David Raya to push for Arsenal transfer as Emiliano Martinez nears exit

first_imgDavid Raya to push for Arsenal transfer as Emiliano Martinez nears exit Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Raya helped Brentford to the Championship Playoff final, though they were beaten by Fulham (Getty)Martinez, meanwhile, looks set to be granted his wish to play regular first-team football by moving to Aston Villa after Dean Smith’s side lodged a £15million offer.The Gunners are still holding out for a bigger fee – closer to £20m – and would hope to spend less than half of that on signing Raya as his replacement, allowing the rest of the funds to be used to strengthen other areas of the pitch.MORE: Edu sends honest transfer message to Arsenal fans amid Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey rumoursMORE: Nigel Winterburn warns Arsenal they should only sell Emiliano Martinez on one conditionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img The Gunners want to sign the Brentford keeper as Bernd Leno’s backup (Picture: Getty Images)Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is eager to join Arsenal this summer and his agent has made it clear they will do everything possible to try and secure a move to the Emirates.With the Gunners set to cash in on the impressive Emiliano Martinez – who is on the verge of joining Aston Villa – that leaves Mikel Arteta in need of a new backup option behind number one keeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal have set their sights on Raya, who has impressed in the Championship for Brentford, though the Bees have no desire to sell. Comment Arsenal will cash in on Martinez and want Raya as his replacement (Picture: Getty)But the Spanish shot-stopper is desperate to make the step up to the Premier League with Arsenal and is even prepared to hand in a transfer request to secure a move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRaya’s agent, Jaume Monell, confirmed to Spanish newspaper Sport that Arsenal have lodged a proposal for the keeper, but Brentford are refusing to negotiate and feel they hold all the cards with the 24-year-old contracted until 2023.If they continue to play hardball, Raya will try and force the move with Monell saying they ‘will do what is necessary’ to secure a move to Arsenal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta is a big fan of compatriot Raya, who counts as a homegrown player having left Spain at the age of 16 to join Blackburn Rovers.Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana also knows Raya well, having worked with him at Brentford before being poached by the Gunners, and he would be keen on a reunion in north London.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya says time away from cricket has made his mindset better

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Hardik Pandya is expected to be a key player for India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 16th time.Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost seven out of eight games in IPL 2019. New Delhi: Hardik Pandya’s career was at the crossroads at the start of 2019. The India cricket team all-rounder made some remarks on the chat show Koffee With Karan hosted by Karan Johar and it was termed ‘racist’, ‘misogynistic’ by plenty of social media users, notably women. Pandya was suspended from the Indian cricket team and he missed the entire ODI series against Australia as well as a couple of ODIs in New Zealand. However, Pandya made a comeback and has been in great form for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, managing 186 runs at a strike-rate of over 190. Following his match-winning knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore in which his 37 off 16 balls gave Mumbai Indians a five-wicket win, Pandya said the time away from cricket has improved his mindset.“It’s okay, everyone has a setback and for me, I got some time for my body (working on fitness routines) as well. The time I was out is helping me right now because I am in a good mindset and everything is coming right,” Pandya said.The matter is still pending with the BCCI Ombudsman but the all-rounder is expected to get a clean chit. However, just before the game between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the 15-man Indian cricket team squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England was announced and Pandya’s name was included. The Baroda player is expected to play a huge role with both bat and ball. However, Pandya is relishing the role of a finisher and pointed out that he is just sticking to the basics which have helped him achieve consistency for Mumbai Indians in the last four years. “I have been doing that for the last four years now. That’s my role in any team I play for. I have been practising at the nets the same thing. It is about the situation. You play according to the situation and if you are smart enough, you will more often get the result you desire. Cricket will always be the same. Be it the World Cup or IPL, the pressure will be the same. I will follow my basics. That’s what has got success for me and I will keep backing myself that way,” Pandya said.Mumbai Indians registered a magnificent five-wicket win against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede stadium on Monday. Royal Challengers Bangalore were boosted by a brilliant 75 from AB de Villiers and an aggressive 50 from Moeen Ali but Lasith Malinga bounced back in the death overs and took 4/31 as Mumbai Indians restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore to 172/7. In response, Moeen and Yuzvendra Chahal restricted Mumbai Indians but Pandya’s blitz towards the end helped Mumbai Indians inflict their 16th loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore, the most by any team against Kohli’s side.The loss for Royal Challengers Bangalore has potentially ended their chances of reaching the playoffs. They will have to win all their games and ensure some results go their way. With this win, Mumbai Indians are in second place and they are level on 10 points with Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders.last_img read more

