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MB Student Awarded Silver Medal

first_imgLONG BRANCH – Shannon Wedel of Shore Regional High School is the recipient of a Congressional Award Silver Medal.The Congressional Award is a public private-partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative and service in America’s youth, ages 14 to 23. The Congressional Award provides a unique opportunity for young people to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development and citizenship.To accomplish her goals, Wedel volunteered more than 250 hours of community service to Sandy relief efforts, Mon­mouth Medical Center and the local food pantry. Wedel also worked part-time at Caputo’s Bakery Shoppe, taught Sunday school, played on the soccer team and was a member of the school dance team. She also planned a three-day, two-night trip to Delaware Water Gap.To earn a Congressional Award, personally challenging goals must be set and achieved in four program areas: voluntary public service; physical fitness; personal development; and expedition/exploration.There are six levels of the Congressional Award – Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.Wedel received her award Monday, July 8, from Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th, in his Long Branch office.last_img read more

Mourinho will ‘do whatever is best for Spurs’ regarding Eriksen’s future

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has revealed he will do whatever is best for Tottenham in the on-running saga surrounding Christian Eriksen.The Danish talisman, 27, wants to try his luck in a different country after six years in England at Spurs – and it appears the new boss won’t stand in his way.1 Christian Eriksen is still set to leave Spurs despite the arrival of Jose Mourinho as bossHis contract runs out in June and he can sign a pre-contract in January with a foreign club.And before Spurs’ game with West Ham on Saturday, Mourinho insisted he would do whatever is the best interests of the club.Mourinho said: “I need to understand what is in Christian’s mind or heart and we have to make the right decision for the club.”After Mauricio Pochettino’s shock sacking this week and Mourinho’s even more stunning appointment, many thought it could prompt a U-turn from the Denmark international.But Eriksen will not change his mind – and Juventus are now plotting a surprise January move, according to Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport.Mourinho made it clear Eriksen is not in his plans as he left him out of the side for his first match in charge against West Ham today.Manchester United and Real Madrid are hunting Eriksen, who looked at properties in the Spanish capital last summer.Eriksen snubbed summer switches as Spurs chief Daniel Levy tried hard to flog the midfielder before he can leave for nothing next summer.The Italian press claims Mourinho would not stand in Eriksen’s way should he want to leave early.Eriksen first indicated he wanted to quit Spurs when contract talks first started two years ago.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’He turned down a £60m mega offer to stay, made back in October.Poch had left Eriksen on the sidelines for much of this season.Even the player’s statistics from the few games he had played, indicated he wanted to be elsewhere.Jose Mourinho asked Dele Alli ‘are you Dele or his brother-’ as he bids to get Spurs star firing againlast_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Irish boxer Connor McGregor, background, touches US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr on the head, during a press conference to promote their upcoming fight, at the SSE Arena, in Wembley, London, Friday July 14, 2017. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)LONDON—Conor McGregor celebrated his 29th birthday by defending himself against accusations of racism during a media tour to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather in London on Friday.The Irish mixed martial arts fighter went on the defensive at the fourth press conference in as many days with American Mayweather at the SSE Arena, Wembley.ADVERTISEMENT “There has been a lot of trash talkers (through his career) and at the end of the day, he’s not bad.“We will rate him number two, I’m number one. He’s got heart. You need more guys to be more aggressive to each other, do more trash talking to each other.”By day four in London, some of the lines had already been heard, but not that the estimated crowd of 10,000 at the SSE Arena cared much. They lapped it up and cheered, but only for McGregor.Mayweather, a five-weight world boxing champion who knocked out Briton Ricky Hatton in 2007, was booed loudly by the fans, many of whom were Irish, and he could barely be heard.The pair met on a makeshift stage, a boxing ring, in the middle of the venue.“This is my first time in a boxing ring, and in six weeks I run boxing,” said McGregor.“Four years ago I fought in front of 400 people. Now I get to quadruple my met worth for half a fight.”At one point McGregor walked behind Mayweather and rubbed his head, before calling him a “bald” profanity and then throwing the microphone in the air.Their fight could be the richest in boxing history, making more than the $623.5 million generated by Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.Mayweather, who has earned approximately $700 million in his boxing career according to Forbes magazine, is the best boxer of his generation and has won world titles in five weight classes and is looking to extend his unbeaten record to 50-0. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Wipeout But Mayweather, 40, was just as guilty as McGregor in using insulting terms for women on Friday.Their latest trash-talking exchange was full of profanities and insults, just like the previous events in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles.READ: Mayweather, McGregor take trash-talk tour to New YorkBoth claimed victory in the war of words.“I smoked him in all four rounds,” McGregor said.“In the first round, they set me up with no music or anything. The **** you suit I wore went viral. Toronto was a wipeout, a 10-7 round, and New York was alright, and tonight I smoked him so it’s 4-0, or 3-1 if you want to be generous.”But Mayweather, who has not fought since September 2015, believes he got the better of McGregor.“I’m the best at it, when it comes to trash talking,” Mayweather said.“He’s not able to push my buttons. He cannot out talk me. 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The pair meet in a light-middleweight boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be boxing’s richest ever fight.But the event has received some negative publicity since McGregor said to Mayweather at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, “Dance for me, boy”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“If he feels disrespected he’s an idiot and **** him as well,” McGregor told reporters at a press conference.“I think it’s ****ing ridiculous. I don’t understand it. I know who I am as a person. Most realistic people can see that. He’s trying to sway something by (saying I’m) disrespecting women.” Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor, a UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, has never had a professional bout and is a big betting underdog, but can still expect to make $100million from the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Before going on stage in London, American Mayweather criticized McGregor for what he perceived were racists comments made by the Irishman.“Racism still exists,” said Mayweather.“I’ve got a diverse team. It’s all about treating people how you want to be treated. You have to give respect to give it back.“He totally disrespected black women, he called black people monkeys and he was disrespectful to my (13-year-old) daughter.“I’m not going to stoop that low to talk about his wife or child. There’s certain levels and you don’t stoop to or cross. I love everyone.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The greatest disappointment to hit the Guyana landscape?

