Middletown swimmers look for another solid summer Team has good balance of experienced and novice swimmers

first_img Middletown swimmers look for another solid summer Team has good balance of experienced and novice swimmers With many key competitors back, the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club’s swim team is off to a 2-0 start as it seeks to make its mark in the Monmouth County Swim League. Coach Lynn Cefalo’s crew went 6-2 overall last summer, and many of its competitors also swim for other quality teams, such as the Red Bank YMCA, the Monmouth Barracudas and the YMCA of Western Monmouth County. Solid throughout, the Middletown contingent is particularly strong in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 age groups. Thus far, Middletown has defeated both Strathmore and Brookside. “Our team has a lot of potential,” Cefalo said. “We have a lot of depth and a group of experienced swimmers. We’re expecting a good season.” In all Cefalo has 13 swimmers on the team, ranging from experienced to novices, including one 4-year-old. So it’s the coach’s job not only to enhance the skills of the veterans, but to teach the newcomers as well. “Our goal is to help everyone improve,” she said. “Most of our older swimmers stick around and help out teaching the younger ones. That’s a big help, and it says a lot about their dedication to the team.” The Middletown club’s top swimmers include the following: • 8-and-under: Harrison Cefalo, Chrystal Murray, Mike O’Malley, Alexa Sacerdote, Brandon Schur and Christa Skribner. • 9-10: Kevin Boettger, Jake Marascio, Katie Marino, Michael Norton, Patrick O’Donnell, Erin O’Malley, Benjamin Raphael and Ashley Slate. • 11-12: Aubrey Cefalo, Jordan Crosby and Taylor Crosby, Martin Harm, Lauren Mari, Kyle Slate and Eric van Schaack. • 13-14: Nicole Castronuova, Chris Cefalo, Michael Harm, John Maio, Allison Marino, Christine McCluskey, Dana Sacerdote, Sandra Stabbert and John Sutton. • 15-18: Jessica Boettger, Lara Garnant, Kate Martensen, Stephen Pietrunti, Will and Matt Schweizer and John Slivka. Martensen also serves as an assistant coach. Middletown has six meets remaining. Each meet is broken down into two portions. The girls compete in the butterfly and breaststroke, while the boys compete in freestyle and backstroke on the Wednesday of each meet. The girls and boys then switch competitions on Saturday. By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer last_img read more

