CBA boys, RBC girls swim to top spots at county meet

first_img There were no big surprises at the Monmouth County Boys and Girls Swimming Championships, held over the weekend at the Ocean County YMCA in Toms River. At least not in the team competitions, where Christian Brothers Academy won its 18th consecutive county title by outscoring second-place Ocean Township, 318-238, and the Red Bank Catholic girls won their eighth straight title going away, topping secondplace Ocean, 403.5-224. While team titles for the CBA boys and RBC girls seem to be an annual event, another emerging trend is the dominance of young, local swimmers in the individual events. In the boys competition, held Friday, it was Middletown North’s Greg Daniele who was the man of the hour, as the junior broke two meet records, winning the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:43.77 (just under two seconds faster than the record time set by Shore Regional’s Andrew Dennis at last year’s meet). Dennis was no match for Daniele on this day, finishing nearly four seconds behind in second place. For an encore, Daniele overcame an early deficit to Monmouth Regional’s Ed Carnes in the 100 butterfly to win the event in a time of 51.49 – 1.77 seconds faster than the record time set last year by CBA’s Martin Harm. Carnes came back to win the 100 backstroke in 53.64, while Harm captured the 50 freestyle in a record-setting time of 21.42. Harm’s teammate, Harrison Cefalo, added another individual win, taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.18, while the CBA relay teams dominated as usual. The quartet of Harm, Charles Pataffi, Terry Hubert and T.J. McCarthy dominated the 200 freestyle relay in record-setting fashion, beating a three-year-old record with their 1:28.51 mark, while the 200 medley relay team of Alex Fitton, Cefalo, Hubert and Harm beat their closest competitor by over seven seconds, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Robinson Pataffi, Fitton and Mc- Carthy won that event by over 11 seconds. “We were able to swim 32 kids tonight, so we had a very diverse lineup, where we gave everyone an opportunity to swim,” CBA head coach Mike Sullivan said. “We tried to get them some experience in different events so later on in the season, when we need them in those events, they’ll have some experience.” Rumson-Fair Haven sophomore Connor Jaeger was another force in the pool Friday: he won both the 500 freestyle (in a meet record time of 4:38.93) and the 200 individual medley (1:59.53). Red Bank’s Taylor Gledhill was the only other individual winner; he took the 100 freestyle (49.11) to lead his team to a thirdplace finish with 174 points, followed by Jaeger’s Bulldogs, with 155. With CBA’s dominance at the county meet, the question of how the Colts measure up with the very best teams in the state is still a bit of a mystery. In their first true test of the season on Dec. 22, they fell to state power St. Augustine, 98-72, despite some positive efforts from the entire lineup. CBA swam well against St. Augustine, only to finish a close second in several events. In addition, they were without Harm, who had a double ear infection. With a healthy Harm back in action, the Colts will certainly have some chances in the next couple of weeks to prove they are worthy of a rematch with St. Augustine. On Jan. 12, they take on St. Joseph of Metuchen in one of the more anticipated meets of the year, while on Jan. 19 they will compete in the Pirate Invitational at Seton Hall Prep. As for the girls’ championships in Toms River on Saturday, RBC was led by wins in both the 200 medley (1:54.38) and 400 freestyle (3:47.92) relays, a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, and a series of other top-five finishes in the individual events, led by the likes of Lee Ingram, Megan Reilly, Sarah Finn and Kelly Markwell. Middletown South freshman Megan Foran enjoyed a coming-out party of sorts by winning both the 200 and 500 freestyle faces to earn the Swimmer of the Meet award. Foran overcame an early deficit to beat Ocean Township’s Danielle Caruso in the 200 in a time of 1:59.23, before coming back to pass Middletown North’s Taylor Crosby in the final 50 yards to win the 500 in 5:16.83. Crosby came back to win the 200 IM in 2:13.71, while her teammate, senior Lauren Mari, joined Foran as a two- event winner by taking both the 50 free (25.15) and the 100 free (55.39). It marked a triumphant doublewin for the Lion senior; she finished second in both events at the county meet last year, as well as at the Shore Conference meet. Middletown North freshman Crystal Murray also won a gold on Saturday, capturing the 100 fly in 1:02:47, to help lead the Lions to a strong fourth-place team finish with 206 points. Rumson-Fair Haven finished in third place with 212 points, led by a win in the 200 free relay, where Gabrielle Goione, Devin Patwell, Katie Marino and Mo Osmulski won in 1:44.95. Ocean Township didn’t have any gold medals at the end of the day, but like RBC, they used top-five finishes from the likes of Danielle Caruso and Sloan Hindman in nearly every event to stockpile enough points to capture second place. BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent last_img read more

