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London Irish in the spotlight at 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership fixtures launch

first_img TAGS: London Irish Irish will leave their rented home in Reading after next season to become tenants at Brentford FC’s new Community Stadium.As is the way with promoted clubs, Irish will be tipped by many to prop up the table again but we shall have to wait and see whether that will mean an instant return to the second tier.On 13 September, the RFU Council meets to vote on a controversial proposal to create a 13-team Premiership; should the move be passed, it’s expected that no team would be relegated at the end of the 2019-20 season. The team finishing bottom of the new 13-team Premiership in 2020-21 would then face a two-leg play-off against the Championship winners to determine who qualified for the following season’s Premiership.Let’s chat: coaches Phil Dowson, Les Kiss and Ian Peel with Martin Bayfield at the launch event (Getty)True rugby fans will be dismayed, although not surprised, by such a proposal, with a vast swathe of ‘meaningless’ games the inevitable result of this ring-fencing by deception. The Championship club will be hugely disadvantaged in the play-off system because of the different calibre of opposition each team will have faced in their respective campaigns.The irony is we’ve just had the greatest Premiership season ever – as event presenter Martin Bayfield referenced when introducing video highlights of 2018-19 – and in large part that was down to the incredible multi-team scrap to avoid the drop. What a sad day it will be for rugby if the right to promotion is effectively scrapped.It’s unlikely that Alex Lozowski has spent much time pondering such matters given he belongs to a high-flying Saracens club that hasn’t flirted with relegation since around the turn of the century. The utility player, looking bronzed from a Californian holiday, remains weighed down by news of his omission from England’s World Cup training squad.“I didn’t react very well to it. It still burns now really,” said Lozowski about the dreaded call he received from Eddie Jones. “It’s probably the most disappointing selection of my career.Opening up: Alex Lozowski, in action v Japan last autumn, spoke of the pain of World Cup rejection“It’s tough to take but I’ve got to crack on with it and there are games after the World Cup, more rugby to be played. I don’t believe I’m done with England. I think I’ve got something to offer and can make a difference to the team. I’m determined to get back in that fold and show what I can do. Hopefully I can use this darkness that I’m carrying around with me at the moment and come back a better player.”Although part of the England scene for the past three years, Lozowski has only won five caps and probably paid the price for a poor performance against Japan last autumn. His mood brightened when recalling a recent visit he made with Brad Barritt to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Saracens will play Harlequins in round 15 in March.What a venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host Saracens v Harlequins next March (Getty Images)Lozowski, who as a teenager spent time in Chelsea’s academy, is a Spurs fan and met one of the club’s star players, Deli Alli, on his visit, exchanging shirts. The England footballer was taken aback at the roughed-up state of Barritt’s body. “Have you been playing today?” he asked him, unaware that the Saracens captain always looks like that!“It’s nice to be at home in front of our fans for the first game (Northampton),” said Lozowski, “and then the game that stands out for me is that one at Tottenham against Harlequins. It’s a London derby and there’s always a bit of extra bite in those games. So playing them in a stadium like Tottenham’s will be good.” London Irish in the spotlight at 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership fixtures launchThree months before the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership season gets underway and already the fixtures are inked in until the New Year, with BT Sport’s television schedule decided for the first eight rounds. Click here to see the fixtures.The opening round takes place on 18-20 October, coinciding with the start of the knockout phase of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. By that date last year, we had already had six rounds of the Premiership; this time it will take until Christmas to reach that number.