CROP Walk Will Honor Legacy of Longtime Volunteer

first_imgBy Alison BitterlyThis Saturday, October 16th, Red Bank will hold its 31st annual CROP Walk—a five-mile walk to raise money to combat hunger in Monmouth County, the United States, and around the world. However, this year’s fundraiser will be slightly different: the walk will be held in honor of Sue Glossbrenner, a leading volunteer who died on Memorial Day at the age of 56. Nevertheless, the Red Bank CROP Walk will uphold the three-decade-long tradition of joining together as a community to help ease the suffering of neighbors both nearby and across the planet.The CROP Walk began in 1947 as a project intended to help rebuild Europe and feed the hungry following the devastation of World War II, with CROP standing for Christian Rural Overseas Program. To this day, the heart of CROP is the ongoing support of churches and Christian-based groups, although in recent years it has branched out to other faiths as well.The CROP Walk in Red Bank was born in 1981. Each year, on the day of the walk volunteers bring in thousands of pounds of beans, rice, peanut butter, and other foods. Last year, the Red Bank CROP Walk raised $120,000 and a record total of 11,000 pounds of food. Despite difficult economic times in recent years, citizens of Red Bank and surrounding towns have rallied together to ensure the continued success of the fundraiser. For many years, Rumson Country Day School has lead all of the other groups in donations.While the primary focus of the Red Bank CROP Walk is getting food provisions to those who need it most, the organization’s sphere of influence extends beyond fighting world hunger. The walk also seeks to raise awareness of those who have suffered at the hands of AIDS, genocide, and displacement. In fact, at this Sunday’s event ASLAN Youth Ministries (one of CROP Walk’s partners) will be putting up a typical refugee camp tent, as seen in Haiti and other regions, to give people an idea of the lives and struggles of others worldwide.For Janie Schildge, 2011 marks her 26th year as Red Bank CROP Walk Coordinator. With the ability to look back and consider her past experiences with the CROP Walk, Schildge acknowledges that the fundraiser has changed and evolved somewhat over the years. Compared to the 1980s, there are a lot more events and fundraisers going on; children, especially, are constantly busy with extracurricular activities. Even so, CROP Walk has succeeded in uniting the community under a common goal.Perhaps no one better embodied the organizational skill required to run the CROP Walk than Sue Glossbrenner, Schildge said. A volunteer from Middletown, Sue returned to the area after graduating from Mt. Holyoke in the late 1970s and immediately became involved in humanitarian activities. For almost every walk over the course of three decades, it was Sue who undertook the massive responsibility of organizing and distributing materials for the walk—and under her leadership participation in the walk has expanded greatly.Sue was responsive and kind to all those who needed help, and she was conscientious of those struggling both at home and abroad. Her enthusiasm for the cause and her superior management skills are greatly missed by all who knew her, including those at the Red Bank CROP Walk who have been working diligently to fill the void she left.This Sunday, volunteers will walk in Sue’s memory as they battle on against hunger and genocide, raising awareness of the ongoing issues that often seem unimaginable in these modern times. For further information, please visit redbankcropwalk.com.last_img read more

