RelatedPosts Stoke City manager salutes Mikel Breaking: Mikel seals Stoke City deal + photos Mikel undergoes Stoke City medical Brazilian club side, Botafogo, have reportedly expressed interest in signing John Obi Mikel. According to Yahoo Sports, the Brazilian side are in talks with the Nigerian midfielder who is currently a free agent after leaving Trabzonspor last month. Mikel reportedly cut ties with the club after the Turkish Super Lig continued as normal despite the outbreak of the coronavirus disease pandemic, which has claimed over 47,000 lives worldwide. The 32-year-old made a name for himself at Chelsea for whom he played for over a decade before stints at Tianjin Teda in China and in the English Championship with Middlesbrough. Mikel has won several trophies in a glittering career, including the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, two English Premier League titles and one UEFA Champions League crown with the Blues. Botafogo currently boast former Japan international Keisuke Honda on their books, while Yaya Toure was a reported transfer target for the Brazilian club earlier this year.— Tags: BotafogoJohn Obi MikelTrabzonsporYahoo Sports
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described Jose Mourinho’s “specialist in failure” comment as “silly” and “disrespectful”.The Chelsea boss responded to suggestions he was playing down his side’s title chances through a fear of missing out on top spot in the Premier League at the end of the season by labelling Wenger a “specialist in failure.”Wenger was adamant he would not be drawn into a war of words with Mourinho, but suggested the incident is “embarrassing” for Chelsea.”I do not want to go into silly, disrespectful remarks,” he told BT Sport. “I did not speak about him in my press conference and I won’t do so again tonight.”All I know is that it is more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me.”Wenger saw Arsenal edge past Liverpool in the FA Cup and book a quarter-final meeting with Everton on Sunday, and was delighted with the character his side showed to respond to a 5-1 defeat at Anfield last weekend. “Our mental strength, our mental response, our intensity from the start on – [I am] very proud of the way we responded after a huge defeat last week that was the most pleasing.”
By John Burton Cyclists and runners now have a designated lane in portions of Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson, which local officials hope will be the beginning of a longer network of bike lanes. Contractors late last week and this week striped recently milled and repaved portions of Rumson and Ridge roads running through the three communities. As part of that work, the contractor, Traffic Lines, Inc., Farmingdale, is stenciling a cyclist silhouette – in traffic engineering lingo called a “sharrow,” a shared lane designation providing space for cyclists and those on foot – along the roadway.According to Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone, the freeholder board’s liaison for public works and engineering, the work along these county roads will continue through the week and will include accompanying bike lane signage.This is a major step forward for Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli and Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, who advocated for the bike lanes and worked with county officials to win their support.“I think at the end of the day the idea is good,” to have these lanes, said Lucarelli.Since the sharrows first began being installed, Lucarelli said “ten people have come up to me to say thank you…They’re going out of their way to say thank you.”Lucarelli added, “What is really gratifying is seeing people use it.” With the unseasonably warm weather last weekend, he observed cyclists pedaling in the lanes. And with the formal designation “It raises awareness with cars and drivers,” he said.With the county’s plan to resurface those roadways early this fall, Lucarelli and Ekdahl saw an opportunity to get county government to allow the roads’ shoulders to have the official designation.The communities struck an agreement with county officials to equally share the engineering and installation cost.Workers this week installed bicycle lane stenciling on Rumson and Ridge roads through portions of Fair Haven, Rumson and Little Silver. Local officials hope this will be the first in an ongoing effort establishing a Two River bike lane connecting a number of local communities. Photo: John BurtonLucarelli said Fair Haven budgeted $49,000 for its share.On average, he explained, it costs roughly $1,800 to stripe a mile and about $285 for each sharrow, with signage an additional expense.Lucarelli is a cycling enthusiast who has been advocating for a Two River bike lane connecting from Red Bank east through the Rumson peninsula, on to Sea Bright and Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36. It would run through Monmouth Beach and Oceanport and loop back around to the Red Bank border. His support also had a personal and profound resonance, given Fair Haven Borough Councilman Jerome Koch was killed a little over a year ago when struck by a vehicle while out cycling in the borough.The state Department of Transportation will install bike lanes on Ocean Avenue throughout Sea Bright when it repaves the roadway in the near future, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said previously.The Two River Council of Mayors, an informal collection of 13 