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FREEHOLD – The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will present “The Forgotten War Along the Jersey Shore: New Jersey and the War of 1812,” a Rescheduled PowerPoint lecture at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, presented by Robert L, Silverman, educator, lecturer and historical re-enactor.Admission is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers.Though not as embedded in the country’s consciousness as The American Revolution or the Civil War, the War of 1812 had vital consequences for our young nation.British attacks on American shipping and the impressment of its seamen were major causes of the war. The general public regarded it as a “second war of independence” from Britain. New Jersey provided more than 6,000 troops for the nation’s land campaigns, but the state’s prominence in the war rested upon the naval battles that took place along its Atlantic coast.Silverman will accompany his illustrated show with a vivid retelling of the most absorbing of these battles.Although there were a minority of Jews at the time, a few individuals stand out: Judah Touro, businessman and philanthropist; privateer Jean Lafitte; and Uriah P Levy, who in later years was to become the first Jewish Commodore in the U. S. Navy and whose nephew L. Napoleon Levy, was a prominent Monmouth County resident.The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is located at 310 Mounts Corned Drive. It is a not-for-profit organization and is handicapped accessible.For more information call 732-252-6990 or visit www.jhmomc.org.
Incumbents Emphasize Flat TaxesBy Joseph SapiaIn this year’s race for two seats on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, spending is the big issue.Republican incumbents Thomas “Tom” Arnone, 54, of Neptune City and Serena DiMaso, 52, of Holmdel point to how they have maintained a steady tax levy over the years, one now supporting a $470 million budget. Democrat challengers Matt Doherty, 43, of Belmar and Sue Fulton, 57, of Asbury Park questioned applying $4.5 million to the 2016 budget from the $32.4 million sale of two county-owned nursing homes – John L. Montgomery in Freehold Township and Geraldine L. Thompson in Wall – in 2015 to keep taxes down.Doherty, a financial advisor with the Creative Financial Group, said the county had a tax increase of $4.5 million in 2015. Applying the $4.5 million in 2016 brings the county back to where it had been two years earlier. Doherty, Belmar’s mayor since 2011, said his town has had no tax increase during his tenure.“Our priority is to keep taxes under control,” said Fulton, a consumer marketer for Pfizer pharmaceuticals. “You can’t count on liquidating assets to keep taxes down. That’s not sustainable.”But DiMaso, who has been a freeholder for five years, said the nursing home sales generated about $18 million more than was expected. Some of this found money was used to bring the tax levy back to $302.5 million, where it had been from 2010 to 2014. Also, the freeholders paid down county debt by $4 million. The overall budget is lower by about $20 million.“It’s always taxes, which I think we’ve done a good job with,” said DiMaso, when asked about issues in this year’s race. “That’s probably the biggest issue, to make sure Monmouth County is affordable.”DiMaso said the county has been able to maintain services, despite keeping a budget in check. The freeholders have done that by selling one of the county’s two helicopters and merging the medical examiner’s office with Middlesex County’s, said DiMaso, a non-practicing lawyer.“Simple things like that allowed us to save money in the budget, not cut services,” DiMaso said.Additionally, the county built a leachate treatment system at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center on the boundary of Tinton Falls, Wall and Colts Neck. Landfill runoff is treated on-site and reused, resulting in savings of $4 million to $6 million a year, DiMaso said.“I’m honored to be part of a group that works so hard to save money,” DiMaso said.Arnone noted the tax levy of $302.5 million is the same as when he became a freeholder six years ago. The only increase was the $307 million in 2015 which the board corrected this year by applying $4.5 million of the nursing home sale money, he said.He created the Grow Monmouth economic program, which includes “Made in Monmouth,” a free showcase for county vendors to sell their locally produced goods, and this year’s Grown in Monmouth, a free marketing program for county-grown farm and fishing business products.Two years ago, the freeholders began the Façade Program, distributing $1,800 in federal money to qualifying businesses for façade, sign, lighting, awnings and paint