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first_imgThe Twin Lights Ride will take place rain or shine on Sept. 29. The cycling event will start at Huddy Park in Highlands, with parking available at the Seastreak Ferry commuter parking lot. The tour will feature 10-, 18-, 25-, 44- and 62-mile rides, suitable for cyclists of all ages and ability levels. The rides include oceanfront, residential and countryside tours. The 14-mile ride, perfect for young cyclists, will travel the Sandy Hook peninsula on flat, paved roads along the waterfront to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. The tour is expected to attract as many as 1,000 cyclists. Tour participants from New York will be arriving in Highlands by ferry to take part in the tour. To volunteer or for more information, call (732) 946-2711. Additional information is also available from the Highlands Business Partnership on its Web site, www.highlandsnj.com, or from Bike New York at www.bikenewyork.org. An established U11 AAU travel baseball team is looking for players to compete in the spring/fall 2003 season. The squad is an established team based out of Robbinsville called the Robbinsville Cobras. The Cobras are currently ranked third in the state and have been ranked during the course of the 2002 season in the top 75 teams in the United States, according to usasportsrank.com. The Cobras play baseball approximately 10 months over the course of the year, and are going to be trained for the 2003 season by Dave Gallagher and his staff. They travel throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, and gained a national berth to play in the AAU Nationals this year but opted not to participate so that the players on the team could play in their respective recreational league tournaments. The Cobras play under High School Federation Rules and Regulations, which means they can use big barrel bats, do head first slides, lead and pick off runners. All interested players should call Seth at (609) 259-9566, Tony at (609) 259-2643 or Mike at (609)324-8102. E-mail them at cobrabaseball@mindspring.com or check out their Web site, www.leaguelineup.com/robbinsville. The Cobras will be holding tryouts for the 2003 team on Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Tantum Park. Tantum Park is located off of Meadowbrook Road in Robbinsville (field 3). In order to be eligible, players must not turn 12 before Aug. 1, 2003. The American Heart Association’s 11th annual American Heart Walk will be held at Thompson Park in the Lincroft section of Middletown Sept. 29. There will be a total of 13 walksites throughout the state. Currently the American Heart Association is seeking volunteers to help organize and facilitate the walk. Volunteers are needed to help with walksite set-up and take-down, check-in/registration support, performers and entertainers, community health fair participants, photography volunteers, and volunteers to help distribute food beverages and other items. To volunteer or for more information about the walk, call (732) 821-2610. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Monmouth County (BBBS) will hold its 13th annual Golf Classic Sept. 26 at Spring Lake Golf Club. BBBS matches at-risk children with adult volunteers who act as friends, confidants and mentors. The cost for the event in $300 per individual golfer ($1,650 for a corporate foursome), and includes a full day of golf and club service. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with golfer goodie bags. A cocktail hour, with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, prizes and awards will follow the event. The format is Modified Calloway Scramble. For more information, call (732) 544-2224 or register online at www.bbbs.org.last_img read more

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Guardiola wary of Man United’s ‘incredible’ attack ahead of derby

