Sophomore driver Jacob Mercep looks for the back of the net against UCLA. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)The No. 1 USC men’s water polo team capped off its regular season on Saturday with a 12-11 victory against No. 2 UCLA, fending off a late comeback by the Bruins to secure a regular season record of 28-1. Coming into Saturday’s showdown, both teams were well aware that the outcome would determine the seeding of the upcoming Mountain Pacific Invitational tournament. A first-round bye was at stake for the two top-ranked opponents.The clash began with missed opportunities for both teams. The Trojans peppered UCLA’s goal from the start, forcing redshirt junior goalie Alex Wolf to put up some early saves. After a quiet first few minutes, USC broke the silence with 2 goals.Following the Trojans’ initial surge, the game turned into a shootout. UCLA answered each of USC’s scores to keep themselves within 1 goal at the end of the first frame, a trend that continued into the second period. Although USC achieved a 3-goal advantage UCLA freshman attacker Jake Cavano topped off a first-half hat trick to bring the Bruins within 2 at the half.At halftime, the Trojans lead 8-6 and discussed adjustments to be made on both ends of the pool.“We had to focus a lot more on defense, on who we want to shoot the ball,” senior driver Zach D’Sa said. “On offense, just putting away our shots. Their goalie wasn’t having a good day so we just had to put it away.”While the first half was largely a contest between two aggressive offenses, the defensive efforts of both teams resulted in a scoring drought which lasted through the majority of the third quarter. Freshman goalie Nic Porter, who was nominated this past week for his third MPSF Newcomer of the Week honor, came up big for the Trojans with four saves in the quarter to keep the Bruins at bay. D’Sa awakened the Trojan offense late in the third with 2 goals to put USC up 10-6 entering the final frame.“[Scoring those goals] was really good because both teams were starting to die a little bit, and I know I was pretty tired,” D’Sa said. “But it was good because it was 0-0 in that quarter, and the third quarter is the most important.”While the Trojans held UCLA scoreless in the third quarter, the fourth was another story. Four consecutive goals from the Bruins brought the match to a tie with only two and a half minutes to go.“They started making their shots,” D’Sa said about UCLA’s fourth quarter effort. “The guys that we didn’t want to shoot were shooting the ball and they were scoring. We definitely need to adjust that and focus more on the fourth quarter and not let them get back in the game.”Junior driver Marin Dasic found the back of the net with 19 seconds remaining. A last second shot from UCLA looked as though it might tie things up again, but it instead hit the post, securing a 12-11 win for the Trojans.The Trojans’ two graduating seniors, D’Sa and driver Daniel Leong, were honored prior to the game as part of the annual Senior Day Ceremony. Leong contributed an early assist for the Trojans, while D’Sa boasted a hat trick, including the only 2 scores of the third period. Another standout for the Trojans was redshirt junior 2-meter Sam Slobodien, who led the Trojan offense with 4 goals. Remaining at No. 1 after defeating UCLA, USC has a first-round bye in this weekend’s MPSF tournament, automatically advancing to Saturday’s semifinal match. The Trojans aim to enter the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 seed.“We need to get that No. 1 seed,” D’Sa said. “We haven’t been there in a long time, and No. 1 seed going into NCAAs is really important to us.”
