26 Sep 2019 UPDATE: Weather warning forces change to Men’s County Finals format The format for this year’s Men’s County Finals has been revised with heavy rain due to batter the Yorkshire venue on Sunday.Kent, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland and Somerset are at Huddersfield GC ready to fight it out for the right to be hailed as county champions.However, with rain forecast to sweep in on Saturday night and linger into Sunday morning, the Championship team has taken the sensible decision to pre-empt a problem with waterlogging.Instead of a round-robin format featuring foursomes and singles matches across Friday, Saturday and Sunday the championship will now be played to a conclusion over just two days.All four counties will still play each of their rivals, but the matches will now consist solely of seven singles games.Each county will play one match on Friday and follow this up with matches two and three on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.Archive photograph credit: LeaderboardKeep track of the live scores here. Tags: Men’s County Finals
By Jay Cook |FREEHOLD – A Colts Neck youth tennis teacher has been indicted on varying charges of sexual assault and other misconduct involving a student and other local children.A 15-count indictment was handed up by a Monmouth County grand jury on Feb. 2 charging Terry Y. Kuo, 26, of Colts Neck, according to a statement by Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.The charges against Kuo, who also went by the name “Victor Lee,” stem from a police investigation during the summer and fall of 2017 after a 13-year-old tennis student accused Kuo of sexual misconduct, said Gramiccioni.An investigation by the Marlboro Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Bureau and Computer Crimes Unit allegedly turned up child pornography on Kuo’s electronic devices and improper conduct with other children, according to police.Kuo is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 20 before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano.Kuo is represented by Mitchell Ansell, a criminal defense lawyer and partner at the Ocean Township-based Ansell, Grimm & Aaron, PC law firm.In an interview with The Two River Times, Ansell said his client refutes the charges.“On behalf of Terry and his family, he vehemently denies these charges,” said Ansell. “He plans on vigorously fighting these charges in court.”Ansell added, “There’s a lot more to this story than what’s been printed in the media.”Kuo was charged in the indictment with one count of first degree attempted aggravated sexual assault, one count of second degree attempted sexual assault, one count of first degree causing or permitting a child to engage in child pornography, one count of second degree manufacturing child pornography, one count of third degree possession of child pornography, one count of fourth degree lewdness, two counts of third degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, one count of fourth degree stalking, one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of third degree endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of third degree obscenity, Gramiccioni said.If convicted on the attempted aggravated sexual assault charge, Kuo could face up to 20 years in state prison. The sexual assault is punishable by up to 10 years.According to Kuo’s LinkedIn page, he is the founder and chief operating officer at ATS Tennis, 36 Artisan Way in Colts Neck, which Ansell confirmed. The address is also the location of the Colts Neck Racquet Club.Ansell said he expects the case to be heard within the next six months.“We’ll probably have a lot more to say as the case progresses,” Ansell said.Anyone with information is asked to contact either Detective Edward Ungrady of the Marlboro Township Police Department at 732-536-0100 ext. 1099 or Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160 ext. 7032.This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Jay Cook |In the midst of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica personal privacy and data release scandal which has dominated the 24-hour news cycle in recent weeks, one of New Jersey’s own federal representatives were questioned and challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his second consecutive day in Washington, D.C.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), the ranking member of the federal Committee on Energy and Commerce, was given the floor and delivered a critical opening statement to Zuckerberg on Wednesday morning.“Facebook is just the latest in a never-ending string of companies that vacuum up our data but fail to keep it safe,” Pallone said as Zuckerberg sat in front of him. “This incident demonstrates yet again that our laws are not working.”On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), of Long Branch delivered the opening remarks at a hearing at which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the federal House Energy and Commerce Committee. Pallone is the ranking member.The hearings come after Facebook came under fire for not protecting who can access its personal privacy data. A third-party app created by Aleksandr Kogan collected data from over 80 million Facebook users which was then given to Cambridge Analytica for use in the 2016 presidential election.To prevent that from happening again, Pallone pushed for more legislative oversight.“We need comprehensive privacy and data security legislation,” said Pallone. “We need baseline protections that stretch from internet service providers to data brokers to app developers and to anyone else who makes a living off our data. We need to figure out how to make sure these companies act responsibly even before the press finds out.”Zuckerberg, who was questioned at length on Tuesday by representatives from both political parties, doubled down on the positive impact Facebook has had on the world. He said 70 million small businesses use the social media site to grow and it’s helped organize social movements like #MeToo, March for our Lives and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts last summer.“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well, and that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy,” said Zuckerberg. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of responsibility and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake and I’m sorry.”Holmdel’s DiMaso Pushing for More Gun LegislationSince being sworn in four months ago, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) is making one of her first pushes for legislation in Trenton. Last week, DiMaso, along with Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21), made a call for legislators to take action on 10 bills designed to make New Jersey schools safer.The bills were drafted with guidance and information learned through hearings after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The legislative push also comes nearly two months after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14 where 17 students and staff were gunned down by a former student.