Coleman to miss Thailand trip

first_img “He’s a young, talented footballer who represents Belgium in the lower teams, in the Under-18s and has had good experience in going to France. “He is a bright boy and we feel he is something different that we haven’t got in the Under-21s so we are hoping he is going to be giving us something different in that group. “We want a strong group. We have already got talented and very interesting footballers and I think David can fit in really well in that environment.” The Republic of Ireland international came on at half-time in Tuesday’s friendly at Tranmere but was withdrawn in the second half. He will stay behind at the club’s Finch Farm training ground with striker Arouna Kone and defender Bryan Oviedo, who are still making their way back from knee surgery and a broken leg respectively. However, England midfielder Ross Barkley returns to the squad for the match against Premier League newcomers Leicester in Bangkok on Sunday. “We assessed Seamus’ injury this morning,” manager Roberto Martinez told evertontv. “He will miss the Thailand trip to give proper consideration to his injury, for proper treatment and to remove any chance of aggravating that feeling that he had. “We don’t really know the extent of the injury yet but it is sometimes a little bit of a setback that comes with pre-season preparation and getting a lot of volume into the bodies. “Hopefully it is going to be just a minor setback.” Martinez has confirmed a deal is close for for Anderlecht teenager David Henen as the Spaniard looks to bolster the club’s youth ranks. The Belgian 18-year-old will go into the Under-21 squad once his reported £1.5million move has been completed. “It is in the process of being completed,” Martinez told the Liverpool Echo. Everton defender Seamus Coleman will miss their pre-season friendly in Thailand to ensure he does not aggravate a hamstring problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

The JBJ Soul Kitchen: A Restaurant With a Heart

first_imgJon and Dorothea Bon Jovi were in Red Bank on Wednesday for the grand opening of their restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen. The community restaurant at 207 Monmouth S. serves tasty and delicious meals to all who walk in the door with the stipulation that those who can pay, leave a donation to support the restaurant. Those who can’t pay are asked to volunteer a few hours of their time in exchange for their meal. In the photo above, (L to R) Former Red Bank Mayor Edward McKenna, Mayor Pasquale Menna, Eugene Cheslock, M.D. and Board member Mimi Box surround Jon Bon Jovi at the podium. Read more about JBJ Soul Kitchen in the upcoming issue of The Two River Times!last_img read more