French state-owned gambling and lottery operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) has secured an in-stadia betting partnership with Rhone Ligue 1 football club Olympique Lyonnais.The partnership will see FDJ install ‘ParionsSport’ betting points throughout Lyonnais’ stadium Parc OL (capacity 58,000), allowing for fans to place bets during matches.Olympique Lyonnais will further support FDJ as betting partner by promoting its online sports betting subsidiary ‘Parionssport’ (www.parionssport.fdj.fr).FDJ governance was pleased to have secured a betting partnership with ‘Les Gones’ (Olympique Lyonnais nickname) as one of France’s most popular football clubs.The state-owned operator is one French sports’ biggest contributors, with FDJ funding multiple grassroots and sports club initiatives for French football, rugby and cycling. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport extends Olympique de Marseille sponsorship August 10, 2020
GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Share Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Workforce wellbeing leads GVC Holdings retail reopening June 9, 2020 Harry Aitkenhead – CoralSummer for Hollywood is over, as movie studios get serious releasing their 2019 Academy Awards movie contenders this fall.Straight off the bat, October sees the release of two well-backed Oscar 2019 ‘Best Picture’ contenders in ‘A Star is Born’ (Warner Bros) and ‘First Man’ (Universal Pictures), bookmaker Coral is paying attention to what it believes could become an early two horse market.‘A Star is Born’, priced by Coral at 3/1 marks the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, accompanied by pop diva Lady Gaga in her first acting role. The musical-drama which had its international premiere last week has garnered critical praise alongside box office success, a combination the Academy loves in a contender.However released on Friday 12 October, ‘First Man’ (Coral 4/1) tells the personal journey of Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 Space Mission, becoming the first man to walk on the moon.Starring Ryan Gosling, and directed by current Hollywood ‘wonder boy’ Damien Chazelle, ‘First Man’ a movie that depicts US might and achievement through science and technology is guaranteed to be in the Best Picture contention come February 2019.Speaking to SBC, Coral PR Executive Harry Aitkenhead commented on the entertainment market;“Both October releases, are the two favourites in Coral’s betting for Best Picture 2019 at the Academy Awards- the next being 6/1 for Roma and the rest being double-figure odds.”“A Star is Born has received rave reviews and that means Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut could end in Oscar glory, whilst First Man is such an iconic story backed up with a stellar cast and has every chance of landing the Best Picture prize. The competition the pair may face doesn’t look the strongest Oscar picture we’ve ever seen, meaning we could have an early two-horse race on our hands”‘First Man – Trailer’
UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Scottish betting shops have been given the green light to reopen on 29 June, but will only offer a transactional service.Under the government’s next phase for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, the Scottish government will prevent betting shops from showing live races, while there will also be a ban on seating within the shops to discourage people from gathering.In a letter published by the Racing Post, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes wrote to the Betting and Gaming Council Chief Executive Michael Dugher explaining that fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will also be switched off.Forbes wrote: “With regards to your query of when your members will be permitted to reopen, it is anticipated that betting shops will be able to reopen in Phase 2 for the purpose of placing bets only, with no chairs and no televisions showing live races. This aims to avoid clusters of people gathering to watch live sport.“Gambling machines should also be switched off to avoid spread through surface transmission. Confirmation will be issued in due course as to when the rest of the adult gaming industry may reopen.”GVC said in a statement: “We are disappointed that we’ve had no clear advice or guidance on re-opening our Scottish shops. This is inconsistent with our English estate which is open for business and operating strict social-distancing measures to protect our colleagues and our customers. We will continue to seek clarification from the Scottish Government on this issue.”Betting shops in England were permitted to reopen their doors on Monday 15 June, providing they are operating in accordance with the government guidelines on social distancing and protective measures such as ‘sneeze screens’ and enhanced cleaning procedures.Meanwhile betting shops in Ireland have been forced to remain closed until 29 June following widespread confusion over the government’s messaging on non-essential retail.It was reported that 800 Irish betting shops reopened their businesses on 15 June, believing to have complied with the Irish government’s ‘phase two’ Coronavirus national plan. However, within 24 hours Irish betting firms were instructed to close their doors as the government stated that betting shops were not included in the statutory arrangement to reopen non-essential Irish retail businesses. Share Submit BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 Share Related Articles BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020
