There is little to question

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Hawks off to 4-0 start, look ahead to NEC play

first_img BY DOMINICK RINELLI JR.Correspondent WEST LONG BRANCH – Facing off against Colgate University in their last nonconference game of the 2006 season, the Monmouth University Hawks football team defeated the Raiders 17-12 on the road to move to 4-0 on the year on Saturday – the first time since 2003 that the Blue and White have started out undefeated through four contests. “I was very happy with the way the entire team played,” said 14th-year head coach Kevin Callahan. “I thought it was a game where there were a lot of momentum shifts and our guys really stayed focused through all of those shifts.” Freshman running back David Sinisi rushed the ball in for two touchdowns to put Monmouth in front 14-0. The Hawks carried their two-touchdown advantage into the fourth quarter and within five minutes of play, Colgate cut the lead to two points. After a Fred Weingart field goal to increase the lead to five, the Raiders ensuing possession and final attempt to take the victory was halted as senior defensive back Derek Bischoff recorded his first career interception. Sinisi’s performance earned him his second Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors. Monmouth’s victory against Patriot League member Colgate marked their second win against a Patriot League team in 2006 – their first came on the road in their season opener versus Fordham, 23-9. “I think it’s an indication of exactly how far we’ve come and how much we’ve developed since year one,” said Callahan when asked about defeating two Patriot League squads. “I think to be able to go out and compete on an even basis with Patriot League teams and even beat Patriot League teams says an awful lot as to where our program is right now.” Next up on Monmouth’s schedule are seven consecutive Northeast Conference match-ups, including a televised contest at home against Central Connecticut State on Oct. 28. Callahan knows the magnitude of each conference game. “They’re all critically important and it’s great to win these nonconference games,” said Callahan. “The games that matter and count the most are the ones still in front of us.” With a total of 18 fourth- and fifth-year seniors on the Hawks’ roster, younger underclassmen have a variety of options when looking for leadership and motivation during the tough conference stretch. “I really believe that any time you have a successful season or campaign you need to have good, quality senior leadership,” said Callahan. “I think those guys have continued to motivate, to demonstrate commitment and when younger players see that it’s easy for them to get on board.” Senior quarterback Brian Boland, who has been averaging 190.0 yards per game through the air and has a quarterback rating of 139.0, has found much success with senior wide receiver Adam San Miguel. San Miguel is averaging seven receptions per game and 92.5 yards receiving. “They’ve had a good chemistry throughout the first four games,” replied Callahan when asked about the duo. Boland is not limited to looking to No. 88. Boland has displayed his ability to spread the ball to his teammates. “I think Brian really has an outstanding awareness of the field and knows where to put the ball,” said Callahan. In addition, the Hawks defense is nothing to glance over. Through their first four games, Monmouth has held their opponents to an average of 10.5 points per game and lead the NEC with a plus-six turnover margin. Seniors Anthony Addonizio of Holmdel, Mike Castellano of Freehold, Matt Hill and David Jiles have combined for 99 total tackles and five of the team’s seven interceptions. “The defense has gotten better each and every week throughout the first four games,” said Callahan. “It’s not an overly big group, but they are very quick and they get around the ball, and we’re tackling well right now.” Monmouth will play host to Stony Brook on Saturday at Kessler Field in West Long Branch, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m., as the Hawks begin their seven-game NEC stretch. Stony Brook is off to an 0-4 start with losses to Hofstra (17-8), Georgetown (7-0), New Hampshire (62-7) and Massachusetts (48-7). “It’s the most important part of the season. This is where the league championship will be decided along with our postseason opportunity,” said Callahan. BY DOMINICK RINELLI JR. Correspondent last_img read more