first_imgDear Editor,I believe the greatest disappointment for Guyana was the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), joining forces with the People’s National Congress (PNC) in a coalition. I used the term “was” in describing the WPA because that entity is no more, they are a spent force, one which has lost its relevance and importance to society, the greatest casualty to hit national headlines. Can anyone tell me what importance this political association holds in society? The answer is none, because this ragtag grouping is now groping in the wilderness trying in every which way they can to utter a feeble voice of reasonableness before its deathbed.The reality behind Guyana’s political coalition was that there was never an Alliance For Change, that party was an appendage or extension of the PNC. With Trotman being the main figure, he was the mover and shaker of everything in that grouping. That left us with the WPA, who was the only stabilising force where educated discussions were concerned, or so we thought.The WPA is a party made up of educated people who should have lent a sobering balance to the coalition, but we were mistaken in our assessment of the sensibilities of these gentlemen in its midst. Subsequent events did substantiate my claim because that one real voice – the WPA – became no voice at all when the PNC unleashed its bullyism.So, let us follow the sequence of events: When the WPA joined the coalition, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine was handpicked by David Granger to represent that party in Government. What clearer message did the WPA want, than to have their point man in Government fired and put into a humiliating place on the death anniversary of its party’s leader? Further display of dictatorial prowess is the fact that when their party’s representative at the Guyana Elections Commission died and had to be replaced, Granger again picked a successor of his own choosing. Fantastic! The last straw was the ban on Dr David Hinds from publishing in the Government’s newspaper, which is further proof of the domineering attitude of the PNC in forcing the lifeblood out of its subordinates.All of those atrocities, Dr Hinds is prepared to accept because he, like Moses Nagamootoo, would rather hang on to power no matter the cost.Finally, this “water-boy” mentality of Hinds was bound to show up sooner rather than later because he is a supremacist, who can do no better than make shameless apologies for his supremacist friends. So, he keeps on churning out these meaningless diatribes of a People’s Progressive Party’s alleged misrule. Although Hinds claims to be a “freed black” and one who speaks his mind, the gist of what he is saying speaks to the contrary.I hope Hinds and the others in the WPA face the full reality that their party is a colossal failure and needs to carry out a requiem mass.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Fire crews deal with fire at Griffin Sports