This is the second time in a week that a Pirates analyst went all “Get off my lawn” about an opposing player. John Wehner, who is one of the Bucs’ color commentators along with Blass and Bob Walk, ripped Reds infielder Derek Dietrich for pimping home runs (seven of his 16 homers this season have come against the Bucs) and getting excited about good plays.Wehner said that Dietrich’s grandfather, former major leaguer Steve Demeter, is “rolling in his grave every time (Dietrich) hits a home run.”Blass, 77, is retiring from broadcasting after the season. His pitching career ended prematurely in the mid-1970s when he lost the ability to throw the ball over the plate. He was also a Pirates teammate of Roberto Clemente “back in the day.” Clemente had to deal with similar comments from writers and announcers. Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is a magnet for inside fastballs — and, it seems, announcers who hate how he plays.Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Pirates analyst Steve Blass made a point to comment on Acuna’s jewelry, which came out from inside Acuna’s jersey after he took a big swing. On the next pitch, Bucs pitcher Steve Brault hit Acuna in the left elbow with a heater. As Blass and play-by-play announcer Greg Brown viewed the replay, Blass mentioned that hitters who played with Acuna’s swagger “back in the day” would have received similar treatment. Brown said he didn’t believe Brault’s pitch was intentional, and Blass agreed. There’s a question over whether Blass called the 21-year-old Acuna a “prick” toward the end of the clip.The Pirates’ broadcast is pretty gross when talking about Ronald Acuña Jr: pic.twitter.com/yD7GJgfP5b— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) June 5, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Acuna has been hit by pitches five times in 2019, to go with six HBPs as a rookie last year. The best-known plunking came last August when Marlins pitcher Jose Urena drilled Acuna with a high-90s fastball, sparking a benches-clearing incident. Acuna was forced to leave the game. MLB suspended Urena for six games for the pitch.
And that was just their starters. They still had one of the best bullpens in baseball and a fantastic lineup that got even better with the addition of DJ LeMahieu. On paper, this is the team to beat in MLB, but they still need to make at least one addition to make them the undisputed favorites: they need that last impact starter, especially considering the possibility Severino may not even pitch this year.So who could be that one addition who makes this team the undisputed World Series favorite? We’ll give you our thoughts based on this season being World Series or bust. And that’s important here. We’re not thinking about longevity. We are thinking about this season. With that, here’s how we rank the Yankees’ trade targets. Related News 3. Marcus Stroman, Blue JaysStroman is a controllable asset who does a good job of keeping the ball in the ballpark, an absolutely essential thing for Yankee Stadium. He also has experience in big-game baseball as he was on the mound when the USA won the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He also has playoff experience. All of those are good things. The issue is, he hasn’t been great in the postseason (1-1, 4.40 ERA) and he will cost more than Bumgarner because he does have a year of team control left.4. Robbie Ray, DiamondbacksRay is everything teams need in the posteason. He’s left-handed and a big strikeout guy. He also has one year of control left which is a plus. The issue for Ray is he can not only get wild from time to time (he has a career 4.0 BB/9), but he is also rarely more than a six-inning guy and he has struggled in the postseason (career 6.75 ERA in two starts). That’s a tough guy to trust.5. Matthew Boyd, TigersHad this been done a month ago Boyd might be a lot higher on the list. Boyd has been bad lately (6.38 ERA in July, 5.90 ERA in June) and his value just isn’t there anymore. He has the type of game that would work in the postseason as he is still averaging 12 strikeouts per nine innings, but he is way too big of a chance to take for a team like the Yankees especially considering he will cost a ton with three years of team control left despite having absolutely zero playoff experience. MLB trade rumors: Rockies ‘would listen to offers’ for Charlie Blackmon MLB trade rumors: Yankees unlikely to land Rangers starter Mike Minor Ranking Yankees trade targets by potential impact1. Madison Bumgarner, GiantsAs surprising as this might