City Hall just reeks of corruption

first_imgDear Editor,With each and every passing day, the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown display how patently unethical they are, without any fear of consequences or concern for the frustration of the citizenry.A few weeks ago, the Mayor and Councillors quite correctly ordered the building works on the seventh floor that was being constructed on a building at Robb and Camp Streets to cease.The Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green at that time had adamantly stated that no permission would be granted for the seventh floor to be constructed, in spite of cries by the owner that a call centre investor might pull out and thousands of prospective jobs would be lost. The owner was saying that the seventh floor is required by the investors for a lunch and recreation area for three shifts of 2500 persons each.The Mayor advised that it was her understanding from the City Engineer and what she had gleaned from correspondence she received from him, that no approval was granted for the seventh floor; rather that approval was granted for just six floors.Chase-Green had indicated her displeasure that the owner had gone ahead and begun constructing the seventh floor without permission from either the Council or the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) which had also turned down the owner’s request to build the extra floor.The City Mayor made it pellucid that approval was given for six floors and there would be no more additional floors to the structure.The owner who is determined to be allowed to build the seventh floor publicly stated his intentions to go over the heads of the Council and CH&PA by formally appealing to the President of Guyana to be granted approval for the seventh floor to be constructed. The design he said was for the ground floor to be used for a mini-mall, the first floor for a fast food restaurant and the remaining floors for the call centre.And then just like that, strangely enough, without any reason or rationale the Mayor changed her tune and started saying that she had observed that a 10-storey building can be found on the same Camp Street, opposite the Georgetown Club, and hence there should be no discrimination in the process and asked “How do we say no to seven and yes to 10?”In a remarkable and unbelievable pivot, she is also now saying this is not the time for the M&CC to be holding up development in the City and the creation of employment, and that it was her understanding, that the Ministry of Housing was talking about the skyline limit, which to her knowledge, is 150 feet, and that the building at Robb and Camp only reached 98 feet.Thankfully, the building of the seventh floor continues to be blocked through a High Court injunction obtained by the CH&PA, where sanity still prevails and with whom the ultimate responsibility lies for the use of a building.Who or what would have caused the City Council to change its mind? The City Hall just reeks of corruption.Sincerely,Deodarie Putulallast_img read more

New Amsterdam Multilateral School is losing its premier standing

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to thank the brave efforts of a concerned parent, Orlando Fraser, who registered his dissatisfaction with the current state of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School (NAMS) which is factual.As the former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the NASS, I am in receipt of a letter for the transfer of the current Deputy Headmaster (DHM) to Vrymens Secondary School but the letter was disregarded and the DHM continues to be in the school.The dissatisfaction of the parents continues to be a major concern and in order to correct this, the DHM should be transferred  for the betterment of teachers and students of the school. We therefore urge that the Education Ministry and the school board secretariat act immediately.After the board life came to an end in April 2017, the DHM with the national PTA coordinator changed the canteen arrangements and gave the management of the canteen to the PTA because of the DHM’s access to funds and control of the school canteen.There was a lot of unauthorised spending and mismanagement of funds from the school. There’s is so much of irregularities and mismanagement in the school because of this untouchable DHM.I remember that there was a commission of inquiry on education led by Ed Caesar which was established by President David Granger to bring an end to the issues that plagued this school, but to date, nothing was done.I told Ed Caesar from  the beginning of my presentations that this is another waste of time and nothing will change but he assured members that the President will take steps to correct the situation at the school but to date the commission of inquiry has failed the board, the students the teachers and the school.In order to preserve the integrity of the school and to decrease the mental stress on teachers, the Ministry should act swiftly to correct these situations immediately.Regards,Zamal HussainFormer Chairman ofthe Board ofGovernorsNew AmsterdamSecondary Schoollast_img read more

Wenger rules out Arsenal spending spree

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, May 3 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned supporters that while he will look to improve his squad during the close season, they should not expect a “massive” influx of new players.“It will be busy, but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close (to the title),” said the Frenchman, in comments reported by several British newspapers on Saturday. “We want to add something that makes us even stronger, but number-wise it will not be massive.”Wenger feels that this year’s World Cup in Brazil, which runs from June 12 to July 13, will force clubs to delay moving for players until later in the transfer window than usual.“At the moment I have people around me who start to look,” he said.“From my experience, the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable.“Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there is not a lot happening. People are away, so I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going.”Wenger was speaking ahead of his side’s home game with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, when a victory would confirm their place in next season’s Champions League play-offs.Arsenal also face Hull City in the FA Cup final on May 17.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Syncrude to pay $2.75 million to settle charges in Alberta blue heron deaths

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – Syncrude has agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.75 million in fines over the deaths of 31 great blue herons at an Alberta oilsands mine.The birds were found dead or dying in 2015 at an abandoned sump pond at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake mine north of Fort McMurray.Syncrude subsequently faced charges of failing to properly store a hazardous substance under Alberta legislation as well as federal charges under the Migratory Birds Act.- Advertisement -The company says in a release that bird deterrents used on tailings ponds weren’t in place for smaller bodies of water.It says those ponds are now included in its waterfowl protection plan.In 2010, Syncrude was fined $3 million after more than 1,600 ducks died when they landed on a tailings pond.Advertisement That same year, more than 550 birds had to be killed when an early winter storm forced them to land on waste ponds belonging to Syncrude and Suncor Energy.last_img read more

