Lambert hails battling side

first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert praised his battered and bruised team for putting in a performance that was good enough to take all three points away from Carrow Road. The Scot was returning to former club Norwich and the 1-0 scoreline secured his third win in three games in Norfolk since he left to take over at Villa Park. His side survived conceding an early penalty and an injury to striker Christian Benteke to take the lead through the Belgium international’s replacement Libor Kozak. The loss was only Norwich’s second home league defeat in 12 matches, with the last also dished out by Villa towards the end of last season. Canaries boss Chris Hughton had demanded a reaction from his players following a meek display in defeat at Tottenham last weekend and felt his side were better this time around. “On occasions when we haven’t deserved to get anything we have been quick to put our hands up.” he said. “I don’t think that was the case. On the balance of play we created good chances and we added an offensive endeavour to our play. The result does not reflect our performance. “What we didn’t have at the end of it was a bit of quality, fortune and guile to get us the goal we deserved.” Hughton backed Snodgrass to take further penalties in the future but admitted he expected club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel to step up. “Sometimes what you will have on that occasion is a lad who feels very confident that he is going to put it away,” he added. “That was very much the case with Robert – when you have a penalty you are expected to score. If you have an inspired goalkeeper who guesses the right way it is tough. “We were all expecting Ricky to take it. Those conversations are very private but I expected him to take it and if we get one in the future then I would expect him to take it.” One goal has usually not been enough for Villa to take all three points but they hung on to keep their first clean sheet in 26 Barclays Premier League outings with Lambert left praising his side’s commitment. “The result was the most important thing rather than the performance,” he said. “What I am really pleased about is we had a few lads carrying knocks and we asked them to go out and perform. I thought they were brilliant. We were missing Jores (Okore) and Ashley (Westwood) who have been big players for us and we had to patch a few others up. In that opening 10 minutes I felt we could have been 2-0 up and then we conceded a soft penalty.” Robert Snodgrass saw his penalty saved by Brad Guzan after referee Chris Foy had pointed to the spot for a handball against Ciaran Clark. The American goalkeeper has been in great form for Villa and kept the visitors ahead with a couple of fantastic second-half saves, with Lambert happy with his ever-reliable stopper. “He made a brilliant save on the penalty,” he added. “He played a major part in the result but that is what we pay him for. That is his job. His job is to make saves but he has been like that for me for the past year. “This is a big season for him with the World Cup and for us but he is an absolute top pro and top man. I have seen him do it in training every day and his performances every day have been to that standard.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Visiting professor speaks on race and state power

