Literacy Volunteers Offers Training and Prep Classes

first_imgLiteracy Volun­teers of Monmouth County will be offering two volunteer-tutor trainings and a U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class this fall.Autumn Tutor Training 1 will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept.18 through Oct. 23 at Brookdale Com­munity College’s Higher Edu­cation Center, 213 Broadway, Room 103, Long Branch.Autumn Tutor Training 2 will be held 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7, 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 18, 25, at the Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune.Cost for the program is $10 nonrefundable registration fee and an additional $35 for books and materials due at the first session for books and materials. Refresher courses are free to trained tutors. Class size is limited.U.S. Citizenship Prepara­tion Class is a 10-week class to be offered on Monday evenings Sept. 16 through Nov. 18 at Brookdale Com­munity College in Long Branch, 213 Broadway, Room 103, Long Branch. This class is recommended for Perman­ent Residents (green card status) who will be applying for U.S. Citi­zenship in 2013-2014. Stu­dents should have English speaking, reading and writing skills. Topics will cover the naturalization process, U.S. history, civics, testing, interview practice and N-400 application content as well as the “100 questions.” Class size is limited to 15 students and there is a $10 registration/materials charge per student.To register for any of these programs, or to find out more about Literacy Volunteers, contact LVMC at 732-571-0209.last_img read more

Castro rues poor transition D, not his cold shooting, in loss to Globalport

first_imgLATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—–TNT point guard Jayson Castro had the coldest hands inside Ynares Sports Center in the KaTropa’s loss 119-112 loss to Globalport in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Castro went on a decent 5-of-12 clip from the field but missed multiple crucial shots in the fourth quarter when the KaTropa attempted to come back against the Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees And these attempts were point blank floaters and layups that Castro, who finished with 15 points, usually makes.“Everybody has off nights but I think our mistake was our transition defense because once they get the ball we let them start running,” said Castro in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’There were also some calls—or lack thereof—that seemed questionable for TNT but Casto would not comment on the officiating in the loss.“We can’t do anything about it, that was what the referees called so we just have to focus on the game next time around,” said Castro.center_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay The KaTropa failed to stretch their winning streak to three with the loss as they dropped to 4-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gavina blows his top after yet another Kia loss: ‘I’m tired of this’ View commentslast_img read more

CJ McCollum breaks out of slump as Blazers dump 76ers

first_imgIn his six previous games, McCollum was 35 percent from the floor, while shooting 16 percent from 3-point range.“I don’t think there’s any question that he was going to break out at some point,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Good for him. Good for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMcCollum’s white-hot night was felt throughout the team, as the Blazers shot a season-high 59 percent in routing Philadelphia. Al-Farouq Aminu had 16 points, Damian Lillard 15 and Jusuf Nurkic 14 for Portland.Ben Simmons scored 19 points to lead the 76ers, who were without center Joel Embiid due to soreness in his left knee. Embiid leads Philadelphia in scoring (26.5 points) and rebounds (13.3). Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college McCollum gave signs of a turnaround during a five-minute stint of the first quarter, hitting his first three shots. McCollum then played the entire second quarter and continued to sizzle, making 7 of 11 shots.From McCollum’s viewpoint, nothing changed Sunday from the previous six games — other than the ball going through the basket on a regular basis.“I’ve been getting some of the same looks I’ve been getting my entire life, and I wasn’t making them. But I understand how I approach the game, how much time I put in. . I figured the tide would turn eventually,” McCollum said.“I felt good the last few games. I just tried to get into a rhythm. I made some shots and that made it a little easier for everyone else.”McCollum’s shooting rebound was part of the puzzle for Portland. Without Embiid inside, the Blazers handled Philadelphia on the boards 59-36.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INS76ers: Coach Brett Brown said Embiid was held out of Sunday’s game as a precaution. “It’s not anything we’re concerned about,” Brown said. … Replacing Embiid was Amir Johnson, who made his second start of the season.Trail Blazers: Forward Maurice Harkless (knee) didn’t play. Evan Turner replaced Harkless in the starting lineup. … The 34-point margin is Portland’s most lopsided win of the season.UP NEXT76ers: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.Trail Blazers: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Without LeBron James, Lakers rally in 4th quarter to beat Kings View comments MOST READ PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers weren’t concerned about guard C.J. McCollum’s recent shooting slump.McCollum broke out of a six-game funk on Sunday night, hitting 13 of 18 shots in a 35-point performance as the Trail Blazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Several 76ers said the energy wasn’t there defensively. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said the loss of Embiid was a blow.“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think he’s a defensive player of the year,” Brown said. “Whether you look at points in the paint, whether you look at the rebounding margin. . The guys that we had, we just struggled defending them.”Early on, it appeared as though Philadelphia might get by without Embiid. The 76ers hit their first four shots and led 13-7. Nothing went right the rest of the first half for Philadelphia, however, as Portland quickly erased the deficit and ran away from the 76ers.The Blazers had runs of 12-1 and 8-0 to take a 31-20 lead after the first quarter. It was a warmup act for Portland’s 39-point second quarter, where the Blazers started by scoring the first 12 points. McCollum scored 19 of his 26 first-half points during the second quarter, as the Blazers built a 70-41 halftime lead.After making its first four field goal tries, Philadelphia hit just 4 of its next 27 shots. It was no match for Blazers, who shot 67 percent (29 of 43) during the first half.Portland’s defense that caught Stotts’ eye as much as the sharp shooting.“We didn’t let the fact that we were playing good offense take away from our defense. I thought the effort was consistent throughout,” Stotts said.NURKIC BREAKING OUTNurkic, Portland’s center, is on a dominant run in the post of late. During his past three games, including two against Golden State, Nurkic has made 25 of 43 shots and is averaging 20.7 points and 9.7 rebounds.“It’s very encouraging,” Stotts said. “It’s part of his growth. But he’s got to continue it.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

