Craig Segal has now done it all. Brilliant throughout the 2001-02 year starting back in September with cross country, the Holmdel High School senior had won everything there is to win for a distance runner except a Meet of Champions title.

first_imgCraig Segal has now done it all. Brilliant throughout the 2001-02 year starting back in September with cross country, the Holmdel High School senior had won everything there is to win for a distance runner except a Meet of Champions title. FARRAH MAFFAI Raritan’s Kelly Robinson wins the javelin with a throw of 148-4 at the Meet of Champions at South Brunswick High School on June 5. He was beaten at the MOC cross country meet back in November and was denied by injury from competing indoors. Last Wednesday at South Brunswick High School, Segal put it all behind him, majestically winning the boys’ 3,200 meters at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Getting some help from Morristown’s Gray Reinhard, who broke the race open with a late-race surge, Segal comfortably won in 9:22.93. “It’s the pinnacle of my career,” said Segal, who was fourth in the 3,200 last year. “It’s what everyone dreams of when you start off running. “It was unbelievable, winning the Meet of Champions,” he added. “I was able to enjoy the last 100 meters in a Holmdel uniform.” FARRAH MAFFAI Matawan’s Erison Hurtault runs to a ninth-place finish in the 400 at the Meet of Champions. As is often the case in championship distance races, no one wanted to take the lead. The field remained bunched together, contenders and pretenders, playing a waiting game. An opening 4:41 mile hardly took the starch out of anyone. Finally, on the sixth lap, Reinhard shook things up, accelerating into the lead. It was the break Segal was looking for as he set out after Reinhard, and no one else went in pursuit. “It helped when Reinhard took the lead,” said Segal. “I knew someone would take it. I thought he went too early.” Segal chased down Reinhard with 600 meters remaining. By then, the two had opened up a big gap on the field. Segal would not have to worry about being under any pressure over the last lap of the race. He was clear of the field when he made his final push. “With 300 to go, everything clicked for the first time in my career,” said Segal. As a result, Segal’s final 100 meters provided him with a lifetime of memories as he was able to take it all in and appreciate the significance of his accomplishment, becoming the first Hornet to win an MOC crown. While Segal was bringing his successful scholastic career to a happy conclusion, Raritan’s Kelly Robinson continued her journey to the unknown. The Rocket junior joined Segal as the only other area athlete to win gold at the MOC, capturing the girls’ javelin throw. A year ago, Robinson was a “scared sophomore” competing in her first state championship. This year, she is perhaps, the best all-around thrower in the state qualifying in the shot put, discus and javelin. At the MOC she competed in only the javelin. While the discus is what got Robinson to South Brunswick last year, it was the javelin that has emerged has her best event. Robinson, better known for her exploits on the basketball hardwood, has quickly made her mark in track and field. She entered Wednesday’s competition with the best throw in the state (148-4) and the Central Jersey Group II and State Group II titles to her credit. She was the thrower everyone would be watching. Robinson quickly gave her opponents something to watch when she sent the spear 141-3 to take the lead. It was a mark that would hold up with Eastern’s Caitlin Cielo taking second at 140-1. Robinson’s teammate Amanda Harmata was eighth after a 124-10. Starting with the Monmouth County Championships and ending with the MOC, the junior went undefeated. Still relatively new to track and field, Robinson’s potential is enormous. It will be interesting to see what she does for an encore next spring. As of last week, her 148-4 was the fourth best throw in the country. Matawan’s Uzoma Orji completed one of the most distinguished throwing careers in history, medaling in two events. The Husky reached 62-9 1/5 in the shot put to finish second to three-time MOC champion Glenn DiGiorgio of Bayonne, who did 68-0 1/4, the best throw in the state this year. Orji was seventh in the discus (160-1) that went against to DiGiorgio (197-0). Orji has been overshadowed in his career by DiGiorgio and Monmouth Regional’s Adam Kuehl (discus) throughout out his career. But to put things in perspective, his season’s best shot put of 62-10 1/4 is the 11th best in the country this year. The Husky is not only one of the state’s best throwers, but one of the best in the country. Robert Scales of Middletown South was second in the javelin with a 187-8. The Eagle thrower was the top-seed, following his winning 191-9 at the Group III state championships. However, Jim Malizia of St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) picked the right time to uncork the year’s best throw, 203-7, which was more than enough to earn him gold. Scales also threw a season’s best. His previous best was 191-9. Holmdel’s Craig Percopo, the Monmouth County champion, was 11th (174-11). Christian Brothers Academy’s Jeff Peterson was fourth in the 1,600 (4:17.0), which went to favorite Marc Pelerin of Cherokee, who ran a sizzling last 400 to post the year’s best time, 4:12.74. Matawan’s ErisonHolmdel’s Segal, Raritan’s Robinson are state champions By tim morris Staff Writer Hurtault was ninth in the 400 meters (48.61). In the seldom-contested triple jump, CBA’s Devin Barry finished eighth (43-4 1/2). Middletown South’s Nicole Lombardy ran the final race of her career and made it a memorable one, running her best time of the spring, 11:00.47, and placing fifth in the 3,200. South’s 1,600-meter relay team of Lombardy, Lauren Dike, Tina Morrison and Kolleen McCauley just missed a sub-4:00 clocking posting a 4:00.21.last_img read more

