Stars Defend Harry Styles’ ‘Vogue’ Cover After Candace Owens Slam

first_imgAs for Wilde, she kept it short and sweet, replying to Owens’ tweet, “You’re pathetic.” However, in the accompanying Vogue cover story, Wilde specifically applauds Styles’ gender-fluidity and modern sense of self.“I hope that this brand of confidence as a male that Harry has — truly devoid of any traces of toxic masculinity — is indicative of his generation and therefore the future of the world,” she said. “I think he is in many ways championing that, spearheading that. It’s pretty powerful and kind of extraordinary to see someone in his position redefining what it can mean to be a man with confidence.”- Advertisement – Got his back! Celebs are coming to Harry Styles’ defense after conservative author Candace Owens slammed his incredible Vogue cover.On Friday, November 13, the 26-year-old made history as the first-ever solo male to appear on the cover of Vogue. For this momentous cover, he dazzled in a Gucci ball gown and appeared inside the issue in a series of designer duds, from Comme des Garçons Homme kilt to a deconstructed Victorian number was created by Harris Reed.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Keep scrolling to see all the stars who have come to Styles’ defense against Candace Owens.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Though many praised the cover, New York Times best-selling author Owens criticized it. “There is no society that can survive without strong men,” she wrote on Twitter. “The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men.”Quickly, fans came to the “Watermelon Sugar” singer’s defense, including a variety of A-listers such as Zach Braff, Olivia Wilde and Kathy Griffin.Griffin took to Twitter to warn the author, tweeting, “Candy Owens doesn’t know what she in for going up against the Harry Styles stans.” Meanwhile, Braff pointed out why the term “manly” can be problematic for some guys. “Our whole lives boys and men are told we need to be manly,” he tweeted. “Life is short. Be whatever the f–k you want to be.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Catching the development train

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Real Madrid expect Arsenal and Man City to launch Isco transfer moves

first_imgIsco looks certain to be on the way out at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid believe both Arsenal and Manchester City will be interested in signing Isco in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.Isco was expected to move on over the summer but appeared to have made a U-turn, deciding instead to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up.However, the midfielder has only started two La Liga games for Real Madrid so far this season and has not featured at all in the Champions League. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 21 Oct 2019 4:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Isco has been restricted in his chances in the Real Madrid first team (Picture: Getty)According to Spanish outlet AS, Isco is desperate to win his place back in the Spain squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old has 38 caps for his country but was one of a number of high-profile absentees from Roberto Moreno’s most recent squad.He will now reportedly look to secure a long-mooted Premier League move in January having been told that regular first-team football at the top level is what the Spain boss needs to see in order to offer him a recall.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAnd Madrid are said to be certain that both Arsenal and Man City regard Isco as a dream signing with Unai Emery’s midfield still requiring strengthening and Pep Guardiola seeing the Spanish international as a long-term replacement for the departing David Silva.Isco’s departure would also grease the wheels for any incoming transfers with Real supposedly unwilling to make any purchases without clearing room in their 25-man squad. Advertisementcenter_img Eriksen has been a long-term target for Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)The AS report claims that should Isco leave, Madrid could make a January play for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen in an effort to ensure he does not sell his services to the highest bidder when his current deal expires in the summer.However, president Florentino Perez would rather redouble his efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe, the PSG winger who is likely to command a fee of more than £200million.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Real Madrid expect Arsenal and Man City to launch Isco transfer moveslast_img read more