Industry leaders continue to raise concerns of potential Site C Dam

first_imgIt notes economic questions about the mega-project were raised by last month’s joint review panel report, which claims the dam would likely be “the largest provincial public expenditure of the next twenty years.”“We have absolutely no confidence that this is the least cost plan,” Executive director of the Association of Major Power Customers of B.C, Richard Stout said.The association represents about twenty of the largest employers and industrial customers in the province.- Advertisement -“It is unusual for us to criticize a government of this stripe, but BC Hydro has been out of control for a good ten years,” Stout contends, adding “any other business would have been declared bankrupt by now.”The story also quotes Craig Thomson, the Energy and Environment Supervisor at Canfor’s Taylor pulp mill, and Dan Potts, Former Executive Director of the Association of Major Power Customers of B.C.Potts believes the lasting legacy of Site C will be of wealth destruction.Advertisement “The huge cost will rob the province of valuable resources that could be used to deliver other needed government services, as well as burden the B.C. economy with debt and high electric power rates that will sap our competitiveness,” said Potts.Thomson says he doesn’t want the province poised as a poster child of mismanaged spending of public funds.“I think the cost of hydro-electric dam construction is so astronomical that no one will ever do it again and we’re going to have this huge white elephant,” Thomson said.  A decision on the third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River will be made by the federal and provincial governments this fall.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: Barcelona star tipped to make Gunners move in January

first_img1 Pedro in action for Barcelona Barcelona star Pedro was on the brink of joining Arsenal at the end of last season and is back on Arsene Wenger’s radar, according to reports in Spain.The Spain international reportedly held talks with the north London club before the World Cup last summer but the Gunners’ representatives could not convince the Catalan giants to cash in on the forward.Sources close to the 27-year-old have revealed Pedro is still keen to play in the Premier League and fears his first-team spot may be under threat with the imminent return of record signing Luis Suarez, to join an attacking line-up already boasting household names Lionel Messi and Neymar.With a growing list of injury victims this term, Arsenal boss Wenger is set to go back into the transfer market in January and the acquisition of Pedro would be a major boost for the club’s Premier League and Champions League credentials.Neither Pedro or his representatives have given any indication over whether he is happy to stay at Barcelona, the club where he began his career, but new coach Luis Enrique has promised a major overhaul of his squad at the Nou Camp.last_img read more

Judge strikes out case against motorist after hearing he is almost 104 years old

first_imgA Judge has struck out the case of a man charged with careless driving – after hearing he was 102 years old at the time of the crash.Sprightly Jack Hannigan was involved in a traffic accident at Main Street in Stranorlar on July 10th last year. The court heard that Mr Hannigan had never been involved in a traffic accident in his decades of driving.A rather surprised Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Hannigan’s solicitor, Ms Una McGrory, if he was correct in thinking that her client was almost 104 years old.Ms McGrory said this was indeed the case.However, the solicitor said that her client was now no longer behind the wheel.The court was told that Mr Hannigan, of Main Street Stranorlar, was charged with careless driving.One female pedestrian was injured in the incident outside Stranorlar church.Ms McGrory asked Judge Kelly if, considering Mr Hannigan’s exemplary driving record, he would consider allowing the matter to be dealt with in the civil court.“He has driven all his life, day and night and he has no convictions at all.“The insurance company is now dealing with the matter.“Would the court consider allowing the civil court to deal with the matter,” she asked.Judge Paul Kelly said that considering Mr Hannigan had not come before the court in more than hundred years, he would strike the case out.Judge strikes out case against motorist after hearing he is almost 104 years old was last modified: July 29th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:careless drivingdonegaldriverStranorlarlast_img read more