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10th Annual Car & Bike Show and After Party

first_imgLake Mainstay Resort will be hosting its 10th annual Car and Bike Show and After Party on Saturday, April 20 at the Resort’s beach in Mainstay/Whyaka Village on the Essequibo Coast.This year, the cars and bikes will compete in 18 categories. These include best car, best sound, best SUV/Bus, loudest sound, best bike, best classic vehicle, best super bike and the loudest sound SUV/ bus.Registration cost $4000 and forms can be uplifted at Lake Mainstay Resort offices in Georgetown and Essequibo; Gutty’s Variety Stall – Charity; G&P Jaigobin & Sons Supermarket – Henrietta; Cellular Plus Store – Anna Regina; Anil Cell Phone Store – Anna Regina Market; Derick Photocopy Shop – Anna Regina Post Office and Universal Pharmacy – Suddie.The forms can also be downloaded from the Resort’s Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/lakemainstayDeadline for registration is April 18, 2019. The event will see more than $1 million in cash prizes and trophies. However, as it gets dark, Pream’s Mega Sound will take charge of the After Party. The master of ceremony and commentator will be Ravi D.In addition, there will be several exciting games for the kids and more so, food courts and beverage bars.Admission to the event will cost $1000 for adults and $500 for children. The actual event will commence at 18:00h, but the gates will be opened at 15:00h. The 10th Annual Lake Mainstay Regatta is sponsored by Castrol Oil, Banks Beer and Stag Beer.For further information, please call telephone numbers: 592-226-2975, 592-771-4957/59/60.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Use pics of car and bikelast_img read more

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What a tangled web…

first_img…oil money createsMouth open and story jumped out!!! And what a story it is!! Reporting on this story can make even the most staid family newspaper (like this one!) appear sensational! Here we have the biggest oil find of the decade by the oil behemoth Exxon off the shores of Guyana, which has the potential to be the long-hoped-for game changer for this long-suffering country.All eyes are on the country, especially for hanky-panky by the Government officials dealing with the Oil Major. After all, the world now has decades of experience with countries — especially in Africa — that were  as dirt poor as us before they found oil; and remained so even after TRILLIONS  of dollars of oil was shipped out!! Where did the money go?Some went towards profligate projects for support at the polls, but most went into private bank accounts of Government officials. And that’s the sad truth. And there’s no use blaming the oil companies; if they don’t play the “under the table” game, the countries simply pick another that does! It’s the way the (oil) world turns.But forewarned is forearmed, no? Well…No!! Even with Trotman and Jordan being the cynosure of ALL eyes, they pulled a scam. It’s like the fellas on the street with their “three-card-monte”. Their hands are moving right in front of your eyes, but they still manage to pull off their scam. It all has to do with misdirection; and that is just what Trotman and Jordan did.First of all, they claimed they couldn’t renegotiate the original 1999 contract — which was bull, since that contract had sunset clauses that just happened to kick in not long after oil was discovered. And so Exxon had to renegotiate by 2016. This was sheepishly admitted by Trotman, the Resource Minister — who should be renamed “the Resourceful Minister”!  — when he BOASTED he ‘renegotiated” the Royalty from 1% to 2%!!That fact alone signalled that Trotman was playing footsies under the table! The norm is around 8% to 15% — which translated to billions (US!). So now we found out about the bonus, which Trotman says ISN’T a bonus, but a fee to fight big and bad Venezuela. Are we to believe that to get a PSA on 3billion barrels of oil, Exxon had to fork out just US$25milion??Naaah!! The search must continue to unearth the secret bank accounts of Government officials — in addition to Trotman and Jordan — into which payoffs might’ve been deposited.Remember the US$300 million deposited into the account of Equatorial Guinea’s ruler, BRIG. GEN. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in the Riggs Bank in Washington?…the AFC weaves in BerbiceMoses Nagamootoo used his time during the Budget Debate to try extricating his size six shoes from his mouth on the unfolding sugar tragedy. Apart from exposing the correlation between his foot size and testicular fortitude and other allied prowess, it was a pathetic performance. And “performance” it certainly was!The two Berbice estates are already sold, and NOW he suggests “plans” for the workers? OK…it’s true that cane-cutters and their children weren’t born with cane-bundles on their heads, but they certainly also weren’t born with silver spoons in their mouths. So how will they survive to be “trained for oil and gas” when there have been absolutely no provisions for alternative employment?“Oil jobs”? Where are they? Last your Eyewitness heard, there will be employment for only a few hundred at Muneshwer’s East Bank facility — for which they received 4000+ applications!! As usual, Nagamootoo just bloviates! He suggests “cash crops”. Has GuySuCo leased land to the workers?As his sidekick Ramjattan would say, “Haul yuh ass!”…on infrastructureAPNU and AFC berated the PPP on their infrastructural focus, yet adopted the PPP programme when they got into Government. But why the surprise to bemoan CJIA’s delayed and needs more funds?Have they completed a single project on time and on budget?last_img read more

