M’town Mosque Expansion on Aug. 15 Board Agenda

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – The township Planning Board is expected on Wednesday, Aug. 15, to again address the application for expansion from the Islamic Society of Monmouth County.The board could render its decision that night, as representatives for the society had completed presenting their case and witnesses’ testimony when the matter was last heard on July 11.The Islamic Society of Monmouth County, 506 Red Hill Road, is seeking board permission to expand its parking lot by an additional 106 spaces, to construct an approximate 5,000 square-foot community center and a 19,000 square-foot plaza area on the roughly 7.5-acre property, bordering the township and Holmdel.The property currently contains a mosque, a guest house and office space.Sparked by concerns raised by some area residents, the board last month recommended the applicant amend the plan and encouraged the society to install additional landscaping and expand the buffer between its property and its residential neighbors.Board members had offered their opinions and permitted public questions and comments on the applications last month.The public will have another chance on Aug. 15 to express their views following the presentation of any changes in the plan, Board Attorney James Gorman said.last_img read more

IT’S DAVID VS. GOLIATH AS LONGSHOT MONGOLIAN GROOM DEFEATS MCKINZIE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS IN GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES

first_imgIT’S DAVID VS. GOLIATH AS LONGSHOT MONGOLIAN GROOM DEFEATS MCKINZIE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS IN GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKESRACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIERARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2019)–In the money in three graded stakes assignments this year but winless in his last seven starts, 25-1 longshot Mongolian Groom held a one length advantage over heavily favored McKinzie mid-way around the far turn and simply outran him through the lane to win Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes by a widening 2 ¼ lengths Saturday at Santa Anita. With Abel Cedillo picking up his second graded stakes win of the day, both Cedillo and owner/trainer Enebish Ganbat registered their first Grade I wins at Santa Anita as Ganbat’s 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Hightail got a mile and one eighth in 1:49.27.Ridden aggressively, Mongolian Groom went to the lead and was in control throughout. Pressured to his outside by longshot Isotherm up the backside, Mongolian Groom got some separation leaving the three furlong pole and although Mike Smith was trying to engage with McKinzie shortly thereafter, it was Mongolian Groom who was firmly in charge.Most recently fifth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 31, Mongolian Groom paid $52.80, $8.80 and $3.00.With the Awesome Again being a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, Mongolian Groom would’ve earned a fees-paid berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2, but he is not Breeders’ Cup nominated and would therefore have to be supplemented by his owner.Out of the Dynaformer mare Bourbonesque, Mongolian Groom is now 16-3-2-3 and with the winner’s share of $180,000, now has earnings of $579,141.Trained by Bob Baffert and the early favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, McKinzie was second, 5 ¼ lengths clear of Higher Power.  Off at 1-5, he paid $2.10 and $2.10.The second choice with Flavien Prat up at 3-1, Higher Power paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.99, 48.29, 1:12.07 and 1:36.95.last_img read more

Firefighter hopefuls can take trainee exam

first_imgThis new filter process is cheaper and faster compared with the old hiring methods. “In the past we would have one exam every four to six years,” said Capt. Anderson Mackey, at a cost of nearly $700,000 each. Prior to the online switch, applicants had a two- to three-week window to get their paperwork in time to take the three-day test, Williams said. Now, once applicants complete a fitness test, they can complete their application online. They then become part of a pool of candidates who could be randomly selected to take the test, which will be administered up to three times a year instead of twice every 10 years, Freeman said. When the agency needs to hire more people, it will randomly select no more than 2,000 candidates, Freeman estimated, to take the exam. Since going online, 2,400 people have applied for the department, which employs nearly 2,800 people. And unlike previous years, where eligible applicants could be on a waiting list for years just hoping for the day to be called in to take the exam, the applications are only good for a year. While the online process is no guarantee that an applicant will be hired, it does ease the waiting period. “At least applicants won’t be waiting in limbo like I did,” McGee said. To apply, go to www.fire.lacounty.gov. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDUSTRY – Raymond McGee applied to the Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s departments in 1997. Within a year, he was working as a sheriff’s deputy but still held out hope that the fire department would contact him. Eight years later, McGee got the call he thought would never come. “I randomly got a call from the fire department in January 2005 that they were hiring,” McGee said, now a firefighter at Industry Station 118. “I was foaming at the mouth.” McGee is among thousands of applicants that have applied and waited years to be hired at Los Angeles County Fire Department, an agency that serves 58 cities. But it’s harder to get into than Harvard, said another firefighter, Patrick Shaw. For the first time since 2005, the department will have a firefighter trainee exam starting in the spring as it looks to fill about 150 openings. This time, however, county fire Chief Michael Freeman anticipates having a smaller crowd as a result of a new streamlined application process. On Feb. 5, the county launched an online application service, Freeman said. The technology could ease the wait time – although it still does not guarantee getting hired, he said. “This online switch is very important to the agency,” Freeman said. “This enables us, based on need, to draw from qualified applicants but only have to examine a small group of people.” At its last firefighter trainee exam in 2005, more than 22,000 applicants applied for 350 spots, said Carla Williams, human resources chief for the department. last_img read more