sound, this one is a no-brainer for us and it’s all about his October experience. Bumgarner is 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA in his postseason career. He has pitched in three World Series, winning it all each time, while also taking home a NLCS MVP and a World Series MVP. He will know what to do when he gets to the postseason. That’s what the Yankees rotation needs. They need their next Andy Petitte. And honestly, he’s perfect for Brian Cashman. He’s a rental so he won’t cost an arm and a leg. He’s a lefty and he’ll be coming over from the National League so AL hitters won’t be quite as familiar with him as they would be with Marcus Stroman or Matthew Boyd. Bumgarner is the perfect fit for the Yankees.2. Noah Syndergaard, MetsAlong the same lines as Bumgarner, Syndergaard gives the Yankees postseason experience and success (2-1, 2.42 ERA, 36 strikeouts, 26 innings) as well as World Series experience. He hasn’t been great this season, but he has the best stuff of anyone on this list, would be moving from the NL to AL and is a strikeout guy which is essential to the postseason. And with controllability he gives the Yankees an asset for another couple of seasons. That is a bit of a negative here though, too, as he would cost a fortune which Cashman doesn’t want to give up. MLB trade rumors: Big-contract players Braves, Indians, Phillies should deal for no matter the cost If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times — it is World Series or bust this year for the Yankees.The second New York acquired James Paxton in the offseason for Justus Sheffield and a couple other players, things got real. The Yankees had a rotation that included a Cy Young candidate (Luis Severino), a shutdown postseason starter (Masahiro Tanaka), one of the best lefty strikeout artists in the game (Paxton) and a potential future Hall of Famer who could guide the team throughout the year (CC Sabathia). And that’s not even mentioning J.A. Happ, who is more than serviceable.
RED BANK – The public was given its turn to ask questions about the fate of the site of the now unusable clay tennis courts on Union Street next to Marine Park at a special Borough Council meeting May 28. Now the decision about which plan will be chosen will be made by the governing body.The questions and suggestions from the audience of around 120, lasted almost three hours and only ended because the meeting was closed by Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer.First up was Rumson resident James P. Cullen, who has offered to donate $500,000 to the town, of which $400,000 would be used to rebuild the clay courts that were damaged by Sandy, and $100,000 to operate and maintain them.The Jetsun Enterprises proposal includes a year round ice skating rink, a miniature golf course, boat rental facilities, a visitors center for the borough and a free electric shuttle that would pick up people throughout the town.The third proposal was presented by Marine Park Activity Center, a local group formed to increase the recreational use of the river by local residents.The plan to save the clay courts presented by Cullen would be free to borough seniors and those up to 17 years old at selected times.“I think you have a unique landmark with a great history,” Cullen said of the courts. He said he would like to see a program that encourages young people in the town to play tennis.The plan sets discounted rates of $150 for unlimited play for borough residents while non-residents would pay $300. Half of the fees would go to the borough.Jeff Podesta spoke in favor of Cullen’s plan and said that playing tennis was an advantage to young people and research had shown that 81 percent of young tennis players had gone on to college.The proposal for retaining the tennis courts said, “A key to the project is retaining Rich Nicoletti who has been keeping the facility running in recent years with essentially no operating budget.”It also said that there be a free, two-week tennis clinic held only for Red Bank residents’ ages 7 to 17.A small committee, the proposal said, would represent the tennis court facility that would oversee it and would present any plans for changes to the Borough Council.“Almost everyone who has grown up playing tennis in the United States has done so on hard courts. However when they first get a chance to play on red clay, they realize it is a very special experience. Our goal here is to give the young people of Red Bank this experience,” the proposal said.The borough would receive 50 percent of moneys raised through fundraising and a yearly tournament the proposal said, which it estimated to raise $50,000 to $60,000.Stephen Hecht said, “I don’t believe we should have a tennis club” at the site. He asked Cullen if he “would be willing to have the town run it?” referring to the courts.