Middletown South Middletown High School South’s young girls cross-country team recently finished an unbeaten season with its first Shore Conference A North championship in 10 years, but it’s not about to stop with that honor.Last season, the Eagles won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III championship and are looking to surpass last year’s seventh place finish in the groups meet. With an experienced team that does not have a senior among the top seven runners, the Eagles went 7-0 in the division and unseated defending champion Howell High School.“We’re looking farther and, with the same group as last year, we want to make it to the MOC (Meet of Champions),” said Bill Clifton, who coaches the team with his wife, Kathleen. The top three teams advance out of the group meets to the MOC, and Middletown South was 30 points away.“In past times, we’ve had to convince the girls we’ve had, but this group is special,” Kathleen Clifton said. “They just want to learn. Over the years, you get groups you have to motivate so much so that you go through highs and lows, but this group is a throwback. They’re hungry, strong, confident but humble and want to hear what we expect them to do. It’s a magical, incredible group of girls.”Christiana Rutkowski, a junior who has led the team in every meet over the past two seasons, recently finished third overall in the Maroon Invitational at Thompson Park in 19:56, as Middletown South won the team title for the second straight year, finishing ahead of the No. 17-state ranked Academy of the Holy Angels, 42-53. Junior Cassidy Weimar, the No. 2 runner, clocked a 20:28 for fifth place.Junior Brianna Haspel, who also plays on the perennial division contending basketball team, was ninth in 21:03 and has been the No. 3 runner on the team. Mary Kate Himmelberg, a sophomore who is the No. 4 runner, was 10th in 21:13. Rutkowski and Weimar finished 1-2 in a key quadrangular on Sept. 19, when Middletown South swept leading contenders Howell, Freehold Township High School and Colts Neck High School in the same meet at Buck Mill Park in Colts Neck.“That made us realize, maybe we are really good this season,” Bill Clifton said. “We all want the same goal — to make the Meet of Champions,” said Rutkowski, who individually finished 16th in the group meet. The top 10 in each group qualify individually for the MOC. “We’re all very close friends, and that makes us very good.”The Eagles will be running in the Fall Classic Invitational onOct. 13 at Thompson Park, whereMiddletown South will be running in the state sectionals later in the month. Then they will compete in the Monmouth County championships on Oct. 16. Middletown South was sixth in the county meet last year and is looking for its first county title since the 2002 season.“That’s usually our takeoff meet,” Bill Clifton said of the county meet that is a primer for the state meets.Other top runners include sophomore Sylvie Evarts, who has been the No. 5 runner, and freshman Gianna Campanale, who Bill Clifton said “makes us better than last year.”Juniors Christine Caccamo and Bridgette Laurence have alternated at the seventh spot. Senior Lianne Donohue is pressing hard to move up into the lineup.Other freshmen have continued to develop to add depth farther down the lineup, and the junior varsity team is also priming prospects.“I like that they have their own goals of what they want to accomplish because in the past, they’d rely on us for that,” Bill Clifton said. “This year, they’re so motivated. They want to get to the MOC and will do anything to get there. They’re goaloriented and very hard workers. They make no excuses. It’s refreshed us as coaches.” BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent
AEK and Apollon, who finished in second and third place respectively in the league, begin their European journey for the new season in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.AEK face the Moldovan side FC Petrocub at the Arena stadium in Larnaca in the first leg, with the Cypriot side favourites to progress to the next round despite the fact that they made just four signings so far, two of which are ineligible to play as they were signed too late to be registered with UEFA.Their coach Imanol Idiakez will rely almost entirely on last season’s squad for this game with the only absentees being the now retired Katala and Igor Silva who returned to Olympiakos in Greece following his year-long loan period.The Moldovans are novices to European football having just one participation prior to this one, when they were knocked out in the first round by Croatian side NK Osijek last year.All but four of Petrocub’s players are Moldovans.For some absurd reason the game kicks-off at 6.30pm where temperatures are expected to be very high.Apollon clash with FK Kauno Zalgiris in Lithuania in their first leg encounter, with the Limassol side hoping to repeat what they achieved in the past three seasons and progress to the group stage of the competition. Unlike AEK, Apollon have been very busy in the transfer market bringing in eleven new players with nine moving in the opposite direction.A lot is expected of feisty winger Giannis Gianniotas (formerly of rivals Apoel) and towering 21-year-old Hungarian Attila Szalai. FK Kauno Zalgiris was formed just 15 years ago (2004) and this will be their first ever appearance in a European competition. The game will be played at the Darius and Girenas Stadium that has a capacity of just over 15,000. The game kicks-off at 8pm.
