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BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer Thanks to a disciplined style of play and solid goaltending, the Middletown High School North ice hockey team reclaimed the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 success over rival Middletown South before a packed house at the Gold Coast Arena in Wall. Joe Dickinson and Shawn Fountain scored a goal apiece, and senior goaltender Chris Brown turned aside 27 shots to post the shutout. Brown’s standout performance earned him the Most Valuable Player trophy for the game. North’s checking line of Dickinson, Fountain and Dan Kroeper, who picked up an assist on Dickinson’s goal, had a particularly strong game. Coach Neil Leone’s Lions entered the game with a 5-4-2 mark, while Middletown South came in at 7-2-2, including wins against RBC, Brick Memorial and Monsignor Donovan. North’s wins included successes against Brick, Old Bridge and West Windsor Plainsboro. At the opening face-off, Middletown North came out strong, dominating the first two shifts, in the much-anticipated annual game. The Lions steadied themselves and settled down about three minutes in. “Middletown South is a very talented team and we just wanted to weather the storm,” Leone explained. “We figured if we could get through the first 10 minutes so we could stay within striking distance, we’d be able to find way to get a few goals.” An Eagles power play midway through the period resulted in five shots on goal and South seemed to regain momentum. The Lions rallied late and Eagles netminder Chris Marsillo stopped three shots in one flurry with two minutes remaining. North continued to press and with 58 seconds remaining South’s Brett Johnson was sent to the penalty box. Leone’s charges opened the second period on the carry-over power play and immediately took control — at one time owning a 9-0 advantage in shots for the period. The Lions finally broke the ice 2:09 into the period when Dickinson deflected a Chris Lupo point shot into Marsillo’s pads and beat the South goalie to the rebound to tuck a backhander under the cross bar. Seven minutes later, Fountain scored from the far right-wing circle to double North’s lead. “I just came down the wing and I didn’t see anyone with me so I kind of threw the puck at the net and it went in,” Fountain said. Leone credited Fountain for making a head’s up play. “Their goalie [Marsillo] is one of the best in the Shore and before the game we talked about getting the puck to the net because you never know what may happen. That’s just what Shawn [Fountain] did.” With 2:36 remaining in the period, Fountain was whistled for tripping and South went on the power play. Brown made six saves while the Eagles had the man advantage, including a beauty on Johnson who made an end-to-end rush. A late Eagles penalty to Matt Johnson gave the Lions a power play at the start of the third, which South successfully killed. Afterward, Brett Johnson tried valiantly to get his team on the board, but Brown stoned the Eagles forward twice. Brown also made a big stop on Justin Horowitz with six minutes remaining. Brown had good help from his defense throughout as Rob Locke, Chris Lupo (two assists), Frank Rodriguez and freshman James Felice all played well on the blue line. “This was a huge win for us because Middletown South is such a good team,” Leone said. “Before this game, people could say we have five wins but that we really hadn’t beaten any of the top teams. This gives us legitimacy.” The coach is hoping that the momentum carries over into what will be a busy week for the Lions. Tuesday they were set to face off at RBC (5-5-2) and will visit Sparta (10-2) at Skylands Ice World Saturday at 6 p.m in Stockholm before returning to Gold Coast Arena to meet Toms River East (2-7) on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Middletown South, meanwhile, was set to return to action against Freehold Township (8- 2-4) on Tuesday and will play St. John Vianney (2-5-2) at Gold Coast Arena Sunday at 4:15 p.m.
The existence of local government has always been defended on the basis that it is a crucial aspect of the process of democratisation and intensification of mass participation in the decision-making process. No political system is considered complete and democratic if it does not have a system of local government.Local government, therefore, serves a two-fold purpose. The first purpose is the administrative purpose of supplying goods and services; the other purpose is to represent and involve citizens in determining specific local public needs and how these local needs can be met.Back in 2016, former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister and the current Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC), Kamla Persad-Bissessar recognised the important role that local governance played in the wider scheme of things. In October 2013, her coalition Government lost the Local Government Elections (LGE). Soon after, her Government was booted from office by the people who had complained over the highly unpopular policies being pursued by their elected local officials, the continuous problems being faced in their communities with respect to crime and the sad state of affairs there in relation to drainage and irrigation, and the road network.It was also learnt from her post-mortem after being defeated, that one cannot underestimate the power of local democracy and the ballot, especially when people feel put upon or discontent with some policies.She now remarked that “it is through Local Government that we understand the things people feel, not only what is reported in the news. It is through Local Government that we can touch the lives of people individually, encourage them, help them, support them and stand and fight with them. This Local Government Election will be most important in taking down the face of arrogance that the Rowley PNM is hiding behind. We must show them that they will not be allowed to use political power as a weapon against people in the way they have… It will be challenging, difficult at times, and even discouraging.” Her words and experience should serve as a lesson to those Councillors and officials who are currently serving at the helm of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, which has for the past few years, being dogged by a string of controversies relating to its mismanagement and poor administration of the affairs of Georgetown.The situation has reached such a low that the city’s chief politician, Mayor Patricia Chase Green and her associates — Town Clerk Royston King and Treasurer Ron McCalmont – are now expending their energies to fight the citizens, who elected them to office as they seek to ramrod two controversial projects down the throats of the electorate. But at every level of the struggle, the citizens, who have united against the questionable Parking Meters Project and the plan to transfer lands at Bel Air Park in Georgetown, are winning.The integrity of the Town Clerk and Mayor is being questioned daily as citizens voice their discontent with the mismanagement, misallocation and misuse of the Council’s scarce resources by the elites at City Hall. The fact that persons have already started to lobby the ruling People’s National Congress-led A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to have King and Chase Green removed is also indicative of the level of widespread concern about their conduct and ability to perform. And the coalition Government has already signalled its disapproval of many decisions by the utterances of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.Moreover, the recently-released Audit Report for 2016 has not helped in boosting the image of those at the helm of City Hall. It must change course. It must perform better. Those officers who continuously stand against the residents of Georgetown must step down especially if the public does not hold confidence in them.