Speaker Pressed to Recuse Himself from Presiding over Budget

first_imgSpeaker Nuquay (right) by law, presides of ver the national budget processA recusal or removal struggle over House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay has emerged among members of the House of Representatives for the first time this year, and the fourth time since 2006.Opposition members in the House of Representatives are compelling Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay to recuse himself or be moved or removed from presiding over the 2017/2018 National Budget in order not to use his double positions – Speaker and vice standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party – to manipulate or infuse the budget with unnecessary cash to support the party’s campaigns.The 2017/2018 Draft Budget is in the estimated value of US$526 million and has been under scrutiny of the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, and Public Accounts of the Liberian Legislature as of Monday, June 5.Besides the opposition members, other members who are pushing for the Speaker to be recused, moved or removed are the representatives from the three counties who believe they (Nimba, Bong, and Grand Bassa) were ostracized during Nuquay’s selection as the vice standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party.Nimba County District # 6 Rep. Atty. Ricks Y. Toweh and Montserrado County District # 8 Rep. Acarous M. Gray are leading the campaign for the Speaker to recuse himself.The chairman of the Majority Bloc of the House of Representatives, Rep. Numene T.H. Bartekwa of Grand Kru County District # 2 has rebuffed the threat and boasted of having about 52 Representatives that are part of the Majority Bloc supporting the Speaker.Rep. Numene T. H. Bartekwa of Grand Kru County District # 2The Grand Kru lawmaker, who is also chairman of the Committee’s Post and Telecommunications, told the Daily Observer yesterday in his Capitol Building office that the Speaker’s recusal is neither in the House’s Rules and Regulations, nor is it a precedent.The Majority Bloc leader said the Speaker will end his tenure as speaker on January 16, 2018.He said any lawmaker who will use the media to misconstrue the rules to denigrate the Lower House to incite the public “will be dealt with.”“The Speaker isn’t in any violation, he is not in any corruption web. So he can’t recuse himself,” he said.Recusal and Removal StruggleSince President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took state power in 2006, there have been four (4) recusal and removal struggles, which started with the then House Speaker Edwin M. Snowe.An unconfirmed report said the Montserrado County District # 6 Representative was removed in 2007 due to a “Power struggle” with the president.Bomi County District # 1 Representative Alex J. Tyler was elected Speaker, but his re-election as speaker was resisted in 2012.The second recusal and removal struggle erupted in 2015 when the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) investigated then Speaker Tyler and Montserrado County District #15 Adolph Lawrence about a US$25,000 consultancy fee to Bobby Addison. The coup was unsuccessful, and Speaker Tyler survived.In 2016, the third recusal and removal struggle surfaced when the Global Witness released a damning report in the Sable Mining deal accusing Speaker Tyler of taking a US$75,000 bribe.Speaker Tyler was removed, making way for the emergence of Margibi County District # 5 Representative Emmanuel Nuquay, who was elected on white ballot in October 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ronaldo 1 Messi 0 in World Cup duel

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo has taken an early advantage over Messi © AFP / Odd ANDERSENMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically won the first round of his World Cup duel with eternal rival Lionel Messi — revelling in the adulation after his dramatic hat-trick while the Argentine flopped against Iceland.Messi knew he had to find something special to match the Portuguese on Saturday but ended up squandering a golden chance to write his own headlines as he failed to convert from the penalty spot. Then, with just seconds remaining in Moscow, the Barcelona man stood over a direct free-kick, mirroring the opportunity Ronaldo had the previous evening against Spain.Ronaldo puffed out his cheeks, hitched up his shorts and arrowed his set-piece into the net to seal his 51st career hat-trick and pull Portugal level at 3-3.In contrast, Messi, with the score at 1-1, drove his free-kick straight into the wall, booting the ball into the air in frustration as the final whistle sounded seconds later.Ronaldo, who also scored from the penalty spot on Friday, has now joined an elite group of players to have found the net at four consecutive World Cups.Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in club colours © AFP/File / Josep LAGOThe 30-year-old Messi often edges Ronaldo in the debate about who is the best player in the world, with both men vying for supremacy on the same stage in Spain’s La Liga.The Argentine is a magician at the heart of the Barcelona team while Ronaldo has transformed himself from a twinkle-toed winger at Manchester United and in his early Real Madrid days, into a devastating finisher.Analytics firm Opta Sports pointed out that Messi had 11 attempted shots to Ronaldo’s four in their opening games in Russia, highlighting the efficiency of the Portugal forward.Messi’s fans say Ronaldo, at 33, is slowing down.Yet who is hotly tipped to win the next Ballon D’Or? Who has just won a third Champions League crown on the bounce? And who is a reigning European champion?If the man from Madeira does pick up the 2018 Ballon D’Or, that would give him six to his great rival’s five, edging him ahead in their personal race.– ‘Winking Ronaldo’ –It is too early to draw conclusions in Russia. The tournament has only just started and Argentina — despite being held by Iceland on the Nordic nation’s World Cup debut — could conceivably go on and lift the trophy.Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Argentina were held by Iceland at the World Cup in Russia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVBut while Ronaldo revels in wearing the red of Portugal and is feted at home, Messi can too often appear cowed in the famous blue and white stripes of his country.And, amazing as it may appear to many neutrals, he has his critics in Argentina, who accuse him of failing to replicate his Barcelona brilliance.In 2016 he retired from international duty after Argentina’s Copa America final defeat by Chile, only to reverse his decision weeks later.It would be no surprise if Messi retires after this World Cup, particularly if Argentina fail to fulfil sky-high expectations back home.“Messi misses a penalty and somehow, somewhere, I think Ronaldo may be winking,” tweeted former Barcelona and England forward Gary Lineker.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Ashley Young can carry my kit as punishment!’ – Man City fan Ross McNae takes the talkSPORT Q&A