first_imgKeith Feldman, an assistant professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, spoke to students on the intersection between race, culture, knowledge and state power at Doheny Memorial Library on Monday. The event, titled “Patterns of Life: Race, Relationality, U.S. Imperial Culture,” was sponsored by the Departments of French & Italian, American Studies & Ethnicity and Comparative Literature and the Middle East Studies Program.Julia Erickson | Daily TrojanPower play · UC Berkeley professor Keith Feldman argued that media and art forms are shaping the country’s relations with the Middle East.Feldman began the event by showing images of Laurie Anderson’s modern art exhibition Habeas Corpus, a commentary on the conditions of Guantanamo Bay.The theme of utilizing campaign-driven social media, works of installation art and photography to render the violence of the War on Terror continued to crop up throughout Feldman’s lecture, a phenomenon Feldman termed “critical awareness media.”“They often utilize the performance of proximate embodiment as a way to elicit an ethic of intersubjective relationality that might other be foreclosed by processes of racialization,” Feldman said. “A rhetoric of sentiment often augers a sense of interiority for both perpetrators and victims alike, and this binary is often operationalized.”Feldman also addressed the recent refugee crisis, citing The New York Times’ recent use of virtual reality to drop the reader within a Syrian refugee camp as a way of forging an empathetic connection between people lacking proximity.“The form seeks to close a perspective gap between reader and subject … But rather than stage a form of substitution, the displaced promises recognition through immersion,” Feldman said. “It’s still completely mediated, but the encompassing aesthetic of present materializes in an approximation of shared place that calibrates the promise of empathy.”Feldman’s first book, A Shadow Over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America, explores U.S. racial and imperialist relations. He is currently in the process of writing his second book, Patterns of Life: Raciality, Visuality, Global War.He recently edited a forum on blackness and relationality, and has had numerous articles published in New Centennial Review, Al Jazeera and Palestine Square.As the floor opened up for discussion, Feldman argued that the concept of using media and art forms to bring awareness was not a novel one, but that such mediums were shaping U.S.-Middle East relations and changing the dynamic between the so-called victims and perpetrators.“There’s a sympathetic Arab or Muslim subject that’s being constituted in this work … These are depictions of a liberal subjectivity that can be recognizable and hence empathized with,” Feldman said. “Being cognizant of how our critical conversations around Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism were cohering in certain kinds of ways precluded us from seeing them in a non-vilified manner.”Ariel Reyes, a graduate student majoring in comparative media and culture, was surprised to consider the men behind the machines — those who were manning the U.S. drone strikes.“The whole notion of perceiving the drone operator and seeing it from his viewpoint was interesting,” Reyes said. “We usually hear in the media of the reaction from a drone, portrayed as violent images, but the people operating them, they’re working a 9-5 job.”Cord-Heinrich Plinke, a Ph.D. student in comparative studies of literature and culture, appreciated how Feldman’s lecture opened up a variety of perspectives and drew people who seemingly did not have much in common.“The audience was comprised of [people of] different backgrounds, various departments, which was interesting and unexpected,” Plinke said. “I thought the focus on visuality was interesting. It really changed the perspective for me because the rest was quite abstract.”last_img read more

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Super Soccer Oddsfeed: The slow death of the FA Cup

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Jeevan Jeyaratnam, Super Soccer OddsfeedJeevan Jeyaratnam, a partner at Super Soccer Oddsfeed, says he is concerned by the approach of the biggest clubs to the FA Cup, the world’s oldest cup competition.There were a number of high profile ‘shocks’ in last weekend’s FA Cup 4th round. Is this just the ‘magic’ of the FA Cup, where the unlikely becomes more likely due to the passion and history of the world’s oldest cup competition, or is it something rather more opaque…Closer examination brings into question the use of the word ‘shock’, for many of the favoured, stronger, sides fielded noticeably weaker starting XI’s than usual. The thirteen Premier League clubs made an average of 7.50 changes per team from their previous line-ups. By way of comparison, Premier League sides have made an average of 2.06 changes from one fixture to the next so far this season. The top championship sides also made a raft of changes, with Leeds making ten, while both Brighton and Newcastle made nine. All three championship teams lost to lower ranker opposition. Liverpool, Watford and Hull were other losing favourites. The problem lies not just with the managers, but perhaps with the fixture list itself. There is a heavy mid-week Premier League and Championship programme following hot on the heels of the 4th round. With no winter break to rest players, allied to the loss of stars to the African Cup of Nations, squads have been stretched. Personally I feel that there is just too much football in the UK; the 24 team Championship division features more games than any of the other European leagues. The recently agreed Premier League TV deal means that promotion to the Premier League is such a valuable prize that it forces a huge pressure on those sides who have a chance of winning promotion; who can blame the Championship clubs for making wholesale changes. The total prize purse is ‘just’ £3.4 million for a club progressing from entry at the 3rd round to winning the competition.This has devalued the competition greatly, no wonder it’s taken lightly by managers. A cursory glance at the forecasted Premier League prize fund breakdown for season 2016-2017 shows that even the bottom placed side will collect circa £98 million. There just isn’t a comparison when it comes to importance. Money has taken over.At Super Soccer Oddsfeed, we’re very experienced in dealing with weakened line-ups to provide accurate goalscoring pricing, especially since the League Cup has been like this for years. That said, it still takes some thinking about, and even then there isn’t a guarantee that all bases are covered. For example, Man Utd introduced Axel Tuanzebe in their 4-0 win over Wigan. He is a product of their youth system, he’s played 14 times in the Premier League 2 at centre-back, scoring once, but not featured for the first team.Although he was in our database, he wasn’t on the radar as likely to make the step up this early in his development. Youth team players slipping through the net are a relatively small issue; most punters wouldn’t be aware of them, and a young defender like Tuanzebe isn’t likely to feature very highly on many punters’ lists of viable goalscorers. A far bigger matter is making sure we don’t leave ourselves exposed when high profile goalscorers are left out. Diego Costa, for example, is by far Chelsea’s most likely scorer in the Premier League. We have to approach the pricing slightly differently for domestic cup games as he is unlikely (but crucially, not ruled out) to start. Michy Batshuayi, normally a substitute in the league, suddenly becomes more likely to start, and therefore score. While we must always price players as if they were starting, naturally we do take into account the most likely starting XI and taper other players accordingly. For an FA Cup tie, the ‘gap’ between our ratings of Costa and Batshuayi is reduced.last_img read more

