Holmdel swim teams get ready for county meet

first_imgStaff Writer By Warren Rappleyea An influx of talented freshman swimmers has augmented both Holmdel High School’s boys and girls swim teams, according to Coach Michelle Davidson. The boys, led by senior John Schneider, were 2-1, having beaten Long Branch and Rumson-Fair Haven, heading into Friday’s meet against Monmouth Regional. Schneider, who specializes in the individual medley and the breaststroke, has already recorded times of 1:05 at 100 meters and 2:10 in the 200-meter IM. Schneider has qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter freestyle and should also make it for the 200-meter IM, Davidson said. Other key members of the boys squad include seniors Harrison Han and Sandip Patel, both of whom handle freestyle events; junior Peter Salvadore, who competes at 50 and 100 meters freestyle, as well as the butterfly; and sophomore Dan Palevo, a freestyle competitor. Five freshmen have also made an impression. Versatile Stephen Chien has a time of 1:03 in the 100-meter butterfly and can compete in any category; Darius Dehnad has done well in the IM and breaststroke; Evan Delli Paoli is competing in the IM and butterfly; David Folk competes in freestyle and butterfly events; and Keith Timko is a freestyle competitor. “The boys are really coming along,” said Davidson, whose team will host the Monmouth County Championships on Saturday and Sunday. “They’re a good dual meet team, and I expect they will finish above the .500 mark. And having John [Schneider] qualify for the states is good for the program.” The girls, meanwhile, are 1-2, scoring that victory over Long Branch. Both teams compete in the Shore Conference’s Class B North division, where the girls’ competition is particularly tough with teams like Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank Regional, Rumson-Fair Haven and Shore Regional. Kristen Harris and Aidan Hausmann have been the mainstays for the Hornets. Harris, a sophomore, competes in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle, as well as the backstroke. She has recorded times of 1:59 in the 200-meter freestyle and 5:08 in the 500-meter freestyle. Hausmann, a senior, competes mainly in freestyle events and 100, 200 and 500 meters. She has swum the 200-meter freestyle in 2:13. Other members of the girls team include senior Kim McIntyre, who competes in the IM and breaststroke; juniors Stephanie Hehman, a freestyle competitor, and Beverly Menard, who competes in the butterfly and backstroke; and sophomore Linda Talarico, who swims freestyle events and the butterfly. Three freshmen have stood out to earn places in the Hornets’ lineup. Carolyn Flood is competing in the breaststroke and freestyle; Jackie Laplante is swimming the butterfly and IM; and Cari McIntyre is competing in the backstroke, butterfly and IM. “We’re obviously looking to move up in our division, but the key for our girls is improvement,” Davidson said. “They’re focusing on technique and in trying to better their times. “Right now both teams are building strong foundations for the future,” the coach added. “There is a lot of freshman talent here, and next season it looks like more will be on the way.” The Hornets will jump back into the pool on Friday, when they host Monmouth Regional at 3:30 p.m. From there, they will look to make some noise at the Monmouth County Championships, held at Ocean County College, Toms River, beginning Saturday.last_img read more

Guyanese Singh, Jamaican Nelson land midweek doubles

first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba, (CMC): Rohan Singh and Tyrone Nelson led the customary Caribbean domination of Wednesday’s mid-week race card at Assiniboia Downs with a pair of wins each. Singh, the 52-year-old Guyana-born reinsman, has now moved his aggregate of wins for the season to 42 opening up a six-win lead on his nearest rival for the jockeys’ title at central Canada’s main racetrack, whose season comes to a close on September 10. Nelson, the 32-year-old Jamaica-born jockey, is in a two-way tie for sixth on 26 wins with Trinidad & Tobago’s Prayven Badrie at the track, where all but two of the jockeys in the top-10 have their roots in Caribbean countries. Singh advanced his claims for top jockey this season when he guided 8-5 second favourite Dance Tizway to a half-length victory in the CAN $8,800 second race contested over 1,100 metres on the dirt track. He got the two-year-old bay filly to take over in the middle of the homestretch and hold on for victory in one minute, nine seconds flat. Singh returned to enhance his claims for champion jockey when he piloted the 8-1 favourite The Spimeister to a 33/4 lengths victory in the CAN $15,000 sixth race, going 1600m on the dirt. He ensured the six-year-old bay gelding was never headed after he took a short lead before getting him to open up, entering the final turn to run away for a winning time of one min, 40 2/5 seconds. Nelson was aboard the 3-1 second choice Dunne’s Dream, which won the CAN $8,700 fourth race contested over 1600m on the dirt. He put the five-year-old bay mare to challenge on the outside into the final turn and drew away in the middle of the stretch to win 2 1/4 lengths clear in a time of 1:43 4/5. Nelson followed up with a 1 1/4 lengths win astride the 9-2 chance Silent Auction in the CAN $8,700 seventh race, going 1100m on the dirt.last_img read more

