President Trump has cancelled the June summit of the G-7 nations at Camp David due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Instead, the leaders will meet via video conference.The move follows the guidelines about social distancing for combating the virus’ spread.Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, told the President’s G-7 counterparts about the change, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.The video conferences will be held in April and May. The leaders took part in a video conference earlier this week, as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States and abroad.The G-7 consists of the United States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany. Italy is among the nations that have been hardest-hit by the coronavirus. In addition, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife has tested positive for the illness, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated earlier this month that up to 70 percent of Germans could have the illness.
20 Jun 2013 Runaway senior victory for Sue Dye Cheshire’s Sue Dye scored a runaway win in the English senior women’s stroke play championship at Shanklin and Sandown on the Isle of Wight, finishing seven shots clear of her closest rival.She was level par for the 54-hole tournament and said afterwards: “I won this in 2007, but I’ve also been runner-up four times, so it’s rather nice to hold it together and lovely to win again.”Sue, from Delamere Forest, (image © Leaderboard Photography) set out on the final round with a five-shot lead – and was taking nothing for granted. “It may be a big lead but it’s never sufficient!” she said.“I knew I had to make pars and plot my way round the course. It’s all between the ears and I played my way round without getting phased when I did silly things.”In fact, she extended her lead over the final round, adding a closing 74 to her two earlier rounds of one-under 71. British senior champion Katherine Russell was her closest rival at the start of the day and, although she birdied two of the first three holes, her challenge fell away and she finished joint sixth.Elsewhere, though, a scoring blitz did materialise. It came from too far back to threaten Sue’s lead but, it made for a great battle for second place. Former champion Chris Quinn prevailed with a two-under par 70, pipping her playing companion Caroline Berry. However, Caroline’s closing 69 was not only the low score of the championship but also the lowest round ever by a lady at Shanklin and Sandown.Chris Quinn, from Hockley in Hampshire, was lying 10th after the second round and was “feeling despondent. Everything I tried had gone wrong – so today I decided to go out and attack the course and I started birdie, par, birdie, birdie.“It was nice to pull myself up to second, I’m very pleased with that.”Caroline Berry, from Bromborough in Cheshire, set out today with the aim of pushing herself up the senior order of merit and improving her chances of a place in the Home Internationals team. “I just had two swing thoughts, one was to commit to the shot and the other was to focus on a spot behind the hole when putting.“I was very, very chuffed,” she remarked after a round which included five birdies.She was also pleased to have her husband on the bag. Bromborough professional Geoff Berry took an unexpected walk down memory lane when he went in the Shanklin and Sandown pro shop and found fellow PGA professional Peter Hammond – with whom he’d been in an England boys’ team in 1979. A photograph of the team hangs on the pro shop wall.Somerset’s Amanada Mayne took fourth place, on countback from Caroline, after she returned a final round 74. It equalled her position in this event last year.The county team trophy was won, for the second year in a row, by Cheshire, represented by Sue Dye and Gillian Mellor (Prestbury). Gillian, who was tied sixth overall, did well to finish after hurting her back on the 9th and had to resort to an ice pack after play. The trophy for the best player aged over 65 was won, again back-to-back, by Gill Snelson of Wellingborough, who was 14th overall.Leading final scores:Par 72 CSS 72 72 72216 Sue Dye Delamere Forest (Delamere Forest) 71 71 74223 Chris Quinn (Hockley)74 79 70225 Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 78 78 69, Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 74 77 74227 Felicity Christine (Woking) 72 79 76228 Gillian Mellor (Prestbury), 78 74 76; Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) 75 77 76; Judy Butler (Malton & Norton) 73 79 76; Debbie Richards (Burhill) 70 81 77; Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) 72 75 81
