by John BurtonOCEANPORT – John O. Bennett, the former state legislator and embattled borough administrator, is moving on from that position.As anticipated since last November’s election, Mayor Jay Coffey and a majority of the Borough Council last Thursday selected another candidate to serve as the borough administrator, the position the former state senator and one-time, short-term acting governor Bennett had held for the last three years. During part of his tenure as administrator Bennett had been the borough’s Public Works supervisor. Prior to being administrator/supervisor, Bennett served as borough attorney for six years.With Coffey’s endorsement and with four of the council members’ advice and consent, on March 17 they named Raymond Poerio, Edison, to fill the position. Poerio plans on starting the new job on April 4.Coffey, a Democrat, offered his thanks and well wishes to Bennett. “He’s a fantastic guy…I think so highly of him,” the mayor said. “He deserves your respect.”Council President Joseph Irace, a Republican, who had a very public and heated confrontation with Bennett last summer, offered a conciliatory note last Thursday. “I may have had a very public difference,” with Bennett, Irace said, but noting “He helped us through tough times.”“We got along before,” that August 2015 incident, Irace continued. “We got along after.”“We have not always agreed on everything,” Bennett acknowledged of his relationship with Coffey, who has been mayor since Jan. 1. However, Bennett continued about the mayor. “I am absolutely convinced he will bring us together.”Bennett also maintained that it has been his “absolutely great pleasure” to continue to serve the community, first as a legislator for 13 years and then as its lawyer and then administrator.Bennett said he plans on taking a family vacation for a couple of weeks and when he returns “I’ve got a couple of opportunities” to consider.“I still want to work,” he added.One source familiar with the situation said Bennett is considering taking the administrator position in another area municipality.Bennett, 67, had served as a Republican member of the state Legislature. As president of the Senate he filled in for a very short period as acting governor in 2002, when the office was vacant following Christine Todd Whitman’s resignation to become the federal Environmental Protection Agency administrator.Bennett lost his Senate seat in the 2003 election and had served as the Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman.Bennett’s tenure as administrator became a focal point for the 2015 election with Coffey’s supporters criticizing then-Mayor Michael Mahon, a Republican, for having Bennett work without a formal contract—which is legally permissible—as well as contributing to what some called the discord and lack of constructive communication among then sitting council members. That tension boiled over with the confrontation between Irace and Bennett that some said they feared would come to blows.Bennett had said last fall he would retire at the end of the year but decided he would have liked to continue as administrator/supervisor and asked to be considered.The borough council had considered 42 applicants for the administrator job before whittling the number down to 15 and then five candidates, according to Coffey.Among that group, Poerio “came up aces,” was prepared, and knows about municipal operations, Coffey said.Poerio, 45, is currently working as director of parks and recreation for Scotch Plains. His role as administrator is “to be the voice of the mayor on occasion,” as well “as working with the residents, the council and other employees to have a well run town,” he said.The administrator’s role is to be the fulltime municipal manager, overseeing the day-to-day operations.Poerio will receive a $121,000 annual starting salary. Bennett was getting $125,000 for each of his three years in the job.
Guipuzcoan Ane Mintegi del Olmo, the solely consultant of Spain in the junior tournaments of the Australian Open, He went on to the third round after beating Australian visitor Talia Gibson 6-2 and 7-5 in 65 minutes. Mintegi (16 years outdated) performed patiently and safely in opposition to a rival, Gibson (17), who risked extra and made many unforced errors (48). Ane broke the aussie serve six occasions and misplaced his thrice. In the second set he raised a 3-0 to keep away from having a third set and with a break in the eleventh recreation he sentenced.The Basque tennis participant will see Wednesday in the round of 16 with the Czech 17-year-old Darja Vidmanova, who received the sixth seed, the Russian Maria Bondarenko, 6-3, 5-7 and 7-6 (8).