USC men’s basketball team lacks consistency

first_imgInterim USC coach Bob Cantu picked up his first victory of the season Saturday night in a thrilling 69-68 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. The Trojans scored the go-ahead bucket with less than five seconds remaining and sealed the contest by blocking junior forward Devon Collier’s shot as time expired.But the game should never have been so close. It’s far too early to judge Cantu on his performance, but the same can’t be said for this group of players. Recently dismissed USC coach Kevin O’Neill was the sacrificial lamb for a team that was hovering around mediocrity, and he certainly deserves blame for failing to deliver a winner. Ultimately, though, the Trojans — who nicknamed themselves the “second- chance kids” — have been a model of inconsistency all season long.The biggest example of inconsistency stems from the backcourt. Senior point guard Jio Fontan has essentially been given a free pass from the coaching staff all season long, despite the fact that he’s shooting just 32.5 percent from the field. In USC’s win over Oregon State, Fontan finished with eight points (his season average is 8.4) and 10 turnovers. Coming back from an ACL injury, as Fontan is doing, is certainly never easy. I sympathize with his recovery and am glad he’s been able to return to the court. But his play just hasn’t been up to par compared to what was expected of him.Junior guard J.T. Terrell is also struggling. He was benched earlier in the season for poor play, and, since his return to the starting lineup, has shot the ball slightly better. There isn’t a body of work that would point to him keeping that up, though. He’s still shooting a dismal 32.4 percent from the floor and just 32.7 percent on his 3-point attempts (same as Fontan). USC’s starting guards were supposed to be the team’s strength before the year started. Instead, Fontan and Terrell have been the poster boys for erratic performances. This team won’t pull off any Pac-12 upsets unless the duo starts shooting the ball at a higher clip, at least converting on closer to 40 percent of their attempts.The rest of the roster isn’t absolved from blame either. Sophomore forward Byron Wesley has been turning in better stat lines of late but also had a string of five straight games with less than 10 points. Junior forward Dewayne Dedmon is playing less than 23 minutes per game, moving in and out of the lineup with junior center Omar Oraby. Junior forward Ari Stewart and senior forward Renaldo Woolridge, two transfers who were expected to contribute for the Trojans, are averaging less minutes per game than freshman walk-on guard Chass Bryan.The one exception to what has otherwise been a roller-coaster ride on both sides of the court is senior forward Eric Wise.The UC Irvine transfer, who was responsible for the game-winning block against the Beavers, leads the team in points per game (12.5), field goal percentage (51.7), and is second in rebounds (4.9) plus third in assists (1.5). He’s scored in double figures in all but three games and has emerged as USC’s most dependable player by far.Wise still isn’t counted on to be the de facto No. 1 option when he’s on the court, but he ought to be. He has established himself as the lone go-to player on a team that struggles to find consistent output on a game-by-game basis.Ultimately, there’s a difference between having a bevy of depth and not being able to find a dependable group of players who can log major minutes. This team’s identity entering the season built upon “us against the world” mentality. Most of the players didn’t have much experience playing with each other, but that was supposed to unite them collectively. Now we’re nearing February in the heart of conference play and the Trojans don’t look much closer to figuring things out. It’s possible this group just isn’t capable of developing a cohesive unit as currently constituted. But the talent is still there, and there’s precious little time remaining to right the ship.It’s now or never for the “second-chance kids” to live up to their nickname, or this season will end with USC as an afterthought in the Pac-12. “The Fifth Quarter” runs Wednesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Alex at read more

Sunday analysis: Tuesday should be a big day for the Kip Etter City Council dispute

