The Central Jersey Umpires Association is looking for a few good men and women. The association is expanding and needs candidates to umpire baseball and softball games. Serious prospects only, please. Great part-time job starting in March and running through November. Mid-day availability a major plus. For those interested, classes will begin Feb. 15 and run until March 22. Classes will be held at the Matawan Rec Center on Broad Street on Wednesday nights only. For further information, call Bruce at (732) 264-7131. A.J Senerchia of Lincroft was recently named a 2006 Puma Preseason High School All-American. Puma utilizes the Baseball Factory and Team One Baseball to locate the top players from across the country. Professional scouts select players based on an outstanding performance at a previous event. A.J. was selected to represent the Northeast as a catcher from more than 5,000 high school players from across the country in 2005. He was chosen to travel to Tucson, Ariz., and the Kino Sports Complex, spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, to participate in the Puma Pre-Season All-American Tournament, Jan. 13-16. Senerchia, a senior at Middletown High School South, hopes the nomination will help propel him to successfully compete at the collegiate level. A.J. recently finished a great fall season of baseball playing for the Middletown Lions of the ABCCCL Jersey Shore wood bat league. He batted .570 with an on-base percentage of .700, and was chosen to represent his team as an all-star. This past summer he was chosen as an all-star and MVP for his American Legion team. St. Mary’s Athletic Association will be conducting sign-ups for the spring soccer (ages 4-14) program. The sign-ups will be held in St. Mary’s lobby on Wednesday, Feb. 8 (7-9 p.m.) and Feb. 15 (7-9 p.m.) For more information and to sign up via mail, see the Web site www.stmarychurchnj.org/smaa.htm. For more information, call Tom at (908) 492-4467. The Monmouth Women’s Softball League (modified pitch league) is looking for players and teams for its Sunday/Monday night league. The season starts late April and runs through August. For more information, call (732) 213-8216 or e-mail MWSL2002@yahoo.com The Lincroft Knights, a U11 boys competitive travel baseball team, is looking for players for the spring and fall season. Spring games are on Sundays. Players must be born on or after May 1, 1994. Tryouts are on Sunday, Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. at the St. Leo the Great gym in Lincroft. Residency is not required. For more information, call (732) 530-7305 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The Shore Umpires Association will be conducting classes for interested candidates looking to become certified in New Jersey to umpire high school baseball/softball games. Classes will begin on Feb. 15. For more information and an application, e-mail Vinny Smith at Vinny5317@yahoo.com or send a letter of interest to 42 Tindall Road, Middletown 07748. The association supplies umpires for the Shore Conference. The Bayshore Warriors, located out of the Matawan/Old Bridge area, a U11 travel baseball team, is looking for competitive and dedicated players and parents for the spring season. Tryouts will be in February. Contact the coach at (732) 970-8889 or e-mail email@example.com. Become a certified ASA Umpire. Classes are being formed for the 2006 season. Interested individuals should contact the District V umpire-in-chief Hal Schwartz at (732) 290-7841 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes are scheduled to begin in February and will run for approximately six weeks. Shore Track and Field Association Inc. will train interested men and women into certified officials through two courses beginning in January. While no prior experience is necessary, cadets will be educated in the rules and policies governing interscholastic sports for a period of six weeks, culminating with a closed-book, 100-question exam. Candidates need to bring two letters of reference as to why they would make good officials. In Monmouth County, telephone instructors Michael and Kathy Uhrich at (732) 741-1381. Classes will be held at Red Bank Catholic High School.
