first_imgThe Hazlet Recreation Commission will be sponsoring a Triple HHH wrestling camp at Raritan High School. The participant will attend two days a week (days and times TBA). Instruction is offered for grades four through eight for the spring/summer/fall session (April 2-9) at a cost of $157; summer/fall only (June 25 to Nov. 9) at a cost of $107. Instruction is offered for grades 1-3 for the summer session only (June 25-Aug. 31 at a cost of $107. The camp is directed by Art Lynch with some of the finest high school athletes in the area. Register by March 30. A physical is required (school physicians required). Registrations may be done by mail or at the James J Cullen Center, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet, NJ 07730. Payments are accepted by check or money order only. Friends of Monmouth County Parks will honor the memory of one of their dearest friends, Donna K. Lane, in a memorial run/walk on April 22 at Thompson Park in Lincroft. The 5K run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. There is a $30 pre-registration fee ($35 day of registration) which includes a one-year membership with the Friends of the Parks, a commemorative t-shirt, support, water stop and refreshments at the finish. The event will be held rain or shine. The event is named in memory of Donna K. Lane, a former executive director of the Friends of the Parks, who was a running enthusiast, a highly talented massage therapist, and extremely kind and loving person and a devoted wife and mother. For more information, call Mark Zelina at (732) 672-4186.last_img read more

first_imgDominic Thiem was at his dominant best as he dismantled defending champion Alexander Zverev 7-5 6-3 on Saturday to storm into the final of the season-ending ATP finals.Austrian Thiem, 26, will face Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday for the top prize at London’s O2 Arena after he dispatched six-times champion Roger Federer.There was little to separate the players until the 12th game when a tense Zverev suddenly tightened up and double-faulted on set point to hand his rival the set.Zverev, who began this year’s tournament in superb fashion by beating Rafael Nadal in a group clash, flung his racket across the court in frustration.Thiem, who has played glorious tennis this week despite suffering with a cold, looked the more solid player and broke the big-serving Zverev to take a 4-2 lead in the second set.Zverev had a chance to break back but world number five Thiem held firm to consolidate.Serving for the match, Thiem closed out victory on his first match point with a forehand passing shot down the line.Thiem is the first Austrian to reach the final of the ATP‘s exclusive year-ender in its 50-year history and it will be a fitting end to a superb season which caught fire after hiring former Olympic champion Nicolas Massu as coach.He has won five titles including his first Masters 1000 crown at Indian Wells. He also reached his second successive French Open final, losing to Nadal.Looking ahead to the clash with 21-year-old debutant Tsitsipas, Thiem said: “One handed back-handed finals, I guess! We are both offensive players, he is very attractive to watch, I love to watch him and I am looking forward to playing him again.“And I’m happy to be playing again here tomorrow in front of this amazing atmosphere.”last_img read more

first_imgWidespread consultations overrule an expeditious timeframe as it relates to constitutional reform, President David Granger stated as he explained why his administration was unable to fulfil its manifesto promise toPresident David Grangerensure draft recommendations are presented to the National Assembly for approval within nine months.During an interview on ‘The Public Interest’ TV programme, President Granger explained that it is impossible for such a magnitude of undertaking to be completed in nine months.He outlined that the availability of a framework for constitutional reform is an indication of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition’s determinedness in keeping its promise.Moreover, he underscored the importance of the consultation process.“I have asked for the process to be consultative because we have had different opinions on the constitution since in the mid-1970s and I feel the people of Guyana should have a constitution that is not subjected to acrimony,” the President said.In this regard, he stated that those in charge of the constitutional reform process must embark on widespread consultation across the country in order to capture the concerns of the public.“I would like to see more than rushing to timeline, I would like to see thorough consultations countrywide and those consultations must be countrywide and not boardroom consultations,” he said, noting that those leading the charge must travel to the various outlying communities to get the citizens’ views on these matters.According to the APNU/AFC Coalition Election Manifest 2015, it will ensure the establishment of a Constitutional Reform Committee with a mandate to complete consultations, draft amendments and present same to the National Assembly for approval within the first nine months in Office.With more than a year gone, Cabinet is still in the process of reviewing the report of recommendations on constitutional reforms submitted by the Steering Committee.The report was handed over to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on April 30, 2016 by Convener and Chairman of the Constitutional Reform Steering Committee (CRSC), Attorney Nigel Hughes.The committee was established by government last August to define the scope of the actual reform process, and formulate the terms of reference and mechanisms for consultation to establish a Constitution Reform Commission (CRC).It is expected that a CRC will come on stream and it is this commission which will effect the changes to the Constitution.The report recommends the reduction in the powers of the presidency, among other matters.The manifesto had outlined the need to rebalance the powers and responsibilities of the Prime Minister and the President in a manner meant to reduce abuse, avoid conflicts of interest, and facilitate the more efficient execution of state functions.Previously Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had noted that it is critical for changes to the constitution prevail before General and Regional Elections 2020. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

