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Segal adds conference title to his list of feats

first_img By tim morris Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI Holmdel’s Craig Segal crosses the finish line in 15:32.10 to win the Shore Conference Championship at Ocean County Park on Saturday. Two days before the Shore Conference Cross Country Championships, Holmdel’s Craig Segal and his teammates worked out on the Ocean County Park course which was to be the site of the 2001 championships. The Monmouth County champion used the time to check the course out strategically, to see where runners could most likely strike. With no blind turns where a runner could get away and hide from the field, and no distinguishing hills as at Holmdel Park where he could make a push, Segal decided that the signature point on the course would be the final 150 meters. It’s just after the runners have run around the creek that surrounds the park. There is a short uphill, and then the 150-meter straight-away to the finish. That is where the Hornet determined the race would be won. On race day, however, the outcome was decided well before Segal climbed that brief uphill. As he has all fall, Segal beat his opponents using a long, sustained drive over the final mile of the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) race, a drive that takes the bite out of his challengers’ finishing kick. “When you make a move, it has to be final,” said Segal. “Right before two miles, I decided that it was time to move. It was an instinctive move.” FARRAH MAFFAI Middletown South’s Nicole Lombardy crosses the finish line at 18:45.60, good enough for third at the Shore Conference Championships at Ocean County Park on Saturday. Segal had sensed that the time was right to make his push and his instincts were correct. Toms River North’s Pete Hess, who had been running in tandem with Segal from the front, did not respond and made the fatal mistake of letting the Hornet open up a gap that the Mariner would never be able to close. The flat Ocean County course was very conducive to fast running and Segal cranked out the fastest 5K at Ocean County Park this year, 15:32.1. Hess followed in second at 15:38.2 and Toms River South’s Eddie Baynes, the Ocean County champion who never made a run at the lead, was third (15:53.2). Segal’s time was 22 seconds faster than Baynes’ when he beat Hess at the Ocean County meet. Segal couldn’t have scripted the race any better than it played out for him as he became the first Hornet to win the SC cross country championship. “I planned to hang behind Hess throughout the race,” he said. “I never raced him before, but I had heard how he ran the Ocean County race from the front, and I expected that he would take it out and that Baynes would make his move late. “I felt really good throughout the race,” he added. “There were so many people around the course. It was overwhelming.” For the second time this year, Christian Brothers Academy saw a 19-year winning streak come to an end. At the Monmouth County Championships it was Red Bank Regional stunning the Colts. At the SC, it was Toms River North, Ocean County’s top team, confirming its top 10 state ranking that lifted the crown from CBA. The Mariners, led by Hess, topped both RBR (98) and CBA (99) with its 70-point total. William Melofchik led the Colts with his sixth place (16:01.3). Patrick Ryan was 13th (16:17.1) and Jeff Peterson, 15th (16:19). Holmdel finished fourth (108). Paul Merces (16:29.7) was second to Segal for the Hornets, finishing in 18th place. Leonard Vignone (16:32.7) and Edward Li (16:37.9) ran 20th and 22nd. Middletown South’s Dan Ciambrone joined the conference elite by finishing seventh (16:03.3). His teammate Sean Rath (16:43.6) was 25th as the Eagles finished fifth (153). St. John Vianney’s Victor Vientos (16:32.5) was 19th. Middletown South’s girls (106) were first among the Monmouth County teams, beating the 2001 champion Red Bank Catholic (136), but it only got the Eagles a third place against the powerful Ocean County tandem of champion Southern Regional (87) and Toms River East (102). Southern is ranked third in the state and Toms River East, eighth. Nicole Lombardy led the way as she has all year. The Monmouth County champion finished third overall after posting an 18:45.6. Rumson-Fair Haven’s Christy Planer, who was second to Lombardy at the county championships, turned the tables on Lombardy with a convincing win over Southern’s Kegga Schaffer, 18:30.1-18:39.5. Tina Morrison ran a strong race for the Eagles, coming up with a top 10 finish. Her 19:21.6 was good enough for ninth place. Rickie Lee DeMaio was the Eagles’ No. 3 runner finishing 28th (20:12.6). Holmdel’s Ashley Folchetti (19:58.2) and SJV’s Laura Carpenter (16:59) were 21st and 22nd. Saturday it’s the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group state championships at Holmdel Park. Here, Segal will face his greatest challenge of the season, Haddonfield’s Chris Platt. Haddonfield is the top-ranked team in the state and Platt is rated one of the two or three best runners in the state. Segal can join the group at the top with a win against Platt. CBA will be looking to hold onto its Parochial A state championship. The Colts have won six straight parochial titles. The top 10 individuals and top three teams (plus wild cards) will advance from Saturday’s Group meets to the Meet of Champions on Nov. 17 at Holmdel Park.last_img read more

