Prieto to become NJSEA president

first_imgSECAUCUS – Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, who was replaced as Assembly Speaker earlier this year, will resign his Assembly seat to become president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the state agency that oversees the Meadowlands.Recommended for the post by Gov. Phil Murphy, Prieto will assume his new duties at the NJSEA on Feb. 25, and will receive an annual salary of $225,000.Prieto under law must step down from his assembly seat in the 32nd district that includes all of Secaucus, North Bergen and other towns outside Hudson County. It has not yet been determined who will be named to replace him until a special election can be held later this year.last_img

What we learned from Syracuse men’s basketball’s 71-50 win over Monmouth

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 18 Syracuse (3-0) came away with a 71-50 win over Monmouth (1-2) at the Carrier Dome, but it didn’t come with as much ease as SU’s two prior wins. Monmouth tied the game at 20 and was within eight points at halftime. Thanks to a strong defensive performance in the second half, Syracuse pulled away.Here’s what we learned from the game.Monmouth’s one-man press bothered Frank HowardMonmouth point guard Justin Robinson pressed Frank Howard the length of the court throughout the game on Friday. Howard finished with eight points, six assists and two turnovers in 23 minutes. The press didn’t affect Howard much in the box score, but he said it’s “annoying” to deal with and it tired him out.“It’s annoying as a point guard especially when you’re kind of tall and you got a little guy getting up under you full court,” Howard said. “He’s quick, athletic, strong. So it’s annoying. And that’s what they’re doing, if they catch a mistake, get the ball off the turnover, speed you up. I just got to take my time, go at my own pace. I think I do a pretty good job of that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot-5 Howard said he expects more teams to deploy the strategy against him because he’s a point guard with more size than most. He cited Louisville as a team that often presses and could use point guard Quentin Snider similarly to how Monmouth used Robinson.Since Howard often has a size advantage over the players that guard him, he said refs tend to allow the defenders to be more physical on him. He has to combat the pressure by staying low to the court to keep his leverage and dribbling strong. It takes more energy to fend off a defender for the length of the court and could wear Howard down in more challenging circumstances. Facing the scheme against Monmouth was a good test, he said.Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerAndrew White can carry Syracuse’s offense but he doesn’t have toAndrew White put up 18 points in the first half as the Orange held on to an eight-point lead at the break. He went 3-of-7 from behind the arc, including back-to-back triples to turn a tie game into a 26-20 SU lead. By halftime, he had just one less point than all of his teammates combined.“I thought in the first half we did a really good job of getting Andrew the ball,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He was our offense. He kept us in there when we were struggling a little bit offensively. But he made big shots and got us some separation.”But in the second half, White didn’t score a single point as he went 0-for-5 from the field. Still, the SU offense managed 34 second-half points. Its defense led the way after halftime and White’s production wasn’t needed. In tougher situations against more challenging opponents, Syracuse’s reliance on White may change. But for now, when the Orange’s defense played the way it did holding the Hawks to 21 in the second half, SU can afford a scoreless half from its leading scorer.Jim Boeheim isn’t tolerating turnovers from his point guardsAfter John Gillon drove from the right wing, bumped into a Monmouth defender and fumbled the ball out of bounds, Boeheim immediately pulled him. He yelled, “Are you crazy?” to the fifth-year transfer and continued yelling once Gillon sat on the bench three and a half minutes into the second half.Gillon and Howard combined for four turnovers. SU had 16 overall and 10 in the second half. Gillon’s two turnovers were the most he’s had in a game through three contests.“Ten turnovers in the second half. We can’t have our point guards just giving the ball up like that,” Boeheim said. “… I think what happens is we play teams that can’t guard and you just go by them. Now you’re playing a team that can guard people. That team’s a good team.”Right before Boeheim ripped into Gillon, Howard had also been subbed out six seconds after committing a turnover. Comments Published on November 19, 2016 at 12:51 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