improvements to their buildings, Arnone said.The county has expanded shared-service agreements with municipalities, Arnone said. Now, the county shares some kind of service “in some scope or another” with all of its 53 municipalities.Arnone looked to his past – seven years as Neptune City’s mayor, eight years on the Neptune City Council and president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors – as the key to understanding how to work with municipalities. DiMaso previously served on the Holmdel Township Committee for 12 years, five of them as mayor.The Democrats seek to break the five-member lock the Republicans have on the freeholder board, said Fulton, a former Army captain. The aim is transparency, more independent voices, “more views represented,” said Fulton, who serves on the board of the U.S. Military Academy, from which she graduated in 1980.“I think we have an opportunity to put two people on that board that will be independent,” Doherty said.In the aftermath of 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, which heavily hit Belmar, the only way to recover was “to do that in a bi-partisan way,” Doherty said. “While I am a Democrat, I worked with a Republican governor, worked well.”But Arnone, vice president of the PRC property management group in West Long Branch, said, “I tout my bipartisan relationship with all the mayors. I’m very proud of the transparency we have. I’m a big, big believer in transparency in government.”Some controversy arose when the Democrats noted DiMaso receives health benefits through the county, despite the freeholders having agreed not to take health benefits. However, DiMaso fully reimburses the county for her coverage.The General Election is Nov. 8. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Grand Forks TrailsTrails BC In what they hope will become an international tourism attraction for the future, the Grand Forks All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) Club has linked up with the West Kootenay ATV Club to develop a world-class multi-user trail system spanning from Creston in the Rockies to the Okanagan. Dubbed the South Kootenay Trail System, the trails would be open 365 days a year to mountain bikers, hikers, horses, ATVs, off road motorcycles and snowmobiles. They estimate that once the trails are linked there could be as much as 1000 kilometres of accessible trails for users. “Our proposal is that the rail bed should be for all users,” said Don Frew, from Montrose and ATV BC representative for the West Kootenay ATV Club. “The province basically owns the rail bed and we want it for everybody – everybody’s a taxpayer. Everybody should have a chance to go out and see the history of the rail line. I think the TCT is being a bit selfish – we want it for all users. ” Key to using the Trans-Canada Trail is that it links other backcountry trails that would offer the chance for users to embark on different routes, Frew added. The club’s project could take as long as six to 10 years to complete. Frew agrees that bylaws would need to be set up by the regional districts to ensure appropriate, responsible use on the trails. “You always get the four percent or so of people that ruin it for everybody,” Frew admitted. “It’s going to be hard to stop something like that. It’s a shame that we can’t all get along. We’re trying to promote tourism and bring money into our province.” Frew’s vision of using existing Trans-Canada Trails and old rail beds as key parts of the multi-user system has local trails groups questioning the logic of the idea. “There has been no successful utilization of trails by both ATVs, dirt bikes particularly, and self-powered travellers. It’s all about the respect that the users have for one another,” said George Longden, local representative for the Trans Canada Trails Society and chair of the Grand Forks Trails Society. “I’m not saying that all motorized users are irresponsible, I’ve attended meetings of the Grand Forks ATV Club, but you can’t control everybody – there’s always a rogue group that will go well in excess of the speed limit or go mud-bogging.” Examples of successful multi-user riding networks can be found in Quebec, Frew explained. He cited a recent study of the Quebec system identifying that hiking / biking trails versus motorized trails networks generate significantly different revenues. For hiking/biking trails revenue was $8,741 per kilometre as compared to $15,997 per kilometre – a difference of $7,256. Longden agrees that many of the club members are responsible users, but that it is very hard, once multi-users are allowed, to manage the trails for safety. “In Quebec they ended up having to duplicate the trails in order to accommodate all users,” said Longden. “One of the big difficulties