This text will be replaced BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Holmdel’s Baisley captures Group II Tom O’Neill added another championship to his growing list of accomplishments this fall.The Middletown High School North junior, fresh off his victory at the Shore Conference Championships, captured the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III title on Nov. 10 at the Delsea Regional High School course.While O’Neill was winning his state individual sectional title, Holmdel High School’s boys and Middletown High School South’s girls won their respective Group championships.The Central Jersey sectional was originally scheduled for Nov. 3 at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, but the meet was postponed by Hurricane Sandy and the site was switched to Delsea because of damage to Thompson Park.O’Neill, who has been involved in some thrilling finishes during this season, had the Delsea course to himself this time, winning by more than 30 seconds in 15:41.When O’Neill lines up on Nov. 17 at Holmdel Park at the Group III state championship race, he won’t be alone. Middletown North finished third (75 points) to qualify as a team for the State meet. The top 10 individuals and top five teams all advanced.Justin Lippert (16:37) and Michael Sudkyka (16:43) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, for the Lions to help the team secure a top five finishHolmdel dominated the Group II meet, led by the sectional’s individual winner, Jack Baisley, who clocked 16:16 in his win. Andrew Tsai (16:25) and Dan Barlev (16:42) were third and fourth for the Hornets, while Aaron Barlev (16:51) was seventh. Eric Williams completed the scoring in 12th place (17:13).The Hornets won with a dual meet score of 27 points.Matawan Regional High School’s Daniel Willis extended his season to the Group championships by finishing eighth (16:52).Middletown South’s girls captured Group III with 69 points, as their top five finished within the first 21 places, led by Christiana Rutkows’ second place showing (19:09). Cassidy Weimer (20:03) gave the Eagles another low score in seventh place. Middletown South wrapped the championship up when MaryKate Himmelber (20:46), Christina Caccamo (20:47) and Brianna Haspel (20:53) all finished behind each other in 19-21.Middletown North’s Madelyn Marrone punched her ticket to the Group III championships by finishing third (19:21).Holmdel’s girls were second to defending champion Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.Lennon Cooper (19:22) and Marin Warner (19:35) finished in third and fourth place, respectively, to lead the Hornets.Rumson-Fair Haven, though, stacked their scorers from fifth to 16th place to squeak by Holmdel.Irene Garidas (20:11) and Gina Delio (20:14) took 14th and 15th for Holmdel with Lindsey Conlan coming in 21st (20:56).O’Neill, CBA shine at SC meetO’Neill went to the state sectional with a lot of confidence coming off his dramatic win at the Oct. 25 Shore Conference Championships held at Ocean County Park in Lakewood.The Lions’ harrier turned in the secondfastest time in course history, 15:04, in outlasting Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) Jack Boyle (15:05).O’Neill stayed in the lead pack that contained almost the entire Christian Brothers Academy team throughout the race. Fearing that he might get out-kicked at the end of the race as he was by Dylan Tarpey at the Monmouth County Championships, O’Neill opted for a different tactic.“I pushed it (the pace) the last mile,” he said. “I was worried about Tarpey.“I’m better sprinting from long distance,” he added.O’Neill made his decisive move with 1,000 meters to go and with 400 meters remaining, it was down to Boyle and him racing flat-out on the final straight away. It was only in the last 50 meters that the Lions’ runner was able to put Boyle away and savor his triumph.“I saw the clock and I was pretty excited,” he said.The time was a new 5K personal best for O’Neill.Even though Boyle lost the individual race, he led an awesome display by the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. The Colts won with a score that would win a dual meet, 27, against a field that includes many of the top teams in the state. They placed their five runners in the top eight.CBA also shattered the team average course record with a sizzling 15:08.67 average.Led by Jack Baisley, who was 10th in team scoring (15:28), Holmdel was second with 96 points. The Hornets had a team average of 15:56.58.On the girls side, St. John Vianney High School’s Monmouth County champion Courtney Thompson turned in a personal best of 18:01 while finishing second to Lacey Township High School’s Danielle Leavitt (17:54).“I knew the first mile would go out fast,” said the Lancers’ junior. “I held back. I was 40th at the mile and that’s when I started to go after the lead pack.“At one-and-a-half miles, I made a move,” she added. “I really pushed it.”She indeed pushed — all the way from 40th up to second place.Thompson’s teammate, Tara Connelly, who was pushing the pace at the front of the lead pack early in the race, held on for third place in a personal best 18:09.Holmdel’s Warner was fifth (18:18) and Middletown South’s Christina Rutkowski was 10th (18:27).Red Bank Catholic High School defended its championship with 98 points. Middletown South was third (150) and one point ahead of Holmdel (151).