“It’s an odd season, with the games really stacked at the back end,” said Les Kiss, head coach of London Irish, at yesterday’s fixtures launch at BT Tower. “It’s going to be interesting trying to work out where you sit in the hierarchy of the competition. By Christmas time you’re probably still scratching your head thinking about where you stand.”Back with the big boys: London Irish celebrate winning the Greene King-IPA Championship in April (Getty)The Exiles are back in the big time having clinched the Championship title in April with a match to spare. Two years ago, on their previous return to the Premiership, their optimism was quickly punctured and they won only three of 22 games to finish bottom by 14 points.This time they’ve signed a clutch of experienced, mostly southern hemisphere internationals, with the likes of Sekope Kepu, Adam Coleman, Nick Phipps and Waisake Naholo linking up with talent from closer to home in the shape of Sean O’Brien, Allan Dell and Paddy Jackson. O’Brien is a long way off a return to action following hip surgery. “It will be well into next season that we find out when we get him back. That’s unfortunate,” said Kiss.In rehab: new Irish signing Sean O’Brien is a long-term absentee (Sportsfile/Getty)The former Ulster and Ireland assistant coach continued: “The club has got 12 or 13 different nationalities, so you’re trying to pull together a lot of minds about how they play the game and how they’ve grown up with it. Getting something that everyone buys into has been a real good learning experience.“The group that got us up will start the season off for us and it will be a slow integration of the players coming in, either through design or through the World Cup. We won’t have our full XV together until probably the last day of December.”Kiss was forced to fend off questions about Jackson, whose signing in May came 14 months after he had been found not guilty of rape at a trial in Belfast. The fallout led to Diageo, a major sponsor, cancelling a sponsorship deal with the club, but Kiss said: “The bottom line is we’re a rugby club looking for good players and Paddy is a quality footballer. It’s an opportunity for him to further his career.No 10: Paddy Jackson has joined from Perpignan (Getty)“People will have their opinions on the back-story and the past. We believe what we’re about and that we’re doing the right thing. Things will be thrown at us I guess. The story is about everyone, we’ve signed a lot of good players. Ultimately we’re a team and come what may, we’ll stick together. I think there’s more support (for Jackson) than not so, that’s my view.”Kiss highlighted Newcastle, relegated a year after making the semi-finals, and Northampton, who “finished like a house on fire” after early struggles, to emphasise the fluctuating fortunes of the Premiership. Irish’s initial fixtures include a trip to the champions, Saracens, who will almost certainly be without their England stars that day regardless of how Eddie Jones’s team gets on in Japan.“A good start is important but it doesn’t define the season. You’ve just got to keep working away and believe what you’re about. This game teaches you lessons pretty quickly and ultimately we’ve got to ensure we don’t get hijacked by one or two poor results early on if that happens, and stay true to what we believe will make a difference in terms of our game style and culture and where we want to take the team.“It’s bloody scary coming up, that’s for sure. We’re under no illusions. But we can’t afford to go in trying to survive, we’ve got to attack the competition. We’ve been at the Madejski Stadium 19 years and we have to do it justice. It’s important we finish our time there well.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Gleaming prize: London Irish’s Les Kiss and Franco van der Merwe at the launch in BT Tower (Getty) The Gallagher Premiership campaign gets underway with a repeat of last year’s opener, Bristol v Bath, on Friday 18 October and sparks what Bayfield calls “ultimate couch potato time” as the first three rounds overlap with the business end of the World Cup. 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Individuals Convicted of Terrorism Prohibited from Leaving Peru

