Volker takes county 100; Dixon first in shot put

first_imgPole vaulters wait patiently on the runway for their turn during the Monmouth County Track and Field Championships held May 6 at Holmdel High School. Matawan Regional High School’s Matt Isaacson won the competition by more than 3 feet, clearing 15-1. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Charlie Volker proved he can do more than run over tacklers at the Monmouth County Track and Field Championships.The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School star running back added the county 100-meter dash championship to his football exploits.Volker overpowered the 100 dash finals, winning the century championship in 10.8 seconds. He also showed some endurance in finishing third in the 200 (22.08).The county championships were held May 6 and 8 at Holmdel High School.Volker, who led the Bulldogs to back-toback NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II championships the last two falls, will continue his football career at Princeton University. But before then, his focus will be on how fast he can run on the track.Shore Regional High School’s Kevin Mazzella backed up his fine indoor season by upsetting Christian Brothers Academy’s Drake Anzano and Blaise Ferro in the 800- meter run. Mazzella’s 1:55.14 held off Drake (1:55.79) and Ferro (1:56.53).During the undercover season, Mazzella won the Group I state championship.Ferro (4:21.47) and Drake (4:24.55) ran first and second in the 1,600, CBA captured the boys team championship with 126.75 points.Andrew Liskowitz won the shot put (59- 10) and discus (165-1) titles for the Colts.Red Bank Regional High School’s Sean Patterson captured the difficult 400 intermediate hurdles in a time of 54.54. A tremendous competition was held in the girls shot put circle with Red Bank Regional’s Sarena Dixon, Red Bank Catholic High School’s Fidele Jules and Ocean Township High School’s Michelle Mazza all reaching personal bests and finishing within 4½ inches of each other.It was Dixon who got the win with a throw of 43-6½, just half-an-inch ahead of Jules (43-6). Mazza was next at 43-2.St. John Vianney High School’s Monica Heil ran to gold in the girls 400 in 56.72.Freehold Township High School won the girls title with 68 points. Red Bank Catholic was the top area finisher in fourth (44).Next up are the Shore Conference Championships May 16 at Neptune High School.last_img read more

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Liberians Survive, Stranded

first_imgEarly Tuesday March 22, explosions inside the Brussels airport and a metro station in Belgium killed at least 30 people whose identities have not been revealed, the BBC reports.Brussels authorities announced yesterday that no flights are allowed in or out of Brussels “for the next 48 hours.” One of those stranded, Minister of Education, George Werner, posted a picture revealing two international officials based in Liberia, who were also at the scene. All three are safe.“The lady in clear view is Dr. Margaret Kilo, African Development Bank Representative in Liberia. The man with the charcoal jacket and white shirt is the WHO Representative in Liberia. We were companions on the road at Brussels today,” stated Werner. “Human security is an interesting concept, as the security of the state. Humans’ sense of their own security is even more interesting. It’s always good to watch one’s steps to avoid being in harm’s way…Any moment could be that moment.Be ready at all times, it is said in Christian Scriptures, for no one knows the day or the hour,” he added.Also present, but unhurt was Taa Wongbe who stated via FaceBook, “Bomb explosion at Brussels airport. Apparent terrorist activity. Airport is on lockdown and being evacuated. Staying safe,” he posted.Lloa Bass, a Liberian woman who is a plaintiff in a sexual assault case in Liberia, said she was also at the airport waiting her flight to London.“I am in Brussels and was at the airport when the attack happened and the reality of it all is shocking,” she said. “The airport is shut down and so are the trains for the next 48 hours. After the panic and instructions to move to the end of the terminal, because of ammunition being used and bombs, hours of standing outside and being bused around, we’ve been taken to a school. I’ve since been relocated.” Hip-Co artist Skoolboy Weezy, who is returning to Liberia from the United States on visit, was also on the scene, but has yet to comment on the experience.Isaac Yeah, Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs at the Liberian Embassy in Brussels posted: “So far Amb. Isaac W. Nyenabo and the staff of the Liberian Embassy near Brussels, Belgium are all fine and doing well in the wake of the incident at the airport.” Brussels Airport is the biggest travel hub for Africans going to Europe and the United States. Brussels Airlines has been Liberia’s leading travel partner for decades, spanning the nation’s 14-year civil war. During the Ebola epidemic that rocked Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Brussels Airlines was at a point the only flight into and out of Liberia conveying medical personnel, supplies and other aid to fight the epidemic. The explosions happened in quick succession shortly after 07:00 a.m. with some victims reportedly hit by the second blast as they tried to escape the first.Another bomb was later found and destroyed in a controlled detonation at the scene.About an hour after the airport blasts, another explosion struck the Maelbeek metro station near the European Union (EU) headquarters. Belgian officials put the death toll from both attacks at over 30, with at least 11 killed at the airport and about 20 at the metro station.Almost 200 people have been injured, many of them severely.“This is a day of tragedy, a black day,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said. “I would like to call on everyone to show calmness and solidarity.”An online statement from the Islamic State, claiming responsibility for the attacks, said the locations were “carefully selected” and warned of worse to come for “Crusader states allied against the Islamic State.”Belgium has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level. Three days of national mourning have been declared.Police are carrying out raids on suspected jihadists across the country, the prosecutor said.World leaders have sent condolences and messages of solidarity.US President Barack Obama called the blasts “outrageous attacks against innocent people” while the 28 EU leaders in a joint statement said, the bombings were an “attack on our open, democratic society.”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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Jerrick Ahanmisi regains touch, shoots Adamson past UE

