O.C. Girls Basketball Beats Moorestown

first_imgRed Raiders Emma Finnegan with the jump ball to start the game. By LESLEY GRAHAMIn the opening round of the South Jersey Group Three tournament the second seeded Ocean City Red Raiders girls basketball program defeated the 15th seeded visiting Moorestown Quakers by a score of 37-18 Monday night.The win improved Ocean City’s record to 19-8, while Moorestown ends their season 6-21.The starting five for Ocean City were Marin Panico, Marlee Brestle, Abbey Fenton, Delaney Lappin and Emma Finnegan.Leading all scorers was Ocean City senior Delaney Lappin with 12 points on the evening.The game was a slow and somewhat stagnant effort from the Red Raiders as they struggled to make their shots in the first half.With their aggressive defense that they have relied on all season, they were able to limit Moorestown’s quality looks at the basket keeping them to just nine points through the first two quarters of play.Delaney Lappin with two of her team high 12 points.Ocean City would take a 20-9 lead going into halftime.As the second half got underway, Ocean City once again was sluggish on the offensive side of the ball, struggling to find a consistent rhythm throughout the second half.Ocean City called a time out with six minutes remaining in the third quarter to get a fire going under them to extend their lead and finish the game.At the end of the third, Ocean City was up 28-14.With the final eight minutes to play, Ocean City was able to get 12 players quality time in the playoff game, which will only bolster their depth going forward into group play.Their defense once again played tough, keeping the Quakers to four points in the final quarter of play.With the win, Ocean City faces Seneca High School Wednesday night at home in the second round of group play.Marin Panico looking for the long pass with Moorestown heavy pressure.last_img read more

1 Dead, 3 Injured in Medford Christmas Day Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Christmas Day shooting in Medford left one man dead and three others injured after a masked gunman shot four people early Wednesday morning, Suffolk County police said.The shooting erupted at 3:30 a.m. inside Whitestar MTR on Cedearhurst Avenue, police said. Officers responded after a 911 caller reported that masked men entered the business and demanded money before opening fire—striking four people, one fatally.The victim who suffered a fatal gunshot wound, 19-year-old Taleik Bristel of Pathcogue, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Three others were rushed to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, police said. They were not identified.Police did not say what sparked the shooting.The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS or the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.Correction: Police incorrectly reported the name of the business where the shooting occurred. It has been corrected.last_img read more

Dutch pension funds hail DC switch

first_imgThe four largest Dutch pension funds are enthusiastic about the outline for a new pensions system that was presented this week. However, there are concerns about the possibility of pension cuts in the years leading up to 2026, when the new system will be fully operational.“The agreement that has now almost been concluded means pension funds can finally say goodbye to this nasty discount rate for liabilities,” director Peter Borgdorff of healthcare fund PFZW wrote in a blogpost.“Because interest rates just kept going down, we haven’t been able to increase pensions for years, even though our assets under management have more than doubled in the past 10 years. We were even close to having to cut pensions. But with this agreement, interest rates are no longer relevant”, Borgdorff added.The PFZW director added that expected pensions will now be higher for everyone because pensions will be able to move up and down with the economy. He considers the introduction of personal pension pots a positive too. “If everybody can see how much pension is available for them, nobody will have to worry anymore about not having a pension upon retirement,” he said.This is a concern widely shared among young people, Borgdorff noted.ABP, PMT and PMEOther pension funds are also positive. The metal industry scheme PME voiced its “wholehearted support” for the plans. “It’s a good step in the direction of the changes that are badly needed,” a spokesperson said.The other metal industry scheme, PMT, called the deal “good news”. “This is an improvement of the system because we are no longer dependent on discount rates for liabilities or coverage ratios,” a spokesperson said.“This offers a perspective for pensions that can preserve purchasing power.”Civil servants fund ABP said the new pensions system is “realistic” and hails the fact scheme members will profit more directly from investment returns.The Dutch pension federation’s interim-president José Meijer said it’s “especially gratifying there now is a perspective for a future-proof pensions contract, one that can be executed in practice and shows participants more clearly how their pension is created.”Pension funds are “looking forward to implement this contract,” she added.Pension rights cutsIn a critical note, consultancy Aon said it expects the conversion of existing defined benefit (DB) pensions to defined contribution (DC) arrangements will lead to “painful measures” because of the current funding shortfalls of many pension funds.In the years until 2026, funds will have to repair their deficits to avoid pension cuts.“To avoid pension cuts younger people will have to carry the burden of deficits completely, pensioners’ allowances need to be adjusted,” the consultant said in a press release. “We believe there is too little attention for this in the current plans.”ABP was the only pension fund to note in its reaction that there are no rules as of yet to govern possible pension cuts in the run-up to the introduction of the new pensions system.The civil servants fund believes these yet-to-be-made rules should be designed “in the spirit of the new system”.“This means we wouldn’t find it logical if we were to continue to cut pensions according to current rules, because they were designed for the old system,” a spokesperson said.ABP had a coverage ratio of 84.5% at the end of May, the lowest such figure of all four large funds.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Pinnick’s Loyalists in Control at NFF