Lessons to be learnt

first_imgThe tragic death of seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin on Saturday last is perhaps the most-talked-about issue in Guyana and the wider Diaspora these past few days. Many persons were in shock and disbelief as photos and videos of the tragedy began to emerge on Facebook and other forms of social media platforms. Mobile phones and high-speed internet made it possible for persons who were at the scene of the accident to broadcast ‘live’ as events unfolded.Many of us were given close-up shots of all that took place, some of which we must say were very irresponsible and reckless. However, this irresponsible behaviour, ie, of persons taking selfies and close-up shots of accident victims and then posting them on social media, could perhaps be dealt with at another time.Certainly, over the next few days, more facts surrounding the cause of the accident that resulted in the untimely death of the child will emerge. As it stands, there is a lot of speculation as to how the accident happened, and who should be blamed. What is clear is that such tragedies could be avoided.Little Ciara had practically just started living. Like many others her age, she would have imagined what she wanted to become when she grew older. Unfortunately, she did not get the opportunity to explore and achieve her dreams. Based on reports received, after visiting a relative in Agricola, on her way home, as the child was attempting to cross the road with her aunt, at about 16:45h in the vicinity of the Independence Arch at Agricola, she was crushed by a sand truck which reportedly swerved from hitting another vehicle.The truck remained fixed on the median with the child pinned underneath for some time. About one hour later, a forklift and crane were used to lift the vehicle and remove the child’s remains. Her body was completely severed in two.While it is not our remit to comment on the cause of the accident in particular, as it is up to the Police to do their job, our hope is that the authorities would learn something from this most recent incident. In fact, in due course, it would be helpful if the authorities were to carry out a thorough review to determine what could be done to avoid or minimise such tragedies, and also how they could better respond to such emergency situations in future; for example, from crowd control to securing the accident/crime scene, etc.There are several questions which remain in relation to the Police Force’s handling of the events surrounding this tragedy. Moments after the incident, we saw the vigilante-style beating of the driver and the subsequent burning of the truck. Videos on social media showed that the truck driver was dripping blood as a result of the beating and stoning he had received.After the beating, he was handed over to the Police, who took him to the Georgetown Public Hospital to seek medical attention.We are forced to ask where the Police were in all of this, and whether they couldn’t have prevented the mob from attacking the driver.Despite the circumstances surrounding an accident, no one should assault any driver or road user. This is clearly against the law, and it is hoped that the authorities would send a strong message in this regard, as this seems to be the norm in some communities.We also witnessed the subsequent burning of the truck. Here, again, why wasn’t the crime/accident scene cordoned off and protected, and the entire area manned by an increased number of ranks, considering the tension-filled environment? While we are pleased that the Police have made a commitment to charge persons who were involved in these acts, this was done only after the fact.Also, it is necessary to underline the point that, in such emergency situations, the Police, Fire Service, medical and other emergency response teams must be on the alert, and be fully equipped to deal with certain situations that may arise.Meanwhile, some persons have pointed to the need for an overhead pass for pedestrians in that particular area, as it is very difficult to cross the road there. Some have also called on the authorities to create more diversions for traffic going into Georgetown and East Coast communities. This, we believe, is needed, as the vehicles using our roadways have increased ten-fold over the years, while the road network system has basically remained the same.There are also calls for increased awareness and education on the proper use of our roads.As expected, the young mother and father will have to face a long road to recovery in trying to cope with their only child’s untimely death. The authorities must waste no time in ensuring that the necessary support, such as counselling, etc, is provided to them.last_img read more