Si14Bet: P2P betting is a driving force for the future

first_imgShare UKGC data finds low level gambling pick-up in lockdown June 12, 2020 Submit EveryMatrix increases virtual sports offering via CasinoEngine March 19, 2020 Igor Vasilj: Making sure the price is still right for NSoft May 22, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share As operators slowly return to normality with live sporting events beginning to resume and global regulations gradually relaxing, the betting landscape has shifted dramatically with new avenues, such as esports, booming whilst other markets have faced an up-hill battle. With new horizons starting to open, there is also the opportunity for firms to branch out and create a new platform for sports bettors, providing a different approach to traditional odds. Si14Bet is one of those firms, with peer-to-peer sports event betting exchange allowing player-to-player betting.The company’s CEO Viktor Kopylov highlighted why the operator has made an entry into the betting sector and discussed Si14Bet’s plans to introduce cryptocurrency alongside fiat money.He stated: “With a lot of experience in the gambling industry, our company was experiencing the pain of the industry. It was a constant blocking of accounts and cutting of maximum betting. The turnover in our bookmakers was up to $200 million per month. We used different strategies to manage our capital and were very successful in doing so. “When the question of managing large amounts of money arose, we decided to develop our platform. We took into account all the pain of the industry and our users will have the best conditions in the betting market.“Users use our platform as an exchange that has supply and demand. The difference from a stock exchange is that instead of stocks, bonds, the subject of trading is sports events. Tokens are used as a tool to reduce the commission of the platform. The classic fee of the Si14 exchange is one per cent, but users who have purchased tokens can exchange them for a discount of up to 0.2 per cent.”The operator’s peer-to-peer betting system allows punters to set their own stakes against one another without pre-made odds created by data providers. However, in order to provide fans with information on sporting events, Si14Bet will work with feed suppliers to offer provisional odds which users can follow.Kopylov added: “We will work with feed suppliers such as Betradar and others. Since we initially do not have odds on the exchange and they are formed by users – companies such as Betradar – form a recommended odds column. This is done for the convenience of our users.”The operator is looking to launch its platform in August, but in the meantime, the firm has confirmed that there are 20,000 users beta-testing the product to ensure that a steady ecosystem is already created upon launch. Si14Bet is currently based in Switzerland and so for the platform to expand into different markets it will need to garner more operating licences, which is its plan. Moreover, the firm is serviced by the TOP Bank of Switzerland, providing immediate security for players’ funds.According to Kopylov, one of the challenges associated with the exchange betting scene is newcomers having liquidity problems and enjoying the action of major competitors. However the CEO highlighted that the platform has already solved its liquidity issue due to the interest that the platform has generated with its beta test. Kopylov emphasised: “The liquidity problem in our company was solved very quickly by the interest of professional players with high liquidity. Our large target audience is the players who hedge their positions and deal with arbitrage situations in the betting market. To date, we have signed some memoranda with developing countries such as Africa, Costa Rica and others.”Overall, Si14Bet looks to break into a market that has been heavily impacted by a global pandemic. And with its P2P system, unique cryptocurrency option, and lack of sporting preference, the platform could develop well in this new climate.He concluded: “Si14 does not make preferred sports. We focus on all markets for sporting events. Of course, the main sports will be highlighted with a wider service line such as – Football – Tennis – Esport – Volleyball – Ice Hockey – Horse racing and others.“We have been in the betting market for a long time and we know the pain of the industry. With this information, our company has taken into account all points and made a platform from which no one will leave. Besides, we have innovative solutions that are not found in the betting market.”last_img read more