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round, Smart has been unflappable and Boston’s unquestioned deacon of toughness.From sacrificing his body diving for loose balls or keeping plays alive with a rebound , to causing deflections on defense, to popping up out of the crowd for a timely rebound or tip-in, Smart is the proud everyman for a once underdog Celtics team that has outworked the Cavaliers through the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“That’s me. That’s how I was raised,” said Smart, who was Boston’s top performer off the bench in the Celtics’ 107-94 Game 2 win with 11 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. “I’m the youngest of four boys. My whole life I had to fight.“I had to get down and do things in order to secure my spot in the household. So coming onto the court it’s nothing different.” View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “As long as she’s fighting I’m going to continue fighting.”It’s the kind of toughness that has always run deep in the Smart family. His mother also has been through quadruple-bypass surgery on her heart.She wants her son exactly where he is.“She told me she’d rather me be here than back there, doing what I love to do,” Smart said, “because she loves watching me play. She said it puts a smile on her face.”Along with a lot of other Boston fans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Behind China-bound import, blistering Hotshots turn Columbian Dyip into a wreck Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reaches to slap hands with forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make “winning plays” with the game on the line.And more times than not, it’s been Marcus Smart making them.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Boston took a 2-0 series lead on the Bucks in the first round before dropping back-to-back games in Milwaukee. Smart came off the bench when the series swung back to Boston for Game 5. He finished that one with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks to help the Celtics pull out a five-point victory.Boston is 8-2 since Smart’s return and has the Cavaliers facing their first 2-0 series hole since 2008, when they lost 4-3 to the Celtics in the conference semifinals. Boston went on to win the NBA title that season.Not bad for a guy taken sixth overall by Boston in the 2014 draft despite being criticized coming out of Oklahoma State for being undersized at 6-foot-4, having questionable ball-handling and poor 3-point shooting, and at times displaying uncontrollable emotions.“I think he’s as tough as they come,” Stevens said. “He matches his intensity with a physical toughness. … People talk about him all the time. Sometimes they focus on things that don’t matter, and the other times they focus on that he impacts winning.”Smart showed all those attributes late in the fourth quarter Tuesday night against the Cavs, when he came to the defense of Al Horford after JR Smith shoved him in the back on a layup attempt. Smart got in Smith’s face, prompting Smith to shove him. Both received technical fouls. But having a teammate’s back is second nature to Smart.ADVERTISEMENT He said he felt like Smith was being a bully . That has never played well in Smart’s orbit.“One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it,” he said.From a basketball standpoint, Cleveland has taken note of Smart’s impact.LeBron James called Smart’s creativity on the court “uncanny,” and Kevin Love said the Cavs can “definitely learn” from what Smart and Boston are doing to them.“I think Marcus always makes plays at the right time,” James said. “They put the ball in his hands and they trust him to make plays for others.”Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Smart’s impact is clearly something they must combat as they try to hold serve at home beginning with Game 3 on Saturday.“If it’s 50/50 balls, he’s going to get it. If it’s a loose ball, offensive rebound they need to have, he’s going to get it,” Lue said. “We’ve got to be able to find someone who can match his toughness.”The most impressive thing about Smart’s run might be that he’s doing it while his mother, 63-year old Camellia Smart, is battling bone marrow cancer.Smart learned of her diagnosis during a visit to see her in Texas back in April.“We’re just trying to preserve life,” Smart said recently of how she’s doing. “At her age a transplant would probably be more harmful than good. … It’s tough, but my mom’s a tough cookie.
Wages impasseAlthough promised for this week, the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and the Education Ministry has not yet signed the agreement to end the teacher’ salary impasse and is more than likely to do so by next week according to the General Secretary of the GTU, Coretta McDonald.The General Secretary made the disclosure during an invited comment on Friday morning.She explained that the agreement “still has a few things to clear up.”When further questioned she said that the GTU has to make sure that it signs a document which will benefit all their teachers, as such there are other non-salaryGTU President Mark Lyte and Education Minister Nicolette Henry following the meeting last week. Also in photo are other GTU executives and Education Ministry staffissues that are yet to be sorted out.McDonald had previously said the agreement would have been signed by Wednesday last.Last Friday, following a six-hour long discussion between the two parties, the GTU agreed to a 12 per cent increase for 2016 and eight per cent increase for 2018.The agreement came more than one month after the GTU called off a nationwide strike.Education Minister Nicolette Henry announced last week, “What we have proposed essentially is in so far as 2016 is concerned, we finalised at 12 and eight per cent respectively and for 2018, we’re at eight per cent and the debunching figure (is) the one that we shared earlier – the $350,000,000.”Although fewer smiles were seen on the faces of the executives after that meeting, GTU President Mark Lyte told this publication that the Union was satisfied with the amount being given to teachers. “We are walking away a lot happier than initially. We recognise that we were able to broker an agreement with the Ministry of Education that will bring a lot of satisfaction to our members, and I think that was the ultimate objective of this whole process to ensure that every teacher benefits significantly.”According to him, the previous offers tabled did not provide benefits for all teachers. In fact, some 80 per cent of teachers, he said, would not have benefited from the Government’s previous offer.It was explained by him that the increases for teachers will be paid in two tranches. “The increases are going to be paid in two tranches, because you know what teachers receive in 2016 would have an impact on 2017 and 2018, so we are going to have payments being done in December and payments being done in January 2019,” Lyte stated.A joint statement shared with the media last Friday from the two agencies said: “Having considered new information provided, which included salary benefits for all scales of teachers ranging from TS1 to TS19 and special and non-salary benefits, the two parties concluded discussions and have committed to the implementation of the agreement. The three-year 2016 to 2018 agreement will be signed in the new week”.
