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China builds new type of globalization

first_imgImperialism is worried that China’s huge global infrastructure projects could challenge the U.S.-led world orderThe People’s Republic of China hosted a summit May 14 called the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, also known as the New Silk Road project. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives of 130 countries attended from across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Seventy countries signed agreements with China to participate.The “Belt” refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt. It encompasses land route development from central China to Central Asia, Iran, Turkey and Eastern Europe. The “Road” refers to the Maritime Silk Road. This involves ports and coastal infrastructure from Southeast Asia to East Africa and the Mediterranean.The plan projects a network of trade routes with new rail lines, ports, highways, pipelines, telecommunications facilities and energy centers linking countries on four continents. It includes financing to promote urban planning, potable water, sanitation and food development. China is calling it the “plan of the century.”China describes the project as a revival of the ancient Silk Road with 21st-century technology. It is projected to be 12 times the size of the U.S. Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Western Europe after World War II.Major corporate media around the world warn that the gathering signals the end of the American Century — the U.S. claim to be the world’s sole superpower. Numerous analysts suggest the project could shift the center of the global economy and challenge the U.S.-led world order.Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Freeman described the OBOR project as “potentially the most transformative engineering effort in human history. China will become the center of economic gravity as it becomes the world’s largest economy. The ‘Belt and Road’ program includes no military component, but it clearly has the potential to upend the world’s geopolitics as well as its economics.” (NBC News, May 12)In a May 13 article, “Behind China’s $1 Trillion Plan to Shake Up the Economic Order,” the New York Times predicted: “The initiative … looms on a scope and scale with little precedent in modern history, promising more than $1 trillion in infrastructure and spanning more than 60 countries. Mr. Xi is aiming to use China’s wealth and industrial know-how to create a new kind of globalization that will dispense with the rules of the aging Western-dominated institutions. The goal is to refashion the global economic order, drawing countries and companies more tightly into China’s orbit. It is impossible for any foreign leader, multinational executive or international banker to ignore China’s push to remake global trade. American influence in the region is seen to be waning.”U.S. infrastructure is collapsingMeanwhile, the U.S. infrastructure is literally falling apart. Crumbling roads, bridges, dams and schools have been given an overall D+ grade by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Investment in infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and wastewater treatment plants, is at a 30-year low.Donald Trump, with his “America First” campaign slogan, pledged to rebuild the country’s broken infrastructure. But since becoming president, his administration has instead opted for cutting taxes on the rich while increasing the military budget. Meanwhile, the U.S.-initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which was designed to exclude China, has collapsed.China’s OBOR project has generated enormous interest because U.S. imperialism has less and less to offer any developing country, except weapons sales and military bases. Weapons quickly become obsolete, leaving only debt and underdevelopment.Where U.S. infrastructure projects are in place around the world, they are focused on building and maintaining a vast high-tech network of 800+ military bases and servicing an armada of aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and destroyers. Each base is an expense to and an attack on the sovereignty of the host country. U.S. foreign aid ranks near the bottom of such expenditures of all developed countries, amounting to less than 1 percent of the federal budget. It is largely military aid to Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Egypt and Pakistan.U.S. wars have resulted in great profit for U.S. corporations while massively destroying vital civilian infrastructure in developing countries under attack. Water purification plants, sanitation, sewage, irrigation, electric grid, communication centers, hospitals and schools have been intentionally destroyed in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Afghanistan. By contrast, China has no foreign military bases. Its ambitious OBOR initiative does not include military equipment or facilities.Nevertheless, U.S. corporate power sees all other economic development as a threat to its global domination. Its aim is to protect at all costs the irrational capitalist system.Response to U.S. pivot to AsiaThe pivot to Asia begun during the Obama administration is an aggressive military plan that includes the U.S. nuclear arsenal and the Pentagon’s new THAAD missile battery in South Korea. Its focus is containing and threatening China’s growing economic influence in the region.U.S. military planners brag of their ability to strangle China and cut its vital shipping lanes, such as the Straits of Malacca. This narrow transit point between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea handles 80 percent of China’s crude oil and other vital imports.China, now the world’s largest trading nation, has responded with the nonmilitary OBOR plan that will open many trade routes through surrounding countries. Trade routes, unlike U.S. military bases, offer immediate benefit to the development of these countries. China is expected to invest up to $1.3 trillion in OBOR infrastructure projects.Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Challenge to IMF and World BankPast U.S. practices of seizing the assets of countries holding substantial funds in U.S. banks meant that the $1.26 trillion that China has held in U.S. Treasury notes was especially vulnerable. Until six months ago, China was the number one investor in U.S. Treasury notes. Now China is divesting.China has used a part of its significant reserves to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The AIIB plays an essential role in encouraging trade and economic cooperation with other countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. This Chinese initiative is seen as a counter to the U.S.-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund.As the Cuban news outlet Granma wrote on March 6: “AIIB aims to rescue those areas of the region somewhat abandoned by both the World Bank and the Asian Investment Bank (AIB), as well as encourage trade and economic cooperation.”Both the IMF and the World Bank exert enormous leverage through “structural adjustment” policies. Debt repayment requires countries to cut spending on education, health, food and transportation subsidies. Their real goal is to force developing countries to privatize their national assets.Phony concern for environmentCorporate-funded nongovernmental organizations and social media campaigns claim that China will not show the same respect for the environment and human rights as the U.S. and other imperialist powers do. They claim that China might not follow environmental restrictions on loans imposed by the World Bank and IMF.This is sheer hypocrisy. The U.S. military machine is the world’s biggest institutional consumer of petroleum products and worst polluter of greenhouse gas emissions and many toxic pollutants. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.U.S. wars have contaminated the soil and water of vast regions under U.S. occupation with depleted uranium, benzene and trichloroethylene at air base operations and with perchlorate, a toxic ingredient in rocket propellant.Despite U.S. pressure, AIIB growsDespite strong U.S. efforts to discourage international participation in the OBOR infrastructure fund, Russia, Iran and Latin American countries promptly joined and contributed substantial capital. Breaking ranks, Germany and South Korea then became major shareholders, followed by Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Australia. The Philippines and even Saudi Arabia saw the advantages of participation. The AIIB, founded on June 29, 2015, began operations last year.According to a Times editorial of Dec. 5, 2015, “Countries are finding they must increasingly operate in China’s orbit. The United States worries that China will use the bank to set the global economic agenda on its own terms.”In addition to the AIIB, the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China already finance big-ticket projects in Asia and Africa. By Chinese estimates, their combined overseas assets stand at $500 billion — more than the combined capital of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.Socialist planning to overcome underdevelopmentChina’s past decades of development and modernization and its current surpluses are what make these new global plans possible. China has an estimated $4 trillion in foreign currency reserves. Its granaries are full and there are surpluses in cement and steel.In 1949, when the revolution led by the Chinese Communist Party took power, China was an underdeveloped, war-torn country with a largely illiterate, majority peasant population. Western and Japanese imperialist powers had looted and carved up China for their own profits. Breaking their hold was the first step in liberation, but China was deeply impoverished.After nearly 30 years of heroic efforts to modernize the economy based on the organization and efforts of the masses, the Chinese Communist Party in 1978 opened the country up to some forms of capitalist ownership and foreign capitalist investment.This still risky policy has continued for nearly 40 years. It has allowed Chinese millionaires and even billionaires to develop and spread corruption. Foreign capital, ever hopeful of totally overturning the Chinese state, invested because profits could be made. But the Communist Party has used the years of capitalist investment to build up a modern, state-owned infrastructure alongside the growth of private capital.Now China ranks as a developing country with a majority urban population living in modern, planned cities. The working class is now the largest social class in China. Wages for shop-floor workers in China have tripled in the last decade to become the highest in developing Asia.China adopted a new industrial policy in 2015: “Made in China 2025,” which intends to upgrade manufacturing capabilities for high-tech products. These plans are supported by $150 billion in public or state-linked funds. It is this kind of long-term socialist planning that is the motor behind China’s new One Belt, One Road plan.While the U.S. attempts to block these needed infrastructure efforts, move missiles and aircraft carriers off China’s coast, and send the lowest possible diplomatic delegation to China for the OBOR summit, Washington had the audacity and arrogance to warn China against north Korean participation. The DPRK sent a high-level delegation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

