Chelsea to wait on trio’s future

first_img With his assistant Rui Faria serving a six-match stadium ban following his dismissal against Sunderland and Mourinho facing Football Association disciplinary proceedings of his own, the Portuguese then kept his counsel. He declined to assess the challenge on Andre Schurrle by Alex Tettey which might also have resulted in a spot-kick or discuss the moment when Norwich were denied by the officials when John Terry clattered Martin Olsson. Mourinho added: “My assistant is in jail.” In assessing the first season of his second spell, Mourinho made a cryptic reference to the controversial losses to Aston Villa and Sunderland. “Without festivals it would have been a better season,” added Mourinho, who admitted the midweek Champions League exit may have sapped his side’s energy levels. Mourinho was critical of Norwich for not seeking the win they needed to boost their survival prospects as now their relegation could all but be confirmed on Wednesday, but his side’s display again demonstrated their lack of cutting edge. “They needed to win to try to have a chance to survive, and they didn’t try,” Mourinho said. “We needed one point to finish third and we risked everything. We wanted to finish winning at home. “In the second half we deserved that, but we didn’t score. “Our strikers are good strikers, but are players with some specific qualities. “They are not the kind of players who in five square metres, with three or four players around, who can get the ball, dribble on, see the space and shoot. “So when the team is in a difficult situation they are not able to, normally, resolve the situation for us.” Hazard collected the Blues supporters’ player of the year award on the pitch before kick-off but was only a substitute. The Belgium forward, who has been continually linked with Paris St Germain, was criticised by Mourinho in the wake of the Blues’ loss to Atletico Madrid. Mourinho admitted Chelsea were improved after Hazard’s introduction. “The team was much better in the second half,” Mourinho added. “Was Eden playing in the second half? Yes. Had he responsibilities in the second half? Yes.” Norwich’s relegation could be completed on Wednesday. A draw between Sunderland and West Brom – two and three points above Norwich, respectively – would all but seal their fate as they have such an inferior goal difference that a win at home to Arsenal next Sunday would be immaterial. Canaries boss Neil Adams said: “Now we keep our fingers crossed and hope for a few results. “If we go into the last game of the season, Arsenal at Carrow Road, needing to win the game, that’s all we can hope for. “We didn’t want to lose the game. If we’d lost, we were down. “We had a stonewall penalty denied us in the first half. “It’s pretty clear. Martin gets a touch to take it away from Ashley Cole, and John Terry’s momentum takes him out. Probably (a red card, too). “Had we got that we might have been leaving Stamford Bridge with three points instead of the one.” “They are with the club on their future,” added Mourinho, who says he wants all three to stay. “Now it’s time to wait a little bit. The summer is a long summer for us. “For the players involved in the World Cup it’s a different story, but for us, as a club, it’s a long time to be calm and to sit and to discuss and to analyse options and the market and possibilities.” Mourinho preferred to laugh rather than cry after watching his side’s slim Premier League title hopes fade further on Sunday as the point saw them concede further ground to Manchester City and Liverpool. He lamented referee Neil Swarbrick’s decision not to award Eden Hazard a penalty when Ryan Bennett swiped wildly at the Belgium forward. Mourinho rushed to his office in the Stamford Bridge tunnel to confirm his initial suspicions that a spot-kick should have been awarded. “I saw (it) in the game, but to confirm I had a quick run to my office and I arrived in time to watch (the replay) and then go back to the dug-out laughing,” said Mourino. Why the laughter? “Because I can’t cry.” A blunt performance in a goalless draw with relegation-threatened Norwich saw Chelsea denied the win required to restore them to the top of the standings entering the concluding week of the season. The players undertook a lap of appreciation afterwards, with tears flowing in what could be Terry, Lampard and Cole’s farewell, with their current contracts expiring after next week’s match at Cardiff. Jose Mourinho insisted Chelsea are in no rush to clarify the futures of captain John Terry, record goalscorer Frank Lampard and England left-back Ashley Cole after what could be the final Stamford Bridge match of the vaunted trio’s distinguished Blues careers. Press Associationlast_img read more