The Eastern End consists of teams from Morobe, Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Jiwaka, Southern Highlands, Central, National Capital District and Port Moresby.A total of eight teams will compete in the finals.The first game on Saturday will see Okapa Hawks play Huon Gulf Ravens, followed by Sine Suai Brothers taking on Pokana Jets.The afternoon matches will see Six-Mile Storms battle Kamkumung Crushers and later Morobe Chiefs will play Gumine Wisomo.On Sunday, the winner of game one will take on winner of game four, and the winner of game two will play winner of game three in the qualifying finals.Winners from these two matches will advance to the grand final in April at Wabag for a shot at K100,000 prize money.
As the drawdown and departure of peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) looms, the urgency to train more security personnel has intensified.In the absence of the UN peace-keepers, the government is expected to train over 3000 officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police (LNP) and other security personnel in order to effectively man the country’s porous borders and decentralize security operations.To achieve this plan, according to Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, the amount of US$20 million already allocated in the budget for security training was not nearly enough to meet the overall objective of security take-over from UNMIL.Minister Konneh, who is a core member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Economic Management Team, has disclosed that the funds required for the training will by all means be increased to US$90 million.The Minister made the disclosure on Saturday at a joint graduation program of over 300 BIN and LNFS personnel in Sinje, Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County.The BIN plays an important role in generating substantial revenues for the government, Minister Konneh, said pointing out that of the 2005/2006 fiscal budget, the entity generated US$300,000, while in this year’s budget, the bureau has contributed US$3.9m thus making an average of 25 percent increment to the budget.He further remarked that the security sector is important to the economic growth of the country starting with the BIN.Minister Konneh urged the BIN to continue its contributions to the rebuilding process of post conflict Liberia.“Your job is not just to guard the borders, but also to ensure that the interests of the investors that are coming into the country to invest are protected, because they too are graciously contributing to the growth and development of the country through the budget,” he told the audience. The crowd became elated when Minister Konneh praised the BIN for their decent uniforms.In his remarks, Vice President Joseph Boakai lauded authorities of the BIN and LNFS for their farsightedness in planning the training exercises.Such training will reassure Liberians that the state security will provide total protection for the citizenry in the absence of UNMIL, said VP Boakai.He urged the graduates to use the lessons learnt by exhibiting a high level of professionalism in their assigned areas.“In case of anything like civil unrest, it will be you who will first step in. The military should be the last line of defense because it is very expensive to use the military. This is why you were included to benefit from the first course of training,” the Vice President told the graduates with reference to the BIN.The program brought together an array of government officials including the Minister of Education, George Werner, representatives of UNMIL, the African Union, Economic Community of West African States, among other partners. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Detective Corporal Roland Beharry on Tuesday recounted the murder scene of taxi driver Rolston Bernard Henry, who was found bound and gagged with several wounds in the car he operated, which was found at Onion Field, La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara (ECD), back in May 2009.Murdered taxi driver: Rolston Bernard HenryHis recollection was heard by the 12-member jury and Justice Roxanne George in the High Court on Tuesday. The deceased driver’s National Identification Card and four car seat covers, which had been stolen, were tendered as exhibits.This followed Justice George’s decision that the trial can proceed after ruling that the evidence tendered in the voir dire (trial with a trial) warranted jury deliberation. Detective Corporal Beharry’s testimony follows several days of Police witnesses testifying in the voir dire.The Detective Corporal told the court that he was the first officer to arrive on the scene after receiving the report that the murdered taxi driver was found in some bushes, near the LBI Sugar Estate. Beharry recalled that the upper half of Henry’s body was on land face up while the other half was lodged in water. The witness also observed “a gaping wound to his throat, a 7 inch cut below his right ear and another to the left side of his back”.The Policeman further testified how the taxi driver was bound. The jury heard that an electrical cord was used to tie the deceased man’s hands behind him, while a cloth was tied across his mouth.