RUMSON–The house that was to be the centerpiece of the VNA’s Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Showhouse caught on fire around 12:30 p.m. today, just days before Saturday night’s gala and open house next week. No injuries are reported.The house, known as Blithewald, is a 19th century home set on an estate at 76 Buena Vista Avenue. According to county property records, the owner is Thomas Widener and it was assessed in 2015 at $2.4 million.On Monday morning, several designers were working in the house, preparing their spaces for opening day. The bi-annual showhouse features more than 40 top interior designers, decorators and landscape artists from the tri-state area. It is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Visiting Nurse Association of Monmouth County, based in Red Bank. The homeowner was not living in Blithewald at the time of fire, in preparation for the event, which draws more than 10,000 people.The VNA issued a statement on their Facebook page, “The cause is unknown and no injuries were reported at this time. We will provide updates about the Preview Gala and Show House tours as information becomes available. Thank you for thoughts, prayers and your continued support.”Eileen Buriani, owner of Kidegories of Shrewsbury, was designing one of the boys’ bedrooms when she was summoned out of the building, down the stairs. “We came down and we saw the flames shooting out. There was no smoke upstairs at all. I didn’t think it was a quick-moving fire.”“It’s such a beautiful home. What a shame,” she said,James Yarosh, an art dealer from Holmdel, had lent artwork to designers exhibiting at the show, including some of his favorite pieces from his own home. “I’ve been talking to designers today, and it’s just so upsetting,” he said. “People do this from their heart, to create beauty, for charity. I’m so upset for all the artists and designers,” he said.Fire at Blithewald is extinguished. Photo courtesy Chris HalsteadPat Mills, owner and head designer of Byford & Mills in Little Silver said her team had just completed its work in the sitting room, off the master bedroom, on Friday. They had hung grasscloth wall coverings, commissioned a special handbraided rug and furnished the room with sofas, an L-shaped couch, and a desk. When she heard about the fire, she ran to the site and saw the house in flames. A firefighter was standing in the balcony, off the room, breaking through the ceiling, and water hoses were soaking that portion of the house. “It was horrifying,” she said.She lamented the sight of Blithewald, “a piece of Rumson history” going up in flames, with all the hard work from a huge community of designers. “Piece by piece you knew your room was being destroyed,” she said. The artwork exhibited in her room alone was valued at $150,000, she said.Next door neighbor Monique Bolsius was among several people who watched the scene unfold. She said she felt so sorry for the army of volunteers who had been working on site for two months to ready the house for its moment in the spotlight. “Its devastating. It’s just so unfortunate,” she said.Denise DeMarco arrived at the house this afternoon to complete a project, to hand paint one of the historic fireplaces. Volunteer firefighters representing Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Sea Bright and Eatontown were on the scene, Rumson Road was closed between Bellevue and Kemp Avenue, and the air was filled with the smell of smoke. “It breaks your heart. So much of it was volunteer work. It’s not just money, it’s their time.” — By Christina Johnson, with reporting by John Burton
FREEHOLD – Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli is frustrated over his attempts to get a designated bike path throughout most of the Two River area.Lucarelli has been in discussions with the county Board of Chosen Freeholders—the most recent being on April 22—for his proposal to establish designated bike lanes along county-owned and maintained roadways throughout much of the Two River area. But he says he’s getting mixed messages from county government and is frustrated by the lack of progress in the nearly year’s time since he’s first floated this proposal.“I’m totally at wit’s end,” he said dealing with county officials—especially the county engineering department, which Lucarelli said appears resistant to the idea of installing the lanes, causing Lucarelli and supporters to attend the freeholders workshop meeting last Thursday afternoon to reiterate their belief that this is will be a benefit to the area if it comes to pass.He’s gotten the support of just about all of the members of the Two River Council of Mayors—a coalition of area elected officials who meet regularly to discuss issues of common interest—and for those municipalities to pass supporting resolutions, which the freeholders had asked for, according Lucarelli.Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore sees it differently. “We want to make sure any bike lanes installed are installed after they’ve been properly designed,” Ettore countered, “to make sure they’re safe and to make sure we comply with current design standards before they’re implemented in the field. That is our concern.”Lucarelli, along with Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl met on Wednesday, April 22, with Freeholders Thomas Arnone and Serena DiMaso to discuss the proposal.DiMaso and Arnone had previously seemed supportive of the plan “and when we reconvene it’s no, no, no,” was Lucarelli’s description. “There’s always a new issue,” with county officials expressing concern over cost and liability issues, according to the mayor.DiMaso, on the other hand, maintained “We had a good meeting,” and the freeholders would take the information back to the full freeholder board to eventually formulate a comprehensive plan and go from there. The freeholders and engineering department are using the Ocean County plan as a potential template, DiMaso added.