A showdown between the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) appointed Regional Executive Officer (REO) Dennis Jaikarran and Alliance For Change (AFC) Regional Councillor, Nathram in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) ended with the Police being called to the Regional Democratic Council Office.AFC Councillor Nathram standing in the locked office before the Police arrived on WednesdayRegion Two REODennis JaikarranReports are on Wednesday, Nathram was in an office, which is under the Regional Finance Department and located inside the Regional Compound in Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, but it was padlocked within the building by Jaikarran.According to Nathram, he was inside his office when the REO placed a padlock on his office door from the outside, locking him in the office.Guyana Times was told that Nathram then said he called the Police, who went to the compound and finally opened the door. The AFC Councillor said since the last sitting of the RDC where he questioned the attitude of the REO towards the acting Regional Chairman, Nandranie Coonjah – after the REO failed to recognised her – there has been high tension at the office. At the RDC meeting, the REO had tried to rebut the Councillor but was asked by Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt to take his seat but this did not go down well with him. The REO then stormed out of the meeting and instructed the regional administration employees to follow him.Nathram on Wednesday claimed that since the incident at the RDC, the REO has instructed the security guards not to allow his vehicle to enter the compound.However, Jaikarran said he wrote Nathram about two weeks ago, indicating that he needed to vacate his office to facilitate renovations. He said he told the Councillor that he will be temporarily housed inside another office until the renovation work is complete. According to Jaikarran, Nathram is not complying and he was forced to put a padlock on the door because there are very important documents and equipment stored in the said office space. Police at Anna Regina have since taken a statement from Nathram and an investigation has been launched.Meanwhile, speaking with Guyana Times, several other Councillors on the RDC said the feud between the APNU and AFC regional officials has been affecting the work of the RDC which is seeking to better the lives of the people of Region Two.One Councillor noted that several statutory meetings are being cancelled because of the pettiness of the two officials. The Councillor added that this is stymieing the mandate of the RDC, while another Councillor added that they are fearful Region Two will be dragged into a political battle as is with the case of the Region Five RDC.
THE Orange Line busway has done it again. The 14-mile cross-Valley busway set another ridership record in March. There were more than 23,000 boardings of the big silver buses every weekday – and about 13,500 on Saturdays. What’s notable about this is that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials didn’t expect that many regular Orange Line boardings for 13 more years. They obviously underestimated the desperation for transportation alternatives in the San Fernando Valley. Now that the busway has proven itself over and over again in its first 18 months, it’s up to MTA and city leaders to keep the momentum rolling. Popular public transportation in a city of traffic gridlock is something to be grateful for and nurtured. And that means making the Orange Line even easier to use with the expeditious completion of a Chatsworth leg and north-south connections on major streets like Van Nuys and Laurel Canyon boulevards. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Mount Kenya United head coach Melis Medo and his assistant Anthony Mwangi dish out instructions to the players during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – Cash-strapped Mount Kenya United have been relegated from the Kenyan premier League after suffering a 3-1 loss at the hands of Sony Sugar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.Derrick Otanga scored a brace for the sugar belt side with Stephen Omollo adding the third. Mount Kenya’s consolation was scored by Brian Nyakan with 10 minutes left on the clock. The result means that with three matches to go, Mount Kenya cannot move higher than 17th. They are 11 points away from safety at 15th place and 10 away from the play-off slot at 16th.It was earlier feared that Mount Kenya who awarded a walk over to Mathare United last weekend would not honor their match as they continued their protest over lack of payment, but they somehow managed to gather themselves together and go for the tie.In the other matches played on Saturday, Chris Onyango struck twice as KCB beat Kariobangi Sharks 3-2 at the Kasarani Stadium. Ezekiel Odera opened the scores with a ninth minute penalty before Abuya also equalized for Sharks with another penalty.However, Onyango scored in quick succession in the 61st and 66th minutes to hand KCB the advantage, before Shaphan Oyugi clawed one back for Sharks later on.In Bungoma, Sofapaka came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Nzoia Sugar. Umaru Kasumba’s goal in the 77th minute, his 18th for the season handed Sofapaka a vital point.In the late kick off in Machakos, Posta Rangers and Kakamega Homeboyz drew 0-0.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate is set to reveal his squad for the European Under-21 Championship this summer – and you can follow the announcement right now.Please note: video transmission will begin at 4pm (UK time).