first_imgPep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City team to be ready – because Manchester United will have their moments in Sunday’s derby.City have thrashed Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk 6-1 and 6-0 respectively in the past week but Guardiola is expecting something much different as the Premier League leaders face improving United at the Etihad Stadium.The City boss said: “Against the top teams like United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool – you cannot imagine for 90 minutes we are going to play amazingly and not give them a chance.“When they have the ball and the people in front – wow – they can create something.“They have an incredible amount of talent up front and in the middle as well. That is why we have to defend deep and strong, defend the crosses and avoid set-pieces as they are huge and far better than us.“We have to control more for as many minutes as possible and be clinical. That’s the game we’ll try to do.“What we have to do is try to play good. If we don’t we have no chance to win.”City were outplaying United when the sides last met but let their guard slip to surrender a 2-0 lead and lose 3-2.Guardiola said: “For 75 minutes I’d like to play the same game as against United in April but United have shown us they need only 10 or 15 minutes to create a lot of chances.”United have lifted the gloom that was surrounding Old Trafford about a month ago, when manager Jose Mourinho was under the most pressure, with some positive results in recent weeks.On Wednesday they came from behind to claim a famous 2-1 victory at Juventus in the Champions League.Guardiola said: “No doubt about that – they’ve improved. I see a team with a lot of commitment, aggressive without the ball, everybody runs in front and everybody runs in behind the ball. A team has good and bad moments and at this moment they have confidence.”Mourinho meanwhile is ready to go toe-to-toe with “untouchable” City in the eagerly-anticipated derby as United look to emerge from a daunting double-header with another memorable away win.Wednesday’s 6-0 defeat of Shakhtar underlined the quality of Sunday’s opposition, but life off the field is not as rosy as City face allegations that they have tried to cheat European football’s Financial Fair Play rules.Asked if he felt United were operating on a fair playing field ahead of the derby, Mourinho said: “It’s difficult for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines.“I focus on football. If you want to speak about their football potential, we can speak.“And football potential starts with investment. After that, of course, there is a quality of the work and the quality of the organisation and I think that is untouchable. But what is behind, I cannot say.“But, in this moment, I have only to think about football, and to think about football is just to think about Manchester City as a football team.”The allegations about City’s finances have been made by German publication Der Spiegel, citing documents and private emails obtained from the whistle-blowing group Football Leaks.City have described the reports as the product of an organised attempt to damage the club’s reputation, based on “materials hacked or stolen”.Mourinho sidestepped the allegations and instead praised a side that he hopes to go toe-to-toe with, just as he did at Juventus and in the recent 2-2 draw at Chelsea.The United boss said: “We are going to try. I cannot say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two difficult matches away against two very good teams, Chelsea and Juventus, and we managed to get good results.“And even if the good results were not in our pockets, the performances were there, the positive attitude was there, so we are going to try. But you are right, Manchester City is a very powerful team.”Yet United know they can hurt Guardiola’s side, having come from behind to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium in April and delay their title party.last_img read more

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GDP is no longer an accurate measure of economic progress

first_imgIn this author’s previous two columns, readers would recall that a thorough dissection and analysis of Guyana’s GDP outturn for 2018 was conducted. Those articles looked at the GDP growth rate achieved for 2018 and established that this was not reflective of any real substantive growth of the economy. Rather, it was — more or less — reflective of growth in terms of massive increases in Government expenditure, and not real expansive growth of the economy.Consistent with this contention put forward by this analyst, a World Economic Forum article echoed the same concerns, which shall be summarised in today’s article as a consideration for policymakers in Guyana, going forward.According to the article, the forum contended that “it is critically important we monitor societal progress and design responsive policies to 21st century challenges, such as climate change, the marginalisation of more than a billion people, resource depletion, and emerging pollution-driven health crises.”Accordingly, this necessitates the need for reliable metrics, to know how we are performing on the yardsticks of our economy, sustainability, and social harmony. Unfortunately, the radar used to track progress is far from satisfactory, to such an extent that countries still use a 20th century metric to measure wellbeing other than Gross Domestic Product, or GDP.It is understandable — that growing international interest in a tool that still captures financial and produced capital, but also the skills in our workforce (human capital), the cohesion in our society (social capital), and the value of our environment (natural capital), given that GDP functions as a good measurement of output, income, and expenditure. These are needed to understand and devise fiscal and monetary policies, but this measure flatly fails when it comes to wellbeing.Its founder, Simon Kuznets, cautioned half a century ago that it is useful mainly in tracking income. More recently, other economists have suggested that knowing change in per capita wealth of all types is key to monitoring sustainability.Work has advanced on some of these elements. The UN Environment Programme-led Inclusive Wealth Index shows the aggregation through accounting and shadow pricing of produced capital, natural capital, and human capital for 140 countries. The global growth rate of wealth tracked by this index is much lower than growth in GDP. In fact, the 2018 data suggests that natural capital declined for 140 countries for the period of 1992 to 2014 (World Economic Forum).Interestingly, many countries record GDP growth while they lose natural capital. One can see the trade-off among various types of capital, but the report clearly conveys that mixing income with wealth is bad economics, and is dangerous for sustainability measurement.The findings of the Index include strong recommendations to help reach global sustainability targets, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Closely tracking countries’ productive bases is key, as a declining asset base implies a non-sustainable trajectory. Many of the assets critical for maintaining productive bases are either not priced, or are priced at much lower levels than they should be. This is especially true for natural capital and human capital assets. Natural capital assets, such as forests and water bodies, have only been valued for the products they provide for the market, such as timber and fish. However, these ecosystems offer a much larger suite of services, such as water purification, water regulation, and habitat provisioning for species, among many other things. (World Economic Forum).Introduction of the Inclusive Wealth Index helps policy-makers prepare to negotiate for reductions in greenhouse gases, as well as for compensations accruing from climate change. Further, past reports have shown conclusively how countries can become unsustainable in absolute terms when population growth is factored into the computation. Understanding the impact population growth has on productive bases is a critical variable that leaders should factor into policy-making. Hence analytic progress has been made, but there is still need to bring all five elements of prosperity — financial, produced, natural, human and social capital — into one framework (World Economic Forum).last_img read more