Smoke in air driving more to seek help in hospitals

first_imgAs smoke from multiple wildfires has engulfed Southern California, health officials said Tuesday they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people going to hospitals with asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. “We are seeing a real spike – a several-fold increase – in people coming in with respiratory complaints, particularly wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding. Smoke and ash, along with dust raised by gusting winds, have exaserbated air quality in at least four counties, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “It will affect everyone in some way because it’s a substantial exposure,” said Dr. Chand Khanna, pulmonologist at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Overwhelming amounts of particulate matter can cause irritation and chest pain, which can lead to coughing and shortness of breath, Khanna said. “The air here is bad to begin with, so you take the wind with the particulate matter, and then you add all the smoke, and it’s a bad combination.” Local physicians also caution that particulate matter can affect the heart. “Small particles are extremely dangerous for the lungs, but also extremely dangerous for the heart,” said Dr. Lisa Matzer, director of the outpatient center at Glendale Adventist Hospital. “We’re seeing earlier signs of heart disease, and we’re seeing more firemen coming in complaining of chest pains,” she said. “My message out there is, everybody should worry about your heart this week.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And the poor air quality could linger, said Sam Atwood, AQMD spokesman. “In terms of smog season, we had the cleanest year on record, significantly cleaner than even last year, but (the fires) kind of put a little black mark at the end of smog season because of all the smoke,” Atwood said. And although the Santa Ana winds are expected to decrease today, particulate matter blown out to the ocean can blow back. “If you look at satellite images, there’s smoke blowing out to sea, but some of that smoke could be blown back into the area,” Atwood said. The result will be an increase in breathing problems. “The summer months were pretty slow, but now it’s really going, with about 20 people a day coming in with environmental exposure problems,” said Dr. Marc Kerner, an ear, nose and throat specialist from Northridge Medical Center. last_img read more

Winning paint job

first_imgBrandon Short is a paintball wizard. In full gear with a menacing mask covering his face, the 21-year-old Short – who went pro at 17 – sure looks the part of new-wave warrior. But the minute he pulls off his face guard, he becomes someone entirely different – an easygoing guy with slightly crooked teeth and a seriously goofy laugh. “What can I say? It’s lonely at the top,” the Rancho Palos Verdes resident said, mocking his rise to the top of the paintball world. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ In October, Short’s team – the top-ranked Los Angeles-based Ironmen – won the World Cup in Orlando, Fla. In front of a crowd of 3,000, his team took home the $40,000 prize. The victory over a highly respected Russian team gave the locals some bragging rights. “The Russians have honestly taken the sport to the next level,” he said. “They practice together five times a week. “There is this sort of mystique around the Russian team. During the World Cup they were always drinking vodka and smoking. Total Russians. Heh heh heh.” Some of the top paintball pros earn more than $100,000 a year. Short isn’t making quite that much, but that doesn’t mean his eyes aren’t on the prize. “I want to see where paintball leads me, make as much money as I can, and be the best there is,” said Short, known to everyone as B-Short. “It makes me happy and I know that if I put my whole heart into it that I’ll reap the benefits – I already am.” Paintballing began in the 1980s as a cottage industry of equipment suppliers and players. Today it’s a $500 million industry with nearly 10 million players and a professional league. The sport is especially popular in California, which Short calls “the mecca” of paintballing. Short knows that his career as a professional depends on the popularity of the sport, which has climbed to the point that tournaments are regularly televised on ESPN. For now, Short lives a fantasy life most young men can only dream about. He travels the world, plays one of the most expensive sports for free and still lives at home with his mom. “It’s like tag, such a basic game that every little kid, especially males, wants to play,” Short said. But this game of tag is played with high-powered weapons that fire paint-filled pellets at 300 feet per second that often leave welts. Short’s weapon of choice is a slick metallic-red gun that looks part crossbow, part Super Soaker water gun. “This is like the Ferrari, or the Gucci, of guns,” he said of the $1,400 piece of equipment he got free from his sponsors. In the past year he’s traveled to Paris, London, Belgium, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Mexico and across the United States for tournaments and to lead clinics on the sport. Short was 15 the first time he played paintball at a friend’s birthday party. He wasn’t impressed. “I didn’t like it that much,” he said. “We were playing in the woods and it wasn’t like a real sport.” It wasn’t until he discovered tourneyball and speedball that Short changed his mind about paintball. “It’s a true sport,” he said. “You need speed, agility, strength. You have to train for it and there are strategies involved and you need to communicate with your team.” Tourneyball is played on a field of inflatable bunkers where two seven-member teams compete until they eliminate their opponents. On that same course, there is also five-on-five X-ball or speedball, a 60-minute game in which players try to get as many hits as possible. Players who get hit have to spend a few minutes on the bench before returning to play. Short didn’t become serious about paintball until his senior year at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. That was the year his father, David, became ill with a brain tumor. “I was home all the time taking care of him and I would just work out, lift weights – it helped me focus on paintball,” Short said. His father died before Short ascended to the top of his sport. “He’d be so proud of me if he could see what I was doing. He didn’t really get to see me excel and travel like I am now. I finally did it, but he never got to see it.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com 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