first_imgPolice ban journalists, visitors from the Glass HouseCrisis, a big shame, says OneyaDuro Ikhazuagbe and Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaChris Giwa avoided the premises of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) monday as key staff of the football federation loyal to Amaju Pinnick ensured free flow of routine office activities.A Jos High Court order granted by Justice Musa Kurya, had last Friday annulled the election held in Warri on September 30, 2014 won by Pinnick to emerge as NFF president. The court also granted a relief sought by the plaintiff pending the determination of the main suit that Giwa should be recognised as the validly elected candidate by the congress at the Annual General Assembly (AGA) held at Chida Hotel, Abuja on August 26, 2014.Pinnick however swiftly appealed the ruling and equally sought stay of execution, for status quo to remain, until the substantive suit is determined.But in a move to show the desperation of the Giwa group to carry out the court order, it on Saturday announced the sacking of all NFF contract officials, while also a new management was purportedly put in place at the NFF.None of the appointed officials functioned in the new capacity as status quo was maintained with Dr Mohammed Sanusi remained incharge as general secretary while both Bola Oyeyode and Ademola Olajire functioned in their capacity as acting director of competition and assistant director of communications respectively.NFF personnel who were heavily protected by police and men of Department of State Security (DSS) turned up for duty, apparently to ensure no chances were taken ahead of today’s Africa Women’s Championship qualifying match between the Super Falcons and Senegal in Abuja.The security men cordoned off the premises and did not allow journalists assess the NFF secretariat. The policemen said they were acting on orders from the above.At the height of the football crisis in 2004, the NFF offices were razed by a fire which caused severe damage to the second floor while several trophies and other memorabilia were also burnt by the fire.Meanwhile, a former NFF President, General Dominic Oneya (rtd) has flayed the current crisis rocking football administration in the country.Speaking yesterday on the matter, Oneya who is a member of the CAF Organising Committee for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) described the current situation as “shameful” and “patently unbefitting of a strong football nation like Nigeria that has high global reckoning.”He said: “I feel very sad, even uncomfortable, that this is happening in Nigeria at this time. Certainly, FIFA and CAF would not be happy with us, and may go for strong sanctions against our country.“This is a period that every stakeholder should focus hard on the qualification series for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with our country having missed out on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations competition. We also have the Olympics football tournament and some women tournaments coming up.“This is not the time for distractions. I want to specially appeal to Chris Giwa to sheathe his sword and allow peace to reign. We will gain nothing other than a FIFA suspension from these activities. I regard him as a big stakeholder because he has been investing in the game. But in football, there are mechanisms for dispute resolution.“FIFA, CAF and NFF have it in their different Statutes that you don’t take football matters to ordinary courts. It is there, clearly spelt out. If Giwa is dissatisfied with the verdicts he received earlier, he can still take the case back to FIFA, and onwards to CAS. That is the proper way to go,” the former governor of Kano and Benue states concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

When Sir Alex Ferguson got in the face of a 13-year old Michael Owen…

first_imgAdvertisement 3atwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8j2zzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evi4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4zb1Would you ever consider trying this?😱7t1bCan your students do this? 🌚a1vrb1uRoller skating! Powered by Firework Michael Owen was one of the finest English strikers of the modern era. The story of Owen and Manchester United is like an riveting love story. Their first attempt at courtship was perhaps too early and the final attempt perhaps too late but all in all , it was beautiful.Advertisement Owen writes in Reboot – My Life, My Time: ‘Then it was Manchester United – who had sent [assistant manager] Brian Kidd several times over the preceding years to watch me.Advertisement ‘We went to Old Trafford and Alex Ferguson took me into his office, stared into my face from a distance of about one inch and said: “Do you want to be a Manchester United player?”‘It was all so intense – and I didn’t know what to say. All I know is that this kind of attention just didn’t happen to every young player.Advertisement ‘Without meaning to sound arrogant, I doubt there was a young footballer in the world in such high demand at the time.’But it was only 16 years later that Fergie got Owen and Owen got Manchester United.‘Obviously I knew him given our shared interest and connections in horse racing, so we probably spent more time talking about racing than football in that first meeting,’ Owen recalls.‘Strangely, I don’t think he ever directly said that he wanted to sign me. It was just assumed on both sides. I left knowing that I was probably about to become a Manchester United player.’United were only willing to pay Owen, a free signing, £20,000 a week but the striker admits: ‘I’d probably have signed for five grand a week!’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Lunch Break’s Foodstock Seeks to Stock Shelves for Summer Months

