Tournament to benefit Vietnam veterans

first_imgThe New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation invites golfers to play in its annual tournament at Olde York County Club in Columbus. The tournament will take place on Monday, Aug. 7. The Olde York, a Gary Player signature course, was rated the No. 9 course in New Jersey by Golf Digest. In addition, Ed and Corrine Eget, the owners, have donated a one-year membership, which will be auctioned off at the event. The membership has a value of approximately $10,000. For more information, call (732) 335-0033.last_img

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Mancini spoilt for choice as record-breaking Italy head to Euros

first_imgOnly 14 months ago Italians were wondering where national coach Roberto Mancini was going to find enough quality players to produce a team worthy of the country’s history.Their biggest names were well into their thirties while the most promising youngsters were stuck in the reserves at Serie A clubs. “The use of Italians has never been so low,” he said at the time.Now Mancini’s biggest headache is who he will leave out of the 23-man squad that will head for Euro 2020 in June.Few coaches have rebuilt a team as quickly and as impressively as Mancini, who took over in May last year with Italy in disarray after their failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.After losing 1-0 to Portugal in September last year, their fourth competitive match without a win, there was a feeling not even Mancini could rescue them. “Italy always going downwards,” said Gazzetta dello Sport.Yet Italy stormed through their Euro qualifying group with a perfect record, culminating in Monday’s 9-1 demolition of Armenia, and are on a record-breaking run of 11 successive wins.The 54-year-old coach has shown remarkable faith in young players and a talent for injecting confidence and helping them to perform to the best of their ability.Over 19 matches he has selected 65 players and given international debuts to 24.FULL OF PROMISEAmong those was Nicolo Zaniolo, who was called up last year before he had even made his Serie A debut.Zaniolo, who scored his first two Italy goals against Armenia, is now regarded as one of the most promising players Italy has produced in recent years.More surprising is that Mancini has given chances to late developers such as forward Kevin Lasagna and defender Armando Izzo, who made their Italy debuts at 26 and 27 respectively.Last month Mancini also called up 26-year-old Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who reached Serie A only last season after spells with Empoli in Serie B and Matera in the third tier of Italian soccer.“Something special has happened. We have won all the games with a squad that people did not have much faith in,” Mancini said.“I think the public have taken to them because they are young lads, from so many different teams. They’ve played well and kept a high standard.”Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho said Italy’s adventurous style — far removed from their dour tradition — had also won over the public.“There is a little bit of Brazil in this team,” he said. “Our mentality is to attack, enjoy ourselves and always look to score.”last_img read more

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Only a coward uses a pseudonym to attack another person’s character in the press

first_imgDear Editor,I have searched the pages of the 2017 Guyana Telephone Directory and the entire Region 5 section of the GECOM Official List of Electors issued on April 14, 2015, and have found that no one with the name of Harry Adjodha, or Harry Ajodha, lives in Region 5.In fact, no one has the name Adjodha, and only 6 persons have the surname Ajodha. And in Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, there are 7 persons with a variation in the spelling of this name… Ajodhia.But why am I boring your readers with these statistics? It is not done intentionally, but the result of this research proves definitively that the name Harry Adjodha, or Harry Ajodha, which recently surfaced as a letter-writer in Kaieteur News, is nothing more than a fake. Only a coward uses a pseudonym to attack another person’s character in the press.I refer to a letter written by Harry Adjodha of Region 5 and published on May 24, 2017, and to another letter written by a Harry Ajodha and published on May 30, 2017. In both these letters, the letter-writer questioned my citizenship, my loyalty to Guyana, and my right to serve as a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly.Perhaps he should be asking the same question of the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, and other government ministers.I recall reading a Freddie Kissoon column, some time ago, in which he was disgusted and enraged by the unethical behaviour of some letter-writers, who hide behind pseudonyms. He gave good reasons why the print media should stop this practice. I agreed with him then, for if a letter-writer has something derogatory to say about someone else, he should have the courage to put his own name to the letter.While freedom of speech is protected by our Constitution, there have always been rules governing defamation, slander and libel. It was once the policy of most newspaper companies to demand the real names, addresses and phone numbers of those writing letters to the editor; and this was done in order to protect the integrity of the newspaper. Apparently this practice is now discontinued. Perhaps the editors may wish to consider reintroducing this practice.I am prepared to thoroughly and truthfully address the concerns expressed in these letters by the Region 5 APNU+AFC lackey when he grows enough courage to admit writing under the pseudonym Harry Ajodha, and when he signs the next letter he writes in his real name.HARRY GILLPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