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Conflating…

first_img…debts and reparationsYour Eyewitness’ concerned about this US0 million “grant” Britain’s flashing around the Caribbean for the last year – while ignoring demands for reparations. The folks in Jamaica – even the politicians who like their bread buttered – didn’t let British PM Cameron off scot-free like ours did – when he came like a Greek bearing gifts. They told him in no uncertain terms where he could get off with his refusal to apologise for slavery – and offer to buy off the Caribbean on their reparations demand with his “grant”.They also reminded Cameron of his slave-owning ancestors who’d received compensation at “emancipation”. THEY were emancipated all right! It’s reminiscent of the approach the British took at the abolition of slavery. They extracted the labour of African slaves through literally their “blood, sweat and tears”, for hundreds of years. Then used the mega profits – hey! That’s a given when you don’t have to pay for labour in a labour-intensive industry! – to jump out of feudalism and into their Industrial Age – from which their profits continue to flow.But when it made economic sense to abandon slavery because “free trade” served their industrialising interests better – they “abolished” slavery. And tried to convince us they did it for “humanitarian” reasons. Some humanitarians!! Rewarded the OWNERS of the slaves for their “PROPERTY” – that’s slaves, in case you forgot – and the latter got zilch. And now that folks have woken up to this historic wrong, and are demanding reparations, the British are trying to head us off at the pass.When Cameron first came with his “grant spiel”, your Eyewitness called upon this Government to raise the issue of reparations with the local Ambassador – who waxed long and hard on how we’d “benefit”. Unless we do this, the British will claim we’re ungrateful when we insist on getting what’s rightfully ours – reparations. The Government was struck mute as they were suckered into already spending the money on projects like a new concrete Demerara Harbour Bridge – which’ll cost at least US0 million. Out of a total of US0 million for the ENTIRE Caribbean!And as the British Ambassador once again whipped out the offer of the grant to the natives in Government, once again, your Eyewitness has to yell like Paul Revere of the US, “The British are coming! The British are coming! With their offer of “new grant” for “old reparations”.There are some in Guyana, even outside the Government, who’ve lost sight of the prize. It is the British that profited from “legally” defining Africans as “chattel” and they cannot get away with denying reparations by saying “slavery was “legal”.That’s called “bootstrapping” – and it ain’t legal.…ambition with ineptitudeThis burning of the rice farming couple – the aged Munirs – and shooting the young businessman from Wakenaam, Persaud, have awakened a lot of people to what this newspaper had long been saying – crime’s spiralling out of control in this country. When this was first pointed out, the National Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan got his buckta all in a knot and screamed “persecution!” He’d rather we reported on his 2am curfew of bars…the connection of which to crime, we’re still waiting for him to produce as he’d promised.It’s rather ironic that a Government as top heavy with military and Police brass as this one, could be so clueless in handling the crime wave. But when you look at what’s going on…it’s not hard to understand why. And we’re forced back to Ramjattan. He demanded this key Ministry for AFC’s support and got it over the professionals. Along with the mega salary and perks.The beribboned bunch is just waiting for him to crumble under his ineptitude. Meanwhile, we’re stuck with the spiralling crime wave.…Spirogyra or amoebaYour Eyewitness would like to remind some in the media it’s the amoeba that gobbles up everything in its path. Spirogyra manufactures its own food, thank you!last_img read more

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Rice farmers voted for $9000 a bag paddy

first_imgDear Editor,In a Guyana Times report on parliamentary affairs (May 12) , and in the Stabroek News (May 20) as well as in the Chronicle, Prime Minister (PM) Moses Nagamootoo denied that the coalition Government ever promised rice farmers 00 per bag of paddy.Then it is incumbent upon the PM to explain how and why farmers all over the country mentioned a promise of K for daan (paddy) as a reason for voting for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition. SN did not carry this response.Prior to the May 2015 elections, many Indian rice farmers and their families told me they were voting APNU/AFC  because of a commitment from the coalition leadership of 00 a bag for “daan” (paddy). I travelled around the rice belt throughout the country just prior to general elections querying about how voters intended to vote for the NACTA poll. The message to the rice farmers was the same everywhere – 00 a bag for paddy.In all fairness to the PM, I personally did not hear Prime Ministerial Candidate Nagamootoo or Presidential Candidate David Granger specifically say (on a campaign platform) they were guaranteeing 00 a bag for paddy. But the leadership and their campaign workers made the rice farmers feel they were cheated by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) regime on rice prices (as per the Venezuela-Guyana rice agreement). I interacted with AFC campaign workers in Essequibo Coast, West Berbice and on the Corentyne and they mentioned the rice farmers were entitled to 00 a bag for paddy based on the agreement with Venezuela. That was an astounding sum that was simply not practical based on my calculation of price per unit under the Venezuela agreement and the amount of daan needed for a bag of “chaaor” (rice); before leaving for study abroad, I assisted my siblings on rice operations (on the field, in the mills, and in the market) and as such am familiar with practical pricing. The campaign workers (with instruction from the leadership perhaps) must have told the farmers they would get 00 a bag, and farmers must have fallen for the propaganda. Nine thousand dollars a bag for daan was simply not practical and I even told some farmers and AFC about my view on that number.Everywhere I travelled , there were talks among farmers on the Essequibo Coast, the islands, West Coast, East Coast, West Berbice, Corentyne, etc, that they would get 00 a bag for daan. How was it that all the farmers (all over the country) had “00 per bag” stuck in their head? Someone would have had to instruct the activists and ground campaign workers to spread that message. Where did it come from? Did all the activists and campaign workers come up with that number on their own? Did all of them come up with the same evaluation of the Venezuela agreement that that the farmers were being cheated by the PPP regime? Wouldn’t someone have had to instruct the activists to spread that propaganda to win votes? That was one of the reasons so many farmers and their families (equivalent of about six seats) voted for the coalition giving it the Government. The farmers also told me that the coalition spokesperson guaranteed them a market for rice. Subsequently, in Government, both Nagamootoo and Granger said finding market for rice and farm products is not Government business.As we now learn (hindsight 20/20), without the promise of the 00 a bag and a guaranteed market, the rice farmers may very well have stuck it out with the PPP because they were getting an average of 00 a bag as opposed to now when they are getting below 00 – operating at a loss. Venezuela was a guaranteed market for the rice. In more recent travels to the same areas around the country, rice farmers, and others as well, now say they are disappointed that the coalition broke promises made to them.Instead of only denials, the coalition leadership should tender some kind of regret to the rice farmers for the low paddy price and make a genuine effort to offer a subsidy per bag to rice farmers so they can reduce losses. The farmers claim they have suffered huge losses since the change in Government in May 2015. Shouldn’t the Government try to assist the farmers instead of only issuing denials that they did not guarantee 00?Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Back to Zero

