Most Read News, December 5 – 11, 2016

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2 California supermarkets closing after city orders pay hike

first_imgLONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kroger Co. will close two supermarkets in Southern California in response to a local ordinance requiring extra pay for certain grocery employees working during the pandemic. The decision announced by the company Monday follows a unanimous vote last month by the Long Beach City Council mandating a 120-day increase of $4 an hour for employees of supermarkets with at least 300 employees nationwide and more than 15 in Long Beach. Kroger says it will close a Ralphs market and a Food 4 Less on April 17. The company says the stores have been struggling for a long time and the closures are permanent.last_img read more

Mirza Teletović made 14 Points in 20 Minutes

first_imgCaptain of the B&H basketball team Mirza Teletović scored 14 points in 20 minutes of play, helping to secure a win for the Brooklyn Nets against the Orlando Magic (101:90).Teletović spent a little more than 20 minutes on the court, with a total of 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.As usual, Teletović was the deadliest from the three-point line. He made four out of eight three-point attempts.The B&H player, together with his teammates from the bench, was a key victory for the Nets. The bench of the Nets team made a total of 52 points, versus 43 for the Magic.With this win, the Nets have eight wins in nine January games.Video: read more

Uganda Cranes invites ‘Mo’ Opondo for Niger tourney

first_imgMo and FUFA boss Magogo in 2015. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has called 23 players for a three-nation tournament due in Niger, West Africa.Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre has included Danish based winger Moses “Mo” Opondo who features at Vendsyssel Football Club.“Mo” gets his first call up, three years after he visited the country and confirmed his availability to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Eng. Moses MagogoUganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre addressed the media Wednesday and named the 23 man squad that will be used for the two international warm up matches coming up between 27th May to 3rd June 2018.‘The main objective of this training camp is to have the players gel together in preparation for the four AFCON 2019 qualification matches between September and November 2018.’ Desabre noted.Uganda will face Central African Republic on May 30th before battling the hosts on June 2. The summoned players are expected to depart the country on the 26th May 2018. *******SOURCE FUFA MEDIAShare on: WhatsApp Faruku Miya199721Standard LiègeBelgium Denis Onyango198533Mamelodi SundownsSouth Africa Geofrey Walusimbi199028Gor MahiaKenya Jamal Salim199523Al MerreikhSudan Murushid Jjuko199424SimbaTanzania GoalKeepers Charles Lukwago199423KCCAUganda Defenders Bevis Mugabi199523Yeovil TownEngland “Although the games will not be played during a FIFA international friendly window period, they will help me continue to assess the players as we plan for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier,” Desabre told URN.Uganda Cranes kick started the 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign with a vital 1-0 Group L win away to Cape Verde last year. In September they will host Tanzania before facing Lesotho the following month.Meanwhile, the FUFA Communications manager Ahmed Hussein informed the media about the latest updates concerning the Uganda U-20 national team (The Hippos) ahead of the return leg for the CAF U-20 qualifiers.The team of 18 players and 6 officials will depart the country on Thursday early morning for Cameroon.UGANDA CRANES TEAM: Hassan Wasswa198830El GeishEgypt Mohammad Shaban199820KCCAUganda Joseph Ochaya199325Lusaka Dynamos F.C.Zambia Strikerscenter_img Moses Opondo199721VendsysselDenmark Khalid Aucho199325East BengalIndia Milton Karisa199523VipersUganda Taddeo Lwanga199523VipersUganda Luwagga Kizito199325CSMS IaşiRomania Yunus Sentamu199424TiranaAlbania Nicholas Wadada199424VipersUganda Isaac Muleme199226AssioutyEgypt Midfieders Emmanuel Okwi199226SimbaTanzania AllanKateregga199424Cape TownSouth Africa Denis Iguma199424Al-Nabi ShaythLebanon E.drisa Lubega199820Floridsdorfer ACAustria Timothy Awanyi199622KCCAUgandalast_img read more

WPIAL pre-season preview: Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-Rox favorites

first_imgSTANDINGS ELIJAH ZEISE, N. Allegheny MONTAE NICHOLSON, Gateway AAAA Preseason rankings1.    Gateway2.   Woodland Hills3.    North Allegheny4.    Central Catholic5.    McKeesportAAAA Player of the YearJ.J. Cosentino Central CatholicAAA Preseason rankings1.    Thomas Jefferson2.    West Allegheny3.    New Castle4.    West Mifflin5.    Central ValleyAAA Player of the Year—Jimmy Wheeler West MifflinAA Preseason rankings1.    Aliquippa2.    Washington3.    Shady Side Academy4.    South Fayette5.    Beaver FallsAA Player of the Year—Shai McKenzie WashingtonMILES SANDERS, Woodland Hills The Woodland Hills Wolverines won 10 or more games in three of the last four seasons, reaching Heinz Field three times. The Wolverines features one of the state’s top two-way players in Harry Randall, a receiver/defensive back, and he’s joined by other rising seniors, including Chris David, Trevon Mathis and Daechaud Ausbrooks on defense. One name to keep an eye on offensively is running back Miles Sanders. Only a sophomore, Sanders rushed for 738 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012.Central Catholic is led by quarterback and Florida State recruit J.J. Cosentino. Cosentino will be throwing to Shafer Swann, the son of Steelers Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann. He will hand the football off to Luigi Lista-Brinza and Grant Foster, the son of Steelers single-season rushing record holder Barry Foster.center_img It seems so hard to believe that we’ve not seen Thomas Jefferson with a PIAA playoff appearance since its last state championship in 2008. TJ will field a very experienced group. The team’s five leading rushers’ return, including Jake Farrell, who rushed for more than 800 yards in 2012, and Michigan recruit Chase Winovich spearheads the defense.West Mifflin has the fastest running back in the WPIAL in Jimmy Wheeler, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns in 2012.Malik Hooker, of New Castle, should garnish a lot of All-American votes at the end of the season. Hooker is an Ohio State recruit and plays receiver and defensive back.The Aliquippa Quips, winners of 648 games and 15 WPIAL championships, have only a state championship on their minds. Dravon Henry and Terry Swanson return in the offensive backfield, as does star two-way lineman Jaleel Fields, tight end Donovan Cobb, and Andrew Barton and Tyler Turner defensively, among others. A Preseason rankings1.    Sto-Rox2.    North Catholic3.    Rochester4.    Monessen5.    ClairtonA Player of the Year—Brendan Blair Sto-Rox Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-RoxTERRY SWANSON and  DRAVON HENRY – Aliquippa Before a block was thrown in preseason camp, the Gateway Gators had more than their share of pressure. The resignation of Athletic Director, coach and offensive guru Terry Smith marked the end of an era and now a new regime begins headed by Donnie Milizer. Coach Milizer inherited perhaps the most talented Gateway team in school history.The talent includes Temple recruits Delvon Randall, Anthony Davis and Brenon Thrift, West Virginia recruit Ricky Rogers and highly prized Division I prospect Montae Nicholson.SHAI MCKENZIE, WASHINGTONlast_img read more