first_img1 Each week throughout the season, we’ll be asking a lead musician to take the talkSPORT Q&A. In the hot-seat this week, Twin Atlantic bass player Ross McNae…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?Colin Murray’s show. I love his style and the Murray Meets section, where he interviews top guests.talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Something simple. ‘McNae-where to hide’. In-depth questions with top-flight managers. Asking all the questions everyone’s always wanted to but doesn’t dare.Who is the greatest football team in the land?Celtic Football Club is my childhood answer, but these days I follow Manchester City more than anything. European nights at Parkhead are the only ones that being a tear to the eye though. Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now?I think you’ll struggle to find a more rock ‘n’ roll player than Mario Balotelli. He’s always a controversy. And  Joey Barton. He speaks his mind and isn’t scared of getting involved in big issues.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Kasabian – every day of the week. They love the game, Sergio can play, and they have all the anthems.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?Rod Stewart. What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?We Are The Champions by QueenWhat’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen again. That’s what we play before every show to get pumped.You build your own rock ‘n’ five-a-side team. Who’s in?I’ll take Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age in goal – he’s massive and imposing. Sergio from Kasabian. Simon from Biffy Clyro. Barry from our band. Matt Belamy from Muse. I have no idea if he can play, but I feel he could confuse any opponent with his voice, and he’d be past them before they knew what was going on. We watched Serge’s goal on Soccer Am again the other day. And his soccer aid goal for the Rest Of The World was Aguero level finishing.You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Ashley Young as general lifter / carrier. Nothing technical, more as punishment for all the goals he has scored against my Man City team on FIFA. Sorry Ashley…What’s going on with the band at the moment?We’ve just released our brand new record, Great Divide, played Glastonbury, T in the Park, Reading and Leeds over the summer, and we’re getting ready to start rehearsing for being off around the world to play the record to people for the first time. Check out the band’s new single on Shoot MatchdayYou can listen to an interview with Russ McNae this Saturday morning on the Weekend Sports Breakfast. Tune in from 8am Twin Atlantic last_img read more