first_imgThe onset was set off with amazing grandeurThe beginning welcoming that gay magnificenceEverything sparkling like the brightest dawnBack to Zero All in its glories for millions of marvels glimpseStriking unison of ideas make one grand sceneYet it all falls back to one sans the greatnessBack to Zero The glories trampled upon by mere ignoranceIt is said of such crucial times to indeed arriveWherein we lost all the excellence on sillinessBack to Zero Be it that crouching hatred steaming so deeplyThose nagging truths there taunting us everydayBeing pestered by the mere happenings of oddsBack to Zero Somehow we search for a unique favor to evenMaking a difference even when dire resonatesThat gloominess enclose us in astonishing aweBack to Zero With all down to a lone consortium of miseriesOur crippling anxiety like that monsoon HildaWe fight and strive for the absolute perfectBack to Zero 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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Man found dead in his Granada Hills home

first_imgGRANADA HILLS – A 33-year-old man was discovered dead in his home by a friend Saturday afternoon. Joseph Crisci was found around 4:40 p.m. 10500 block of Colette Avenue. Police said he was wounded but it was unclear if foul play was involved. “At this point we are treating it as an unknown death,” said Sgt. Bernard Fitchpatrick of LAPD’s Mission Division. “A lot of it is going to depend on what the coroner comes back.” 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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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgGeneral: Holiday Ice Show What: Ice Station Valencia will present the Snowflake Ball holiday ice skating show. If you’re more of a participant than a spectator, you can enter your own group in the show. Call (661) 775-8686 for details. When: 5 p.m. Where: Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia General: Living Nativity What: One of the gifts of the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church gives to the community is a drive through Living Nativity-scenes that depict the Christmas story. Families in cars can drive through the scenes hearing Scriptures read and carols that celebrate the holiday season. It has become a Christmas tradition for many people in the neighborhood and the only Christmas story for some. It takes more than 100 people to complete each evening’s performance. When: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday Where: 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road General: Unitarian Universalist Church’s Hanukkah service What: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley will hold a special Hanukkah-themed service. Led by Reverend Ricky Hoyt, members of the congregation will act out the story of Hanukkah. Afterward, the children will go to their religious education classes and Rev. Hoyt will preach a sermon on the theme of following through on our dreams even if it doesn’t look like it will come true. The church has never done the Hanukkah story in quite this way, but it is one of the Jewish holidays that they’ve honored most years. As a congregation, Unitarian Universalists draw upon the religious teachings of many of the world’s faiths to help individuals build their own theology. For directions to the Senior Center and further information, visit www.UUofSCV.org or call (661) 254-7866. When: 10:30 a.m. Where: SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall Monday General: Winter Story Time What: Children of all ages are invited for winter stories and a craft led by talented children’s librarian Lori Schwartz. Parents are always welcome. For information, call (661) 251-2720. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country Nightlife: Two-Wheeled Holiday Light Tour What: The Santa Clarita chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a holiday light bicycle ride. The group will meet for snacks at The Town Grind Coffee Cafe prior to departing one a one hour easy ride to view festive holiday lights in the Newhall and Valencia area. Riders should use headlights, taillights, and reflectors and are encouraged to decorate their bikes and themselves to be part of the rolling revelry. Rain will CANCEL this event. Contact Maria Gutzeit at (661)670-0332 or momdoggie@hotmail.com for more details. When: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Where: 23414 Lyons Ave., behind the Washington Mutual at Apple Street160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sunday Health: Hanukkah Health Fair What: The combination of family togetherness, nutritious food and regular exercise promotes healthy individuals and a healthy society overall. However, during this festive season, families tend to engage in even unhealthier habits than usual. Congregation Beth Shalom and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will jointly present a Hanukkah Health Fair to promote the messages that: (1) Holiday health and fitness equal fun – not drudgery, and (2) Family time promotes better physical and emotional health. Join us in the hospital parking lot adjacent to McBean Parkway and Avenida Navarre for a fun and educational afternoon filled with Israeli dancing, Hanukkah-robics, a “Big as a Maccabee” fitness assessment, a “Latke Lite” healthy cooking demonstration, comedy improv and “Hanukkah Ha Ha’s” (laughter, after all, is the best medicine), health screenings and information including blood pressure screenings, breast cancer awareness and organ donor information. There will also be information about parenting, healthy families and dental health. Face painting and crafts, a visit from an LAFD fire engine and ambulance and a Sheriff’s Department patrol car will also be featured. The event will culminate with the lighting of the third candle on the Hanukkah menorah and a sing-along with the Congregation Beth Shalom children’s choir. Guests who attend are encouraged to participate in the Holiday Food Drive to benefit the SCV Food Pantry. Please bring nonperishable food items to advance the well-being of our less fortunate neighbors this holiday season. For information, call (661) 254-2411 or (661) 253-8060. When: 3-5 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Where: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia General: Community Hanukkah Party! What: Join us for arts and crafts, Hanukkah treats and more. For information, call Temple Beth Ami at (661) 255-6410. When: 2 p.m. Where: Granary Square, at the corner of McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive, Valencia last_img read more

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Arsenal legend set for I’m a Celeb and jungle king Redknapp offers some advice

first_img 3 Haskell will join Wright in the jungle 3 Harry Redknapp was crowned the 2018 King of the Jungle ITV Wrighty will grace our TV screens over the coming weeks Getty Images – Getty Arsenal legend Ian Wright will head into the jungle for this year’s edition of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!The former striker follows in the footsteps of close friend Harry Redknapp, who was crowned King of the Jungle last year. Getty Images – Getty The former Tottenham boss told the Mirror: “I’d tell him, ‘Keep calm, Wrighty’. He’s got a short fuse. I played golf with him the other day and he threw a bit of a wobbler with another player.“You have to bite your tongue in the camp. It’s hard.“You can get tetchy as there’s nothing to do. It gets boring.“You can get on each other’s nerves. If anyone gets on Wrighty’s nerves, he’ll tell ’em.” 3 And ironically, it was ‘Arry who spilt the beans on Wright’s appearance, accidentally revealing the top-secret news during a guest appearance at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.A fan in the audience tweeted: “Just got home from seeing @Redknapp in Nottingham. Interestingly, he let slip that Ian Wright has been paid £1m to appear on this year’s #ImACeleb.”But now that the cat’s well and truly out of the bag, with The Sun revealing the full cast, Redknapp has issued a warning to his close pal ahead of his trip Down Under. Also entering the jungle is former rugby union star James Haskell, who has since launched an MMA career.And Redknapp joked Wright must stay on the right side of the 34-year-old.“Wrighty needs to keep quiet with him. He’s a tough guy,” he added.“He’s a nice guy, but I wouldn’t want to get in a row with him. His arms are bigger than my legs.”last_img read more