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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 205 weeks ago Due to the dispute now entering litigation, Sumner Newscow is requiring full signatures and valid e-mail addresses for the comment section for this specific story. Report Reply 0 replies · active 205 weeks ago +29 Vote up Vote down Jeremy Davis · 205 weeks ago Wow…..I’ve read a lot of he said she said. I too have done some research on this matter. Unlike Mr Brown I don’t have a law degree but I do have an understanding that for his resignation to be accepted, there has to be a council vote to accept or decline. We all know how this town works and Mr. Etter statement about the good ol boy system is true. Because of his action however I don’t think he is suited to be a council member, with that statement I don’t believe any of our council members deserve to be up there. Just in recent history the agenda is a more of a joke, community opinions fall on deaf ears, and the 1% are the ones benefiting from these approvals. Not only does this make us a laughable. But shows our leadership is built on popularity rather than morals. Wellington as a whole is a great city. We have the most kind hearted people who will help eachother at the drop of a hat. Our leadership however is a joke. Secrets, lies, directly misleading us as citizens. Unaswered questions. Our council treats us as if we are too stupid to understand things so they just tell us what they think we want to hear. I question every single one of their qualifications, yet not one of them can take credit for an accomplishment in recent years. There is one thing we all know, if you have the right last name, or kiss the right butt you get ahead. If you challenge any of their authority, you are exiled. I’ve heard numerous council members when they believe Noone is listening and how they talk about members of this community. You all would be shocked about how some of them talk about others. They are like crickets they talk negatively , you can’t see them and when you walk by close they get quite as to not get caught. Report Reply 0 replies · active 205 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 205 weeks ago It is a sad day for Wellington and it’s citizens. No matter the outcome from what I can tell in this…we, the citizens, still lose. Some of this starts with the Mayor, I’ve known Shelly for many years, enjoyed her when she was on Kake 10, attended church with her. She is an excellent spokes person but her effectiveness as a mayor, I do not see. As I’ve attended a few meetings and try to catch the City Council meetings on Ch 55 this is something I’ve come to realize. Is everything here the Mayors fault, no, could things have been handled better, yes. Our recovery from this will be long and hard and I’m not sure our city council can handle much more controversy. I do hope our city council (Kelly, Vince, Jan, Shelly, Bill, Kipp? and Jim) can pull its head out of its collective butt and lead this town and move forward. WE NEED LESS CONTROVERSY and more action on behalf of the citizens from our elected officials. It’s getting real old when our council meetings read like a daytime soap opera. Report Reply 0 replies · active 205 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments (Updated Monday, 12:30 a.m. with correction below) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whatever has gone on thus far in the ongoing saga between Kip Etter and the Wellington City Council, there might not be a bigger day for this dispute than Tuesday.That will be the day the Wellington City Council will reconvene. It also could be the day Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin determines whether of not Etter’s injunction and application for restraining order he submitted to civil court Friday will be granted. A source has told Sumner Newscow, that McQuin is expected to take up the matter in civil suit on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.Mike BrownThe council is scheduled to meet for its regular council meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. On the agenda, the council members are to discuss a Sept 1 memo sent to them by Wellington City Attorney Michael Brown.Brown is asking the council to act upon Etter’s alleged verbal resignation at the Aug. 2 meeting. Brown said the council should decide whether to accept, reject or take no action on a Etter resignation. If the council decides to reject or take no action, Etter will remain on the council. If the council accepts his resignation, then Etter is no longer on the council.Kip EtterSo far, the council has taken no action. On August 16, Mayor Shelley Hansel had asked Etter to step down. However, no vote had been taken at that meeting.In the memo, which was released in this week’s city council agenda packet, Brown wrote a two-page, nine-paragraph prose outlining the details of the case and what he has found legally since the Aug. 16 meeting.Brown states:“Not only have I discussed this matter with the legal staff with the League of Kansas Municipalities and other city attorneys whom I know, I have also researched the Kansas Statutes, Case Law and Attorney General Opinions. Attorney General Opinion no. 76-346 dated Nov. 16, 1976 discusses oral resignations. It notes that a resignation of a public officer need not be in any particular form, unless some form is prescribed by statute. Kansas statute do not require a written form of resignation. ‘Ordinarily, it may be either in writing or by parole.’”Brown would go on to say:“In this situation we have council member Etter announcing his resignation at a regularly scheduled council meeting which was captured by the television crew who was recording the meeting and has been broadcasted several times on Channel 55.”Brown said the case also stated that acceptance is necessary to perfect the resignation of the public officer which has not been made.Brown also listed another case Attorney General Opinion no. 82-35 dated Feb. 12, 1987 that stated the case of a resignation of a public officer, the resignation is not complete until the proper authority, the Wellington City Council, accepts the resignation. Until this is done, there is not a vacancy.”Brown said he then contacted Athena Andaya, Deputy Attorney General in charge of Legal Opinions and Government Council Division. Brown said Andaya told him that she sees no reason why she would deviate from the previous two opinions.On August 16, Etter came to the council meeting late and said he did not resign. Hansel solicited the advice of Brown who said he indeed had resigned. But, again with no council vote, this question could not be answered by Andaya.