1 cat killed, 1 officer injured, no residents injured in Hoboken…

HOBOKEN– A fire broke out in Hoboken early Saturday Feb .4 at 10 a.m. at 57 and 59 Newark St..Police arrived on scene and evacuated the building.The fire was above the hot dog restaurant.No resident were injured. One household cat was killed and one officer was injured by smoke inhalation, according to police Chief Ken Ferrante.“The Hoboken Fire Department did an excellent job,” said Ferrante. “They got the fire out in a half hour.” ×FIRE IN #HOBOKEN — On a cold Saturday morning. Residents escaped, cat did not. FIRE IN #HOBOKEN — On a cold Saturday morning. Residents escaped, cat did not. read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report for Nov. 15 to 21

first_imgNovember 16, 2015: Monday Calls for service: 72Motor Vehicle Stops: 31Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 21Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 1 Fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 700 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 11:31pm November 18, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 60Motor Vehicle Stops: 10Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 31Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 5 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 800 block West Ave., at 1:13pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St., at 2:51pmFraud, 2400 block Bay Ave., at 3:34pmTheft, 1600 block Simpson Ave., at 6:54pmWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 9:35pmWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 11:25pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESNovember 15 – 21, 2015Calls for Service: 452Daily Average: 65 November 15, 2015: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 51Motor Vehicle Stops: 15Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 18Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 2 Fire and 3 EMS callsCDS, 600 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 1:44am November 19, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 54Motor Vehicle Stops: 22Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 16Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 1 fire and 2 EMS callsLandlord/tenant dispute, 900 block Haven Ave., at 2:20pmFraud, 1000 block Asbury Ave., at 7:31pmDomestic violence, 600 block 8th St., at 7:43pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department November 20, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 77Motor Vehicle Stops: 28Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 16Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 6 EMS callsWarrant, 800 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 6:44amMotor vehicle accident, 1200 block West Ave., at 7:41amMotor vehicle accident, 100 block 34th St., at 11:25amWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 2:11pmCDS, 900 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 10:09pm November 21, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 77Motor Vehicle Stops: 28Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 23Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 5 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 700 block Asbury Ave., at 10:51amCDS, 1200 block Pleasure Ave., two in custody, at 11:04amFraud, E. Station Rd., at 11:30amWarrant, Battersea Rd., one in custody, at 2:45pmFight, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 8:24pm November 17, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 61Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 24Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 4 EMS callsThreats, 600 block West Ave., at 1:00pmFraud, Sunnyside Ct., at 7:18pmWarrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 6:10pmlast_img read more

Carbon Trust lays down energy gauntlet to bakers

first_imgThe Carbon Trust has challenged Britain’s plant bakers to come up with ways of improving energy efficiency, backed by co-funding of up to £500,000 per project.Allied Bakeries, Irwin’s and Jackson’s have already carried out initial studies with the government-funded organisation focusing on how to improve the combustion efficiency of ovens, introducing heat recovery processes, and reducing the thermal mass of baking tins. Reductions of around 8.5% in the sector’s carbon emissions could be achieved by addressing these areas alone, said the Carbon Trust.Bakery companies and equipment suppliers are now being invited to form consortia to develop new energy-efficient technologies, which could be replicated across the sector as part of the Carbon Trust’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) a £15m programme that aims to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in British industry. A similar project is being set up with flour millers. The Carbon Trust will provide up to £500,000 per project to fund a maximum of 60% of project costs.”In bakeries, the prover, oven and cooler account for the majority of energy consumption and CO2 emissions, so that is where we looked for savings,” said Al-Karim Govindji, technology acceleration manager at the Carbon Trust. “We found that heat loss from ovens can be cut significantly if excess air levels are reduced with automated control systems.”Allied, Premier and Warburtons account for over 50% of carbon emissions in the baking sector, said the Trust. The entire sector emits approximately 570,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, whch could be reduced by over 25% through good practice and process innovation.Nick Law, operations director at Allied, said: “Energy consumption plays a significant con-tribution in the carbon footprint of our business. We now have a greater understanding of our energy usage, which is key to driving improvement to reduce the environmental impact of our business.”Further information on the project can be found at www.carbontrust.co.uk/ieea.last_img read more