“I’m open to that,” Cullen replied.The Jetson plan calls for a “multi-use recreation center” which would have a goal “to get people down to the waterfront, and have a reason to stay there.”It said, “We firmly believe family recreation is the only appropriate use of this valuable asset.”Fees for the activities listed in the plan were $9 for the miniature golf course for adults, with children 12 and under paying $8 and $6 for the ice skating rink with a two-for-one on Tuesdays.Borough residents over 65 and under 4, accompanied by an adult, will have free admission for those activities.Watersport rentals will range from $20 an hour to $80 for eight hours.The Jetson group will pay the borough $75,000 a year rent for the property according to its proposal, with a 25-year lease.Fred Stone questioned the fees and said they might exclude some borough residents from using the facilities. The fees, he said, “might not be trivial,” for some.Questions were also raised about the extra traffic that could be caused by the facility.Some residents who lived near Marine Park expressed concern that the complex would bring late night noise and litter on the streets.Others asked how the town could be assured the venture would succeed, since the partners had not had experience in managing a similar facility.Chris Paseka said he was in favor of the plan since now there was nothing in the town to do with children but “shop and eat.”Others felt differently.“Why would you want to do this to this town?” Shelley Davimos asked. She urged the council to go with the Cullen plan “Take his money, take his money please.”Sandra Talarico, speaking for the Marine Park Activity Center, said the group believed “the town now has a tremendous opportunity to use the riverside property to create a maritime center that expands the recreational opportunities on the river and becomes a focus of recreation education, and commerce for Red Bank.”She described the activities of the Navesink River Rowing group and the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association and said the proposed facility would allow for the expansion of these programs as well as additional ones.Among the activities proposed were adaptive boating, where existing boats are modified for participants who are physically challenged can take part in rowing and sailing programs, rowing, canoeing and small craft sailing as an in-school or after school physical education program, programs for older citizens to keep them active, and rentals that are affordable for kayaks, canoes and paddleboats to allow families and visitors to enjoy the river.In response to questions about a 20,000-square-foot building in the plan, Talarico said it was included because after reading the request for proposals from the town it was thought that the borough was seeking revenues. She said her group was seeking not-for-profit status.Their proposal calls for a 15-year-lease from the borough with terms “based on the gradual implementation of revenue producing programs after five years, and fees based on a percentage of revenue generated by programs and the facility thereafter…”Those who want to comment on the three proposals can do so on the borough’s website where the proposals can be read. They can also be submitted to the Office of the Administrator, 90 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701– By Liz Sheehan
By Ryan Gallagher | LONG BRANCH – Volunteers hit the sand in some New Jersey coastal town on Saturday, not to build castles or get a tan, but to help the coastal environment by planting beach grass by hand.In Long Branch, the non-profit Surfer’s Environmental Alliance (SEA) hosted an event at the Brighton Beach entrance, in conjunction with the City of Long Branch and its Environmental Commission.The task was to plant 10,000 clones of American Cape beach grass in random patterns 8 inches deep, 18 inches apart. By the 11 a.m. start, the boardwalk was teeming with volunteers who wanted to help plant the stalks.“It all helps stabilize the sand and you know, it’s the right thing to do here,” said lifetime surfer and SEA executive director, Richard Lee of Long Branch. “The more grass in the lower area and the bigger it is, the better it will do to prevent sand and water from coming over the boardwalk,” said Lee.When mature, the leafy beach grass can grow to a height of 2 or 3 feet, and its leaves may become rolled or folded. Its strong underground stems spread underneath the sand and can give rise to many new plants. The native plant enhances the natural beauty of the beach. “See, look how nice that looks?” said Lee. The surfing community wanted to give back, he explained.“The city of Long Branch, in my opinion is the most surf-friendly town on the Jersey Shore,” said Macioch.In Long Branch on Saturday, Alex Krenkel was among many who pitched in to plant dune grass on the beach. Native beach grass helps stabilize moving sand and is effective against beach erosion.Danna Kaywood and her husband David were digging and planting on the beach in their jeans and flannel shirts. Danna, the program and special event coordinator for the city, wanted to get involved. “It had come to my attention about doing this, so I helped with advertising and getting it out,” said Danna.Shawna O’Shemmey of Middletown was motivated to do what she could after seeing the Instagram post about the project. She and her husband, Hugh, brought their two boys. “We love to help out any way we can with the environment and beach preservation,” she said.Before it was over, a band of Monmouth University student-surfers arrived. They apologized for being tardy; they had been surfing all morning.