Lakers’ LeBron James works on connecting with Rajon Rondo on defense

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It’s been a problem before: The Lakers had to end a 2015 preseason game against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter because of condensation on the floor.The VVCC is regularly used for ice hockey but not necessarily basketball. But by warm-up time at roughly 4 p.m., there didn’t seem to be a problem as players took the court. The conditions passed Malone’s own muster.“It actually feels better,” Malone said prior to the game. “I talked to a couple of (the Lakers) coaches and they said they hadn’t had any issues with their players being in. I think they did everything they could to make it as safe as possible.”REMEMBERING McKINNEYPrior to Sunday night’s game, the Lakers had a brief moment of silence for former coach Jack McKinney, who died on Tuesday. He was 83.McKinney was known as the coach who set the Showtime Lakers into motion, coaching just 13 games of the 1979-80 season before an bicycle accident cut his tenure short for medical reasons. He also coached the Indiana Pacers in his NBA career.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs the Lakers look to become more of a flowing, switching team that can use its length to stymie opponents, Coach Luke Walton said the dynamic that James and Rondo have added will only become more important.“They know all the schemes, the coverages that are NBA sets and they talk,” he said. “They talk it all out. They’re good with pulling young guys to the side and telling them what to look for. So, overall I’d say the communication that they’ve brought to the practice and the team has been really impressive.”EARLY EXITMichael Beasley’s Lakers debut came to an abrupt end on Sunday night in the second quarter. The forward walked toward the locker room, pointing to his eyes and yelling at the bench that he could not see.Beasley did not return for the second half with an injury the Lakers described as a “head laceration.”CONDENSATION CONCERNS EVAPORATEWhen the Denver Nuggets came to the Valley View Casino Center for shootaround on Sunday morning, Coach Mike Malone cut things short over concerns about a wet playing surface. PreviousSAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Fans wait for LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James looks to pass while being defended by the Nuggets’ Will Barton, left, and Mason Plumlee during Sunday night’s preseason game at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes the court before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives JaVale McGee #7 as he is introduced before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers lines up for the National Anthem before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers comes around a screen from Kyle Kuzma #0 during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles reacts during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles gets into position during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets during a preseason game at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers watches a pass from Paul Millsap #4 of the Denver Nuggets during a preseason game at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his foul during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a Laker foul during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits for an inbound during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets reacts on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes a for rebound with Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets and JaVale McGee #7 during a preseason game at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Heac coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers and Josh Hart #3 watch play during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers calls out a play during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers works out with a trainer before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers signs autographs for fans before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after his three pointer during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James, right, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee (7) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope talk during a dead ball during Sunday night’s preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers signs an autograph before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers works out with a trainer before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Fans wait for LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James looks to pass while being defended by the Nuggets’ Will Barton, left, and Mason Plumlee during Sunday night’s preseason game at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 32The Lakers’ LeBron James looks to pass while being defended by the Nuggets’ Will Barton, left, and Mason Plumlee during Sunday night’s preseason game at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandSAN DIEGO — Maybe it was just because of the NFL weekend, but LeBron James favors a football analogy for the Lakers defense – and his place in it.While the Lakers defense was prone to common preseason mistakes in Sunday’s opener, allowing 66 points from the Denver offense in the first half alone, they’re aiming high. James drew from NFL greats to describe particularly how he and Rajon Rondo, another defensive-minded veteran, fit together on the defensive end.“He is the guy right there in the front and he is going to get in there and then if guys are able to break the first line, I try to be that Derrick Brooks right there, that second line of defense,” he said. “Or that Ray Lewis to the Ed Reed. So at the end of the day, we want to protect each other. With Rondo being the point of attack, it is my job as the safety or linebacker to protect him.”Defense was an issue for the Lakers last year, particularly with communication between players. One of the notable aspects of James’ and Rondo’s arrivals is that the talk on that end is much louder and frequent. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale police officer suspended after pushing woman

first_imgA Fort Lauderdale police officer has been suspended from his job after video surfaced showing him pushing a kneeling protester during Sunday night’s demonstration.Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione announced the decision on Monday stating:“That officer has been removed from any contact with the public,” said Maglione. “He is relieved from duty basically while this matter is investigated. It is going to be investigated first and foremost to see if any Florida statutes were violated. In other words, a criminal investigation is going to commence that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is going to do. It’s not unusual in a case of police use of force.”Witnesses say the incident is what started a confrontation between protesters and police officers that ended in a riot.Several police cars, buildings, and businesses were left severely damaged.Maglione stated that while he does not believe the officer’s actions started the riot, his action may have escalated the situation.last_img read more