Rumson Surfer Inducted Into NJ Surfers Hall of Fame

first_imgGary Germain will be one of the first inductees to the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame on June 6 at the Saltwater Festival in Manasquan. Photo courtesy Gary GermainMANASQUAN – Gary Germain’s passion for surfing began at the age of 8, when his father bought a surfboard kit at a local shop.“I was hooked from that point forward,” said the Rumson resident.Though his father only surfed that first season, Germain found a new hobby that would last him a lifetime. Over the years, he has braved the cold waters of New Jersey’s winters, which he says is the best time to catch a good wave in the Garden State. He traveled the world as a competitive surfer in the 1970s and even modeled swimsuits and wetsuits in Surfer, Eastern Surf and Surfing magazines.“I’ve been to Indonesia, Africa and Europe,” he said. “For the best waves, it’s a toss-up between Bali and South Africa.”Germain, 60, is proud to be among the first group to be inducted into the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame, at a ceremony that will take place on June 6 at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan.“For me, it’s the honor of my lifetime,” he said. “To be recognized for something that you love is awesome, and the fact that they thought so highly of me really means a lot.”Germain, who has surfed all over the world, has been surfing since he was 8 years old. Courtesy Lou PerezThe inductions will take place during the Saltwater Festival on June 6, an event at the Algonquin that will include a pig roast luau. There will be a cash bar, live entertainment and a DJ celebrating the best of surf music from the 1950s to today. A pop-up museum will display the works of New Jersey-based surf artists, and some special guests are expected to attend. There will also be surfer movies playing on screens during the event.“We want it to be a full audio-video experience,” said Event Coordinator Kris Kopsaftis, who owns NJ Surf Show, a boutique and art gallery in Manasquan and Lavallette. “Surfers are extraordinarily talented and tend to like art and music.”Kopsaftis began surfing in seventh grade, and to this day he finds it a relaxing and spiritual endeavor. “Anyone who ever caught a wave and rode it successfully will tell you it’s like nothing else they’ve ever done,” he said.Germain can vouch for that, but it was also the surfing culture that drew him in. “Surfing has its own lingo, culture, music, heritage and fashion,” he said. “There is no other sport that can say that. And although it’s not a team sport, there is a lot of friendship involved. I’ve met so many great people, I’ve traveled the world and seen a lot of great things. It enriches your life in a lot of ways you would never expect.”The inductees include 16 people who are already in the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, as well as 18 new members who are all at least 60 years old.“The criteria may change in the future, but this year we wanted to concentrate on the elder statesmen,” Kopsaftis said. “It’s better to get your flowers before you die.”The inductees include competitive and free (noncompetitive) surfers, those 
who are influential in the industry, surf artists and photographers, and those with legend status.“This class represents just a small fraction of the people in New Jersey who should be recognized for their contribution to the sport,” Kopsaftis said.The New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame is partnering with the Tuckerton Seaport Museum to set up a permanent installation, which will include surfboards, photography and many other visual items.Vince Troniec, 65, of Allenhurst is also in the first round of inductees. Troniec started competing at an early age, and by 17, he was invited to participate in the World Trials in Puerto Rico.“It was really wild,” he said. “I saw all the best people in the world.”Troniec was fortunate enough to make a career out of his hobby. He has worked in sales and owned his own surf shop, and he still gives private lessons. He believes if a person can surf New Jersey’s waves, they can surf anywhere.“The waves break a lot harder here than any other place on the East Coast,” he said. “It’s very challenging and it’s a great place to learn. Surfers from New Jersey are getting a really great reputation worldwide.”Along with Germain and Troniec, the other inductees are Mike “Monk” Monroe, Ron Curcio, Allen Wolf, Carl Tinker West, Chuck Allison, Kim Floriglio, Bob Simon (Bayhead), Regan Quail, Steve Adeskavitz, Ray Hallgreen, Les Reitman, Greg “Grog” Mesanko, Bill Devereaux, Jim “JJ” Jefferey, Jack Homer and Tom Eadon. Each will receive a custom made surf trophy created by a local artist.The Saltwater Festival begins at 5 p.m. June 6 at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main St., Manasquan. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.njsurfinghalloffame.com.– By Mary Ann Bourbeaulast_img read more

Lights, camera, action in Diepsloot

first_img26 March 2014 Aspiring filmmakers in densely populated Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, now have a real shot at making their movie dreams come true, with the opening of the first film studio in the township on Wednesday. The Department of Arts and Culture has partnered with 100% black-owned holding company Top Crew Home Brew Movies to make the studio a reality. Speaking at the opening of the studio, which located at the settlement’s Youth Community Centre, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said it would help the world to see Diepsloot through a different lens. “Diepsloot should no longer be seen as a notorious area where children are raped and murdered, but as a model of a society that is producing actors and actress, who will be making South Africa’s film industry vibrant,” Mashatile said. “With the opening of this studio, gone are the days where people would not dare to visit this area … You must produce the best actors so that people will always flock to the township in their numbers.” He said the studio offered the community access to the resources and skills they needed to tell their own stories in the languages of their choice, and to narrate their individual and community experiences through the medium of film. The minister urged residents to use the studio to produce movies that told authentic South African stories. “The world is hungry to hear our stories: stories of a nation that has overcome adversity, stories of a resilient people, stories of reconciliation and stories of how together we are building this nation on the foundation laid by giants such … Nelson Mandela.”Skills training programme The department has ploughed R1.5-million into a Top Crew Film training programme which will give youngsters, such as resident Marcia Mankhense, a chance to make it in showbiz. “I want to be an actress because it’s been my dream since childhood,” Mankhense told SAnews. “I’ve always wanted to see myself on TV. I’m thankful to government for giving us this chance and believing in us.” Shandukani Mashatana is equally passionate about wowing audiences. He beams when he tells SAnews about his dream of performing for the masses, saying he wants to be “the best actor and comedian”. Mankhense and Mashatana are two of 70 young people who have received training through the Top Crew Film programme, and who will continue to make movies as part of the programme. Mashatile said the programme would be taken to all other provinces, starting with Mpumalanga and North West, in a bid to get communities to get involved in South Africa’s R5-billion per annum film industry, and to help create local content for community television stations. Equally important for growing the local industry, he said, was nurturing a love of movies in communities. “Our audience development initiatives include efforts to bring back the old culture of bioscopes in our communities.” He added that his department was working to create opportunities for the local film industry to be showcased on major platforms such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Durban International Film Festival. “There is nothing stopping us from taking films made here in Diepsloot, at this studio, to Cannes. We say this because South African talent, including talent from Diepsloot, can match the best in the world.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Barcelona gives lifetime contract to Andres Iniesta