JKL Dolphins add Dudus Monoja to roster

first_imgDudus also features for the National 3*3 side (Photo by Agency)KAMPALA – Official communication confirms that JKL Dolphins have sealed the capture of Daniel Monoja aka ‘Dudus’.Dudus who features for the Uganda 3*3 National team is understood to have signed a two year deal with JKL from fellow National Basketball league side Our Saviour.He becomes their second signing in under a week after they also signed Bernard Okumu from UPDF Tomahawks a few days ago.Speaking after his move, Dudus informed that the decision to sign for JKL was as simple as they get.“I was impressed by the management’s philosophy so the decision to sign was not a hard one, said Dudus.“I would love to contribute to JKL moving a step forward from where they finished last year.Dudus who can also play as a Center started playing basketball at high school level, representing St. Lawrence-Paris Palais and Greenhill Academy.After his high school, he joined UPDF Tomahawks in the D-League, helping them to promotion to Division One that very year.In 2014, he joined Makerere University whom he represented at the annual Zuku University Basketball Champions. While still there, Dudus was also part of the University 3*3 team that played at the FASU Championships in South Africa (2016) and Nairobi (2017).In 2015, he once again helped UPDF Tomahawks to promotion from Division one to the National Basketball league.He switched to Our Saviour after helping UPDF reach the NBL playoffs in 2016.Dudus is expected to make his debut on Sunday, 14-04-2019, when JKL Dolphins take on Our Saviour in their League opener at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.Comments Tags: BasketballDaniel MonojaJKL DolphinsOur Saviourlast_img read more

‘Making things in Donegal’ to take centre stage at Enterprise Week

first_img“Sometimes when we are close to something we take it for granted. We forget to take a step back, admire and laud our achievements and acknowledge the rich tapestry of our local communities and economy. In “Donegal – We Make Things” we wanted to take a little time out and acknowledge just a few of our local businesses who create employment for their local communities by making things.These are honest stories told as only those who have lived them can tell. They speak of family, of community, of patience, of learning, of ambition and of passion. The promoters are ordinary folk doing ordinary stuff but doing it wonderfully well. I am certain that these stories will not only be admired by anyone in business, but will also help inspire further success.”Monday night’s event is just one of many in an exciting line up that stretches across the county over the course of the week and the Head of Enterprise said they were delighted to once again to have some fantastic local, national and international speakers bringing their expertise and experience to the county.“The week gets off to a great start in Solis Lough Eske on Monday morning with the story of another local business, Donagh Kelly of KN Group – who has built up not just a national, but an international business.“We are certain that there will be terrific learning and networking opportunities for businesses every day and I would urge them to make the most of the opportunity,” he added.There are events to pick from at locations right around Donegal and all are free to attend.To book events, log on to or send an e.mail to or phone 0749160735. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.‘Making things in Donegal’ to take centre stage at Enterprise Week was last modified: March 1st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Manufacturing businesses will take centre stage during one of the key events for Local Enterprise Week 2018 when they are featured on screen and in print in “Donegal – We Make Things,” a celebration of manufacturing in the county.Joe Bonnar Metalcraft, Letterkenny; MacBride Brothers Joinery from Convoy; O’Donnell’s Bakery from Laghy; Welditz from Carndonagh; Silver Strand Rope Works from Moville and Diorite from Buncrana will feature at the event in Buncrana Cinema on Monday 5th March.Their stories will be told on screen in “Donegal – We Make Things” at an event hosted by broadcaster Anton Savage that will also see the launch of a book of the same name that charts their stories. According to Head of Enterprise, Michael Tunney, Monday evening’s film and book launch is a real celebration and example of businesses who refuse to be average, who refuse to be held back by how others perceive living in Donegal to be.“This is truly a celebration of the fact that manufacturing is not only possible – but is truly alive and well in Donegal,” he said.Indeed, Mr Tunney urged anyone in business in Donegal to come along to the event and be inspired by the stories of the local businesses. last_img read more