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‘Small Example of a Promise Fulfilled’

first_imgIt might have cost a staggering US$8 million to have the much publicized Caldwell Bridge that connects the township to central Monrovia and other parts of Montserrado County via Bushrod Island, constructed into a modern two lane bridge. But President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told jubilant residents that the project is just a small example of a promise fulfilled.The President told the residents, who had defied all odds to attend the occasion, notably the heavy downpour of rain, that her government had promised them that they would transition from the hardships of commuting on dirt roads that become deplorable during the rainy season and a dilapidated one-lane bridge built since the 1940s to a modern one.She said the project which was completed with help from the World Bank, has finally made good her promise to them.President Sirleaf made the comments when she officially dedicated the bridge yesterday at a well attended ceremony. The dedication ends the first phase of the Caldwell road project. The road from Caldwell Junction to Louisiana has been paved with asphalt and street lights installed.The President, in a joyous mood, lauded the residents for their patience, dedication and commitment in waiting for the project to be implemented. “This project has been a long time coming and we want to tell you thank you for your patience, commitment and dedication because it could not have been possible without you,” President Sirleaf said to a cheering crowd.Speaking on behalf of the people of Caldwell, Commissioner Alexine Mendscole-Howard lauded President Sirleaf and partners. “We are grateful to God for what he has enabled you and the government to do for us.”The township was founded in 1825, but Commissioner Mendscole-Howard noted that the community has always been underdeveloped and in a deplorable condition, especially during and after the civil crisis. “But hope came for us when your government promised to provide us an asphalt paved road and a modern two-lane bridge which has transformed the outlook of our township,” the Commissioner told President Sirleaf.She added further, “This is one thing that we will never forget as people of Caldwell. You have brought relief to us, most especially the students and others, who used to struggle on this bad road through the mud to get to their schools and places of work,” she said.Outgoing World Bank Country Manager, Madam Inguna Dobraja, said in spite of the many challenges that were faced from the onset of the project implementation she was glad that it was finally completed.She said the financing of the bridge was part of a much larger transport program the World Bank is implementing together with the Liberian government. “Rebuilding dilapidated transport infrastructure is one of the development priorities of Liberia, she said, adding “and we fully stand behind the government in helping to implement these priorities.”She added that roads and bridges are important because they connect country and people; they increase access to market and they are essential in providing health and education services in remote areas. This new bridge and the approaching access roads, said Madam Dobraja, will provide primary access to some essential assets.She disclosed that she had promised she would not leave Liberia until the project was completed. “I’m glad that I have kept the promise I made to myself and my Liberian colleagues that I will not leave Liberia before walking over the Caldwell Bridge,” she said.The residents, prior to the arrival of the President in their township, had trooped in their numbers to witness the dedication of the bridge named the Jake Melton Bridge. Many held placards that expressed their appreciation to the President and her government.Many of the residents said that the completion of the Caldwell project is a clear indication that much could have come if the President had time in her favor and the people with the right attitudes (those that make things happen) around the President.The newly constructed Jake Melton Bridge is built over the Stockton Creek and is 110 and 13 meters in length and width, respectively. It was constructed by Chinese construction company China Henan International Cooperation Group Co., Ltd (CHICO) with consultancy provided by PHOENIX-G.A.S.H Engineer from Israel. Funds for the project were provided by the World Bank.The bridge also provides important primary access to the White Plains Water Treatment facility and the Mount Coffee Hydroelectric Generation Plant. It also serves as a by-pass around Monrovia for the traffic connecting the Freeport intersection on Bushrod Island and the ever busy and congested commercial district of Red-Light.The Stockton Creek over which the bridge is erected is about 100 meters wide and flows from the Johnson Street area in Central Monrovia at its Southern end to the St. Paul River, at its northern end.According to the engineers, the area is flat at about five meters above sea level at its western bank and plus four meters at its eastern bank.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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Maracana magic as Brazil thump Spain