“We showed up fashionably late, but we’re getting right on it and it feels good,” said Alex Krenkel of Ocean Township, a surf team member.The surfers kept the mood light with laughter, but they were serious about giving back.“It is important that we take care of our backyard here at Monmouth University, show some support for the community and show that we as MU students are here to make this place great again,” said student-surfer, Paul Kelly.As the event wound down, the bundles of beach grass disappeared and, soon after, so did the crowd. Event directors and community members expressed hope the beach grass roots would run vigorously into the sand and knit together to stabilize the moving sand for the future.Soon the environmentalists would embark on their next project. “We are also going to be starting a campaign called ‘Please Leave Only Your Footprints.’ That’ll be on the garbage cans,” said SEA director Lee. “It’s a subliminal message to tell people that if you bring garbage please just put it in the cans or take it off the beach.”This article was first published in the March 30-April 6, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. ￼Monmouth University student surfers Tyler Sankey (foreground), Huascar Holguin, Zack Karvelas and Connor Perzely get to work during the Long Branch beach grass planting.There was a bit of swell in the water and a balmy breeze blowing as surfers, college students, scouts and beach lovers worked the beach with digging tools and bundles of beach grass, being careful not to trample on newly planted stalks.SEA’s Chris Macioch was impressed by the community spirit. The group has helped organize similar events in Sea Bright. “But, for a pure SEA beach grass planting I’d say that this is definitely our best turnout,” he said.
Marchers held signs and chanted during the March For Our Lives event in Red Bank. Photo by Jay CookAs the the 10 a.m. start time approached, conversations among the demonstrators touched upon several topics. The issue of more stringent gun control regulations remained at the center of the chatter. Students spoke among themselves about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting while also imagining aloud how they might react if a similar scene played out on their local campuses.Once the march moved out from the commuter lot, the throng slowly headed eastward on Monmouth Street. A select group of student organizers and speakers led the marchers through a series of chants, including “Enough is enough,” “NRA money is blood money,” and “No more AR-15s.”Above the call and response was a sea of cellphone activity, as selfies, snaps and point-of-view videos were posted on social media. It allowed the March For Our Lives movement to live and breathe in real time on various digital platforms – one of the hallmarks of this youth movement which has helped launch and sustain its message.The procession down Monmouth Street was slow moving and came to a halt at Maple Street as police waited to clear and secure the intersection for passing. The march once again came to a stop before turning left onto Broad Street and paused again minutes later at the West Front Street traffic light before turning left and moving toward the end point at Riverside Gardens Park. The trek took nearly 30 minutes to complete.With a calm river behind them and a steady wind at their backs, the student speakers showed no restraint when scolding their federal representatives and community members who don’t support stricter gun legislation.“This is not normal,” said Shea Grant, a 16-year-old from Little Silver who attends Red Bank Regional High School. “We must all refuse to let this become normal. It is when we allow ourselves to become desensitized and indifferent that lawmakers become lenient with policies.”Grant, who is two years away from being able to vote, pleaded for the general public to protect her while she waits her time to cast a ballot.“Be the voice I do not have,” she continued. “Be the voice that was stolen from the 17 in Parkland, for the kids in Newton who were too young to understand politics.”The rally began with a minute of silence for those lost in school shootings, but the rhetoric turned to an attack on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other special interest groups that protect the Second Amendment.“Now is the time to act. Now is the time to let (politicians) know what we think,” said 18-year-old Rumson-Fair Haven Regional senior Cameron Spector, a Fair Haven resident. “Now is the time to tell them that we do not stand with the NRA, that we don’t want our teachers armed, that we don’t want more guns because more guns do not equal more peace.”Some students also pleaded for more perspective so older generations could understand their growing fears about their safety when attending school.