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FEI Orders Spanish Sunshine Tour to Cancel Immediately

FEI Orders Spanish Sunshine Tour to Cancel Immediately

first_imgThe FEI has today been informed that a second horse at the Spanish Sunshine Tour venue in Vejer de la Frontera (ESP) has been put into isolation after developing mild neurological signs and a slightly elevated temperature.As this is the second horse showing neurological signs of EHV-1 in Vejer, even though both horses are in the isolation stables two kilometres from the venue, the FEI has tonight advised the Organisers that the event is cancelled with immediate effect.Following a full risk analysis conducted by the Spanish Ministry (MAPA), the Organisers and the FEI on Wednesday, 4 March 2021, all parties had agreed that – exceptionally and in order to ensure an orderly and biosecure departure of horses – competition could continue until Sunday 7 March subject to a number of conditions. However, the FEI reserved the right to cancel the full event if the situation changed.The news of a second horse displaying neurological signs means that there is no choice now but to immediately shut down the competition in Vejer de la Frontera.The Spanish Veterinary Authorities will be onsite to prepare health certificates for departing horses.All the latest figures, information and news around the current EHV-1 outbreak in Europe are available here. Tags: FEI, EHV-1, Sunshine Tour, cancelled, Vejer de la Frontera, Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Biofuel demand hits rapeseed oil prices

Biofuel demand hits rapeseed oil prices

first_imgBakeries are counting the cost of rising rapeseed oil prices as the oil is increasingly used as a biodiesel fuel. Prices have risen 25% over the last 12 months from, typically, £400 per tonne to £500 per tonne. And the increases are set to continue. Rapeseed oil is used, primarily, in release agents and divider oils, liquid bread fats and dough conditioners and paste concentrates in the baking industry. Steven Birrell, executive secretary of the Association of Baking Ingredient Manufacturers, says it is inevitable his members will have to pass on the increased price to customers.Speaking to British Baker, Bakels MD Paul Morrow said customers using the oil as a key ingredient will already have had a price increase, but another is likely soon. But Bakels, which buys around 4,500 tonnes of rapeseed oil annually, says it has absorbed the cost until now for smaller users.“£500 per tonne is now the base position,” Morrow emphasised. “It is not a peak in the cycle.”The higher price for rapeseed oil seems set to continue – a new power plant based on rape biodiesel is currently under construction in Scotland.last_img read more

Athletes in Arms: Individuals should not be blamed for the mistakes of leaders

Athletes in Arms: Individuals should not be blamed for the mistakes of leaders

first_imgWhen I hear the word “baseball,” particularly MLB, all five senses are activated in my memory. What could be more endearing than the smell of sausages and beer mixed with a cacophony of screaming adults? Although I cherish my memories of baseball, that’s all it is to me now: just memories.  The same can be said for our country. Individuals should not be blamed for the spread of a virus. Yes, some people continue to be excessively irresponsible. But our country’s decision makers who failed to exhibit leadership when it was needed the most are the real cause of the pandemic’s consequences. When it mattered most, leaders decided that it would be too much to prevent an outbreak, so now we are stuck not knowing what to do next. Back in March 2016, Bryce Harper, then playing for the Washington Nationals, was criticized for saying, “Baseball’s tired. It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself. You can’t do what people in other sports do.” The league has made efforts to speed games up to make watching them more appealing, but MLB has still seen declines in both TV ratings and attendance since the early 2000s. The league clearly shows that it has recently shifted its focus to the fan experience, but now in the face of the pandemic, that shift has left no room for consideration about its players and staff. Going into the 2020 season, MLB’s priorities were still stuck on getting fans to the ballpark instead of the safety of players, and now the league must work to correct itself. Baseball, traditionally known as “America’s pastime,” has struggled in recent years to find the energy it once created in the country. This year threw MLB a curveball, and the league now sits in between a rock and a hard place, asking itself: What are franchises yearning for more energy supposed to do in a pandemic? On the other hand, many countries — just like the NBA — invested heavily in safety protocols. Citizens took these precautions seriously and listened to informed advice from national leaders. Unsurprisingly, these investments were effective and countries have begun to recover.  Now the United States, like MLB, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Fortunately, MLB may just be losing millions of dollars. The United States, however, has lost nearly 200,000 lives.  “If there’s any group that understands the seriousness of what we’re dealing with, it’s our group, because we’ve seen how it’s gone through our clubhouse,” Derek Jeter, Chief Executive Officer of the Marlins, said to The New York Times. “It comes down to discipline. I don’t think there’s any secret formula for a team to be successful through this. You have to be extremely disciplined.”center_img In MLB, however, players are feeling the effects of the league’s lack of precaution and preparation. The league failed to see how important investing in sanitation resources is to continuing a season without a hiccup. Now, because of the attitude of league officials and the shortcomings of MLB’s policies to protect players, ball clubs are frustrated with the consequences of positive cases. Just on the Miami Marlins alone, 17 players have tested positive for the coronavirus this season.   The discipline in the league should not be on players but on club owners, managers and franchisees — the people making decisions. The players continued their lives like every other American but with more traveling and social interaction. These players were not afforded the option to work from home or in a bubble, so blame should not be placed on them if the coronavirus spreads throughout the league.   Like MLB, the United States had more than adequate time to respond to the threat of the coronavirus and build a plan around it. However, it refused to invest the resources needed and left decisions to be made by individual citizens. Now, individuals are being held responsible for the recklessness of their elected leaders.  In just under three months, the NBA was able to approve a $170 million “bubble” to continue the season that had been shut down in March. MLB had not even started its 2020 season, giving the league ample time to coordinate a strategic effort to hold a season and keep players safe. The bubble has proven to be successful for the NBA, which enters its seventh straight week without a player testing positive for coronavirus. Because of the NBA investing in the safety of its players and the players’ compliance with strict guidelines, the season has resumed without much issue.  MLB is struggling to grow, especially compared to the NBA. It should have looked to the NBA for a way in which to progress into current times. Instead of being proactive to prevent complications from the pandemic, MLB gives the impression that it was just going to be reactionary once an issue arose. Hopefully, when the time comes, the NFL goes in the direction of the NBA and not MLB — the latter has proven to be the wrong route.last_img read more

Irish cyclists in prime position

Irish cyclists in prime position

first_imgFollowing Martin’s 4th place in the opening prologue, Bennett from Carrick on Suir was a very impressive 3rd on yesterdays 186 kilometre stage which ended in a dramatic bunch sprint which saw a number of riders clash in the closing kilometre.This was the Bora Argon 18 riders best ever result in a World Tour event – the 25 year old looks set to compete in his second Tour de France next month.Today the riders are facing a 168 kilometre stage which includes 4 categorised climbs.last_img

Uganda stuns Botswana 2-1, goes top of AFCON Group D

Uganda stuns Botswana 2-1, goes top of AFCON Group D

first_imgBotswana Online pic.twitter.com/JOzI8cnN6V— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) June 5, 2016 Uganda’s national football team pose prior to the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification football match between Burkina Faso and Uganda, on March 26, 2016. FILE PHOTO AFPRESULTBotswana 1 Uganda 2 The Dream Is Alive. #UgandaCranes will never die. #namutima. Thank you boys for making us proud again. Thank You— Patrick Mugumya (@mugumya) June 4, 2016Great goals by William Kizito Luwagga and Aucho Khalid gave Uganda a big away win Saturday that gives them a chance to make it to their first Africa Cup of Nations finals since 1978.“After today’s win we are not carried away but proud and happy that our sleepless nights and hard working days paid back with result,” said Cranes coach Micho Milutin Sredojevic.Luwagga put Uganda ahead in the 10th minute after a perfect ball from Tony Mawejje, before Botswana were allowed to equalize from a clear off-side position in the 50th.But, the status did not stay the same for long as in popped Aucho, benefiting from a Denis Iguma, to stun the hosts a minute later.Burkina Faso have to match or better Cranes result today, for them to reclaim the top position in Group D.The 13 group winners qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, while the runners-up also qualify if they are one of the two runners-up with the best records when qualification ends in September.Cranes spent Saturday night in Bulawayo, flew to Harare and should be back in Uganda Sunday night via Addis Ababa.Standings P W D L F A Pts Happy Sunday @UgandaCranes fans. The boys will return home tonight (11 pm) pic.twitter.com/vwrkX1kpXZ— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) June 5, 2016 ******* #AFCON2017:Gooooal for Uganda ,William Kizito Luwagga scores a brilliant one after a Tonny Mawejje long cross .— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) June 4, 2016Cranes XI Dennis Onyanyo (G.K), Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Jjuuko, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Aucho Khalid, Tonny Mawejje, William Kizito Luwagga, Geofrey Massa, Faruku Miya HALF TIME: #Botswana 0 #Uganda 1 (10′ Kizito Luwagga) #AFCON2017 qualifier https://t.co/IDO4aISZwI pic.twitter.com/SHAYUd0Ktl— The Independent (@UGIndependent) June 4, 2016center_img Félicitations pour la victoire @FaroukMiya – Proficiat met de overwinning @FaroukMiya ?? #CAN2017 https://t.co/ko3MmRHM91— Standard de Liège (@Standard_RSCL) June 4, 2016 Uganda       5   3   1  1  5  2   10 B.Faso         4   2   1  1  3  1   7 Botswana   5   2   0  3  4  6   6 Comoros    4   1    0  3  2  5   3Cranes officials, team leader Dennis Mbidde, coach Micho and FUFA president Magogo celebrate in Botswana. PHOTO BY FUFA UPDATE 53MIN: #Botswana 1 #Uganda 2 (10′ Kizito Luwagga, 51′ Aucho Khalid) #AFCON2017 qualifier https://t.co/IDO4aISZwI— The Independent (@UGIndependent) June 4, 2016 Subs: Robert Odongkara (G.K), Yassar Mugerwa, , Davis Kasirye, Edrisa Lubega, Erisa Ssekisambu, Emmanuel Okwi and Godfrey WalusimbiLive twitter feedTweets about @OfficialFUFA FRIDAY: Cranes in Botswana for make-or-break AFCON matchOkwi (left) and Massa in Francistown. PHOTO BY FUFA.CO.UG2017 AFCON QualifierSaturdayBotswana vs Uganda  5pm (LIVE SS4)Francistown Sports ComplexStandings P W D L F A PtsB. Faso        4   2   1  1  3  1   7Uganda       4   2   1  1  3  1   7Botswana   4   2   0  2  3  4   6Comoros    4   1    0  3  2  5   3Uganda Cranes arrived in Botswana Friday morning from neighboring Zimbabwe, a short, smooth and straightforward two hour road journey across the border that is unlike the task they face on Saturday.With two games to the end of the qualification campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Uganda’s Group D is so closely contested that Cranes need a result to stay in contention for a place in the Gabon Finals.Uganda are second to Burkina Faso  on goal difference, but a win will be a huge step to securing Uganda’s first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations finals since 1978 – as group winner or runners-up.The 13 group winners qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, while the runners-up also qualify if they are one of the two runners-up with the best records when qualification ends in September.Cranes’ away record is nothing to pride in, but soccer governing body FUFA have always argued that it can change if the team is adequately prepared and travel well in advance or their travel is eased with a chartered flight.It has happened this time, with the Cranes in Zimbabwe early in the week, played a friendly, flew to Bulawayo, rested, then traveled the remaining road journey to their destination on Friday.Other than a health scare with Farouk Miya two days back, the rest of the team are in the right frame of mind to take on Botswana.The team has also benefited from the presence of Werder Bremen’s Melvyn Lorenzen.  Lorenzen will not be available yet for selection on Saturday but has been a very good addition technically to the team in training and at the trial match Uganda lost to Zimbabwe 2-0.It is end of the season, with many of the players having made a mark for their teams.Goalkeeper Denis Onyango just been voted best goalkeeper in South Africa, while Miya played regular football for the first time since moving to Standard Liege and tasted glory as his club won the Belgium cup.Miya has all it takes to deliver a result on Saturday.The team that travelled to Botswana: Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara, Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Luwagga Kizito, Okwi Emma, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Juuko Murushid, Sekisambu Erisa, Kasirye Davis, Massa Geoffrey, Miya Faruku, Lorenzen Melvyn, Walusimbi Godfrey, Aucho Khalid, Lubega Idrisa,  Isinde Isaac, Tony Mawejje and Yassar Mugerwa.Africa Cup of Nations matchday 5 qualifying fixtures this week (all times GMT):Group ADjibouti v Tunisia 1230SundayLiberia v Togo 1600P W D L F A PtsLiberia       4 3 0 1 8 2 9Tunisia      4 2 1 1 9 2 7Togo          4 2 1 1 4 2 7Djibouti     4 0 0 4 1 16 0Group BSundayMadagascar v Democratic Republic of Congo 1130Central African Republic v Angola 1400DR Congo     4 3 0 1 6 4 9C.A.R.           4 2 1 1 5 6 7Angola          4 1 1 2 5 4 4Madagascar 4 0 2 2 3 5 2Group CSouth Sudan v Mali 1330SundayBenin v Equatorial Guinea 1600Mali              4 3 1 0 5 1 10Benin            4 2 2 0 8 4 8S. Sudan       4 1 0 3 3 8 3E. Guinea     4 0 1 3 1 4 1Group D SaturdayBotswana v Uganda 1400SundayComoros v Burkina Faso 1200B. Faso      4 2 1 1 3 1 7Uganda     4 2 1 1 3 1 7Botswana 4 2 0 2 3 4 6Comoros   4 1 0 3 2 5 3Group ESaturdayGuinea-Bissau v Zambia 1600SundayKenya v Congo Brazzaville 1200G. Bissau 4 2 1 1 4 4 7Congo      4 1 3 0 7 5 6Zambia    4 1 3 0 4 3 6Kenya      4 0 1 3 2 5 1Group FFridayLibya v Morocco 1800SaturdaySao Tome e Principe v Cape Verde 1530Morocco 4 4 0 0 7 0 12 – qualifiedC. Verde    4 2 0 2 9 5 6Libya         4 1 0 3 6 5 3Sao Tome  4 1 0 3 3 15 3Group GSaturdayTanzania v Egypt 1300Egypt       3 2 1 0 5 1 7  – qualifiedNigeria      3 0 2 1 1 2 2Tanzania  2 0 1 1 0 3 1Note: Chad withdrew after matchday 3 for financial reasonsGroup HSaturdayRwanda v Mozambique 1330SundayMauritius v Ghana 1100Ghana          4 3 1 0 11 2 10Rwanda       4 2 0 2 6 2 6Mauritius     4 2 0 2 3 12 6Mozambique 4 0 1 3 1 5 1Group ISaturdaySierra Leone v Sudan 1630I. Coast    3 1 2 0 2 1 5Sudan       3 1 1 1 2 2 4S. Leone   2 0 1 1 0 1 1Group JSeychelles 0 Algeria 2SundayLesotho v Ethiopia 1300Algeria    5 4 1 0 19 5 13 – qualifiedEthiopia     4 1 2 1 7 12 5Seychelles 5 1 1 3 4 9 4Lesotho     4 1 0 3 4 8 3Group KSaturdayBurundi v Senegal 1300Namibia v Niger 1500Senegal   4 4 0 0 9 2 12Burundi  4 2 0 2 7 7 6Niger      4 1 0 3 2 6 3Namibia 4 1 0 3 4 7 3Group LSundayZimbabwe v Malawi 1300Swaziland v Guinea 1300Zimbabwe    4 2 2 0 8 3 8Swaziland     4 1 2 1 5 8 5Guinea          4 1 2 1 4 4 5Malawi         4 0 2 2 4 6 2Group MFridayMauritania v Cameroon 1700SaturdayGambia v South Africa 1700Cameroon   4 2 2 0 4 2 8Mauritania 4 2 1 1 5 3 7S. Africa     4 0 3 1 3 5 3Gambia      4 0 2 2 1 3 2Note: 13 group winners and best two runners-up from 11 four-team groups qualify for 2017 Cup of Nations with hosts GabonShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Do Liverpool have squad depth to compete on two fronts?

Do Liverpool have squad depth to compete on two fronts?

first_imgOf the seven players brought into the starting line-up by Klopp at Burnley, Keita made the strongest case to retain his place at Bournemouth, where there will have to be at least one change, with defender Joe Gomez sidelined for up to six weeks after fracturing his leg.At Turf Moor, Keita showed he was willing to fight for the ball but also provided forward impetus once he got it, almost scoring with a shot that Joe Hart saved brilliantly.“He started the season brilliantly and obviously then getting an injury set him back a little bit. But you can see how good a player he is,” said captain Jordan Henderson.“That shot with the left foot and the save from Hart was fantastic. In his overall play he is comfortable on the ball and he helps build up play from the back. He drives the ball forward, which is big for us. I thought he was outstanding.”As a whole, though, Liverpool lack the strength in depth of Manchester City, the team they will have to surpass in order to become champions of England for the first time since 1990.City had a rather more comfortable night at Watford on Tuesday, despite only winning 2-1, as Pep Guardiola rotated his squad.It raises the question as to whether Liverpool can afford to go full out for both the Champions League and Premier League. Fail to get the right result against Napoli in their final European group-stage game next Tuesday, and the decision will be made for them.Henderson, though, is remaining positive.“The games are coming thick and fast, a lot of games in a short space of time but we showed we can use the squad and still perform to the level we know we are capable of and win games — and that’s a big plus for us,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp Bournemouth, United Kingdom | AFP | Naby Keita has started to show he can add creativity to Liverpool’s midfield but Jurgen Klopp may question his squad’s strength in depth despite securing two Premier League wins in four days.Klopp is likely to revert to his tried-and-trusted first choices at Bournemouth on Saturday, having been a little lucky on Wednesday to emerge with a 3-1 win at Burnley after making seven changes to his line-up.There were good reasons for so many changes — the match came hot on the heels of Sunday’s dramatic late derby victory over Everton, at the start of a frantic month that features home games against Napoli, Manchester United and Arsenal.In addition, full-back Andy Robertson and forward Sadio Mane were injured, and so Klopp would have had to shuffle his players around even if rotation had not been on his mind.Yet Liverpool were second-best for the opening hour at Turf Moor against opponents without a victory since September 30, and only turned the match around in the final 30 minutes, when Klopp brought on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.It was evidence of just how important Salah, Firmino and Sane are to the Liverpool cause, even if they have not necessarily been at their best this season.During Liverpool’s struggles on Wednesday, though, the performance of Keita did give Klopp reason to be positive.The Guinea midfielder’s impact has been restricted by injury problems since his arrival from RB Leipzig in July but he is starting to look at home in the English game.His creativity is likely to be crucial, given that Liverpool have been short of such a player following the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January and because of the long-term knee injury suffered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in April.– Keita makes his case –last_img read more

Local Health Official Says COVID Will Come Back “Stronger” in Flu Season

Local Health Official Says COVID Will Come Back “Stronger” in Flu Season

first_imgThe coronavirus is likely not going away. In fact, it will affect our community even more in the months and seasons down the line.That is according to Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County.She told our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5 on Wednesday, “It will come back stronger in November when flu season is here. We’ll have flu, influenza A, influenza B, and the COVID virus all floating around at the same time.”She added that some of the virus has started shifted from our region to South America, but it will return.“That was the thought, it’s gonna go away. But it doesn’t always go away completely,” Alonso said. “As long as there’s people to transmit the virus, the virus continues to spread. Especially this virus.”Calling the virus “stronger” than health officials originally thought, Alonso believes that COVID-19 will become more prominent than it is now when flu season begins in the fall.That is because all viruses are more commonly found in the northern hemisphere during that part of the year.“[People] get the flu, they’re gonna think it’s COVID. If they get COVID, they might think it’s the flu. So it’s gonna be tough to get the immunizations for the flu vaccine out right away,” Alonso said.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 18,231 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, including 569 deaths.Statewide, there are 223,783 cases as of Wednesday, an increase of 9,989 from the day before.WATCH INTERVIEW WITH DR. ALONSO: Dr. Alonso explains that residents need to remain calm and take proper precautions to protect oneself: practice social distancing, wear a mask in public, frequently wash hands, and stay home when sick.“I don’t think people should be fearful. I think they need to get educated. Stay strong. Stay safe,” Alonso said. There’s no need to fear, you just need to know how to have the right education to know how to handle it.”She also refuted Gov. Ron DeSantis’ claims from earlier this week that the number of cases is increasing due to more testing.“Some people say, we’re seeing more virus because we’re testing more,” Alonso said. “That rate should go down the more you do, if you’re getting rid of the virus. If the virus is growing in your community, then it’s going to go up.”DeSantis admitted on Tuesday that the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to under 5 percent between the beginning of May and the second week of June, and then increased to nearly 15 percent at one point recently.“When you look at the positivity, it’s been about 14, 15 percent pretty consistently now for more than a week,” DeSantis said.As of Wednesday, Palm Beach County’s positivity rate is 10.9 percent.County officials said this week that the increasing positivity rate is the reason they are not planning to move forward with reopening more parts of the local economy at this time.“We need to wrap our hands around this and get the numbers down,” Alonso said. “I think we’ve been wise to keep things where we are with Phase One and not go any further.”last_img read more

Young Boat Builders

Young Boat Builders

first_imgYoungsters show off the vessels they built, called six-hour canoes, constructed during a session sponsored by Navesink Maritime Heritage Association on June 9-10.Teams of adults and teenagers built the wooden canoes behind the Fair Haven Fire House on River Road.last_img

Gopal Challenges Beck for Senate Seat

Gopal Challenges Beck for Senate Seat

first_img“It’s time for a change,” he said.Beck this week released a statement where she was quick to counterpunch against the prospective opponent.She called Gopal “Camden County’s hand-picked candidate,” looking to link the Monmouth County Democrat to the Norcross South Jersey Democratic machine, which has provided financial support for some Monmouth County races in the past.Beck continued by alleging Gopal had “decided that the only path to victory is to try and discredit his opponent rather than speaking about his accomplishments.”Gopal was planning to resign as county chair effective Thursday at noon. Vice Chair woman Mary Forster, Middletown, will step up and serve as acting county chair until a county convention can be convened to name Gopal’s replacement, he said. The 11th District has Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough and Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Ocean, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough and Township, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.Monmouth County has largely remained solidly Republican for its state legislators for years, with an occasional Democratic victory. With the most redistricting completed in 2011, the district skews more Democratic with such strongholds as Red Bank, Long Branch and Asbury Park, but Republicans had been able to continue to secure the two Assembly seats and Senate seat in Trenton. That is until November 2015, when an influx of cash and an indifferent GOP campaign caught the Republicans flat-footed, with Democratic challengers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey ousting Assembly-women Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande. After years of building, his business ventures have reached a point where he can step back and concentrate on his own political campaign, Gopal said.Gopal made an unsuccessful run for the Assembly in 2011.Gopal criticized Beck for lack of progress, even with eight years of a Republican governor. He also chided the incumbent for flip-flopping on a variety of issues during her legislative tenure. “I think she’s been on both sides of nearly every issue,” he charged, pointing to Beck’s views on different property tax relief proposals and gay marriage. With the end of Republican Chris Christie’s increasingly unpopular gubernatorial term this year and a wide-open Governor’s race, Democrats suspect there is opportunity to increase their legislative majority and take additional seats in deeply red Monmouth County.And while he is an entrenched party voice (but is genuinely liked by many Republicans) Gopal said this week “I’ll tell you I’ll go there (Trenton) and be an independent voice of the people of the 11th District.”center_img Gopal said there have been a handful of candidates who’ve expressed an interest in taking the reins, though he declined to name them.There were two other Democrats who were considering seeking the 11th District nomination, who Gopal said, now voice support for his campaign.Gopal has been critical of Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden for holding the party position as well as serving as county sheriff, an elected position. Gopal charged that Golden holding both jobs opens the door to ethical conflicts of interest. “And I’m not going to be hypocritical,” leading to his stepping down as the county party head. By John BurtonTwo days into the new year and political attention is turning toward the coming political races, with county Democratic chair Vin Gopal announcing his intention to take on Republican Senator Jennifer Beck.Gopal on Monday fired the first salvo in the race for the 11th Legislative District with his announcement to run for the party’s nomination for the Senate seat.“I really think I bring a different set of eyes to some of the problems we’re facing in Trenton,” Gopal said this week.He hopes to challenge Beck, 50, a Red Bank resident who has been in the Senate since 2008, having served one two-year term in the Assembly.Gopal is a 31-year-old Long Branch resident who has been the county Democratic chair since 2012. He owns and operates Direct Development, a Hazlet-based marketing, public relations and business development firm. In addition, Gopal publishes Community Magazine, a free publication which is distributed to approximately 30,000 homes around Monmouth County. He has been a board of director’s member for the Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce. He also has established a not-for-profit organization that assists local charities.last_img read more

Man Jumps As Flames Engulf Red Bank Home

Man Jumps As Flames Engulf Red Bank Home

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK — Firefighters on Thursday afternoon battled a blaze that engulfed a West Side residence.Borough fire companies responded to a call that came in at approximately 3:09 p.m. reporting a fire at 16 Leonard St. That call indicated there was an individual trapped inside the structure, said Police Capt. Michael Clay.Clay said that as of 4 p.m., there was a report of one injury from a male in the home and trapped on the second floor. His injuries were not deemed life threatening and the victim was transported to an area hospital for observation, Clay said.Neighbor Jake Rademacher alerted his neighbor to the fire. Photo by Jay CookJake Rademacher, whose Bridge Avenue backyard abuts the Leonard Street property, said he was taking out the trash and smelled smoke. “And then I heard a big ‘whuump’ and saw the flames start shooting out of the building.”Rademacher said the flames quickly grew and spread through the two-story building with an attic. “And I then saw him in the second story window,” Rademacher said of the victim. “I told him to jump because you ain’t got a choice.”Fire Marshal Stanley Sickels, who was on the scene, said the fire moved quickly in the older home. “It was moving up through the walls into the attic,” he said, as firefighters continued on Thursday afternoon to quell the still visible flames that appeared to have destroyed the home.Sickels wouldn’t speculate at this time as to the fire’s origin or cause. “We’re still gathering statements, getting information for the ongoing investigation,” he said.Borough fire companies received support from Middletown’s River Plaza fire company and from Sea Bright and Fire Haven departments.According to borough tax records, the home is owned by William and Shirley Sharkey.last_img read more