Atlantic Travel have rolled out some amazing back to school deals from €185pp!All our deals include return flights, 7 nights accommodation, carry on baggage and airport transfers.Here in Atlantic Travel we have put together some fantastic Back to School Offers for those of you who are looking for some sunshine. As some of us are getting uniforms and lunch boxes in order and making sure pencils, rulers and school bags are at the ready the opportunity is there for lucky others to escape to the sun. Imagine… no overcrowded beaches, smaller ques and incredible value sometimes at less than half the price of peak time prices.We constantly are looking for the best value for our clients and this time of year certainly offers value! Airports are less busy, theme parks have smaller queues, the searing heat that sometimes can be overbearing has passed and you might even find space for your towel on the beach!We have 5 brilliant offers for you that are all coming in at least less than half the price of peak time. Without a doubt Portugal and Spain are the most popular destinations for shorthaul travel this year for the Irish market. So without further ado let me tell you about our first fantastic offer.Treat yourself to 7 nights in The Algarve from only €185pp.Departing on the 18th October you will stay in the 2* Mirachoro Apts. This apart hotel is situated just a short stroll from the famous beach of Praia da Rocha on the spectacular coastline and the centre of Portimão, the largest town of West Algarve, with its shops, restaurants and bars. Portimão Museum, marina, several beaches and golf courses are within easy reach.The town of Lagos with its historic old town and the 17th century fort, the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, is just a short drive away. Pricing includes return airport transfers and carry on baggage. If you love The Algarve and really feeling like spoiling yourself why not upgrade to the 5* Forte Do Vale Hotel in Albufeira from only €399pp.This enchanting aparthotel features a privileged location in Albufeira, a popular coastal city in the southern Algarve region that has become a world-renowned holiday destination. Guests will find themselves some 40 kilometres from Faro Airport and a short walking distance from Cachoeira garden. It is ideal for those travellers wishing to enjoy the freedom of a self-catering accommodation and features a choice of fully equipped apartments featuring all the necessary services and facilities to provide the perfect homeawayfromhome experience. The establishment includes two large outdoor pools surrounded by a spacious terrace with sun loungers and umbrellas, ideal to enjoy a moment of relaxation whilst soaking up the sun.This is available from €399pp departing on the 17th October and includes flights, accommodation and airport transfers.Next on our list is an offer to the Costa Del Sol from only €282pp.The Bajondillo Apartments have always been a very popular choice with Irish holidaymakers. It is located in the bustling area of Torremolinos. The hotel enjoys an idyllic setting just 25 metres from the beach and just 500 metres from the town centre and its myriad of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.Guests will appreciate the peaceful surroundings, yet are never far from the heart of the entertainment. The spacious apartments enjoy a tasteful style and offer a comfortable home away from home for all the family. They come well equipped with modern amenities and offer a haven of peace and tranquility in which to relax and unwind in comfort at the end of the day.This offer is available departing on the 19th October and includes flights from Dublin, accommodation, return airport transfers and carry on baggage.If you are looking for something a little special then we also have the 5* Senator Banus Spa outside Estepona on the Costa Del Sol from €340pp. This hotel lies just a short distance away from the centre of Estepona. You will find yourself within easy access of a wide range of restaurants, bars, the tourist centre and shopping opportunities. This hotel lies a short distance from the beach. The hotel comprises superblydesigned guest rooms, which ooze character and charm. The rooms are well equipped with modern amenities.This magnificent hotel features 3 restaurants, with something to tempt even the most discerning palate. Guests can indulge in the ultimate relaxation and invigoration in the spa.See the beautiful island of Corfu from only €365ppStay in the 3* Island Beach Resort in Kavos, flights departing from Dublin on 01 October.Kavos is a very bubbly place right at the southern end of Corfu. It sprang up in