“There is no attorney general opinion about the effect of an oral withdraw of an oral resignation prior to acceptance by a council,” Brown said.Etter’s injunction. What happens at the council meeting Tuesday may be predicated on what happens in court earlier in the day.Friday, Etter had submitted a petition in Sumner County Civil Court for a “temporary and permanent injunction” as well as an “application for restraining order,” against Hansel and the five other council members. If granted it would halt the process of accepting his resignation or to continue the vacancy process, (see story here).The council had started the vacancy process by advertising it on August 22 in a press release sent to various local media outlets.It is unclear, how this will work if McQuin grants Etter’s request. The courthouse was not open when Sumner Newscow learned that such a hearing was scheduled to take place Tuesday.The petition is a 14-page document that was submitted by Wichita Attorney Ryan M. Peck. In the petition, Peck submitted a 75-point prose on reasons why such an injunction and restraining order needed to be granted by the court.The petition described the Aug. 2 meeting in which Council member Vince Wetta made a motion to hire Shane Shields as the permanent city manager. It was seconded, and passed by a 4-2 vote.“The minutes reflect that Mr. Etter left the room at 7:35 p.m. prior to the conclusion of the meeting,” the petition read.The petition would go on to state.“Mr. Etter was frustrated and felt attacked in the manner that the Motion was made, and felt based on his experience that the Motion had been made through behind-the-scenes dealings. Etter also felt the motion was contrary of action that had been previously agreed upon by the Council…”Peck wrote in the petition that Etter had wished to avoid saying something in anger that he would later regret (for reasons why he left) and that it was caught on audio equipment saying “I’m resigning.” Peck then wrote.“Mr. Etter’s statement, ‘I’m resigning’ was not made to the city council nor to any particular city council member, nor was it made to any person in particular. It was a private comment made in the haste under Mr. Etter’s breath… In fact, no one, including the remaining City Council members, was even aware of the statement until a local news crew analyzed the audio footage subsequent to the Aug. 2, 2016 meeting.”Then there were the minutes of the Aug. 2, 2016 City Council meeting, accepted by the council on Aug. 16.“There was no mention of Mr. Etter’s alleged ‘resignation,” Peck wrote in the petition. “In fact, the only mention of Mr. Etter in those minutes is that he left the room prior to the adjournment of the meeting.”Conflicting reports Perhaps, the biggest conflicting reports between Brown’s memo and the Etter court petition thereafter, described the events that occurred immediately after the Aug. 2 incident.Brown wrote:“Council member Kip Etter announced his resignation by stating, ‘I am resigning.’ He then got up and walked out of the council meeting. It is my understanding that he told several people out in the hallway that he had just resigned. Furthermore, the following week he did not attend a scheduled work session. No advanced notice of his inability to attend the meeting was given.”Several sources to Sumner Newscow have confirmed that Etter did speak to a group of people who were gathered in the hallway of the council chambers. The Etter petition did not mention this alleged hallway conversation in the injunction petition.Brown would go on to write:“I have also learned that after the Aug. 2 meeting, Mayor Hansel, council member Jan Korte and City Manager Shane Shields visited with Mr. Etter about this matter. I was not privy to those conversations but it is my understanding that at no time during these meetings did he inform them that he was withdrawing his resignation.”Shields said at the Aug. 16 meeting: “I have had no contact with him since the last week and no indication regarding his position.”Hansel stated on the night of Aug. 16 meeting: I will let it be known publicly that Mr. Etter said he would resign and left the meeting early. I called him and offered the opportunity to allow him to sleep on it in hopes he would call me the next day. I, like Shields, have not talked to him.”(See full report on Aug. 16 meeting here).In the petition, Etter paints a different picture in which he said he was contacted on August 2 by the Mayor by telephone and she urged him to “hang in there” and “let things cool down.” At no point during this conversation did Hansel indicate to Mr. Etter that she was under the impression he had resigned his council seat.He then said on August 3, Etter met with Shields in his office where he said he was extremely upset by the previous evening’s events and that Etter would contact Shields at a later date to further discuss things. There was no mention during this conversation that Etter had resigned his Council seat, the petition read.Later in the petition, Etter said neither Hansel nor Councilman Jim Valentine could confirm that Etter could make an unequivocal statement directly to the Council to resign his position, but his desire to resign was based on ‘innuendos’ made to the public.The petition reads:“Hansel’s comments during the meeting that she and several other council members had contacted Etter to request that he make a ‘formal resignation’ are directly inconsistent with the position the Council is now taking, and indicate that at the time of the August 16, 2016 meeting neither the Mayor nor the Council believe that Mr. Etter had effectively resigned his position.”The petition goes on to read.“Mr. Brown’s statement is both factual and legally incorrect, as Mr. Etter never made a direct, unequivocal statement to the City Council or an individual City Council member indicating his intent to resign from his elected position.”In the petition it reads,“Etter told Sumner Newscow on or about August 18, that as far as he is concerned he has or had not resigned from the council.”Then according to the petition on August 24, 2016, council member Kelly Hawley sent an e-mail to other council members in which she stated:“Regarding the Step Down Mr. Etter fiasco, I am extremely bothered that so much has gone on and yet council has been eerily quiet and uninformed… I refuse to be part of this forced resignation. I do not support the effort by any council members or mayor to remove an elected official from office by twisted means. WE ALL understand what happened. Let it be what it was and move on.”The petition then stated“On or about August 29, 2016, the city advertised a vacancy on the city council and requested that applications be submitted by Sept. 6, 2016 to serve the remainder of Etter’s term until Jan. 13, 2012… Neither the city nor the council has the authority to fill this position as Mr. Etter never resigned his council seat.”There is nothing in the Sept. 6 agenda submitted to the public that indicates the vacancy will be filled Tuesday night.———Correction: In a previous version of this story it was stated Wellington City Manager Shane Shields stated at the Aug. 16 meeting: “I have had no contact with him (Kip Etter) since the last meeting.” Shields actually stated “I have not had any contact with him since last week and no indication of his position.”In a letter sent to Sumner Newscow and the governing body after the first version of the story ran on Sunday, Shields said, “I indeed talked with Mr. Etter on August 3, the day after the council meeting. I have never indicated otherwise. And, since that conversation with him on August 3, I had no other indication from him regarding his council position.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Zola tells Hudson-Odoi to keep the faith with Chelsea