first_imgBy Dialogo January 24, 2012 The Peruvian government has enacted a law that prohibits granting judicial permission for travel abroad to individuals sentenced for terrorism offenses and on parole, according to a report in the official gazette. In the case of parolees sentenced for terrorism offenses, “it is prohibited to lift the ban on leaving the country, even as temporary permission, and said restriction expires once the sentence imposed has been completed in full,” the legal text published in the official gazette indicates. The law was signed by president Ollanta Humala, cabinet chief Óscar Valdés, and the president of Congress, Daniel Abugattás. Justice Minister Juan Jiménez Mayor stated that passing the law will prevent any judge from authorizing a trip abroad by a convicted terrorist. The bill was drafted in Congress following the controversy generated by the judicial permissions received by two convicted terrorists and parolees, Lori Berenson and Lautaro Mellado, to travel to the United States and Chile, respectively. Berenson, a former member of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), an organization defeated during the last decade, returned to Lima after spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with her parents in New York. The American national was granted permission from a judge to be absent from Peru from December 16, 2011, to January 11, 2012, but she returned on the 5th of this month. Mellado, another MRTA member, traveled to Chile to obtain financial assistance from his family and be treated for an illness in his country. He has not yet returned.last_img read more

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Biden puts health care front and center with a call to expand Obamacare

first_img– Advertisement – WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – NOVEMBER 09: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden spoke about how his administration would respond to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images “Each and every vote for Joe Biden was a statement that healthcare in America should be a right and not a privilege. Each and every vote for Joe  Biden was a vote to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act, not to tear it away in the midst of a global pandemic.”Biden’s remarks were timed to pivot off oral arguments Tuesday before the Supreme Court in a major case over the constitutionality of the landmark 2010 healthcare law. But they also reflect the preeminent position that health and healthcare issues occupy within the incoming Biden administration’s broader policy agenda.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday laid out his case for expanding the Affordable Care Act, saying the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the urgent need to give more Americans access to health insurance. “Beginning on Jan. 20, Vice President-elect Harris and I will do everything we can to ease the burden of health care on you and your family,” Biden said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.Introducing Biden on stage, Harris said Biden’s election victory over President Donald Trump amounted to a mandate for expanding access to health care and health insurance.- Advertisement –center_img Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, after he secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to defeat President Donald Trump. “My transition team will be starting its work to flush out the details so we can hit the ground running, tackling costs, increasing access, lowering the price of prescription drugs. Families are reeling right now… They need a lifeline and  they need it now,” said Biden.On Monday, his first full workday as president-elect, Biden met with his newly assembled coronavirus task force and spoke afterwards about the need for a nationwide campaign to encourage mask-wearing. Biden’s decision to use his second workday as president-elect to speak again about health and healthcare was noteworthy. “This doesn’t need to be a partisan issue. It’s a human issue,” he said of expanding health insurance.Expanding the ACA to include a government-administered health insurance option was a core promise of Biden’s presidential campaign.But Biden aides and advisers also knew that it was one of the pledges that relied most heavily on Democrats winning majorities in the House and Senate. With Republicans currently expected to hold onto their majority in the Senate, any “public option” expansion of the ACA is likely to exist more as a negotiating platform than a legislative reality.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly called Obamacare “the single worst piece of legislation to pass in the last 50 years.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Student leaders at state universities upset with state budget cut

first_imgDES MOINES — Student leaders at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa released a joint statement expressing their disappointment at the Iowa Legislature cutting $8 million dollars from higher education in their budget.University of Iowa student body president, Connor Wooff, told Radio Iowa the student leaders hoped lawmakers would see the universities as an important part of the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.“As we look at how the impacts of COVID-19 are going to impact our entire state — I was hoping like the rest of the student leaders across the state that we would really prioritize higher education as an economic driver,” Wooff says. The Board of Regents has already voted to freeze tuition for the fall semester.Wooff believes they will keep that commitment. He says that doesn’t mean that tuition could go up as much as five percent in the next semester and the years to come. He says while tuition might stay the same in the fall, the programs that students depend on will be cut back.“We are going to really have to look at those on top of the additional cuts we were already having to make as a university. There’s going to be a really negative impact on our experience on campus,” according to Wooff. The statement from the student leaders says “the Iowa Legislature’s actions to further disinvest from students and further widen the gap in access to quality education reveals the truth. The state does not value students as an asset; they see us as an expense to be cut.”`last_img
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THIS WEEK: CAF drops Cameroon as 2019 AFCON hosts

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp He said another country will be announced after the bidding and evaluation by December 31. “It is open to all other CAF members that can meet the terms and conditions,” added the source.The hosting of the 2019 AFCON has become a contentious issue following the Confederation of African Football’s decision to expand the tournament from 16 to 24 teams. URN THIS WEEK: CAF drops Cameroon as 2019 AFCON hostsKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has withdrawn the hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from Cameroon. “Today [Nov 30], the Executive Committee met in Accra, Ghana and has decided that the Cameroon FA could not host the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations,” said a brief communication from CAF.The development follows cries of political instability in Cameroon and slow progress on the readiness of the facilities. “Cameroon has been stripped off rights to host after the infrastructure has been found not to be ready by June 2019 despite commendable efforts. It has been a huge and hard decision that CAF had to take,” a CAF executive committee member told URN.last_img read more