Owen: Shaw ready for big club

first_img Reports have suggested United are trying to sign 18-year-old Southampton defender Shaw, who has been included in England boss Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s World Cup. The left-back already has over 50 Barclays Premier League starts and a senior international cap to his name. Press Association And when asked about the prospect of Shaw joining United, Owen, who made such a memorable impact at the 1998 World Cup as an 18-year-old, told Press Association Sport: “I think it’s always good to keep progressing up the ladder and to play at the highest standard. “And once you have had the experience that Luke Shaw has had in the Premier League, I think you are certainly ready for that challenge now. “Having had the first-team experience he has, and now going to a World Cup, I’d say he is more than ready to join a really big club – if Southampton let him go.” Should the move to United go through this summer, Shaw will be joining at an interesting time for the club. The Red Devils are set to undergo considerable change as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2013/14 season following the retirement of boss Sir Alex Ferguson, with a permanent replacement – Louis van Gaal, it seems – for Ferguson’s successor David Moyes coming in and the squad being overhauled. Owen feels the Shaw transfer would be a good one for all parties concerned. “United have obviously had a poor campaign by their standards and we talk about rebuilding, but it has only been one season – there is still an awful lot of quality there,” the 34-year-old said. “They are a huge club with a huge stadium, and I presume they are going to get a huge manager as well. Former England and Manchester United striker Michael Owen is confident Luke Shaw is ready for the challenge of being a Red Devils player. “I wouldn’t have thought they will be coming seventh again next season, put it that way – I think they will be right back in the mix. “But they are going to have to buy quality players like Luke Shaw, and particularly in defence, because they have lost Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and there is talk about Patrice Evra as well. “They are going to be hard to replace, but someone like Luke Shaw would go a long way towards that. “So the only losers would be Southampton – but then again, I’m pretty sure there will be a huge fee involved!” Shaw is part of a 23-man England World Cup squad that has plenty more youth in it, with the likes of Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling also included. While approving of Hodgson’s selection and pleased it features several younger players, Owen has also been keen to stress he believes those chosen have been on merit, regardless of their age. And he is feeling positive about what the group can achieve at the tournament in Brazil. He said: “I think a lot of the players we will be pinning our hopes on are youngsters – and that is maybe just a coincidence. “They have all come off a great season for their clubs, are full of confidence, and I’m hoping one or two of them will star in this tournament. “I think England are going to surprise a few – I think we could do well.” The future of the national team has been very much on the agenda recently after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke unveiled a set of proposals aimed at boosting the number of English players at the top of club football. Owen was speaking at St George’s Park, where he was promoting the FA’s ‘Reds v Blues’ initiative, designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to play the game. And the former Liverpool and Newacastle forward feels the key issue in terms of the England debate is ensuring there is decent coaching at grass-roots level. “In the initial stages it is just about enjoyment for youngsters – just getting out and about is key,” Owen said. “Then, later on, into your teens, it really is important to get good coaching, better coaching, and have a pathway through to a first team.” The Reds v Blues weekend of football celebrations starts on June 6 and will see people representing a red or blue team, playing the game in whatever form they wish, ranging from kickabouts in gardens to organised five-a-side and 11-a-side matches. Scores from all the games that take place will be combined to create an overall final score at the end. last_img read more

Hampton, Winthrop meet in Big South finals

first_imgSAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership could play a big role in this game’s outcome. Hunter Hale, Chandler Vaudrin and Josh Ferguson have combined to account for 41 percent of Winthrop’s scoring this season and 50 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Hampton, Jermaine Marrow, Greg Heckstall and Dondre Griffin have collectively scored 42 percent of the team’s points this season, including 49 percent of all Pirates points over their last five.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Marrow has either made or assisted on 60 percent of all Hampton field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 31 field goals and 21 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Eagles are 14-0 when holding opponents to 41.7 percent or worse from the field, and 9-10 when opponents shoot better than that. The Pirates are 6-0 when the team blocks at least six shots and 9-18 when they fall short of that total.ASSIST RATIOS: The Pirates have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Eagles. Winthrop has 52 assists on 94 field goals (55.3 percent) over its previous three contests while Hampton has assists on 49 of 86 field goals (57 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Hampton offense has scored 77.8 points per game this season, ranking the Pirates 27th among Division I teams. The Winthrop defense has allowed 71.6 points per game to opponents (ranked 204th overall). Hampton, Winthrop meet in Big South finals Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHampton (15-18, 10-10) vs. Winthrop (23-10, 17-3)Big South Conference Tourney Championship, Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Sunday, 12 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Hampton and Winthrop are prepared to face off in the Championship of the Big South tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 22, when the Pirates shot 54.4 percent from the field while limiting Winthrop’s shooters to just 42.4 percent en route to a six-point victory.center_img March 7, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Browns’ failure to reach playoffs prompts offseason questions about Freddie Kitchens, Baker Mayfield, others