DS News Webcast: Tuesday 6/4/2013

first_img DS News Webcast: Tuesday 6/4/2013  Print This Post 2013-06-04 DSNews The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 4, 2013 512 Views Share Save Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcastscenter_img Previous: Valuation Vision Hires SVP of National Sales Next: Delgado – Carrington Out Of REO Trades, 2nd Housing Bubble? – Jun 05,2013 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Tuesday 6/4/2013 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: DSNewslast_img read more

Interest in Starter homes, Premium Rise

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Interest in Starter homes, Premium Rise in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: Staff Writer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Interest in Starter homes, Premium Rise Previous: Transforming the Tenant Next: Outstanding Loans, Delinquencies Remain Flat The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago dsnews For Sale Luxury Homes Starter Homes Trade Up Trulia 2017-02-16 Staff Writer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago We already spend 25 to 40 percent of our income on starter and trade up home. Trulia Experts say we should not spend more than 30 percent.Per the latest data reported by Trulia 51.1 percent of its inventory suggest that It’s a buyer’s market for Luxury housing. Although, there is a strong supply of inventory the average value in luxury homes has increased to 5.6 in the nation’s top 100 metros in 2016.  Only two cites saw a decline Houston (-1.5 percent) and San Francisco (-0.5 percent). In fact, during the last five-years home value in the U.S have doubled from 2 percent to 4 percent or 500,000 from 1 million in metro areas. Data shows that West Palm Beach, Florida, has the most luxury homes in the country, with nearly 70 percent of the value in the housing market coming from luxury homes. The city that makes up 50 percent of the largest starter and trade in luxury housing in America is Tacoma, Washington.Trulia also reported that other hot market for luxury homes, such as Aspen Colorado, have seen their luxury market grow 1 percent to 5.5 million, year-over-year from January 2016 to January 2017.Comparatively, the luxury housing market in the Hampton has spiked from 11.8 percent to 2,1 million during that same period. However, Colorado Springs have been proven to the largest inventory of premium homes on the market.  On average, each property is 3,056 square ft. compared to Detroit’s median of almost half that with 1,645 square feet.Finally, the most expensive property in the United State currently is located in Bel-Air, California valued at 250 million and consist of 12 bedrooms and 6,898 square feet.To view the full luxury homes info-graphic, click here. Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago February 16, 2017 1,460 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Tagged with: dsnews For Sale Luxury Homes Starter Homes Trade Up Trulia Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Digital transformation, yes, but beware of the digital silo

first_imgThe way consumers manage their financial lives has changed dramatically over the last 10 years—or since the introduction of smartphones capable of linking directly to credit unions, banks, brokerages and all other manner of financial institution.  Despite the fact that the smartphone apps linking to entertainment sources like Pandora still lead the pack in terms of overall popularity, the number of financial technologies (fintech) currently available for handling personal finances have exploded. In 2010, as fintech was emerging, the developers in this space raised about $2 billion in funding. Today, this funding exceeds $20 billion and developers seem to be using every bit of it. A quick Google search will provide you with articles that rank dozens of apps by function and popularity, as well as directing you to online stores where you can pick the application that best suits your needs. It all boils down to customer experience.  Rather than spending a lunch hour standing in line at the credit union, members can just tap a few numbers into their phone to see if their paycheck has arrived in their account, to transfer money between accounts, to pay a few bills, or to check their credit rating or the interest on their 401(k). While this convenience is enormously popular, it also has been enormously disruptive for the financial institutions that develop and support it, even though financial organizations gain positive benefits from the offering. The technology reduces the cost and time needed to communicate with members, and perhaps most significantly, what you communicate about. Fintech can also help you cross-sell products and services like loans and mortgages. In fact, your digital customers are found to be up to three times more profitable due to their increased interactions with the more economical self-serve option that they choose.Digital first, but not exclusively However, while members may use their smartphones to quickly check their account balances, they may also still request monthly paper statements or make a call in to customer service. The conundrum here is that printed documents and other stored marketing data require different formatting than that used for mobile phones and other remote digital devices. Before you even start down the digital path, it is important to take into consideration the broader and longer-term effects being created as you expand the digital path. These include:Digital functionalityCompatibility or integration with the key staff channel for in-branch improvements Support for operations and back office staff Data reusability Costs for transforming each additional channelTransform with an omni-channel end gameRather than developing isolated communication channels for mobile, tablets, web sites, print, intranet, etc., a more functional, and ultimately more cost-effective solution, is to find a broad underlying platform that manages the customer experience across all communication channels, including the less exciting ones like paper and back office screens. You’ll need something that allows for the reuse of the technology, provides an operational model and the content where appropriate. Focus your budget and resources on digital for all the reasons given above, but with the knowledge that when your requirements go beyond digital, the work you’ve done can be replicated and reused.  This approach enables:Full reusability of assets and content across all channels, from the digital and mobile applications through to back office operational screensExpansion of the new, business-controlled digital operational model across all the communications channels you useHuge economies of scale, reducing the number of different technologies that need supportBuilding your digital communications without the big picture in mind is an expensive way to create yet another high-walled silo within your organization. But by focusing on creating a true omni-channel experience as your end game, you can then transform your credit union into a true digitally enabled organization.   4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andrew Stevens Andrew Stevens is Global Banking and Financial Services Principal for Quadient, a leader in helping businesses transform their customer experience by creating meaningful connections through digital and physical channels. With … Web: www.quadient.com Detailslast_img read more