Press release: UK Hydrographic Office welcomes Maritime 2050 strategy

first_imgThe UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has welcomed the publication of the UK government’s ‘Maritime 2050’ strategy paper, which sets out the vision for the future of the UK maritime sector.The strategy, which has been developed in consultation with agencies including the UKHO and the wider public and private sectors, sets out a series of detailed recommendations to help the UK maintain its position as a leading global maritime nation. These recommendations span themes including the environment, international trade, security and resilience, infrastructure, people and technology.A focus on the positive impact that smart shipping and use of autonomous vessels could have on the environment, as well as safety and efficiency across the maritime industry, forms a key part of the paper. In recognition of these benefits, the strategy supports collaboration between the UKHO, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, industry experts and the wider government to develop navigation and safety data requirements that enable the use of these technologies in the future.The strategy also recognises the value of marine geospatial data in unlocking economic potential for maritime-related industries, with further recommendations to not only fully map the seabed in the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone (spanning 6,805,586 sq. km) to modern standards, but also play a key role in international efforts to chart the world’s seabed. This aim will be key to helping government and the wider industry improve our understanding of how we can protect and sustainably benefit from the global marine environment.Commenting on the Maritime 2050 paper, Cathrine Armour, Director of Customer Division, said: The UK Hydrographic Office welcomes the publication of Maritime 2050, which sets out a compelling vision for the future of the UK maritime sector. The UK has the world’s fifth largest Exclusive Economic Zone and the better we understand our oceans, the better placed we will be to ensure its prosperity whilst capitalising on the opportunities that exist. As the government’s hydrographic and marine geospatial data experts, we are proud of the part we play in mapping the UK’s seabed and enabling the future of maritime navigation. At the same time, we can only meet the ambitions of Maritime 2050 through a collaborative approach that brings together the expertise and insights of all our partners across government, industry and academia. We look forward to working closely with these partners to fulfil these goals. You can read the strategy in full here:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maritime-2050-navigating-the-futurelast_img read more