first_img **Update – The intersection is now clear after a small fire at Griffin’s Sports.- Advertisement – Fort St. John Fire Crews are on the scene of a small fire at 101st avenue and 100th street. A part of the roof at Griffin’s Sports caught fire just before 1pm Tuesday afternoon.The RCMP have intersection completely blocked and motorists are being advised to say away from the area.We will have more on this story shortly.last_img

Special students backed by court

first_imgFederal law gives every child the right to a free appropriate public education, which in the case of special-needs children sometimes means enrollment in a private facility. Also on Monday, the Supreme Court: Sided with the nation’s largest local telephone companies in a lawsuit by consumers alleging anticompetitive business practices. Reversed a federal appeals court ruling against sheriff’s deputies who, armed with a valid search warrant, entered the home of white Los Angeles residents even though the warrant identified suspects as African-American. The appeals court said the search was unreasonable and allowed the residents, who were naked in bed when deputies entered, to pursue their lawsuit. Agreed to review a case from Kentucky, with potentially big implications for the $3 trillion municipal bond market. At issue is whether states can exempt their municipal bonds from taxes while taxing such bonds issued by other states. Concluded that only the U.S. Tax Court may review refusals by the Internal Revenue Service to reduce interest payments on people who underpay their taxes. Using the case of a convicted child sex abuser, will consider whether state courts can apply recent Supreme Court rulings to older cases involving state prison inmates. The court ruled earlier this term that federal courts could not retroactively apply a 2004 decision giving defendants a constitutional right to cross-examine witnesses against them. The court has never ruled whether state courts are similarly bound. Refused to intervene in the cases of three U.S. Muslims challenging their convictions for preparing for holy war against the United States. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Parents need not hire a lawyer to sue public school districts over their children’s special-education needs, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The decision makes it easier for parents to file federal lawsuits if they are unhappy with a local school system’s plans to educate children with mental retardation, autism or other disabilities. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said not just children, but also their parents have legal rights under the Individuals With Disabilities in Education Act, the main federal special-education law. The decision came in the case of Jacob Winkelman, a 9-year-old autistic boy from Ohio, whose parents argued they were effectively denied access to the courts because they could not afford a lawyer to challenge the school district’s plans for their son. last_img read more

Chelsea to sell these players and land a La Liga sensation?

first_img 4 4 Jose Mourinho is targeting Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane as he looks to bolster his backline at Chelsea.Conceding five goals against Tottenham on New Year’s Day appears to have jolted the Portuguese boss to life and he wants the Frenchman, who he once managed at the Bernabeu, to join him in west London.But with UEFA’s financial fair play rules forcing the club to tighten the purse-strings at Stamford Bridge, it’s likely the Blues will have to sell before they can buy.So who could be leaving Chelsea in January? talkSPORT takes a look…Click here to read about the possibility of Rapahel Varane heading to Stamford Bridge 4 Jamal Blackman has never made a senior appearance for the Blues and sits behind Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech. Could his potential see him sold to fund a deal for Varane? – Goalkeeper Blackman hasn’t had too much of a look in at Chelsea, he’s never played a game for the Blues, despite earning Champions League and Europa League winners’ medals. A loan spell at Middlesbrough saw him start just one game, their League Cup defeat to Liverpool. The 21-year-old unlikely to usurp Thibaut Courtois but with his potential could command a decent fee. John Obi Mikel might have been with Chelsea for nine years but sentiment counts for nothing and he could be sent packing, along with a player signed a year ago. Click right to find out who… – After nine seasons at Stamford Bridge, the end of the Nigerian midfielder’s time with Chelsea may be nigh. A stalwart of the Blues side since 2006, the return of Nemanja Matic and the signing of Ramires and Cesc Fabregas have seen his playing time limited and bearing in mind he has only played more than 30 times in a Premier League campaign once, Jose Mourinho may well choose to ditch him, especially with a talented crop of players emerging from their academy. Germany international Andre Schurrle could be sold by Chelsea to fund a move for Raphael Varane. Click the arrows to find out who else could follow him… – A World Cup winner in July, Schurrle was an important figure for Die Mannschaft, scoring three goals and crossing the ball for Mario Gotze’s tournament winning strike against Argentina. Since his return to Chelsea, though, the forward has struggled to fit into Jose Mourinho’s plans and on two occasions has been substituted at half time. Signed for £18million, the Blues would want to get back a large portion of this cash but must be prepared to make a loss. Egypt international Mohamed Salah has barely featured this year and could be sold by Jose Mourinho. Click right to find out which starlet could be cashed in on too… – Chelsea fought of the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham to land Egypt international Salah. The 22-year-old impressed in the 2013 Europa League as he scored against both the Blues and Spurs for Basel, but he has failed to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge. This season Salah has played just 30 minutes of football in the Premier League as Willian keeps him out of the side and means he could ultimately be expendable. 4last_img read more