first_imgLATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson leaned on Jerrick Ahanmisi’s explosive performance as it bucked a slow start to repulse University of the East, 91-80, Wednesday in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Quiet in the Falcons’ first two games, Ahanmisi broke out of his slump, scattering 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting as Adamson secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Brothers propel Spain at Fiba World Cup – but it’s not the Gasols The win allowed Adamson (2-1) to gain a tie of second spot with University of Santo Tomas, which lost to Ateneo, 70-71, early Wednesday.The Red Warriors fell to their third straight loss to start the season as they missed center Alex Diakhite who was sidelined by an illness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Falcons trailed by two points after the first period, but quickly seized control with Ahanmisi and Jerom Lastimosa on the firing end.The Warriors came within 75-82 on Rey Suerte’s lay-up with 2:45 left, but Val Chauca split his free throws on the next possession and Ahanmisi scored on a lay-up to extend the lead back to twin digits. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Lenda Douanga’s three-point play with under two minutes left put the finishing touches to the victory for an Adamson team that faces University of the Philippines on Sunday. UE tries to nail its first win as it takes on La Salle on Saturday at MOA Arena.Lastimosa also had a solid game for the Falcons, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Suerte led UE with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists to go with two steals.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son View commentslast_img read more

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Understanding a US Congressional Report

first_imgDear Editor,Usually, when I read a report or column that says a certain party or candidate will win an election, I look forward for poll numbers and/or reasons for forming such a conclusion. The recent report purportedly issued on December 6 by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) on Guyana elections did not cite any polls, and neither did it offer reasons why it feels a party will be victorious or defeated at the next elections. Thus how does one interpret the CRS report? Can it be taken seriously?This missive explains the concept of a CRS report. Those of us who study the US Congress in Political Science courses (especially at the doctoral level) would have some in-depth knowledge of how Congress functions, and the role of the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The CRS is a huge library staff that functions out of the US Library of Congress. Its task is primarily to provide research to Members of Congress or any of its several Committees on any issue, or about a country. Any member or Committee can request a report on an issue or about a country; the CRS prepares the report.It seems that some staff of the CRS prepared a report on Guyana (on its coming elections). It is a broad, general report; it has not provided any reasons why it feels a political party would win or lose the March 2 election.The CRS report is not found at the Library of Congress. It does not say why it was released, nor which member of Congress or committee requested it. It can be requested by a member in his (her) private capacity. In fact, Members of Congress (MOC) usually request such a report to get an understanding of political issues in a country when he or she is lobbied to issue a statement.In this case, no Member of Congress issued a report on Guyana on the March 2 elections, so why it is in the public domain is unknown.The report is replete with errors. It says Guyana is holding a plebiscite (a referendum or vote to change a constitution), but Guyana is not holding a plebiscite; it is holding a general election to choose a government.The report refers to Bharrat Jagdeo as a former Prime Minister; Jagdeo is a former President. The report does not cite any source for its conclusion, it states that “some analysts feel” a party will win or lose, but it does not name any of the analysts.Who are they? I conducted opinion surveys that were published in the media, but the findings were not cited. A Google perusal (search) of the media does not reveal any analyst or poll showing or stating a victory for any party, except a recent commentary by one Prof Evan Ellis of the War College, who is quoted as saying that he concludes that the Opposition would win.There is also a disclaimer in the report, saying it should not be relied upon for purposes other than understanding of an issue by members of congress, as provided by staff.One positive aspect of the report is it calls for free and fair elections; that is welcomed.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu BisramPolitical Scientistlast_img read more

