C.K. Akonnor: There is pressure ahead of Nkana return match

first_imgAsante Kotoko head coach, C.K. Akonnor, has revealed that there is a huge call for the team to get a victory against Nkana in their fourth Group C game of the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup competition.Kotoko host Nkana on March 3 in Kumasi a week after losing to the Zambians 3-1 in Kitwe.The Porcupine Warriors have arrived in Ghana and they will get to Kumasi later on Tuesday to begin getting ready for the return match and Akonnor is already expecting fans to want a better output from his players.“Before we went to play against Nkana in Zambia, there was pressure on the team and I know that there will be pressure from the fans on us to win the next game and get back to a high level.We lost to Nkana and we have to accept and it and improve on the negatives and see the way forward.”Nkana themselves will land in Ghana on Wednesday and head to Kumasi for the match. They lead the group on 6 points while Kotoko are bottom with 3 points.–By: Nathan Quao/citinewsroom.com/Ghanalast_img read more

COSAFA GIRLS: Uganda 20 Comoros 0

first_imgL-R Fauzia Najjemba, Shakira Nyinagahirwa, Juliet Nalukenge, and Margret Kunihira with their balls after scoring hat-tricks in the match against Comoros. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda U-17 Girls’ national team humiliated Comoros 20-0 in a one sided COSAFA U-17 Girls Championship Group A contest at the Anjalay Stadium, Mauritius on Tuesday.Skipper Juliet Nalukenge continued with her scoring spree at the tournament scoring seven goals today to take her tally to 15 and regain the lead in the top scorers’ race.Margaret Kunihira too was impressive on the day scoring five goals while Fauzia Najjemba and diminutive midfielder Shakira Nyinagahirwa added a double brace (four goals) and a hat-trick respectively.Right-back Gillian Akadinda also spared time to move forward and get onto the score sheet in a one-sided affair.Uganda led 14-0 by the half time break before the rest of the goals coming in the subsequent half.The victory meant Uganda ascended to the summit of group A on superior goal difference scoring a total of 32 goals in three games, eleven more than Zambia who also finished with seven points. Uganda XIDaphine Nyayenga (GK), Gilian Akadinda, Patricia Akiror, Stella Musubika, Bira Nadunga, Kevin Nakachwa, Margaret Kunihira, Samalie Nakachwa, Juliet Nalukenge, Fauzia Najjemba, Shakira NyinagahirwaSubstitutesJoan Namusisi (GK), Gift Nasasira (GK), Catherine Nagadya, Moureen Nangonzi, Precious Atwiine, Cissy Kabarwani, Hadijah Nandago, Zaitun Namaganda******SOURCE: FUFA MEDIAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Portrait of Eternity—The life and journey of Bill Nunn Jr.

first_imgART ROONEY II at Bill Nunn Jr.’s gravesite. (Photo by Thomas Sabol)It was a just another day (at least it was for me) on the morning of May 7.  I had just concluded prerecording a new radio show that I began hosting, just three weeks prior to Mr. Bill Nunn Jr. making his final departure to join his ancestors.I peeped into the office of Alan Lincoln the former president of the Radio Division of the Sheridan Broadcasting Network one of the pioneers of Black American radio broadcasting and syndication. He now heads the Riverside Sales Group which has formed a partnership with 1550 WZUM in Pittsburgh, the classic oldies station.  Alan is also the executive producer of the aforementioned program that I host, “Knights over Egypt.”Anyway, I was about to yell out my usual “see you next week,” but before I could get it out Alan said, “I know you could not have known but Bill Nunn passed away last evening.”  At that point my next destination became a blur and seemed a trillion miles away.  I cannot for the life of me recall my response but it had to be incomprehensible.  The next action that I was truly cognizant of was getting on the elevator in my office building and pushing the button to take me to the 18th floor.  My schedule was so hectic on the date that Mr. Nunn passed away, I could not have possibly been privy to the information because I left home too early that morning to get the news and I was far too exhausted to even turn on the television when I arrived back late that night.last_img read more