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Napier brings it home for UConn

first_imgConnecticut head coach Kevin Ollie gives his star player Shabazz Napier (13) a kiss while the watch the “One Shining Moment’ video following their 60-54 win over the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA National Basketball Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shabazz Napier walked slowly through the hallway of the stadium — the tears still drying, the twine from the cut-down net still hanging around his neck.“Bittersweet. Bittersweet. Bittersweet,” he said, over and over again.Bitter because it’s over. Sweet because UConn won it all after being left behind and told to go away.Napier turned in one final masterpiece as a college player Monday night, lifting the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky’s freshmen and bringing home a championship hardly anyone not wearing a UConn uniform thought was possible.“It’s unbelievable because those guys, my players, stayed with the program,” coach Kevin Ollie said.Led by 22 points from Napier, 14 points from Ryan Boatright and strong defensive games from both, the Huskies (32-8) won it all a short year after they were barred from March Madness because of academic problems. That triggered the departure of five players, and coach Jim Calhoun left because of health concerns.For those who remained, it stoked a fire no one could put out.“You’re looking at the hungry Huskies,” Napier told the crowd and TV audience as confetti rained down.  “Ladies and gentlemen, this is what happens when you banned us.”UConn never trailed in the final. The Huskies led by as many as 15 in the first half and watched the Wildcats (29-11) trim the deficit to one with 8:13 left. But Aaron Harrison, who pulled out wins with clutch 3-pointers in Kentucky’s last three games, missed a 3 from the left corner that would’ve given the Cats the lead. Kentucky never got that close again.One key difference in a six-point loss: Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws — a flashback of sorts for coach John Calipari, whose Memphis team blew a late lead against Kansas after missing multiple free throws in the 2008 final. The Wildcats went 13 for 24. UConn went 10 for 10, including Lasan Kromah’s two to seal the game with 25.1 seconds left.Calipari said he decided not to foul at the end “because they’re not missing.”“These kids aren’t machines. They’re not robots. They’re not computers,” Calipari said. “I say it again: I wish I had an answer for them later in the game where I could have done something to just click it to where we needed it to go. That 3 in the corner, if that would have gone, maybe the game changes a little bit, but it didn’t.”In all, Calipari’s One and Doners got outdone by a more fundamentally sound, more-seasoned group that came into this tournament a seventh-seeded afterthought but walked away with the program’s fourth national title since 1999. They are the highest seed to win it all since Rollie Massimino’s eighth-seeded Villanova squad in 1985.Napier now goes down with Kemba Walker, Emeka Okafor, Rip Hamilton, Ray Allen and all those other UConn greats. This adds to the school’s titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.“It puts him right up there with all the great guards that came through the university,” Hamilton said. “The one thing — we have a legacy of producing great guards, and showing up at the right time, and he displayed it again.”A year ago, the Huskies were preparing for their first season in the new American Athletic Conference after the Catholic Big East schools decide to form a smaller league and none of the so-called power conferences invited UConn. Calhoun left and the program was turned over to the inexperienced Ollie. Most damaging, though, was the NCAA ban that triggered an exodus of five key players to the NBA or other schools.Ollie didn’t give up on the guys who stuck around. He figured out how to make their grit, court sense and loyalty pay off.“From the beginning, coach Ollie told us that we have a chance to be on top if we worked hard,” Napier said. “He always told us that. We always knew that the words were: ‘If we work hard.”They did Monday, and stayed one step ahead of Kentucky all night, holding off furious rally after furious rally.Kentucky’s biggest push started when James Young (20 points, seven rebounds) posterized Amida Brimah with a monster dunk to start a three-point play and trigger an 8-0 run.In the middle of that, Boatright, who shut down Harrison’s twin brother, Andrew, most of the night, twisted his left ankle while receiving an innocuous-looking pass from Napier. He called a timeout. Got it worked on and came back out.“I’ve got a lot of heart and I wasn’t coming out,” Boatright said. “We put in too much work all year for me to give up on an ankle sprain.”Napier and Niels Giffey made 3s on UConn’s two possessions after the timeout, and that one-point lead was back up to five — fairly comfortable by this tight, taut, buzzer-beating tournament’s standards.The big question in Kentucky is what will happen to all those freshmen. Julius Randle (10 points, six rebounds) is a lottery pick if he leaves for the NBA. Young and the Harrison brothers could be first-rounders, too.On the UConn side, Napier is a more marginal prospect.On the final night of this unpredictable college basketball season, though, that really wasn’t the point.“It’s not about going to the next level, it’s not about going to the pros, but playing for your university, playing for your teammates,” Giffey said. “And I’m so proud of all the guys on this team that stuck with this team.”last_img read more