Millwall midfielder eyes Chicago Fire switch

first_imgMillwall midfielder Josh Wright could make a move to America and sign for MLS side Chicago Fire.Wright is out of contract with the Championship side next summer and has just cut short a loan spell with Crawley after making just two starts for the League One side.The 24-year-old has been invited for a trial with the Chicago Fire, but with the season soon finishing in the States, he could decide to stay in England until the New Year and then fly out for pre-season training.Wright is currently training with Leyton Orient and could make a return to the east London club following a successful loan spell there last season. 1 Josh Wright in action for Millwall last_img

Davies heading for Hull exit? Sunderland and Leicester eye Tigers defender

first_imgPremier League duo Sunderland and Leicester have both made enquiries to sign Hull club captain Curtis Davies.The experienced defender has lost his place in Steve Bruce’s side in recent weeks and it has prompted speculation he could leave the KC Stadium in January.Davies, who joined Hull in 2013 from Birmingham City, has reiterated his desire to stay at the club but may be forced to reconsider his future if he is unable to play regular first-team football.The 29-year-old, who enjoyed a short loan spell at Leicester in 2010, could be available for a fee of £5m as the Black Cats and Nigel Pearson’s men look to strengthen their defence to stay in the top-flight.It is unlikely Hull would let Davies leave the club on loan but Bruce may decide to cash in on the defender, whose contract runs out in the summer of 2016, to free up some funds for further signings next month. Curtis Davies 1last_img read more