Balotelli scores again as Nice stretch lead

first_img0Shares0000Nice’s forward Mario Balotelli celebrates a goal on October 30, 2016 © AFP / Valery HachePARIS, France, Oct 30 – Mario Balotelli starred once again as clinical Nice opened up a six-point gap at the top of Ligue 1 with a 4-1 thrashing of Nantes on Sunday.The maverick forward, back in form after nightmare spells at Liverpool and AC Milan, scored his sixth league goal of the season and was involved in two others as Nice took their unbeaten run since the start of the season to 11 matches. Wylan Cyprien scored a brace and Alassane Plea also netted while Emiliano Sala replied for the visitors at the Allianz Riviera, as Nice played with panache and incision.“We deserved to win but we had some difficult moments, particularly early on,” said Nice coach Lucien Favre.“Nantes had two good chances and if they had scored at that time, things might have been different.”Favre made light of Nice’s six-point championship lead over Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, adding of Balotelli: “He had a full week of rest (after injury).“But I say and repeat: there is still much work for him to do. Today he did some extra defensive work, which is positive.”The league leaders were slow out of the blocks but soon began to take control of proceedings, with Balotelli, 26, at the heart of it as they opened the scoring.The Italy star ran on to Younes Belhanda’s chip over the top and although he was stopped in his tracks by desperate last-gasp defending, the ball broke to Cyprien to slot into the empty net on nine minutes.Nice were piling on the pressure and the Nantes backline cracked again as Balotelli ran onto a long ball from Jean Seri and calmly took a touch before placing the ball past Remy Riou and into the bottom corner.Nantes weren’t completely out of contention and Yacine Bammou should have done better than fire over from Lucas Lima’s cross 10 minutes before half-time.Nice kept coming, though, and Ricardo Pereira’s goal-bound shot was blocked by defender Diego Carlos.But the hosts shot themselves in the foot at the start of the second period as Mathieu Bodmer tried to dribble the ball out of defence on the edge of his box.He was robbed by Sala, who stroked a sumptuous shot into the top corner on 47 minutes.Olympique de Marseille’s defender Henri Bedimo (L) competes for the ball with Bordeaux’s forward Francois Kamano on October 30, 2016 © AFP / Boris HorvatSuddenly Nice were reeling and struggling to hold on against a rejuvenated Nantes, with Sala and Mariusz Stepinski spurning good chances.But the tide turned again on the hour mark as Plea rose ahead to head home Seri’s corner.Minutes later a sublime flick from Balotelli sent Pereira scampering towards goal and he pulled the ball back for Cyprien to drill home.Second-placed Monaco lost ground in the title race with a 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne on Saturday.Kamil Glik put Monaco ahead after five minutes but the hosts pulled level just 13 minutes later through Loic Perrin.Champions Paris Saint-Germain are behind Monaco only on goal difference after winning 1-0 at Lille on Friday night thanks to a goal from Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani.Rudi Garcia is still looking for his first league win as Marseille coach after his side drew 0-0 with Bordeaux at the Stade Velodrome in his first home game.Marseille remain mired in mid-table in 10th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Funny video: Is this a sign Real’s senior players have taken to young whizz-kid?

first_imgReal Madrid whizz-kid Martin Odegaard’s week just got better following news he is in line to make his first team debut against Almeria.ODEGAARD IN LINE TO MAKE REAL MADRID DEBUTThe 16-year-old was being courted by Europe’s best teams before opting to join Real in January where he has starred for the reserves.And in a training session had the mickey taken out of him by club superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who took delight in selling him a dummy.Is it a sign the club’s senior players have taken to the young Norwegian?last_img read more

‘If Liverpool sign Van Dijk for £50m they can win the league’, talkSPORT told

first_imgLiverpool will improve their chances of winning the Premier League if they go out and sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January.This is the view of former Arsenal star and current Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who told talkSPORT the Dutch centre-back is worth £50 million in the current market.The Reds currently sit second in the top flight, one point off top spot and one goal ahead of third placed Manchester City.Their attack is the most prolific in the league, with 32 goals scored, but no team in the top five has conceded more goals than them, and doubts remain about their defence.Jurgen Klopp’s men have kept just three clean sheets in their 13 league games, and the consistently impressive Van Dijk has been linked with a switch to Anfield in January.And Merson insists he is the player who could make the Reds serious title contenders, should a deal be agreed to bring the 25-year-old to Merseyside.Speaking to Drivetime, Merson said: “For me, I think if Liverpool get together and go and buy Van Dijk for £50 million in January, they will take some beating.“They’ve got the firepower going forward, I just don’t think they’ve got it at the back.“I know they’ve done it this season so far, but defensively they aren’t going to be good enough [against the big teams].“But if they can go out and get Van Dijk, I think £50 million, that nearly wins you the Premier League.”last_img read more