What to know: COVID-19’s impact on the tri-campus community

first_imgWhen do classes start again?Online classes will begin March 23. As of now, classes will be remote and online through April 13. Are there any reported cases on the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross campuses?No. According to the institutions’ coronavirus websites, there are no cases on campus.What about in the county and state?There is one confirmed positive case in St. Joseph County. There are 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. Are residential halls open?All residential halls at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross close Tuesday, except to select number of students. The students eligible for an exemption were contacted by Friday. Students can return to retrieve belongings before Tuesday, but are discouraged from doing so.Will there be refunds for room and board?Notre Dame will announce if there are adjustments to room and board when they determine whether to resume in-person classes.Saint Mary’s will announce potential room and board refunds upon clarification from the federal government that could impact financial aid.Holy Cross has not announced plans in regards to reimbursements for room and board.(Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story included information about Saint Mary’s College of California and College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts rather than the institutions in Notre Dame, Indiana. The Observer has corrected and regrets these errors.)How can I get my books?If you would like the University to mail your course materials to you at home, you can fill out this form.Saint Mary’s students are encouraged to contact Linda Timm, the interim vice president for student affairs, at [email protected] if they cannot retrieve their belongings before Tuesday at noon. Timm will approve campus visits on a case-by-case basis.Holy Cross students will not be able to return to their rooms after noon Tuesday and should contact dean of students Andrew Polaniecki at [email protected] if they have any questions.What if I need assistance with housing or food?Students have offered housing, food and other resources in a spreadsheet. Notre Dame students are also encouraged to reach out to the Office of Student Enrichment with concerns at [email protected] Are dining halls open for students remaining on campus?Notre Dame’s North Dining Hall will be offering to-go meals only for lunch and dinner, and menu items will be limited. Campus Dining advises visitors to practice social distancing at a minimum of 6 feet and touch as few surfaces as possible while in the dining hall. The Huddle in LaFortune Student Center will also be open and offering to-go meals only.Noble Family Dining Hall at Saint Mary’s will be open for limited hours while all other dining options will be closed.Siegfried Dining Hall will be closed during the Holy Cross’ campus closure. Students who are permitted to stay on campus have access to North Dining Hall.What about health services?University Health Services and the University Counseling Center remain open on campus at Notre Dame. All students, on and off campus, can call either service for a consultation or resources.The Health and Counseling Center at Saint Mary’s will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during weekdays.Counseling sessions at Holy Cross will be available virtually during the counselors’ usual hours. Email [email protected] or contact a counselor directly to inquire about a phone or video call during this time.Are any extracurricular activities going on?All extracurricular activities have been canceled through April 13. Any event with more than 100 attendees is also canceled, including sports games, through April 13. What is happening to study abroad programs?All study abroad programs have been suspended, and students have returned home. Students at the Notre Dame Washington Program in Washington, D.C., also returned home because the University of California elected to close its housing facility there, where the students resided.All Saint Mary’s study abroad students have been greatly encouraged to return to the U.S. no matter their location of study as all programs have been canceled. Will commencement happen?Commencement is still scheduled for the weekend of May 15.CancellationsNotre DameIDEA Week — canceled, including Trevor Noah and OneRepublicThe Snite Museum of Art — closed until at least April 13Blue-Gold Game — canceled, and all football-related activities are suspended for the foreseeable futureNCAA spring and winter seasons — canceledStorm the Stadium — canceledAdmitted Students Days — canceledBlack Man’s Think Tank — canceledEvents at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center — canceled until at least April 13Grad Fair — canceledPublic Masses in the Basilica — canceledSaint Mary’sAthletic events — canceledMeet Me at the Avenue — postponed to April 19Junior Mom’s Weekend — canceled, registration fees will be refundedGraduate Admitted Student Day — canceledHoly CrossAll student extracurricular activities have been canceled through April 13.Loading…This story will be updated as more information becomes available to the tri-campus community.Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Idea Week, OneRepublic, study abroad, Trevor Noah Academic semesters around the world have been upended with the spread of the novel coronavirus. Here are the latest updates on changes, closures and cancellations in the tri-campus community. If you don’t see the answer to your question, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.last_img read more

Have Americans gone convenience crazy?

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We have all heard the saying “time is money,” but more Americans like never before apparently believe their time is extremely valuable.New numbers from online advisor Personal Finance show U.S. adults — especially young adults — are willing to spend more for convenience, often increasing simple costs of day-to-day living. This is despite the fact that 60% say they haven’t taken any precautionary steps for a potential economic downturn.Just in analyzing simple day-to-day activities, the report revealed adults between 20 years old and 30 years old spend 60% of their food budget on eating out, and people in general eat out for dinner roughly 14 times per month. American between 20 and 60 years old also spend on average $17.73 a month for their daily coffee fill up at Starbucks. continue reading »last_img read more