“Many school districts are doing everything they can to ensure their schools are as safe as possible, but the state can do more to help ensure those districts are using the best practices,” DiMaso said in a news release.The bills call for additional supervision over student and staff identification in schools, more enhanced communication and better training for school staff.“Everyone should feel safe at school: students, parents, and teacher alike,” said DiMaso. “Making sure that all our schools are using the best plans will ease all concerns.”Here is a list of the proposed bills:• Requiring the attorney general and Education Department to share best practices on school security with school districts (AR154), based on recommendation No. 4 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force report.• Training for all school employees and local police on how to handle a school emergency (A3787 and A3793), based on recommendation No. 5 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report and recommendation No. 5.10 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.• Create a 24-hour State Police hotline for tips that must be shared with local police and school officials (A3789), based on recommendation No. 5.1 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.• Better real-time communication between school security, emergency responders and law enforcement during emergencies, and procedures to notify parents (A3788), based on recommendation No. 10-12 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report.• Require all school employees and students to carry identification cards (A3790), based on recommendation No. 27-31 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report.• The Department of Education must review and rate all school safety and security plans and school district emergency communications policies (A3791).• Require DOE and Homeland Security to develop online forum for schools to share best practices (A3792), based on recommendation No. 5.12 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.Stoler Suspends Primary Race Against Incumbent SmithInstead of a head-to-head race with longtime Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4) in the June primary elections, his challenger and fellow Republican Felicia Stoler bowed out of the race earlier this month, so she can face Smith in the November general election.Stoler is now running as The Inclusion Candidate and has focused her campaign on term limits, tort reform, family law, health care, education affordability and taxes.“I want to give people in the district a real choice in November,” Stoler said.“I want to hear from all of you,” Stoler continued. “I want to hear what’s important to you, I want to address your issues so that you have fair representation regardless of what party you are a registered voter for.”Stoler, 51, is a registered dietician professional with offices in Red Bank. She’s been featured on national broadcasts with Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News.To keep Two River area residents up to date on the political movements countywide and in their respective towns, The Two River Times will be compiling local coverage and notices of different happenings from now up until the November 2018 elections. Please send additional tips, notes or information to reporter Jay Cook at JCook@TwoRiverTimes.com.This article was first published in the April 12-19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
A quartet of Whitewater Skiers will be in Vernon later this month to compete at the 2012 B.C. Winter Games.The foursome made the grade during a qualifying race earlier this season and is now off to represent the Kootenay Zone at the provincial competition.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports wants to add to the celebration with Team of the Week accolades. The Whitewater skiers include, from left, Jessie Thruston, Liam Jones, Haley Mitchell, Savannah Leishman.The B.C. Winter Games are being held Feburary 23-26 in Vernon.
There was no mistake on the better team at this tournament.The L.V. Rogers Bombers outscored the opposition 21-1 to capture the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships. The Bombers rocked Stanley Humphries Rockers 10-1 before trouncing David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 11-0 to coast to the title.Bomber keeper Kat Garbula had very little work in both games, registering the shutout against the Lakers.It’s the second time in as many years LVR has won the Kootenay Zone tournament.The Bombers are off to the AA Championships May 30 to June 1 at Mark R. Isfeld High School in Courtney.The tournament draw has yet to be released.
Sophomore guard Marissa Mackins, who led the team with 19 points, said that the Eagles were playing aggressive, but the Owls largely beat themselves. “They were doubling [junior forward] Mia [Davis], who is our go-to on offense,” Mackins said. “But like coach [said], we weren’t doing what we were supposed to be doing on either end of the court. So really it was on us.” “They have guys that can beat you off the dribble, and are capable of knocking in threes,” Cardoza said. “And they’re really quick, just stopping them in transition was really difficult.” Offensively, the Owls struggled to take care of the ball. The Owls finished with 15 turnovers, compared to just four from Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles took the ball away 12 times, while the Owls recorded just one steal. “I thought that we would compete a little bit better than we did today,” Cardoza said. “I thought on both sides of the floor they dominated us and made it difficult to defend them and difficult for us to score.” Redshirt-sophomore guard Ashley Jones dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Florida Gulf Coast at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 22 | NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cardoza felt that the Owls were giving up too many wide-open threes, a shot that Florida Gulf Coast was capable of hitting. The Eagles’ balanced offense was difficult to defend, Cardoza said. Redshirt-senior guard Davion Wingate gave the Owls trouble, in particular, scoring 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. Wingate is currently shooting 50 percent from three on the season after making six threes out of eight attempts against the Owls. The Owls did not give enough attention to her threat, Cardoza said. The Owls struggled all day to find their shot, while Florida Gulf Coast did not. The Eagles took more than twice as many three-pointers as the Owls did, hitting them at a 40.4 percent rate, compared to the Owls’ 27.3 percent shooting mark from three. Temple University women’s basketball (6-6, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) fell short to Florida Gulf Coast University (12-2) Sunday afternoon at McGonigle Hall, 93-67. “It’s something that we just haven’t been able to focus on,” Cardoza said. “Knowing where the shots are coming from and knowing where we need to go.” The Owls lacked intensity from the beginning of the game, coach Tonya Cardoza said. Florida Gulf Coast’s ability to grab offensive rebounds killed any type of comeback the Owls could have mounted in the second half. The Eagles took long-distance shots, which yielded longer bounces on rebounds. The Eagles grabbed six offensive boards in the last two quarters. The Owls’ next game is at La Salle (6-6) Dec. 30 at 7:00 p.m.