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Another decent start for Tiger at Firestone

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start.Woods opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, only to plunge down the leaderboard the rest of the week at Royal Liverpool.“I hit a lot of good shots,” Woods said. “I dropped shots at three holes out there today (and) got it right back on the very next hole.”For so many players, the opening round of this World Golf Championship felt like either a warmup or an audition for bigger events to follow. Ryan Moore was among three players at 65, a good start for someone looking for one big week to get him on the Ryder Cup team.Two more Ryder Cup hopefuls — Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari of Italy — were among those another shot back.British Open champion Rory McIlroy, who next week will chase his second straight major, was among the leaders until not paying attention to packed sand in a bunker that sent him to a double bogey late in his round. He still wound up with a 69.Leishman has quietly gone about his work in reasonable form, with top 10s recently at Congressional and Royal Liverpool. He had the perfect formula for Firestone, a big golf course where good scores are available by keeping the ball in play.“I drove the ball well. It makes this course a lot easier when you’re on the fairway,” Leishman said. “It’s pretty tough when you’re playing from the rough. Then, I hit my irons really well and was rolling the ball awesome. So it’s a pretty good combination for a tough golf course like this, something I can hopefully keep going.”Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose joined Moore one shot out of the lead.Woods said only a mild breeze and soft conditions from overnight rain allowed for scoring, though he noted that no one went terribly low. The 64 by Leishman seemed like a good score, so maybe Woods was basing that on his own experience at a course where he has won eight times.Woods twice has shot his career-best 61 at Firestone, including last year on his way to a seven-shot victory. That he managed six birdies was a sign that he was making putts, even though two of his birdies were tap-ins.He still had a few wild moments, starting with a three-putt bogey from 10 feet on the opening hole. He hooked his drive so badly on the par-5 second hole that he worried it might not clear the lake on the adjacent third hole. It was far enough left to leave him a good angle with a 5-wood that he put on the green for a two-putt birdie.His only big mistake was a shot into the trees on the ninth hole. It took him two shots to get out, and from behind the green he couldn’t get up-and-down and made double bogey. Just like two other bogeys in his round, he answered with a birdie with a shot into 6 feet on No. 10.“I feel like I made some progress,” Woods said. “As I said, this is only my seventh round back. So it’s just going to take a little time. I’m starting to get in the flow of things. If you look at my iron shots into the holes today, a majority of them were pin-high. So I’m starting to get the feel back in my hands and get my trajectory under control.”Woods missed three months following back surgery, and the six rounds he has played since returning have not been inspiring, except for that opening round at Hoylake. He needs more rounds like that to remind Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson he would be worth selecting, and to try to extend his season beyond the PGA Championship next week by moving up 90 spots in the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the playoffs.Phil Mickelson’s biggest struggle was with his health. He didn’t arrive in Ohio until Wednesday night because of strep throat, and he opened with a 71.McIlroy appeared to pick up where he left off in England. He wasn’t expecting a hangover from winning his third major and didn’t experience one except for his mistake from the bunker on the eighth hole.“There’s still so much to play for,” he said. “No. 1 spot is up for grabs. Trying to get myself as far up the FedEx Cup points as possible. I haven’t won a World Golf Championship before. Got another major coming up next week. It hasn’t been that hard for me to refocus and get back to work.”last_img read more