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The club also did not say what will be Iniesta’s role after he stops playing.“I’ll be here while my body and my mind can keep performing,” the 33-year-old Iniesta said. “And I hope that it will be for a long time. At the end of the season we will evaluate everything together and see what is best for everyone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIniesta signed the new contract at the team’s Camp Nou Stadium and was given a team shirt with the words “Iniesta forever.”His current contract was valid until the end of this season. In the last couple of seasons he did not play as much as in past years, often being rested for the most important matches. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “This is a reward to a player who has been exceptional,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. “He is a big reason why this club has had so much success recently. He is the player who brought balance to the team. He is an inspiration and a role model to our youngsters, not only as a player. No other player in the history of Barcelona has come up through the club like he has.”One of the most complete midfielders of the game, Iniesta joined the club’s youth squad when he was 12 in 1996, and along with Messi is the player with most titles won with the senior squad, with 30.Iniesta said he hasn’t given much thought about his future with the club after retiring, but said he will definitely remain closely involved with soccer.“Right now I want to focus on enjoying my time and on taking care of myself so I can keep doing this for as long as possible,” he said. “I know that I’m running against time.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I’ll be the first to say something if I feel that I don’t have the same strength and the same importance as I had before,” he said. “Then we can change things, and it will be fine.”There had been widespread speculation about Iniesta’s future, with the player saying he wanted to stay with Barcelona but had also been evaluating other possibilities. Spanish media had reported that Iniesta was not pleased that the team took too long to start negotiations for his new deal.“I need to thank the club for having the confidence to give me this type of contract,” Iniesta said. “It shows that they have confidence in me as a person as well, that’s very important. There couldn’t be a better place for me. This is my home.”Iniesta has played 639 matches for the club since making his debut with the first team in October 2002. He has scored 55 goals since then.Only Xavi Hernandez has had more appearances, with 767. They are followed by Lionel Messi, whose streak stands at 594.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Spain makes it to World Cup; Serbia unable to clinch a spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta signs a shirt reading in Catalan: “Andres Iniesta forever” at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Barcelona has extended Andres Iniesta’s contract “for life.”. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Andres Iniesta has become the first player to sign a lifetime contract with Barcelona, a deal which will keep him playing for the club for as long as he remains fit.The club said Friday that Iniesta’s contract was extended “for life,” securing the Spain midfielder through the “remainder of his career” but not putting a timetable on his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

What’s on where and when

first_imgINDIAMarch 1 to 7Experience the joy of yoga at one of the biggest yoga festivals in the country–International Yoga Festival–organised by Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Thousands of disciples from across the globe make their way to Rishikesh. Learn yoga from internationally acclaimed instructors and be at peace with yourself by attending lectures on mind, body and soul connection.USAMarch 4 to 14If you happen to be in Florida during spring make your way to Plant City for the splendid Florida Strawberry Festival. Think country music concerts, rides and contests. It is regarded as one of the most engaging fetes in the country and features parades with floats and marching bands, exhibits of horticulture, fine arts and crafts. The strawberry shortcake eating contest is the crowd-puller.CHINAMarch 5 to 21Attention all bookworms: The Shanghai International Literary Festival is here again. At this congregation of novelists, poets and publishers you can chip in for lively chat sessions or simply discuss burning issues over a gala lunch in the company of esteemed literary figures. Showcasing the best of English writing from all across the world, it is time to get lost in books.UKMarch 8 to 14Watch out for the much-awaited and much-loved International Magic Festival at south Tyneside this spring. You would never have seen such spectacular magic tricks. Famous magicians from across the world gather to display tricks leaving the visitors spellbound. You can even learn a trick or two from the magicians here. And don’t leave without trying the finger-licking dishes on offer.THAILANDMarch 9 to 14Swing to the tunes of jazz in Thailand’s hippest city at the annual Bangkok Jazz Festival. Thousands of music aficionados gather to enjoy performances by famous jazz artists. Turning into a potpourri of melodies, it is the ultimate festival for jazz lovers. Devour the local cuisine as you stroll around the vibrant stalls. Echoing with a thrilling blend of jazz, the carnival is packed with entertainment.BELGIUMMarch 11 to 21Get into the groovy mood as you reach the lovely town of Bruges for the Cinema Novo Film Festival, a must for cinema buffs! About 4,000 enthusiasts attend the screening of films from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Celebrating the filming of premieres, short films, and feature films at the cinema houses of Liberty and Lumiere, it is meant to confront western audiences with Oriental culture.USAMarch 12 to 14Lose yourself at the gala party of Honolulu Festival and get mesmerised by the artists and singers. This festival aims to promote the culture of Hawaii. Have your share of fun and games but don’t forget to sample rich flavours of local cuisine and sip finest quality wines. It concludes with a grand parade with brilliant cultural performances.AUSTRALIAMarch 12 to 23Can’t resist good food? Then you’re in for a treat. Experience a world of gastronomy and wine at the 10-day long Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The best and most popular bistros, restaurants, trailblazing chefs and winemakers join the lavish extravaganza offering lip-smacking dishes and premium wines.INDIAMarch 18 to 20Udaipur and Lake Pichola look prettier during the Mewar Festival. Rajasthani songs, dances and ostentatious firework displays add life and colour to the city. Distinguished for its grandeur and opulence, the Mewar festival marks the advent of the spring. Idols of Gangaur and Isar are circulated in a procession through out the city.advertisementlast_img read more