Salah retains African award

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year title © AFP / SEYLLOUDAKAR, Senegal, Jan 9 – Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year award in Senegal Tuesday.The 26-year-old Liverpool star finished first with club-mate Senegalese Sadio Mane and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other finalists. “I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said soon after receiving his trophy in Dakar.“My thanks go to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt.”It was an identical outcome to last year when Salah became only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to be voted the best footballer in Africa.Egypt crushed sole rivals South Africa 16-1 earlier on Tuesday in a CAF executive committee vote in Dakar to decide which country succeeded Cameroon as 2019 Cup of Nations hosts.Delays to preparations and concerns about security resulted in the central African nation being replaced as hosts, and they will stage the 2021 tournament instead.While the 15-vote winning margin for Egypt was unexpected, the success of Salah was anticipated as he continues to score regularly for the English Premier League leaders.Salah netted 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season — his first with the Anfield club — and has bagged 13 Premier League goals so far this season.Ironically, Aubameyang has scored one league goal more than Salah, topping the charts with Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane on 14.Salah was born in a northern Egyptian town Nagrig and used to make eight-hour return trips on buses to train with Cairo-based El Mokawloon (Arab Contractors).Spotted by scouts from Swiss club Basel, he moved there in 2012 before joining Premier League giants Chelsea two years later.Salah found scoring difficult early in his professional career and was nicknamed “chancentod” (chance killer) by the Swiss media.– Off-target –Later, playing for Chelsea in a League Cup tie, the Egyptian was so off-target with a goal attempt that the ball trickled over the touchline for a throw-in.Unhappy with his two-goal return, Chelsea lent Salah to Italian outfits Fiorentina and Roma, then sold him to the latter club.Salah blossomed in Rome, averaging close to a goal every two matches, and Liverpool paid almost 37 million pounds (about $47 mn/41 mn euros) to sign him two years ago.The Egyptian had his share of setbacks last year, too, with an injury in the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid also keeping him out of a World Cup defeat by Uruguay.He returned to score against hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the Pharaohs exited their first appearance at the global showpiece in 28 years without securing even one point.Salah netted twice and missed two penalties three months later in a 6-0 Cup of Nations rout of Niger and snatched the late winner in a 3-2 victory over Tunisia in the same competition.Having defended his Player of the Year title, his next goal will be to match the four straight wins in the competition by former Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure.The other male awards went to France-born Morocco coach Herve Renard, the Mauritania national team, and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi in the youth category.South African Chrestinah Kgatlana was voted Women’s Player of the Year and South Africa coach Desiree Ellis and the Nigeria national team were the other female winners.The Goal of the Year award also went to Kgatlana.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Despite family tragedy, Christmas was memorable for Bobby