first_imgAre the “winter blues” getting to you? The Daily News visited Palmdale’s Antelope Valley Mall earlier this week to ask local residents at random how winter is affecting them. Here’s what they had to say: gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Feeling down lately? Scientists say you’re not alone. Reduced daylight hours and persistently cold and gloomy weather these days have many of us experiencing the “winter blues.” And it’s no laughing matter, according to mental health experts, who’ve classified the condition as Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD – an illness that affects millions each year. According to the National Mental Health Association’s Web site, SAD sufferers are considered those who experience symptoms commonly associated with clinical depression, such as emotional withdrawal, lethargy, weight gain and mood swings. A warming trend throughout the Southland that began Saturday and is expected to run through this week could be the best prescription for SAD. According to the NMHA, outdoor walks during daylight hours can do wonders for those experiencing mild SAD symptoms. For those with more severe cases, antidepressant medication is often prescribed. SAD symptoms typically set in during the early fall and don’t dissipate until the spring. SAD symptoms can be especially pronounced these days, when broken New Year’s resolutions and post-holiday credit card statements arrive. That’s according to a recent MSNBC report citing a British mental health expert who heralded Jan. 24 to be the dreary season’s psychological bottom. last_img read more

first_img Paul Sturrock is the new Yeovil manager 1 League One strugglers Yeovil have appointed Paul Sturrock as their manager.The former Plymouth and Southampton boss had been out of work since leaving Southend in 2013 before a four-day spell at Torquay over the Easter weekend.He departed Plainmoor having been offered this role with the Glovers, set for relegation to League Two, which will see current interim manager Terry Skiverton revert to assistant boss with Darren Way first-team coach.Skiverton has been serving as temporary manager since the departure of Gary Johnson in February.last_img

first_img West Ham striker Diafra Sakho West Ham forward Diafra Sakho could be back in action by the end of February after he revealed his recovery from a thigh injury is ahead of schedule.Sakho was forced to undergo surgery after suffering the problem against West Brom back in November.The Senegal international has five goals to his name this season and is determined to reach his pre-season target of 20 by the end of the campaign.“Honestly, my recovery’s going very well,” Sakho told West Ham’s official website.“Even though it’s been a lot quicker than what I’d thought, I’m in a hurry to come back because I promised to score 20 goals and at the moment I’m only on five in all competitions. So that leaves 15.“I’m going to try right until the end to keep to my word. Even if the fans say, ‘the whole season he only played 20 or so games’, I hope, in the games that I’m going to play, to respect my words. That’s very important to me.” 1last_img read more

first_img 8 6. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last three away Champions League knockout matches 8 1. Arsenal and Real Madrid are the only two sides to make the knockout stages every year since 2003/04 but the Gunners have exited at this stage in each of the last five seasons 8 8 5. Matches between Arsenal and Barcelona average 3.6 goals per game with 29 goals in their eight encounters 8 8. Barcelona could be the first side to win back-to-back Champions Leagues since it was reformatted. The last club to win Europe’s premier competition two years in a row was AC Milan, who won the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1989 and 1990 2. Barcelona have won every knockout encounter with Arsenal in the Champions League, winning 2-1 in 2006, 6-3 on aggregate in 2010 and 4-3 in 2011 3. Arsenal have never won at the Nou Camp and conceded seven in their last two visits 8 Arsenal travel to the Nou Camp facing an uphill battle to revive their season against Champions League holders Barcelona, live on talkSPORT.Out of the FA Cup, 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City and clinging on to a slither of hope for Champions League progression: Arsenal’s season is crumbling around them.The Gunners are 2-0 down after the first leg at the Emirates two weeks ago but they are also up against history on Wednesday night.Click the arrow above, right, to see the facts and stats surrounding the fixture, although it may not be pleasant reading for Arsenal fans! 7. Lionel Messi has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other Champions League opponent (eight goals in five games) 8 8 4. Luis Enrique has won all nine of his Champions League ties at the Nou Camp last_img read more

