Toll booth will not cause hardship to Lindeners – Mayor

first_imgLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland said he is 50 per cent pleased and 50 per cent displeased with progress in the mining town so far, while he also acknowledged that developmental works are in progress.Mayor Carwyn HollandDuring a recent Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) public update, Holland said projects such as the return of the Kara Kara toll booth at Mackenzie, Linden, were sought after in an effort to assist with the offsetting of expenses incurred by the cash strapped municipality over the years.He assured residents that the toll booth was designed to bring relief to the township of Linden and persons who are using the roads of Linden, especially those coming from out of town and those who are coming into Linden to transport their logs.“With these big trucks that would cause some amount of damage and stress to our roads… we have to recover in some way. For instance, there is no way the municipality should be made to pay millions of dollars in repairs within the township and we receive nothing in return, which has been the thing going on in our town for many years… Where we’re receiving let’s say one per cent and we are paying out 99 per cent. We cannot survive in such a way nor in such a manner,” he outlined.Holland assured that Lindeners will not be heavily taxed from the toll booth, but rather will be required to make a small contribution twice a year, upon further consultations with local businesses and the Linden Chamber of Industry Commerce and Development.He said, “It’s a way of giving back to the community for these businesses. It’s the vehicles that are out of town coming into Linden with day to day heavy-duty vehicles and vehicles that are coming in to the township to sell goods. Persons in Linden have been complaining for many years that the trucks would just come to Linden… and sell and leave, but they have to give something back to the community. So those are the vehicles we will be targeting and not the Lindeners, so we don’t expect any rise in costs or any hardships on the township.”Additionally, the Mayor revealed that while the municipality is also plagued with garbage disposal woes, it is currently working to correct the situation, noting that it was the recipient of a tractor which is presently being utilised in the community.He said the municipality is looking to have everyone on board, noting that the return of the toll booth is important at the moment since the earnings of the municipality is extremely low, as compared to its output and expenditure.With these challenges, Holland said it is difficult for the administration to take on projects such as its daycare centre and the repair of roads. He said too that the Council is in such a bad shape that it cannot afford fuel for its vehicles to conduct its work or equipment to carry out those works.He said, “We are currently looking to put an end to the garbage disposal situation in the community and we’ve been trying to do this. We don’t have the finances, as the township would know that the municipality inherited a debt of over 200 million dollars and we’ve been working to get rid of that so that we can offset expenses and raise salaries for our workers. We’re looking to do more within the community. So we decided to go after things that would bring finances into the community, such as the return of the toll booth, which was taken away from us under the previous regime,” the Mayor said.He pointed out that in the quest to move Linden from a township to a city, there is need to develop infrastructure and for Private sector and Government to buy into plans and programmes being undertaken by the Council.He disclosed that the municipality is looking at twinning with other parts of the world, including Newark, United States, Paraguay, Peru and China, as well as port development with Brazil, with municipal support from various other cities.The Mayor is calling on the residents to lend their full support towards efforts aimed at the overall improvement of the town.last_img read more