Long Island Labor Day Weekend 2015 Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With this weekend unofficially marking the end of summer—fall technically starts Sept. 22—Labor Day festivities are the last chance for Long Islanders to revel in peak beach season.What better way to celebrate a holiday—held the first Monday of every September—that honors the achievements of American workers then by spending the last weekend of summer relaxing?We’ve compiled this list of ideas to do just that. Instead of running out the clock on summer BBQ hopping as usual, mix it up with something different this Labor Day, like any one of these local events.44th Mother Cabrini FeastSuffolk County Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood. mothercabrinifestival.org 4 p.m. September 2-7.69th Shinnecock Annual PowwowShinnecock Indian Nation, 1 Little Church Street, Southampton 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday Sept 4-7.The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Aziz Ansari & Amy SchumerNikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45. 5:15 p.m. September 4.Westhampton Beach 7th Annual Festival of the ArtsWesthampton Great Lawn Great Lawn, Main Street, Westhampton Beach. paragonartevents.com/westhamptom. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 5-6.Seaford FestivalLong Island Rail Road station, Sunrise Hwy., Seaford. 11 a.m-6 p.m. September 5-7Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival5 Barclay St, Huntington Station, Huntington. lighthousemusicfest.com 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. September 5.Eisenhower Park Craft & Gift ShowEisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. September 5-6.Long Island Sound ChampionshipParchment Yacht Club, Babylon. September 6-7Cold Spring Harbor Car ShowMain Street (Route 25A) coldspringharborvillage.org 10 a.m- 4 p.m. September 6.Chabad’s Famous Backyard BBQ13 Woods Lane, East Hampton. chabadofthehamptons.com $30 adults/$15 children. 5 p.m-8 p.m. September 6Garden City Country Club-Labor Day BBQ206 Stewart Ave, Garden City. gardencitycountryclub.org September 6.Long Beach Labor Day McAvoy RunRiverside Boulevard, Long Beach. 8 a.m. September 7America’s Love Affair with the MotorcycleThe Ward Melville Heritage Organization, 97P Main Street, Stony Brook. stonybrookvillage.com $5, $3 for children under 12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 7.Labor Day BBQ Manhasset Bay Yacht Club455 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050 manhassetbayyc.org 4:30 p.m. September 7.last_img read more