first_imgOn Aug. 20, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was asked whether Cleveland could handle the lofty preseason hype around a team that added Odell Beckham Jr. and was picked by many to win the AFC North.Could Cleveland wear a bullseye? “We don’t care,” Kitchens said. “It’s already on there, so it doesn’t matter. We’ll be ready to play. I don’t know what a bullseye is. … The expectations that you guys set doesn’t matter about our expectations. Our expectations are to perform the best we can do. That changes week to week a lot of times.”MORE: OBJ trade rumors won’t matter if WR keeps scaring away suitorsOh, after a Week 1 blowout loss to the Titans, expectations changed for the Browns, who were eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday’s 31-15 loss to the Ravens. Cleveland (6-9) suffered a 12th consecutive losing season.There is one week left in a disastrous season in which Browns coaches and players simply could not handle the hype. There was way too much noise around this team, and pointing out what must change as the Browns head into an uneasy future requires a comprehensive look at the main characters.That starts with Kitchens. Freddie KitchensThe noise: Kitchens went from the perfect down-home hire to the coach of an undisciplined team; one that piled up the third-most penalties in the NFL on the field and at least one soap opera per week off it.Pick one. Beckham’s wardrobe. Jermaine Whitehead’s social media outburst. Jarvis Landry yelling at Kitchens on the field in Week 15.Jarvis Landry gets in Freddie Kitchens face and tells him “that’s f***** up”pic.twitter.com/TkAfTdzRLW— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 15, 2019″In over his head” has been the oft-used phrase. That was best symbolized when Kitchens wore a “Pittsburgh started it” shirt, a reference to the infamous brawl in Cleveland, before the Browns’ Week 13 loss to the Steelers.By the numbers: Kitchens can still get to seven wins, which would be the most by a Browns first-year coach since Bud Carson led Cleveland to a 9-6-1 record in 1989. Bill Belichick finished 6-10 with the Browns in 1990.The future: This is a question that will need to be answered quickly, either by a vote of confidence from Browns ownership or a firing. Kitchens needs to prove he is the right coach to build a future around franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7a/0/mason-rudolph-myles-garrett-ftr_o5y9070xx0ev1054jn3suux8p.png?t=1876143966&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1/13/browns-022819-getty-ftrjpg_1lrhq8vovhjol1g8gd7vs56wcf.jpg?t=881700977&w=500&quality=80 Baker MayfieldThe noise: Mayfield has struggled in Year 2. The interceptions are up, the completion percentage is down, and he is taking too many sacks behind a below-average offensive line. Mayfield at this point is more “meme-orable” than quotable at this point, and he is still subject to needless beefs with media members such as ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi and Sunday NFL Countdown’s Rex Ryan.By the numbers: Mayfield is now 12-15 as a starter. That is better than fellow 2018 first-round picks Sam Darnold (9-15) and Josh Rosen (3-13) but worse than Josh Allen (15-10) and, of course, Lamar Jackson (18-3).The future: For all the comparisons to Brett Favre, the former Packers quarterback was 17-12 after his first two seasons in Green Bay in 1992-93. Favre also had a chance to grow with Mike Holmgren, and the Packers were in the Super Bowl in 1996.Mayfield needs the right coach heading into the pivotal stretch of his rookie contract. He is still the right quarterback for this franchise, but it’s time for him to grow up. Myles GarrettThe noise: Garrett will be considered a “dirty player” when he returns from his suspension for swinging his helmet at Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph on Nov. 14. The NFL denied his appeal, in which he claimed Rudolph called him a racial slur.By the numbers: Garrett has 30.5 sacks over the last three seasons, and he had 10 sacks at the time of the suspension. He is one of the best defensive players in the game.The future: Garrett is in the final year of a fourth-year contract with a fifth-year option, and he has a chance to prove he is a franchise defensive player who is worth big contract. His reputation can only be fixed by fewer roughing the passer calls.The Browns are the only team with three different defensive linemen with multiple roughing the passer calls this season. That starts with Garrett. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis LandryThe noise: Beckham and Landry have taken turns denying reports that they are telling other teams “Come get me” amid the disappointing season in Cleveland. Both receivers were forced to change their cleats during a Nov. 3 loss at Denver. Landry’s exchange with Kitchens against the Cardinals in Week 15 was public. Beckham has not had one of those yet.By the numbers: For all the drama, the only teams that entered Week 15 with two 1,000-yard receivers were the Cowboys (Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup), Chargers (Keenan Allen, Mike Williams), Rams (Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods) and Buccaneers (Chris Godwin, Mike Evans). Landry and Beckham are close but still looking to join that group.The future: The production is more than the drama, but the efficiency with Mayfield needs to be better in the second season with all three. That means getting in the end zone more often. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6b/ab/john-dorsey-061218-getty-ftrjpg_19fnpsrrapyai1k44m9k130nu2.jpg?t=-188129597&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/72/11/freddie-kitchens-120219-getty-ftrjpg_mykz37r5hsn91o1damd2pepbq.jpg?t=-949600282&w=500&quality=80 The future: The fact that the Ravens are the best team in the division (and perhaps the NFL) should motivated this franchise to prove itself on the field. There is still a lot of talent in Cleveland; more than there has been since the franchise returned in 1999. A playoff berth is not as far away as it looks, but the mash-up of personalities should realize now that postseason berths on paper are worthless.The postseason will start with a decision on Kitchens’ status and move on from there. Maybe Kitchens is right about the bullseye, but there is no denying a team that was hyped up failed to meet expectations.The Browns have been an easy target for long enough. However, if they have not learned from this year’s series of side-shows, then this franchise will never meet those expectations no matter who the coach is. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c7/5d/baker-mayfield-092519-getty-ftrjpg_1h9daz5jchkxp1jn1wobch97bj.jpg?t=1767397133&w=500&quality=80 Everybody else …The noise: How will a fan base that expected at minimum a playoff berth and were talking Super Bowl react to the sting of a disappointing season? The Browns won’t be the “it” team of the 2020 offseason, and that could be a good thing.By the numbers: What was one of the big differences in a potential playoff run this season? The Browns went 0-4 against the NFC West. Next year’s third-place schedule will include the NFC East complete with a game at New York (have at it, Odell) and the AFC South. Browns managementThe noise: Jimmy Haslam and John Dorsey face another offseason that could alter the perception of both. Since taking over the team midway through the 2012 season, Haslam has not been able to build Cleveland into a winner. His wife Dee wore a hat supporting Garrett the week after the suspension, which could be taken as a sign of either support or tone-deafness.Dorsey was the darling of last offseason, but the Beckham trade weakened an already suspect offensive line. The Kareem Hunt signing also was risky, and the running back called out the team for a lack of effort after its Week 15 loss to Arizona.By the numbers: The Browns went 4-5 under Haslam when he took over midway through the 2012 season. The Browns are 28-81-1 since 2013, the worst record in the NFL. Jacksonville (37-76) is almost 10 games better in the next spot.The future: Cleveland needs to address the offensive line this offseason and figure out whether players such as Hunt, Damarious Randall, Joe Schobert and Rashard Higgins are worth bringing back. It needs to do this while planning for big contracts with Mayfield, Garrett and Nick Chubb, who was the NFL’s leading rusher and who has been by far the most consistent player on the team.Dorsey was aggressive in the last two offseasons. Will that trend continue? (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bc/4c/beckham-landry-122219-getty-ftrjpg_1be130d28mof019z4tmufanb14.jpg?t=783050735&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Leicester, Chelsea leapfrog Man City as Arsenal, Tottenham fall further behind

first_imgTottenham were lucky to even escape with a point as Sheffield United impressed once more to move up to fifth.“The reality is that for different reasons we are not showing the performances that we expect,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.“We are not in a good position in the table.”A rare defensive error from the Blades set up Son Heung-min to open the scoring with his eighth goal of the season just before the hour mark.David McGoldrick thought he had levelled almost immediately, but after a three-minute delay the goal was ruled out for John Lundstram being millimetres offside in the build-up.To their credit, Chris Wilder’s men were not downhearted and survived another VAR review when George Baldock’s cross from the right evaded everyone and found the bottom corner.West Ham’s woes continued as Manuel Pellegrini’s men were beaten 3-0 at Burnley to stretch their winless streak to seven games.Ashley Barnes opened the scoring after 11 minutes as Burnley never looked back.Chris Wood doubled the hosts’ advantage after earlier having a goal ruled out by VAR for offside and a miserable day for the visitors at Turf Moor was summed up when goalkeeper Roberto punched a corner into his own net.Everton moved six points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 win at Southampton to ease the pressure on Marco Silva.Tom Davies gave the Toffees the perfect start at St Mary’s before Danny Ings equalised early in the second half.But Richarlison struck the winner 15 minutes from time to secure Everton’s first away league win since March.Newcastle are now seven points clear of the drop zone as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St James’ Park thanks to goals from DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark.Share on: WhatsApp Leicester celebrate another goal, another winLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Leicester moved up to second in the Premier League as a 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Saturday further dented the Gunners’ hopes of a top-four finish.Chelsea were also 2-0 victors against Crystal Palace as they too jumped above Manchester City into third.But it was another woeful afternoon for north London’s big two as Tottenham were held 1-1 at home by Sheffield United to slip to 12th.League leaders Liverpool host City in a highly-anticipated clash between the champions of Europe and champions of England at Anfield on Sunday.Leicester and Chelsea took advantage of kicking off a day earlier to move a point ahead of City and close to within five of Liverpool.The Foxes’ superior goal difference takes them into second as second-half strikes from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison piled more pressure on beleaguered Arsenal boss Unai Emery.“I’m playing probably the best that I ever have,” said Vardy, one of the heroes of Leicester’s remarkable 2015/16 Premier League title win.“There’s a lot of momentum round the club and everyone’s enjoying themselves. That enjoyment comes with winning.”Arsenal are now eight points adrift of the top four and will fall even further behind should City avoid defeat at Anfield.“We are very ambitious in our target, but we know we need time and patience,” said Emery, who faces an anxious wait to see if his wish will be granted by the Arsenal board with a two-week international break coming up.Chelsea were equally as impressive with a patient performance to break down a defensively dogged Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.Tammy Abraham opened the scoring as the England striker pounced on a deft flick through by Willian seven minutes into the second half.Christian Pulisic then secured all three points when the American headed home his fifth goal in his last three Premier League games.– Tottenham down to 12th –last_img read more

