event and speak on their leadership challenges and how in the contemporary world, Gandhi’s values have inspired each of them in challenges they have faced in their political lives, when they were in office or outside office as leaders. Akbaruddin said these leaders from diverse geographies will speak on Gandhi’s leadership and relevance of Gandhian approach and values in the contemporary world. Modi will also be presented with the 2019 ‘Global Goalkeeper Award’ by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on September 24. The honour is a “special recognition” that celebrates a political leader who has “demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country and/or globally.” Modi will be honoured for his leadership of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which he had launched on October 2, 2014. The ambitious mission aims to accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage in the country by this year as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. So far, 90 million toilets have been built to eliminate open defecation by October 2, 2019 and currently 98 per cent of India’s villages have rural sanitation coverage instead of 38 per cent four years ago.last_img read more

JammuNew Delhi Pakistan on Tuesday handed over t

first_imgJammu/New Delhi: Pakistan on Tuesday handed over to India the body of a Border Security Force (BSF) sub-inspector who had drowned in a river along the International Border in Jammu last week, officials said. The body of Paritosh Mandal was found “deep inside” the neighbouring country’s territory and the Pakistan Rangers informed the BSF about the recovery, they said. Mandal, 54, went missing in the Aik Nallah in Arnia sector on September 28 when he and two other troopers were patrolling along the India-Pakistan International Border.last_img read more

Kolkata Alleging that Kolkata Metro Rail Corporat

first_imgKolkata: Alleging that Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRCL) is yet to fulfil its promise of rehabilitating them, the Bowbazar traders — who had to shut their shops after several buildings in the area developed cracks and some collapsed due to a tunnel-boring work in August-September — protested on Monday. The protestors disrupted the ongoing repair and reconstruction work in Durga Pithuri Lane in the area, demanding assurances in writing.The shops and offices at Durga Pithuri Lane, Shyakra Para Lane and B B Ganguly Street in Bowbazar are shut since August 31 when the buildings started developing cracks due to the tunneling work for East-West Metro corridor. The KMRCL had assured the affected businessmen that they would be rehabilitated. A committee was formed to hear the issues of the shop owners of the concerned area and a proposal was given to pay an ad hoc amount of Rs 50,000 to the those affected. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja As per the shop owners, the authorities are yet to fulfil their promises. “They had promised us compensation, but we haven’t received it. We don’t know what will happen to the labours who worked in our shops,” said a trader. The KMRCL officials have held several meetings with the traders. Residents of Bowbazar were left shaken after cracks appeared on over 60 buildings due to the work on the East-West Metro. Experts and engineers working on the project – which is being deemed as India’s technological marvel considering the underwater Metro tunnel passing through river Hooghly – suggested that water leaking into the tunnel resulted in a cave in. The machine, which was boring the tunnel, through which Howrah Maidan-bound trains will run, hit a giant aquifer. Water from the aquifer flooded the tunnel, triggering subsidence and causing severe damage to many buildings.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Visakhapatnam Rohit Sharmas Test career got a ne

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Rohit Sharma’s Test career got a new lease of life as he struck an unbeaten 115 in his first innings as an opener to take India to a commanding 202 for no loss against South Africa before rain washed out the final session of the series-opener, here on Wednesday. There was an 80 per cent chance of rain on the opening day but it only arrived during the tea break with India comfortably placed after 59.1 overs of play. Mayank Agarwal was on course for a maiden Test hundred, having played extremely well for his 183-ball 84. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThunderstorm, followed by a heavy spell of rain, ensured no play was possible after the tea break. Before weather played spoilsport, Rohit stole the show in what could be a career changing knock for him. While South African bowlers did trouble the Indian batsmen on a few occasions in the first session, they seemed toothless in the second session where Rohit and Agarwal scored at a brisk rate. Rohit, who got to his fifty before lunch, shifted gears and was particularly harsh on the spinners. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHe hammered off-spinner Danie Piedt for successive sixes over deep midwicket to get into the nineties before completing his fourth Test ton with a single off debutant spinner Senuran Muthusamy. The entire dressing room, including skipper Virat Kohli, stood up to laud Rohit’s feat. His 174-ball unconquered innings contained 12 fours and five sixes. At the other end, Agarwal was cruising towards his maiden Test ton. He too looked assured at the crease and played his shots. Early into the afternoon session, he brought up his half century with a spectacular six over extra cover off Keshav Maharaj. Clouds gathered over the stadium towards the end of the session and thunderstorms forced the umpires to take the tea break eight minutes before scheduled time. Earlier, Rohit and Agarwal played out 30 overs in the morning session after safely negotiating the South African pacers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander, taking India to 91 for no loss. India, who had named their playing on the eve of the first Test, opted to bat on a dry surface with skipper Kohli calling his decision a “no brainer.” Expecting the pitch to turn, South Africa picked three spinners in Maharaj, Piedt and Muthusamy, who is more of a batting all-rounder. All eyes were expectedly on Rohit whose stop-start Test career has taken a new direction with the management accommodating him at the top of the order. He left the first ball he faced before driving Rabada past backward point with minimal feet movement for a four. His second scoring shot was also a boundary as he punched Philander towards backward point. The pitch offered very little to the pacers and spinners in the first two hours of play. What worked for Rohit was standing outside the crease when Philander was bowling to negate any little swing that was available. Rabada has the express pace but he did not test the Indian openers as much as Philander. Rohit and Philander”s battle in the first hour was absorbing. Philander, who got the better of Rohit in the warm-up game, challenged Rohit by moving the ball both ways in his opening spell of four overs. After a few play and misses, Rohit chose to walk down the pitch before South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis asked wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to stand up to the stumps. After getting the measure of the surface, Rohit went for his strokes like he does in white-ball cricket. His first big hit was a typical one as he gently stepped out of the crease to smash Maharaj over long-on. A little later, he played a similar short off Piedt and this time the ball flew well above the long-on fielder. Rohit completed his 11th Test half-century towards the end of the session but in a not-so-convincing fashion. He mis-timed a sweep but fortunately it was not in the reach of the fielder and went for a four.last_img read more