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Mayoral Candidates Square off In Three Two River Towns

first_imgBy John BurtonWith Election Day less than a week away, mayoral races are heating up in several two river towns.Sea Bright, Atlantic Highlands, and Little Silver all have contested elections for their four-year mayoral terms. Rumson, too, will be electing a mayor, but with incumbent Republican John Ekdahl running unopposed.Earlier this year, veteran Little Silver Mayor Suzanne Castleman, a Republican, announced her decision not to seek another term.After Castleman’s death on July 29, the county Republican committee and the majority of the borough council named GOP Councilman Robert Neff Jr. as interim mayor, to fill the unexpired term. Neff won his second term on the borough council last November and is now running as the GOP candidate for election to a full term as mayor.Also running for the seat is Daniel Levine, an Independent and the current council president, who is completing the third year of his first borough council term.Neff, 49, Winding Way South, is a lawyer who has lived in the borough for 17 years. He said this week he was seeking the mayor’s post because of his public service experience as a member of on the borough council. “It’s something that gave me an awful lot of satisfaction,” he said.The mayor, as he sees it, is to be the municipality’s chief executive. “Your job is to set the agenda,” he explained, and communicate with department heads and with the public. And in an age of shared services and state mandates concerning budgetary constraints, Neff said an important aspect of the office involves interacting with other local, county and state officials. “As mayor you have to increasingly look beyond your borders,” he explained.As for the challenges, the major one is, “It’s that constant battle between rising costs and decreasing revenues and mandates from Trenton,” he said.Levine, 72, Westwood Court, has lived in Little Silver for 42 years, and for 33 of them he has owned and operated Little Silver Community Hardware, Church Street. And as the borough council’s only Independent member “I’m not aligned with anybody’s thought process or agenda.” And that would serve him well as mayor, he explained. “Maybe a new approach needs to be thought of,” he said.“A mayor should be out front, accessible, be involved in as many areas as possible,” Levine said. “And to make things happen.”Living and working in the community, “I’m willing to have that time,” he said. “You have to have an open dialogue all the time.”The latest dialogue between the two candidates has resulted in a little dust-up in the closing days of the campaign. Neff had responded to a flier distributed by Levine, listing his accomplishments.In Levine’s literature, he states he was “instrumental” on a variety of fronts including working with county officials for a new bulkhead at a local bridge. Neff, apparently took exception to the Levine’s characterization of his role in the efforts. And in response this week, Neff said, “If you’re just going to talk about what you do, you need to be very careful about taking credit for things that a lot of people have had input in,” he said.Levine this week countered that he was indeed involved in the list of activities and accomplishments he noted. “There is no question about it,” he said, but acknowledging he could have used other adjectives other than “instrumental” but thought it was appropriate.In Atlantic Highlands incumbent Republican Frederick J. Rast III is seeking his second term as mayor. Hoping to unseat him is Democrat Paul Cavise, a local lawyer.Rast, 67, Eighth Avenue, is a licensed private investigator, who also owns several commercial properties in his community. He had served on the borough for three years and then came back to run and win the mayor’s seat four years ago.Rast said he can point to a record of accomplishment during his administration, which includes finally moving forward with the long discussed approximately $5 million borough hall/public library/police headquarters construction; and his and the council’s work on dissolving the Atlantic Highland-Highlands Regional Sewerage Authority, which he has long said would mean savings for taxpayers. “We accomplished a lot in the last four years,” he said, giving acknowledgement that it is in a large part the work of his hardworking borough council (which has four Republicans and two Democrats. “I’m really happy we have a good, cohesive council,” he said.He’s seeking the second term because, “I want to keep the town on track.” By “on track” he meant by “keeping our pencils sharp,” and spending frugally and working to improve the community. His agenda, he said, was “Making government run efficiently and friendly.”