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Ivorian president to double bonuses

first_img0Shares0000ABIDJAN, June 23- Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara has told his country’s footballers he will double their World Cup win bonuses if they beat Greece, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said Monday.The Elephants can guarantee their place in the knock-out stages with a victory over the 2004 European champions in Fortaleza on Tuesday. The incentive was communicated to the players by Guillaume Soro, president of the National Assembly, who visited the team at their World Cup base in Sao Paulo.Currently they are due 16 million CFA francs ($24,400, 17,900 euros) per player for a victory but that will double to 32 million CFA francs in case of success against Greece, FIF said on its website.FIF added that the initiative was aimed at “giving the Elephants extra motivation” to reach the knock-out rounds for the first time in their history.“Show determination and you’ll make it,” Soro is said to have told the players.They are currently second in Group C on three points after a 2-1 victory over Japan was followed by a defeat to Colombia by the same score.A draw would definitely be enough for them to progress as long as Japan don’t beat Colombia in their final game. A defeat would see Ivory Coast eliminated.While such a sum may not make much difference to the likes of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure or Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba, both of whom earn considerably more than that every week at their clubs, it would certainly be welcomed by reserve goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo, the only member of Ivory Coast’s squad still plying his trade in his homeland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho mocks ‘Einsteins’ who criticised Paul Pogba after two-goal display

first_imgBut, after seeing him impress against Fenerbahce, Mourinho insisted the 23-year-old has been judged too quickly and will prove his class over time.“First of all, in some of your mouths, he goes from the worst player in the Premier League to a great player in 48 hours,” said the United boss.“I am not specifically saying it is you. I say media, especially the Einsteins. We know he is a very good player. We know he needs some time to show his potential.“I know Italian football very well. I know teams play completely different from the Premier League. I am not saying we are better but we are different.“Different in the intensity, the number of touches on the ball, everything is different and he needs time to adapt.“He is a self-confident boy. He was not depressed because some people said he was a bad player. He was calm. It is always nice for a player to score, to score at home and especially to score such a beautiful goal.” Paul Pogba celebrates scoring for Manchester United 1center_img Jose Mourinho mocked critics of Paul Pogba after the midfielder played a starring role for Manchester United on Thursday night.The Frenchman scored twice as United thrashed Fenerbahce 4-1 at Old Trafford in their Europa League group stage meeting.Pogba has been subjected to criticism for his performances this season, with some questioning why United paid a world record £89m fee to re-sign their former youth team player.last_img read more

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Former Hollywood agent takes poker prize