IN PHOTOS: Aftermath of ‘Our Spaces Playground’ fire

first_imgAs of 6 p.m. June 1, no arrests have been made. Officials say the fire followed a day of peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd. The playground was built in 2016 and known for being the most accessible playground in New York state. Additionally, officials say the fire was not caused by members who attended the protests earlier.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton officials are calling the destruction of the “Our Spaces Playground” in Recreational Park arson.last_img

TUI cancels trips to see Santa in Lapland | News

first_imgThe move is due to the continued uncertainty surrounding travel and the unprecedented impact of Covid-19.Visiting Santa is a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime family experience and TUI said it had worked extremely hard in recent months to try to ensure it can keep the magic alive and guarantee children and their parents a safe and enjoyable holiday. However, with the rapidly evolving travel environment and a Covid-19 test soon to be mandatory for Finland, TUI has decided that on this occasion, it would not be able to deliver on this promise and wanted to remove uncertainty for families. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – NewerWizz Air launches carbon offsetting programme The TUI holiday experience to Lapland is expected to return in winter 2021. The health, safety and enjoyment of customers and colleagues continues to be the number one priority.All customers impacted by this decision are currently in the process of being contacted to discuss their options, which include the opportunity to amend for next year, receive a refund credit note with an incentive or choose to request a full refund.“TUI would like to apologise sincerely for any inconvenience and disappointment caused and thanks customers for their understanding,” added a statement/ – Advertisement – OlderSix Senses Botanique to open in Brazil next year TUI has confirmed there will be no trips to see Santa this year.The UK & Ireland subsidiary revealed earlier it had taken the “incredibly difficult” decision to suspend holidays to Lapland this winter.- Advertisement –last_img read more

HTI – the largest European conference on health tourism soon in Zagreb

first_imgHTI conference  HTI (Health Tourism Industry) will host over 1 participants from more than 3 countries and gather the world’s most relevant experts in the field of health tourism from March 400 to 40 at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb.The central content of the conference is the B2B conference “Buy Croatia – health tourism” which is attended by 50 customers of health services from Europe and the world, and which is organized by the Croatian National Tourist Board in partnership with the HTI conference.”Numerous private and public polyclinics and health centers with professional staff and exceptional quality of service, with competitive prices, make Zagreb a center of medical excellence whose comparative advantage is created by proximity to large emitting markets, excellent transport connections, but also year-round offer that satisfies even the most demanding. Most health tourism services have a high added value, and the joint action of the health and tourism sectors creates a climate that enables the further development of the Croatian capital as a destination for medical tourism. I am glad that Zagreb is hosting the 8th HTI Conference, which, as the largest in Europe, will certainly be an excellent platform for networking and exchanging ideas and experiences of good business practice with the most influential representatives of the public and private health tourism sector from around the world.”Said Martina Bienenfeld, director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, host of the HTI conference.On destination forums “How to do business with? ” in partnership with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, business opportunities with large fast-growing markets of Russia and other CIS countries, China and the Middle East will be presented. The realization of the forum was contributed by the HTI representative office in Russia, CSEBA – Chinese Southeast European Business Association and the Russian Medical Tourism Agencies Association, and then on foreign investments from these countries in Krapinske toplice, Mali Lošinj, Istria and other Croatian destinations.CIGNA will also host a closed meeting – 2. EHTI Leaders Summit at which high representatives of state and other public institutions of Europe will meet with the aim of creating synergies for the promotion of Europe as a health destination.See more about the conference on the official web sitelast_img read more