first_imgBy Alison BitterlyRED BANK – Lunch Break, the borough-based soup kitchen and food pantry, will be hosting Foodstock – a food drive that will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, refreshments and more. The event will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road.The aim of Foodstock is to help fill the shelves at Lunch Break with food for the summer, traditionally the hardest time for food banks and pantries to gather donations from the community.Foodstock began last fall with the Swisher family of Freehold Township. The family held a Foodstock event in their backyard and collected more than 13,000 pounds of food – filling a truck from floor to ceiling with food – for Lunch Break.Event organizers hope to recreate that success on a larger scale with Foodstock 2012. In the weeks leading up to May 19, schools, churches, and other groups will collect nonperishable food items. Those items will be brought to Foodstock where they will be weighed for a running count of the donations.Lunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn Love said individuals and families are welcome to bring items independently – any amount of nonperishable food is welcome, although healthy, low-sodium food is preferred. Love hopes that the event will help familiarize the community with Lunch Break and its mission.“We want to remind people that we’re here,” Love said, “and perhaps inspire others to get involved.”Although there are many dedicated Lunch Break volunteers and contributors, during the summer season the pantry shelves are often sparse. As Love says, “It is very expensive to keep the shelves stocked during the summer months.” She believes that, “as a community, we will be able to make a big impact.”Items that are particularly needed for the pantry include: condiments, jelly, peanut butter, tuna, pasta, canned pinto beans, baked beans, canned applesauce, canned fruit, and fruit cocktail.Foodstock 2012 will feature refreshments supplied by Super Foodtown and Sickles Market. Entertain­ment will include live music from four bands and a DJ. Aspiring musicians from Red Bank’s School of Rock will be among those on stage. There also will be a clown and face-painting for children and a demonstration of a typical Lunch Break cooking class by Roseanne Monroe.Volunteers and clients of Lunch Break are encouraged to spend the afternoon enjoying the music, food, family, and friends.Lunch Break also thanks Foodstock’s co-sponsors: The Bitterly Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Ocean­First Bank, Lowry’s Moving Service and Move for Hunger.Lunch Break was established in 1983 when community members began serving hot lunches in the basement of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank to combat hunger in Monmouth County. As the organization began to expand and develop, it relocated to 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. and has remained there ever since.To this day, Lunch Break provides those in need with “life’s basic necessities,” food, clothing, and fellowship. As part of its mission statement, Lunch Break promises to “serve everyone with compassion and dignity.”Over the past few years, Lunch Break’s role in the community has grown significantly. Love notes that this is largely due to the struggling economy, which has detrimentally affected many families in the area. From 2008 to 2011, the number of hot meals served increased by 35 percent, the number of clothing pickups by 116 percent and the number of food pantry pickups by a whopping 523 percent.Lunch Break has expanded to meet this increased demand. Several programs have been added to the organization’s roster in recent years, including a weekly cooking class for clients and Saturday brunches hosted by local churches.Lunch Break can be reached at 732-747-8577, its website at www.lunchbreak.org or its Facebook page.last_img read more

Thunder makes noise at Seattle Showcase Tourney

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Thunder received a taste of some elite competition as the local squad competed in the Seattle Field-turf Showcase Tournament this past weekend in the Emerald City.The squad coached by Dave Spendlove of Soccer Quest in Nelson, finished with a record of 0-3-1 in the toughest division of the tournament — Group A.“These showcase tournaments are for players looking to gain full-ride scholarships to the United States and inquiries have already started to come in for some of these Kootenay Thunder players,” Thunder coach Dave Spendlove explained.“The compliments on the Thunder’s style of play from parents and coaches of the opposing teams are a great credit to how the girls performed.”Kootenay opened play Friday against Puget Sound Slammers. Despite losing 2-0, Puget Sound did not score any of the goals.“One goal was scored when the Thunder keeper cleared the ball outside the box which hit the Slammer’s attacker and rebounded into the goal,” Spendlove said. “The second goal was accidentally headed into the goal by a Thunder player.”Thunder defender Samantha Einarson was selected player of the game.Saturday, the Thunder opened the day with a heartbreaking 2-1 setback to Synergy FC. Again the Thunder scored an own goal to help kick start the State Champion squad.Brenna McKay scored the only marker for Thunder. McKay shared player-of-the-game status with centerback Brittany Wheeler.North West Nationals then posted a 4-1 win over Kootenay.The contest was evenly played, except it was the Nationals converting their chances.Ameeta Bhabra scored the lone goal for Kootenay.The final game Sunday morning was the best of the tournament for Kootenay. However, the Canadian squad failed to convert chances and settled for a scoreless draw. Taylor Stewart earned player awards in the final to games.The Thunder is idle until the spring when the team travels to Surry to compete in the Whitecaps Showcase Tournament in [email protected]last_img read more