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Ex-FIB Staff Tied to US$4M Theft Out on Bail

first_imgThree of the ten First International Bank (FIB) defendants accused of jumping bail have been temporary released from the Monrovia Central Prison on a US$10,000 bond, pending hearing into the merit and demerit of the document.A week after they voluntarily surrendered to the jurisdiction of Criminal Court ‘C,’ defendants Jerman Tegli, Africanus Freeman and Robert Cummings were released last Friday based upon an instruction from Judge Peter Gbeneweleh.The bond was secured by the Family Dollar Universal Insurance.The judge’s action could be traced to 2012 when the defendants were arrested and charged, and are yet to be arraigned to determine the case.They were accused by the bank where they have served in various capacities until 2012, with the commission of several criminal offenses, including theft of property, forgery, money laundering, criminal facilitation and impersonation, for which their employer is seeking a US$4m loss.The defendants were recently declared wanted by the same court, after Sky Insurance Company that first secured a joint bail for the ten of them to be released, asked the court to do so.The insurance company’s withdrawal was due to the defendants’ failure to pay the remaining money owed, though they had paid over US$50,000 to the company.In their latest public appearance on Tuesday at the Temple of Justice, the lead defense lawyer, Cllr. Kanie Wesso, told journalists that his clients’ release was a most “positive development” insofar as the trial is concerned.Cllr. Wesso said prosecution should be blamed for what he considered as “inordinate delay” to assign the case for trial.“What seemed certain is that the prosecution does not have the material evidence to prosecute the men. Instead, they were interested in the merit and demerit of the bond,” the lead defense said.According to him, because of the number of reports on the radio and in print media regarding his clients’ alleged jumping bail, he has opted for the case to be transferred to another county, preferably Gbarpulu County, where he believes the defendants would get a free and transparent hearing.“Can’t you see with all of the publications, if we agree for the case to be tried in Montserrado County, we are going to lose because everybody has the mindset that the defendants committed the crimes? So we are pushing for a change in venue, which is our right under the law,” Cllr. Wesso clarified.The defense lawyer also argued that any further detention order would be illegal and in contempt of court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Foulis teen succumbs days after motorcycle accident

first_imgSeventeen-year-old Seermattie Suedatt who was struck off of a motorcycle on the East Coast Demerara Public Road at Foulis last week succumbed to her injuries on Monday morning.Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan made this disclosure and explained that the teen succumbed to her injuries at 09:30 h at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The teen and her 18-year-old brother, Bissoon Suedatt of Lot 175 Foulis Fourth Street, East Coast Demerara, were both injured on June 9 after minibus BTT 4262 crashed into them while they were on a motorcycle.The driver of the minibus was apprehended and remains in Police custody, assisting with investigations. Guyana Times has been informed that a breathalyzer test conducted on the driver proved that he was not under the influence of alcohol at time of the accident.The minibus had reportedly been travelling east along the northern side of the East Coast Demerara Public Road, and was in the process of passing a stationary minibus which was on same side of the road at Foulis when Bissoon allegedly drove his motorcycle out of a street on the northern side of the road and into the path of the minibus, as he was headed in a southerly direction.The driver of the minibus, said to be a 55-year-old resident of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, allegedly applied brakes and pulled towards the southern side of the road to avoid a collision with the motorcycle, but the front left side of the minibus collided with the teens, flinging them off the motorcycle and onto the road some feet away.Members of the public had rushed to the assistance of teens, taking them to the hospital, where they were both admitted. Bissoon sustained a broken jaw, while his sister sustained head and neck injuries. Those injuries have allegedly caused her demise.last_img read more

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Power outage in Buick Creek

first_imgUPDATE as of 2:50 p.m. – Hydro now says power could be restored as early as 4 p.m.UPDATE – BC Hydro says the power should be  restored by 2 p.m. – Advertisement -FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is responding to a power outage in the Buick Creek area.The outage started at around 8 a.m. Friday and is affecting 237 customers.  There is no estimate on when power will be restored, but crews from B.C. Hydro are expected to arrive by 10 a.m. to start working on the problem.The outage couldn’t come at a worse time when temperatures are hovering around minus 32 and minus 42 with the wind chill.Updates on when power will be restored will be posted to this story and at www.bchydro.com/outagesAdvertisementlast_img read more