Donald, Sam, Rams rookies on field for 2nd day

first_imgSt. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team’s NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) – Aaron Donald, Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies were on the field for the second straight day in what the team referred to as a skill development period.The workouts are part of the rookie orientation this week, and were held Friday on distant fields at Rams Park. Besides the 11-man draft class, there are 14 undrafted free agents.Another workout is set for Saturday and on Monday the rookies will join the rest of the team in the offseason program.The first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team was among the last four players to leave the field after a workout that lasted about 1½ hours. He got extra special teams tutoring along with a trio of linebackers – Tavarius Wilson, Johnny Millard and Aaron Hill – all undrafted free agents.When the Rams drafted Sam, coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead both said excelling on special teams will help Sam’s chances.The Thursday session was not open to the media and the Friday session was open but without interview access to coaches or players. Oprah Winfrey’s cable network is filming a documentary about Sam and was among those training cameras on the workout, all far away from the practice.“Whether it’s one camera, two or three, you’ve still got to have a protocol and process,” Snead said earlier in the week. “We’ll have that.”Just one quarterback is participating, sixth-round pick Garrett Gilbert.No mere seventh-rounder, Sam was the star attraction Tuesday when the Rams introduced their draft class, getting a solo session after sharing the podium with the rest of the third-day picks. He discussed rising from adversity and emerging from tiny Hitchcock, Texas.“I wanted to get out, I wanted to do some great things, so I played sports,” he said. “I got better at football. I got better with my grades. I went to college. I was the first person in my family to graduate, and now I’m the first person in my family to go to the NFL. So, I just keep on fighting. Keep fighting the good fight.”Players took physicals Wednesday before hitting the field for the first time.The Rams cleared roster space to make room for some of their high draft picks, releasing running back Daryl Richardson and defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo.St. Louis Rams first-round draft pick Aaron Donald takes part in a drill during the team’s NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)St. Louis took Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald in the first round and running back Tre Mason in the third round. Donald and offensive lineman Greg Robinson, the second overall pick and likely to start the season at guard, worked out together before the draft. Donald was the 13th pick.Richardson was a seventh-round pick in 2013 and rushed for 475 yards with a 4.8-yard average as the change-of-pace backup behind Steven Jackson as a rookie. He entered training camp as the starter last season but was hampered by foot injuries while rookie Zac Stacy emerged, falling just shy of 1,000 yards.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Winter Seal Walk Delights, Even Without The Seals

first_imgStory and photo by Jay CookSANDY HOOK – It was hard to believe the amount of fog that covered the barrier island on an unseasonably warm Saturday morning.While crossing the Captain Joseph Azzolina Memorial Bridge from Highlands to Sea Bright, neither the ocean or the bay were visible from the bridge’s peak.Yet, at the tip of Hook, skies were clear and sunny for 70 people gathered at the third Winter Seal and Waterfowl Walk hosted by the American Littoral Society (ALS), all anxious to catch a glimpse of some of the local Harbor Seals that call Sandy Hook home from November through March. It was one of the largest number of nature lovers the society has attracted to its walks.When one of them asked if the dense fog would push the mammals away, the society’s executive director Pim Van Hemmen admitted he had no control, “We don’t own the seals,” he joked.Leading the tour was Jeff Dement, an ALS naturalist and director of the fish-tagging program. He claimed the fog was “conspiring against us this morning.” Unfortunately, he was right. No more than a trio of seals could be seen resting on the sandbars. During low tide, they like to stay bayside in an effort to catch some rays and relax from a day’s worth of fishing, he explained.The hikers were greeted by a surprise appearance from a bottlenose dolphin, kicking towards the Shrewsbury River.Instead of waiting on the fog to pass, Dement led a caravan of cars down to Plum Island, a marshy outcropping famous for its bird displays. Collections of Buffleheads and Brant Geese floated off in the distance, with the bridge towering in the background. Dement said it was one of the most striking views along the East Coast.Lot E marked the final parking destination for the remaining hikers, just as the clock hit noon. A quick walk along the beach was followed by a hike though the Old Dune Trail. Shade from Sandy Hook’s maritime forest, mostly old cedar and holly trees, guided the group for a walk alongside prickly pear cacti and a surprising fresh-water pond.“It’s pretty special, and endangered as well,” said Dement. “The National Park Service takes that piece of land pretty darn seriously.”Across the street, binoculars and cameras were unpackaged as the fog began to lift, ever so slightly. Still, to no avail, it remained thick, right around the time when the tide was dead-low.Although the Harbor Seals made only a brief appearance, it was still an enjoyable and educational morning for the 40 or so who stayed for the whole tour. It highlighted other areas of Sandy Hook not everyone sees when simply parking at the beaches.“The seals are what gets everyone out here – people are excited to see seals – but there’s a lot more out here to rope them into the environment,” said Stevie Thorsen, ALS’s educational director.After a short, three-minute drive back to the society’s headquarters at 18 Hartshorne Drive, the naturalists were greeted with the aroma of New England clam chowder wafting out the back door.While sitting on the front porch, with a cup of that chowder in hand, Victoria Lesoine looked to her son Nikolaus, who enjoyed the limited seal-watching action that morning.“He was excited just to see their heads bobbing,” said Lesoine, a Hawthorne resident.“I just want him to spend more time outdoors,” she continued. “Get him involved in the environment, less time spent on video games.”Damani Parran, a father of three, drove 40 minutes for the walk that morning. While growing up outside of Washington, D.C., he said he never fully embraced the city. That just fuels him more as a dad.“I’m trying to make sure my kids have memories with all of this now,” he said.The next Winter Seal and Waterfowl Walk is scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 10 a.m. Spectators are advised to dress for the weather and expect to walk a mile on sandy beaches. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit littoralsociety.org or call 732-291-0055.last_img read more