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“I knew that he was weak, but he had a hand. And then I knew it was my chance,” said Gold, whose clients have included Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu. “I went all in, and then I just went into my act.” Wasicka, a 25-year-old former restaurant manager from Westminster, Colo., had seen it before. Earlier, Gold took down a $3 million pot from him and sixth-place finisher Richard Lee by bluffing while holding only an unsuited two and three. On the final hand, Wasicka held pocket 10s – or two 10s as hole cards – with a board of queen, eight, five. Wasicka said later he thought Gold was drawing to a straight. Instead Gold had a queen and nine, for a better pair, when the turn revealed an ace and the final, or river card was a four. The nine players at the final table – four pros, a former talent agent, an insurance broker, an ad salesman, a recent college grad and a retired businessman – were guaranteed at least $1.5 million in winnings when they sat down around 2 p.m. Thursday. Gold said he would share the money with friends and supporters and give the rest to help his father, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease. LAS VEGAS – When Jamie Gold bluffed, his opponents folded. When he had the best hand, they threw in all their chips. With a run of cards, a huge chip stack and an uncanny knack for reading other players, Gold, a talkative former Hollywood talent agent, cajoled his way to victory Friday at the World Series of Poker for the $12 million grand prize. “I was just lucky sometimes, and sometimes I outplayed people,” said Gold, a 36-year-old Malibu resident. “I just feel really fortunate. I was playing some great poker. The best poker of my life.” The 12-day marathon that began with a record field of 8,773 players ended with the flourish that Gold made his trademark. With $3.9 million in chips in the pot, Gold declared “all in” and stood beside the pile of cash at the table to convince the last remaining player, Paul Wasicka, it was his for the taking. When the lights went up and play was over, Gold flipped open his cell phone and called home as the cameras rolled. “Hi Dad, it’s Jamie, are you there? I just won.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Monthlong Harvest Festival

first_imgAlthough the Oktoberfest was originated in the area by the Newbury Park Rotary Club in the Conejo Valley, it is now a regional event involving service clubs and businesses in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Moorpark. Farmers Insurance Group is the event’s primary commercial sponsor. Entrance to the Oktoberfest and other Underwood Family Farms weekend attractions is $7.50, with admission on weekdays at $3. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602 IF YOU GO Underwood Family Farms’ Fall Harvest Festival season begins with the Newbury Park Rotary Club’s Oktoberfest on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and continues through the month of October with special entertainment each weekend. The farm site is at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, north of Read Road, in the Moorpark area, and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Oct. 29, closing time is at 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 529-3690 or go to www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible Oktoberfest has been sponsored for 20 years in eastern Ventura County by the Newbury Park Rotary Club and has developed into one of the biggest festivals of the season. It raises money for charities and nonprofit groups in eastern Ventura County. With its traditional Bavarian food and beverages, dancing and contests for costumes, stein-holding and beer-drinking, Oktoberfest is being held for the second year at Underwood Family Farms, which provides an extra fall harvest dimension to the event. “The farm setting is perfect for the tradition of Oktoberfest, and it offers more activities for the family, for people of all ages,” said Mary-Catherine McBride, chairwoman of the event. She said there were 8,000 people at the event last year, when attendance might have been reduced by nearby brush fires. This year, organizers are preparing for as many as 12,000 people and plan to have much more food available. “It’s a great venue for Oktoberfest,” said Ragnar Storm-Larsen, a Rotary Club member who has been active in the event since it began 20 years ago. “Everybody has a good time there. … It’s really exciting to see the kids having so much fun.” center_img Ventura County’s eastern farm country is expected to attract tens of thousands of people from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara all through October for the annual Harvest Festival, including the Wild West Cowboy Weekend and Oktoberfest. On the first weekend, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, more than 10,000 visitors are expected to kick off the fall festivities at the Oktoberfest sponsored by the Newbury Park Rotary Club at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Underwood Farms launches its own daily pumpkin and vegetable tours Oct. 2, with special attractions including a two-acre cornfield maze, a farm animal center, games and pony, train and hay rides. The tours attracted over 35,000 children last fall. On Oct. 7-8, the third annual Cowboy Weekend is scheduled at the site, featuring stunt ropers, fiddlers, gunfighters and cowboy poets. last_img read more

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No. 20-Ranked Purdue Sizzles in Second Half of 87-70 Win Over Michigan