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How Ireland can get to Euro 2016

first_img1 By Robert CottinghamIreland have something to hold on to in the second leg of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia.It finished 1-1 in Zenica in Friday’s first leg and Martin O’Neill’s men will be disappointed they couldn’t hold on having taken the lead late on through Robbie Brady. However, a place in France is within touching distance and here are the key battles Ireland need to win in order to secure their place.Richard Keogh v Edin DzekoKeogh produced a man of the match performance on Friday that kept Bosnia’s talisman largely quiet and provided the basis for Ireland’s solid defensive display, particularly in the first half. Ciaran Clark performed well, but he is set to be replaced by the returning John O’Shea who is Keogh’s regular central defensive partner at international level and their understanding could be crucial in stopping Dzeko. Despite being largely shackled by the Derby County defender, the striker, who is on loan at Roma from Man City scored a late equaliser, finishing just ahead of Keogh’s outstretched leg and will be keen to impose himself from the offset tonight. Dzeko has 45 goals in 75 appearances for his country and Keogh needs to be at his best once again to keep the forward from adding to his tally.Glen Whelan v Miralem PjanicAfter performing admirably to limit Pjanic’s effectiveness, Whelan will likely be tasked once more with reducing the playmaker’s influence on proceedings. Ireland may approach the match in a compact manner knowing that even a goalless draw will be good enough to take them to the finals and Whelan will need to put in another committed display to deny the Bosnian time and space to dictate play. Pjanic has been linked with a host of top clubs over the past couple of seasons but was kept quiet by Whelan after being deployed in a deeper role on Friday. However, the technical midfielder has shown time and again he only needs a moment to change a match and now he and Dzeko are team-mates for both club and country, the growing understanding between the two could prove decisive.Jonathan Walters v Emir SpahicThe Stoke City striker will return from suspension tonight and looks nailed on to lead the line in the crucial match after manager Martin O’Neill praised his striker’s character ahead of the match. The forward will need to be at his combative best to get the better of Bosnian captain Spahic, though. The Hamburg centre back helped keep Daryl Murphy largely anonymous on Friday and his return from international retirement helped get his country’s qualifying campaign back on track following their defeat against Cyprus in 2014. The defender has a hard man reputation having previously served a ban for head-butting a steward and it is set to be a fierce battle between him and Walters tonight.LISTEN: ASMIR BEGOVIC ON THE DANGERS POSED BY JON WALTERS Richard Keogh keeps an eye on Edin Dzeko last_img read more

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Best gifts don’t break the bank

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system True, we may miss on a pre-holiday sale later on or on the season’s “must-have” item the marketers push. But with more time to look, we are more likely to find the right gift for the right person for the right price. And we’ll spread the cost rather than being hit all at once. One warning: If you don’t have the discipline to control your spending, you may end up buying stuff all year long and splurging again at holiday time. Before you try our method, make sure you are committed to setting up and sticking to a budget that includes all holiday-related expenses, such as parties, trees and decorations, and buying and mailing cards. How much to spend is a personal matter. I’ve seen surveys that say American households on average have spent as much as $1,000 during the holidays, a figure likely to create a hole in the typical family budget. If money is tight, why not agree on a no-gift-exchange policy with friends (or even relatives)? You can enjoy time together but there is no need to spend money you don’t have on gifts. When you do give gifts, one of time can be far more appreciated than money. For an elderly relative or neighbor, for example, consider drawing up and giving a “coupon” for free services, such as mowing the lawn for them or helping them with the housecleaning. Do make sure this is OK with them and that they don’t see it as an intrusion on their privacy or independence. Or, instead of buying expensive toys you can’t afford, entertain your kids with original stories. Georgina enjoys making little books for our grandchildren, who are 5 and 3, by pasting pictures of places we have been to such as Disneyworld and making up stories reminiscing about our visits. Not a writer or storyteller? You still have choices. For all the electronic gadgets aimed at kids and waiting to drain your wallet, simple toys such as building blocks, modeling clay, crayons and paper and paper airplanes have proved to be loads of fun with our grandchildren, particularly when we all play together. When shopping for gifts for the children, consider also those that teach about the value of money. One I can recommend for younger children is the music CD “Mission 1 Celebrate Saving!” with 15 catchy tunes. The CD, which has received praise from educators, is the creation of Sam X (Sammy) Renick, a songwriter and children’s author who tours schools around the country with a life-size costume of the character Sammy the Saver, a rabbit with the savings habit. “Some people think saving money is hard,” Renick said, “but I think saving money is easy if you make it a habit.” The CD is available from Renick’s The It’s a Habit! Company (www.itsahabit.com). Another gift that older children – and adults – may enjoy is the board game Look Out Wall Street! (information at www.lookoutwallst.com). Players try to get the most money by investing in stocks and bonds. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The presents are wrapped and in the closet, waiting for the right time to come out. It’s only October but my wife, Georgina, and I are done with our holiday shopping this year. I admit to some trepidation at telling you this, knowing hate mail will come from those who’ll say we don’t have any holiday spirit. If by holiday spirit you mean rude pushing and shoving in crowded stores in December, you are right. (Ditto for sitting in front of the computer for hours filling online shopping carts.) If you mean getting into credit card debt and spending extravagantly, you are right again. Instead, we choose to lift our spirits and feel the joy of anticipation by doing our “holiday shopping” here and there throughout the year, always keeping to a budget we won’t exceed. last_img read more