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Callum Hudson-Odoi should fight for a place in the Chelsea starting line-up and not be swayed by a multi-million euro offer from German giants Bayern Munich, according to Blues assistant manager Gianfranco Zola.The 18-year-old winger — a pivotal member of the England side that won the 2017 under-17 World Cup — has 18 months to run on his present contract and has an offer to extend his deal.However, Hudson-Odoi, who like many young English players at the top Premier League clubs has found first team opportunities hard to come by, is being pursued by Bayern, who have tabled a third offer for him reported to be 33 million euros ($37.6m).“It’s about patience,” said Zola at Friday’s club press conference.“I believe he has a bright future with us, but he will have to learn that right now for him it’s important to get better and better every day. “I know Bayern is very interested in him, but we’re interested in him as well.“We’ve proposed a contract for quite a while, so we’re waiting. We certainly value him as a player.”Zola said Hudson-Odoi — who Bayern see as being able to replicate the success of his young compatriot Jadon Sancho at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund — could do himself more favours by staying as he can only improve by training with the senior squad.“I know he hasn’t played probably as much as he wanted, but this is down to the quality of the players in front of him,” said Zola.“I’ve already told the player: it’s not a waste of time. It’s a time you can get better.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Foster defends England title in her home county

first_img Hertfordshire’s Jackie Foster will defend her English senior stroke play title in her home county next week when the championship is played at Harpenden Golf Club. Foster, an England senior international, is in good form, having reached the quarter finals of the last month’s English senior amateur. She’s also the Bishops Stortford club champion and recently retained her title as Hertfordshire’s champion of champions, sealing the win with a career best competition round of four-under par. Foster heads a strong entry of 16 Hertfordshire players who will challenge when the 54-hole event is played over three days, from Tuesday to Thursday, June 20-22. They include five players from Harpenden, which is hosting a national championship for the first time, amid much excitement from club members. “Everyone is very proud that we have been selected to host this, it’s a real privilege,” said ladies’ captain Lindsay Macintyre. “The members have really embraced it – men and women alike – and we’ve had a fantastic response from volunteers.” The club is a great supporter of women’s golf and runs an academy to help new players learn the game and gain experience. It’s been so successful that a men’s academy is now being started. “We’re hoping that our academy ladies will come and watch the championship and that it will spur them on,” said Lindsay. The host club’s representatives are county players Cathy Gosling and Rhona Finch, together with Naoko Wada, Debbie Nichols and Jill Banks. They’ll be joined by leading players from across the country – and there’s much at stake. The championship offers order of merit points which will help to shape the England side for the European senior women’s team championship in September. The parkland course, where there has been much investment in encouraging birds and wildlife, will provide the players with a fair but challenging examination, according to Lindsay Macintyre. “It’s a beautiful course with an element of risk and reward. It offers some real opportunities if you have the courage to go for them,” she said. All competitors will play the first two rounds of the championship before the field is cut to the top 45 players and ties for the final round on the Thursday. Click here for more information and tee times Caption: Jackie Foster, the defending English senior women’s stroke play champion (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 14 Jun 2017 Foster defends England title in her home county last_img read more