85 days to go: Count-down to Comoros match starts

first_imgRequest for a Letter to recommending FUFA to the Ministry of Lands to start the process of Trusteeship Incorporation Latest results, Uganda one of best 2nd placed teamsUganda beat Bostwana 2-1 at the weekend to boost their chances of making it to the AFCON finals for the first time since 1978.Luwagga put Uganda ahead in the 10th minute after a perfect ball from Tony Mawejje, before Botswana were allowed to equalize from a clear off-side position in the 50th.But, the status did not stay the same for long as in popped Aucho, benefiting from a Denis Iguma, to stun the hosts a minute later.Qualifiers for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon after penultimate round of group matches at the weekend:Guinea-Bissau (Group E winners)Morocco (Group F winners)Egypt (Group G winners)Ghana (Group H winners)Algeria (Group J winners)Senegal (Group K winners)Zimbabwe (Group L winners)Cameroon (Group M winners)**Mali  (Mathematically – Group C winners or one of best two runners-up)Note: Gabon are automatic entrants as the host nationContenders for other six places:Liberia, Tunisia, Togo (Group A)Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (Group B)Burkina Faso, Uganda (Group D)Ivory Coast (holders), Sierra Leone (Group I)**Best two runners-up from 11 four-team groupsGroups in contention for two second best qualification placesGroup A  Liberia      5 3 1 1 10 4 10Tunisia      5 3 1 1 12 2 10Togo          5 2 2 1  6  4  8Djibouti     5 0 0 5  1 19 0Final gamesTunisia vs LiberiaTogo vs DjiboutiGroup BDR Congo     5 4 0 1 12 5 12C.A.R.           5 3 1 1 8  7   10Angola          5 1 1 3 6  7   4Madagascar 5 0 2 3 4 11 2Final gameDR Congs vs CARGroup CMali            5 4 1 0 8 1 13Benin         4 2 2 0 8 4 8S.Sudan     5 1 0 4 3 11 3E.Guinea   4 0 1 3 1 4 1Final gamesBenin vs Equatorial GuineaMali vs BeninGroup DB. Faso       5 3 1 1 4 1 10Uganda      5 3 1 1 5 2 10Botswana   5 2 0 3 4 6 6Comoros     5 1 0 4 2 6 3Final gamesUganda vs ComorosBurkina Faso V BotswanaShare on: WhatsApp September 3, 2016Uganda vs ComorosUganda Cranes are not taking any chances ahead of their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game at home against Comoros.Soccer governing body FUFA Wednesday outlined their plans, on and off the pitch, to help Cranes be in the right state of mind for the make-or-break tie at Mandela Stadium Namboole on September 3, 2016.“We do not have enough time to prepare for the game against Comoros. We only have a few days left. We need to prepare the players well technically, tactically, mentally and physically” national coach Milutin Sredojevic Micho told the press Wednesday.“We need maximum points, and that is our only focus,”  stressed Moses Magogo, Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president.“We have started immediate preparations for the game against Comoros and the details will be released soon. We are not into the mathematical lessons. We need maximum points in the next game” he added.Magogo was however unhappy, saying that administrative pressure by National Council of Sports at this moment was not helpful.Magogo said the football institution is committed fully to meeting the registration guidelines set by the National council of Sports (NCS).“We are law abiding citizens but the position being sold by NCS that we don’t want to be controlled is incorrect. We need regulations that will benefit all sports federations. Deadlines will not help develop sports in the country. NCS needs to understand the concerns of FUFA and other Federations in this exercise’ said the FUFA President.Magogo warned that if NCS does not wait until after the FUFA general assembly that will discuss issues raised in October, world soccer governing body FIFA will see this as interference, and trigger a ban on the federation.He said FUFA had meanwhile wrote to NCS on 4th May, 2016 but a response is yet to be received on four key points highlighted in the letter.Key points in the FUFA letter to NCS;FUFA will register with the NCS under the new regulationsNotified NCS that there is a clash in opinion by Government Legal and FIFA Legal on the registration of FUFA under the Trustee Incorporation Actcenter_img FUFA requests for more time till October for the Constitution to be amended to match the NCS regulations.last_img read more

Rugby cranes to camp in Cape Town ahead of world cup 7s

first_img“She handles the team for about 10 days depending on the training block. Kruyt is also a strength and conditioning expert, ” added Olinga.Uganda together with South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe will represent the African continent at the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s. The Rugby Cranes will open their campaign against Samoa in the preliminary round on July 20th at the AT&T Park in San Francisco, USA.After failing to impress at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, the Rugby Cranes are hoping to put-up an impressive show at the World Cup 7s.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Rugby Cranes will camp in Cape Town, South Africa ahead of the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s.Ramzy Olinga, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) told URN on Wednesday that the team will have 10 days of training at the Stellenbosch High Performance Centre in Cape Town.“This is one of the best rugby training camps in the world used by the top teams. We are confident it will help our team prepare better as we get closer to the World Cup,” added Olinga. The Rugby World Cup 7s will take place in California, USA July 20-22.Uganda qualified for the Rugby World Cup last year after beating Zimbabwe 22-10 to retain the Africa 7s Rugby Cup. New Zealand are the reigning World Cup champions.Olinga said the team under the watchful eyes of Tolbert Onyango has intensified the training programme. “The follows a strict training block with most of the sessions taking place between 5-7am,” added Olinga. He said they have also hired a high performance coach, Ninette Kruyt from South Africa to help the team.last_img read more

