‘Fridays With Friends’ Returns to Community Center on Feb. 21

first_imgFriday with Friends events at the Community Center include swimming, but on Dec. 18 kids will also have the option to sing carols or watch a holiday movie. The next free “Fridays With Friends” event at the Ocean City Community Center is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.The new program invites tens to hang out at the Community Center to listen to music, watch movies, participate in workout programs and swim.Friday’s event is the fourth of six scheduled for this winter and will include a horror film (“MAMA” or “Paranormal”), Ocean City Historical Museum tours, a lights-out ghost tour (9 to 10 p.m.), swimming, ping-pong and more.The event is for Ocean City and  Upper Township students 14 to 18 years old. Teens must show their school identification, but there is no cost to participate.Yianni’s Cafe remains open until 9 p.m. and participants will be able to purchase energy drinks and other snacks.The coordinating groups for the new program are:Municipal Alliance CommitteeOcean City Police Department and Community Policing UnitOcean Cty Free Public LibraryOcean City Aquatic and Fitness CenterOcean City RecreationThe remaining dates will be on March 7 and 21 — with the next event moving to the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center.last_img read more

In final Big East tournament run, Boeheim reflects on decades in conference tournament, looks ahead to ACC

first_imgNEW YORK – The memories flooded Jim Boeheim’s mind. For more than three decades, he’s been leading his teams into Big East battles at Madison Square Garden. As he prepared to do so for the final time on Wednesday, Boeheim couldn’t escape the feeling that this was it for his time in the Big East.“I was thinking in the locker room before about the game, some of the games, and some of the highlights we’re playing,” Boeheim said after the Orange’s 75-63 win over Seton Hall. “Things have kind of been two years coming, but now that it’s here, your whole life has been spent in this league, and the last 31 years coming to this building, that’s a lot.”All season, Boeheim’s been asked about his thoughts of playing his final season in the Big East before Syracuse officially moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference in July. On the road, he’s been asked his feelings on coaching in Big East cities for the last time. More often than not, he says he doesn’t think about it.That was different on Wednesday.During his postgame press conference, Boehem reminisced about the Big East tournament and Madison Square Garden. He spoke about how the Big East grew out of former commissioner Dave Gavitt’s vision for a basketball-only conference. It eventually became the most competitive basketball league in the nation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s a lot of people in the Hall of Fame that would never be in the Hall of Fame, never, not a chance, if it wasn’t for him,” Boeheim said. “Nobody should ask how the Big East was broken up. People should ask how did it stay together with the differences, the schools.”Boeheim has 48 wins in the Big East tournament, the most of any coach. Syracuse has won the conference tournament championship five times. There have been incredible shots – like any of Gerry McNamara’s in 2006 – and incredible games – like the six-overtime thriller against Connecticut in 2009 – that have molded Boeheim’s view of the event.Brandon Triche, who’s graduating in May and won’t be with Syracuse in the ACC, echoed some of Boeheim’s thoughts. Triche said the Big East and the Big East tournament are reasons he wanted to play for the Orange.“Just being able to play in the Big East meant a great deal for me coming to Syracuse, just to be able to play tough basketball,” Triche said. “All these memories, it’s a lot. Especially being here four years, being able to come down here with my team, it means a lot, especially the last one.”While Boeheim expressed sadness about leaving the Big East, he said the league has changed so much that it’s not the same Big East he entered three decades ago.He also said it’s easier heading to the ACC with so many other schools from the Big East, including Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville. Former Big East foes Miami, Boston College and Virginia Tech are already there.So while this week brings some sadness, there’s still more to look forward to. Next season, Boeheim will have the new challenge of playing in the ACC.“So it’s a tremendous challenge, and I think that’s good for me,” Boeheim said. “Tired of the same thing every year. It will be great. It will be a different thing, but I think a tremendous opportunity for us and our players.” Comments Published on March 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Related Stories MARCHING BACK: Syracuse returns to form, gets offense humming in 75-63 Big East tournament win over Seton HallBack at full strength, Syracuse looks for revenge against Pittsburgh in Big East quarterfinalsCarter-Williams ties Big East tournament assist record, paces Syracuse in win over Seton HallGallery: Syracuse defeats Seton Hall 75-63 in Big East tournamentcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