first_imgThe Boilermakers’ defensive stopper scored 16 points, had six assists and five rebounds and A.J. Hammons added 17 points and four blocks to help No. 20 Purdue pull away from Michigan 87-70.“I let my teammates down big time against Iowa. You have to place the blame somewhere and I felt it should have been placed on me,” Davis said. “My message is that you keep playing as hard as you can and things will work out.”They certainly did Thursday.Davis helped shut down Michigan’s usually potent shooters. Hammons, the 7-foot senior center, dominated the middle and eventually, the Boilermakers (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) wore down the short-handed Wolverines at the end of each half.The Boilermakers (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) seized control with a 16-4 flurry to close the first half then maintained a relatively safe distance throughout the second half until finally putting the Wolverines away with a late 12-0 run.Purdue has won eight of its last 10 and is 10-1 at home this season. Johnny Hill, the only other senior who gets regular playing time, finished with 10 points.Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led Michigan (12-4, 2-1) with a career-high 25 points. Derrick Walton Jr. added 12 points as the Wolverines’ six-game winning streak ended.Michigan was not itself with leading scorer Caris LeVert missing his second straight game because of a lower left leg injury, and Davis didn’t make things any easier.While the Wolverines made 11 3-pointers, they went 10 of 31 from the field in the first half and weren’t much better in the second half.“Post defense is something you work at, then you play the best in the country at post offense and it’s an eye opener,” coach John Beilein said. “It didn’t help us that A.J. Hammons was terrific on defense.”The Boilermakers started the game shooting 3 of 15 from the field and looked almost as bad as they did in the second half of Saturday’s loss to Iowa, but they regrouped and made that last run in the first half to take a 35-28 lead.Purdue made it 45-35 early in the second half. When Michigan closed to within five, Purdue answered with an 8-2 spurt to make it 58-47.The Wolverines cut the deficit to 66-60 when Zak Irvin made three free throws with 5:20 to play. But this time, Dakota Mathias made a 3 to start the closing run.“We took care of the ball in those moments, not turning it over or getting frazzled, or taking a quick bad shot,” Davis said. “When it got close, guys made plays.”STILL MISSINGLeVert traveled with the team and dressed in sweat pants but there was no word from Beilein about how much more time their top player could miss. LeVert leads the Wolverines in scoring (17.6 points), rebounds (5.4) and assists (5.2).MIDDLE MENWith the 7-foot Hammons, 7-2 Isaac Haas and 6-9, 250-pound freshman Caleb Swanigan, the Boilermakers have dominated the middle most of the season.Thursday was no exception. They outscored Michigan 42-18 in the paint and were 9 of 11 from inside the arc in the second half.FREEBIESAfter struggling at the free-throw line last season and through the first two games this season (64.4 percent) Purdue has made a drastic turnaround. Over the last 14 games, the Boilermakers have made 79.8 percent from the line including 18 of 21 against Michigan.TIP-INSMichigan: Came into the game with the nation’s sixth-best shooting percentage (50.9) but shot just 37.7 percent from the field Thursday. … The only other Wolverines player to score in double figures was Duncan Robinson with 10. … This was the first of three straight games the Wolverines play against ranked teams.Purdue: Hammons, Purdue’s leading scorer, made his first start of the season. … The Boilermakers outscored Michigan 26-9 off the bench and had 26 assists. … Purdue held its 14th opponent this season below its scoring average. Michigan was averaging 79.3 points. Purdue’s Rapheal Davis spent all week contemplating the mistakes he made in last weekend.On Thursday night, he made the corrections.last_img read more

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Columbus Catholic baseball shut out by Loyal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Riley Geiger tossed a five-hit shutout to lift Loyal to a 7-0 victory over Marshfield Columbus Catholic in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Thursday at Hackman Field.Loyal scored one run in the first and added a pair in the third, fourth, and sixth innings to pull past the Dons (3-3 overall and Cloverbelt East).Geiger struck out five and walked two and also had three hits at the plate for Loyal (4-4, 4-3 Cloverbelt East).Kienan McIntee suffered the loss for the Dons, giving up all seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.Columbus plays at Colby on Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Greyhounds 7, Dons 0Loyal 102 202 0 – 7 8 1Columbus Catholic 000 000 0 – 0 5 4WP: Riley Geiger. LP: Kienan McIntee.SO: Geiger 5; McIntee (5 1/3 inn.) 9, Bailey Keffer (1 2/3 inn.) 2. BB: Geiger 2; McIntee 3, Keffer 0.Top hitters: L, Geiger 3×4; Brandon Collins 2×4; Jake Waldhart 2B. CC, Matthias Gouin 2×4.Records: Loyal 4-4, 4-3 Cloverbelt East; Columbus Catholic 3-3 overall and Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

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