Baptist prelates and church members, with the blessing of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (LBMEC), have expressed opposition to the proposal to turn Liberia into a “Christian Nation.”Proposal #24 to declare Liberia a Christian State, seen by many as highly divisive and dangerous, was among proposed amendments voted on and accepted by 400 delegates attending the 5-day Constitution Review Conference held last week in Gbarnga, Bong County. The LBMEC, under the leadership of its president, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, who is also vice president and chair of the Commission on Human Rights Advocacy of the Baptist World Alliance, said Liberian Baptists do not support the proposal to make Liberia a “Christian Nation.” As the oldest Christian denomination in the country, LBMEC said it is cognizant of its “baptistic history and core commitment as a Christian denomination, which does not discriminate.” “There is no blemish on our escutcheon (a protective or ornamental nameplate) for the practice of religious persecution, since the act is the unfair treatment of a person or group of people because of religious beliefs and practice. Religious persecution can take the form of physical punishment or discrimination,” a statement issued by the Baptist Convention and signed by Dr. Menjay stated Therefore, the Baptists are of the view that to make Liberia a “Christian Nation” is discriminatory and is not part of our Baptist Christian principles.” Accordingly, the Baptist said, they have persistently refused to bend their own necks under the yoke of suppression, “and we have meticulously withheld our hand and heart from . . . yokes placed upon others. “We do not support any legislated domination of any group or individual, because we strongly are driven by the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 7:12 to “treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Laws and the Prophets are all about. “We do not support making Liberia a “Christian Nation,” the Baptist statement emphasized. The Baptists, the statement said, have never approved an ordinance inflicting a civic disability on any human person or group because of religious practice and belief. According to the statement, the Baptists reaffirm the right of every human being in Liberia to exercise freedom in matters of faith and conscience from all compulsion or intimidation by any governmental authority. Liberian Baptists, therefore, “have no room for sectarian arrogance within the country’s diverse Christian persuasions and in a progressively more pluralistic world where Liberia is for all persons regardless of faith persuasion or affiliation. “A nerve center of our denominational sensibility as Christians called Baptist is not merely religious toleration, but religious liberty; not merely sufferance, but freedom not just for us, but for all people. As such, we affirm our stance against making Liberia a Christian Nation.” Meanwhile, the Baptist said they have joined the likes of several other Baptists, including John Symth, Thomas Helwys, Roger Williams, John Clarke, and Ann Hasseltine Judson and, in the words of another eminent Baptist minister, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”The Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention was founded in 1880 to bring Baptist churches together for fellowship, cooperation and the development of programs in Christian education and evangelism.Though the Baptist Convention was founded in 1880, the Baptists are recognized as Liberia’s oldest denomination because the first church which the pioneers from America built, in 1822, was Providence Baptist, on Broad Street in central Monrovia. It is the smaller edifice behind which the new Providence Baptist Church, facing Ashmun Street, was built. It was in that first Baptist Church on Broad Street that the Declaration of Independence and the Liberian Constitution of 1847 were signed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LATEST STORIES Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Spurs end Clippers’ win streak at 7 games MOST READ “The new history will begin,” it said.Built at a cost of 157 billion yen the venue features the “Grand Eaves of the Wind,” a top roof layer designed to let in wind and cool down the temperature inside the stadium.A total of 185 large fans have also been set up and cooling mist emitters are installed at eight locations.Athletes, volunteers and spectators face the sweltering Tokyo summer where the mercury can easily reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).The main stadium — used for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletics and some football matches — has been built in the center of Tokyo on the site of the 1964 stadium.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday It has not been completely smooth sailing, as the original design, by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, was jettisoned in July 2015 amid public outrage over its $2 billion price tag — which would have made it the world’s most expensive stadium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The five-story stadium, designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, will seat 60,000 fans and nods to traditional techniques through the prominent use of wood.Around 2,000 cubic meters of cedarwood were brought in from all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, with an emphasis on wood from the northern Tohoku region hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The use of layered wooden canopies is also a reference to the 1,300-year-old five-story pagoda at Horyuji temple in western Nara prefecture, the oldest wooden building in the world.“Today, we were able to welcome the completion of the new national stadium,” Japan Sport Council (JSC) in charge of the project said in a press release. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202001:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down The new National Stadium, main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, is seen after its completion in Tokyo Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)Construction of the $1.4 billion main Tokyo Olympic venue has officially completed, constructors said on Saturday and is set to fight excessive heat with nature-inspired design.Japan’s summer heat is a major concern for Tokyo 2020 officials, with doctors warning the Games could see deadly medical emergencies.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
