Photos and story by George Mazzeo |RUMSON – Under the setting sun on the banks of the Navesink River, the cheers of excited parents and basketball fans can be heard emanating from Victory Park. The “D” League, for seventh-to 10th- grade Rumson and Fair Haven boys, is in full swing and the competition is heated. With slick passes, smooth shooting and some turnovers too, the boys hone their skills, learn the game and wow the fans.The vision of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Bulldogs head basketball coach Chris Champeau, the league has been a staple on summer Friday nights in Rumson for several years. Champeau, who serves as league commissioner and game announcer, encourages the players, chides the referee and generally provides fun to the festivities with his commentary. “Shempy,” as Champeau is affectionately known, refers to Victory Park as “the most beautiful basketball venue in the United States.” It may be, with striking sunsets and moonlit skies providing a backdrop for arcing jump shots.The teams, sponsored by local businesses, are coached by RFH high school varsity basketball players. All the kids who sign up get a chance to play and the third quarter is always the “futures quarter,” featuring the youngest players. The season ends Friday night Aug. 24.This article was first published in the August 23-30, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
FLAVIEN PRAT, ILLUMINANT, WINNER: “Yes, I expected to be that close to the pace. Fanticola was the only speed in the race so I knew I needed to be right there. My filly has speed too, so I knew it would be ok.“I think she improved off her Jenny Wiley (Grade I, 1 1/16 at Keeneland April 16) third place finish in her last out. The turf is a bit softer here and that’s maybe better for her, especially going a mile and an eighth. And here at Santa Anita I feel it’s better if you’re closer to the lead. At Keeneland, it’s a bigger turf course and when you come from off the pace there, it’s easier.“We work every day to win a race like this so I’ll really enjoy it and have to thank Michael McCarthy and all the connections.” ARON WELLMAN, ECLIPSE THOROUGHBRED PARTNERS, ILLUMINANT, WINNER: “First of all, all the credit has to go to this man, Michael McCarthy. This filly is high maintenance and he’s done a great job. She ran her heart out last time at Keeneland (when third, behind winner, Tepin and runner-up, Weekela). Winning big races like this at Santa Anita and other tracks around the country is what it’s all about. Without our partners we wouldn’t be able to do this.“We’re a Todd Pletcher organization, he’s our main man. As a disciple of Todd’s it just made all the sense in the world for us to support Michael when he hung up his shingle to go out on his own and I couldn’t be happier for him and his family. He’s got about five or six for us now.“Gary (Young) and I are a two man team at the two year old sales and we found her at the sale down in Ocala, FL together.” MICHAEL MCCARTHY, ILLUMINANT, WINNER: “It’s pretty exciting to win a race like this. I thought she would run well today. She’s a very honest filly, tries hard and I thought the mile and an eighth would be right up her alley.“Fanticola is a very tough mare and I was just kinda hoping we would have enough to get to her. Luckily today, we did.”“I didn’t give Flavien a whole of instructions before the race. I didn’t think he needed it.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: Winning Owners, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and west coast representative, Aron Wellman operate out of Del Mar, CA. JOCKEY QUOTES JAVIER CASTELLANO, WEKEELA, SECOND: “We had a perfect trip and we were in a good position the whole way. The pace was slow, but we were right behind the winner turning for home and that filly never stopped.” -30-
It’s only been a month, and Warriors newcomer Jonas Jerebko has quickly felt welcomeHe provided a game-winning putback over Utah, who waived him last summer to save money. Jerebko has already hit up the links with Stephen Curry, and plans to golf some more with Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. And the Warriors invited him to attend the team’s recent “Learning Without Limits” event that entailed touring the USS Hornet with over 75 6th grade students with KIPP Bridge Academy.After that event, …
MOST READ Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Broner calls the bout “the biggest fight of my life.”Training thrice a day and holding his workout right at the famed Fifth Street Gym, where Muhammad Ali once trained, Broner brushed off the fact that his opponent just turned 40.He said his focus was laser-like and wasn’t letting the pulsating Miami nightclub scene distract him.“I’m not focused on the clubbing and stuff, all that stuff will be here after the fight,” he said. “I don’t care about stopping him or whether it’s a unanimous decision, as long as I’m victorious.”His chief trainer, Kevin Cunningham, offered a more specific fight plan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion That’s why Broner is preparing furiously for the fight, expecting to face “the best Pacquiao” on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.Broner has carved his own niche in boxing for his undeniable talent. His boxing style—counterpunches, shoulder roll and all—mimics that of the great Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man who Pacquiao is really eyeing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefBut the flashy, hard-partying American has a dark past: He had faced assault charges before, missed the weight for fights and is known to thrash-talk opponents.However, on Wednesday in Miami, the 29-year-old Broner (33-3-1 with 24 knockouts) hosted an open workout where he made it apparent to media people present that he has nothing but respect for Pacquiao. Who will take home crown? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve studied tons of Pacquiao footage and he pretty much fights the same every fight,” Cunningham was quoted as saying. “Manny’s a rhythm fighter and it’s about getting his rhythm.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Now 40, Manny Pacquiao’s life should be just beginning. But Adrien Broner, at 29, feels he’s the one at the crossroads, calling his duel with the Filipino ring icon a tipping point in his career.“I always knew that one day I will be having fights like this,” Broner said in a report by Philboxing. “Honestly, I thought [Pacquiao] would be done with boxing by now but I always knew I would have a fight of this magnitude on this platform, pay-per-view and all, and now I’m here.”ADVERTISEMENT
Wolves captain Conor Coady: Stop talking about Europeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady insists there’s no room for Europe talk.They go to rock-bottom Fulham on Boxing Day having dropped to 10th after Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool – but they are still just four points off sixth.“We’ve gone from being in the Championship and people are talking about Europe,” said Coady.“We need to make sure we’re level-headed. We want to make sure we look at it game by game.“It (European talk) just doesn’t happen, all the lads will tell you nothing like that has been said in the changing room.“We haven’t looked too much at the league, you can move so much if you win, lose or draw. We’re the same as the boss, we don’t look too much into that. We’ve started the season alright, we’re where we wanted to be, we wanted to keep momentum going from last season.“Up to now it’s been okay but you look at games like Friday, we want to win games. It doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool or Fulham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Utility crews continued repairing severed power lines on Tuesday morning after a wild few days of rain, freezing rain, snow and strong wind across much of southern, central and eastern Ontario.The province’s largest utility, Hydro One, was reporting around 40,000 customers without electricity — down from a high of about 300,000 in the early stages of the storm.Just over 2,000 Hydro Ottawa customers remained in the dark — down from about 75,000 — and Toronto Hydro was reporting a few hundred outages by Tuesday morning. Hydro Quebec was dealing with almost 19,000 outages in Montreal and surrounding areas.The blast of winter weather also impacted the boys of summer, when a chunk of ice falling from the CN Tower poked a hole in the Rogers Centre roof, cancelling a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals.They were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Tuesday.An around the tower remained roped off until Tuesday morning, when police said the ice no longer posed a safety concern.Toronto’s Pearson International Airport said they expected higher than normal volumes as they recover from the storm. Travellers were advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously referred to the SkyDome. In fact, the building is now called the Rogers Centre.
UPDATE: PRRD Chief Administrative Officer Chris Cvik said that the Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to the fire at around 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Cvik said that five apparatus and fifteen firefighters responded and immediately began efforts to extinguish the fire. He said that crews were hampered in their efforts by downed power lines and a ruptured gas line, which resulted in the building deemed a total loss.CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this story stated that members of the Charlie Fire Department were seen extinguishing the fire at the property shortly before 5:00 p.m., which was when our reporter arrived at the scene. A neighbour of the property where the fire occurred said that fire crews arrived at the scene shortly after they were called.We apologize if the wording of the article implied that the fire department took over an hour to respond to the fire. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A fire gutted an outbuilding on a rural property west of Charlie Lake yesterday.Energeticcity.ca first received a report of the fire at a home on Dover Avenue near Hilltop Road from a social media post made at around 3:45 yesterday afternoon. Members of the Charlie Lake Fire Department were seen with hoses actively extinguishing the blaze, which was still burning inside the property’s outbuilding.Several small explosions were heard to be emanating from inside the shop while crews worked to extinguish the fire. The property’s owners were able to evacuate safely, but declined to offer comment.Acting Fire Chief Dale Winsted was also unable to comment on what caused the fire or the extent of the damage, saying that the Peace River Regional District would have more information.We’ll have an update on the fire later this morning.