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Palmdale breaks ground on senior housing

first_imgPalmdale has waiting lists for senior housing that can stretch 18 months to two years. To help meet that demand, the city has 460 senior housing units in the works, including the Courson Connection project aimed at creating a senior-oriented neighborhood next to City Hall. AMCAL will be developing 75 units as part of the Courson Connection project. “We identified a need for senior housing years ago, and we are fulfilling that need,” Mayor Jim Ledford said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The project is expected to take about a year to complete. “Cielo Azul will help meet the rising needs of area residents who are looking for senior housing either for themselves or for loved ones that is not only beautiful but affordable,” AMCAL President Percival Vaz said. AMCAL will be surveying the residents to see what kinds of services they will be needing. Typically, those needs include help with house cleaning, meal delivery, financial planning and transportation to activities, said Maurice Ramirez, AMCAL’s vice president of operations and project management. The project will include a clubhouse. Unlike family apartment complexes where clubhouses tend to be used only for occasional parties, clubhouses in senior complexes tend to be more of a gathering spot in senior developments, Ramirez said. “There will be game areas, game tables for playing cards and for one-on-one conversation,” Ramirez said. PALMDALE – A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week for an 81-unit senior apartment complex the city said is needed to help address the demand for affordable housing for aging residents. The developer, AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc., and city officials marked the beginning of the project known as Cielo Azul, which is located at 38040 27th St. E. The $13.7million project will have 64 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom units. “This is a key component in providing decent, safe, comfortable, and affordable housing for our seniors,” said Michael Adams, the city’s housing manager. The project is being built on 5acres that Los Angeles County gave the city with the provision that it be used for senior housing. The city provided a $189,000 loan to help with the development. last_img read more

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Aston Villa star’s future rests on Premier League survival, Tim Sherwood tells talkSPORT

first_imgTim Sherwood claims Ron Vlaar’s Aston Villa future will be decided only when the club’s Premier League place has been confirmed for next season.The Dutch defender had been expected to leave Villa Park at the end of the season, when his contract expires, with Manchester United said to be interested.But, after helping the Villans to the FA Cup final, the 30-year-old announced he had performed a U-turn and wanted to remain at the Midlands side.“Things have changed for me in the past few months since (Tim) Sherwood took over,” he said. “It’s possible I could stay at Aston Villa.”But, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Monday, the Villa chief insisted nothing will be sorted until the club have beaten relegation.“I hope so,” he said, when asked whether he wanted Vlaar to sign a new contract. “He’s a very experienced player and has been great for the last few games.“I’m going to have a chat with Ron and find out what his thoughts are. We’ll decide on his future once we secure our Premier League future.”last_img read more

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Man United plot Griezmann swoop next summer, Pulis could quit West Brom – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…West Brom manager Tony Pulis is considering his future after a frustrating transfer window. (Daily Express)Manchester United will make a move for Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann next summer as a long-term replacement for England captain Wayne Rooney. (Bleacher Report)Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante says United boss Jose Mourinho tried to persuade him to move to Old Trafford rather than Stamford Bridge from Premier League champions Leicester City this summer. (The Sun)Everton co-owner Farhad Moshiri has said the club decided against signing midfielder Moussa Sissoko because they did not want to jeopardise the future of Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy. (Sky Sports)Gabriel Agbonlahor’s Aston Villa career is over, with club chiefs fuming after he rejected a transfer deadline-day move to Reading. (The Sun)Jack Butland is facing potentially two months out of action in another huge blow for England and Stoke. (Daily Telegraph)Wales forward Hal Robson-Kanu turned down a £100,000-per-week offer from China to sign for West Brom on deadline day. (Daily Mirror)Sunderland have appealed to FIFA in the hope of gaining special dispensation to sign Boavista goalkeeper, Mika, outside the transfer window. The Black Cats are also desperately searching for an unattached striker after Fabio Borini was ruled out for three months by injury. (The Guardian)That player could be former West Brom and Everton striker Victor Anichebe, who is a free agent, but Stoke and Hull are also interested in signing the striker. (Daily Mail)last_img read more

