Caven Point at Liberty State Park is for wildlife, not for…

first_imgDear Editor:The NJDEP is considering the proposal submitted by Liberty National Golf Course to lease theCaven Point natural area and wildlife habitat at LSP. A recent nj.com editorial stated: “Liberty National’s owner believes the expansion would attract more high-profile golf tournaments, boosting the regional economy…” This “belief” is pure speculation. The “expansion” would merely involve relocating 3 golf holes. The actual size of the 18 holes of play would not really increase. Liberty National already has a 25-year deal with the PGA, agreed to in 2014, to host “up to” 10 PGA tournaments through 2039.That’s about one tournament every 2-3 years. The PGA is not likely to reorganize their tournament schedule simply because Liberty National reorganized 3 of their golf holes. It’s also unlikely that Liberty National can ever host one of the “majors” like the U.S. Open because it’s a very small venue by PGA standards. For the recent President’s Cup held at Liberty National, the PGA limited the TOTAL on-site occupancy to 25,000 persons per day. Only about half of that number represented tickets available for sale to the public. Why would the PGA ever consider putting the U.S. Open at a venue where they could only sell 12,500 tickets per day, when daily attendance at a major is typically 4 times that amount or more?The impact of the recent President’s Cup on the regional economy was probably not impressive. The tickets sold for that entire week wouldn’t sell out MetLife Stadium for 1 game. And Liberty National will be hosting maybe one PGA tournament like that every 2-3 years? That doesn’t really add up to a big boost for the regional economy.And that definitely does not justify the loss of the Caven Point natural area to a private golf course. Liberty National also speculates that acquiring Caven Point would allow them to “serve underprivileged children through the First Tee.” They can serve the First Tee quite well on the many acres of underdeveloped property they already own at Liberty National. The idea of “attracting more high-profile golf tournaments” is just another excuse for this proposed land grab. The only reason why Liberty National wants Caven Point is to provide 3 holes worth of eye candy for the private enjoyment of the wealthy members. Thomas Zalewskilast_img read more

Bairstow bashes the bowling as England win by four wickets

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – Jonny Bairstow’s quick-fire 82 in half as many deliveries proved enough to help England beat Ireland by four wickets in the second of their One Day Internationals at Southampton yesterday.Bairstow’s innings laid the foundation for a second victory in three days over the Irish, sealing the series win with one game left to come on Tuesday.Ireland, who won the toss and chose to bat, scored 212-9 in their 50 overs, with newcomer Curtis Campher again top-scoring. England replied with 216-6 in 32.3 overs. Sam Billings (46 not out) and David Willey (47 not out) saw England home after a mid-innings collapse gave the visitors a glimmer of hope against the world champions.Bairstow passed 3 000 ODI runs in a demonstration of power hitting that threatened to end the match early before chasing a wide ball from Josh Little and edging through to wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker. But after he departed at 131-4, Little also removed England skipper Eoin Morgan second ball without scoring and vice-captain Moeen Allie for a duck three balls later.But there were no more breakthroughs and England made it home with 105 balls to spare.Ireland were again slow to get going and lost their first four wickets for 44 runs in just 16 overs. But they built partnerships after that with Harry Tector and Tucker putting on 34 runs for the fifth wicket and Campher and Simi Singh 60 for the seventh wicket.Campher was eventually out for 68, getting a thick edge to Saqib Mahmood’s delivery and being caught in the deep by Adil Rashid.The 21-year-old South African-born all-rounder, who qualifies to play for Ireland through an Irish grandmother, scored 59 not out on his ODI debut on Thursday, when England won the first game by six wickets. There was also again a late flourish from Ireland’s No. 8 Andy McBrine who made 24, losing his wicket to the last delivery of the innings as Reece Topley finally got some reward on his return to the England team after a four-year absence.Adil Rashid was the best home bowler with 3-34. The last match of the series is again at Southampton.last_img read more

Syracuse’s effort disappoints Shafer in Day 3 of training camp

first_imgScott Shafer wasn’t happy with his team’s progress on Monday.When asked what specific areas his team needs to improve in, Shafer replied, “Everything. We’ve got to get better at everything we do,” as he pounded the podium with his fist.It was the Orange’s third practice of training camp, and the team wore shoulder pads and Guardian Caps, which are intended to prevent head injuries.The head coach later expressed unhappiness with his defensive linemen’s performances, saying they need to utilize their hands better, as the group aims to replace Jay Bromley, now with the New York Giants.“We’ve got a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be and there are some good things going on,” Shafer said, “but the level and the standard of expectations got to be higher every day. I felt like yesterday we had a really good day and today we had a day that just wasn’t as good as we need it to be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKirkland suffers knee bruiseSenior linebacker Josh Kirkland was being tended to by the medical staff when practice opened to the media late Monday afternoon for what Shafer said was a knee bruise after bumping knees with a teammate.“The fancy word would be contusion,’” Shafer said.Kirkland couldn’t put much weight on his right leg during the open practice, but slowly limped to the locker room on his own during Shafer’s press conference about two hours later.Batten continues to work with tight endsSophomore P.J. Batten, listed as a linebacker on the Orange’s roster, spent the open part of Monday’s practice working with the tight ends, and let a pass from position coach Bobby Acosta sail through his hands during a route-running drill.Batten was on last year’s roster as a tight end, but switched to linebacker before the start of this season’s training camp.Another positional switch made earlier this camp was the move of sophomore Troy Green from quarterback to wide receiver, where Shafer told reporters he thinks the Central Florida transfer will have a better chance to compete. Last year, quarterback John Kinder – who has since transferred to Stony Brook – made a similar position change.Others:No exact date for a return is imminent for freshman quarterback Alin Edouard, who left SU’s training camp to deal with family matters at home in Miami. “When the family is all set and feels good about things, we’ll get him back up here,” Shafer said.While Syracuse looks for a new holder to replace the graduated Charley Loeb, safety Darius Kelly held down a few kicks for senior Alex Hodgkinson during the open practice, but it was punter Riley Dixon who executed a fake field goal, rolling to his right and flicking a touchdown pass to defensive end Micah Robinson in the end zone. Published on August 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Comments Related Stories Syracuse releases football training camp schedule Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more