State Turns Down Plea For Traffic Light

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK – The call by borough officials for another state traffic analysis and plea for a new traffic signal for a problematic intersection have been met with another apparent “no” from Trenton.The Borough Council’s Oct. 11 resolution sought to have the state Department of Transportation (DOT) again evaluate the intersection at Riverside Avenue/State Route 35 and Bodman Place, a particularly sticky traffic location at the borough’s northernmost point.“The borough is trying to tell them, stop the talking,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said last week. “Now get to work and come up with a solution.”But the DOT said it has been down this road before with borough officials about this location and its response remains unchanged. “NJDOT has investigated this request numerous times over several decades and has communicated to elected officials on multiple occasions that adding a traffic signal at the intersection of Bodman Place and Route 35/Riverside Avenue is not feasible,” said Steve Schapiro, the department’s director of communications, in response to The Two River Times’ request for comment about the recent resolution.Schapiro explained the most recent DOT investigation of the intersection occurred in late 2016, followed by a meeting with local officials in early 2017, “to once again explain to the town that adding a signal is not warranted.”Menna remembered that DOT review as “an army of individuals, all of them making the same notes, and one or two persons talking and looking at each other.”Menna took Schapiro’s assessment as “a typical bureaucratic response from individuals who are indifferent to the conditions on the ground.”For years the borough has experienced pedestrian safety issues along Riverside Avenue, which is an extension of state Route 35 through the borough, and has had state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) reach out to state transportation officials for assistance.The area is lined with several restaurants, apartment developments, senior housing complexes, office buildings and access to two hotels. Over the last 20 years, according to Menna, traffic has intensified and development has changed the complexion of the area. “Frankly, the intersection was fine 20 years ago,” Menna said, “but no longer.”Bodman Place has Oyster Point hotel, along with condominiums and office buildings, and leads out to Riverside Avenue. The problem, Menna noted again, which other borough officials have brought up over the last few years, concerns traffic moving onto Riverside from Bodman, especially those turning left to travel southbound, as well as traffic traveling south on Riverside, looking to turn left onto Bodman.Riverside Avenue is a four-lane road that has an S-curve in that area, in close proximity to Route 35 at the Coopers Bridge. Traffic travels at a pretty quick pace, creating a dangerous mix, Menna pointed out.Menna is a lawyer who maintains offices on Bodman Place. He said he is well aware of the intersection’s difficulties, facing them almost daily.The borough police’s Traffic Safety Division also supports the traffic light recommendation, according to the resolution.“Frankly, at the end of the day, the reason they’re being shy about it is financial,” Menna said, alleging the state DOT doesn’t want to spend money for a traffic signal, when another signal is close by.A traffic signal could cost up to $250,000, according to Menna, and the borough would be willing to pay 25 percent of the cost, the standard local contribution. As for it being too close to another light, the mayor pointed to traffic lights, authorized by the DOT, at the West Front/Water streets and Water Street/Maple Avenue intersections, which are close to other signals; as well as the fact that Asbury Park, along Route 71, has signals at seemingly every intersection.Borough officials have formally designated Riverside Avenue as an area in need of rehabilitation. That was done, Menna noted, in anticipation of redevelopment of some of the properties along that corridor.And that, Menna determined, makes traffic and pedestrian safety improvements that much more important.Schapiro said DOT engineers feel a traffic signal at Bodman “would increase the potential for same direction crashes and create coordination issues negatively affecting traffic on Route 35.”Menna said he’s keeping his fingers crossed that with a new administration in Trenton next year. “Hopefully, that attitude can change,” he said.This article was first published in the Nov. 16-23, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Nelson Boxing Club hosts another Fight Card Saturday at Rod & Gun Club

first_imgNelson Boxing Club is hosting another Fight Night Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club.Jesse Pineiro of the Nelson Boxing Club said there are 10 bouts on the card, with fighters coming from Cranbrook, Calgary, Revelstoke, Kelowna, Victoria and host Nelson.Nelson fighters include Riel Martinez, Samson Berkeley, Elias Martinez, Brayden Hellekson, Kenny Stanton, Max Berkeley and Jesse Lyons. Main event is Aram Matisyan of Calgary facing Clive Fagan of Kelowna’s Thistletown Boxing Club.Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout of Riel Martinez up against Dylan Muhlig of Cranbrook set for 6:30 p.m.last_img read more