By Iain RogersReal Madrid coach Rafa Benitez needs to improve his relatively poor record against Barcelona if he is to avoid the first genuine crisis of his tenure when he takes charge of his first La Liga ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.Benitez, who cut his coaching teeth in Real’s youth ranks after his budding playing career was ended by injury, promised entertaining, attacking football when he returned to take over from Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season.The much-travelled former Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Napoli manager has struggled, however, to shed a reputation as a defence-minded tactician and ominous rumblings of discontent have been building in recent weeks.Real go into the clash at the Bernabeu three points behind leaders and champions Barca after they slipped to a 3-2 loss at Sevilla in their last outing. Defeat by their arch rivals on Saturday could spell the beginning of the end for the 55-year-old.Real’s deep-pocketed president Florentino Perez is not known for his patience – Benitez is the 10th coach the construction magnate has appointed during his two six-year stints at the helm of the world’s richest club by income.Ancelotti led Real to their 10th European title and the King’s Cup in his first season in charge in 2013-14 but was summarily dismissed after failing to win major silverware last term, when Barca won the treble.Benitez – who has won four, lost seven and drawn one of 12 matches against Barca over the past two decades with Real Valladolid, Extremadura, Valencia and Liverpool – knows a bare trophy cabinet this season will not be tolerated but the early signs are not good.As well as criticism of his tactics, reports in Spanish media have suggested his relationships with some of his key players, including FIFA Ballon d’Or holder and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and fan favourite James Rodriguez, are already starting to sour.Add to that Ronaldo’s recent poor run of form, at least by his high standards, and injuries to the likes of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Rodriguez, and it seems the football gods are lining up against Real and their coach.SEX VIDEOTo make matters worse, Benzema was put under formal judicial investigation this month in connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail his France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena with the use of a sex video.That kind of off-field distraction is the last thing Real need and it remains to be seen whether Benzema will be physically – and mentally – fit to face Barca.Chasing a sixth La Liga title in eight years, Barca smell blood and their former forward Julio Salinas said victory at the Bernabeu would deal a big blow to Real.Talisman Lionel Messi looks set to return from injury and fellow South American forwards Neymar and Luis Suarez have been in scintillating form in recent weeks.“Barca is coming into the match as leaders, with a three-point advantage, and with Neymar playing out of his skin and Messi fit again,” Salinas told reporters on Wednesday.“What’s more, Real Madrid have a lot of problems. If Barca win that could cause a great deal of damage.”Barca lead on 27 points after 11 matches, with Real on 24 in second and Atletico Madrid a point further back in third.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Dozens of residents on Saturday picked through the shredded remains of homes leveled by a tornado that twisted through three eastern Iowa communities a night earlier. Destruction was visible across Muscatine County and surrounding areas, where the tornado, with winds between 136 to 140 mph, cut through businesses and homes and knocked down trees and power lines. It caused only minor injuries as it struck the town of Grandview, went north through Fruitland and dissipated in the Muscatine area about 10 minutes later, authorities said. The number of homes damaged by the storm could reach “triple digits,” Muscatine police Lt. Brett Talkington said. In Fruitland, Kelly Goodwin sifted through the rubble of what used to be her kitchen. She had been spending a quiet afternoon in her home when she heard the wind howl. She glanced out the window, saw a tree rip from the ground and hurried to the basement. “When I came back up I saw all this,” Goodwin said, waving her arms at the wreckage. In Florida, tropical Storm Barry weakened into a tropical depression as it moved through Tampa Bay on Saturday, bringing nearly 7 inches of rain to parts of the drought-parched region. Forecasters discontinued the tropical storm warnings and watches issued for stretches of the Gulf Coast. The depression’s sustained winds had slowed to near 35 mph and it was moving north-northeast at about 23 mph. The storm, which formed on the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in the Tampa Bay area in the morning and had moved across the state to Jacksonville by the evening, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Dry conditions in Florida have left Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake in the contiguous United States, at its lowest recorded level and allowed a brush fire on the Georgia-Florida border to burn for weeks. “This is a blessing,” said Bob Buning, an employee at MacRae’s Bait Shop in Homosassa, where boaters had returned to the Homosassa River by Saturday afternoon. “We needed this rain really bad.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He said cleanup efforts by city crews and local residents were hampered by heavy traffic caused by “sightseers.” “Our biggest issue is people in the area who don’t need to be there,” Talkington said. “We’ve been called by the city crews a couple times of traffic being so bad with cars in the area that they can’t do their job.” Mark Husar said the car dealership he manages in Muscatine was cleaned up in time to open Saturday and made several sales, even though most of the 175 vehicles on the lot sustained some damage. “People are still going about their lives,” Husar said. “People still buy cars.” In Grandview, a town of about 600, oak trees were shredded and debris from flattened homes littered the streets. One brick house stood roofless, while a few uprooted trees broke through a nearby garage.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ISTANBUL, Turkey – Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II, walked out of Kartal prison in Istanbul a free man early Thursday, stepping from a tight security cordon at the gate into a waiting car that was showered with flowers by his supporters as it drove away. Wearing a blue sweater and jeans, Agca looked tense at his first stop, the local military office, where he was obliged to report for the mandatory military service he missed over many years on the run and in jail. Another crowd awaited him as he stepped out of the building, whistling, clapping and displaying a large Turkish flag as the car moved slowly through the crowd. A 48-year-old native of Malatya, a town in eastern Turkey, Agca has long been associated with an ultranationalist group called the Gray Wolves and also with members of the Turkish criminal underworld. He has never admitted any association with such groups, and over the course of more than 120 interrogations has constantly frustrated investigators with contradictory statements about his motivations for shooting the pope. In addition to the assassination attempt in 1981, he was convicted in the 1979 killing of Abdi Ipekci, a prominent liberal journalist, and of escaping from prison soon afterward, as well as two lesser offenses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita He was sentenced to 36 years in prison for the five crimes. Turkish courts, however, counted the 19 years that he spent in Italian custody before being pardoned and applied a 10-year reduction based on a general amnesty law passed in 2000. So they decided that he should be released after having spent five years, six months and 27 days in Turkish jails.