Crippled murder accused found dead in Lusignan prison

first_imgShelton George of Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, who was on remand for the murder of D’Urban Street Chinese Restaurant waitress, Debra Blackman back in August 2014, was on Tuesday morning found motionless in one of the cells at the Lusignan Prison.Shelton GeorgeUpon the discovery, the 22-year-old was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.When contacted, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels told Guyana Times that the man was seen in good spirits on Monday evening while noting that although the accused was in a wheel chair, he did a lot for himself. The circumstances surrounding the death are yet to be determined as a post-mortem examination is scheduled to be performed today. Samuels noted that the immediate relatives of the dead prisoner were contacted.In addition to the murder charge, George was also charged for the attempted murder of former Magistrate Fazil Azeez.After allegedly committing the acts, George absconded and went to Suriname where he was shot by law enforcement there, which led to him being wheel-chair bound. He reportedly suffered spinal injury and lost a kidney. Nevertheless, he returned to Guyana and was residing with his mother upon his arrest.Police contented that on August 23, 2014, Shelton George murdered Debra Blackman, a waitress. It was reported that based on surveillance video, the accused along with two others, arrived on motorcycles at Delicious Chinese Restaurant on D’Urban Street, Georgetown.It is further alleged that after making a purchase and engaging in a brief conversation with Blackman, George whipped out a gun, pushed his hand through the cashier’s cage and shot the 50-year-old woman. The Police had issued a wanted bulletin for George.Meanwhile, on the second charge, it was reported that on April 25, 2015, at Eccles, East Bank Demerara, George discharged a loaded firearm at Mohammed Fazil Azeez, a former Magistrate, with intent to murder him.last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool eye £10m Jones, Man United want Real Madrid star – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United defender Phil Jones is set to be dumped by boss Jose Mourinho in January. The England international is out injured with a knee ligament problem and United are looking to get him off their books for around £10million. Arsenal and Liverpool are both weighing up a swoop for the centre-back. (The Sun)Manchester United are weighing up a January swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, The Old Trafford giants are keeping tabs on Isco as boss Jose Mourinho plots the next stage of his squad revamp after his near-£150million summer spree. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City and Barcelona are refusing to take no for an answer in their pursuit of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin. Both clubs have made the 21-year-old Spain full back their top target. They asked about him in the summer transfer window and will return in January, although he will be a more realistic signing at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)Napoli have confirmed that Chelsea summer transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly has signed a new long-term contract with the club until 2021. The new deal includes a buy-out clause of £60million as well as a verbal agreement that they will sell in 2017 if a big offer comes in. (London Evening Standard)Everton are attempting to secure Romelu Lukaku’s long-term future at the club. Ronald Koeman confirmed the Blues have initiated efforts to extend Lukaku’s Goodison commitment after the striker opted not to pursue a move away from the club this summer. (Liverpool Echo)West Ham will shelve plans to offer Slaven Bilic a new contract unless he can quickly turn around the club’s alarming slump – but his position is not under immediate threat. (Daily Telegraph)Stoke City are refusing to panic over their alarming start to the season and have offered their full support to manager Mark Hughes. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Transfer ALERT! Lazio to offer midfielder Lucas Biglia new contract in bid to fend off Manchester United interestChelsea BLOW! Long-term target Radja Nainggolan close to new Roma contract‘I’m not wasting a single thought on Chelsea’ – Thorgan Hazard wants Borussia Monchengladbach stayArsenal transfer ALERT! Juventus preparing January bid for Gunners star Alexis SanchezChelsea transfer report: Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan tracking out-of-favour Cesc Fabregaslast_img read more