first_img0Shares0000RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, July 1- Brazil destroyed world and European champions Spain 3-0 to win a third straight Confederations Cup title with a dazzling display of football which left the Maracana Stadium in raptures here Sunday.The turbo-charged samba stars roared to victory with two goals from Fred and a stunning strike from Neymar, dominating a weary Spanish side whose strength was sapped after edging Italy on penalties in Thursday’s semi-final. A miserable night for Spain also saw them miss a second half penalty when Sergio Ramos shot wide from the spot before Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was sent off for a professional foul on Neymar.Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said the result as the perfect fillip as he plots a course to an assault on next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.“People know a much tougher event is coming up (next year),” said Scolari. But he noted: “We can set out on the journey with a little more confidence.”Spanish counterpart Vicente del Bosque meanwhile admitted his side had been outclassed on the night. “There are no excuses. Brazil were better than us. We must congratulate them,” del Bosque said.The touchpaper for an electrifying evening at one of the most iconic venues in football was set during the pre-match ceremonies as Brazil’s fans in a 73,531-crowd belted out a spine-tingling rendition of the national anthem.The stirring anthems came as police clashed with protestors outside the ground before kick-off, the latest in a series of violent confrontations which have dogged the tournament since it kicked off.With the euphoric stadium crowd behind them, Brazil raced into a 1-0 lead after only two minutes through Fred’s first of the night.Hulk lifted over a cross and Neymar slid a hopeful ball to the centre forward, who was prone in the box as he flung out his right leg to hook home from point blank range past helpless Spanish custodian Iker Casillas.Oscar then fired a low shot just wide after Fred played on a Neymar flick before a Paulinho chip almost embarrassed Casillas as Brazil poured forward, visibly boosted by the overwhelming din of support cascading down from stands.Spain briefly responded with a swirling drive from Andres Iniesta which appeared to be drifting just wide before Brazil keeper Julio Cesar pushed the ball away for a 19th-minute corner which Fernando Torres.Scolari, who led the Brazilians to their last World Cup success 11 years earlier to the day, had begun the event playing down expectations after the legendary Pele slammed the current side as not good enough to win top prizes.But in recent days Scolari had suggested now was the time for next year’s World Cup hosts to show they are back in business.Rarely on a football field was a message delivered so emphatically as the hopes of the Spanish, struggling to impose their high tempo possession game, withered and died.Spain central defender Pique, already booked for a first half challenge, was sent off for taking Neymar’s legs under him after the break – the bearded star left the fray to chants of “Shakira,” his Colombian partner.Had Spain found some of the singer’s rhythm they might have stood a chance – but such was the pace of the hosts’ high-speed interplay they were down and out after David Luiz made a superlative block in the 42nd minute.Torres and Juan Mata produced an all-Chelsea interplay before sending Pedro away and the Barcelona forward arrowed an effort goalwards with Julio Cesar stranded.As Brazilian hearts leapt into mouths, Luiz threw himself across the goalline to clear – prompting cheering that echoed back from the rafters.There were niggly moments as Oscar, one of four Chelsea men on the pitch at the start, earned a booking for diving after a Ramos challenge.Fred then saw Casillas make a fine stop with his legs from a low drive before the centre forward missed a free header.But as the clock ticked down at the end of the first period Neymar made it 2-0, combining with Oscar before the Barcelona-bound starlet, just onside, twisted to smash an unstoppable left-footed drive past Casillas for his fourth goal of the event.The 21-year-old vaulted the advertising hoardings to disappear in a sea of frenzied fans before embracing his teammates as the noise level climbed ever upwards.Two minutes after the restart it was 3-0 as the swashbuckling Fred again showed why Scolari is such a fan, firing an unerring low drive wide of Casillas’ outstretched arm after a brilliantly instinctive Neymar dummy.Spain reacted as coach Vicente del Bosque, the only man to coach teams to the World Cup, the Euros and the Champions League, sent on Jesus Navas for Mata – but there would be no resurrection for Spain.After Marcelo fouled Navas there was still time for Ramos to send a spotkick wide for Spain as his effort summed up their evening – put on the spot, and found wanting, while Brazil showed that a sixth World Cup could just be there for the taking.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Alexis will excite and frustrate Arsenal supporters in equal measures