News in brief: Davey loan deal extended but Chalobah returns

first_imgChalobah is back at ChelseaNathaniel ChalobahThe England Under-21 midfielder has returned to Chelsea after his loan spell at Burnley came to an end. Chalobah made only four appearances for the Clarets, all as a substitute, after moving to Turf Moor at the end of August.Christian AtsuThe Chelsea winger, currently on loan at Everton, has been given a chance by Ghana to prove his fitness ahead of this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.Atsu, last week named in the Black Stars’ provisional squad for the tournament despite a hamstring injury, returned to the Toffees’ squad on New Year’s Day but did not come off the bench and has not played in three weeks.The 22-year-old has not joined the rest of the Ghana squad in Accra, but instead will link up with them at a training camp in Spain to give him extra time to recover.Alex DaveyChelsea’s 20-year-old defender has extended his loan deal at Scunthorpe United for a further month. The Scotland Under-19 centre-back has made four appearances for the League One side since joining in November. A regular for the Blues’ Under-21s, Davey was part of the Chelsea team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2012.BrentfordThe Bees’ development squad’s league match with Charlton on Monday has been postponed. The team’s first game of 2015 will now be away to Bristol City on 12 January.Jack BonhamThe Brentford goalkeeper has agreed a new three-and-a-half year contract at Griffin Park. The 21-year-old, whose previous deal was due to expire in the summer, has featured in every matchday squad since the end of August, as backup to first-choice keeper David Button. He made three senior appearances last season, after joining from Watford.Niamh FaheyChelsea Ladies’ new signing has been named in a Republic of Ireland squad for a training camp in La Manga from 12-16 January. Fahey, 27, who joined the Blues from Arsenal last month, has won 50 caps for her country.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations

first_imgThe forms are too bulky to import from EuropeBygghouse had considered importing forms from Europe and selling them here, but there were a couple of problems. For one, forms made in Europe are manufactured to unfamiliar metric dimensions that don’t coincide with the 4-foot increment that U.S. builders use. Also, shipping the lightweight but bulky foam pieces didn’t look attractive financially.“There’s so much to learn from them that they’ve already vetted and done well,” La Verdara said of Swedish builders. “It’s actually very frustrating to us to see how we sort of flail around trying to invent this stuff when there are already very well vetted solutions sitting there.”He added that at least one other North American company, Legalett, sells a similar product used in conjunction with its hot-air radiant system, but doesn’t appear interested in selling the slab forms separately. Lay out the forms, place the concreteLa Vardera mentioned WarmFörm in a GBA post earlier in October. He said the firm hoped to see the system gain the kind of popularity here that it has in Sweden, “where nearly all new houses are placed on this kind of foundation system.”“The Swedes have refined this to an extremely efficient, and economical way to build. They build this way not only because it is energy-efficient, but because it is faster and less expensive than digging footings below grade,” he said.The forms sold by Bygghouse are made from two types of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. Horizontal sections which support the weight of the slab and a reinforcing grade beam are Type IX foam. Vertical pieces are made from BASF Neopor, a graphite-modified Type VIII EPS with an R-value that approaches the R-value of extruded polystyrene (XPS), LaVardera said.The outside of the vertical part of the form, part of which would be exposed after the slab is finished, is protected by a polyester-reinforced cementitious coating. The vertical part of the form is 4 inches thick except for a tapered section at the top. The horizontal leg under the thickened edge of the slab is also is 4 inches thick, while the field of crushed stone in the center of the building would typically be covered with 12 inches of horizontal EPS, La Verdara said.Bygghouse isn’t in a position to stockpile an inventory of foam shapes, but works with a fabricator and coater in New Jersey and is ready to supply forms to builders who want to use the system. Forms cost $25 or less per lineal foot. Borrowing an idea from Swedish builders, a New Jersey company has begun marketing prefabricated foam forms that make it possible for two workers to install a frost-protected shallow foundation in a single day with little or no digging.The New Jersey company, Bygghouse, got its start when Scott Hedges studied building materials and techniques while working as a carpenter in Sweden. There, expanded polystyrene (EPS) forms are routinely used for slabs (often called “insulated raft slabs”) as an alternative to deep footings and concrete foundations. To create an insulated raft slab, concrete is placed in a shallow bathtub-like enclosure made of EPS foam.Hedges and architect Greg La Vardera developed a prototype for their product, WarmFörm, in conjunction with Bensonwood, the New Hampshire-based firm led by Tedd Benson, and placed its first raft slab in the ground in 2012. The company began providing quotes to potential customers this summer.A WarmFörm foundation would typically be placed on an 8-inch-deep base of crushed stone, with the top of the crushed stone at about 8 inches below finished grade.A conventional foundation usually includes concrete stem walls on footings that are located below the frost line so they don’t heave in winter. That could be 48 inches or more below grade in colder parts of the country.center_img The approach is decades oldFrost-protected shallow foundations aren’t new. In fact, this type of foundation was used by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Chicago area during the 1930s. The NAHB Research Center (now the Home Innovation Research Labs) published a paper on how to make them a decade ago, although builders had to cobble them together with sheets of rigid foam insulation and conventional concrete forms.GBA senior editor Martin Holladay wrote about insulated raft slabs in a blog in 2010. In it, he listed several European manufacturers of EPS forms intended for raft slabs.last_img read more