African players in Europe: Mahrez caps superb display with goal

first_imgRiyad MahrezParis, France | AFP | Goal scorers Riyad Mahrez, Karl Toko-Ekambi and Jamilu Collins were among the African players who starred at the weekend in the major European leagues.Algerian Mahrez curled a free-kick into the net to give Manchester City the lead a second time at Everton en route to a 3-1 Premier League triumph.Cameroonian Toko-Ekambi bagged a brace for Villarreal in a 5-1 La Liga rout of Real Betis and Nigerian Collins struck a superb goal for Paderborn in a 3-2 Bundesliga defeat by Bayern Munich.ENGLANDRIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City)The winger capped a superb display with the free-kick that inspired his club’s win at Everton. Needing a victory to keep in touch with leaders Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s side had been pegged back to 1-1 when Mahrez stepped up to drive in a fine free-kick in the 71st minute. Mahrez, who has three goals this term, is on an excellent run of form since helping his country win the Africa Cup of Nations in July.MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The Egypt winger has gone three games without a goal after failing to score in his side’s hard-fought 1-0 win at Sheffield United. Salah has netted four times in 10 appearances in all competitions this season, but fired blanks in consecutive away games against Napoli, Chelsea and Sheffield. He should have got on the scoresheet in the second half, but fluffed his lines with a tame strike at goalkeeper Dean Henderson.WILFRED NDIDI (Leicester)The Nigeria midfielder scored his first goal at the King Power Stadium since January to cap his team’s 5-0 rout of 10-man Newcastle. For the first time since a defeat against Southampton under previous Leicester boss Claude Puel, Ndidi got on the scoresheet in front of the Foxes’ home fans as he turned to fire low past Martin Dubravka in the 90th minute.SPAINKARL TOKO-EKAMBI/SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE (Villarreal)Toko-Ekambi scored twice and Nigerian Chukwueze once, as Villarreal thumped Betis. Toko-Ekambi put Villarreal in front shortly before half-time with a towering header from a corner and then made it 3-1 with 14 minutes left, guiding a smart finish into the net. Villarreal scored twice more in injury-time, with Chukwueze adding the fifth and final goal. He cut in from the right and picked his spot, digging out a bending shot past goalkeeper Joel Robles.ITALYKALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Senegalese defender Koulibaly sat out the first of a two-match ban as Napoli beat Brescia 2-1. Koulibaly was punished for seeing red and insulting the referee in a midweek league defeat to Cagliari. Koulibaly was also fined 10,000 euros ($11,000) for the incident. KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Fiorentina)/FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Ghanaian midfielder Boateng, 32, came on for the last 10 minutes to a warm reception from the fans at his former club AC Milan. Boateng had two stints at Milan, helping the team to their last Serie A title in 2011. Boateng replaced Federico Chiesa as Fiorentina ran out 3-1 winners. Ivorian midfielder Kessie, 22, struggled to make an impact at the San Siro with the hosts falling to their third consecutive defeat.GERMANYJAMILU COLLINS (Paderborn)The left-back may not have scored for 24 months, but broke his drought spectacularly with a wonder-strike against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. While his side suffered a 3-2 defeat, Collins gave Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer no chance with a long-range strike in the second half which is sure to be a contender for goal of the season.AMINE HARIT (Schalke)Harit was at the heart of everything Schalke did as they pulled off a surprise 3-1 victory over high-riding RB Leipzig. The young Moroccan pulled the strings for the visitors, scoring a goal and chalking up an assist to continue his strong recent form.ANTHONY UJAH (Union Berlin)Another Nigerian, Union Berlin’s Ujah, also got on the scoresheet in matchday six. He guided the ball home expertly in the 86th minute to make the score 2-1 and give Union hope of a late home draw, but it was not to be for the men from the German capital.FRANCERACHID ALIOUI (Angers)Angers have been one of the biggest surprises in European football this season and they continue to hold on to Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain’s coat tails thanks in part thanks to Morocco striker Alioui. Angers may have only drawn 1-1 at home with lowly Amiens but the 27-year-old continued his fine start to the season with his fourth goal in eight matches to save a point for the unlikely high-flyers, who stay second.EDUARDO CAMAVINGA (Rennes)Just 16 years old, Angolan Camavinga continues to look wise beyond his years in the Rennes midfield. He put in another impressive performance as his side came within a double save of snatching all three points at Marseille. French broadcaster Canal+ named Camavinga man of the match after the 1-1 draw and any more confident displays like this one and bigger clubs will come looking for the young talenShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Former CIA Analyst: Intelligence Agencies on High Alert After ISIS Leader’s Death