Paddles up in the Puget Sound: The 11th Annual Dragon Boat…

first_imgFacebook80Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityWith more than 50 local, regional and international teams, including an increase to 16 teams in the women’s division and an all-new junior division, the 11th Annual Saint Martin’s Dragon Boat Festival is set for a record-breaking year.This extraordinary event will involve more than 1,200 participants in a fun, festive day of dragon boat racing and multicultural performances, arts and crafts. More than 4,000 visitors from the surrounding South Puget Sound region are expected to join in the festivities at the Olympia Port Plaza on Saturday, April 30. This day-long event is free and open to the public.The day will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with welcoming remarks by Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D., and Washington State Senator Karen Fraser, followed by the “Dotting of the Eye” ceremony, a traditional blessing of the dragon boats. The races will begin at 9:30 a.m. A total of 52 local, regional and international teams, including the Seattle Flying Fire Dragons, Team Tsunami and Rip City Paddlers, will hit the water for a day of fun and fierce competition. The paddlers come from universities, high schools, school districts, government agencies, community organizations and local businesses located in various areas, from Seattle to Portland.In addition to the races, visitors can enjoy Chinese traditional art demonstrations, martial arts performances and music, starting at 10:00 a.m. The final heats of the race will commence at 4:00 p.m., followed by a closing and awards ceremony.Saint Martin’s University staff work with the Port of Olympia to put on the annual Dragon Boat Festival.Dragon boat racing is a tradition that dates back to 4th-century China, commemorating famed poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself into the Milo River to protest the political turmoil and suffering of the people at that time. Today, dragon boat races are an opportunity to celebrate culture and community.Saint Martin’s University has been actively involved in education and cultural exchanges with China since 1995. Each year, members of Saint Martin’s faculty travel to China to teach international business, accounting and general education courses. Saint Martin’s students regularly participate in China study tours and internship opportunities in Shanghai and Hong Kong. In addition, 40 students from China are currently studying at Saint Martin’s University.The Dragon Boat Festival draws support from organizations throughout the Puget Sound area and the sponsors are Port of Olympia;  the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater; Squaxin Island Tribe; 94.5 ROXY; Capital Mall; Capitol City Press; Olympia Federal Savings and the Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University.“We are excited to continue with the tradition of the Dragon Boat Festival that Josephine Yung, vice president of International Programs and Development, started back in 2006,” says Kathleen Thomas, director of Event Services and Dragon Boat Festival planning committee chair. “In the ensuing years, it has grown leaps and bounds with increased teams, vendors and festival attendees. Even if you prefer not to paddle, come out and experience the convivial atmosphere, enjoy the cultural performances and cheer on your favorite team!”Paddles up!For more information about the Dragon Boat Festival, visit www.stmartin.edu/dragonboat.last_img read more