Westport Winery Earns High Points in World Competition

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s Bordello Blonde and Lighthouse White each earned 90-points in the recent World Wine Championships of White Wines held in Chicago, Illinois. These point scores represent gold medals and wines of “exceptional quality”.Of Bordello Blondes the judges said, “Floral aromas and flavors of roses and peony, honeyed peach, and delicate spices with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pear sauce, peach sorbet, honeydew, and minerals finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very aromatic and lively off-dry sipper.”Lighthouse White was said to exhibit, “Bold, fruity, floral aromas of lychees – linalool, rose petals, green apples, and key lime custard with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak. Alluring restrained spicy nose with sleek Riesling flavors to support a very complex savory wine.”The grapes for both of these Riesling Gewurztraminer blends were harvested at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley.Each of Westport’s wines benefits a local charity. A portion of the proceeds from Bordello Blondes is donated to the Aberdeen Museum of History. Some proceeds from Lighthouse White assist the Westport Maritime Museum and the Grays Harbor Lighthouse Restoration Fund.Additionally, each of Westport’s wines is commemorated with a sculpture in their 15-acre display garden. The winery’s iconic lighthouse constructed by Humphrey Construction represents Lighthouse White. The Bordello Blonde sculpture has been commissioned and will be unveiled later this summer.The Bordello Blonde label was art created by winery co-founder Kim Roberts. The watercolor for Lighthouse White was painted by Blain Roberts’ surf partner, Darryl Easter, of Camarillo, California. Easter has painted ten of the winery’s labels.Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The winery (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily and offers lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

RB Hears Plan For Replacement of Hubbard Bridge

first_imgHubbard Bridge, which connects REd Bank to the River Plaza section of Middletown, is next on the list of two river bridges to be replaced. RED BANK — With the Oceanic Bridge currently under construction, and the Sea Bright-Rumson bridge being considered for work in the near future, county engineers now are turning their attention to the West Front Street Bridge–much to the appreciation of Mayor Pasquale Menna.Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore and Jon Moren, the county’s principal bridge engineer and project manager, appeared before the governing body on Wednesday Feb. 22 l to explain what is going to be done on the bridge that  links Red Bank to the River Plaza section of Middletown, across the Swimming River.This project will be completely funded by federal transportation dollars, Ettore said, noting that the project is expected to cost between $12 and $12.5 million.The county-owned and maintained two-lane bridge, S-17, dates back to 1921 and is approximately 340 feet long, according to county information. It underwent some emergency repairs in 2004 when workers installed a deck replacement because it had become so deteriorated.Following that work, county engineers and state transportation officials conducted some additional scoping work to determine what should be done to the badly aging bridge.Red Bank officials had reservations about what was being proposed at that time. For one thing, said Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels, the bridge that was originally proposed was to have a sidewalk on only one side, which the borough opposed because of the amount of foot traffic on the west side.The new bridge proposal calls for six-foot sidewalks on each side and will comply with federal handicap access requirements. The new design also includes a four-foot shoulder on the approach to the bridge, allowing pedestrian and bicycle access, the engineers said.Those working on this project, Menna said, have remedied the the boroug’s original concerns. “Most of all,” Menna added, “I want to thank you for having someone pay for us.”And because the new bridge will be constructed alongside the existing bridge, the amount of time that traffic will have to be diverted will be minimal.Construction would be about 18 month to two years. “The actual closure of the bridge won’t happen until very late in the process,” Ettore said, estimating that won’t happen until  late in 2014.County engineers are hoping to, “minimize the disruption to the businesses,” Ettore said, noting that the bridge would be closed to traffic for three or four months.The architecture of the bridge will be consistent with the area. “We think of this as a landmark,” Ettore added.The project will likely mean the county will have to acquire a small amount of private property. Representatives have been negotiating with the property owners, as the county has an official policy of “willing seller, willing buyer negotiation,” according to Ettore.County engineers plan to advertise bids for the contract by fall 2012, with construction beginning in late winter 2012 or spring 2013.County officials are planning to conduct a public hearing on the proposal sometime in April, which will probably take place in the borough municipal complex on Monmouth Street.Menna commended the engineers for retooling the project to minimize borough concerns. “They actually spent time and listened to us,” he said afterwards.last_img read more