“It’s not just somebody saying make the lanes 11 feet wide, draw some white paint on the ground,” DiMaso said. “That’s really where our concerns come from.”Arnone said last week that the issue is more involved than just painting lanes because it involves on-street parking, trash pick up and leaves and brush pick up as well.Lucarelli last spring first floated an idea of establishing a connected network of bike lanes largely along county roads, running east from Red Bank, through Fair Haven and Rumson, into Sea Bright, along Ocean Avenue to Monmouth Beach and Oceanport, bordering Long Branch, making its way back to Red Bank.Lucarelli and other proponents believe that designated lanes offer additional protection to cyclists and pedestrians. One of the events that spurred this effort was a vehicle had struck and killed Fair Haven Borough Councilman Jerome Koch last fall as he was out riding his bike. The area has had an increase in bicycling, for recreation and transportation and this may encourage more, getting people out of their cars—offering a healthy and environmental benefit, Lucarelli and others have argued.“The safety factor goes up dramatically when you separate bicycles from car traffic,” said Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, a statewide advocacy organization. Studies have shown that simply by having designated bike lanes, vehicular traffic slows down, making the roadways inherently safer, this week said Steiner, who accompanied Lucarelli to the freeholder workshop last week to voice her support for lanes.“At the end of the day what it does,” Lucarelli said of the bike lanes, “is it makes it more comfortable for the moms and kids to ride on the side of the road.”The county is currently finishing up its repaving and milling work on Rumson Road, but will only put the center stripe at this time, holding of f on other striping until a plan can be drafted and discussions continue. Work on Ridge Road, another county thoroughfare, will be put off until the fall, to give local and county officials a chance to formulate a plan, according to Ettore and DiMaso.The cost to install the designated bike path is approximately $15,000 per mile, based upon county engineering estimates, according to DiMaso.Lucarelli disputed that cost, saying, “The people I’ve spoken to upfront have said that’s a totally false number.“All you’re really doing is moving a white stripe over and maybe adding an extra sign,” he countered.The final cost, whatever the price, would likely have to fall to the municipalities,DiMaso acknowledged. “At this point in time it wouldn’t be the county,” she said. “We don’t have that in our budget.”Lucarelli plans to continue to advocate for the proposal, hoping to win the support of the freeholders and work on finding sources to help pay for it, he said.
By John P. Paone, Jr., Esq. and Victoria E. Paone, Esq. |Americans have a love affair with pets. According to a recent survey, “three-fourths of Americans in their 30s have dogs, while 51 percent have cats.” It is not uncommon for people to spend thousands of dollars per year on pet clothing/accessories, food, photographs, medicine and the like. But what happens to “Fluffy” when parties go through a divorce?Under the common law, pets were treated as chattel-put another way-just a typical piece of property to be distributed like an automobile or a piano. In today’s world, however, there is a growing consensus that pets are more like family members and less like property. New Jersey courts have mirrored this sentiment and the leading case on this issue demonstrates that disputes over animals during divorce litigation can no longer be resolved by using basic property principles. In a case decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division, the court held that reimbursing a party for a dog’s monetary value (i.e. what you paid for the animal) is not an adequate remedy for purposes of compensating a party for the loss of the “special value” that some pets hold to their owners. That’s right, the court decided that money cannot resolve all problems even in the context of divorce litigation!This case further stands for the proposition that courts can and should determine which party has a “sincere” interest in possession of the pet and which party is merely asserting an interest in the pet “out of greed, ill-will or other sentiment or motive similarly unworthy of protection in a court of equity.” In determining whether a party or whether both parties have a true and equal interest in their pets, the court directs that focus should be placed on establishing “the facts and circumstances which endow the chattel with special…value.”Most commonly, the court will consider testimony and other proofs from parties demonstrating which party acts as the primary caretaker of the pet. Meaning, the court can contemplate who “potty trained” the animal, takes the animal to medical and grooming appointments, feeds and bathes the animal, etc. In addition, the court can consider whether a party had possession of the animal prior to the marriage. Furthermore, the court can examine where the children of the marriage primarily reside and deem whether it is in their “best interest” to enjoy the animal’s