A husband who reportedly hit his wife with a knife was on Monday granted ,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for assault.Shawn Charles is accused of unlawfully assaulting Alexis Welcome, occasioning actual bodily harm to her person on August 18, 2017, at East La Penitence in Georgetown. He appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday. According to prosecution’s case, the accused and the victim share marital ties and on the day in question, they were engaged in an argument, which quickly became physical. Charles reportedly picked up a knife and started to hit his spouse on her face and about her body.Bail was granted in the sum of ,000. Charles returns to court on August 23.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Each family may pick up four bags of groceries a week: One bag contains bread and bakery products, one fresh produce, one canned staples, and the final bag is of perishables, including fresh juice and dairy products. Large families may pick up groceries twice a week. Availability of the groceries is dependent upon donations from individuals and from stores. Volunteers sort and bag groceries for distribution, and also make sure that each family receives its correct bags. Also, two volunteer drivers each day make pickups at stores that are donating goods. “The Interfaith Food Center is a compassionate, caring organization committed to serving the food needs of as many of the hungry, disadvantaged and homeless population of the communities of Whittier and La Mirada as our resources allow,” according to the organization’s mission statement. “We believe that the perpetuation of our cost-effective center is totally dependent on the support services of volunteers, individuals and organizations who are also committed to feeding the needy …” This second-largest food pantry in the state got its start in 1983 when a group of leaders from several different Whittier-area churches recognized there was a need to help families on a regular basis. The pantry started with about 30 families, and now helps between 550 and 700 families a month, fewer toward the beginning of the month and more toward the end. The volunteers become an important part of the team and several have been helping out many, many years. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and be able to make a serious commitment. Volunteers must be available for three-hour shifts on a selected day and must have their own transportation to get to the center, which is located at 14545 Leffingwell Road, Whittier. Persons interested in volunteering should call Veronica at (562) 903-1478 to sign up for a tour of the facility and an orientation. Send information about your organization to email@example.com, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758. ——— >VOLUNTEER NOW160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Jews, Latinos, blacks, gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals remain those who are targeted by white supremacists, according to the ADL. Nationwide, the number of anti-Semitic incidents, for example, rose from 1,557 in 2003 to 1,821 in 2004. In California, the number jumped from 180 to 237, according to the ADL. Local law enforcement agencies acknowledge that white-supremacist activities exist, buy say there have been no recent spikes across Los Angeles County or in the San Fernando Valley. While the ADL identified Reseda High School as a hot spot for white-supremacist activity, Principal Alfredo Tarin disputed that, saying what was once a movement is long gone. “Whether those groups exist or not, they don’t exist on campus,” he said. “The last incident we had was four years ago.” LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, who heads the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau, said the department works hard to educate the public and schoolchildren about anti-hate messages. “We are very sensitive to (hate-based) activity and that has to do largely in response to the community at large,” said Moore said. “Instances of hate will not be tolerated.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! White-supremacist activity is on the rise nationwide, with groups using the Internet and music to fuel messages of hate against Jews and other groups, a report released Tuesday says. The resurgence of white-supremacist activity has gradually increased across the nation since the 1990s, and especially in Southern California, where at least five groups have been monitored, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s inaugural Racist Skinhead Project. “We do notice there’s a great deal of play on the Internet,” said Amanda Susskind, regional director of the Pacific Southwest Region of the ADL. “The music industry is being used to recruit young people into a seemingly harmless activity, such as concerts. The ‘white power’ music industry is centered in Southern California.” But the ADL also notes the fluidity of the movement, of groups breaking down, rebuilding, or preying on their own members.