Solemn 9/11 Tributes in Middletown and Mt. Mitchill

first_imgA Day Of Service and RemembranceBy Muriel J. Smith Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial ceremony began promptly at 7:59 a.m. Friday atop Mount Mitchill, marking the precise moment 14 years ago that American Airlines Flight II left Boston’s Logan Airport 14 minutes late with a destination of Los Angeles International. That was the first of four flights hijacked that day and all crashing, two into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, one in Shanksville, Pa and one into the Pentagon in, Arlington, Va. killing thousands and invigorating the nation with a new stream of patriotism and courage.A few miles away, an American flag flown over the World Trade Center on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, blew in the morning breeze at a ceremony at Memorial Gardens, the serene, blessed cove near the Middletown Arts Center where the township has a perpetual reminder that 37 of their residents lost their lives that day 14 years ago. In addition, an American flag flown over the United States Capitol in memory of these Middletown residents also flies at Town Hall. Banners hung on telephone poles along Kings Highway, Church St. and Middletown-Lincroft Road will remain all month honoring the victims, a gift of local businesses, organizations and private individuals. The ceremony, attended by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, Mayor Stephanie Murray, and the township committee, and hundreds who lost loved ones, was moving, sincere, and part of the constant reminder that Middletown never forgets its own. Silence followed the tolling of a bell 37 times by William J. Kinlin, Past Cmdr. of American Legion Post 515.Then, a single piper, Michael Hannigan from Middletown, played Amazing Grace as he led the procession to the Garden Walk to pay their respects at the proper marble monument, one for each of the 37 lost.People mourned at their loved one’s marker, some leaving flowers, some just touching the markers for comfort and others placing wreaths. Officials also attending the service include Schools Superintendent William George, representatives from the township’s fire, police, and emergency responders, as well as representatives of VFW 2179, American Legion 338, and American Legion 515.Two framed proclamations from Gov. Christie were read commemorating the moment, one declaring Sept. 11 a national day of service and remembrance and the other a letter acknowledging Middletown’s loss.Mount Mitchill’s ceremony, planned by the Board of Freeholders and the County Park System, included the Honor Guard from NWS Earle, Colts Neck, together with the Pipes & Drums of the Atlantic Watch and soloist Susan Mangini, leading a crowd of well over 100 in words, music, and song commemorating what President George W. Bush referred to at the time as the 21st century Pearl Harbor.Freeholder Lillian Burry, who welcomed the crowd and served as mistress of ceremonies, referred to the 2001 date as “a day that changed our lives forever.” She stressed how the attack on America failed in its efforts to bring down a country and spoke instead about the peace and tranquility of the county park at the highest point of land, with the exception of islands, between Maine and Florida. She urged guests at the ceremony to spend some time at the Mount Mitchill Memorial, which was begun less than a year after the attack and completed within three years.Hundreds had stood in this same place 14 years earlier and watched in shock and disbelief as the Twin Towers burned and collapsed. Burry reminded visitors that the piece of metal held by the concrete eagle in the park’s Memorial was brought back to the site by Parks and Office of Emergency Management personnel, a vivid reminder that 140 residents of Monmouth County lost their lives in the attacks. Each is recalled on the Mount Mitchill monument, engraved in stone with their ages and communities of residence. Burry spoke of the seven birch trees planted at the site to represent the three planes and four buildings that were under attack, and notedhow the park’s Journey of Grief went from darkness and shadows to light and flowers symbolic of the stages of grief everyone went through because of the tragedy.Assemblyman Robert Clifton of Matawan read a letter from Governor Chris Christie praising the spirit of New Jerseyans as exemplified by military, emergency workers, police and firemen who were “united against hatred”.Acting County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni also spoke on the terrorist’s failed attempts to “break our will,” but cautioned all to recognize what so many do not know … the gift of time. Gramiccioni was in the Navy in 2001, he said, and was assigned to the Washington Navy Yard where he was directed to stand post with an assault rifle at the time of the attack. Last year, he served in Afghanistan and strongly believes that the attacks galvanized America and “brought out the best in us.”Park rangers tolled a bell during the ceremony as Burry recounted the seven significant moments in time from when Flight II hit the North Tower until that tower collapsed at 10:20 a.m. The seven tolls were followed by a moment of silence before the Rev. William Riker of Locust led those gathered in a benediction. Rangers than laid flowers and raised the flag at the memorial before taps were played and the program concluded.Among the many officials and county employees attending the ceremony was Library Commission Member James Gray who was clerk to the Board of Freeholders in 2001. His son, Christopher S. Gray of Manalapan, was killed in the tower collapse. He was 32 years old.County Parks Director James Truncer was also present for the ceremony, a position he had held since November, 1973, when the County first acquired what is now Mount Mitchill Park. Originally scheduled to be a high-rise apartment complex, identical to the one on the adjacent property in Highlands. Monmouth County acquired the land with Green Acres Funds when Joseph Irwin, Freeholder director, and Victor Grossinger was chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission.The Memorial came about at the request of numerous local residents, many of who had stood at the park overlooking the New York Skyline on Sept. 11, 2001, and all of who wanted a memorial to the Monmouth County residents who lost their lives that day. The Freeholders created a committee to design and raise funds for the memorial. Working with the Friends of the Monmouth County Park System and the Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial Committee, funds were raised from donations throughout the county, including major corporations, big and small businesses, individuals, families, restaurants, physicians, hospitals, local police and county detectives, labor unions, and the thousands of pennies, nickels dimes and dollars raised in 33 Monmouth County public and Catholic schools.last_img read more

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Raiders’ center Rodney Hudson may play vs. Lions

first_imgALAMEDA — Might the Raiders be back at full strength on the offensive line?’It looked possible Friday when center Rodney Hudson was on the field with his teammates and officially listed as “questionable” with an ankle injury.Given Hudson rarely misses time and earned legendary status in the locker room for playing through a kidney stone in late 2017, it’s possible he’ll give it a go Sunday when the Raiders host the Detroit Lions at the Coliseum.Hudson and Andre James, the undrafted free …last_img read more

South Africa’s gallows now instrument of healing

first_imgThe tour was also guided by former hangman Andries Storm.(Image: GCIS) Freedom fighter Solomon Mahlangu wasjust 23 when he went to the gallows.(Image: Tshwane Tourism) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sonwabo Mbananga  Correctional Services spokesperson  +27 12 305 8850 or +27 82 045 3963 RELATED ARTICLES • MK: in pursuit of liberty • National Orders recipients named • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • ANC celebrates 100 years • SA marks first steps to democracyBuaNews and MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterSouth Africa’s notorious gallows is now a memorial site which honours the fallen and is helping all South Africans to finally mourn those who were lost.The Gallows Museum was opened in December 2011 by President Jacob Zuma during a two-day ceremony at the Pretoria Central Correctional Centre.Zuma described the new facility as a place where the political prisoners who were hanged there can be honoured and the past can be buried.At least 4 000 prisoners were hanged at the gallows – of those, 134 were political prisoners – until the Constitutional Court voted unanimously for the abolition of the death penalty in June 1996. This followed a decision in 1990 by former president FW de Klerk to impose a moratorium on capital punishment.The gallows and cells used for executing those given the death penalty were destroyed but this, said Zuma, prevented people from getting to fully know and understand this painful part of South Africa’s history. They have now been restored.“On this day we also acknowledge the pain of families whose loved ones were victims of the actions of some of the political prisoners we are remembering today,” he said. “In any war there are casualties. Today we remember all of them to, as we know that it cuts both ways.”He said the 134 men were branded terrorists by the authorities of the time, but to their people and families, they were freedom fighters who were striving for a free and democratic South Africa.Making the ultimate sacrificeZuma made special mention of the first people to be executed for political reasons on 5 September 1961 – Thompson Chamane, Joe Mlangeni Khuzwayo, Maqadini Lushozi, Mahemu Goqo, Brian Ganozi Mgumbungu, Schoolboy Mthembu and Payiyana Dladla.He also named those executed after a clash broke out in the Cator Manor township, outside Durban, during the beer hall riots of 1959/1960.These protests were in defiance of the government’s proclamation of Cato Manor as a white area, in an attempt to clamp down on the township’s growing climate of political unrest, and subsequent forced evictions.The last person to be hanged was Solomon Ngobeni on 14 November 1989.“At that late hour, when the apartheid state was almost on its knees, executions were still being carried out,” said Zuma.The first Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres to be hanged for military operations included Vuyisile Mini, Zinakile Mkaba and Wilson Khayingo, who were executed on 6 November 1964 and Nolali Mpentse, Daniel Ndongeni and Samuel Jonas who followed them to the gallows on 23 February 1965.During the late 1970s and 80s the state executed young freedom fighters Solomon Mahlangu and Andrew Zondo and others.Walking up the final stepsThe event was an emotional one for all present. Zuma sang “Senzeni Na” (isiZulu, meaning “what have we done?”), a song favoured by political prisoners on death row.The crowd, which included Correctional Services minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, respected lawyer and humanitarian George Bizos, and Limpho Hani, the widow of struggle hero Chris Hani, joined in the singing.Zuma walked up the notorious 52 steps leading to the execution site before unveiling a dedicated wall with individual plaques for each of the political prisoners who died there.“Today, all 134 names are officially being enshrined for eternity so that future generations will know what this country went through, so that we never go through a similar horror ever again,” he said.Zuma asked those present to be mindful of the prisoners who had been on death row when their sentences were revoked, saying that they still live with the pain of knowing that they were so close to dying.“We are opening this museum so that future generations can learn how things can go wrong if we lose our common humanness and shared nationhood, when we lose that sense of respecting each other as human beings.”He urged all South Africans to remember the last words of the young Solomon Mahlangu, uttered as he was led to his death at the age of 23 – “tell my people that I love them and that they must continue the struggle”.“Let his blood and that of all the patriots who fell here, inspire us to build a better South Africa that upholds human dignity and the right to life.”A heavy burden for all South AfricansZuma said that it had been hard too for the prison warders who worked on death row. Many were in their teens when recruited and needed help, even today, to come to terms with the roles they had played.“They may have been brainwashed into believing that the death row prisoners deserved to die,” he said. “Or they were just clinically doing their jobs and had shut down the emotions involved with the official duty of executing people or looking after people who were waiting to be executed. Either way, they need healing too.”Some long-term employees still worked at the prison, and in the spirit of healing, were willing to share their stories, Zuma revealed.“They are the only ones who know what happened in the apartheid room.”Families able to grieveThe day before, the families and friends of those who were executed were able to mourn the death of their loved ones by visiting the prison, where they performed traditional cleansing ceremonies.For many of them, it was the first time they had visited the gallows.They were then taken to two cemeteries in Pretoria to pay their last respects. Here, officials of the National Prosecution Authority’s Missing Persons Task Team were on hand to assist in locating the graves of their loved ones. With help from the government, these will be transferred to the families’ homes.Religious and traditional leaders as well as counsellors and therapists were present to help families cope with pain and trauma.Zuma extended his gratitude to the families.“We hope this occasion contributes to the healing process and closure. May the spirits of your loved ones now rest in peace, for you have walked the steps that they walked on their last journey,” he said.last_img read more