“My proudest accomplishment,” he pointed to, “is that I removed all of the political turmoil,” which marked public council meeting in the past,’ he said, with the current council makeup being a civil and well intention group.Cavise, 61, East Washington Avenue, sees the last four years differently.Cavise, who ran unsuccessfully for borough council three years ago, said this week, “This administration lacks vision, completely no imagination. They put their energies in the same old, same old, same old. But they need new, different, better.”He said there are missed opportunities, to utilize the efforts of volunteers to enhance a dreary, and increasingly vacant, business district (Why not paint murals on the sides of buildings? he asked.) and to maximize the municipal harbor in its earning potential. Officials should be looking at ways to make the town a destination, like other communities have, such as Red Bank and Keyport. “That’s basically what I’m trying to do,” he said, “just put Atlantic Highlands on the map.”Sea Bright, the smallest of the towns with a mayoral race in this area, has three candidates seeking an open seat. Incumbent Mayor Maria Fernades, a Democrat, decided not to seek re-election due to health considerations. Incumbent Democratic Borough Council member Dina Long, who has been on the council since 2002, is now the Democratic candidate for mayor.Also seeking the office is Republican Jo-Ann Kalaka-Adams and Independent candidate Christopher Sandel.Long, 42, New Street, is an assistant English professor at Brookdale Community College. When Fernandes made her announcement, it had Long “recognizing I have a good working relationship with all members of council, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and I saw the opportunity to step up and be the person to work well with all to achieve results for Sea Bright,” she said.Long pointed to her experience serving on most of the council’s committees and her time as council president, as examples of her experience to make inroads on long standing issues in the community such as the heavy regional school tax burden, the long debated cell tower, the flooding the town experiences, and she hopes to increase communication between officials and the residents. “I believe I have the best understanding of our local government and our local government’s ability to provide services,” among the candidates, Long said.Sandel, 50, Willow Way, is a financial consultant who has lived in the community full time for seven years (and another seven on a seasonal basis) and is making his first run for elected office as an Independent. And what he lacks in experience, he said, he’ll make up with passion. “I bring give-a-damn,” he said, meaning he would be active and available for residents and businesses. “I’ll be a proactive, communicative mayor and I’ll be very involved,” he said.The issues for him, Sandel said, is addressing the flooding issue and to jumpstart the stalled discussion on redevelopment.Kalaka-Adams, 61, Ocean Avenue, is a medical publisher, who has lived in Sea Bright for more than 30 years. She had served a four-year term as mayor prior to the current administration. “These are challenging times right now,” she said. “And I understand that government must do more with less.”And that would require her experience and her relationship with the Republican county and state representatives, she explained. In addition, Kalaka-Adams noted, “I have started a number of things and I basically wanted to finish them.” And that would include re-examining the beachfront development initiative that had begun during her term as mayor, as well as looking at such issues and establishing a public pool for an additional revenue source; and to address such long standing issues as flooding and school taxes. “And try what we can to get that cell tower here,” she said.last_img read more