first_imgPresident Trump’s Sunday morning announcement that Islamic State leader Al-Baghdadi is dead raises the question about the future of ISIS.According to local former CIA analyst Lisa Ruth, U.S. intelligence agencies are on high alert following the news.She says of Al-Baghdadi, “He’s completely ruthless. He’s the one who started the beheadings and burning people alive.” Al-Baghdadi led the group since 2014. President Trump told the nation in a televised address that Al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria.Ruth adds, “His death is very important symbolically. It does mean ISIS is no longer what it was.” On the other hand, “Frankly, the risk potential right now over the next several months is fairly high because ISIS is in a position where they’re going to want to prove that they remain relevant.”last_img read more

White Castle Could Be Returning to FL, Plans Monday Announcement

first_imgThe White Castle hamburger chain could be bringing its famous sliders back to the Sunshine State, more than a half-century after closing all its locations here.A news release issued late last week states that the company plans to make an announcement at 10 a.m. Monday at the future site of Village at O-Town West, near Disney World.“It has been over 50 years since White Castle has had a Florida presence,” according to the release. “Florida cravers have been asking White Castle for years to open a restaurant in the Sunshine State. It’s time for an important update!,” it continuesThe Columbus-based, family-owned company has been in business for nearly a century. It has more than 375 restaurants in 13 states. White Castle operated locations in Florida, including the Miami area, beginning in 1959, but closed them eight years later because of the distance from its support facilities.A White Castle spokesman declined to provide additional information regarding the upcoming announcement.last_img read more

Report: UCF frat forced pledge to use cocaine for initiation

first_img(Orlando, FL) — A University of Central Florida fraternity has been placed on disciplinary suspension for the remainder of the semester as well as the upcoming spring semester for allegedly forcing a pledge to snort cocaine.According to a UCF incident report, Sigma Chi members blindfolded a pledge on Oct. 26 and forced him to use the drug to be initiated.The chapter attempted to appeal the suspension, but was unsuccessful.UCF officials released the following statement on the incident:“At UCF, our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students. Student organizations that endanger their members and violate the university’s code of conduct must be held accountable. Hazing in any form is unacceptable. We are thankful to the chapter members and others who had the courage to speak up so the university could investigate. UCF plans to bring chapter leaders together to discuss new ways to reinforce their commitment to Greek values. University leaders also are planning more frequent training to develop and strengthen up-and-coming chapter leaders who will step in when experienced chapter presidents and board members graduate. UCF offers resources to prevent hazing, including bystander intervention training; an anti-hazing webpage and online tutorials; and required workshops for freshmen, transfer students and leaders of Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. There are also multiple ways to report hazing:UCF, which is investigating, says hazing in any form is unacceptable, and it thanks those who came forward.The frat is already on suspension for a party at a resort in the Keys that led to police having to be called to help remove the students.last_img read more

Uber will now let riders use pin codes to help them identify the right car

first_imgReports say that by the end of the week Uber riders will be able to use a four-digit pin code to verify they’re getting into the right car.With the new feature, Uber sends a four-digit pin code to the rider. Then, before getting into the car, the rider tells the driver the pin code. The driver enters the pin code into the app, and if everything matches up, the rider gets a notification that says “your ride is verified.”The new feature comes after a number of states have been pushing for more safety requirements for Uber drivers following the death of 21-year-old Samantha “Sami” Josephson, who was murdered in March after getting into the car of a man impersonating an Uber driver.Back in December Uber released a report that also raised concerns regarding safety. The report revealed that 464 people, mostly riders, reported that they were raped while using its services in the U.S. in 2017 and 2018, and there were more than 3,000 assaults reported in 2018.In New Jersey a law passed requiring ride-hailing drivers to display identification signs on the car’s front windshield or rear window. North Carolina passed a law requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to display lighted signs.Rebecca Payne, senior product manager at Uber, said that the best way to make sure you are getting into the right car is to check the license plate.last_img read more