“Having traffic back up because of a minor collision where nobody was hurt doesn’t help anyone – and worse, it can lead frustrated drivers to take steps that are unsafe,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Today’s increase in the damage threshold for these kinds of crashes is long overdue and will allow people and police officers to move damaged vehicles out of the way without delay.”The threshold increase is effective Friday, March 8, 2019. Police will continue to file a mandatory, written report with ICBC for every crash they attend that results in death or injury.“Police officers will continue to attend collisions involving minor property damage at their discretion – for example, if questions arise about driver impairment or who’s at fault,” said Chief Const. Neil Dubord, chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police traffic safety committee. “However, lifting the threshold for mandatory, written reports when officers do attend will help clear crash scenes much more quickly. In turn, it may lower risks for those working at the scene and motorists alike.” VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has changed the rules to help police clear accidents faster.Currently, officers who attend a property-damage-only collision must complete a written report before any vehicles can be removed from the road if damage exceeds $1,000 (for motorcycles, $600; for bicycles, $100). The Province has now increased that threshold to $10,000 per property-damage-only collision regardless of the vehicle type.
Seoul: North Korea pulled its staff out of an inter-Korean liaison office Friday, Seoul said, weeks after leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with US President Donald Trump ended without agreement. The office in the Northern city of Kaesong was opened in September as the two Koreas knitted closer ties, but the South’s vice unification minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters Pyongyang had “notified the South they are pulling out of the liaison office”. The decision had been taken “in accordance with an order from an upper command”, he said, adding: “They said they didn’t care whether we stayed at the liaison office or not.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe South’s President Moon Jae-in was instrumental in brokering talks between the nuclear-armed, sanctions-hit North and Washington, Seoul’s key security ally. Moon has long backed engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, and has been pushing the carrot of inter-Korean development projects, among them the restarting of an industrial zone also in Kaesong and lucrative cross-border tourist visits by Southerners to the North’s picturesque Mount Kumgang. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut the sanctions currently in place effectively block their resumption, while a preliminary study for a plan to renovate the North’s decrepit rail system was repeatedly delayed. Questions were even raised over whether supplies provided to set up the liaison office were a sanctions violation. The failure by Kim and Trump to reach agreement in Hanoi last month on walking back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for relaxation of the measures against it has raised questions over the future of the wider process. In Vietnam both sides expressed willingness to talk further, but it has since emerged that Washington presented Kim with a wider definition of what it regards as denuclearisation. A senior Pyongyang diplomat told reporters last week that the North was considering suspending nuclear talks with the US. Analysts said Friday’s decision could be a sign Pyongyang felt Seoul was unable to exert sufficient influence on Washington. “With the pull-out, the North is pressuring the South to do more as a middle man between Pyongyang and Washington after it didn’t get the resumption of the Kaesong industrial complex and Mount Kumgang tours,” said Yoo Ho-yeol, professor of North Korean studies at Korea University. “It could be seen as either pressure, or a warning,” he said. “Internally, Pyongyang could use the withdrawal as a propaganda message to its people that it is taking a lead when it comes to inter-Korean relations.” The North has recently summoned several of its top diplomats around the world back to Pyongyang. Cheong Seong-chang, a senior researcher at the private Sejong Institute, said that move and Friday’s pull-out could signal “that the North is considering a shift in denuclearisation strategy and foreign policy”. It was “hard to rule out a hardline statement”, he added. In his New Year speech — a key political event in the North — Kim said without giving details that Pyongyang might see a “new way for defending the sovereignty of the country and the supreme interests of the state” if the US persisted with sanctions. Seoul sought to keep the door open to more contact. “We regret the North’s decision,” vice minister Chun said. “Though North Korea has pulled out, we will continue to work at the liaison office as usual.” The facility opened three months after Kim signed a vague pledge at his first summit with Trump in Singapore to work towards “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, and shortly before Moon went to Pyongyang for his third summit with Kim last year.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 64th National Convention of AHEPA Australia took place from the 8 – 14 November in Canberra. Many topics of high importance were discussed, including the FYROM name change and the Cypriot matter.As the event came to an end, it was agreed that the AHEPA of Australia will maintain a certain stance regarding these important matters.More specifically, in regards to the Cypriot issue, the convention decided among other things to reaffirm all its previous resolutions on the matter and declared the occupation of 37 per cent of Cyprus by Turkey as “unacceptable”.Also, the body will continue to offer its unlimited support towards Cyprus until the matter is resolved.Regarding the Macedonian name change issue, the AHEPA Australia urged the Federal Government to condemn all territorial claims FYROM might have of Greece and to maintain a policy that recognises the rights of all Greek-Macedonians toward their heritage and culture, separate to those of Macedonians of Slavic origin.Furthermore, the matter of the Christian Genocide of Anatolia was discussed, dubbing it a “crime against humanity” and adding that the common factor in these crimes is that the victims were all of Christian faith.As a conclusion on this issue, AHEPA stated that the Parliament needs to officially recognise this crime, following in the steps of the local parliaments of New South Wales and South Australia, so that to ensure that this horrible instance will be remembered and never repeated again.