Spotlight on UWI FC, Waterhouse clash

first_imgTomorrow’s game: In a week which sees things just as tight at the bottom as they are at the top, the focus today will be on the UWI FC-Waterhouse clash at the UWI Bowl.In this encounter the promoted UWI FC, who are sitting in sixth position on 30 points, host former champions Waterhouse, who are sitting in 12th position in the 12-team league on 21 points. While the table may show that UWI FC should be the more fancied of the two, recent events may cause some amount of worry for the University boys, while Waterhouse could be convinced that they have a good chance of taking all three points.Prior to Monday night, UWI FC were looking quite stable with goalkeeper Amal Knight putting in commanding performances, their defenders kept it tight, while Girvon Brown and company kept the goals coming as they recorded two wins and two draws in their previous four matches. Against Harbour View on Monday, though, they looked very porous in the back, Knight looked unsure of himself, while their forwards were unable to breach the ‘Stars of the East’ who spanked them 5-0.Waterhouse, despite sitting at the foot of the table, are looking up positively with coach Paul Young being convinced that things are coming together and that they are primed for a lift. In their last four games, they have had three draws and one win – away over fourth-placed Humble Lion. Two of their three draws in that time were against current third-placed team Montego Bay United.”I am very much optimistic about our chances from here. Today, one of our central players, Dale Reid, was out because of asthma attack yesterday, so we had to make an adjustment in the defence line. In the midfield, we had Dominic James out and there are some other key players out who we are trying to get back healthy just to get the system going but it is a work in progress and we are going; to be fine,” Young said last week at the end of their second 0-0 draw with Montego Bay United.Young also said that while his team did not play, their best football that day, they showed great character to stand up to the opponents who ended the game with a one-man advantage following the expulsion of Theo Brown. The team, he said, had a good balance with the experienced Hughan Gray, the returning Weston Forrest, Kevin Lamey and Devon Hodges providing leadership for the youngsters such as Reid, goalkeeper Akeem Chambers and Nicholas Nelson among others.”We were brought back down to earth as we were having a good run for the previous six games … but it is better now than later,” Marcel Gayle, UWI FC’s coach about their big loss to Harbour View.He added: “Consistency is not the order of this league. All teams have had their ups and downs and it was our time to have a down. The good thing, though, is that we will be at home and we are looking to make amends.”Today’s games:3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion – Wespow Park3 p.m: Portmore United vs Boys’ Town – Juici Park, Clarendon3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Sports Complex3 p.m: UWI FC vs Waterhouse – UWI Bowl, Mona 8:40 p.m: Cavalier vs Arnett Gardens – Stadium Eastcenter_img Points standingTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsArnett 23 13 4 6 35 20 15 43Portmore 23 13 4 6 28 20 8 43MoBay United 23 11 9 3 34 13 21 42Humble Lion FC 23 9 8 6 21 18 3 35H View 23 8 9 6 28 22 6 33UWI FC 23 8 6 9 24 34 -10 30Cavalier SC 23 7 6 10 18 23 -5 27Boys’ Town 23 7 6 10 25 33 -8 27Reno 23 6 9 8 22 30 -8 27Tivoli 23 6 5 12 26 32 -8 22Rivoli 23 5 7 11 24 32 -8 22Waterhouse 23 4 9 10 20 28 -8 21last_img read more