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Doan Found Dead In Washington County Jail Cell

first_imgAt approximately 5p Monday, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department contacted the Indiana State Police and requested assistance with an inmate that was found deceased inside of a jail cell.Washington County Sheriff Roger Newlon requested ISP detectives and ISP Crime Scene Investigators handle the investigation.Goodin said this is being treated as a death investigation.An autopsy was performed Tuesday and preliminary autopsy results showed death by hanging by ligature, said Goodwin.Goodin said toxicology reports are pending.Goodin said he could not reveal what Doan used to hang himself. The Indiana State Police are investigating the death of a Washington County Detention Center Inmate.According to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin, Travis W. Doan, 40, from Hardinsburg, IN, hung himself in his cell on Monday evening.Doan was booked into the jail on August 29 on charges of a writer of attachment.last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Chef/Cook wanted for popular restaurant

first_imgJob Vacancy: The renowned Butterrock Restaurant in Dungloe is recruiting for a chef/cook to join their hard-working, passionate and dynamic team.Management have a full-time position available for an experienced chef/cook to join their busy kitchen team.Job Requirements: Must have a proven track record in a busy kitchen environment.Fluent English speakerAn eye for detailExcellent communication skillsEnjoy working as part of a team in a fast-paced kitchenMust be motivated and capable of working under pressure and yet still maintain a high quality product.If this sounds like the opportunity for you please send your CV and Cover Letter to info@thebutterrock.com or drop in to John in the Butterrock, Main Street Dungloe. References are required.Visit: www.thebutterrock.comTel: 0872244314Job Vacancy: Chef/Cook wanted for popular restaurant was last modified: April 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:butterrock restaurantchefcookdungloejobVacancylast_img read more

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R135m for ‘second chance’ at matric

first_imgNational call centre The “Second Chance Project” will give learners who failed three subjects or less an opportunity to gain remedial learning through class room-based tuition. “In addition to assisting learners to pass the subjects they have failed, the project will incorporate a skills development, language improvement and study skills programme in order to prepare participants for the world of work, or higher education for those who aspire to enrol at universities or colleges.” Lungisa said the first part of the project would target 30 000 learners, who would attend classes at 58 sites that had been set up across the country. Fifty percent of these learners would come from rural areas. The agency, through funding from the private sector, will foot the bill for tuition fees. The initiative, a partnership between the NYDA, the Department of Education and the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, will be implemented in conjunction with the national and provincial education departments. “The project will help these learners achieve the National Senior Certificate in order to prepare them for admission to institutions of higher learning and also avoid adding to the number of unemployed young people,” Lungisa said. Launching the project in Johannesburg this week, NYDA chairperson Andile Lungisa said the class of 2008 would be used as a pilot, with the programme expected to be rolled out every year. South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has set aside R135-million to give learners who failed matric in 2008 a second chance at a better future. Professional teachers He said the agency and its partners had already identified professional teachers to be used for the programme. The department estimates that as many as 200 000 learners failed their matric in 2008, while thousands more dropped out of Grade 10 and Grade 11. Most of these youngsters are left unemployable due the fact that they are unskilled. 20 October 2009 Lungisa said a national call centre would also be set up to help learners with the options available to them should they fail their Grade 12. Remedial learning, tuition The NYDA, the result of a merger between the National Youth Commission and the Umsobomvu Youth Fund, and was officially inaugurated in June. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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