the Eighties as the island’s party capital, and it’s still bursting with enthusiasm as you’ll see from the numerous bars and clubs. The pace is nonstop on the beach, too, with its high quota of watersports – though you can always slow things down with a leisurely boat trip along the coast.Kavos comes with an 8 kilometre strip of sand that’s etched with sunloungers. The water is quite shallow if you’re only up for a paddle, but it’s further out to sea that the action really happens. Banana rides, jetskiing, waterskiing, doughnut rings – you name it, this beach has got it. There’s even bungee jumping and cage catapulting. Luckily, there are plenty of cafés and bars to refuel, too.The Island Beach complex is situated at prime location at the beach front (main buildings) in Kavos Village, the party center of Corfu.The village center is about 150m where you can find many bars, nightclubs, shops and restaurant. The hotel complex consists of two main buildings and many annex buildings which are situated about 100250 m. away, on the opposite side of the street & beach.There is a reception, safe (for an extra fee), bar, restaurant, 2 fresh water swimming pools by each main building with sun terrace to relax after a night of partying. Sunbeds & umbrellas by the pools are available free of charge. Each of the main buildings has its Snack Bar, pool & beach bar. The Island Beach is very well known and popular amongst young people because of the events that are being organised there weekly-such as guest Dj parties, concerts, etc. All clients of Island Beach Resort & Annex get free entrance for these events (food /drink not included)Our final offer today is for Malta from €357pp.This 4* Topaz hotel is located in the centre of the famous seaside resort of Bugibba, in the northern part of the island. The closest local beach is approximately 15 minutes walk away. The town centre is also easily reachable on foot, where guests will find a variety of shops, bars restaurants and cafes. It is a 10minute drive to Mosta Church and Valletta and 20 minutes to Hagar Qim. This is a perfect place for those travellers wishing to spend a nice holiday in a fabulous island.Depart on the 18th October from Dublin for 7 nights, price includes flights, accommodation, carry on baggage & airport transfers.Perhaps you only have 3 or 4 days to get away and not a full week? Not a problem. Get in contact with us and we can tailor make any duration for you all you have to do is ask.As always you can call into us on Oliver Plunkett Rd (opposite the library) or phone in on 074 9126193, send an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on facebook.We look forward to getting you the best deal out there for your next trip away!DD Travel: Beat the Back-to-School blues with amazing getaway packages! was last modified: August 28th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:atlantic travelBack to schoolcheap packagesget awayslast minute holidaytravel deals
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The Blues endured a disappointing season, surrendering their status as Premier League champions to Manchester City, and it is all change at the club this summer.Manager Antonio Conte looks set to leave the club, with Maurizio Sarri to come in and replace him, and there will be big changes to the playing staff too. LATEST Alisson is one of the most in-demand players this summer It has been reported that Abramovich has instructed the club’s directors to go all out to land Alisson, which would likely spell the end of Thibaut Courtois’ stay at the club.Chelsea are ready to hand Alisson a five-year deal with an annual salary of around £5m, plus a signing-on fee of around £4.4m, in a bid to tempt him into the switch. LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea have joined the race to land Liverpool target Alisson, according to reports in Italy.The Roma star, who is currently with Brazil at the World Cup, is arguably the most in-demand goalkeeper in world football following his exploits in Italy last term. Latest transfer news IN DEMAND targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED TOP WORK 2 REVEALED targets moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Alisson is currently representing Brazil at the World Cup three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer It has been suggested that the Serie A club want around £80million for Alisson, who is being targeted by Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.And now, newspaper Il Romanista has claimed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants to bring 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit?