County lawyer Mark Morchel delivers epic retirement speech at freeholders meeting

first_img December 25, 2015 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says Matt Barrett Community Philip Matsikoudis Deputy Hudson County Counsel Mark Morchel delivered an epic retirement speech that left the board of chosen freeholders and the crowd alike in stitches at yesterday’s meeting. [fve][/fve]“I’m kind of embarrassed by taking up this much time, but I’ve been holding my tongue for 28 years and now I’m gonna tell you … I’m gonna tell you how I really feel,” Morchel said in a joking fashion, setting the tone for a speech that was every bit a stand up comedy routine as it was a reflection on his career.After praising both the freeholders and the county directors for their hard work, “they could make a good living in the private sector, but they chose to serve our community,” Morchel said he was just a regular guy “who kept showing up” and really “did nothing heroic.”The highlights of Morchel’s public comments came when he spoke about what he will remember about certain colleagues.“You know that old Jack and the Beanstalk [line]? Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread. Well, you know what? The deal is, that wasn’t, that wasn’t [County Administrator] Abe [Antun], that was [Roads and Public Property Director] Buddy [Demellier].”The crowd later almost appeared ready to fall out of their seats when Morchel compared County Counsel Donato Battista to Popeye the Sailor Man.“And to the county counsel: he’s like uh … for those old enough to remember Popeye. He takes old law books, that are now online, he takes old law books and shreds them, and when a problem comes up, he squeezes the box and the pulp goes up and he goes like this [mimics consuming a drink and growing muscles].”“And there’s like theme music that plays upstairs [makes a tugboat whistle noise] and he comes up with the answer.”If yesterday was any indication, it appears that the Hudson County Law Department just got a lot more boring with Morchel’s retirement. TAGSboard of chosen freeholdershudson county law departmentmark morchel SHARE Previous articleLETTER: Feedback is welcomed for Hoboken’s Rebuild by Design, council pres. saysNext article2015 Feuds of the Year – Number 8: Matthew Cheng vs. West New York BOE John Heinis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CommunityJersey City CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Lorraine Senerchia January 6, 2016 8:21 am at 8:21 am Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img Bayonne 3 COMMENTS Bayonne Facebook Twitter I was very fortunate to know Mark Morchel. He is without question one of the best people I have have had the pleasure to know. I will miss miss him tremendously as he leaves New Jersey for Florida. I wish Mark and his family the best in retirement. County lawyer Mark Morchel delivers epic retirement speech at freeholders meeting Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say Good Luck Mark, Enjoy your retirement. Comments are closed. Happy Retirement Mark and family. It was a pleasure working with you and knowing you.Send us pictures of your art work. God Bless. December 29, 2015 2:13 pm at 2:13 pm By John Heinis – December 24, 2015 11:01 am 3 last_img read more

Barbados leads the Caribbean with most ‘powerful’ passport

first_imgThe Caribbean nation of Barbados, according to a study by, has the most powerful passport in the Caribbean and the 50th most powerful in the entire world.This takes into account the number of visa-free regions and countries that a passport has access to including destinations that are completely visa-free and those that require a visa upon arrival.Barbados’ passport, which allows its holders to travel to 132 countries without having to get a visa before departure, is followed by The Bahamas, which allows visa-free travel to 129 countries, and Antigua and Barbuda which allows visa-free travel to 124 countries.Ranking fourth in the Caribbean and 57th in the world is St Kitts and Nevis, followed by Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, with world rankings of 59th, 61st and 62nd respectively. St Lucia ranked 66th in the world, followed by Grenada, Dominica and Honduras, which took the 70th, 72nd and 76th places.Further down the list is Jamaica (100), Guyana (103) and Suriname (109).Cuba, The Dominican Republic and Haiti finished out the list with world rankings of 128th, 149th and 150th of the 199 countries respectively.last_img read more

Sharp, Brimley, Lee tie for top honors at Rose Park Open

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Two amateurs and a professional tied for top honors at the Rose Park Open at Rose Park Golf Course.Ryan Brimley, CJ Lee and GolfLab teaching professional Tommy Sharp all shot 6-under-par 65s, a shot ahead of six other golfers. Sharp earned $1,350 for his victory.Seven golfers, amateurs Nicklaus Britt, Steven Croft, Dan Horner, Mitchell Schow and John Reid, came in at 66 along with Riverside CC pro Matt Baird and Shawn Edwards.Former champion Henry White was the low senior with a 67. Lester Perry won the first flight with a 69 and Chris Smith earned low net honors with a net 64.ROSE PARK OPENRose Park Golf Course par-71a- denotes amateur65 — Tommy Sharp, a-Ryan Brimley, a-CJ Lee66 — Matt Baird, Shawn Edwards, a-Steven Croft, a-Mitchell Schow, a-Dan Horner, a-Nicklaus Britt, a-John Reid67 — Chris Moody, Zach Johnson, Dan Engle, a-Ben Schillerman, a-Patrick Fishburn, a-J.T. Timmons68 — a-Jordan Rogers, a-Kelsey Chugg, a-Kurt Owen, a-Kirk Nielson, a-Naomi Soifua, a-Preston Alder, a-Cameron CrawfordSenior pros67 — Henry White70 — Ron Branca, Dave DeSantisFirst flight winner — Lester Perry, 69Net winner — Chris Smith, 64last_img read more

Five Galway Players receive nominations for Ladies All-Stars

first_imgAll-Ireland Finalists, Cork and Dublin are both well represented in the 45 player short list with the TG4 All-Ireland Champions receiving 11 nominations whilst Dublin have 10 players nominated. Galway have received five nominations for the 2015 LGFA TG4 All Stars following the announcement this afternoon. Sinead Burke and Aine Seoighe have been nominated in the backs, Geraldine Conneally in midfield and Tracey Leonard and Patricia Gleeson in the forwards. 14 July 2014; Be the Difference. Be There. Today in Croke Park the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Championship Sponsors, TG4, launched the 2014 TG4 Ladies All Ireland Football Championships. LGFA President, Pat Quill urged LGFA members to get behind their counties as they begin their journey to Croke Park on September 28th pointing out that it is up to us to show our support for our own before we can expect to generate the interest and national media coverage that the players richly deserve. #BetheDiff. Pictured are senior players, from left to right, Aisling Holton, Kildare, Shauna McBennet, Meath, Eilish Ward, Donegal, Edel Concannon, Galway, Gemma Begley, Tyrone, Fiona McHale, Mayo, Briege Corkery, Cork, Sinead Goldrick, Dublin, Chrisina Reilly, Monaghan, Laurie Ryan, Clare, Tracey Lawlor, Laois, Aileen Martin, Wesmeath, Caroline O’Hanlon, Armagh and Ailish Cornyn, Cavan, in attendance at the 2014 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship launch. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILEcenter_img Galway and Kerry both receive 5 nominations each with Monaghan and Donegal receiving three each. Waterford are rewarded for their TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate championship win with 3 nominations including team captain Linda Wall and her sister, Aileen with Maria Delahunty also receiving her first All Star nomination.2014 Player’s Player of the Year, Caroline O’Hanlon, is nominated for what would be her fourth All Star Award and is joined by team mate Aimee Mackin who earns her first nomination.Mayo great, Cora Staunton, is nominated for what would be her 10th All Star award, should she receive an award on November 14th she will become the joint most successful All Star award bringing her level with Kerry great, Mary Jo Curran.Fiona McHale is also nominated from Mayo with Áine Tighe of Connacht Intermediate champions, Leitrim, also nominated.Cork’s Martina O’Brien is nominated for her first All Star award in the goalkeeping position along with Dublin’s Ciara Trant and Linda Martin of Monaghan. Marie Ambrose is rewarded for a fine debut season with her first nomination where she is joined by team mates Vera Foley, Geraldine O’Flynn, Bríd Stack and Deirdre O’Reilly as the Rebellettes defensive Award nominees. Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley created history as they claimed an incredible ‘double double’ of All-Ireland wins and both are nominated in the midfield positions, their 8th and 4th respectively. All-Ireland winning captain Ciara O’Sullivan is joined by her attacking team mates Annie Walsh and Valerie Mulcahy in the All Star shortlist.Dublin’s Sinead Goldrick could claim her 4th All Star in a row with team captain, Lyndsey Davey and Noelle Healy hoping to make it back to back wins. Sinead Finnegan, Sorcha Furlong, Muireann Ní Scanaill and Niamh McEvoy all receive their first nominations for an award.6 members of the Cork team have now won 10 TG4 Senior All-Ireland titles and all 6 are nominated for an All Star; Geraldine O’Flynn, Deirdre O’Reilly, Bríd Stack, Briege Corkery, Rena Bucley and Valerie Mulcahy.——–The 2015 LGFA TG4 All Star Award Nominees in full are:GoalkeepersMartina O’Brien (Cork)Ciara Trant (Dublin)Linda Martin (Monaghan)DefendersMarie Ambrose (Cork)Vera Foley (Cork)Geraldine O’Flynn (Cork)Bríd Stack (Cork)Deirdre O’Reilly (Cork)Treasa Doherty (Donegal)Ciara Hegarty (Donegal)Olwen Carey (Dublin)Sinead Goldrick (Dublin)Sinead Finnegan (Dublin)Sorcha Furlong (Dublin)Muireann Ní Scanaill (Dublin)Sinead Burke (Galway)Áine Seoighe (Galway)Aislinn Desmond (Kerry)Caroline Kelly (Kerry)Cáit Lynch (Kerry)Linda Wall (Waterford)MidfieldersCaroline O’Hanlon (Armagh)Rena Buckley (Cork)Briege Corkery (Cork)Geraldine Conneally (Galway)Bernie Breen (Kerry)Fiona McHale (Mayo)ForwardsAimee Mackin (Armagh)Valerie Mulcahy (Cork)Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork)Annie Walsh (Cork)Geraldine McLaughlin (Donegal)Lyndsey Davey (Dublin)Noelle Healy (Dublin)Niamh McEvoy (Dublin)Carla Rowe (Dublin)Tracey Leonard (Galway)Patricia Gleeson (Galway)Louise Ní Muircheartaigh (Kerry)Áine Tighe (Leitrim)Cora Staunton (Mayo)Cora Courtney (Monaghan)Caitriona McConnell (Monaghan)Maria Delahunty (Waterford)Aileen Wall (Waterford)————–The LGFA TG4 All Star award winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Citywest Hotel on November 14th. 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Corofin and Mountbellew Moylough renew county final rivalry

first_imgCorofin and Mountbellew Moylough meet on Sunday in the Galway senior championship final for the 3rd time in 4 years and the 6th year in all with defending champions Corofin going for 6 in a row and unbackable at 1/7 with the bookies. The sides first met in a final in Corofin’s first year in senior championship football, 1964, when a star studded Mountbellew won by 2-10 to 1-4, but 10 years later it was a lot tighter with Mountbellew coming out on top 1-5 to 0-7 after extra time in a replay after the sides had drawn 1-6 each. Fast forward 35 years to their next final meeting in 2009 and again it went to a replay but this time Corofin prevailed 0-11 to 1-5 after the sides had drawn 0-9 each, while the last two finals involving both clubs have been a little more emphatic for the all-conquering Corofin men as they won in 2015 by 3-13 to 0-12 and in 2017 by 2-14 to 0-10. Corofin are also going for  their 20th title which would bring them alongside Ballinasloe’s 20 titles on the roll of honour and leave only Tuam Stars (25 titles) ahead of them, while Mountbellew Moylough are bidding to win the Frank Fox trophy for the 5th time and first since 1986. Previous Corofin v Mountbellew Moylough finals: 1964: Mountbellew 2-10 Corofin 1-41974: Mountbellew 1-6 Corofin 1-6Mountbellew 1-5 Corofin 0-7 AET (replay)2009: Corofin 0-9 Mountbellew Moylough 0-9Corofin 0-11 Mountbellew Moylough 1-5 (replay)2015: Corofin 3-13 Mountbellew Moylough 0-122017: Corofin 2-14 Mountbellew Moylough 0-10print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Singh, Dunnigan and Glick Named Soccer Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Hope Sabadash, Southeastern Louisiana; Megan Delaney, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Bailey Fontenot, Lamar. Southland Soccer Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana sophomore forward Bri Singh was named Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while Stephen F. Austin senior defender Megan Dunnigan was tabbed defensive player of the week and Stephen F. Austin senior Morgan Glick was selected as goalkeeper of the week, the league office announced Tuesday.  Honorable Mention: Hanna Barker, Stephen F. Austin; Julia Ranalli, Northwestern State; Kaitlyn Caro, Nicholls; Alexus Aviles, Lamar; Shelby Wilson, Central Arkansas.Defensive Player of the Week – Megan Dunnigan, Stephen F. AustinDunnigan captained the SFA back line to a 1-1 record to open the season. With her defensive command, the Ladyjacks shutout Oregon State to give SFA its first-ever win over a Pac-12 team in program history. The Ladyjacks also limited No. 9 Texas A&M to just one goal. The Round Rock, Texas (Vista Ridge H.S.), native played all 180 minutes of SFA’s two games. Honorable Mention: Chelsea Villaescusa, Southeastern Louisiana; Emma Biba, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Stacia Carroll, Central Arkansas.Goalkeeper of the Week – Morgan Glick, Stephen F. Austin Glick, a senior from Boerne, Texas (Champion H.S.), helped SFA to a 1-1 record to open the season. She stopped Oregon State from finding the back of the net for a 2-0 shutout win against the Beavers. In Sunday’s match against No. 9 ranked Texas A&M, she faced 35 shots and surrendered only one goal while making eight saves. In two matches, Glick only gave up only one goal while recording 10 saves on 39 shots.center_img Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. To receive honorable mention, a student-athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Offensive Player of the Week – Bri Singh, Southeastern LouisianaSingh, Southeastern’s leading scorer in 2013, scored both of the Lady Lions’ goals in Friday’s season-opening 2-0 win over Jackson State. The Lancaster, Calif. (Lancaster H.S.), native took six shots, three of which were on goal, and scored twice in 129 minutes of play.last_img read more