“A piece of shine metal object was stuck to his right side; his abdomen, stomach and penis appeared to be burnt,” the witness stated, signalling that the taxi driver may have been tortured. Beharry then added that the dead man was also found clothed only in blue undergarments. It is believed that Henry was murdered between May 2 and 3, 2009.Beharry, who was the principal investigator of the crime, also witnessed the post-mortem examination of the deceased.In other jarring revelations, Beharry noted that a number of stolen items, including the car seats, were recovered and later identified by the owner of the PKK 9036 motor car, which the deceased had operated. The witness also claimed that he was made privy to a receipt showing purchase of the said car seats.Under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Maxwell McKay, Beharry stated that four other persons were held, but later released for the taxi driver’s murder. He admitted that he was not aware just when the accused was shown his caution statement, but learnt that this was done on the evening of May 5, 2009 at the Beterverwagting Police Station, ECD.Beharry also noted that he assisted in searching the crime scene and personally scoured around 15 feet from the murder. However, Attorney McKay challenged the witness as to why a crowd of persons was gathered so close to the crime scene – some four feet away.“Would you say [the murder scene] was contaminated by persons being so close to the body?” questioned McKay.Detective Corporal Beharry responded in the negative. The trial continues today. read more
0Shares0000LONDON, October 23-Alex Ferguson has said the “formidable” Louis van Gaal is the right man to return Manchester United to winning ways once again.Ferguson, who retired as United manager at the end of the 2012/13 campaign after a career that saw him become British football’s most successful boss during more than 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, looked on as struggling successor David Moyes was sacked after less than a season at the helm. Not only did United not win any major trophies last season, they also failed to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.In a bid to rectify both these issues, United brought in van Gaal, fresh from guiding his native Netherlands to third place at this World Cup in Brazil and a vastly experienced club manager.Ferguson, writing in the recently published updated version of his autobiography, said the 63-year-old van Gaal was a “good choice” for United.“Louis, who took the job, is what I would call a managers’ coach,” Ferguson added. “He’s one of these committed ultra-professionals. Football is his life.“Wherever he has managed, every footballer will have learnt from him. He’s strong, single-minded, as he showed again with the Netherlands at the World Cup.“I like Louis and have always had a good rapport with him. If I had to choose one word for him it would be ‘formidable’.“His urge is to play attractive football. He likes to watch players play and players train and to be involved at all levels, including in the development of young players.“His background at Ajax shows that his faith in youth will not diminish. He was a good choice.”– Perfect Giggs – Ferguson also congratulated van Gaal to make United great Ryan Giggs, briefly in caretaker charge after Moyes’s sacking, as his assistant manager. “Louis could help Giggs learn about this business. In turn, Ryan could help Louis in understanding the inner workings of United,” Ferguson said.“As I look back on all those trophies, and those 963 appearances and 168 goals, I recall him as a physical freak. How he could have performed at the level he played at for all those years is beyond me.“With Giggs I found perfection.”The book also contained the Scot’s thoughts about rival managers, including old foe Arsene Wenger who oversaw an end to Arsenal’s nine-year wait for a trophy last season by guiding the Gunners to a 3-2 FA Cup final win against a Hull side managed by Steve Bruce, one of Ferguson’s former United captains. “Arsene has always been dogged and determined about his beliefs and has never succumbed to pressure to change,” said Ferguson, who added the Frenchman could yet be with north London club Arsenal even longer than he himself was with United. “The standard and the method have been consistent. He has always been good at acquiring and developing young players. He is never afraid to play young people — which is bold, because young players are not fully formed.“Who is to say that Arsene will not beat my record? I have my doubts, but he’s having a good crack at it.”Meanwhile Ferguson reiterated his support for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, much criticised by the club’s fans for his supposedly unattractive style of football but who has since taken the Hammers into their current position of fourth in the Premier League.