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Bond measure may be tough sell, poll shows

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — A newly released scientific poll shows that it will be an uphill struggle to get voters to approve a $40 million bond issue to build a new police station. The poll — conducted by Public Opinion Strategies — showed that less than 60 percent of the voters would support a bond issue. A two-thirds vote is needed. This is despite the fact that about 70 percent of voters think the city is on the right track and approve of the job being done by the Whittier City Council. The City Council at the 6:30 p.m. meeting today will review the poll and decide whether to place a bond issue on the ballot.last_img read more

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Zlatan on Man United: ‘I don’t need to lick a**, but the fans were just amazing’

first_img shining LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS getty images Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hailed Manchester United’s supporters, calling them “amazing”.The 37-year-old scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for the Red Devils between 2016 and 2018 and was a popular figure at Old Trafford. REVEALED 2 RANKED “Inside, I was like, ‘f***, this is fantastic!’ They really appreciated what I did and they were thankful.“That is the best credit a player can get because when you do something and you get that response from the fans, it’s amazing.“They are 50 per cent of everything we do. Imagine if you played in an empty stadium, you would not play. In Old Trafford it was always full. Always. In every away game they always showed up, always supported.“When you get that support, it makes you give more back to them. We owed that to them. That is what triggered me, the whole season, not only winning the trophies, although of course you want to win the trophies.”Ibrahimovic scored the goal which won United the EFL Cup and featured heavily in their successful Europa League triumph in the 2016/17 campaign.He continued: “That whole first season at United was fantastic. Everything was. I really enjoyed it. The family was happy, everybody was happy, the club took care of me and made it really easy for me. I just needed to turn up, put on my football boots and perform. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace in Manchester United’s Carabao Cup win over Southampton in 2017 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF center_img no dice ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The former Barcelona striker scored on his Premier League debut in a 3-1 win at Bournemouth and was shocked by United’s diehard away support.Ibrahimovic told Utd Unscripted: “The United fans are amazing. I’m not just saying that because I played for United. I know now because I’ve been on their side and I know the feeling they give you.“I don’t need to lick a**, but the fans were just amazing. I remember my first game in the Premier League at Bournemouth, I scored and the fans were singing my song for 45 minutes.“After 20 minutes I was like, ‘guys, please, my game is not really on top right now. Wait until I’m on top, wait and see!’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Zlatan Ibrahimovic thrived under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “When I was a boy, I had a vision of what I wanted in my life. You never know what will happen, but I had my dreams, I had my will and my life became what it became. A lot of things have proven that if you want it, you will make it. You will achieve it. It’s all up to you. If you don’t work for it, you will not reach your objective. It’s my mentality. I like that pressure because I like to say before that I’ll do it because I really believe in it. I know I can do it.“When I came to United and I said I would conquer England, people were laughing at me.  I wasn’t joking.”After the £75million signing of Romelu Lukaku in July 2017 limited the Swede’s playing time at Old Trafford, Ibrahimovic  left United for the MLS last March.He has continued his goalscoring form for LA Galaxy, netting 22 times in 27 league games.last_img read more

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Tommy Wright hails St Johnstone’s ‘incredible’ top six achievement

first_imgTommy Wright hailed his St Johnstone squad for securing an “incredible” fifth-straight Premiership top-six finish.The Perth outfit eventually stumbled over the line as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Kilmarnock in their final pre-split fixture.But Hamilton and Ross County did Saints a favour by beating Dundee and Partick respectively as Saints were reprieved.Wright, though, could not praise his squad enough, saying: “I think 3-0 was a bit harsh on us but ultimately other results went well for us and it’s another great achievement getting into the top six. “It’s an incredible feat to get into the top six for the fifth year in a row and it’s the players who deserve all the credit because it’s them who do it.“Particularly this year too because we had six players missing today through injuries. We sold our best player in Michael O’Halloran in the January window too so it’s testament to the players to deal with that. “It’s been a difficult season, but I am proud of the players and I do think getting top-six this season is even better than last season and previous years.”last_img read more

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There’s a New Mobile Game That Helps You Focus as Effectively as Ritalin?

first_imgThere are tons of brain training games out there, but I’ve never heard of one that works as well as DRUGS before. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England recently created a brain training game called Decoder, where your goal is to spot sequences of numbers. They found that it temporarily boosted people’s concentration so well, it was as effective as taking RITALIN.  If you’re not familiar, Ritalin is what they give people with ADHD to help them focus. And they just ran a study where they had people play the game for a little while, and then take a test. You can download an app with the game for free by searching for Peak Brain Training.  It comes bundled with a bunch of other games, but as far as we know, they don’t work quite as well as the Decoder game.  Decoder is already included on the app for iPhones and should hit Android devices later this year.last_img read more

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