Eight Historic Buildings At Fort Hancock Have Suitors

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |MIDDLETOWN – After issuing the first lease on a building in historic Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook in Gateway National Recreation Area last year, the committee formed in 2012 to plan for the fort’s future now has letters of intent to lease eight other buildings at the fort.At its meeting Friday at the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft, members of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee received a report from National Park Service (NPS) officials detailing the issuing of letters of intent for the buildings, the process by which potential lessees and the park service enter into discussions on lease terms.The leases for five of the buildings, which were previously used by the U.S. Army as a gas station, bakery, mule barn, and sergeants’ and officers’ quarters, are now being discussed by the NPS with Joseph Kachinsky Jr. and Rudolph Wobito, according to the park service.Kachinsky is a construction official in Middletown who conducts building assessments on Sandy Hook, but will not inspect the buildings he is involved in leasing. Instead, an inspector for Atlantic Highlands or another nearby town will do those inspections.Neither Kachinsky nor Wobito could be reached for comment about the buildings.The project manager and architect for the nonprofit Affordable Housing Alliance advocacy group, serving Monmouth County, have met with the park service concerning the building that was formerly bachelor officers’ quarters to discuss the NPS approval process and historic preservation and interim preservation plan, the park service said. Meyer Pincelli, director of capital projects at the Affordable Housing Alliance, said they would use the house to create several one-bedroom affordable housing units.Representatives for The Monmouth County Vocational School District, which operates the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) high school, have also met with the park officials. They are interested in a former mess hall and barracks, according to the park service. The leases for the buildings run for 60 years and the park service would charge a fair market monthly rate, which would be offset by the funds which the lessee invests in renovating the building. A fee would also be charged by the park service for road maintenance, garbage collection, landscaping and other services. The first five lessees will not be charged the fee, according to the NPS. Lessees would pay taxes to Middletown.At the public portion of the meeting, Dan Ferrise of Monmouth Beach said he had looked at some of the properties offered for a lease. The main issue concerning the leases, he said, are the taxes, which the lessee would have no control over. He asked what services a lessee would receive from Middletown for taxes paid. Committee member Anthony Mercantante, the Middletown township administrator, said the lessees would be able to use the township’s schools, police emergency services, library, recreational and other services. He said the assessments of the buildings at the fort were a third or less than comparable properties in the rest of the township because they would not include the value of the land.Mercantante said there would be other considerations in the assessments such as the traffic problems at the fort when the roads were congested during the summer season.He also said state law mandated taxes be placed on the properties.A table provided by the NPS listing the assessed value of the properties and the fair market rent for them showed the assessed value for the officers’ quarters included in the letters of intent of Kachinsky and Wobito was $15,400 with a monthly rent of $1,100. But the assessed value for the noncommissioned officers duplex that was leased last year and has been renovated is $238,400 with a rent of $2,100.In 1999, the park service issued a 60-year lease to Jim Wassel, a developer from Rumson, to renovate and commercially develop more than 36 buildings at the fort. A local group called Save Sandy Hook was formed to oppose the plan. The NPS cancelled the Wassel lease in 2009, after the developer was not able to show he had the financial ability to rehabilitate the buildings.The advisory committee was formed in 2012 to plan how to restore the buildings at the fort. Twenty-three members, including local officials, were appointed to the committee.last_img read more

Fort Monmouth 2019 Forecast: More Growth, More Jobs

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski “Approximately 50percent of the Army’s overall utilities are being replaced with new, which is abig milestone for us,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director. “We havea budget to eliminate and replace all old utilities.” Steadman said the primarygoal “is to replace the 8,000 jobs lost when the Army left. Our goal is 10,000jobs. It will take several more years to bring back all the tax ratables. Weproject $1 billion in tax ratables for the three towns within five to eightyears.” The former U.S. Army base spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport andTinton Falls. OCEANPORT Building 2719.Includes 6,574 square feet of administrative space and a 2,448 high-bay garage constructed in 2006. EATONTOWN Requestsfor Offers to Purchase will be issued in 2019 for: The Bowling Center. A family-owned bowling firm from North Jersey began the purchase process with FMERA in 2017, but the deal was never finalized. The 17,500-square-foot facility on 2.8 acres has 20 lanes. “The Bowling Center is staying and probably will be expanded,” Steadman revealed Jan. 16. FMERAis in negotiations for the sale and redevelopment of two high-profile propertiesalong the Avenue of Memories (Route 537) in Eatontown: Thefollowing properties are currently in negotiations for sale and redevelopmentwith the top-rated bidders. FMERA is prohibited from revealing specifics onbids and bidders until negotiations result in a formal agreement. FORT MONMOUTH – More parcels willbe offered, construction will commence and new ratables can be expectedthroughout Fort Monmouth’s 1,127 acres during 2019. That was the message at theyear’s first meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority(FMERA) Jan. 16. The Commissary. The fort’s 53,700-square-foot former Army supermarket and Post Exchange complex. Barker Circle. The 19.5-acre site in the historic district includes the Main Post Firehouse and Kaplan Hall.  Warehouse District. Five general purpose administration buildings and two warehouse structures. Alsoexpected to be offered in Eatontown this year on the Avenue of Memories areVail Hall, slated for office and/or commercial use, and Mallette Hall, a 57,000-square-footoffice building across from Vail Hall intended for reuse or replacement. center_img Earlythis year, FMERA plans to issue Requests for Offers to Purchase for the McAfeeCenter, a 90,000-square-foot research and development building on 47 acres thatdrew significant attention during an open house for potential buyers last year,and what’sknown as the “400 Area,” an 80-acre site along Oceanport Avenue zoned forhousing and commercial use. Due to its proximity to the Little Silver trainstation, officials anticipate a transit village occupying that site. Fort Monmouth’s former Pulse Power Building in Tinton Falls will be offered for sale this year.  Photo courtesy FMERA TINTON FALLS “1000 Area” Parking Parcel. Parties bidding on the Commissary, PX, and/or Warehouse District had the option to bid on this five-acre lot that will provide off-street parking. Figures released to The Two River Times Jan.22 regarding tax revenue for OceanportBorough are based on actual tax dollars collected in 2017 and 2018, as well asthe anticipated revenue based on the assessed values per Monmouth County’s taxassessment and Oceanport’s tax rate, according to Sarah Giberson, FMERA seniormarketing and development officer. In 2017the borough collected $226,956; in 2018 $274,687. The 2019 projected taxrevenue is $832,890. Anticipated total taxes for 2019 through 2029 are $23.3million. ITALPost Office Area. Five buildings constructed between 1941 and 1971. Nurses Quarters.A 24-unit residential complex adjacent to the former Patterson Hospital. “Asmore projects come online and residential parcels are further subdivided,revenue will continue to grow,” Giberson said. “These values only account forprojects that are completed or under contract, so it is expected that thesenumbers will change as development continues.” Pulse Power Building. A facility consisting of 15,690 square feet of administrative offices and 10,786 square feet of lab and testing space. “Seventy-four percentof former fort parcels are now sold, under contract, in negotiations, orentering the Request for Proposals process,” said Dave Nuse, FMERA deputyexecutive director and director of real estate development. Work on the100-year-old fort’s infrastructure is ongoing. The Expo Theater.The 18,883-square-foot entertainment facility built in 1968 was used by the Army for live performances and films. Dan Field is adjacent and included in the parcel. Interested parties can sign up to receive notices of newly available properties at fortmonmouthnj.com.last_img read more