Left forward – Mateja Kezman – July 2004, £5.5m – The Serbian striker joined Chelsea in 2004 from PSV after scoring 105 goals in 122 games for the Dutch side, but the £5.5million wasn’t well spent by Jose Mourinho, with Kezman managing just seven goals in his one Premier League season. Following spells in Spain, France, Turkey and Russia, he ended his career in China. 11 11 Centre back – Gianni Zuiverloon – July 2008, £3.2m – The Dutchman initially impressed at the Hawthorns but soon lost his way under a series of managers. Eventually sold in 2011 to Real Mallorca after becoming the definition of a fringe player. 11 11 Memphis Depay took one step closer to ending his Old Trafford nightmare, after Everton manager Ronald Koeman declared his interest in the player.Since joining Manchester United for a Dutch record £28 million fee, Depay has seen his reputation and his playing time nosedive, with the winger barely featuring under Jose Mourinho this season.And with another erratic winger in Yannick Bolasie excelling at Goodison Park, a move to Merseyside could be a good move for all parties.But Depay represents another player from the Eredivise, who has struggled to adapt to the Premier League.Take a look at our worst eleven made up from players who swapped the Dutch league for England, by clicking the yellow arrow above. 11 11 11 Attacking midfield – Siem de Jong – July 2014, £6m – Excitement was building around St James Park following the Dutchmans arrival from Ajax. But the midfielder failed to live up to his billing, as he scored a single goal in the space of two injury-riddled seasons. Currently on loan at PSV Eindhoven. Left wing – Ryan Babel – July 2007, £14m – Babel is the Depay of the last decade. Just like his countryman, he left Holland as one of the countrys most gifted youngsters, but failed to produce when it mattered most. Has kept himself in Liverpool fans good books, with his somewhat bizarre obsession with the Merseyside club on social media. 11 11 Left centre back – Alexander Buttner – August 2012, £4.4m – Hailed as one of the best young fullbacks in Europe by Sir Alex Ferguson after joining the Red Devils. The defender racked up an impressive 107 appearances for Vitesse, but the Premier League was a stretch too far, turning out 13 times for United across two years. Right forward – Jozy Altidore – July 2013, £8.5m – Joined Sunderland on the back of an impressive goal scoring record in Holland netting 38 goals in 67 appearances. Despite possessing a physique that would normally thrive in England, Altidore lacked the technical ability to beat his opponent. A case of what could have been. 11 Right wing – Bryan Ruiz – August 2011, £10.6m – Fulham beat Newcastle to the deadline day signing of the Costa Rican, and it looked to be a coup. However, Ruiz was ill-suited to the physicality of the Premier League as he struggled to replicate his form with FC Twente. Saved his best work for the international scene. 11 Central midfield – Hossam Ghaly – January 2006, £2m – Spurs apparently beat their north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of the Egyptian. But they probably wish they hadnt bothered, as the former Feyenoord man produced lacklustre displays during his time at White Hart Lane. Famously threw his jersey at manager Martin Jol when he was substituted after coming on as a sub. Goalkeeper – Heurelho Gomes – June 2008, £7.8m – The Brazilian nicknamed the Octopus, was seen as a reliable replacement for the error prone Paul Robinson. But the long-limbed goalkeeper proved to be a calamity signing at White Hart Lane, as he made a series of gaffes during his six years at the club. Right centre back – Daryl Janmaat – July 2014, £7.5m – Expectations were high for the fullback following an impressive World Cup showing for the Netherlands. But Janmaat proved to be a tournament player as he struggled to adapt to England eventually being relegated in his second year at the club. Striker – Afonso Alves – January 2008, £12.7m – After scoring 48 goals in 48 appearances for Heerenveen, Boro fans were rubbing their hands at the prospect of another Brazilian superstar. But the striker never came close to fulfilling expectations, scoring 10 goals in 42 league games. Eventually fled to Qatar following Middlesbroughs relegation.