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Panserve promotes Natalia Zavodnik to CEO of Marathonbet

first_imgShare Submit Share StumbleUpon Marathonbet nets Man City upgrade to become training kit sponsor December 8, 2019 Related Articles SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Marathonbet secures official partnership with Real Madrid November 28, 2019 Natalia ZavodnikUpdating the market European online betting group Panserve limited, has informed that it has appointed Natalia Zavodnik as new Chief Executive of its Marathonbet division.Panserve Limited appoints Zavodnik as new leader of flagship brand Marathonbet, following the departure of former incumbent Viktor Hoffman to industry start-up Addison Global.  Zavodnik is promoted to CEO of Marathonbet, having previously served as Group Head of Finance for Panserve Limited.Zavodnik has served as financial lead for Panserve since 2011, and has recently acted as deputy Chief Executive with regards to Marathonbet marketing initiatives with Hibernian FC, Spain’s Málaga CF and Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow.Issuing a corporate statement, Panserve limited commented on its leadership restructure: “The business reluctantly accepted Viktor’s resignation as CEO of Marathonbet for personal reasons, but extends its sincere thanks for his expertise and vision during more than a year at the helm.”Panserve has yet to disclose who will serve as Head of Finance following the promotion of Zavodnik as new CEO.last_img read more

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Liverpool will ‘suffer’ in Champions League semi against Barcelona – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool will “suffer” in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Barcelona but will also have chances, says manager Jurgen Klopp.The Reds meet the Spanish champions at the Nou Camp on Wednesday (20:00 BST).Klopp, who guided Liverpool to the final in 2018, said: “We were in contention last year, but they have been in contention for nearly 20 years.“It will be so difficult, but I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity.”Like Liverpool, Barcelona are five-time European champions.Four of the Spanish side’s titles have come in the past 13 years. In contrast, Liverpool’s sole success since 1984 came in 2005.Last year’s run to the final came after Liverpool had failed to qualify for the competition in the previous season. Barcelona, meanwhile, are on an unbeaten run of 31 home games in the Champions League.“Will we be perfect? That’s not possible,” said Klopp. “Will we make mistakes? Oh, yes. Will we suffer? Oh, yes, 100%.“Will there be moments when we have a chance? Yes, 100%. I hope we will use them – that is what we will try to do.”“We can feel completely free to play our game. It is a brilliant team here at Barcelona.”Klopp, who also took Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final, added: “I would say a draw would not be the worst result in the world, not that we go for it, but it would be OK.“So many people came to Barcelona and had a plan and in the end they got a proper knock.”Liverpool are fighting for a first domestic league triumph in 29 years, sitting a point behind Manchester City with two games to play.However, even with Liverpool relying on City dropping points in order to win the Premier League, Klopp would not be drawn on whether the Champions League represented his side’s best chance of winning a trophy this season.“We still have to play against Barcelona,” he said.“We have a chance in both these competitions, but we have to play these games. I never understand when people think a game is won or lost before it is played.“At the moment, I do not need to know which is the better chance for us to win. We will try to play our best football, then we will see what we can get from it.“When we go home, we will not be playing against City, we will be playing against Newcastle. But nobody has to think about that game tomorrow, because it would be a massive mistake to play Barcelona with 15% or 20% of your mind on Newcastle.”–Source: BBC Sportlast_img read more