Nelson City Soccer prepares for summer hiatus

first_imgThe Innkeepers and Dirty Dozen were declared first half regular season winners as Nelson City Soccer begins its month-long summer hiatus. Innkeepers, defending league champion, hold a commanding 10-point advantage over West Kootenay United in the Leo’s Men’s Open League as teams head into its final games prior to the break.The Innkeepers meet third-place The Action while West Kootenay United play Kootenay Co-op.Wednesday, Kootenay Co-op is up against The Action.Kootenay Co-op and The Action are tied for third spot, each with 12 points beginning the week.Meanwhile in the Finley’s Ladies Rec League Dirty Dozen concluded the first half with only one blemish on the record to claim the title with 27 points.Lily Whites finished second with Red Dog third.Defending champion Finley’s Jiggers finished in fourth spot, one point ahead of Selkirk Eyecare.Both leagues resume play following the Labour Day Weekend.Jackson’s, Bia Boro deadlocked heading into final gamesJackson’s Hole and defending league champ Bia Boro are tied heading into the final games of the first half of the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League.The teams have identical 9-1-1 records, 13 points in front of third place Club Inter.In the final games Thursday before the summer break, Jackson’s Hole meets fourth-place Real Nelson while Bia Boro is up against Club Inter.In the other game on the schedule, Ted Allen’s plays Red Dog.Jackson’s Hole was the first-half winner in 2010.The Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters league resumes Thursday, September 1 with a full slate of [email protected]last_img read more

The Who’s outlast Scoregasms to capture Jackson’s Hole Christmas Indoor Tournament

first_imgJordan Michaux scored four times to lead The Who’s to a hard fought 5-4 victory over Multi Scoregasms Sunday in the final of Jackson’s Hole Christmas Tournament Competitive Division at the Soccer Quest Indoor Facility.The event is an annual event that allows soccer grads from the area to play in tournament during the Christmas Holiday season.The final matched the two undefeated squads in the Competitive Division — the Who’s winners of the B pool against Multiple Scoregasms, tops in the A pool.Multiple Scoregasms opened the scoring when Ryan Lewis neatly found his way through The Who’s defence before drilling a shot past keeper Shelby Tett. Two quick goals by Michaux put The Who’s into the lead before Heather Stewart was the recipient of a great pass before drilling a shot past Scoregasms goalie Mitch Melanson.In the second half Titouan Chopin, an attacking midfielder with Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program annd  brother Jules, who plays university ball for Simon Fraser Clan, tied the game before Michaux went to work, scoring the winner and insurance marker to march The Who’s to victory.Melanson, on a goalie rush, scored the final goal for Multiple Scoregasms.In the Recreation Division, Abacus defeated Red Dog 5-1.Abacus won the round robin draw with 35 points.Red Dog edged out Missile Toe in round robin play by a single point to advance into the final.last_img read more