first_imgFor the second summer in a row Arsenal have made what can genuinely be labelled a marquee signing. Off the back of his best season as a professional in front of goal, followed by a strong performance at the World Cup, Alexis Sanchez arrives at the Emirates a player in demand. Several other clubs – including no less than multiple European champions Juventus and Liverpool – would love to have tied up the Chilean, but in the end he only had eyes for the Gunners. It’s the kind of signing supporters crave and beg for on social media, yet also the kind which rarely comes to pass, and the simple act of closing the deal will have satisfied the demands of many. The forward still has to justify his €40m+ price tag, but one thing is certain, Alexis won’t leave anyone cold over the next few years: he is a player who will excite and frustrate supporters in equal measures.Arsenal fans may look at Alexis’ figures from last season – 21 goals and 17 assists in all competitions, by far the best of his professional career – and wonder why Barcelona were so ready to sell this summer. The answer isn’t a simple one, involving looking beyond numbers and more at the bigger picture, and shows a rare piece of foresight from the La Liga side, who haven’t exactly excelled in that capacity in recent years.One of the most common reactions to the deal back in Barcelona has been that of amazement at the fact that the Blaugrana have managed to ‘sell well’, that’s to say, actually managed to bring in the real value of a player rather than under-selling. There is the odd dissident voice questioning the decision, but rightly or wrongly, you won’t find many Catalans crying about the loss of the man who wore the club’s number nine for the last three seasons.The reasoning for that boils down to a great contradiction: for all that Alexis has been capable of producing moments of genuine magic in a Barcelona shirt, he was equally capable of doing the unthinkable when it mattered most. That’s illustrated well by two different showings at two difficult away grounds in his first season at the club. On December 10, 2011, the Chilean produced an astoundingly brilliant performance leading the line at the Santiago Bernabeu, working tirelessly in front of Lionel Messi, scoring Barcelona’s first goal and proving decisive in a 3-1 away win. Barca supporters felt they may have something special on their hands with el Niño Maravilla.Fast forward a few months to April 2012, at Stamford Bridge, and a night neither Chelsea nor Barcelona supporters will forget. The 1-0 result for the home team changed the psychology of the return leg at the Camp Nou and helped see Chelsea through to what would ultimately be their finest hour in Europe. Yet the game could have been very different. Barcelona created chances – far more chances than are probably remembered – and one of the best came early on. Lionel Messi, dropping back to midfield, laid the ball off to Andres Iniesta, who spotted an excellent run towards the Chelsea area from Alexis, and the Spaniard picked him out perfectly with a chipped pass. Clean through on goal, having taken a touch to set himself, and with Petr Cech in no-mans-land, the number nine somehow managed to hit the bar rather than find an empty net. Had the goal gone in things could have been very different for both Barcelona and Chelsea in Europe that year.It’s unfair to focus on every single error made by a forward – Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas also missed chances that night – but it’s the capacity to squander what are considered relatively simple opportunities that has dogged Alexis during his time at the Camp Nou. His dry spell between August 2012 and February 2013, during which he failed to score a solitary league goal in 14 games, featured so many of those kind of misses it would be unfair to detail them. On the one hand, he’s capable of chipping Diego Lopez with a moment of utter brilliance or rifling in an almost impossible shot past one of the finest keepers in the world in Thibaut Courtois, and on the other, equally capable of missing the target while the last man in the area. That’s Alexis in a nutshell.When he’s brilliant – and I’ll reiterate, he can quite often be that – he’s jump off out of your seat and scream kind of brilliant. The player you pay a ridiculously inflated ticket price to see. Someone who can create something out of nothing with a moment of genius from miles out, or who can somehow momentarily defy his very average 5 ft 7 stature to head in a goal in a crowded box. Yet at the same time, there’s those all too frequent moments when that head goes down and stays down, when the Chilean repeatedly runs forward towards opponents on the wing without taking time to observe what is going on around him, making the wrong decision, choosing the wrong option, ultimately running into too much traffic. The two sides of the coins come in equal volumes.Arsenal fans will love him. Arsenal fans will hate him. They’ll probably go through both emotions within 90 minutes. Barcelona probably got the most they could out of him, meanwhile. I remain convinced that there’s no coincidence his best season as a Barca player also happened to be the one where Barca have played least like Barca: less patient, more direct, more end to end. In principle that suggests the Premier League should suit him well. What he certainly will benefit from at the Emirates is the increased freedom to be found without the shackles of Lionel Messi around his ankles. For Chile, Alexis spends notably more time moving through the middle of the pitch, while for his club he’s restricted to wider areas due to the dominance of a certain number ten. Olivier Giroud is likely to prove a more amiable companion in that regard – Alexis may even be able to pull rank himself this time.Arsenal fans, are you excited about the signing of Alexis? Let us know below… 1 Arsenal supporters will love Alexis Sanchez, but he will also frustrate them last_img read more