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LeBron James injured with strained groin in Lakers’ win over Warriors

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OAKLAND — LeBron James has played 1,177 regular-season games in 15 years, and yet the sight of him hobbling to the locker room in the middle of a game is so rare, it can shake even hardened veterans.That’s what Rajon Rondo felt when he saw James, who tumbled in the third quarter of the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors, amble to the tunnel of Oracle Arena. Even though James was walking under his own power, it was no ordinary situation.“I’ve never seen him hurt,” Rondo said. “I was a little shocked and couldn’t believe it, but I know it’s a serious injury. Obviously he wouldn’t sit out a game with [just] anything.”James being dragged down to the mortal realm was the biggest surprise out of a hyped matchup on Christmas Day: The 33-year-old strained his left groin as he reached out for a loose ball that had been prodded free by Draymond Green. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn his typical fashion, he tried to play through it, but then overextended the groin again as he got back on defense. After a few minutes of stretching and taking ginger steps along the sideline, James retreated to the locker room with a towel draped over his shoulder.Lakers forward LeBron James bends over after straining his groin during the second half of the team’s game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland. The Lakers won 127-101. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)An initial exam calmed the most serious of the Lakers’ fears, diagnosing a strain, but the team awaited an MRI on Wednesday in Los Angeles with bated breath. A reporter later pointed out that it was rare for James to have a muscle injury.“It’s pretty rare for me to have an injury period,” James said. “It happens.”His team had another surprise in store: They were able to withstand a signature third-quarter rally by Golden State and finish with a 36-19 advantage in the fourth quarter for a 127-101 win. The road walloping was only the fourth loss the Warriors have surrendered at Oracle this year, and ended a seven-game stretch of futility for the Lakers against the defending champions.Rondo gave needed direction in the final period with James out: He finished with 15 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds. James appeared to be in reasonably good spirits after the game, his 13th of his career played on Christmas. He walked around on his own power, albeit with a stilted gait, and was joking with other teammates and staff.The MRI will deliver the eventual verdict, but James didn’t have the bearing of a man staring down a long recovery process. But even if he does have one ahead, the Lakers got a dose of confidence Tuesday by routing the champions without him on hand for the final push.“This is what we try to plan for – not that he gets hurt – but being able to play and win and compete when he’s not on the floor,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “That’s a process, and our team is much better than at the start of the season. So, it’ll get a lot more challenging for us if he misses some real time, but I’m also very confident in our group that they’ll continue to step up and battle.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Fans started streaming out with 3:34 remaining after a Josh Hart 3-pointer pushed the lead to 23 points – a rare sight in the Warriors’ vaunted lair. Golden State stalwarts Klay Thompson and Draymond Green combined for just nine points. As a team, the Warriors shot just 9 for 36 from 3-point range.The Lakers were proud of the improved 3-point defense after that area lagged in a loss against Memphis on Sunday.“Just everybody that got into the game was dialed into the game plan,” Kyle Kuzma (19 points) said. “We made it pretty simple: Just fight over, try to make those guys play in two point range, make it very tough. Make those other guys try to beat us. … That just tells you that we stuck to the plan.”The initial scare of the injury threatened to unspool the Lakers’ strong effort to that point: A TV camera caught James mouthing to Lakers team trainers: “I felt it pop.”“I felt a pop” pic.twitter.com/CQT8DCcWsy— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) December 26, 2018James is famously durable: Last season, his 15th in the NBA, he played all 82 regular-season games and all of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ games in the playoffs. Including Tuesday night, James has played in 156 consecutive games. He has never missed more than 13 games in a season throughout his entire career.Even in just over a half, James had authored a strong game: He finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in just 21 minutes. It grated on James that he had to leave the game – even with concern over a possible serious injury.“I take a lot of pride in it, so that is why it pissed me off not being able to go back into the game,” he said. “It’s more than anything being available to my teammates, to my coaching staff, that is something I take more personal than anything.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Warriors pounced, striking on a 16-3 run immediately after James subbed out. A Kevin Durant dunk with just over 3 minutes left in the third quarter had the Oracle Arena crowd crowing with anticipation, but the Warriors couldn’t keep up the heat. The highest-scoring Warrior was actually Andre Iguodala, who had 23 points off the bench with a vintage 9-for-12 performance.With a game against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, the question shifts ahead: Will James miss time?Related Articleslast_img read more