Three priority road infrastructure projects for Donegal are estimated to cost €432 million and take just under 10 years to complete.The Minister for Transport is facing questions over funding for the N15/N13 – Ballybofey/Stranorlar Bypass, the N56/N13/N14 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham (Bonagee Link Road) and N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford/Strabane/A5 Link.These three roads are part of the TEN-T Priority Improvement Projects in Donegal. The projects are in development stage and it is anticipated that the preferred routes will be presented to the public in early 2019. The Department of Transport has set the year 2027 as the estimated completion date. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has stressed the critical importance of these projects for Donegal. He told Minister Ross that these road improvements are necessary for access, to improve regional development and improve road safety within the county.On the three priority projects, Deputy Gallagher said: “Each of these essential pieces of infrastructure have a critical role to play in the future development of our county. “It is important that we improve our roads network in order to provide proper Motorway access to the Northwest from the east coast, this can be achieved by the construction of the A5/N2 and for us within the county we need to upgrade our roads network to access these road improvements.”“The Minister in reply to my question indicated that the overall costs of the three projects could mount to over €432 million, he further broke down the provisional costings as follows N15/13 Ballybofey /Stranorlar Bypass €150 million, the Bonagee Link Road ,Letterkenny €96 million and the third project N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford /Strabane/A5 potentially costing €186 million. “Whilst all three projects form part of the National Development Plan and the National Planning Framework no funding is specially earmarked for these projects yet until such time as they have cleared all planning and appeals processes,” added Pat the Cope.The Donegal Deputy stressed the necessity of continued investment in the N56 and to put a particular focus on the Ballybofey/Stranorlar Bypass. Deputy Gallagher said: “I also called on the Minister and the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) to consult widely before a final route selection is taken for Ballybofey/ Stranorlar (N15/13), as presently concerns are being expressed that the preferred route selection could be located quite a distance from the twin towns and alternative routes should be looked at if possible.“The Minister in his reply stated the construction period for these projects would be approximately 36 months but until all the necessary planning are in place and final designs are agreed it would be unlikely any of these projects would be completed until 2027,” concluded Pat the Cope.Cost of major Donegal road projects could mount to €432M was last modified: December 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Share This!The Priceline Express department at Deal Headquarters in the TouringPlans blog high-rise (I assume there is one; haven’t been) has been quiet, ‘lo these recent weeks.Compared with the torrent of drops last year, the Express Deals have been merely trickling out since mid-summer, forcing some of us to contemplate where our next deal might be coming from. Thankfully I do have a modicum of good news to report: If you are looking to book a room in the first week of October there are some Art of Animation and Coronado Springs Resort deals waiting for you.In addition, there area couple of lonely, stranded, and all-together sad Coronado Springs deals sitting out there on October 18 and 31 if you have a very specific one-day trip requirement to fill. (As one does.)If you are looking for deals on other dates in the month, my suggestion is to keep checking Priceline Express. The new normal right now seems to be a rolling few days at a time appearing in the dealmosphere (let’s make that a thing!) at random intervals.(Note: The calendar below was updated with some additional $72 Art of Animation deals that dropped after this post was, …errr, posted.)If these deals have helped you fill your Disney visit requirements, or if you are totally on board for getting “dealmosphere” out there, let us know in the comments!
“At first just two of us had football shirts this morning, then two other teammates went out and bought shirts, and another teammate is out buying a shirt as we speak.” The staff at SchoolNet South Africa celebrate Football Friday.Some of the team that work on SchoolNet SA’s youth employability programme. (Photo: SchoolNet South Africa)SchoolNet South Africa staff members take time out to get excited about the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – getting closer every day! (Photo: SchoolNet South Africa) Share your own Football Friday thoughts, photos and videos Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 5 October 2009.
Overworked, without recognition and underpaid to boot. This is a common complaint by employees and a reason that many believe their teams are unhappy, but the HRM Canada article Are Your Workers Underutilized? – How to Tap Into Their Potential reveals an alternative explanation, and it might be the secret to supercharging teams.”85% of workers feel they could be more efficient at work, but because of skill underutilization, do not live up to their full potential.” —HRM CanadaIn 2015, HRM Canada reported that around $23,600 worth of productivity per employee is lost annually as a result of underutilization.So how can leaders tap into the full potential of their employees?Know what your team is capable of.If a manager doesn’t know about an employee’s full range of skills, how can you expect their team to be fully utilized? When there’s a large talent gap that’s not being bridged, employees are unhappy and leaders scratching their heads.“It’s about being brave enough to ask about their skills.” —Cameron Judson, CEO of Chandler Macleod.The best recommendation is for more frequent manager and employees 1-on-1s. Early on, the aim is to discover what different employees are able of contributing to the team. Not all skills can be utilized all the time, but for managers it makes planning and strategy much easier by knowing what’s possible.Encourage a supportive work culture.Sometimes employees won’t be forthcoming with their strengths, or haven’t realized where their innate abilities lie.”Create a culture of flexibility and support that allows employees to vocalize ideas and showcase their qualifications.” —HRM CanadaOne tactic is to encourage employees to take the lead on the process of creating plans and objectives. It’s easy for management and leadership to get into the habit of delegating tasks “down the chain” rather than trusting employees to create and execute plans themselves.Not only are employees more likely to be bought into the solution, but likely to create a solution that aligns to their underutilized skills and beliefs the most closely.So here’s my challenge to all the managers and people leaders out there. Next-time you sense an unhappy, unengaged employee. Ask them this: What are we not seeing? What hidden talent are we not tapping into? It only takes one question to maximize potential.