Deadline approaching for statewide essay contest to win free field trip

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Third-grade students across Ohio can now enter the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s (OLC) For Your InFARMation essay contest by answering the question, “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?” The winning student’s essay will earn an all-expenses-paid field trip for his/her entire class to an Ohio livestock farm — but all essays must be submitted by March 9, 2018.The essay contest is the capstone to the For Your InFARMation program, which offers Ohio teachers free educational materials designed to teach third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the state’s largest industry — agriculture.To participate, Ohio third-grade teachers and students are encouraged to visit www.ForYourInFARMation.com to obtain the essay guidelines and form. All essays are due March 9 and winners will be notified by April 6. The teacher of the winning essay also will receive a $250 gift card for classroom supplies.“It’s important for young students to learn about agriculture in a fun, interactive way, so they develop a solid understanding of where their food comes from and the significance of safe, healthy and locally-grown food,” said Jenny Hubble, OLC representative. “Even though one in three jobs in Ohio relate to farming and agriculture, many students are unaware of the role Ohio farmers have in feeding our communities. The For Your InFARMation program helps to fill that gap.”The For Your InFARMation materials were developed and are updated regularly by OLC with an education consultant and practicing third-grade teacher. The materials support Ohio learning standards for reading, writing, math, geography and more, making the For Your InFARMation program fit seamlessly into home school and e-school settings, as well as the traditional classroom.Instructional resources include:Student Guide with a variety of nonfiction reading passagesTeacher’s Guide with complete lesson plans and links to additional resourcesReady-to-use lapbooks, worksheets and smart board lessons to reinforce key content and skillsInformational videos that help students visualize the contentExtended learning recommendations and cross-curricular suggestions.Materials can be downloaded, for free, at www.ForYourInFARMation.com. Students will learn about farmers and the Ohio economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, energy and renewable resources, as well as careers in agriculture.OLC is a not-for-profit organization representing collective interests of Ohio’s livestock sector and affiliated stakeholders.last_img read more