South Africa’s African Mining Indaba, held annually in Cape Town and now in its 20th year, is the world’s largest mining investment conference. (Image: Mining Indaba)South Africa is an important emerging market in the global stage, offering a solid and steadily growing economy with secure rewards for potential investors. That was the consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop hosted by Brand South Africa at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town today.The workshop, co-hosted with the departments of mineral resources, trade and industry and science and technology, showcased South Africa’s competitiveness in mining, geosciences, science and technology, as well as the strength of its financial and regulatory environment.Presenters included Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola, trade and industry’s Yunus Hoosen, Imraan Patel of the department of science and technology, Martha Mokonyane of mineral resources, Mxolisi Kota of the Council for Geosciences, Matlou Mabokano of the Technology Innovation Agency, Declan Vogt of the CSIR and Peter Craven of Mintek.They made a compelling business case for why prospective investors should take South Africa seriously as an investment destination. For example, prudent monetary and fiscal policy has allowed the country’s economy to grow in value from US$80-billion in 1994 – the year apartheid ended – to $400-billion today. And it continues to grow, despite the uneven global economic recovery.“South Africa is a sound destination for inward flows of investment and an emerging market that matters,” Brand South Africa’s Matola said.From mining to financial servicesThe global economic crisis and disruptions at home have had their impact on South African mining, but the sector remains a significant contributor to the economy. Recent research presented at the workshop shows that platinum, coal and gold contribute 66% to revenue, and 84% to employment.Research also shows that the South African economy has diversified in the past 20 years. The contribution of banking and real estate has risen from 12.5% to 24%, a good sign that the country is on its way to a knowledge economy.South Africa also remains a reliable destination for international investors. Foreign direct investment projects grew at a compound rate of 22.4% between 2007 and 2012, making the country the top investment destination in Africa.The workshop also discussed the joint commitment by government and business to the rollout of the National Development Plan, the vision for what the country will look like in the year 2030.Key components of the plan include:Making sustainable investments in competitive economic infrastructureIncreasing the pace of job creation, especially for young job-seekersEncouraging the expansion of businesses and the development of new enterprisesTransforming human settlements and developing a functioning public transport systemProviding policy certainty to encourage long-term investment in mining and other key sectorsIncreasing economic integration within sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as energy production, finance, tourism, communications, infrastructure and customs administrationThe Mining Indaba ends on Thursday 6 February 2014.
This video mashup showcasing the most iconic “back to the camera” shots is sure to inspire filmmakers and film buffs alike.No doubt you’ve seen this shot repeated countless times in some of Hollywood’s most famous films – the hero stands with his back to the camera looking out over an expansive landscape or crowd of people. It’s a filming convention that brings to mind feelings of grandeur and heroism – often saved for the tail end of the blockbuster.Plot Point Productions has pulled this shot from a ton of famous films and spliced them together back-to-back. The result is pretty epic and is sure to fuel your creative inspiration.Check out the mash-up video below or visit the Vimeo page to see the list of each movie used in the cut. How many of the films can you name?(Best viewed full screen)
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The Tripura police on Thursday arrested a man from Delhi on charges of spreading fake news on social media about the family life of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.Anupam Paul was made the prime accused in the case registered with West Agartala Police in late April.“Our team traced Paul to a location in Delhi where he was arrested. He will be brought to Agartala by a flight tomorrow [Friday],” a senior police officer said.The police had earlier arrested a freelance television journalist, Saikat Talapatra, and a police constable for sharing a Facebook post which claimed that the Chief Minister’s spouse had filed a petition for divorce in a Delhi court. The arrested men were later released on bail.Investigators also questioned Tripura Congress vice-president Tapas Dey for sharing the post against Mr. Deb. He was, however, not detained.