Guardiola has no time for sulkers

first_img0Shares0000Mancheter City manager Pep Guardiola has told players in his star-studded squad they cannot expect to play in every game © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 26 – Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players they risk losing their place in his first-team squad if they react poorly to being left out of the starting line-up.The return of Kevin De Bruyne, ahead of schedule, from a knee ligament injury means that competition for places has never been more keen among City’s glittering, star-studded squad. The strength in depth at Guardiola’s disposal means that senior players will inevitably be disappointed as they spend time on the bench or out of the matchday squads completely.But, while the City manager has been pleased so far by the response of those left on the sidelines by the Premier League champions, he has warned that anyone guilty of sulking, or responding negatively, will harm their chances of a recall.“It’s always a problem. I am unfair,” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday.“The guys who don’t play deserve to play, it’s always like this. when they are training in a bad way they are out of the selection for themselves.“If they are professional they know what it is. If they have bad faces, bad moods or want to show how disappointed they are, they will have a big problem because they are not going to play.”Bernardo Silva, one of City’s best performers so far this season, appears the player most likely to come under pressure from the return of De Bruyne to full fitness.But big-money signings such as Leroy Sane, Nicolas Otamendi and Gabriel Jesus have struggled for significant minutes in City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season while promising youngster Phil Foden has seen scarce game time off the bench.– ‘Top side’ Tottenham –Guardiola’s next team issue will come when City face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Monday.The game features two of the Premier League top five heading into the weekend — a top five which is separated by two points only.And that has led Guardiola to conclude that Tottenham, along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, are all genuine contenders to displace City in a five-horse title race.“The line-up 11, 12, 13 players from Tottenham, for the last five or six years they are always there,” he said.“They cannot invest in players because of their incredible stadium, it’s a lot of money.“But it’s a top side. It was my first defeat (in English football) and I know how strong they are.“Last season, we did well in both games, but they’ve got a good manager (Mauricio Pochettino) and good players.”Repeated delays of Tottenham’s move into new stadium have led to Monday’s fixture being played at Wembley, the national stadium that is near their north London headquarters.With other events already scheduled to take place on the outfield — an NFL American football match is scheduled for Sunday — the pitch may not be in pristine condiion for the kind of passing football favoured by both Spurs and City.“It is what it is,” said Guardiola. “I’m pretty sure Tottenham have a good greenskeeper (groundsman).“The Premier League don’t like it too much, Tottenham neither.“Hopefully they can finish the stadium as quickly as possible. There’s no point complaining, we have to adapt.”Meanwhile Guardiola will be an interested spectator when Sunday’s Classico between Barcelona and Real Madrid takes place at the Camp Nou.It will be the first time in 11 years that Spanish football’s showpiece takes place without either the currently injured Barca star Lionel Messi or former Madrid hero Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Juventus.“Cristiano is gone, Messi is injured, I hope he will retire soon!,” joked former Barca manager Guardiola.“Hopefully not. Messi is going to come back, he’s unlucky because he’s never injured and strong. Sooner it will happen. But Barca-Madrid is a special game, the game of the week in Europe and will be interesting to watch it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United want Germany star, Chelsea to swoop for Payet, Balotelli to Besiktas?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United are plotting a move for Wolfsburg midfielder Julian Draxler, 22, less than a year after the German international joined them in a £25.5m switch from Bundesliga rivals Schalke. (Bild)Manchester United will explore the chances of signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane this summer. The Red Devils have splashed £25m on Eric Bailly from Villarreal but there are doubts over whether he is ready to be a first-team regular. (Daily Mirror)West Ham fear Dimitri Payet may become impossible to hold onto if he continues to light up Euro 2016. Payet has been the player of the tournament so far, further enhancing his reputation after a stunning debut season in the Premier League. Chelsea are monitoring Payet’s situation but it is the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid that is likely to cause more alarm for Hammers chiefs. (Daily Mirror)West Ham United are weighing up a second bid of £8 million for Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie. Slaven Bilic is ready to return with an improved offer for the Scotland international after a joint bid for Ritchie and striker Callum Wilson was rejected last month. (Daily Telegraph)Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe has dropped off the current shortlist of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman at Southampton, with former Lille and Roma manager Rudi Garcia also now under serious consideration. (Daily Telegraph)Juventus are worried they will not get to bring Juan Cuadrado back to Italy because new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is prepared to hand him another chance in the Premier League. (Daily  Mail)Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan has “promised” he’ll stay at Roma this summer, says Luciano Spalletti. (Daily Mail)Liverpool hope to offload Kop flop Mario Balotelli to Besiktas. Balotelli, 25, has been looking for a new club since AC Milan opted not to sign him when his loan spell ended last month and the striker’s agent Mino Raiola says Besiktas are keen. (Daily Mirror)Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is close to clinching the £12million signing of Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy. (Daily Express)Robbie Brady is expected to leave Norwich following their relegation last season and is a possible transfer target for Hull, who sold the Irish winger last summer for £7m. (Hull Daily Mail)West Bromwich Albion have confirmed interest in Franco Vazquez, but denied the Italian international’s claim a bid had been made. (Birmingham Mail)Anthony Stokes has agreed to join Blackburn Rovers. The Ireland international will pen a three-year deal with Owen Coyle’s side after leaving Celtic. (Daily Express)Queens Park Rangers’ attempts to sell Sandro have been hit after the Brazilian midfielder failed a medical at Sporting Lisbon. Sandro had agreed a three year deal in Lisbon, after QPR had accepted a cut-price fee of £1.5m for a permanent transfer.  But a medical in Portugal last week revealed a problem with Sandro’s knee which saw the move collapse. (Independent)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘He wants to go to Manchester United!’ – Agent reveals Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Red Devils dreamRangers transfer news: Gers close in on Clint Hill as former QPR defender set for Friday medicalChelsea and Manchester City battle for Switzerland defender Stephan LichtsteinerTottenham transfer news: Spurs face fight as Bundesliga side confirm talks with Vincent JanssenChelsea transfer news: Inter Milan rivalling Blues for Italian international Antonio CandrevaChelsea transfer news: Blues face battle with Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich for Kalidou KoulibalyManchester United transfer report: Breel Embolo offered stunning wage package but starlet’s MUM holding up deallast_img read more