Dear Editor,The recent report by the Mexican consultant on oil refinery capacity shows the need for external oil sales. The data shared points to a 30-year supply for a local refinery based on the 1.5 billion oil find. With an accelerated or straight-line depreciation model, the payback on the investment can be determined if excess crude oil is sold. The challenge for the investment is long-term projected oil prices. The 30-year plan for the Green Economy will inform the decision as to whether this investment can overcome the risk. Our ability as a nation to transition away from fossil fuel dependence faster than other nations will aid us to eliminate the risk associated with oil prices.Given the energy agendas of high consumption countries and oil producing countries, we are exposed to demand reduction and the associated price softness in the market. This leaves supply countries with increased market competition.The sensitivity and complexity of the Venezuelan supply being offline has been sustaining market prices during a price-favourable military climate. As the major military engagements end and the Venezuelan situation is resolved, oil prices will experience increased downward price pressure in the market.Although this risk is built into current prices for the near- to mid-term, the long-term impact is beyond the futures market risk consideration, thus making it difficult to determine the rate of global conversion away from fossil fuels and towards a greener energy economy.However, if a peaceful global climate is maintained and energy conversion targets are kept as outlined by countries at the climate summit, oil prices can be forecasted with reduced variation and increased accuracy. This is the baseline scenario for determining the payback on the refinery investment.Best regards,Jamil Changlee
LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and CEO of ONE, announced that ONE: A New Era lured a total of 41.9 million viewers last March 31.ONE has certainly come a long way as it took leaps and bounds from an average of 700,000 viewers four years ago to this point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnd Sityodtong believes it’s only the beginning.“While it did not hit the target of 50 million that my team and I had set out to achieve when we decided to throw this mega event in Tokyo, I am full of gratitude and appreciation to the greatest fans in the world,” Sityodtong shared on his social media. MANILA, Philippines—A new era has indeed dawned for ONE Championship as Asia’s largest global sports media company reached top heights following its inaugural show in Tokyo, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Olympics Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Three of the best Filipino martial artists from Baguio’s Team Lakay bannered the historic card, although it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to be.Eduard “Landslide” Folayang yielded the ONE lightweight world title to Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki after being submitted early in the first round of their rematch in the main event while Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, likewise, lost his ONE bantamweight belt via disqualification to Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil in their third meeting.Danny “The King” Kingad was the lone bright spot for the Philippines after he beat Senzo Ikeda of Japan by unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.The Tokyo card is going to be hard to top but Sityodtong is out for more and he is confident that ONE will only get bigger in the years to come.“Our three-year goal is to achieve an average of 100m viewers per event,” said Sityodtong. “It might sound crazy, but I work with the best team on the planet.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station PBA D-League: Another triple double for Aaron Black MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar both scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds each for the Gin Kings, who were looking to forge a knockout game after trailing early in the series, 0-2.Stanley Pringle finally got on a scoring groove while veteran Joe Devance reprised his hot-shooting night but none of them could solve TNT’s late defensive puzzle.“As coach Mark (Dickel) would say, we’re off to the next stage. We’re just waiting for our next opponent,” said Ravena, whose charges now await the winner of the other Final Four contest between San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine.The Beermen, up 2-1 in the best-of-five series, try to finish off the Elasto Painters when they clash in Game 4 on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ TNT had a man in front of every shooter and hands in the passing lanes in the second half. And after surrendering at least 30 points in each of the first two periods, the KaTropa held Barangay Ginebra to a total of 30 in the last two.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted “We just stuck to our defense. It was our main concern—making stops,” coach Bong Ravena said.Now they’re in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals after dethroning the Gin Kings with a 103-92 victory Thursday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTNT showed its defensive teeth down the stretch, turning a nip-and-tuck affair into a blowout with two killer runs in the second half.Taking advantage of those stops, TNT rallied from eight down with a 23-6 run anchored on RR Pogoy, Terrence Jones and Brian Heruela to take an 86-77 lead in the third period. Ginebra fought back in the fourth and Justin Brownlee hit a three that fired up the Gin Kings’ crowd and cut the deficit to 90-84.But Jones, Heruela and Jayson Castro again took charge of turning every stop into a scoring opportunity and joined hands in a 13-2 exchange that put TNT ahead, 2:43 remaining.Jones registered his fifth triple-double as a TNT import, scoring 24 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists.But he wasn’t alone in making sure a new team will be crowned champion this conference.“The local team stepped up, too,” added Ravena, who also drew 22 points from Troy Rosario and 20 more from Castro. Pogoy chipped in 14 more for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon View comments Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian
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John Carver has warned Newcastle United they MUST allow manager Rafael Benitez the same degree of control at the club in the Premier League as he’s had in the Championship this season, or risk losing him.Benitez has been hailed as a hero at St James’ Park after guiding the Magpies back to the top flight at the first time of asking, after their promotion was confirmed on Monday.However, there are still question marks over the Spanish boss’ future at the club.Benitez is understood to be seeking assurances over transfer funds and the club’s ability to be competitive in the top-flight.But Carver expects the former Liverpool chief to stay, saying it’s thanks to him the club is united for the first time in many years.“I have to say I’d be very surprised if he walked away from it”, the former interim manager told talkSPORT host Jim White.“He had some control over what he wanted to do this past year and I’m sure if the football club are wise enough they’ll give him that same control next year.“Obviously they’ll certainly need a war chest to get the squad up to standard for the Premier League, but I’m sure they will and I’m sure Rafa will be there. He’s taken to the club, he loves the club, he loves the fans and the fans love him.“It’s the first time in some time the club has been United.”Newcastle have of course spent big before – and it did not result in success.The club paid out more than £90million on players over the course of the 2015/16 season, including the likes of Andros Townsend, Jonjo Shelvey and Aleksandar Mitrovic, but it still didn’t stop them from being relegated from the Premier League.Carver has warned the club not to make the same mistakes in the transfer market this summer, and says keeping the ‘shrewd’ Benitez will be crucial to a long-term stay in the top-flight.He added: “If Mike gives him £100m in the summer, will that guarantee him staying in the Premier League?“Let’s not forget the season before that we spent almost £100m and we got relegated!“It’s about how you buy – buying wisely and buying the right players. This season is an example of that, we bought Championship players to get us out of the Championship.“Rafa is shrewd, he’s a clever man, he knows what he wants and he’ll know the type of player that will be suited to playing at St James’ Park in the Premier League.“I’m sure he’ll get the right player at the right price, and I’m sure they will build a squad that will maintain their Premier League status next season for sure.”Newcastle EXCLUSIVE – ‘He sees this as a long-term project’ – Rob Elliot confident Rafa Benitez will stay on as manager
The offices of Newcastle and West Ham have been raided by tax officials as part of an Anglo-French investigation into a suspected £5million fraud related to player transfers. The coordinated raids, which included premises in France, took place on Wednesday morning and several men have been arrested, including Newcastle’s managing director Lee Charnley.A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said: “HMRC has arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected £5million income tax and National Insurance fraud.“180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today. Investigators have searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.“The French authorities are assisting the UK investigation, have made arrests and several locations have been searched in France.“This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences.”A West Ham spokesperson confirmed the club’s offices at the London Stadium were raided by HMRC officers and said the Premier League side was “cooperating fully” with the investigation.The Hammers are currently 14th in the Premier League table, seven points above the relegation zone, after an eventful first season at the former Olympic stadium.here has been no official confirmation from Newcastle yet, although it is understood that St James’ Park was raided and Charnley has been arrested. The 39-year-old Charnley became Newcastle’s managing director three years ago, having quietly risen through the ranks at a club that has experienced considerable upheaval over the years.Like his boss, club owner Mike Ashley, Charnley rarely, if ever, speaks to the media, but has been credited for keeping manager Rafael Benitez at the club despite last season’s relegation from the Premier League.The news of the dramatic raids comes barely 36 hours after Newcastle’s return to the Premier League was confirmed with a 4-1 win over Preston on Monday.HMRC officials also visited Chelsea on Wednesday, requesting information. No items were seized.There is no allegation of wrongdoing by anyone associated with the Premier League leaders.A Chelsea spokesman said: “In connection with its wider investigation, HMRC has requested certain information which the club will provide.” 1 Newcastle United’s St James’ Park ground