“(Students) should wake up every morning with sound assurance, confident they will go to school and be safe all day,” Cakie Dym, a 13-year-old Oak Hill Academy student from Rumson, asserted. “They should ride the bus and never wonder if the person sitting next to them is carrying a gun.”“I have grown up in a world where children are being shot in their schools,” said Fiona Maguire, a 15-year-old freshman at Middletown South. “I have grown up in a world where I think about the shoes I wear to my school in case I have to run out of it.”A number of elected Democrats spoke directly to the students, reassuring them of their support. Menna, Red Bank’s mayor, suggested the youthful participants petition their municipal governments for support. State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) said the NRA should stand with protestors and ensure no more lives are taken by gun violence.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. addressed the assembled marchers.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) said he’ll continue to push for “common sense” gun legislation – universal background checks, closures to loopholes from gun shows or internet sales, a ban on assault weapons and “some kind of limitation on the rounds of ammunition.”“We’ve had so many deaths, we’ve had so many mass shootings,” Pallone said. “People are sick and tired of it. Enough is enough.”This article was first published in the March 29-April 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. A peaceful but impassioned crowd marched for gun reform on Broad Street, Red Bank on March 24. Organized by a group called Two Rivers Families March For Our Lives, the demonstration attracted 3,000 people to the downtown area. Photo by Jay CookBy Jay Cook and Chris Rotolo |RED BANK – Generation Z has had enough.They carried colorful signs, howled impassioned chants and shed tears as more than 3,000 demonstrators flooded downtown Red Bank last weekend, calling for widespread changes to federal firearm legislation in response to one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.“We, the students, are your future lawyers, politicians, educators, creators, doctors and more,” said Sofia Casamassa, an 18-year-old Middletown South senior and Middletown resident. “We should lose sleep studying for our tests, not for the fear of our schools being shot up.”Sofia Casamassa spoke at the March for our Lives event in Red Bank on March 24.Casamassa’s speech was one of the many emotional messages passionately delivered on Saturday at Riverside Gardens Park during the final stop of the Two Rivers Families March For Our Lives. Nineteen student activists from a half-dozen Two River-area high schools expressed how special interest groups, the federal government and prior generations have failed to protect them.Red Bank’s march was one of 10 March For Our Lives protests across the state and one of the 700-plus demonstrations held nationally and internationally. Each march was held in memory of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were gunned down inside the school by a former student.Demonstrators first converged in Red Bank around 9 a.m. at the Red Bank train station, a contingent that grew by the minute. The parking lot would have suited the initial estimated draw of 1,500 demonstrators, but the crowd exceeded expectations and spilled over to the auxiliary NJ Transit parking lot adjacent to the Red Bank Armory skating center.
A 14-year-old lad was on Friday arraigned with three men before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on charges of trafficking 10.078 kilograms (22 lbs) of cocaine.The men arraigned: Ricardo Denhart, 47; Patrick Ram, and Denzil Park, 49, all denied the charge when it was read to them. The lad has also denied the charge.The court heard that on August 14, 2018, while in the parking lot of Popeye’s Fast Food restaurant at Vlissengen Road and Duncan Street, Georgetown, the quartet trafficked the prohibited substance.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield detailed that, on the day in question, ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) were on an intelligence-led operation when they swooped down on the men.It is alleged that the CANU ranks witnessed when one of the men exited motorcarRicardo Denhart, Patrick Ram and Denzil Park being escorted out of the courtroomPWW 8454 and handed a shopping bag to another, who was seated in minibus PKK 6944.After witnessing the exchange, CANU ranks allegedly intercepted and searched both vehicles, unearthing several “bricks” which were wrapped in parcels hidden behind the driver’s seat of the minibus. The parcels were examined and later proved to be cocaine.The court was informed that the ranks have also gathered close circuit television footage from the restaurant showing the exchange.After listening to the prosecution’s submission, Magistrate McLennan released the teen on $200,000, bail but remanded the three adults.The matter is expected to continue on August 31.