Doubts remain over Alito, Democrats say

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Others warned Democrats not to think about using a filibuster to stop the federal appeals court judge from succeeding retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She has provided pivotal votes on contentious issues, including abortion, during her 24 years on the high court. “Even a suggestion that he doesn’t deserve an up-or-down vote is outrageous,” said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. As conservative and liberal senators bickered, outside advocacy groups planned dueling television advertisements for the Senate’s Thanksgiving break. Groups including the liberal Alliance for Justice plan to announce a television campaign today, while the conservative Committee for Justice plans to respond with a Thanksgiving week ad blitz. Liberal groups “have been allowed to determine the terms of the debate,” claimed Sean Rushton, the conservative group’s spokesman. “We are pushing back.” Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, described her group’s ad as “a coordinated grass-roots effort to expose Alito’s legal philosophy, which does not protect core liberties, such as a woman’s constitutional right to choose.” Alito has received generally positive reviews from senators since the White House announced his nomination on Halloween as the replacement for Harriet Miers. The White House counsel withdrew her nomination after criticism from conservative commentators about her lack of judicial experience. Democrats and Republicans have praised Alito’s knowledge, intelligence and his willingness to answer their questions during the private meetings. But three influential Democrats – Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, liberal stalwart Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Schumer, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – said in Senate speeches that they had “significant concerns” about Alito’s nomination. “A picture of Sam Alito is emerging that may explain why the extreme right-wing is popping champagne corks,” said Reid. Alito, he said, is “one of the most conservative federal judges in the country.” Some senators are concerned that Alito, along with recently confirming Chief Justice John Roberts, would move the Supreme Court to the right and perhaps overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established abortion rights. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Democrats said on Wednesday that Samuel Alito’s confirmation was not guaranteed as senators kept the focus on a 20-year-old document in which the Supreme Court nominee asserted that the Constitution “does not protect a right to an abortion.” “Anyone who thinks that this nomination is a foregone conclusion is sadly mistaken,” said New York Sen. Charles Schumer, one of several Democrats who used Senate speeches to criticize Alito. “There are too many questions still to be answered, too many doubts still to be alleviated, to say that this nomination is a slam-dunk,” Schumer said. Conservative Republicans came to Alito’s defense, with some committing their votes more than a month before his Jan. 9 confirmation hearing. last_img read more

Blues’ Kramaric move said to have stalled, Defoe linked with Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool are the latest club to be linked with Jermain Defoe as the former Tottenham striker seeks a move back to England during this month’s transfer window.QPR were unable to agree Defoe’s release from FC Toronto during the final hours of the previous window and are looking to finalise a deal to sign him.The Express reports that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers been offered the chance to sign the 32-year-old, who played under R’s boss Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth and Spurs.Leicester City have also been linked with Defoe in recent months and reports in Canada say the Foxes are close to signing him.QPR are looking to do a deal with FC Toronto to sign DefoeThere has been speculation about QPR’s financial position and it has been claimed that chairman Tony Fernandes – a huge fan of Defoe who was desperate to sign him in August – is having to be convinced by Redknapp to bring him in.There has also been speculation about Defoe’s wage demands and the fee Toronto want for him.Meanwhile, reports in Spain suggest Real Sociedad’s former Manchester United boss David Moyes is looking to sign Mohamed Salah on loan from Chelsea.Goal.com say the Blues’ predicted signing of Andrej Kramaric has stalled because Croatian club Rijeka have demanded more money.Chelsea were reported to be ready to buy the 23-year-old striker, who has also been linked with Leicester, for around £8m.And reports in Italy again suggest Roma want Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight loss

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After watching their 65-49 lead dissipate to just five, 75-70, at the end of the third, the Blue Eagles responded soundly in the fourth and put the Growling Tigers in their place.Ateneo mounted a 17-7 run with Thirdy Ravena capping it off with the most vicious of finishes when he dunked home a tomahawk from just inside the circle to give the Blue Eagles a 92-77 lead with 2:22 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a good thing we played well defensively in the fourth, and we really wanted to make sure that our defense was still there,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “Our offense was good, we had a lot of ball movement, a lot of assists, and we found our cutters and shooters.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blatche, Fajardo lead 23-man Gilas pool for World Cup qualifiers Ateneo tallied 23 assists and only committed just 14 turnovers.Ravena filled the stat sheets with a game-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while Matt Nieto added 19 points with all of his field goals coming from deep.Oliver de Guzman had 19 points to lead UST while Jeepy Faundo finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo stayed on track for an elimination round sweep after fending off University of Santo Tomas, 102-83, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles remained undefeated after 12 games while also sending the Growling Tigers to a 0-13 record. ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Sania battling ear infection before Games