Africa’s resources key to unlocking its wealth

first_imgAndre Groenewald from the Department of International Relations said if Africa takes advantage of its vast natural resources, the continent can reach $13-trillion by 2050. (Image: Ndaba Dlamini)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic RelationsBrand South Africa +27 11 712 [email protected] DlaminiAfrica, it seems, is on the rise. The size of the economies of most countries on the continent is growing and economists are predicting that by 2050, Africa’s economy will reach $13-trillion.African countries have to take advantage of these positive developments and communicate the enormous potential that lies within the continent to the world, said Andre Groenewald, director of diplomatic training at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.Groenewald was speaking at a seminar organised by Brand South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research on Thursday, 27 March. The seminar, attended by African diplomats based in South Africa, focused on, among other issues, Africa’s competitiveness and how strong nation brands contribute to improving the continent’s image.Groenewald said considering the size of the continent “there is room for growth and room for markets in Africa”.He said, “We are the only continent remaining with resources. There was a study done in the UK at the London University where they found out that for an economy to grow to an average of $13 000 income per year per person, that country will use exponential amounts of steel.”Many countries, including India and China, are far off this benchmark. Steel, said Groenewald, “will remain a big issue and there is lots of iron ore resources on the continent”. In this regard, opportunities abound, he said.In addition, a recent study by the World Bank predicts that Africa’s GDP will grow by 6% in 2015. In the past five to 10 years, the continent has been recording a growth of 5% per annum. The only region ahead of Africa in terms of growth is China.“We are the second-fastest growing region in the world. And this says a lot. If you link this to the population and the resources then Africa is indeed rising,” Groenewald said.In 2013, the World Bank also established that among the 15 economies with the biggest improvements in their economies since 2005, five – one third – are in sub-Saharan Africa.“This is a significant finding for the sub-region indicating improving conditions for doing business in a period when negotiations regarding the establishment of a trilateral free trade area encompassing the Southern African Development Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the East African Community are taking place.”This free trade area, according to Groenewald, will create an integrated market of more than650 million people, and double that number in the US and the European Union.Groenewald said Africa’s poverty rate has also dropped from roughly 44% to 22% in recent years. “While we are not doing well on the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], we have halved the poverty and this shows that Africa is making progress.”There is “incredible economic activity going on in Africa”, according to Groenewald. In Kenya, for example, a software banking application recently developed has become so popular that there are more banking transactions per year done through the software than that government’s budget.One of the most notable things about Africa is cellphone usage. Groenewald said 71% of adults in Nigeria own cellphones, 62% in Botswana and more than half the population of Ghana and Kenya; a great opportunity for investment in the sector.In addition, the African diaspora contributes $60-billion per annum back to Africa; this is 10 times more than the $6-billion donor money per annum from the International Monetary Fund and six times more than the some $10-billion Chinese foreign direct investment in Africa.“All these are opportunities that Africa needs to brand as a continent. We need to tell the outside world about this,” said Groenewald, adding that South Africa is one good example where there are many good news stories to tell.There are two big growth opportunities that Africa has missed, something that shouldn’t happen again. The first is agriculture, where Africa has the best competitive advantage in the world, according to Groenewald. “Kenya is a good example. They have over the past 10 years become the biggest exporters of flowers. If we can farm flowers then we can farm about anything.”Also, Africa should take advantage of its huge natural energy reserves and market itself competitively to the whole world, said Groenewald.last_img read more