“I hope that before I die, someone can explain the ‘West Ham way’. What is it? They last won a trophy in 1980, the FA Cup,” Ferguson said.“I had to sympathise with Sam. He couldn’t win. There is this preconception with West Ham fans that ‘Big Sam’ is a survivalist who tells teams to boot the ball up the pitch.“The truth is that he stayed up with a team of very average players. That’s management. He drew the best from them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It turns out that Wiarton Willie’s premonition that an early Spring would not be the case after seeing his shadow would ring true for a number of Peace Region communities, as several snowfall records for February 2nd were shattered.The North Peace Airport weather station recorded a whopping 19.8 centimetres of fluffy white powder last Friday, breaking the single day snowfall record by 2.3 centimetres. The previous record dated to 1971, when the airport saw 17.5 centimetres of snow fall.In the South Peace, which was under a snowfall warning all day Friday, some areas saw even more snow. The Chetwynd Airport recorded a record 23.0 centimetres of snow last Friday, and the weather station also broke records for most snow on the ground on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Grande Prairie also recorded a record 23.2 centimetres of snow on Friday, breaking a record dating to 1999.- Advertisement -Dawson Creek fared much better than its neighbours, as the weather station only recorded 13.9 millimetres of precipitation, though that was still enough to break a February 2nd precipitation record. The previous record of 11.3 millimetres of precipitation on Groundhog Day also dated to 1999. read more
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On 18 April, Tottenham Hotspur were eight points clear of Arsenal and had four games left to play in the 2015/16 Premier League season.Spurs were five points behind leaders Leicester City and dreaming of a first league title since 1961.On 15 May, Tottenham were thrashed 5-1 by the 10-men of relegated Newcastle United, to finish the season on 70 points.Meanwhile Arsenal beat Aston Villa to end their campaign on 71 points.St Totteringham’s Day came late this year, but it arrived as usual! 1 Arsenal finished above Spurs thanks to an Olivier Giroud hat-trick and Newcastle thrashing their north London rivals 5-1
Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue says he’s appalled by a €36m reduction in GLAS funding in 2017.The data was contained in a Parliamentary Reply to Deputy McConalogue.“The figures released by Minister Michael Creed make for grim reading for thousands of farmers across the country who have signed up for GLAS. Despite committing to an annual spend of €250m per year, once 50,000 farmers had joined, only €214m has been allocated for GLAS in 2017″, explained Deputy McConalogue. “38,000 farmers have joined GLAS to date. However, the 14,000 farmers who have submitted applications under GLAS III will be very worried now that they won’t be able to access the scheme.“I’m calling on the Minster to ensure that all farmers are facilitated into the scheme as there is sufficient funding available, considering €1.45bn has been allocated over this RDP window to 2020.“Only two months ago, Fianna Fáil exposed how the current GLAS scheme is on track to leave farmers at a loss of some €378 million up until 2020 based on average payments and budget allocations to date.“This is an appalling situation given the severe cash flow crisis facing farmers. This money must stay with farmers. Fianna Fáil will continue to campaign strongly and hold the Government to account on this”. Fine Gael failing farmers with €36M reduction in GLAS – McConalogue was last modified: December 27th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
The Mayo League have announced that Mayo League head coach, and former Sligo Rovers legend, Joseph Ndo is stepping down. Joseph has overseen the Mayo League side for the past two seasons, having joined in September 2015. The chairman of the Mayo League, Padraig McHale, thanked Joseph for his contribution and dedication over the past two years. “Joseph brought in a new level of professionalism to the game here in the county. His coaching will benefit a great number of young players that he has worked with for many years to come”. He went on to say that on behalf of the league I would like to state that it has been a great pleasure working with Joseph and we wish him every success in the future”.Mr. McHale also revealed that Brendan Kenny, who is a multiple Elvery’s Super League winner with Ballina Town and former Mayo manager will be taking charge of the Mayo League side for the next match which will be against as yet unknown opposition in the EA Sports Cup in March. The draw for the first round will be taking place shortly. read more