Thomas Zalewski Dear Editor Although the new DEP deserves credit for finally rejecting the Liberty National golf course proposal to lease the Caven Point natural area at LSP, the decision was made very easy for them. Judging by the DEP’s rejection letter to Liberty National, their proposal failed miserably to meet the requirements stated in the Request for Proposals. Not even the Christie administration’s DEP, which issued the RFP, could have approved it. Given this lame, incomplete proposal and the overwhelming public opposition to the Liberty National plan, the DEP’s decision was simple. Caven Point may be safe for now, but it’s far from protected.While Caven Point is often referred to as a “natural area,” it is not officially included within the elite NJ Natural Area System. That designation would protect it from privatization and development. Caven Point is qualified to be in the System because it’s a unique ecological community and rare / endangered species habitat. Now is the time for the DEP to classify Caven Point as an official NJ Natural Area, and give Caven Point the protection it deserves. Still hanging over LSP is the other eleventh-hour, Christie privatization scheme: the proposed Suntex marina along the Black Tom Island site on the south shore. If Black Tom Island was listed on the NJ Register of Historic Places, it would be protected from development schemes like the Suntex marina plan. In 1916, the historically significant Black Tom Island was the site of one of the worst acts of terrorism / sabotage in American history, and therefore qualifies as a Historic Place. The site is also where LSP was originally established in 1976, and should remain free and open for everyone to enjoy.Now is the time for the DEP to reject the marina plan, and protect this site by approving the application they received in December for the registration of Black Tom Island as a NJ Historic Place. Privatization and development threats at LSP continue to occur because whenever such threats have been defeated in the past, nothing was done to protect LSP from future threats. It’s time for the new DEP to represent a true departure from the privatization ploys of the prior administration. The rejection of Liberty National’s pathetic proposal was an easy first step. Simply by taking the additional steps mentioned above, the DEP can just as easily ensure the protection of Caven Point and Black Tom Island for future generations.
Belgian pastry specialist Pidy has launched a new dessert kit – Tarto Presto. Tartlettes and crème patissière form the basis for the kit, which contains all you need to prepare and decorate shortcrust pastry tartlets. The starter box contains 24 x 8.5cm shortcrust tartlets and a 1kg pack of crème patissière. A range of desserts can be produced by adding a layer of crème patissière to each tart and topping with any combination with fruit or other topping. The crème patissière is low in fat – 3% – and preservative-free. It can be stored at ambient temperature and has a shelf-life of 12 months unopened. Once opened, it will remain in good condition for eight days when refrigerated at between 4?C and 6?C.The Tarto Presto pack will be available nationally through fine foodservice wholesalers from August 2009.www.pidygourmet.com
The Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County has implemented the first of a total of three parts of the cyclotourism development project in Požega-Slavonia County.In the first phase, training for bicycle guides was held by the development agency from Pazin IRTA doo, after which Požega-Slavonia County received a new 23 for bicycle guides. Each of the participants received a certificate from the Croatian Cycling Federation that they can lead groups of cyclists in our county and beyond.The other two parts of the project according to the Operational Plan for Cyclotourism Development of Požega-Slavonia County are in the final phase: Development of a bicycle map of Požega-Slavonia County and “Inclusion of cycling routes and tourist content of Požega-Slavonia County in the project Croatia bike routes” which should be completed until the end of 2018, they point out from the Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County.The operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in Požega-Slavonia County, as well as all bike trails and the offer can be viewed hereEven if the whole cycling tourism story were developed in synergy at the level of the entire destination Slavonia, it would be a strategic development. This way we have 5 counties and 5 different tourism products, as well as cycling stories. This, as well as many other trainings, were to be held at the level of the entire region of Slavonia. This is more so in the case of cycling tourism, where the average and recreational cyclist travels 30 kilometers by bicycle and in one day travels from one county to another by bicycle.This is another practical proof of how the whole of Slavonia should be developed and branded through one brand – Slavonia.
Brian Chin | Daily TrojanThe Trojans have been fine-tuning in order to stay sharp against Western Michigan for the game on Saturday. With the clock winding down on time, head coach Clay Helton emphasized defensive readiness to prevent the Trojans from falling behind the tempo of the Broncos.Locking In Third DownIn order to stall Western Michigan’s fast-paced offense, the Trojans practiced situationally, looking to get their opponents off the field as soon as possible.“We’re really reemphasizing our third downs, which I think are going to be critical, especially defensively,” Helton said. “Looking at tape, obviously this is a team that can be a no-huddle team … being able to get off the field defensively where those plays don’t climb up.”The defense set up at the 50-yard line and worked on third down situations with varying yardage. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold took shots down the field and threw short passes to keep the defense guessing. Special Teams Special teams had ample opportunity to work on defending punt returns in order to better defend Western Michigan wideout Darius Phillips on Saturday. “Continue watching tapes, [and] you see how dangerous Darius Phillips is and why he was the Special Teams Player of the Year last year,” Helton said. “He is not only one that can make you miss, but if he gets behind coverage, he’s gone.”In order to be ready, USC spent a portion of practice kicking the ball to both hashes and attempting to run it back through heavy coverage.Well-Oiled OffenseIn order to get in the right mindset, the team worked on dealing with pressure in the pocket. Darnold spent time working on quick releases backed up within the 10-yard line, forcing him to think on his feet and improvise when necessary. The offense also worked on tightening up its short passes on different down and yardage situations. Darnold dumped the ball off through well-timed short distance passes, keeping the defense on its toes. The running backs also had an opportunity to make plays by creating space in the coverage.Smith suspension confirmedDue to his targeting ejection in the second half of the Penn State game, junior linebacker Cameron Smith will be suspended for the first half of Saturday’s opener.“By rule he’s allowed to be a part of pre-game warm up,” Helton said. “After we go in, he’s not allowed to come out until the second half.”As a result, the bench will have to step up and fill the position. Helton feels confident that the Trojans will be able to hold their own despite Smith’s absence. “Obviously, [sophomore] Jordan [Iosefa] will play Mike linebacker, and [redshirt sophomore] John [Houston Jr.] will be the Will linebacker for that first half,” Helton said. “We’ll have [freshman] Levi [Jones] ready if needed, along with [redshirt junior] Grant Moore.”Smith was upset by the decision, but he ultimately feels his teammates are prepared enough to hold the position until he can return.“I’ll probably pace around a little bit [and] stress out,” Smith said. “Hopefully, someone will be there to calm me down.”Injury UpdateSenior right guard Viane Talamaivao played a full practice on Wednesday. According to Helton, he is in good shape for Saturday’s game.