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Daughter of US Olympic sprinter Gay fatally shot

first_imgWashington, United States | AFP | The teen daughter of former US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was fatally shot early Sunday, police said.Police say 15-year-old Trinity Gay, a star high school runner herself, was struck by a bullet during a shootout at about 4 a.m. in the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant and pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.Witnesses told police gunfire was exchanged between a gray Dodge Charger and a dark-colored sports car with tinted windows. Authorities found the Dodge and detained two people for questioning as they continue to search for the other vehicle.Messages of support came to Tyson Gay and his family from the athletics world.“Sending our thoughts and prayers to TysonLGay and his loved ones as they mourn the tragic and senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity,” USA Track and Field tweeted.“Condolences to Tyson Gay and his family… 15-year-old girl dies after shooting at Lexington restaurant,” tweeted former Olympic sprint rival Ato Boldon from Trinidad and Tobago.According to the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper, Trinity Gay was a sophomore sprint star at Lafayette High School, where her father once ran. She was a fourth-generation sprinter who placed fourth in last year’s girls 100m state final. “Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence,” Fayette County School Superintendent Manny Caulk said in a statement to the newspaper.Tyson Gay is the fastest sprinter in history not to have an Olympic medal after a career nagged by doping disqualifications.The 2007 world 100- and 200-meter champion and four-time US 100m champion suffered a hamstring injury at the 2008 Olympic trials and did not medal at Beijing.At the 2012 London Olympics, Gay was on the US 4×100 relay that finished second to Usain Bolt-led Jamaica but the Americans were stripped of the medal in 2014 based on a positive test by Gay in May of 2013 that he blamed on an unnamed third party.Gay served his suspension and returned to run again two months ago at the Rio Olympics where the Americans ran third in the 4×100 relay behind Jamaica and Japan, only to be disqualified because of a faulty exchange between teammates Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Changes Across the Board at Westport Winery Garden Resort