that anyone who has a confrontation deals with is identifying the rider on a motorcycle or quad particularly if they’re wearing a bubble-face shield and a helmet. How can you tell who it is? “How do you advertise this as a world-class cycling trail to draw people… if visitors riding the trail meet some yahoo on a dirt bike or a quad doing 50 kilometres on the trail? What kind of message does that give them?” Not only do the trails potentially draw revenue to an area, it allows people who would otherwise be unable to access the back country and creates health benefits for these people, said Frew. But Longden maintains that the ATV groups have many other options for their activities – forestry roads and other trails – while leaving the Trans-Canada trail as non-motorized. Irresponsible riders, said Longden, damage trails, the ecosystem and the reputation of the trail. “It doesn’t make any sense to me, it’s the wrong thing to do,” Longden ended. Frew recently presented the groups’ idea to the B.C. Rural Caucus to garner their support when they made a stop in Grand Forks. What’s your thoughts? Can many users share the trails in our region? Let us know what you think by commenting below. Links: Trans Canada Trails ATV BC
Liam Guenther was solid in goal for Nelson in both games, registering a pair of shutouts.The series victory advances the Selects to the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 4-7 in Prince George.Nelson is off to Cranbrook this weekend to compete in the Sam Steele Days Rep Tournament.Selects earn silver in KalispellIn the final tune up before provincial playdowns the Nelson Selects U16 boys team went 3-1 and came away with a silver medal at the ‘3 Blind Refs’ Youth Soccer Tournament held recently in Kalispell, Montana. In their opener Saturday morning, a battle of the ‘Queen Cities’, Nelson dropped a 1-0 decision to Helena, Montana in a very evenly matched game and their only loss in the tournament. Helena scored the lone goal midway through the first half on a bending corner kick that beat keeper Liam Guenther.The Gem state squad would go on to win the tournament. Nelson rebounded strongly in their second match of the day knocking off Cranbrook-based Kootenay East 5-1.Nelson opened the scoring six minutes in when Owen Thurston pounced on a rebound following a free kick. Four minutes later, James Miller would add to the lead running on to and converting a well placed through ball in behind the defenders. In the 23rd minute Kootenay East would get one back closing out the first half scoring.The second half was all Nelson as the selects would add three more. Goals coming from Nigel Ziegler (32′), Guus Lammers (43′) and Miller with his second just 5 minutes later. Micah May was keeper for the Nelson side. Game three on Sunday saw Nelson dominate play over Columbia Valley on the pitch yet had to hang on for a 2-1 victory.Nelson missed many scoring chances and enjoyed most of the possession throughout. James Miller scored midway through the first half with Bryce Twible getting another early in the second. Columbia Valley scored their lone marker with a minute to go in the match.Micah May in net once again for the Selects. Nelson would finish the tournament that afternoon against host Flathead, Montana. Ziegler scoring late in the first half to give the selects a 1-0 lead, Flathead responded 10 minutes into the second half before James Miller got in behind the defence and scored the winner with two to go in an exciting finish and another 2-1 win. Guenther backstopped Nelson for the win. Once the Nelson Selects shook off the rust, it was clear sailing to Prince George.The Selects scored a pair of wins over Columbia Valley to capture the Kootenay Provincial B Cup U16 Boy’s Soccer Playdowns Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.Nelson needed a late second half goal by Micah May to edge the East Kootenay visitors 1-0 in the opening tilt. Nelson dominated the play but had trouble finding the back of the net against the pesky Invermere-based squad.In game two the real Selects show up at the pitch.The first goal came at 14 minutes with Bryce Twible following up on the play and striking home a loose ball after much Nelson pressure. Twible would then feed James Miller two minutes later and Micah May added a third goal at 26 minute.In the second half Nelson continued going at the Columbia Valley goal but kept missing wide until Twible again would find the back of the net at 69 minute. One minute later Jake Anderson lofted the ball and fooled the Titans keeper from distance. Nelson would get their sixth and final goal one minute after that when Dylan Bennett would flick a free kick toward an unmarked Spencer Szabo who’d make no mistake putting it into the top right corner.