Brightest All-Star: Kobe

first_imgIn 2002, Bryant was mercilessly booed by fans in his hometown of Philadelphia. They jeered him every time he touched the ball, then hissed when he was announced as the game’s MVP. But on this night, the city that loves its showmen almost more than it loves neon lights or $3.99 buffets embraced Bryant as its favorite son. “It’s humbling. As a player you want to feel appreciated for what we do and to hear the chants, it makes you feel good,” Bryant said. “It’s very, very humbling. And it makes you feel very good.” Generally, the hometown All-Star has a head start on winning the game’s MVP award. Las Vegas is the only non-NBA city ever to host an All-Star game. That left Phoenix’s Shawn Marion, a UNLV product, and Bryant, because Southern Nevada is Lakers country, as the two front-runners for the MVP award. Marion finished with 18points, and teammate Amare Stoudemire had 29, but Bryant was a clear-cut winner because of his playmaking (six assists) and aggressiveness in attacking the rim. Sunday evening, Kobe Bryant won over the glitziest – and definitely the strangest – crowd ever to watch an NBA All-Star Game, as he had 31points, six assists and sixsteals to earn MVP honors in the West’s 153-132 victory over the East at the Thomas & Mack Center. By the end of the game, a West runaway from start to finish, the crowd began chanting Bryant’s name and calling for him to be named MVP. It was a far different scene than the last time Bryant took home the MVP trophy from an All-Star game. LAS VEGAS – At home, with the adoring Staples Center crowd, the “MVP” chants have pretty much become a nightly ritual for Kobe Bryant. Then he heard the same cheers in Boston, a place that has always saved a special sort of venom for the Lakers. center_img At times, he seemed to be oneof the few players who really cared about winning. “You could tell early on that he was being aggressive,” Miami’s Dwyane Wade said. “You can always tell what guys have that mentality that night to go for the MVP by how aggressive they are with shooting the ball.” Bryant took 24 shots, the most of any player. Stoudemire (22) and LeBron James (20) were the only players to take nearly as many. With the exception of James (28 points) and Orlando’s Dwight Howard (20 points, 12rebounds), most of the East seemed lethargic after a weekend in Vegas. Even Bryant acknowledged being a bit tired from all the excitement this weekend. “Before tonight’s game I was as tired as they were,” Bryant said. “But we had lost two times in a row to the East, so we wanted to come out and win this game.” For his part, Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal did most of his entertaining in the in-game video presentations, singing a not-too-bad “Viva Las Vegas” and passionately shouting a line from “Braveheart” as part of a trivia contest. O’Neal played just 17 minutes, even volunteering some of his playing time to Dwight Howard, but still had 10 points and six rebounds. But the star of this evening was his former running mate in Los Angeles. “I just feel blessed and fortunate to be able to come out tonight and put on a really good show,” Bryant said. No place appreciates that more than Vegas. [email protected] (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Perez’s no-hitters climax perfect run

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventPerez struck out 13 batters and came within one walk of throwing a perfect game Monday. She is one no-hitter from tying the school career record and has a full year of eligibility remaining. Perez has been working on a changeup to go with a mid-60 mph fastball and a devastating riseball. “She throws really hard, and that riseball really moves,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said. “When a riseball comes at you at that velocity, you just don’t have enough time to adjust. You can tell a lot of the batters out there are just guessing.” Perez recorded the last out of Monday’s no-hitter on an odd 3-4-3 play that typified the way things are going for the Marauders. An Mt. San Jacinto batter finally made good contact against Perez, hitting a line drive that ricocheted off first baseman Katie Cornelison glove toward second baseman Erica Ricker, who made a diving play to keep the ball in front of her, then threw to Cornelison for the game’s final out. “It’s just been an amazing year,” Vargas said. “Coming into this year, we knew we had a special group, but this is something you dream about. Everything has gone right for us so far.” What has only been accomplished nine times in school history, Antelope Valley College freshman pitching sensation Nickie Perez has done twice in less than a week. Perez, a Littlerock High product who was the Golden League MVP in 2004, pitched her second no-hitter in five days Monday in the Marauders’ 7-0 Foothill Conference victory over Mt. San Jacinto of Hemet. AVC (41-5 overall, 21-0 Foothill) concluded conference play unbeaten for a second consecutive year. Perez (21-2) pitched the school’s first no-hitter since 1994 eight days ago in a 3-0 victory over Chaffey of Rancho Cucamonga. Monday’s victory extended AVC’s winning streak to 23 games. Regional host? The Marauders, ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 2 in Southern California, are expected to play host on May 6-7 to a two-day, four-team, double-elimination regional playoff for the first time since 1994. AVC needs to finish in the top four in the Southern California rankings to be selected host of one of four regional playoffs. The winner of each regional advances to the elite eight state tournament May 13-14 in Redding. The Marauders are seeking their first state tournament appearance. AVC won’t know if it will stage a regional until Friday night’s seeding meeting at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. “I don’t see how we wouldn’t, but you never know,” Vargas said. Full rides: Women’s basketball standouts Sade Bunch and Angela Conde have accepted Div. II scholarship offers from Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah, Ga. Freshman point guard Bunch, a first-team All-Foothill Conference selection after leading the Marauders in scoring and steals, was an academic qualifier out of high school, enabling her to accept the offer. Conde is a native of Spain who transferred to AVC from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. “It’s great for them, and it’s great for our program,” AVC coach John Taylor said. “I think it shows that our women’s basketball program moves kids on. That’s what happens when you come to AVC.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more