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HEAVILY FAVORED VALE DORI TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARIA STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS AS SHE WINS FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN A ROW; SMITH & BAFFERT POSE FOR PICTURES FOLLOWING 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.19 OVER WET FAST TRACK

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2017)–Chalk players had an anxious moment prior to the start of Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes, as 1-5 favorite Vale Dori reared, ejecting jockey Mike Smith out the back of the starting gate in the process, but their fears were soon allayed, as the brilliant Argentine-bred mare made short work of five rivals, winning by 1 ¾ lengths while negotiating 1 1/16 miles over a wet fast Santa Anita main track in 1:43.19.Breaking from the far outside, the Bob Baffert-conditioned Vale Dori was away alertly and sat a close second to pacesetter Midnight Toast to the far turn where she took command with three furlongs to go and with a staggering $558,490 bet to show on her (out of a total show pool of $608,355), the Santa Maria was hers.“She got a little excited in the gate today,” said Smith.  “I’m not really sure what happened in the gate, something spooked her.  She just reacted to it and almost went all the way over…She was aggravated for a good eighth of a mile before I talked her out of it.  After that, she was well within herself.“She’s gotten good.  There’s not a Songbird or Stellar Wind in there, so that certainly helps.  But she’s climbing the ladder.  As some point she’s going to deserve a chance at them.  If anyone had hooked up with her today, she would have sat off of them no doubt, just no speed today.In registering her fourth consecutive win (her last three Grade II stakes), Vale Dori, a 5-year-old, paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10.Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Vale Dori improved her overall record to 12-7-3-1.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $694,943.“She was a little fresh today,” said Baffert.  “I missed some time with her during the rains, so she was coming in here a little bit fresh today.  I missed a lot of days (training) when it was raining, so we just took it easy with her.  These races (most recently the Grade II La Canada on Jan. 14) have been keeping her fit so I don’t have to do too much in between…We’re definitely looking at the Santa Margarita (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on March 18).”Show Stealer, who was taken back to last early by Tyler Baze, ran a big race from off the pace and finished second, 3 ¾ lengths clear of Autumn Flower.  Off at 6-1, Show Stealer, who is trained by Art Sherman, paid $3.40 and $2.40.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Autumn Flower was off at 31-1 and paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.66, 47.35, 1:11.68 and 1:36.73.last_img read more

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Prior in for Davies in England’s World Cup squad

first_imgEngland selectors opted for Matt Prior as wicketkeeper ahead of Steve Davies in the 15-man squad announced hours before the deadline on Wednesday for the World Cup starting next month in the Indian subcontinent.Matt Prior en route to his maiden Test century during the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. APPrior has been playing domestic cricket in Australia since playing a key role in England’s Ashes Test series victory in Australia, while Davies has been the wicketkeeper for England in their last six limited-overs internationals.The 28-year-old Prior, who hasn’t been part of England’s ODI setup for most of the last year, is now expected to jointhe England squad ahead of the second ODI against Australia in Hobart on Friday.”It was a tough decision,” England coach Andy Flower said. “Steve Davies was picked in our last one-day series, he did okay against Pakistan.”We picked him for this series in Australia because of the conditions out here, but as we get closer to the World Cup we’ve made that adjustment and we want Prior to get a few games under his belt before we get out there.”Prior, who scored a century at a fast run-rate in the last Ashes Test against Australia, is expected to partner skipper Andrew Strauss at the top of the order.”We believe that Matt Prior is best suited to the subcontinent conditions and that’s why we’ve picked him,” Flower said.”The circumstances have changed. Matt Prior did very well out here in the Test matches. He is a combative, aggressive cricketer. He fits our aggressive fielding unit so those are the reasons why he has been picked for the World Cup.”advertisement”Of course he is disappointed.” Flower said. “But those are the harsh realities of playing professional sport. Steve and the others who have been left out will have to accept it.”Chris Tremlett is the only member of the current England ODI squad who missed selection for the World Cup.James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who is recovering from injury, will join the England squad in Australia on Friday to bolster the pace bowling stocks along with Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad.The squad will contain three specialist spinners, including Graeme Swann, Michael Yardy and James Tredwell.There are some concern over Swann, who will miss the next two weeks due to an injured left knee.Selectors are expecting Paul Collingwood to return to form and have named the Durham veteran in the squad.”Paul Collingwood may not have scored as many runs as he would have liked so far on the tour of Australia but he has been a consistently strong performer for England in limited-overs cricket for a long period of time,” Flower said.”He’ll be looking to make a big impact at another global event.”England open their World Cup Group B campaign against The Netherlands at Nagpur on February 22, then plays India at Kolkata.England squad: Andrew Strauss (Captain), Jimmy Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy.last_img read more

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