I Love Sports References in the Workplace

first_imgWhile everyone is talking about employee engagement and company culture, I would like to address the all-important use of sports references in the workplace. It’s what I know and what I love to do. Whether we like it or not, there are many parallels between the work place and sports. Both have teams, coaches, managers, strategy, rules, and role players, just to name a few. So if we want to get rid of the references, we got a lot of work to do. For example, have you ever been asked to find those “A players?” You have used every play in the book, but you have been striking out on your search. You have been thrown a few curve balls in the process by your hiring manager. Your boss has given you the two-minute warning before he calls on an outside search firm. Finally, you put on the full court press and, at the buzzer, you land that #1 draft pick. Or, you are the ultimate team player. You have mastered the blocking and tackling of your role and you are always called upon to lead off every major project. Each year, you are assigned the Super Bowl of all projects and you are part of the Dream Team. You never spend time in the penalty box and are always called upon on fourth down situations. When sacrifices are needed, you always take one for the team. You are cool in the pocket and know when to call a timeout when the going gets tough. These examples are obviously a little extreme, but I think you get my point. Whether we like them or not, our workplace is riddled with these references.Do you use a sports reference without knowing it? What’s the big deal anyway? Think about your last presentation or interaction. How many sports references did you use? See, you really do love sports references. So, if you are against ridding the workplace of all sports references, I challenge you to go a full day in the work place without using one. If so, I’ll give you a trophy.last_img read more

Documents OxyContin maker boasted about potential sales

first_imgBOSTON — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.”That’s according to court documents filed Tuesday in a case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Purdue Pharma and its executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids.The documents add new details about former Purdue Pharma President Richard Sackler’s role in overseeing sales of OxyContin.Purdue Pharma accused the attorney general’s office of cherry-picking from millions of emails and documents to create “biased and inaccurate characterizations” of the company and its executives. The company said it will “aggressively defend against these misleading allegations.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Warners leadership skills are unmatched VVS

first_imgHyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman is delighted to have David Warner back in the mix as his “unmatched leadership skill” is a big plus for the franchise. While Kane Williamson will once again be leading the side, Warner’s inputs and influence on the team members makes him an important part of the leadership group. Warner along with Steve Smith are returning from their year-long ban for their involvement in ball tampering scandal in South Africa. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”There is a big difference, because he (Warner) is a world class player. For us as a franchise we are so proud of what he has achieved for Sunrisers. “He is not only a premier match-winner but his leadership skills are also unmatched,” Laxman waxed eloquent about Warner during a media conference. “The kind of role he played in the development of lot of youngsters in the franchise. He is setting example with his work ethics and the kind of preparation he does before every match,” Laxman told reporters at an event here. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSRH head coach Tom Moody feels that the prolonged absence will not have an impact on his performance. “David Warner’s frame of mind I think is positive one. Certainly, through my communication with David has all been a positive one. When you are a world class player and you got an unquenchable thirst to succeed. When game of cricket is taken from you and once it is handed back, you need to do lot of catching up and David will be determined to the best,” Moody said. On Warner, who was awarded 12-month ball tampering suspension, Laxman said: “Personally for me, it was very unfortunate what happened at Cape Town. I feel that the kind of punishment which he got was not right.” On Kane Williamson, who will once again lead Sunrisers, Moody said: “We all know that Kane Williamson is not only an outstanding player in all formats of the game but he is also a highly respected international leader.” “He stepped up last year and did a wonderful performance not only as a captain, but as a top order player. We have no question in his ability with the bat. He is a wonderful player. We got a side that boasts of lot of leadership and that’s the strength of any squad that is going to be successful. It is not just dependent on one leader alone. Laxman is hopeful that new additions like New Zealander Martin Guptill and Englishman Jonny Bairstow strengthens the squad along with India regular Vijay Shankar, former U-19 World Cupper Abhishek Sharma and India A left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem in the mix. SRH bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan said SRH has got very good bowling attack headed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and this year with addition of Nadeem and Abhishek, the spin attack will be little bit strengthened. “And then also we got ‘the’ bowler–Rashid Khan. We got the bowlers who can take wickets. “I think this year will be better than last year because we got balance between spin and fast bowlers. Last year we struggled a bit in spin bowling but this year the balance is right,” Muralitharan added.last_img read more