first_imgOur children were playing at a nearby park with their sitter, so we stopped to let them know we’d be out for a few hours, and drove to my brother-in-law’s apartment. The holiday traffic was so bad that it took us two hours to get there instead of a half-hour. When we arrived, Elsie was rocking on the edge of her bed, cradling her 2-month-old daughter. “Oh, Faust, Faust, how could you do this to me?” I was relieved to see that Faust’s body had been removed. The neighbor who had called us was there and told us that our 5-year-old nephew, Bobby, was with another neighbor. After trying to console Elsie, I said, “Why don’t you let us take Bobby home for a few days? That way you can take care of the baby and all the arrangements.” At first she wouldn’t hear of it, but I managed to convince her it would be best for Bobby. We picked him up, packed a few of his clothes, and drove home. “That was so strange how my father fell down,” he said. “He was helping my mother with the dishes, and all of a sudden he fell on the floor.” I tried to comfort him. I told him that his dad just got sick, and they took him to the hospital to make him better. I hated to lie, but I needed time to gather my thoughts. How do you break such terrible news to a 5-year-old? The next morning, after our children had left for school, I sat Bobby down on my bed to explain what had happened to his dad. He was a cute little kid with red hair and freckles, unusual in an Italian family. “I have something to tell you, Bobby. When your father fell down, the doctors couldn’t help him. Your father died, and now he’s in heaven. You won’t be able to see him any more.” He looked at me, puzzled. “What is my mother going to do for money?” he asked. I couldn’t believe it. His first thoughts were for his mother, not what was he going to do without his father. How could a 5-year-old be so perceptive? I gave Bobby some toys to play with, and went back to wrapping gifts. I changed the tags on a few of the presents to read “for Bobby” – coloring books, a paint set and a couple of stuffed toys. At least he wouldn’t be left out. Christmas came on Friday that year, and Bobby enjoyed the tree and the gifts as much as the other children. And when Elsie called later in the week to tell him it was time to come home, surprisingly, he didn’t want to. “Ahh, do I gotta?” he asked. It was gratifying to know that we’d given him such a good time that he really didn’t want to leave. I’m sure it’s a Christmas he will always remember with pleasure as well as sadness. Jean Desmond is a Rancho Palos Verdes resident and an author. Do you have a story to tell? Submit your column to Lisa Martini, My Turn, Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, or e-mail us at Please limit to 800 words and include your telephone number. We’ll pay $25 for each column we publish. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On a Sunday afternoon before Christmas I was in the bedroom, wrapping presents for our four young children when the phone rang. My husband picked it up in the nearby den, when suddenly I heard him scream. I ran into the room and grabbed the phone from his hand. “I’m a neighbor of Elsie Fusco,” a woman said. “I called to let you know her husband died suddenly of a heart attack. She’d like you to come.” I thanked her and managed to quiet my husband’s sobs. It was his younger brother Faust, not yet 50, who had died. last_img read more


first_imgThe Carrigart HotelA Co Donegal hotel has a number of staff vacancies which they wish to fill.The Carrigart Hotel is a leading hotel which enjoys a strong reputation throughout the county and the north-west.They now have vacancies for the following positions.Financial AdministratorThe Uprichard Group of companies wish to recruit a Financial Administrator. Based at The Carrigart Hotel this permanent part-time post will involve a range of financial administrative duties for the Group’s businesses in Glasgow, Belfast and Carrigart. The post is ideal for a numerate and computer literate individual, with accounts experience desirable but not essential. Training is available from the retiring post holder until March 2016. Front of House Supervisor – LoungeWe are looking to recruit a permanent, senior member of staff to develop a coffee and lunch time offer at The Carrigart. You will, with the existing management team be responsible for developing and supervising an exciting new day time offer, through the winter and into next season.Application for both posts is by letter and CV to Mark Uprichard, The Carrigart, Main Street, Carrigart, Co Donegal, F92 C440, or All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.Closing dates are Friday 18th September.JOB VACANCIES: LEADING DONEGAL HOTEL SEEKING TO FILL A NUMBER OF POSITIONS was last modified: September 11th, 2015 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) Tags:donegaljobsThe Carrigart Hotellast_img read more