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWe have been busy at Westport Winery Garden Resort working to exceed our guests’ expectations. Beginning on October 27, we are increasing our restaurant hours from 11 a.m. every day until 5 p.m. We will continue to have expanded dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Part of the reason for this is to make it easier for those who want to pick up dinner to go on their w ay home from work or on their way to the beach.All of the items on our menu are available for take-out orders, especially our new homemade Chicken Pot Pie. This dish is chock full of our own herb-seasoned and roasted chicken breasts and farm fresh veggies topped with our signature Cougar Gold infused pie crust. We can have this ready for you in ten minutes so you can call ahead or order when you arrive. The Something Blue Garden near the greenhouse is shaping up as perfect place for wedding photos. The new blue bottle wall created by Beau Finley under a living roof topped with plants is a great place to sip a glass of wine. We’ve also added a Corkscrew Pasta with Marinara Sauce. It’s hearty and healthy with big chunks of Italian sausage and diced tomatoes topped with fresh Parmesan cheese. At dinner this is one of four side dishes selections along with Yukon gold baked potato, baked steak fries, or pasta with our Cougar Gold cheese sauce. We also added an exciting new option to our beverage menu for guests in our restaurant. You can select a Wine Flight with any five wines to be delivered to your table for just $5. To help you focus on what’s new, our tasting notes have stars next to our five latest releases. And finally, you will discover a delightful little water feature to enjoy near the Captain Gray sculpture on the western edge of the newBeauty From Ashes Garden.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination. These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and with an expanded menu dinner on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.center_img Near the new overflow parking is the area dedicated to our wedding and event facility. Our huge pavilion tent goes back up in the spring next to where our cute little changing cottage is already in place. These two structures are next to our new Victorian Wedding Lawn and White Wedding Garden (just west of our nine-hole orchard golf course). We are currently taking bookings for the 2016 wedding season. Facebook10Tweet0Pin0 We are currently taking reservations for holiday parties. With some redesign in our dining room we have created a separate space for small groups to get together with more privacy.On the outside of the winery, we have doubled the area for parking when visiting the resort and added some new features for your enjoyment.The overflow parking area is located at the driveway past our main entrance. It’s designed to better accommodate those towing trailers and boats. It has a spacious turning roundabout and easy pull-through parking. The gravel path entrance from this parking area to the winery is marked with our two new blue bottle tree sculptures. In our bakery we’ve created a dessert on par with our most popular wine — Duckleberry Grunt. The new Triple Berry Grunt features a raspberry, blackberry and blueberry compote under a hot lemon dumpling crust then topped with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream. When you order this you can’t help by say, “Wow!”last_img read more

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Election 2017: County Candidates Offer Views on Taxes, Marijuana