Warriors’ Green, Curry, Durant fined total of $75,000 for referee rants

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) points while walking off the court after being ejected during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NEW YORK — Golden State Warriors teammates Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have been fined by the NBA for criticizing the officiating.The league said Tuesday that Green was fined $35,000 for comments on social media that “impugned the integrity of NBA officiating.” Curry was fined $25,000 for similar reasons for his “actions and public statements.” Durant’s fine of $15,000 was for “public criticism” of the refereeing.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The discipline was announced by NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe and stems from Friday night’s game at Minnesota, which the Warriors lost 131-130 in overtime.The league says the actions of the three players came during and after the game. The NBA adds that its findings came after “verifying all available information.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Who’s in, who’s out? Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Guess who just turned 30?

first_imgThe first Annual General Meeting was held at Maroubra Seals Club, NSW on September 23, 1979.Attending:Ray Vawdon – President Australian Touch Football AssociationPhil Smith – Secretary Australian Touch Football AssociationBob Dyke – Treasurer Australian Touch Football Association & New South Wales Touch Football Association DelegatePaul Eggers – Queensland Touch Football Association DelegateBob Allen – Australian Capital Territory Touch Football Association DelegateGordon Abbercrombie – Victoria Touch Football Association DelegateTony Sheahan – South Australia Touch Football Association DelegateRon Ellis – Tasmania Touch Football Association DelegateGuests Included:John McAlister – North Queensland Touch Football AssociationBill Pearse – North Queensland Touch Football AssociationHugh Grant – Central Queensland Touch Football AssociationBill Carney – Tasmania Touch Football AssociationPeter Rooney – New South Wales Touch Football AssociationWhat was discussed:Reports were presented from all states and North Queensland on what was occurring. A letter from the City of Gold Coast was presented inviting the Australian Touch Football Association to hold the first Australian National Championships on the Gold Coast.Resolved from the meeting was the decision that the first Australian National Championships would be held on the Gold Coast on 6th & 7th December 1980.A special 30 Year National Championships Celebration breakfast will be held on Sunday 14th March 2010 after the National Touch League.More information will be provided shortly the regarding the 30 Year Celebration.last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona furious with PSG Rabiot claims after Rakitic, Busquets attempt

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona furious with PSG Rabiot claims after Rakitic, Busquets attemptby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are furious over the complaints from PSG about their pursuit of Adrien Rabiot.Barca released a statement yesterday denying French media claims of an agreement with Rabiot about a contract.The decision to go public was made after PSG chief Antero Henrique had claimed on RMC on December 20 that “Barça already has an agreement with Adrien (Rabiot)”, adding that “it always surprises us that the clubs do not respect the rules”.Barca are furious with Henrique’s complaints, knowing PSG made attempts for Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic last summer.Both approaches were made without PSG seeking permission from Barca to speak with either player. last_img read more