Air park gets OK for plans to expand

first_imgAntonovich proposed barring the hotel and restaurant and limiting new hangars to the 10 on which county officials stopped construction when they were partially completed. Antonovich said his proposal would keep the airport to fewer than 100 planes, while the plan endorsed by the Planning Commission would nearly triple that. Supervisor Gloria Molina, who voted with the majority in favor of the expansion, said other supervisors also have airports in their districts, and will be faced with the same kinds of issues. The supervisors’ approval, which is still subject to a second vote later for final approval, bans night flying and jets, to which the owner had already agreed. The supervisors’ action Tuesday left unsettled until the second vote whether helicopters can operate there. Antonovich’s staff said the airport in the last three years has been issued nine notices accusing it of violating county rules, such as allowing aerobatic flying, building a tie-down area without permission and starting to build hangars that were taller than allowed. Spear said he didn’t take over the airport until 2005. Antonovich countered that Spear was involved with the airport operation for several years before that. “It rewards the airport for ignoring county rules,” Antonovich said of the expansion plan. “It would reward the applicant for blatant violation.” Airport supporter Melissa Harnett, president of the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District board, said she has three children who beg her to take them to the air park on weekends. It’s the only public spot in the community with grassy lawns where they can run and play tag and do cartwheels, she said. “We don’t have anything else. Vasquez Rocks is not a place to play. We don’t have a park,” Harnett said. Richard Dyer, an Agua Dulce resident for eight years, said the airport would be an essential resource after an earthquake or other disaster. He said some of the opposition to the airport expansion is motivated by opposition to the population growth in the community. “Growth is inevitable,” Dyer said. Acton-Agua Dulce school board member Ron Bird said planes already fly too close to Agua Dulce Elementary School, which his son attends. “I’m concerned the additional construction at the airport will greatly increase noise and danger to our elementary school,” Bird said. After the decision, expansion opponent Bob Owens, an Agua Dulce resident, said he was surprised by the supervisors’ vote. “I was 100 percent behind Antonovich and we got blindsided, perhaps because of the ignorance of the other supervisors. Perhaps it’s not over,” Owens said. “It’s real important that we keep our airport, but keep it at its historical level,” Agua Dulce Town Council member Peg Spry said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County supervisors approved controversial plans Tuesday to expand the Agua Dulce Air Park, a proposal that for four years has divided residents of this semirural enclave. Over the objections of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents the area, supervisors voted 4-1 to affirm an expansion proposal already endorsed by the Regional Planning Commission and would let the airport add 18 aircraft storage hangars to its present 37, build a 20-room hotel and restaurant and install 250,000 square feet of outdoor space for tying down airplanes. “We thought the Regional Planning Commission decision was a well-thought out decision and we are very pleased the supervisors upheld the Regional Planning Commission’s decision,” attorney Mark S. Armbruster, representing airport owner Wayne Spear, said after the decision. At least 500 people attended the downtown Los Angeles hearing, with people on both sides arriving in chartered buses. Testimony took more than two hours. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Pro-airport spectators erupted in applause after the 4-1 vote. Airport supporters, who included Agua Dulce residents as well as pilots from around Los Angeles County, said the decision will influence the fates of other small airports. Supporters called the airport a landmark just like the nearby Vasquez Rocks Natural Area and said it would provide essential access to the community in case of an earthquake or other disaster. Opponents said expanding the airport would harm the community’s rural atmosphere, increasing airplane noise and the danger of crashes as well as putting more vehicles on the two-lane roads as people drive to and from the airport. Antonovich proposed an alternative plan that he said would limit the airport to its historic size. Agua Dulce has grown in population since the airport opened in the 1950s, and bringing in more airplanes would increase the danger to more people, he said. last_img read more

Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain to go head-to-head for Roma goalkeeper

first_imgLiverpool will face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker, according to reports,The French club have ended their interest in AC Milan goalkeeper Ginaluigi Donnarumma, despite the 18-year-old seemingly set to leave Italy.With super-agent Mino Raiola publicly criticising the Rossoneri board, PSG have been put off by the trouble the young ‘keeper has caused.As a result, they have turned their attention to Brazilian Alisson who is in a rich vein of form.According to Calciomercato, Liverpool are also interested in the 25-year-old.Jurgen Klopp is still unconvinced with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, and wants Alisson as his No.1. 1 Alisson in action for Roma this season last_img

Bayh Enter US Senate Race For Indiana Seat

first_imgFormer Indiana Governor and US Senator Evan Bayh is planning a return to politics after announcing plans to replace Democratic candidate Baron Hill.“With the challenges facing Indiana and our country, I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as partisan bickering grinds Washington to a halt. Hoosier families deserve more and I’ve decided to run to take their cause to the U.S. Senate,” Bayh said in a statement.The former two-term senator and two-term governor would replace former Rep. Baron Hill, who won the Democratic primary but withdrew from the ticket Monday. That cleared the way for the state party to pick Bayh when leaders meet July 22 to choose a new candidate for the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats.Hill, who had been struggling to raise money and his profile, said he pulled out to give Democrats a better chance of taking the Senate.“The stakes are far too high in this election not to put my country above my own political ambitions,” Hill said in his announcement.Coats (R-Ind.) issued the following statement regarding the 2016 Indiana Senate election:“The 2016 election is about the future, not the past. Evan Bayh’s arranged entrance into this race means that Washington Democrats have the candidate they want to continue the failed Obama-Clinton policies of the past eight years.“Fortunately, Hoosiers will have a clear choice this fall. Evan Bayh has a long track record of saying one thing to Hoosiers and then doing another in Washington. Bayh supported big government policies like Obamacare and the White House’s lackluster economic agenda. He will have to explain to Hoosiers why he rubber-stamped Barack Obama’s agenda for two years before deciding to leave the Senate.“Todd Young – a graduate of the Naval Academy and a Marine veteran – has the character, leadership qualities and Hoosier common-sense to be an outstanding senator. He has a proven track record of pushing for innovative, conservative solutions to our nation’s biggest problems and has consistently fought for smaller, more efficient government.“It is time for a new generation to represent Hoosiers in the Senate.”Todd Young Campaign Manager Trevor Foughty issued the following statement regarding a report Evan Bayh would enter the U.S. Senate race: “After he cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, Evan Bayh left Indiana families to fend for themselves so he could cash-in with insurance companies and influence peddlers as a gold-plated lobbyist. This seat isn’t the birthright of a wealthy lobbyist from Washington, it belongs to the people of Indiana.”last_img read more

Doherty slams ‘unacceptable’ eviction tactics in Roscommon

first_imgDonegal TD Pearse Doherty has said the tactics used by KBC bank in enforcing repossession in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon were “unacceptable and intolerable”.Two brothers and a sister were evicted from their home outside Strokestown last Tuesday.The eviction came under the spotlight after a violent raid on Sunday morning, when eight security guards were attacked while occupying the repossessed home. A gang of more than 20 people wearing balaclavas and wielding baseball bats carried out a pre-dawn raid on the house on Sunday. Three members of the security team guarding the home were hospitalised and a dog was fatally injured.Gardaí are investigating the criminal damage and assault.Donegal Deputy and Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson said the issue highlighted the unregulated nature of receivers and people employed to enforce evictions.He said: “I was shocked at the video footage from Roscommon showing the aggression and violence perpetrated in enforcing an eviction order. KBC Bank is responsible for this eviction and must be held to account. I have written to the Oireachtas Finance Committee calling for KBC and their agents involved in this eviction to appear before the Committee.” Deputy Doherty has called on the government to speed up planned reform measures:He said: “For years now, I have been seeking the regulation of receivers and their employees – something that is completely lacking.  Almost three years ago, in January 2016 then Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald told me that the working group on company law reform would consider this issue. In October, officials informed me that it still hasn’t even looked at the issue. This regulation must be put in place as per the recommendation of my colleague Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD.”“Public anger is rising at the constant Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil enabling of banks, these modern day bailiffs, and the vulture funds to act as they like.”Deputy Doherty added that he believes there are many other alternative solutions, other than evictions.“The immediate issue lies with banks employing security firms with no accountability to evict working families. Those banks should cease these operations and resolve their cases through the many, many other avenues open to them,” Doherty concluded. Doherty slams ‘unacceptable’ eviction tactics in Roscommon was last modified: December 17th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