NJ Surfing Trailblazers Set To Reunite

first_imgOriginal Kiernan Surfers Popularized The Sport On The Jersey ShoreBy Jay CookThe year 1965 changed the way surfing was viewed on the Jersey Shore.Picture the scene: empty Volkswagen Bugs and Ford Woody Wagons lined down Kiernan Boulevard in Long Branch, as their passengers move in waves to Kiernan Beach, which would become the most prolific break for New Jersey surfing. Bonfires, music and surfboards are equally scattered across the beach as surfers, both young and old, share their one beloved hobby.To the generation of surfers who became familiar with this scene summer after summer, the Kiernan Surfing Association was a treasured second home.“It’s an iconic surf spot, and has been for 50 years,” said Gary Germain of Rumson, president of the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame.
Nearly 50 members of Kiernan Surfing Association met last year on Sept. 19 at the Kiernan site. This gathering led to talks with the park system about a plaque for Kiernan. Photo courtesy Carter McCoyHe is also one of the “Original 100” members of Kiernan, who started surfing at the Long Branch beach which is now part of Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park.“I joined at about 13-years-old; I used to hitch rides down with friends and members who were old enough to take me,” he said. “Had to do some extra yard work to get the 15 bucks or 20 bucks to join that year.”Kiernan Surfing Association, which lasted from 1965 through 1972 and averaged about 100 members per year, will be honored on its 50th anniversary later this month by the Monmouth County Park System.Scott Thompson surfing at Kiernan Beach, Long Branch. Photo courtesy S. Thompson“They know how important the surf community is to recreational support for the area and taking care of the environment, and the stewardship that’s required to make that all happen,” said Kiernan member Scott Thompson of Red Bank.Starting Sept. 23, Kiernan members from around the country will paddle back to the spot where they first fell in love with surfing, for a two-day event commemorating the club’s rich history during its lifespan.On Friday evening, members will gather at Canyon Pass Provisions in Fair Haven to spend the night around a campfire and reminisce on the old days at Kiernan.The next morning, Thompson expects anywhere between 100 to 175 people to meet at the old site for the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the Kiernan Surfing Association by the Monmouth County Park System.A memorial service for members who have passed on will also take place in the form of a paddle-out.“It made a mark for a generation of young people in Monmouth County, that they could go to and remember when they were young and what was going on back then,” said Ted Geiser, one of Kiernan’s founding members.According to Kiernan Surfing Association, this was the first official sign for the surfing club, placed right near the entrance. Photo courtesy KSAIn the 1960s, surfing at the Jersey Shore was stigmatized as a hobby for derelicts, groups of guys and gals who had nothing better to do than hang out around the beach.Local surfers did not have a surf spot of their own; they had to either race to the shore early in the morning before lifeguard shifts began, or wait until dusk when those same lifeguards went home for the night, just to get some alone time in the water without being harassed.Thanks to Geiser and his father, who worked as an attorney, local surfers were finally awarded the opportunity to have their own beach.“We met with the owner of the beach, George Savoth, and he drew up some paperwork, where we would form an association, Kiernan Surfing Association, and he would lease the beach to us as a group,” Geiser said.A view of what Kiernan Beach looked like from the end of Kiernan Boulevard. The iconic pilings which made the surf so great can be seen near the water’s edge. Photo courtesy KSAThe stretch of beach which soon became the Kiernan Surfing Association was alongside a family beach club, White Sands Beach Club. Savoth, the owner of White Sands, did not have an issue with surfers; he just wanted protection in the event of an injury.“We had an annual membership of about $20 a year, and with about 100 surfers a year, it would cover the insurance for the guy,” said Geiser.Included in that agreement, the Kiernan surfers would have to lifeguard the beach, along with policing it; that dealt with making sure uninsured swimmers would not get into the water.That specific stretch of beach was also a key component to the creation of Kiernan.The combination of jetties created by the Army Corps of Engineers and leftover wooden pilings “formed a natural preservation of sand there that made a natural surf break, a very large area where the waves would break farther out,” Geiser said.Just a few minute’s walk away from Kiernan Surfing Association was the Monmouth Beach Surf Shop, the headquarters
 of the Weber Surf Team. Consisting of other New Jersey Surfing Hall of Famers, including Vince Troenic and Charlie Kunes, that area of Long Branch beach became a hotbed for competitive surfing.Former Seaside Park resident Greg Mesanko, who is also an NJ Surfing Hall of Famer himself, spearheaded the team from Seaside Heights that came to face Weber Surf Team.“Casino Pier and the Manasquan Inlet have the same kind of history, but Kiernan was totally the king of that,” he said of Kiernan’s allure.Mesanko turned a love of surfing into a career, as he is the current owner of the Billabong store located at The Grove West in Shrewsbury. Before that, he was the man in charge at Grog’s Surf Palace’s three locations: Seaside Park, Toms River and Point Pleasant Beach.He compared the surfing culture at Kiernan to another movement happening just down Ocean Avenue.“What was going on in the water was similar to the Asbury Park music scene at the same time. It wouldn’t be a stretch to see Bruce Springsteen or Clarence Clemons at the beach or in one of the surf shops.”Kiernan Beach, September 13, 2016. Photo by Anthony V. Cosentino“The surfing scene at that point in time, and the music, was the fabric that held it all together,” Germain said.Kiernan Surfing Association also represented an escape for many during the Vietnam War and possible conscription for of-age boys.“It was more than surfing, because what was going on in the country at the time, a very tumultuous time with the Vietnam War,” said Geiser. “It was a good place for kids to go; we could have been in worse situations than going surfing, and that’s what we did.”Kiernan was the key driving force behind a true movement on the Jersey Shore.“I think one of the greatest phrases about surfing is that the best surfer in the water is the person having the most fun; that was true for all of us in the ‘70s, regardless of our age or our ability,” Germain said. “We just had a lot of fun hanging out together doing something that we loved.”This story was originally published in the Sept. 15-22 edition of The Two River Times. Pick up a copy of the Two River Times at Canyon Pass Provisions in Fair Haven, at the reunion Saturday at Kiernan Beach.last_img read more