Explainer: How Netflix went from foe to friend in Indonesia

first_imgLocal or foreign? The floodgates openRecently, Netflix raised its subscription fee in Indonesia to account for the VAT. Now its prices range from Rp 54,000 to Rp 186,000 monthly, making it arguably more expensive than local streaming services.Local streaming services such as video-on-demand platform Vidio and GoPlay have also gained popularity as they carry more local content and have lower subscription fees.Vidio, which was established in 2014 and has more than 60 million active users, offers a subscription to its Premier Platinum package for Rp 42,000 a month.Disney Plus, the streaming service of entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company, is expected to be available in the country soon.“The video on-demand business will grow rapidly in the future as other services enter Indonesia,” said Nailul. “The rise of Indonesia’s middle class and consumers’ shift to online activities during COVID-19 are some of the push factors for this trend.”Topics : Cashing in during the pandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant economic slowdown in the country. As of May, tax collection had fallen 10.8 percent year-on-year to Rp 444.6 trillion as revenue in almost every economic sector declined.The government expects the state budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent of GDP this year as it allots Rp 695.2 trillion for COVID-19 relief spending while revenue dwindles.In an effort to make up for the lost revenue, the government announced in late March that it would impose a 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) on certain intangible goods and services, including video and music streaming services.The government pressed on with the tax even after an announcement by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Office that it would investigate the policy amid concerns that it targeted US digital companies unfairly.“Indonesia’s tax base will move toward digital taxation as online transactions have been growing significantly, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said at the time.A survey from the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) showed that 25 percent of Indonesian respondents had tried digital entertainment, such as streaming or online gaming, for the first time during the pandemic.“Ultimately, it’s for governments to decide the rules on taxes, and in every country in which we operate, Netflix respects those rules,” a Netflix spokesperson stated previously. “Taxation is an important and much-debated issue in Indonesia, and we’ve had conversations over the last few months with the tax authorities.”Heru Sutadi of the ICT Institute encouraged the government to urge Netflix to establish a business entity in Indonesia so that income tax could be collected from the company. Chummy with the governmentDuring President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term, his Cabinet changed.Jokowi appointed Nadiem Makarim, the founder of Indonesian multi-service app company Gojek, education and culture minister, while Johnny G. Plate succeeded Rudiantara as communications and information minister.No stranger to digital business, in January 2020, Nadiem announced a $1 million partnership between the Education and Culture Ministry and Netflix to hold scriptwriting workshops and a short film competition, among other initiatives.“We will partner with local companies and policymakers to support digital skills growth,” said Netflix Asia-Pacific managing director Kuek Yu-Chuang, adding that the programs would be helpful for the Indonesian film and television industry.In June, the ministry announced a second partnership with Netflix to air some of the streaming service’s documentaries on state-owned television network TVRI. The program sought to assist at-home educational efforts during the pandemic, especially for students, teachers and parents with limited internet access.Minister Johnny G. Plate, on the other hand, stirred public controversy with a comment about Netflix in January.“We ask for Netflix originals not to be in Indonesia. Just utilize Indonesian people’s creativity, if possible,” he said.He later clarified that he meant that he wanted Netflix to stream more films made by Indonesians.INDEF researcher Nailul said that Nadiem’s decision to partner with Netflix was likely a way to gain public sympathy as a government appointee who supported the platform.”It gained Pak Nadiem a lot of sympathy, especially from fellow millennials,” he said. Indonesia’s digital economy is a hotbed for foreign companies like Netflix, and the sector is expected to be worth $130 billion by 2025, according to the e-Conomy SEA 2019 report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company.However, Netflix has arguably the most complicated relationship with Indonesia of all of its rivals.Since it entered the country four years ago, Neflix has experienced a changing regulatory and political landscape, from the bumpy beginning of a state-owned enterprise access ban to a million-dollar deal with a ministry more recently. US-based streaming platform Netflix is one of the most recent tech giants to have become subject to taxes in Indonesia, as its popularity increases during the pandemic and the government hunts for untapped sources of revenue.While the streaming service has not disclosed its Indonesian subscription numbers, the company has met a threshold for taxation stipulated by a Finance Ministerial Regulation. The regulation holds that nonresident foreign firms selling digital products and services in Indonesia worth more than Rp 600 million (US$41,345) a year or generating yearly traffic of more than 12,000 users are subject to a 10 percent value-added tax (VAT).According to Netflix’s second-quarter report, the company has 193 million paid memberships worldwide, having grown by 10.1 million from the same period last year as a greater number of people seek home entertainment during the health crisis. Telkom comes aroundAfter five years of barring Netflix from its platforms, Telkom announced in early June that it would allow its users to access the streaming service.Arif Prabowo, the company’s vice president of corporate communications, said the decision was made after Netflix committed not to air “prohibited content that includes child pornography and terrorism” and agreed to respond to customer complaints within 24 hours.Nailul from INDEF viewed the opening as a business decision.“Telkom prioritized other OTTs that already had a partnership with them. But during the pandemic, Netflix’s users rose, and it became an attractive partner for them,” he said. Censorship and sensibility When Netflix became available in Indonesia in January 2016, the streaming service was quickly blocked by state-owned telecommunications company Telkom Group.The giant banned access to Netflix on all of its platforms, namely IndiHome, Telkomsel and WiFi.id. It cited a permit issue and unfiltered content, including some displaying violence and adult situations, according to Telkom’s then-director of consumer relations, Dian Rachmawan.He urged Netflix to cooperate with internet providers in the country so its content could be censored according to Indonesian regulations.Then-communications and information minister Rudiantara said Telkom’s move did not represent the government’s stance, calling it a “purely corporate decision”, despite Telkom being a state-owned enterprise.However, he mentioned that the streaming service’s presence might affect the country’s entertainment industry and other online businesses.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Nailul Huda echoed Rudiantara’s sentiment.”If that were the case [that the government was opposed to Netflix], it should have been blocked from all internet providers, not just Telkom,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Telkom ended up partnering with now-defunct Singapore-based over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service HOOQ as well as Malaysia’s iFlix, which expanded its operation in Indonesia in 2016.The public was largely in favor of Netflix’s expansion into Indonesia. Some argued that the service had an age restriction mechanism that would prevent children from seeing adult content.“Foreign platforms coming to Indonesia often think that they don’t need Indonesian companies, so there is a sense of defeat. Netflix was pressured so that we could have a better standing in the negotiation,” Indonesia ICT Institute executive director Heru Sutadi told the Post on Thursday.last_img read more