AbracadaBar Now Open at Disney’s BoardWalk

first_imgThe lounge itself is not very large, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is room for Guests to be seated at either couches or tables, whichever they choose. Share This!This weekend, the AbracadaBar opened at Disney’s BoardWalk. The cocktail lounge is located next to the soon-to-be-opening Flying Fish (opening in August) and the Italian restaurant Trattoria al Forno. The magic of the place can be felt throughout, as posters mysteriously change and drinks transform before your eyes. You’ll also find great magician artifacts, as well as other great knick-knacks throughout. (My favorite effect to experience was one right outside the bathrooms which shows what you really look like…with no mirror distortion. It’s kind of shocking, since you’re used to seeing yourself a certain way.)The cocktail lounge focuses mostly on the art of the beverage, however a popcorn/chickpea mix is offered to patrons.The story behind the bar’s existence is that this little lounge was a former stomping ground for the famous magicians, boardwalk illusionists, and lovely magician’s assistants of the Golden Age. Their goal was to  “conjure” up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks. Until, as with all Disney stories…they disappeared.The bar can get exceptionally busy in the later evening and Guests are welcome to sit outside, however, to me, you lose the feel of the lounge by sitting outside. The charm is all inside.The AbracadaBar is as magical as its name suggests it would be.last_img read more

SA’s HIV treatment revamped

first_imgA day’s treatment of antiretroviral drugs. South Africa’s new HIV treatment guidelines will benefit the most vulnerable: pregnant women and infants. (Image: Kate Holt, Irin Photo)New national treatment guidelines are set to make the world’s largest antiretroviral (ARV) programme even bigger as South Africa extends treatment to more HIV-positive infants, pregnant women and people with HIV-tuberculosis (TB) co-infection.Dr Nono Simelela, CEO of the South African National Aids Council (Sanac), confirmed that the revised guidelines were in the final stages of editing and would go to print in a few days; implementation is scheduled to begin on 1 April 2010.Major changes to the guidelines include providing ARVs to all HIV-positive infants less than one year old regardless of their CD4 count – which measures immune system strength – without having an expensive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm their HIV status. PCR tests are not widely available at clinics.Pregnant HIV-positive women will be able to start treatment at a new, higher CD4 count of 350, as will all TB/HIV co-infected patients, rather than having to wait until their CD4 counts fell to 200 or below as was previously the case. TB remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV.The shifts in treatment could significantly reduce infant and maternal mortality due to HIV, and lower the rate of new infections. “Although the cost implications are huge, the treasury has already committed the additional resources to cover the expansion and we also have support from Pepfar,” Simelela said. Pepfar is the US’s President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief.The balancing actSouth Africa has lagged behind most countries in the region in adopting a CD4 count of 350 as the threshold for starting treatment to all those living with HIV and many activists said they had hoped the revised guidelines would bring South Africa in line with this international standard.However, indications are that the new, revised CD4 thresholds of 350 will apply only to infants younger than one year, HIV-positive pregnant women, and people co-infected with TB/HIV, and will not be universally extended.The country’s nine provinces have begun drafting plans to implement the guideline revisions – the first in about five years – that are the result of strong lobbying by both Sanac and civil society.Simelela said the guidelines were delayed for a number of reasons, including capacity constraints and the need to reconcile competing views on treatment within the HIV and Aids sector.“Protracted processes [were undertaken] to achieve consensus on some of the regimens,” she said. “A tricky balance had to be struck between the top-range [drug] regimens, which are costly, versus some regimens that are cheaper but have more side effects.”According to media reports, the guidelines indicate that the ARV stavudine, which is associated with an increased number of side effects in many patients, could be phased out and replaced by tenofovir.last_img read more