first_imgThese are bad times for Indian tennis. After the pullouts of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, who will be busy with the season-ending World Doubles ATP event, now Sania Mirza is fighting illness. She landed in Guangzhou on Friday and straightaway hit practice but is still on medication.Sania Mirza will be a star attraction.Coach Enrico Piperno says: “Sania is hitting the ball well and we need her against Indonesia in the team event on Saturday.”However, Sania has been battling an ear infection. “I was not well during the event in Taipei where I made it to the doubles final. I was also running fever and was put on heavy antibiotics in Hyderabad before coming here,” Sania told Mail Today.She did not win gold in the Commonwealth Games (CWG), but her efforts in the three events — singles, doubles and mixed doubles — was not a bad one. “I cherish my silver at the CWG,” she said.The team event apart, in singles and doubles, Sania faces a tough challenge here, with China keen to showcase their talent through Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai. One cannot rule out Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm, who has shown that age does not matter.In a team event, the bench strength does count and Sania needs support from Rushmi Chakravarthy in singles and veteran Nirupama Sanjeev as a doubles option.Somdev Devvarman will have to shoulder the load in the men’s section. He has had a good year with creditable performances in the Davis Cup, ATP Tour and CWG. As gold medallist at the CWG, Somdev knows he can do it on the big stage.advertisementlast_img read more

As Gilas tries to gather players for practice, Andray Blatche gets used to new system

first_img“I’m very concerned, because can you imagine, the only time we’ll see them compete [as a unit] is in the games itself,” Guiao told reporters on Tuesday, shortly after the team’s second straight practice at Meralco Gym. “[T]hat’s a big concern.”Though for Guiao, there’s still something to be optimistic about ahead of their matches on Feb. 22 and 24.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFor starters, Andray Blatche is back in the fold.“We are getting there,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “We are getting better chemistry, as Andray is getting more familiar with the plays.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Carl Bryan Cruz comes to the rescue of ailing Aces And aside from the naturalized big man visibly fitter than the last time he played for the country, Guiao said Blatche is acclimating well with the team—one that is comprised of new teammates and is implementing a totally different system.“I think he’s very comfortable with the plays now. We are trying to keep everything simple,” Guiao said of Blatche, who had been a fixture in the many iterations of Chot Reyes’ national team.“His offense is more of going off-instinct, you know,” Blatche said of his new coach. “[You] just got to be in the right spots at times and then after that, you just play basketball.”“You know this is I think my third day here where I’m going over offense every day. So it’s coming to me easy,” he added.“It’s like clockwork because I know what guys on this court are capable of doing and I know which guys are shooters, which guys are the slashers,” Blatche said. “His offense, like I said, is based off just knowing your teammate and knowing what they’re gonna do next and instinct. And that actually works out in my favor.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Andray Blatche practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.betNational coach Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas are looking at two must-win road games against Qatar and Kazakhstan in the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifying round.And to add to their worries, they are again dealing with player availability during practices.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Guiao also noted that Blatche is on borrowed time with the Philippine quintet as he is still professionally committed to the Tianjin Golden Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association. Blatche is due to return to China on Feb. 11 and stay there until the Feb. 16.“His time here is so short, and the other players are limited as well as they still have to contend with the PBA schedule,” Guiao added.Guiao had been trying to curb the training limitations by having Blatche join Rain or Shine and NLEX’s respective practice sessions.The Nationals were supposed to lock horns Alab Pilipinas in a tune-up game Tuesday night in a bid to further work around the constraints, but the plan fizzled out.“We just have to work with the limitations,” Guiao said.“Everybody knows the importance of these next two games. I know all my teammates know how bad we need this next win. So it’s a do-or-die for us,” Blatche said.“I know we’re going to give our all and leave everything on the court and come home with the two wins.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more