Election Recount Tips the Scales in Holmdel

first_imgGee has led efforts to make a change in his community through Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) and Consumers Helping Affect Regulation of Gas & Electric (CHARGE), even when the odds were stacked against them. In this election, Gee advised that if people truly believe in a cause, they should pursue it regardless of any politics behind it. In response, Hinds directed his attorney Lawrence Luttrell to file a lawsuit Dec. 5 against Holmdel Township. It states that the censure was made “for alleged conduct which is based on one or more false allegations that (Hinds) ‘violated the Township of Holmdel Ethical Standards’” by “diverting public funds.” Election officials indicate their findings on the outside of the ballot envelope. Those findings are then given to the Monmouth County Board of Elections for counting. The board makes the final determination on whether or not the ballot is valid and decides what will be counted and what will be voided. The board of elections also counted late mail-in ballots both on Election Day and Friday, Nov. 8, and made determinations of write-in candidates. Liu declined to comment on the situation. “Based on past recounts that I’ve seen, the results usually don’t change,” Santhana told The Two River Times after the recount results came in. “We have to obviously thank our supporters, not only in the regular election process but in the recount process. I’m definitely thrilled with the support.” In the Nov. 5 election, voters were asked to select two members for the governing body. Mayor Eric Hinds, who was seeking re-election to the township committee, faced censure in a 3-1 vote by elected officials at the Oct. 22 meeting, which he did not attend. The mayor was accused of misdirecting taxpayer money to bring a turf field project to the Holmdel Swim Club without township committee approval. Aside from commissioners and board of election staff, there were eight people present for the recount, Gee recalled. That included an attorney for Liu, a representative of the Monmouth County Republican Committee, Santhana, his attorney, Gee and a few additional campaign staff members. Once the final tallies were counted, results were read aloud by the county administration. Liu’s and Santhana’s teams were able to independently confirm the count as well. “With all the technological advancement we still go back to pen and pencil,” said Gee. Before the recount, it appeared that first-time Republican candidate Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu had won the seat on the dais alongside Weber. Kin Gee, Santhana’s campaign manager, described the scene at the recount as quiet and intense. County commissioners responsible for recounting votes require complete silence during the process so as to not make a mistake, especially considering it’s all done by hand. The Two River Times was unable to reach Hinds for comment before press time. “Even though the odds were clearly against Independents, we believed that was the right thing,” he said.center_img Official results after Election Day showed that Liu had beaten Santhana by three votes. Due to the tight margin, the Independent candidates asked for a recount. HOLMDEL – In a surprising twist in the township’s local election, a Dec. 5 recount has revealed that Independent candidates Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana were the top vote-getters in November’s election, clearing the way for them to join the Holmdel Township Committee in the new year. “We try to get to the issues and have frequent and constant engagement,” said Gee. “Very early on we identify what are the issues that we want to focus on, what residents should be concerned about, and a lot had to do with integrity and transparency.” At the Dec. 12 township committee meeting, elected officials agreed to direct the township attorney to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Hinds. Deputy Mayor Mike Nikolis and committeemen Rocco Pascucci, Gregory Buontempo and Tom Critelli voted “yes.” Hinds abstained. This is the first time in 25 years that Independent candidates have had a seat at the table in Holmdel, Gee said. It took a lot of effort to get this far. The candidates visited neighborhoods, made themselves available to the public and listened to residents’ biggest concerns. Official tallies after the recount put Santhana in the lead by two votes over Liu. Weber now has 2,170 votes, followed by Santhana with 2,087, Liu with 2,085, and Mayor Eric Hinds with 2,066. According to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon, there are three offices involved in the election process in Monmouth County. The Superintendent of Elections Office is responsible for counting out provisional ballots and determining whether or not the sender is eligible to vote in the county, without opening the envelopes. The office counted over 3,000 provisional ballots this election season. HINDS FILES SUIT The lawsuit also states that per the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), municipalities must notify residents of meetings at least 48 hours in advance and must post the meeting agenda. The lawsuit alleges that the resolution for the censure Oct. 22, Resolution 2019-322, was not listed on the agenda “despite the (township committee) knowing in advance of the meeting of this subject matter and the intention to adopt it at said meeting.” When recounts are called for, the Monmouth County Board of Elections manually rechecks and recounts the late mail-in ballots and provisionals, and reviews machine tapes from the voting booths Nov. 5. Robin Major, the administrator at the board of elections, said the time it takes to complete a recount can vary, depending on how many districts are involved in the town. All the while, the clerk’s office waits for results and then posts them to the website.last_img read more