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COPA America enters quarters as USA takes on Ecuador

first_img0Shares0000USA Football team.LOS ANGELES, USA, June 16 – Having captured first place in Group A on the strength of back-to-back shutouts, the U.S. men’s national team continues the historic Copa America Centenario with a quarterfinal match up against Ecuador early Friday morning.The match kicks-off at 3:30am Kenyan time at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and will be broadcasted live on StarTimes Channel World Football. This will be the second meeting between the teams in less than a month. In the first tune-up match after the Copa rosters were finalized, Darlington Nagbe scored his first international goal in the 90th minute to lift the U.S. to a 1-0 win in Frisco, Texas.The U.S. roster is loaded with experience, boasting 14 players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad and a total of 18 who have already appeared in Qualifying for Russia 2018.Veterans like team captain Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey marshal the group that has collected an average of over 40 caps.There are six players with 50 or more and five with five or less. Meantime, John Brooks, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin lead a youth contingent that includes five players who are 23-years-old or younger.U.S. Roster by Position:GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), 12-Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), 22-Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)DEFENDERS (8): 5-Matt Besler (Sporting KC), 3-Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), 6-John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), 20-Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), 21-Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), 23-Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), 14-Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (12): 15-Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 8-Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), 13-Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), 16-Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), 10-Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), 17-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), 18-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), 7-Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), 20-Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), 19-Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)The U.S. deployed same starting XI for all three matches in group phase: Guzan; Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks, Johnson; Bedoya, Bradley (capt.), Jones; Zardes, Dempsey, Wood.That streak will end Thursday night, as DeAndre Yedlin is suspended after being sent off in the 1-0 win against Paraguay.As is traditional in Copa America, there is no extra time played in the quarterfinal and semifinal round. If any these matches are tied after 90 minutes, teams will go straight to penalty kicks to decide a winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Experts: Fossett unlikely to have survived

first_imgRENO, Nev. – As the search for Steve Fossett dragged into its ninth day Tuesday, experts said they doubted the millionaire adventurer could have survived more than a week in the rugged desert since his plane vanished. While the resourceful aviator could scratch water, food and shelter from the desolate Nevada landscape, experts said his first order of business would have been signaling rescuers. “There’s no news of him signaling for help and that’s a problem,” said David McMullen of Berkeley, a leader of the hiking group Desert Survivors, whose members frequently venture into some of the country’s harshest terrain. “He’s either so injured he can’t signal or he’s perished.” Fossett’s plane was equipped with an emergency beacon, and he was wearing a high-tech watch capable of generating a similar signal. Searchers have received no signal from either device, and haven’t spotted a lower-tech distress signal such as a fire or massive X made of rocks or sticks. Fossett, 63, the first to circle the globe solo in a balloon, was last heard from Sept. 3. 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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Van Gaal admits Man United have gone backwards – but is confident he will STAY

first_imgLouis van Gaal is confident he will see out his Manchester United contract, despite admitting his team have gone backwards this season.The Dutchman failed to lead the club to Champions League qualification this term and has come under-fire from supporters.He was booed by a section of the Old Trafford faithful when addressing the fans after their final Premier League game against Bournemouth on Tuesday night and many are calling for Jose Mourinho to be brought as his replacement this summer.But Van Gaal, who signed a three-year deal when he succeeded David Moyes in 2014, fully expects to continue in his post.Asked if he was sure he would be retained, the 64-year-old said: “Yes – because I have signed a three-year contract.”Van Gaal admits United have gone backwards this season with their fifth-place finish in the Premier League.But he insists his side is still in transition and says they can be serious title contenders next term if he remains in charge.“Of course [it is a step backwards] because our aim in the first year and also the second and the third shall be the Champions League,” he said. “It is the highest level and a club like Manchester United has to play at that level but there are more clubs that want to play at that level and you have seen that.“We are a team in transition and I have said that since I started.”To the question of whether United could win the title next season, he added: “That is always possible because Leicester City was more or less a relegation team (last year).” 1 Louis van Gaal last_img read more

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VIEWPOINT: 40 YEARS OF EUROPEAN DECEIT AND LIES

first_imgVIEWPOINT:Dear Donegal Daily,This week marks the 40th anniverary of Ireland’s accession to Europe, 40 years of collusion and deception by Brussels and past and present government. When our parents and grand parents voted in 1972 to join Europe they were not informed by the Government of that time that 40 years later we would have a hand picked Treaty nor were they informed that certain Derogations were set in the treaty to deceive us of our treaty rights such as Article 14 and that the free movement of goods would never come into affect as was laid out under Article 39.Under article 25 customs duties were to be abolished but 40 years later we are still paying a prohibited tax.From this date the Members of the Irish Drivers Association will drop the title address of Taoiseach to the elected leader of the Republic of Ireland. We will also drop the title of minister for finance and all elected persons that fail to implement the treaty of Rome to the full.From this date they will only be addressed by christen name and surname. We will also drop the title of judge to the person who convicts any citizen of 26 county Ireland on customs duty’s/ Vrt.When we extend our vote it’s supposed to be a Government of the people by the people and for the people not a Government turned criminal on on the people.As Enda Kenny now takes up position as president of the European Union will he implement the terms of the 1972 European Community’s Act.Will he keep the promise he made to the Irish Drivers association in his office in Mayo prior to been elected.??JOHN DOHERTY IRISH DRIVERS ASSOCIATIONVIEWPOINT: 40 YEARS OF EUROPEAN DECEIT AND LIES was last modified: January 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:VIEWPOINT: 40 YEARS OF EUROPEAN DECEIT AND LIESlast_img read more