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MANALAPAN – It’s not election season without a few surprises from those running for office and this year’s Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders election is no different.The Democratic candidates say they are opposed to increasing taxes, even for open space acquisition, and the Republican candidates have voiced their support for medicinal marijuana programs.Democrats Brian Wilton, mayor of Lake Como, and running mate Margaret Donlon, M.D., from Ocean Township, amicably touched gloves with their Republican counterparts Patrick Impreveduto, deputy mayor of Holmdel, and Lillian G. Burry, the incumbent Freeholder director, on Oct. 24 at Monmouth County Library headquarters. The annual debate, sponsored by the Monmouth County League of Women Voters, hit upon a number of topics specific to county taxpayers.Tax IncreasesDebating tax increases is the norm for candidates in a New Jersey election. But this year there’s one slight difference – it’s the Republicans who want to increase taxes.In July, the all-Republican county government authorized a referendum question on this year’s ballot asking for an increase to the Open Space Trust Fund, a pool of taxpayer dollars used to supplement open space and farmland acquisitions. The Monmouth County Park System oversees 17,500 acres of land, and projects 20,000 acres will be needed as development increases.Currently, a Monmouth County resident with an average assessed home value of $457,893 pays $68.68 into the fund. That equates to 1.5 cents per $100 of equalized value. The trust fund collected nearly $17.4 million this year.Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry.The proposed 83 percent increase would push the rate to 2.75 cents per $100 of equalized value. The annual impact to the same average county homeowner would nearly double to $125.91 annually.And Burry is pushing for the increase.“I have long been associated with conservation, open space, and I can tell you it’s our greatest asset here in Monmouth County,” she said.About 6.5 million visitors use county parks annually and Republicans say the number could grow with more development coming.“This land is disappearing,” Burry said, “and if we don’t act now, we won’t have that opportunity in a few years.”On the other side of the aisle, Democrats believe county residents are “taxed out,” saying Monmouth County suffers from the 11th-highest taxes in the country.“People are moving,” Donlon said. “I’m wondering if we’ve reached a tax limit here in Monmouth County.”Both Democrats suggested the county push to acquire state funding instead of asking more from residents.On the other hand, all four candidates praised the 2 percent cap on property tax and public employee salary increases signed into state law in 2010. The cap’s life expectancy sunsets on Dec. 31 and both the Republicans and Democrats want the state legislature to renew the program.Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton“The cap was effective,” said Wilton, who noted it benefitted Lake Como, a borough with about 1,700 residents. “I believe there was a place for it. It helps keep the costs down.”Impreveduto doubled down, saying the state should also look at lowering mandatory fixed costs from electric and gas service.“Fortunately, we have this 2 percent cap to keep salaries in check,” he said. “Can you imagine if we didn’t have that and the fixed costs kept going up? What would happen to our residents, tax-wise?”Marijuana LegalizationThe future of marijuana usage in New Jersey will decidedly come down to who the next governor will be: Democratic candidate Philip Murphy or Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Murphy has pledged to legalize marijuana in short order if elected and Guadagno has stated she is in favor of decriminalization and expanding medical marijuana programs.On the county level, elected officials have little say in how that decision would play out, but did offer their views.Wilton, a lawyer and prosecutor, said he is in favor of legalization. His experiences in courtrooms have affirmed that.“We have a difficult time prosecuting the offense of under 50 grams that are handled at the municipal court,” he said, adding that “we’re pulling officers off the road to make arrests for small amounts of marijuana.”Donlon said, as a physician, she is in favor of expanding medical marijuana and decriminalization. On the legalization front, she was a bit more hesitant, saying she would only support it if the state set “a legal age of anything above 26 years old and really look at the cost benefit analysis.”Republicans were more cautious about marijuana legalization, although both Burry and Impreveduto said they are in favor of medical marijuana programs.“You’ve heard about the opioid epidemic we’re having here in Monmouth County,” Burry said. “Why complicate things even more with marijuana made available to some of our young people?”Impreveduto referenced states around the country which have gone the route of legalization.“Look at Colorado,” he added. “Tell me how that’s working for them. Crime is up, homelessness is up, the state is becoming a disaster.”Sanctuary StatusTalk by President Donald Trump of stripping federal funding from areas exercising Sanctuary City, County and State status has reinvigorated the immigration conversation. In New Jersey, that’s no different.While no local towns have sanctuary status, candidates disagreed upon how Monmouth County is involved, as well as how immigration authorities do their job.Impreveduto said he is against a Sanctuary County and State, and said he supported and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agreements with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.Holmdel Deputy Mayor Patrick ImprevedutoBut Impreveduto, with a career background in education, said he’s in favor of the federal program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).“DACA is different,” he said, “and I would look to support our children.”Burry said allowing sanctuary status “flies in the face of our laws and the need to respect our law enforcement people.”Democrats Donlon and Wilton believe law enforcement should stay out of homes and refrain from any mass-deportation activity.Donlon said police “should focus on what their job is and focus on criminals, no matter where they came from and no matter their immigration status.”“I don’t want to further politicize the issue, but I want to focus on the important thing, which is how we want to protect and keep our communities safe,” she added.Margaret Donlon, Ocean TownshipIn AgreementWhile in contrast on a number of issues, candidates from both parties did find common ground on work currently underway in the county. Each nominee praised the progress at the Fort Monmouth site redevelopment, through the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA).Burry, who sits on the FMERA board, said since the fort was ordered closed in 2005, 3,000 new jobs have been created on the former base’s grounds. Housing developments, schools, businesses and veterans facilities are some of the new activity underway“I think it’s something, in the end, we can be very proud of as to how it will evolve,” said Burry.Wilton said although a second Amazon headquarters might not be heading to Fort Monmouth, he still would like to see FMERA push for smaller, up-and-coming companies to find space at Fort Monmouth. He said the area “has the potential to be a jewel for us.”Candidates from both parties also stressed the importance of using shared services within the county. Impreveduto said Holmdel just finished its largest road improvement project thanks to working with county officials on fixing tens of roads. As mayor, Wilton said he was able to outsource Lake Como’s police service to Belmar in an effort to cut costs.This article was first published in the Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