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New manual bans some torture techniques

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – A new Army manual bans torture and degrading treatment of prisoners, for the first time specifically mentioning forced nakedness, hooding and other infamous procedures used during the five-year-old fight against terrorism. Delayed more than a year amid criticism of the Defense Department’s treatment of prisoners, the revised Army Field Manual released Wednesday updates a 1992 version. It also explicitly bans beating prisoners, sexually humiliating them, threatening them with dogs, depriving them of food or water, performing mock executions, shocking them with electricity, burning them, causing other pain and a technique called “water boarding” that simulates drowning, said Lt. Gen. John Kimmons, Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence . Officials said the revisions are based on lessons learned since the U.S. began taking prisoners after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Release of the manual came amid a flurry of announcements about U.S. handling of prisoners, which has drawn criticism from Bush administration critics as well as domestic and international allies. The Pentagon also announced an overall policy statement on prisoner operations. President Bush acknowledged the existence of previously secret CIA prisons around the world where terrorist suspects have been held and interrogated. He said 14 such al-Qaida leaders had been transferred to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and will be brought to trial. Human rights groups and some nations have urged the Bush administration to close that prison almost since it opened in 2002 with prisoners from the campaign against al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Scrutiny of U.S. treatment of prisoners reached to a new level in 2004 with the release of photos showing U.S. troops beating, intimidating and sexually abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq – and then again with news of the secret facilities. Though defense officials earlier this year debated writing a classified section of the manual to keep some interrogation procedures a secret from potential enemies, Kimmons said Wednesday that there is no secret section. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said from the start of the fight against terrorism that prisoners are treated humanely and in a manner “consistent with Geneva Conventions.” But Bush decided shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks that since it was not a conventional war, “unlawful enemy combatants” captured in the fight against al-Qaida would not be considered POWs and thus would not be afforded the protections of the convention. The new manual, called “Human Intelligence Collector Operations,” applies to all the armed services. It doesn’t cover the CIA, which also has come under investigation for mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan and for keeping suspects in secret prisons. Sixteen of the manual’s 19 interrogation techniques were covered in the old manual and three new ones were added on the basis of lessons from the counter-terror war, Kimmons said. The additions are that interrogators may use the good-cop/bad-cop tact with prisoners, they may portray themselves as someone other than an American interrogator, and they may use “separation,” basically keeping prisoners apart from each other so enemy combatants can’t coordinate their answers with each other. The last will be used only on unlawful combatants, not POWS, only as an exception and only with permission of a high-level commander, Kimmons said. The Pentagon also on Wednesday released a new policy directive on detention operations that says the handling of prisoners must – at a minimum – abide by the standards of the Geneva Conventions and lays out the responsibilities of senior civilian and military officials who oversee detention operations. “The revisions … took time,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Cully Stimson said at the briefing. “It took time because it was important to get it right, and we did get it right.” He said the directive pulls together policy changes recommended in a dozen investigations done after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke. “By publishing this document and the Army Field Manual, we will have addressed over 95 percent of the recommendations from those 12 major investigations since Abu Ghraib,” Stimson said. Amnesty International USA’s director, Larry Cox, said he was “pleased to see a direct repudiation of tactics previously approved for use against detainees such as hooding, the use of dogs,” as well as the acknowledgment that the Geneva Conventions apply. Among members of Congress briefed on the manual Wednesday, Democrats praised it as a step in the right direction and potentially helpful in preventing future prisoner abuse. Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said he was concerned that, because the techniques are unclassified, information from the manuals could be used by terrorists to resist interrogations.last_img read more

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Ruairi Harkin the latest player to re-sign at Finn Harps

first_imgRUAIRI Harkin will be back at Finn Harps for 2020, the club has announced.The 29-year-old midfielder joined Harps in the summer having been released by Cliftonville in May.The Derry native had a frustrating couple of years with injury before linking up with Harps, for whom he made ten appearances in the latter part of the 2019 season. This is Harkin’s second spell at Harps as he had been on loan at the club under James Gallagher in 2009.Ollie Horgan is delighted to add Harkin to the roster. “Ruairi came in with only a handful of games left but his experience was a big lift to the team down the stretch,” Horgan said.“He’d had a hard couple of years with injuries but in fairness to him he was ready for a battle and that showed in how often he played having come in so late. We’re delighted he’s signed back for another year.” Harkin joins Mark Anthony McGinley, Gareth Harkin, Mark Coyle, Tony McNamee, Mark Timlin, Kieran Farren and Stephen Doherty as having signed on while Derry City’s Adrian Delap will be added on a loan deal for the first six months of 2020.Ruairi Harkin the latest player to re-sign at Finn Harps was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsFinn ParkOllie HorganRuairi Harkinlast_img read more

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