EQ Wild West Tour opens with doubleheader at Delta

first_imgDELTA, Utah (April 29) – The eighth annual EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour opens this weekend at Millard County Raceway, with a pair of $1,000 to win features for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. Pit gates at Delta open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Both features are qualifying events for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and all applicable IMCA points will be awarded.Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and over, $5 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for drivers and $20 for crew members. More information is available by calling 801 414-8137 and at the www.millardcountyraceway.com website.Series winners last season at Delta were Ricky Alvarado of Delta, Colo., and Dustin Hansen of Myton.Alvarado became a three-time tour champion in 2013 and now leads all drivers with 31 WWMT career checkers.Half a dozen doubleheaders are on the series schedule this season. Sweetwater Speedway at Rock Springs, Wyo., hosts May 30 and 31 events.last_img read more

Martinez unmoved over Baines

first_img With the England international likely to be sidelined by a broken toe well into next month, his Costa Rican deputy has made an instant impact in his two appearances. The 23-year-old last weekend marked only his second league start for the Toffees in 18 months with a goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Hull but then went one better in midweek with the strike which brought their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in 21 years. Press Association Speculation still persists that United manager David Moyes will return to his former club to sign Baines in January after a failed bid in the summer. And while Oviedo’s performances may have given Martinez confidence they can cope without Baines that does not mean he is willing to let his first-choice left-back leave. “Nothing changes. We are in the middle of the season, we have just gone 14 games and the only thing we are thinking about is finishing the season with the strongest squad possible,” said the Spaniard. “The last thing we want is to lose experienced players, players who mean a lot to Everton and who represent a lot in terms of what we want to achieve.” Nevertheless Oviedo is set for an extended run in the side and has found himself catapulted into the limelight. In scoring at Old Trafford, he not only became the club’s joint second-highest league scorer this season – alongside Baines, right-back Seamus Coleman and midfielder Ross Barkley – but won himself a new legion of fans. Martinez said the defender was gaining his reward for being patient and committed. “We had many phone calls from Costa Rica. The game was live there and his hero status has gone to a different level so it doesn’t surprise me how he is affecting people at the moment,” said the Toffees boss. “The assessment (of him) is exactly the same as I had in pre-season: I thought he came back ready for this campaign showing he was ready to cope with the physicality of the British league. “In pre-season he played in many games and showed he was ready but has had one of the toughest jobs you can have fighting for a position with someone like Leighton Baines, who is in the best moment of his career. “It has been probably frustrating for him at times but it is an incredible example of how you should behave as a footballer – just working hard, being ready and when you get the opportunity show you can help the team. “Everyone is delighted for Bryan because he is getting what he deserves, it is not an accident. “Now it is a great position for us to have such strong competitiveness for that position.” While the left-back area has been strengthened, Martinez is looking to strengthen other positions next month to cover long-term knee injuries to striker Arouna Kone and midfielder Darron Gibson. “We are going to use the window in January to try to help the team because we lost two players for the long term,” said the Spaniard. “Arouna and Darron are two very important players for us so we will try to see if we can identify one or two players that can help the group. “We have been working hard to identify who can help the group and that is what we are looking for in January.” Martinez admits his initial fears Kone would not recover from an operation to repair damaged cartilage in time to play a part in the remainder of the season have materialised. “Arouna started the first part of his recovery and it is going to be long-term, as expected,” he added. “I don’t think we are going to see Arouna this season. “If we can get him back for the final two months he will have done really well. “There was a big chunk of cartilage that had to be repaired in his knee. “We are very pleased in the way everything has been done but it will be difficult to see him this season. “In the same manner we are hoping we can see Darron Gibson before the season ends but clearly it is a long-term injury as well.” Manager Roberto Martinez is adamant new Everton hero Bryan Oviedo is competition and not a replacement for left-back Leighton Baines.last_img read more