McCarthy shoots down Hawks as Leafs rally to 10th straight win

first_imgAfter being outscored 22-3 in two games the Beaver Valley Nitehawks finally played like reigning Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champions.But even a resurging Hawks team was not enough to beat the high-flying Nelson Leafs.Rookie sniper Colton McCarthy scored with under two minutes remaining in the game to give the Leafs a 7-6 KIJHL come-from-behind win over the Hawks Tuesday night in Fruitvale.The game was the first for McCarthy, back from a three-game series with Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.The victory keeps Nelson perfect in the last 10 games and gives the Green and White sole possession of first place in the Murdoch Division, two points in front of idle Castlegar Rebels.Nelson has played one more game than Castlegar.Meanwhile, Beaver Valley dropped its third straight, included in the winless streak is a 3-0-weekend loss to the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.It was obvious from the opening puck drop this was a different Hawks team from the one that was shell-shocked 12-0 by Nelson the last time the teams played. Beaver Valley opened a quick 2-0 lead before the Leafs found some skating legs and led 4-2 after one period.Nelson managed to cut the margin to 5-4 after 40 minutes before Colton Schell tied the game in the third.Danny Vlanich scored a rocket on the power play midway through the third period to give the Hawks a 6-5 lead.But Nelson scored twice in the final half of the frame to steal the one-goal victory — the fourth in five meetings between the two teams this season.Schell finished the game with three goals with Aaron Dunlap adding a pair. Bryce Nielsen scored the final goal for Nelson, out shot 45-33 by the Hawks.Kurt Black scored three times for Beaver Valley with singles going to Vlanich and Levi Kress and Nick Perez.Cody Boeckman registered the win in goal for Nelson as the Cochrane, Alta, native out dueled Zach Perehudoff in the Beaver Valley nets.The game was the first of four on the road for the Leafs, which heads to the East Kootenay beginning Friday in Kimberley. Nelson plays Golden Saturday and Columbia Valley Sunday.Beaver Valley, travels to Creston Friday to play the Thunder Cats in the first of a two-game home-and-home series.The return match goes Sunday in Fruitvale.GAME NOTES: Leaf captain Colton Schell finished the game with four points and now has accumulated 20 points in the past eight games to jump into the KIJHL scoring lead. The New Westminster native holds a three-point advantage over Brendan Burge of Fernie. . . . Colton McCarthy leads Nelson in goals with 16 and is second overall behind Burge who has 20 goals. . . . Aaron Dunlap and Bryce Nielsen each had three points for Nelson while Nick Perez had three points for Beaver Valley. . . .In other KIJHL action Tuesday, Fernie shutout Creston 3-0 and Kimberley bounced Columbia Valley 6-1.last_img read more

Rafferty like a new signing – Hayes

first_imgChelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes says having England left-back Claire Rafferty fully fit after a full pre-season is as big a boost as any high-profile summer signing.Rafferty, Chelsea’s longest serving player, has suffered three anterior cruciate ligament injuries during her career.And although the 26-year-old played her part as Chelsea finished runners-up to Liverpool in last season’s Women’s Super League, the latest knee injury meant she did not have a full-pre season and did not return to first-team action until early May.Hayes told West London Sport: “It’s like having another new signing.“She is the best left-back in England and I am proud of the work she has done to get back to this level.“Last season we had to manage her training and her games but the priority was to make sure she has a long career and not overdo things too soon.”Chelsea begin their WSL campaign with an away game against Notts County at Meadow Lane on Sunday.See also:Chelsea relish passing game – RaffertyFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA: a partner for growth

first_imgInvestment opportunities in South Africa will be promoted to global business and other international stakeholders at Davos-Klosters.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African team to the World Economic Forum annual meeting this month. (Image GCIS)The South African delegation to the 48th World Economic Forum meeting this month will be led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.The annual meeting of global leaders from business, government, civil society, academia and arts and culture, takes place from 23 to 26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.The forum is an important platform used by South Africa to market and showcase the country to global business and other key international stakeholders. Ramaphosa will be accompanied by several ministers and business leaders, with Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba taking the lead in promoting investment opportunities in South Africa.Brand South Africa will be part of the delegation, showcasing “South Africa: an ideal partner for growth”.This year’s meeting takes place under the theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”, with some 2,500 participants collaborating to find ways of solving global challenges such as sustainable development, inclusive growth and managing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting therefore aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world,” the forum notes on its website.Co-chairs of the event include: International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde; Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg; general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Belgium Sharan Burrow; director-general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva Fabiola Gianotti; IBM CEO Ginni Rometty; ENGIE Group CEO Isabelle Kocher; and the founder and president of Mann Deshi Mahila Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation in India, Chetna Sinha.American President Donald Trump has also announced that he plans to attend.For more information about the World Economic Forum, visit their website.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more