LVR grad Sean Denison experiences career year playing pro hoops in Romania

first_img“That last loss was tough because I felt like we were the better team when we were playing our game and our style,” explained Denison, part of two BC Basketball Championships during his time at Trafalgar Junior and L.V. Rogers High Schools.“But they played very good in the last game and we fought hard so none of us on the team have any regrets.”Denison was a star during his high school days, leading the Bombers to a fourth-place finish at the BC High School AAA Basketball Championships during his senior season after titles in Grade 9 at Trafalgar and Grade 10 Junior crown at LVR.The local hoop star went on to play four seasons at Santa Clara in NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball. He played also for Canada internationally program for some years — the Canadian Senior National Team in 2007, the U21 National Team in 2004 and at the Pan-American Games trials.Denison, who came to Romania following stops in Turkey, Germany and Russia, played 37 Liga Nationala games for CSM Oradea recording 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.2bpg  — the latter was fifth best in the league.In six games in EuroChallenge Denison averaged impressive 15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.7 bpg and was also voted to All-Romanian League Honorable Mention Team.“I played very well in EuroChallenge but had a hard time adjusting my game for the referees in the Romanian league,” he admitted.“Almost every away game I would have two fouls in five minutes and have to sit until the third quarter. They just call the game different and there is no governing body to regulate or review their calls. So instead of a block or a steal I would get a foul. “These things add up and as a result I couldn’t play as aggressively as I wanted in the normal league.”Denison, on a one-year contract in Romania, is considering his options for next season. He’s returned to Canada to spend his offseason with his wife, Tricia, and two children in the North Okanagan near Salmon Arm.“Not sure where I will play next year, still looking at the possibilities but I feel great,” he said. “I feel better every year and will continue to work on my game and staying healthy.”No doubt after the 2013-14 campaign, a few teams most likely will be calling for his services. When Sean Denison hopped a flight last summer for Romania, he hoped the move to the European Basketball team would be a good one.Well the move proved to be good for CSM Oradea, Denison’s new club, and amazing for the former L.V. Rogers hoop star.Not only did CSM Oradea make history but also Denison realized a happiness about playing the sport again that had been missing for a few years.”It was a successful year for me personally . . . and it was felt really good to play in a competitive league again,” the 28-year-old power forward said after completing the successful campaign in Romania.“We made history all year,” the 6’11” 245-pound Denison added.“First we got a nod from the EuroChallenge league saying we were the best new entry (first year team) in EuroChallenge this season.“For the first time the club made the Romanian Cup final and then for the first time in club history we made the finals in the playoffs.”Unfortunately, CSM Oradea came up short in both finals — losing in the Romanian Cup and League Final — the latter, a six-point setback in the final of the best-of-five series.last_img read more

Wisconsin creates committee on autonomous cars and connected vehicles

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#automotive#Autonomous#cars#connected cars#driverless#Self-Driving#Wisconsin center_img Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order on Thursday to create a steering committee, which will look into autonomous cars and connected vehicles.The committee will research and evaluate all aspects of autonomous cars and submit policy recommendations to the Governor’s office by the summer of 2018.See Also: Will Delphi and their self-driving supergroup create autonomous hits?It is the slow route to legalization and could place Wisconsin a few years behind states like Michigan and California, which have already legalized self-driving car tests.Officials from the Department of Transportation, legislators, industry representatives, law enforcement officers and University of Wisconsin researchers will all be part of the committee, according to The Cap Times.The committee will look into what policies need to be changed, the best public roads to test autonomous vehicles, and how to connect cars to other cars and traffic lights.Wisconsin in the driver’s seat“Wisconsin is uniquely positioned to study, test, and develop automated and connected vehicle technology. I’m creating a Steering Committee to assist with this process by advising me and other state agencies on how we can safely and effectively test and study autonomous and connected vehicles on Wisconsin roads,” said Gov. Scott Walker in a press release.“This is great news for Wisconsin and has the potential to create jobs, spur economic growth, and strengthen mobility throughout the state. We have a long history of contributing to advancements in the automotive field, and I know we will rise to the challenge in this instance as well.”Public opinion on autonomous vehicles is still low, especially in areas where nobody has even seen or tried one of the cars. That may be why Wisconsin is taking a year to look into the technology, by that time, we may have fully driverless trials in other states. Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more