PRIEST’S MOVING POEM FOR LITTLE ‘ACTION MAN’ JOSHUA

first_imgSo moved was Letterkenny priest Fr.Eamonn Kelly by the death of little Joshua Coyle that he wrote a poem for the tragic little boy.Tragic Joshua Coyle who was killed on Friday.The congregation at beautiful Joshua’s funeral mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral couldn’t hold back the tears as Fr.Eamon read these words.He has kindly allowed us to publish them in the hope that it will give the Coyle and Mangan families and the wider community some comfort at this trying time. Rest in peace wee Joshua.Joshua ZackDoes anyone hear our screamsin the middle of all the pain, heartache of this child’s death,action by nature, Joshua by name Beyond words is the sorrowthat his death has causedour community is silenced our world lessened, paused Just six 93 days of ageleaving family broken to the corecommunity stunned, strangers shocked naturally all wanted Joshua more Does anyone hear our screamsthat ask the never-ending whydoes Mammy and Daddy and brothershave to hold a hand and cry To Christ upon the tree we turnhe screamed the shattered cry tooso that in the heartache we mightknow love is forever trueJoshua, we know you live foreverbut for now we must be apartYet Little Action Man knowyou are always in our heartPRIEST’S MOVING POEM FOR LITTLE ‘ACTION MAN’ JOSHUA was last modified: October 1st, 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:deathdonegalFr Eamonn KellyJoshua CoylepoemSt.Eunan’s Cathedrallast_img read more

DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ‘STUDYING LAWS’ TO SEE HOW THEY CAN KEEP HOUSE TAX BOYCOTT ALIVE

first_imgThe Local Property Tax Bill is an assault on our civl liberties more suited to a totalitarian regime, according to the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign which has vowed to fight the new tax.A meeting of the campaign Steering Committee in Letterkenny last night agreed to maintain the boycott campaign and to look in detail through the legislation to devise the most effective strategy to deal with the Revenue.“Having failed to break the hugely successful boycott of the hated Household Charge, the government has decided to give sweeping authoritarian powers to the Revenue,” said spokesperson Francis McCafferty. “The Revenue will now be able to appoint ‘authorised agents’ who will have a right to enter your property to ensure that you are declaring the correct value of your home. This ‘snoop squad’ will be checking that you have not added anything, like an extension, which has increased the value of your home. It is reminiscent of the ‘window tax’ from the darkest days of our history.”“This completely changes our relationship with the Revenue. Gone is the notion that your dealings with Revenue are confidential. Even if you are entirely compliant you may still get a visit from the ‘snoop squad’. For the first time third parties, most likely auctioneers, will be given details of your tax liabilities and furthermore paid to snoop on the general population.”“Other sections of the Property Tax Bill turn the concept of natural justice on it’s head. The Revenue can dictate your liability even in the absence of documentary evidence. The onus has completely changed. If Revenue decide you are the person in the household responsible for paying the tax, it’s up to you to prove otherwise. This gives rise to a ‘squealer’ clause where children must name their parent, spouses and partners must rat on each other and tenants must grass up their landlord. Failure to do so means you are held liable. Either you act as an ‘agent’ for the Revenue or they will penalise you. It is a sinister and authoritarian measure.”“PAYE workers will be hit with deductions from wages. That is income tax by a different name. Those in Social Housing will now pay through rent rises of €2 a week as councils will now have to pay the tax on all their rented properties. Councils will have the power to levy an additional 15% on top of the base rate Property Tax on all of us next year.” “Not only are we being made to pay for the gambling losses of the bondholders and the greed of the bankers and developers, we are now facing an assault on our civil liberties more suited to a totalitarian regime for the crime of standing up for ourselves against unfair an immoral taxes.”“We will develop a strategy to fight against the Property Tax in conjunction with the national campaign. Anyone who has not paid their Household Charge will see the amount liable ‘frozen’ at €130 until the end of March next year. It is a victory for the non-payment campaign that all the threats of huge fines and court action has had to be abandoned in the face of our determined boycott. It shows the power we have as ordinary citizens if we take a stand together.”DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ‘STUDYING LAWS’ TO SEE HOW THEY CAN KEEP HOUSE TAX BOYCOTT ALIVE was last modified: December 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ‘STUDYING LAWS’ TO SEE HOW THEY CAN KEEP HOUSE TAX BOYCOTT ALIVElast_img read more