7-year-old hospitalized after shooting himself in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFort Lauderdale police are investigating an incident that involved a 7-year-old boy who shot himself in the leg.Investigators say the father left the child in the car Wednesday morning while he ran into the grocery store. The boy found the loaded gun and shot himself in the leg.The father called 911 right away when he found the injured boy. He was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries but is expected to be OK. Police have not identified the father or the child, they are still investigating the incident.last_img

Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach has a new name

first_imgThe amphitheater located at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach formerly known as the “Coral Sky Amphitheater” is now named “iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre.”iTHINK Financial announced a multi-year deal with Live Nation to become the new name-in-title-sponsor of the amphitheater on Thursday via Twitter: New Year, NEW NAME, New Shows! Introducing iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds! We’re gearing up for an epic 2020 Concert Season, & we’re proud to be partnering with iTHINK Financial as our new name-in-title sponsor.#iTHINKFiAmp pic.twitter.com/sfDSjtOFuH— iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre (@ithinkfiamp) January 16, 2020last_img

England’s Ellis battles back to win The Amateur

first_img England’s Harry Ellis battled back from four holes down with five to play to win the 36-hole final of The 122nd Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s today. The 21-year-old from Meon Valley followed in the footsteps of his former Hampshire teammate, 2016 Amateur champion Scott Gregory, to lift the famous trophy after defeating Australia’s Dylan Perry in a dramatic match that went to the 38th hole. Ellis, who became the youngest player to win the English Amateur Championship aged just 16 in 2012, secured a place in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale, next year’s US Open at Shinnecock Hills and, by tradition, an invitation to the Masters Tournament in 2018. Ellis said: “It’s unbelievable. I can’t believe what I have just done but you should never give up and never give in. I just kept giving myself chances down the stretch and luckily played much better than I had all day and somehow it was good enough that we had to go to the 38th hole.” Looking ahead, he added: “It (The Open) is very soon. Obviously, it’s on another links course at Royal Birkdale so we will see how we go. I just want to soak up the experience there and get as much from it as I possibly can. It has always been a dream to play in majors and I get to play in three now. My game is in a good place so hopefully I can do something there. For me I just want to soak it in. “My life tried to change at 16 when I won the English Amateur but I think at 21 I’m ready for it. I understand what is going to be ahead. Really, I just appreciate life a lot more, you know the story behind everything (after his mother passed away four years ago), and I’ve got to put it into perspective. Golf is an up and down game – it gives you some really bad times and it give you some really great times like today and just got to take the rough with the smooth.” The match was extremely close for most of the day and the first 18 holes were nip and tuck with neither player able to build more than a one hole lead. The match was all square going into the afternoon and although Ellis won the 20th hole with a birdie three it was the Australian who seized the initiative. Perry, who recently won the Riversdale Cup in his homeland, won four consecutive holes from the 22nd to go 3-up, before winning the 27th with a par to give him a commanding four hole lead with nine to play. Perry and Ellis continued to trade holes but the Australian maintained his four hole lead as the pair approached the 32nd hole. With only five holes to play Ellis’ second shot came within inches of going out of bounds. Perry, however, found trouble in a bunker and Ellis seized his opportunity to hole a putt for par and win the hole. That gave Ellis a lift and, after halving the next, he kept his nerve steady to win the next two holes with pars. On the 36th green, Perry missed a ten foot par putt to claim victory and the match went to extra holes. Stepping up to the 1st tee at Royal St George’s for the third time today both players played cautiously and halved the hole in par but the match was brought to a dramatic conclusion on the next. At the par-4 38th hole, Ellis was through the green in two and chipped to four feet while Perry, after hitting his second shot into a deep swail from which he struggled to escape, was on the green in four. When he missed his 8ft putt for bogey, Ellis had two putts for the championship but required only one to seal a memorable comeback victory. Perry said afterwards: “I’m a bit bummed but golf is a strange game. At the end of the day I have got to take the positives out of the week and move forward. “I played good all day and then down the stretch – that’s what the pressure does to some people. I hit a few good putts and had a nice few holes but it obviously just wasn’t meant to be. Congratulations to him, he played well down the stretch so good on him. “I have the European Amateur next week so I’ll rest up for that. Hopefully I can go one better.” The 123rd Amateur Championship will be played at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links from 18 to 23 June, 2018. Click here for full scores Image courtesy The R&A 24 Jun 2017 England’s Ellis battles back to win The Amateur last_img read more