Bombers finish sixth overall at BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers finished the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship in sixth spot following a loss to Ballenas of Parksville in consolation round match Saturday.The Bombers dropped a 4-0 decision to the high-powered Vancouver Island squad. However, the sixth-place finish is one of the better results for the Heritage City school in provincial play.LVR opened the tournament Thursday with a 3-0 loss to St. Michael’s University of Victoria.The Bombers then reeled off three consecutive wins to reach in round-robin and playoff action over Crofton House of Vancouver, Brookswood of Langley, Holy Cross of Vancouver to reach Saturday’s five/six playoff showdown.Naomi Perkins led LVR in scoring with three goals. Emma and Jenna Wheeldon along with Ali Zondervan also scored for the Bombers.LVR advanced to the 16-team tournament as the Kootenay rep after defeating David Thompson of Invermere and J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail in the Zone Championship in May.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Trafalgar Thunder Volleyball Team

first_imgThe Trafalgar Thunder have been burning up the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Volleyball scene as the team prepares for the upcoming West Kootenay Championships.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to showcase the Thunder as Team of the Week.The team includes Lauren Hartridge, Teigan Barnhart, Farrah Marzicola, Nicola Anderson, Sarah Shah, Ella Peloso, Abby Jackson, Alexis Dyck, Semegn Atkinson, Addis Atkinson, Ruby Linnen, Gabby Bobby and Jaylen Rushton.last_img

MOUNTAINEERING IRELAND CALLS ON COUNCIL TO STOP PATHWAY WORKS AT SLIABH LIAG

first_imgA chopper delivers stone to the pathways around Sliabh Liag.Mountaineering Ireland has called on Donegal County Council to halt works to put in new pathways at Sliabh Liag.The group has carried out two visits to the site and said they do not think the pathways are of a high enough standard.The group first visited the leading tourist site on August 27th and raised concerns that the contract team carrying out the works lacked relevant experience. The group then invited an internationally recognised expert in upland path management to visit the site.Dr Bob Aitken visited the site on September 16th, and although the site showed some improvement, the overall work did not meet an acceptable standard, according to Dr Aitken.A spokesman for Mountaineering Ireland said it is now again calling on Donegal County Council to stop the works.“Mountaineering Ireland again called on Donegal County Council to halt the work and to bring more relevant expertise into the project. “Despite these requests work is continuing. Slieve League is an iconic landscape which we have a shared responsibility to protect for the benefit of future generations. The quality of any remedial work at Slieve League should match the quality of this magnificent landscape.“The skills and techniques to deal effectively with upland path erosion and visitor management in sensitive environments have been developed across Britain over the last four decades. We are in the early stages of building a similar body of expertise in Ireland.“Through the Helping the Hills initiative Mountaineering Ireland has been working with a number of other organisations to share experience and learning in this area. In the meantime we shouldn’t accept a second-class solution for Slieve League or any of Ireland’s mountains.”A statement from Donegal County Council said it has noted the call by Mountaineering Ireland.“Mountaineering Ireland has raised concerns with Donegal County Council in the recent past in relation to works at Sliabh Liag and these concerns have been noted. “Donegal County Council will ensure that all works on the Sliabh Liag Project will be completed to the highest standard.”MOUNTAINEERING IRELAND CALLS ON COUNCIL TO STOP PATHWAY WORKS AT SLIABH LIAG was last modified: September 29th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Mountaineering Irelandpathatssliabh liagstonelast_img read more

Alex set to join PSG – report

first_imgChelsea defender Alex is set to snub QPR and join former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St-Germain, according to the Daily Mirror.The transfer-listed centre-back has been holding talks with R’s manager Mark Hughes but is believed to favour a £4m move to the French club, who are also being linked with Frank Lampard.The Daily Mail suggest QPR could order Anton Ferdinand to shake hands with John Terry before Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea.The Mail also say Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich remains determined to drive through a move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Willian before the transfer deadline. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img