Release of files called a ploy

first_imgThe Los Angeles Archdiocese’s surprise release of documents in the sexual-abuse scandal drew heated criticism Wednesday from prosecutors and some who say they were victims, while local priests and many parishioners maintained their support of the Catholic Church. The archdiocese released 155 pages late Tuesday summarizing the activities of 126 accused priests – some dating back to the 1930s – in what a lawyer for church officials said is an effort to speed up settlement talks in civil lawsuits, bring closure to victims and restore the church’s credibility among its members. “We have a church that is embarrassed, contrite, ashamed of what happened in the past,” Michael Hennigan, attorney for the archdiocese, said in a conference call with reporters. Now, he said, church officials are strongly committed to reform, and they regret how parishioners’ allegations of rape and molestation used to be handled. It was in keeping with old practice, he said, to counsel priests so they could continue their ministry. In the 1990s, as allegations of clerical abuse swept the nation, the Los Angeles Archdiocese and others adopted a zero-tolerance policy that requires the removal of priests who are the subject of credible accusations. The Los Angeles County district attorney, whose office is embroiled in a court battle with the archdiocese over the personnel files of accused clergy, called the release of summaries a public-relations ploy. “I urged Cardinal (Roger) Mahony to provide the fullest possible disclosure of evidence of sexual abuse by clergy,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a printed statement. “Despite two court rulings, Cardinal Mahony continues to claim ‘confidentiality privileges’ that no court has recognized. “What we’re looking for is evidence and investigative leads, not institutional !ital!mea culpas!off!.” Meanwhile, victims’ advocates demonstrated outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles, carrying signs reading “Protect kids, not priests,” and demanding the disclosure of complete personnel files. “What we want is full disclosure and a criminal investigation. What we are seeing is the continued cover-up by Mahony of the actions of priests,” said Mary Grant, regional director of the group known as SNAP – Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “All the cardinal did was release summaries of the cases and not the details,” she said. The documents drew mixed reaction from some local Catholics, who remained steadfast in their faith but were critical of the church’s leaders. “Do I feel betrayed by my church? Well, this isn’t any more than a nation would do to cover up if the president was having an affair,” said Musette Caing of Valencia. “The religion itself isn’t bad, but them not doing anything to these men is betrayal.” Priests, stung by three years in the media spotlight, said they continue to support Mahony, who has headed the archdiocese since 1985, but concede the issue of clerical abuse has become increasingly sensitive. “There were times at first when I went to the hospital and I was thinking, ‘Should I wear my collar?’ I decided that there will (be) people who will think I am a molester, too,” said the Rev. Robert McNamara at St. Bernardine of Siena Catholic Church in Woodland Hills. “But at this point, any priest in any Catholic church is probably the least likely molester. We have been cleaned out.” The archdiocese has implemented programs to train church members on how to spot signs of molestation. At St. Bernardine’s, McNamara points out, those working with children are fingerprinted, all closets are kept locked, and bathrooms for children are separated from those for adults. More than 560 individuals who have accused the clergy of sexual abuse have filed lawsuits against the Los Angeles Archdiocese, the nation’s largest, with some 5 million members. Some experts have estimated that it could cost the archdiocese more than $500 million to settle the cases. In addition to the civil suits, the archdiocese is dealing with criminal charges against a handful of former clergy. As part of the crackdown on clerical abuse that began in 2002, Cooley filed criminal charges against 11 current and former priests based on allegations of molestations that occurred years earlier. All of those cases were eventually dropped, however, because of a California Supreme Court ruling in June 2003 that limited prosecution of long-ago offenses. New charges were filed, however, against former priest Michael Wempe after new accusations surfaced that he sexually molested a minor, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for Cooley. Wempe, who also served as a priest in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, is scheduled to be tried next month on three counts of lewd acts and two counts of oral copulation on a child. Prosecutors also have filed charges against retired priest Stephen Charles Hernandez, 71, who is accused of molesting a boy while assigned as a counselor at Eastlake Juvenile Hall. Staff Writers Carol Rock and Susan Abram contributed to this report. Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 rachel.uranga@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more