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Brown rules out early election in Britain

first_imgVOTE: Some call the move a “retreat,” but the leader says he just wants more time. By Jill Lawless THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – Prime Minister Gordon Brown ruled out calling an early election Saturday, ending weeks of speculation that he would soon seek a stronger mandate from the electorate. Brown said he wanted his government, which has been in office for just over 100 days, to have time to show voters how it would transform public services and the economy. Opponents accused him of being afraid to face the public after a series of opinion polls suggested his electoral lead was evaporating. “I’ll not be calling an election,” Brown told the British Broadcasting Corp. “I have a vision for change in Britain, and I want to show people how in government we’re implementing it.” Brown replaced Tony Blair as prime minister in June, and does not have to call an election until May 2010. But there has been widespread speculation that he would call an early election to seek his own, five-year mandate and to increase the Labour Party’s majority in Parliament. Conservative leader David Cameron said the decision not to face voters was “a humiliating retreat.” “I think the prime minister has shown great weakness and indecision,” he said. Brown’s reputation for staid competence, forged during a decade as Treasury chief, carried over into the first months of his premiership. The taciturn Scot enjoyed a comfortable lead in polls over the summer thanks to his sure-footed handling of several potential crises, including the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow, floods in England and an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Even during recent financial jitters, which prompted a run on deposits at mortgage lender Northern Rock PLC, few people blamed Brown. Brown scheduled a high-profile statement on Iraq to the House of Commons for Monday and a major Treasury announcement for Tuesday, leading many to initially suspect that he planned to announce this week that an election would be held in November. 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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Driver killed on the Ventura Freeway

first_img 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City GLENDALE – A man in his 30s was killed over the weekend in a late-night collision on the 134 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported. The unidentified man was driving on the westbound Ventura Freeway when he struck another car at 11:15 p.m. Friday near northbound Interstate 5, CHP Officer Alex Gonzalez said. According to witnesses, the man got out to inspect the damage to his vehicle when another vehicle hit his car and killed him, he said. – Daily News Wire Services last_img read more

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Juventus and Liverpool target Forsberg snubs interest to sign new Leipzig deal

first_img The Swedish forward has enjoyed a fine season 1 For your chance to win £100K, sign up to play Dream Team Europe Fantasy FootballEmil Forsberg has snubbed interest from Juventus and Liverpool to sign a new contract with RB Leipzig.The forward has been in stunning form this season for the German side and in January his agent hinted he could leave for a new challenge.Juventus are interested in the Sweden international, while Liverpool are also viewed as frontrunners for the 25-year-old’s signature.But Forsberg has now turned his back on a possible move by signing a new contract with RB Leipzig until 2022.“I am delighted that I have extended my contract for another year,” Forsberg told RB Leipzig’s official website.“I feel right at home and very much appreciated here and want to achieve even more with RB Leipzig.“The club is ambitious and has huge potential. I want to contribute to continued success in the future.”last_img read more

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Rodgers: Only one more Celtic signing for qualifiers

first_img“Then I just want to get through the qualifiers with the players who have got us through, knowing they are a year better on.“I also want to just wait and see because I know the market in England and the rest of Europe well.“I know how it works. It’s later on in the window before players of real quality become available. I want to bring the best possible players into here.”Celtic will play Linfield or La Fiorita in the Champions League second qualifying round and aim to get through two further rounds to reach the group stages of the competition at least. Brendan Rodgers has said he only wants to add one more player to his Celtic squad before Champions League qualifying is over.Jonny Hayes has been the only new arrival since the transfer window opened and Rodgers is targeting another player to join the former Aberdeen winger soon.However, the manager will wait until the end of the window before making any more signings, saying that a better class of player is available as the deadline draws near.“Jonny was one and there is another I would hope we can get in,” Rodgers told Celtic TV.last_img read more

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