municipalities, which includes Rumson, Fair Haven and Little Silver, threw its support behind the efforts.Lucarelli and supporters see their effort as intended to encourage people to get out of their vehicles and take to bikes for transportation, recreation and for health and environmental considerations. That is the trend through much of the country and abroad, Lucarelli said in the past. But cyclists are entitled to the designated lanes for the safety of all using the roadways, advocates have stressed.Indeed, there is a considerable body of research that indicates that clearly marked lanes have a traffic calming effect. In general terms, even when no cyclists are present, drivers instinctively slow down, and cyclists, when on the roads, tend to stay in the lanes.Of those who have approached Lucarelli, “I think they all realize our leafy suburb is ripe for this,” he said.The local officials approached the county freeholders about supporting the project for the county roads, hoping the county would cover the expense. County officials were initially resistant to the idea, citing costs, liability and the complexities of having it cross multiple municipalities. Finally, both sides hammered out an agreement to share expenses, supported by Arnone who secured the remainder of freeholders’ support.“The county appreciates the commitment by the boroughs of Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson to advance the bicycle routes by committing to the engineering design and funding on the county roads in their towns,” Arnone said in an email response.Fair Haven resident Gail O’Reilly, a volunteer working with Lucarelli on garnering support for the lanes, said this week of this development, “I think it’s profoundly significant now that area residents have an option to travel more safely through and between our communities.”Cycling has yet to become the norm for most people’s transportation, O’Reilly acknowledged. “But it shouldn’t be the exception.”“And that’s one of our goals,” she said of the group working with Lucarelli, “to make it more readily available.”Bike lanes, under federal and state guidelines, are expected to be from 4-to-5 feet wide, depending on whether there is curbing on the road. Sharrows should be installed every quarter- to half-mile, and at every intersection, accompanied by signage.The lines and stenciling are done with a thermo-plastic compound that’s expected to last approximately three years, said Dave Cuje, a Traffic Lines, Inc. foreman overseeing their installation this week.– By John Burton | The Two River Times John Burton can be reached at email@example.com
Mallard’s Source for Sports is eager to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, Ruth Sutherland, Karen Duffy, Kelly Peloso, Lisa Ranta, Wendy Horan, Tracey Kooznetsoff, Melissa Keyserlingk and Heather Dyck. Front, Kelly Newhouse, Jennifer Dunn Moynes The Dirty Dozen and the Lily Whites battled through the duration of the Bridge Ladies Rec Indoor Soccer Season.The Lily Whites managed to win the regular season title, but it was Dirty Dozen having the last laugh in the playoff final, knocking off the champs 5-2 in the final to capture the championship.
Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters Kootenay LakeKerry Reed is back on the lake giving fishermen the straight goods on what’s happening on the water. Here’s is the July report.Kootenay LakeWell, June has come and gone. And the rain kept coming and going also. Another wet month for the record books. And again, the inconsistent weather made for inconsistent fishing. We had some great days out there with up to 15 fish on the day. But we also had some dismal days due to the bouncing barometer. When the weather remained steady, we had our best fishing. Our biggest Rainbow in the past few weeks was a bright, chrome 22-pounder, with a few others between 12 and 18 pounds. We also landed quite a few Bull Trout between three and 15 pounds. And now, since the heat wave, things are changing again. Water temperature is rising fast and the fish are going through sporadic feeding frenzies. So, one day the fish are feeding heavily and we can’t keep them off the hook. And the next day they are fed up and taking a break. We have had some great morning fishing trips since the heat wave. Trying to beat the heat and start early in the morning seems to be the ticket. Our latest morning trip saw saw nice fish come to the boat in only four hours. That’s great fishing for Summer time. So, like I always say, you just never know. But, you can’t catch them from the couch. You just have to be out there.What are they biting on??? Now that the summer weather is here, we are catching more fish on the downriggers. Nothing too deep, but the usual depths of 60-100 feet seem to be working well. My favorite lures on the downrigger have been: Lyman plugs. Lucky numbers have been # 10, 14, 16, 108. Or common colors such as: blue & yellow, or green & yellow, or blue & white. Our favorite fly colors are all over the map. Not one consistent pattern lately. But some of my best patterns have been: Black/wht, grey/wht, and green/wht. Or some common numbered flies such as: 214, 215, 225, 226, and the old standby 228. Also, apex lures have been producing some good fish. The usual colors at this time of year being: black/white, blue/yellow, blue/green.Tight lines……………….. Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters Nelson B.C 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com