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Tourney win bumps up AVC ranking

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Last weekend’s Ventura tournament featured a who’s who of Southern California’s softball teams and an environment similar the regional playoffs. That’s good news for Antelope Valley College’s softball team, which bolstered its standing in the state and Southern California rankings by going 3-0 in pool play to win the nonconference tourney title. The Marauders (33-5 overall, 12-0 Foothill Conference) climbed from fourth to third in the state rankings and from second to No. 1 in the state poll. AVC pitcher Nikki Perez (15-2) struck out 26 in three shutout performances. The former Littlerock High standout struck out 12 batters and allowed five hits in a 1-0 victory Sunday over No. 8 Cuesta of San Luis Obispo. The Marauders defeated No. 12 College of the Canyons of Santa Clarita, 2-0, earlier in the day. They beat No. 14 Citrus of Glendora, 4-0, on Saturday. AVC would host its first state regional championship playoff in early May if it remains in the top four in the Southern California. “This was a big deal,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said. “We told them before the tournament that is exactly what (a regional-championship playoff) would be like. This really helps us when we get to that time of wrapping up (the Foothill Conference title) and, hopefully, hosting a regional (playoff).” Perez, a former Golden League MVP, has been pivotal in AVC’s success. “She’s just been amazing,” Vargas said. “We’ve won a lot of close games that I’m not sure we would have won if we didn’t have her. She’s shut down some really high-caliber teams.” Her performance in a two-day tournament bodes well for the Marauders should they advance to regional setting, in which pitching figures prominently amid a compressed schedule against elite competition. “I think she definitely showed that she can get through regionals,” Vargas said. “She’s got to be one of the top pitchers in the state.” Winning streak: AVC won its fifth consecutive conference baseball game Thursday when Justin Keeney and Marcelino Monteros homered in a 7-6 victory over San Bernardino Valley. The Marauders (15-13, 8-5) were scheduled to play the JetHawks on Tuesday at Clear Channel Stadium. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.comlast_img read more

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Eric Dier insists Tottenham teammate Dele Alli will learn from his mistakes

first_img1 The 20-year-old was sent off for a crude challenge during his side’s Europa League draw with Gent at Wembley Eric Dier believes his Tottenham and England team-mate Dele Alli will learn from his mistakes after the midfielder was hit with a three-game UEFA ban on Friday.Alli, 20, was sent off for a crude challenge during Tottenham’s Europa League draw with Gent at Wembley last month and will return to the national stadium for England’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday.UEFA announced that he will now serve a three-match ban for the tackle on Brecht Dejaegere as Spurs crashed out to their Belgian opponents.Dier, who is a good friend of Alli, is likely to line up with his club-mate in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side this weekend and has backed him to learn as he matures.“Dele is young and will learn from that mistake,” said Dier.“He knows it was a mistake. How many 20-year-olds have made mistakes? I am sure he will learn from it. I don’t want to see him lose that edge and I don’t think he should. That is what makes him great.“I don’t think you have ever heard our manager at the club (Mauricio Pochettino) saying he would take it out of him.“Dele’s a great player, you all know that. We’re going to miss him like any team would but that’s football, these things happen and there will be someone else ready to take his chance and take the opportunity.”Both Dier and Alli were involved in England’s shock Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland last summer, and the former has warned Southgate’s side can never underestimate an opponent again.Lithuania may be minnows on the world football stage, but Dier was keen to stress they will not be taken lightly on Sunday.“Whenever you’re in an England squad you’re going to think about it. It’s a painful reminder and it’s a good lesson for the future,” he added.”We can look back on that game and what we didn’t do, and in games like the one on Sunday try to do what we didn’t.“It’s going to be a tough game. In all internationals now there’s no really easy games.“Every team sets up to try to stop us, especially here at Wembley. We have to be confident going into it, try to play quick, attacking football and hopefully they won’t be able to handle that.“It’s key we play with intensity, move the ball quickly. I think we need to be aggressive with the ball, move it quickly, and hopefully create a lot of chances and make it exciting for the fans.”last_img read more

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