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Zidane: “I am responsible for the first part …”

first_imgWhat did he say to his players to rest? “What happens in the locker room I will not tell you. We had to do other things and in the second part we did much better, changing the drawing, the scheme and it has been positive for everyone.”Vinicius and Mendy were very good: “Yes, they both did a good job and the goal tells you everything. Also Lucas on the right has entered very well and has made a good connection with Carvajal and I am happy with the whole team.”Is winning at Atlético special for LaLiga? “A derby is always special and complicated. It has cost us, against a team that defends very well and they feel comfortable defending. In the first part they have had good plays, but in the end they are three points. We are happy with the three points , but not five, it’s the same score as in another game. “Did you see a penalty to Morata? “I have not seen it. As I always do not get into these things, the referee was better positioned and said there was nothing.”Are they more comfortable with 4-3-3 than with five midfielders? “No, because the other day in the Super Cup we were comfortable this way. Today it has not worked and I am responsible. We do not enter physically well and it cost us with the ball. In the end what we have to do is change things when we do not they come out. I don’t like anything, because it is to point out to Isco and Kroos that they are working very well, it could have been any other, but it has worked out well. I’m glad for the whole team and they too. “Has Bale lost status? “No, it was available and I have chosen others. But he is on the team and I will count on him until the end.”The fans identify with the effort of Carvajal and Valverde: “What we have to do and we are doing defensively, not only the defense and the goalkeeper, it is a matter of all and it is what we are doing. When we lose the ball we think of recovering it quickly and for us, when concrete in Valverde, we have to to thank the people, who come to see their team playing well and fighting. In the first part I did not like it and in the second part we changed our attitude and it is like that. We cannot always enter well, it has cost us and people in the end of the match appreciates the effort and we have a reward against a good rival. “Can you imagine the triplet? “We are not in it. We have just won a game, we have to be happy about that, but this is very long. There are many games missing and we have won nothing. We won the Super Cup and now the road is very long in all three competitions we have left. “Mendy and Benzema were decisive: “I think the team is doing very well, I am very satisfied. It is not easy to play every three days and do it well, be competitive. In the first part we were not well, but there is a rival who did better and in the second part the attitude has been very good and we have achieved a great result. The goal is a good connection between Vinicius, Mendy and Benzema and seeing such a goal is magnificent, because it is against a team that defends very well. We have been very fast in that play “. Sensations: “Very happy all. We were looking for this. We had a complicated first part against an opponent who played a good game. We played better in the second, with another attitude and intensity. The responsibility is also mine of the first part. It’s me. I don’t like to make changes to the break but something had to be done. I could have changed two other players, because I didn’t like anything. But not the players, it was a thing of mine. We had to change a bit and we did it. The second part was better in everything. “Player Commitment: “Without the ball and the ball we were very focused. We have opened the field well, playing quickly from side to side, with two touches. The goal we did, for example, with Vinicius, Mendy and Karim’s shot. We did it fast. It’s not easy what these players are doing. I’m glad for them because they fight on the field. When we have difficulties we don’t lower our arms, we continue. It’s the team we have and the people clapping at the end is the example of this. “Is it more soccer or mental wear to Atletico? “The two things. It’s a team that defends very well, you can say whatever you want. More aggressiveness and intensity, a bit of everything. In a derby we will always have difficulties. An easy game does not exist. This is football, but in the end we won a very important game. Now we have to continue because we need a lot. “Afterwards, the Real Madrid coach appeared before the media in the press room of the Bernabéu.Changes varied to the team: “I was not happy with what I saw on the field. It is not the responsibility of the players, it is mine. I was not liking it and I changed to Isco and Kroos as anyone could. We had to make a change and it was in the rest. in a different way, we were much better, but the responsibility of the first part is mine. “Vinicius is improving a lot: “We are all here to do the same. The changes have changed the game, but it bothers me to take two players to rest, what happens is that something had to be done. In the second part, and it is a matter of all, we change our attitude There was more intensity and I’m glad for the players. They were very good in the first part, we in the second and I think it’s a deserved victory. “ Zinedine Zidane appeared in the flash interview to analyze the very important triumph of Real Madrid against Atlético in the derby. The white coach claimed responsibility for the bad first half of Madrid (“It’s my thing”) and was satisfied with the performance, the commitment of his team and the reaction in the second half.last_img read more

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