Anzhi Makhachkala are trying to sign Chelsea outcast Florent Malouda, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed the Russian club are looking to buy him for £5m.Meanwhile, QPR failed in a bid to sign Portugal international Bruno Alves from Zenit St Petersburg, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed that Alves was one of the defenders targeted by Rangers, who are set to complete the signing of Chris Samba today.The Mirror report that West Brom want QPR’s Junior Hoilett in exchange for Peter Odemwingie.The Mail say Rangers are looking to sign Peter Crouch from Stoke for £6.5m, while the Mirror say a £4m bid has been made.And a number of papers report that Tottenham are set to hand QPR David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Supreme Court of Appeal inBloemfontein, South Africa’s judicialcapital city.Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.Wilma den HartighThe Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape recently joined the ranks of other indigenous language courts in South Africa when it committed itself to hearing cases in isiXhosa.English and Afrikaans have always been dominant languages in the courtroom, often at the expense of South Africa’s other official languages. The practical difficulties of using all 11 languages in court have in the past been offered as an excuse for the continued use of English.Now KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Limpopo are the leading provinces to introduce indigenous language courts in the country. The first indigenous language court at Msinga in KwaZulu-Natal has been operating since the beginning of March. In Mitchell’s Plain in the Western Cape a court is hearing cases in Afrikaans and in Khayelitsha isiXhosa is used. In Limpopo a court in Sekhukhune is hearing cases in Sepedi.Professor Hennie van Coller, head of the Afrikaans Department at the University of the Free State, commended the justice system for introducing indigenous language courts.“Using a language in a court is one of the most important and effective ways to keep a language alive and restore its status,” he said.Department of Justice spokesperson Zolile Nqayi said the new language policy is twofold: to develop a culture of understanding, tolerance and dialogue in courts and to improve the delivery of justice. Many courts have significant backlogs and hearing cases in indigenous languages will hopefully speed up cases.Nqayi said that where one of the parties in an indigenous language court did not speak the language, the case would be heard in English. But in places like Zwelitsha, where 90% of the population including the magistrate and all court officials speak isiXhosa, the language policy has helped speed up the wheels of justice.Research has indicated that the use of interpreters can also lengthen court proceedings. In diverse communities such as Hillbrow, some cases can be conducted in four languages. In such cases every word by witnesses, accused persons, magistrates and attorneys must be translated four times.Interpreters may also get in the way of justice. Van Coller said the use of interpreters can often be harmful to cases as the accounts of the accused or witnesses are often loosely translated and not accurate.“There is a real need for good translation services,” he said. “Translators need good training to understand and interpret legal jargon. This is a very specific skill.”Nqayi added that indigenous language practices will initially be limited to magistrate’s courts. The reasoning is that all cases heard in magistrate’s courts are automatically subject to review by the high court. When cases go for review or on appeal to the high court, the transcript will be translated into English.Julia Mabjana from the Wits Language School added that South African businesses and tertiary institutions are also making an effort to promote the use of other languages. Many companies are sponsoring staff members to learn an indigenous language. At most tertiary institutions staff members are encouraged to learn the indigenous language of the area.Mabjana added that many provincial government departments’ employees are learning sign language. “This has made it possible to offer a much better service to the deaf community,” she said.Useful linksDepartment of Justice and Constitutional Development Constitutional Court Supreme Court of Appeal Legal Aid Board
Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “I was looking at the stat sheet and we nearly did everything we had hoped to do,” coach Louie Alas said.The young Blackwater squad kept Phoenix within striking range for the first two quarters until its equally young mentor Aris Dimaunahan was ejected for flagrant misconduct.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReinforcement Alex Stepheson had another double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds as Ray Parks Jr. and Mac Belo reprised their double-digit production, finishing 25 and 12, respectively, but their combined efforts weren’t enough to help the Elite complete a rally.“I expected it,” Alas said when asked about the Blackwater’s bid for a comeback down the stretch. “They’re not 3-0 for nothing. They worked for it. They’re deep. They have three marquee players for nearly every position.” ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ “I’m just grateful we’re able to pull through our first test,” he added.Phoenix, which is coming off a franchise-first semifinal finish last all-Filipino tourney, handed Blackwater’s first loss in four games.Alas and his charges face TNT KaTropa next this Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Blackwater, meanwhile, will take on another semifinalist in Rain or Shine on the same playdate.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Matthew Wright against Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Phoenix Fuel banked on its cohesion and experience to subdue red-hot Blackwater, 103-98, and open its 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a good note Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.The Fuel Masters leaned on the marksmanship of Matthew Wright, who scored a team-best 22 points, and the anchorage of former Best Import Rob Dozier, who tossed in 18 more to go with 16 rebounds, to slip past the hard-fighting Elite.ADVERTISEMENT Father’s day as Novak Djokovic wins in front of his son Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
NEW YORK (AP) — Teddy Blueger scored two goals, Matt Murray made 33 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins surged to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night.Justin Schultz, Nick Bjugstad and Matt Cullen also scored for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel and Marcus Pettersson each added two assists.Murray improved to 6-0-0 against the Rangers in the regular season and 5-0-0 at Madison Square Garden.Pittsburgh pulled into a tie with the New York Islanders for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 95 points. Both teams trail Washington by one point for first.Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri scored for the Rangers. Alexandar Georgiev, coming off a 44-save effort in a 2-1 overtime win Saturday night at Toronto, stopped 31 shots.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Module Four of the Affiliate Management Resource Initiative (AMRI) has been released. The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative is a new initiative created by Touch Football Australia (TFA). The program contains a wide range of resources to assist the affiliate to improve towards implementing ‘best practice’. The program is about improvement and provides an easy to use framework that will help to make continuous improvement a culture. The AMRI has been designed to assist local competitions, clubs and associations of all sizes and locations, evaluate and improve how they run their competitions. Templates and checklists help the affiliate to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement. Affiliates move through the program at their own pace and the program enables them to pursue the areas that are of interest. The AMRI will comprise of 11 Modules, with each including a wide range of resources. Module Four of the AMRI features the following documents:– Touch Football Australia Membership Registration Procedure– Papers Contents Sheets– Team Registration Form– Participant Declaration Form– Introduction to Online Registrations and Payments– Online Registration Standard Text– Online Team Registration Recommended Fields– Online Individual Registration Recommended Fields– Membership and Participant Application and Declaration– Standard Work Instructions Template– TFA Online Registration and Payments: Reporting– Touch Football Australia SportingPulse websitesModules One, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight can be found in the ‘Affiliate Secure Login Section’ of the Clubhouse section of the TFA website, and can be located by clicking on the following link: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=297#c974 To gain access to the Secure Login Section, please click on the link below: https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v5/regoform.cgi?aID=17526&formID=16255 Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming AMRI modules. Related LinksAMRI Module Four
In the Men’s Open, it’ll be a tough battle between the Sharks MOA vs the Bulls MOA, and the Hornets and Rebels, in the semis.In the Women’s Open, the semi-finals will be fought out between the Sharks WOA (still undefeated) and Rebels, and the Scorps and Bulls.The Mixed Open has been dominated by the Scorps, who are still undefeated – as they are in the Men’s 40s and Women’s 40s also. The Rebels are leading in the other Mixed Open pool.In the Senior Mixed, the Cobras sit at the top, though the champions title is still anyone’s, with three of the four semi-final contender teams having managed four wins in eight games.In the Men’s 45s, the Sharks are top of the ladder, as they head into the semis with the Scorpions, Hornets and Cobras.In the Women’s 45s, the Cobras are showing their bite, sitting well above the Scorps, Hornets and Eagles on points.In the Men’s 55s, unsurprisingly the favourites, the Sydney Scorpions, are leading the pack leading into Saturday morning’s semi-finals. The Scorps are topping more ladders than any other entity.In the Men’s 50s and Men’s 60s, the Cyclones are crushing it at the close of Day 3. Hopefully they’re the only type of cyclone to make an impact on finals day, as we all hope the good weather will hang around.When it comes to Alliance entities, the Raiders are coming out on top, particularly in the Mixed divisions, where they’re still a chance for wins – sitting third in one of the Mixed Open pools and fourth in Senior Mixed.For all results throughout the day head to the National Touch League Website. Click here to view now.