companionship at their primary place of residence.Less compelling factors that a court might also consider when determining possession of a pet is the party who is the title owner of the animal and if a certain party made the preliminary investigations or took the initial steps to acquire the pet. At this time in New Jersey, the test is not what is in the “best interest” of the pet. However, that may soon change based upon experiences in other jurisdictions.On September 27, 2018, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed into law Assembly Bill 2274 which provides for the courts to “assign sole or joint ownership of a pet animal taking into consideration the care of the pet animal” in the context of a divorce case. Considering the “care” of a pet is akin to considering the “best interest” of a child when determining custody. Assemblyman Bill Quirk, who introduced the law, said “it’s time family pets received the status they deserve — family members.” This law takes effect January 1, 2019.It remains to be seen how New Jersey law will develop over the next few years regarding this very important issue of pet custody in divorce cases. Although the interpretation of pets as more than basic “chattel” is a fairly recent development in the law, it would not be surprising should New Jersey go the way of California and adopt a standard akin to that used for deciding child custody. In the interim, pet owners who are about to go through a divorce should consult with an attorney about how to pursue legal rights and remedies regarding custody and possession of Fluffy in a matrimonial action.John P. Paone, Jr., Esq. and Victoria E. Paone, Esq. are divorce and family law attorneys with the Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murray, with offices in Red Bank and Woodbridge.This article was first published in the Oct. 25-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
The West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats finished in the middle of the pack during a female hockey tournament this past weekend in Kelowna.The Cats, consisting of players from Kaslo, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Trail, were 1-2-1 during the weekend tilt against competition from throughout the province.The Cats opened the tourney bowing to Kelowna 3-1 with Merissa Dawson scoring the only goal. West Kootenay then rebounded with an impressive performance, defeating Abbotsford 6-4 behind the three-goal of Nelson’s Emma Hare.Molly Benbow and Paige Gattafoni also scored for West Kootenay. West Kootenay then came up against a powerhouse in the form of Tri-Cities, losing 10-4. Tri-Cities jumped all over the Cats in the first period, building a 6-0 lead.Hare once again led the West Kootenay scoring with three goals. Team captain Stephanie McAuley added the other marker for West Kootenay.The Cats then tied Terrace 4-4 on the Sunday.Jesse Cooper of Nelson scored twice and Gattafoni and Hare added singles for West Kootenay.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for all games.The Cats opened the season by grabbing three of four points in a two-game set against Cranbrook.West Kootenay opened with a 3-2 win in Castlegar. The teams tied 1-1 in Rossland.Hare scored twice in the win with Cooper adding the single.In the Rossland game, McAuley scored the only goal for West [email protected]
MUMBAI, India, (CMC):South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has been drafted into the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad for the rest of the season to replace injured West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree.The 26-year-old, who has played 68 first-class matches but is yet to represent South Africa, has gone straight into the final XI for RCB’s game yesterday against Rising Pune Supergiants.Badree sustained a shoulder injury in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in Kolkata earlier this month against England and has failed to recover.”RCB is pleased to have signed in SA’s left-arm chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi for injured Badree,” RCB chairman Amrit Thomas said.”He is highly skillful, with a lot of variations, and has had success in SA’s domestic cricket as well as in the CPL this year. While we will miss Samuel Badree, we are excited about the variety that Shamsi brings to our bowling attack.”Shamsi is known to Caribbean fans, having proved a sensation in the Caribbean Premier League last season, snatching 11 wickets for new boys St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.Badree, meanwhile, is the second West Indies player to be forced out of the IPL with injury after fellow Trinidadian Lendl Simmons was also ruled out for Mumbai Indians with a back injury.
Arcata >> Experience on a basketball team is a valuable asset to posses, and the Arcata High School girls basketball team has it in spades.After the Eureka Loggers tied Arcata at 38 early in the second half, the Tigers relied on their experience to pull away from the Loggers and claim a 74-54 victory on Friday at Arcata High School.“I think for us, our experience showed tonight. I thought Vanessa (Holland) and Ashley (Quigley) responded, and I thought Kaylie (McCracken) did a good job …
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