first_imgNEWHALL – Gladys Laney spends a lot of time on the phone. She doesn’t gossip much, but her time making calls to touch base with shut-in residents of the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center is important to her. “It’s very rewarding,” she said of the daily contact. “You get more from it than they do. I’ve met a great many people making these calls.” Laney and two other volunteers call more than 50 people every weekday just to check on them and make sure they have what they need. And it doesn’t bother her that many are younger than her 95 years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She rattles off the names of town pioneers – Russell, Pardee, Haskell, Frew and Kellogg – as she reminisces about old friends. For years, she worked as a secretary at Chitwood’s Furniture on San Fernando Road, and was a young woman of 18 when the St. Francis Dam broke in 1928, a disaster not soon forgotten. “I don’t miss the small town,” she said. “I do wish there was less traffic, but I’m glad of the amenities we have. It’s a fine place to live.” Her mother, Armantha Thibaudeau, was one of the community volunteers who built the town, heading the local American Red Cross and many other organizations. “I’m not particularly active, maybe because my mother belonged to every club you could imagine,” she said. “She’d even make them up.” She’s happy with her volunteer niche at the center, pasting articles in scrapbooks and answering telephones. “The staff and volunteers are dedicated to making a better life for seniors,” she said enthusiastically. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “You don’t feel the difference over the phone,” she said. “We’re all peers by this age. They always thank us for calling, but we don’t spend a great deal of time asking personal questions. They just like to know that someone is thinking of them and wants to know they’re all right.” Laney lives in a small white house on Market Street just a few blocks from the house at Market and Newhall Avenue where she was born – and within walking distance of the Senior Center. She no longer drives and is dependent on others for transportation, but that doesn’t bother her. “I like to be able to be by myself and do what I want to do,” she said. “I love to read. I’ve been reading since I was about 5 and read almost everything I can get my hands on.” She peruses three newspapers every day, looking for mentions of the Senior Center and savoring local tidbits. She clips articles of interest to the center, where she also serves as historian. Living in the center of a changing city – which started out as a small town with hitching posts and grew into a town of more than 150,000 people and their accompanying accoutrements – Laney could be bitter about the growth, but she prefers to go with the flow. last_img read more

first_img1 The football associations of the home nations have been fined by world governing body FIFA following last month’s poppy row.The Football Association was handed the largest punishment, with a fine of 45,000 Swiss francs (£35,308) for several incidents including the wearing of poppies on armbands by players.The Scottish Football Association and the Football Association of Wales were fined 20,000 Swiss francs (£15,692) and the Irish Football Association15,000 Swiss francs (£11,769) for related offences.England and Scotland players wore armbands displaying poppies during their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on November 11. A number of other Armistice Day tributes also took place prior to the match.FIFA had warned the associations the displaying of political symbols could be punishable ahead of the game but the FA and SFA both went ahead with plans for players to wear poppies. The FAW and IFA, for Wales and Northern Ireland matches against Serbia and Azerbaijan respectively, decided on plain black armbands for players but were still punished for displays of the poppy around the stadium. These included the wearing of poppies by players.A statement from FIFA read: “England has been fined CHF 45,000 for several incidents in the framework of the England v Scotland match, including the display by the host association, the English team and spectators of a political symbol and several cases of spectator misconduct.“Scotland, as the visiting association, has been fined CHF 20,000 for the display of the same political symbol and cases of misconduct committed by its own group of spectators.“Wales has been fined CHF 20,000 and Northern Ireland CHF 15,000 in relation to several incidents, including the display of political symbols in the context of the Wales v Serbia and Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan matches.” England faced the heaviest fine of £35,308 last_img read more