PALMDALE – An $11.8 million 75-unit senior-citizen apartment complex is going up at the southeast corner of Avenue Q-10 and Ninth Street East. The complex is the first project in the Courson Connection, a revitalization project intended to boost the city’s downtown and provide affordable housing for seniors. Replacing aging homes and small apartment complexes, when it is done the project will link the Civic Center and Courson Park and will contain some 300 apartment units, a new senior center and a 2.5-acre park. All of the buildings will be done in the Spanish-Mediterranean style. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe complex is being built by Rancho Cucamonga-based Southern California Housing Development Corp. The nonprofit corporation has worked with the city in the past to refurbish more than 290 downtown apartment units. The city will lease the property to the corporation for $1 per year for 55 years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“You saw the commitment of the players and whoever comes to the club has to justify their position in the team.”Speaking about the performance against Dumbarton, Warburton praised his players – highlighting the challenge of playing on a difficult pitch.“It was a very satisfying display,” he said. “This is a difficult place to come and the pitch was really heavy and the wind was blowing. “We worked them in the first half but we didn’t get the goals we wanted. But we got our rewards in the second half and that was really pleasing. Mark Warburton says Rangers’ 6-0 thumping of Dumbarton should serve as a warning to any new arrivals set to arrive at the club over the next month.Harry Forrester put pen to paper on a six-month deal with the Ibrox side earlier in the week, but Warburton was keen to stress that he will need to earn his place in the team.“A lot of work has been done already and a lot more work will be done because we said we’ll strengthen and bring in players, and that’s what we’ll do,” said the former Brentford boss. “We want to get our business done early and hopefully we’ll get a lot more done this week. But no player comes in and walks straight into the team. “We spoke before and after about the importance of building on the win and the performance against Hibs.“That was the message. Whether there are 52,000 inside the ground or just 2,000, nothing changes. “It’s about the standards, it’s about dominating the football and getting the rewards.”
Park Hours and AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.Single-day park tickets are at Anytime pricing this week. Single-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax). Two-day, two-park tickets are $265.99 per adult and $254.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Voodoo DoughnutVoodoo Doughnut at CityWalk Orlando soft opened Saturday March 24, offering their unique and crazy donuts to guests. Individual donuts cost between $1.50 to $3.80 (depending on size and toppings) and bakers dozen boxes of donuts cost between $15 to $28 depending on the types of donuts included. A $139 Coffin of Doughnuts option includes three bakers dozens of donuts and a wooden coffin for your burial after eating said donuts.Voodoo Doughnut is open for limited hours each day, subject to change. Stay tuned for news on an official opening date and hours.Exterior of Voodoo Doughnut. Image from Inside Universal.Interior of Voodoo Doughnut. Image from Inside Universal.Selection of doughnuts offered. Image from Inside Universal.Voodoo Donuts merch and the $139 Coffin of Doughnuts. Image from Inside Universal.Halloween Horror Nights 28Image copyright Universal Orlando.Mark your calendar as Halloween Horror Nights returns for its 28th year, running select nights September 14 – November 3. Universal is offering a buy one night get the second night free Flex Ticket option until June 6. Tickets are available online only $77.99 per person plus tax.Mail BagYou ask, I answer! Questions come from the TouringPlans Forum, Universal Orlando Lines App chat, and comments on articles. To have your questions answered leave a message in the comments below or visit the forum.This week’s question comes from padfoot86:Does UOR do character dining like Disney? When, where, cost, how far in advance to book, and other information would be helpful.Universal offers two character dining experiences.Loews Sapphire Falls hosts a Despicable Me character breakfast every Saturday morning from 7:30 am-8:30 am, 9:00 am-10:00 am, and 10:30 am-11:30 am for $34.99 per adult plus tax and $20.99 per child plus tax. Meet Gru and the Minions while you load up your plate with pancakes, eggs, and bacon. It is best to purchase ahead of time by visiting the website, but a quick glance shows availability for this weekend.Islands of Adventure features a Marvel Character Dinner weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:00 pm until park close. Park admission is required plus dinner reservations costing $49.99 per adult plus tax and $24.99 per child plus tax. Captain America, Spider-man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rouge greet guests in Cafe 4 while a buffet of pastas, pizza, chicken, and deserts are offered. Book ahead of time online and call (407) 224-3663 24 hours prior to confirm the reservation.Upcoming Events & HighlightsUniversal’s Mardi Gras returns nightly February 3 through April 7. Catch a nightly Mardi Gras parade with Greek mythology-themed floats and a New Orleans carnival with food carts and a brass band. Admission to Mardi Gras is included with standard admission to the parks.That is all for this week. See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Share This!I’ve been informed by my boss that this week I need to cover Voodoo Doughnut soft opening at CityWalk Orlando. I can’t say no to doughnuts! Plus we have news on Halloween Horror Nights 28 dates and another question in our mail bag.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report