Lily of the Valley blooms in CSUN performance

first_img 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! For a weekend, she was Lily of the Valley professionally, too. Comedian Lily Tomlin, who hangs her hat in the (818) area, appeared in a pair of live performances Friday and Saturday at California State University, Northridge’s Plaza del Sol Performance Hall. Billed as “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin,” the 100-minute performance was an opportunity for Tomlin to revisit several of her best-known characters, try out a few new routines, answer audience questions and generally drink in the adoration of a generous audience. The Valley and the venue, of course, took some ribbing during Friday’s performance. A visit to CSUN, Tomlin said, was an opportunity not simply to perform but to “bring back some stuff I bought at the mall.” “I live in the Valley,” Tomlin said, “but I don’t inhale.” Life still affords the comedian (seen most recently in the film version of “A Prairie Home Companion”) reasons to utter the phrase “I worry.” About reflective flea collars and the goings-on in Washington, among other things. Ernestine, the take-no-prisoners telephone operator, placed a fundraising call on behalf of CSUN to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “And just remember,” Ernestine said after blackmailing the Governator into a sending a generous check. “No matter how nasty I become, I’m always holding back.” Also putting in appearances were Tomlin alter egos Judith Beasley, 6-year-old wise child Edith Ann and Trudy the bag lady (lifted directly from Tomlin’s “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe”) contemplating the benefits of a reality-detached mind and waiting for her extraterrestrial friends. The Detroit-born Tomlin paid comic tribute to her parents, whose endlessly mundane discussions about cake icing sent adolescent Lily into screaming hysterics. If there was any doubt over how beloved Tomlin is, it was dispelled in a post-performance question-and-answer session. Tomlin perused and answered written questions, many of which recounted personal encounters of the “I once gave you a ride” or “I saw you perform on my first date with my future husband” kind. At the end of the session, Tomlin brought back Ernestine to try out a new bit. The acid-tongued operator, host of “Ernestine Calls You on It,” began systematically telephoning and berating President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other key members of the Bush administration. “How did I get your private number?” Ernestine said to the president. “You have your friends at the phone company and I have mine.” The routine drew huge laughs, which eventually tapered off. “You guys are really taking this to heart,” Tomlin noted, bringing the routine — and the evening — to an end. On Saturday afternoon, students from CSUN’s departments of theater, English, film and television, and creative writing got the chance to spend an hour in discussion with Tomlin during an informational master class Q&A session. CSUN students frequently get to interact with performers who play the Plaza del Sol. “It always gets around to career advice with the students,” said Kathy Anderson, the Plaza del Sol’s managing director. “They want to know especially about how to develop characters, how (Tomlin) got started in the business and those kinds of things.” — Evan Henerson, (818) 713-3651 evan.henerson@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Blackrock v Sligo live on Ocean FM Sport this Saturday

first_imgOcean FM Sport will broadcast this Saturday’s All-Ireland League Promotion semi-final between Sligo and Blackrock live from Stradbrook in Dublin from 2:30pm.Cathal Mullaney and Ken O’Neill will describe all the action from what is Sligo rugby’s biggest game of the season to date – as they look to secure their second consecutive promotion in the AIL.Saturday’s coverage is brought to you courtesy of Raftery & Co Accountants, The Garavogue & Anderson’s Grill & Bar.The winners will play either Greystones or Rainey Old Boys, who meet in the other Division 2B semi-final this weekend.Blackrock v Sligo kicks-off this Saturday, April 20th, at 2:30pm.last_img read more