Arsenal given major BOOST as M’Baye Niang contract talks with AC Milan stall

first_img1 Arsenal and Leicester have been placed on high alert after talks regarding a new contract for M’Baye Niang reached a stalemate.The 21-year-old’s current deal runs out in 2019 and Milan have been hoping to persuade the young forward to sign an extension for a further two years.The Rossoneri have been trying to convince Niang to put pen to paper on a new contract which will take him up to a basic salary of around £1.2m per season.But now, according to Calciomercato, the discussions have stalled and a move away from the San Siro could now be on the cards.Borussia Dortmund and Monaco are both keeping a close eye on the negotiations and may decide the time is right to launch a bid.However both Arsenal and Leicester are also admirers of the Frenchman and could be about to offer him a shot at English football. The 21-year-old’s deal at the San Siro runs out in 2019 last_img read more

In-N-Out matriarch Snyder dies at age 86

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Esther Snyder, who with her husband, Harry, founded the popular In-N-Out Burger chain and served as its president since 1999, died Friday in Baldwin Park. She was 86. She was born Esther Johnson in 1920 in Illinois and graduated in 1947 from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in zoology. She served as a surgical nurse in the WAVES during World War II. She met Harry Snyder in 1947, when she was working as a day manager at a Seattle restaurant, where he sold baked goods. They married the next year and moved to Baldwin Park, where they opened the first In-N-Out. Esther Snyder initially helped with the cooking and later took over the bookkeeping and paperwork for the expanding chain. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe Snyders had two sons, who later helped run the family business. After Harry Snyder died in 1976, son Rich took over the company, with his older brother, Guy, serving as vice president. When Rich was killed in a plane crash in 1993, Guy Snyder became chairman. Esther Snyder continued as president after Guy died in 1999. In 1984, Esther and Rich Snyder founded the Child Abuse Foundation, which later became the In-N-Out Burger Foundation. She was also active in other philanthropic organizations. Private services are planned. Memorial contributions can be made to the In-N-Out Foundation, 13502 Hamburger Lane, Baldwin Park, CA 91706.last_img read more

‘Anatomy’ star: Everything is OK

first_img“Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington, at the American Music Awards on Tuesday night as a presenter, talked to Daily News reporter Greg Hernandez on the red carpet about the controversy surrounding the on-set altercation he had with co-star Patrick Dempsey – which led to castmate T.R. Knight’s announcing to the world that he is gay. “Everything was back to normal four weeks ago, five minutes after it happened.” Washington said. “I don’t know what it’s going to take for the media or the people to start believing otherwise… My family on `Grey’s Anatomy,’ we spend a lot of hours together and we’re happy, our producers are happy, ABC is happy and, if they weren’t, I wouldn’t be on the set, that’s the bottom line.” And how are things between Washington and Knight, whom Washington referred to as a “little faggot” during the row with Dempsey? “T.R. is fine. T.R. wasn’t even on the set when we had the argument… The thing about T.R. is T.R. has been gay for a long time,” said Washington, laughing. “I think it was a mere coincidence that it came out the way it came out. But we all love T.R. We all know who T.R. is, and T.R. knows who T.R. is.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Alert Trooper Arrests Wire Thieves

first_imgOn June 8, 2017, an alert Trooper made an arrest of two men suspected in stealing copper wire from light poles near the Indiana Toll Road.Trooper Chris Eagles was driving on the Cline Avenue ramp towards the Indiana Toll Road around midnight on June 8th when he saw a green Chevy Blazer pulled to the side of the ramp.The Blazer was parked next to a light pole in an area that has seen numerous thefts of the copper wire from the light poles.  Trooper Eagles stopped to check on the Blazer to see if they needed help when the passenger, Jossean Echavarria (28) of Hammond, IN, said they had stopped because the Blazer was overheating.  During this discussion Trooper Eagles noticed bolt cutters and rolled wire in the back of the SUV.  A check of the light pole showed that the wires had been cut on the pole next to the Blazer. The driver, Diquon Ray (21) of Burnham, IL, was found to have an active warrant from Kosciusko County. He was arrested on this warrant as well as charges of theft, criminal mischief, and operator never licensed.  Jossean Echavarria was arrested for theft and criminal mischief.  Both were taken to the Lake County Jail.  Almost 800 feet of wire was found in the back of the SUV.The Indiana Toll Road has had losses of nearly $80,000 in wire thefts so far this year.last_img read more