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Jersey Blues softball adds speed for more potent lineup

first_img Above: Brookdale Community College pitcher Courtney Semkewycz winds up to deliver a pitch during the April 1 game against Ocean County College in Lincroft. Semkewycz tossed a one-hit shutout as Brookdale scored an 11-0 win. Right: Brookdale second baseman Taylor Sheridan, left, looks to turn a double play as Ocean’s Kara Molnar is late sliding into second base. Weather was an early season opponent for the Brookdale Community College softball team.Veteran head coach Bo Scannapieco said 1994 was the last time he remembered field conditions being as bad as they were this year. The Jersey Blues weren’t able to play a home game until April 1 and hadn’t practiced on their own diamond. They played their first official home games at Count Basie Field in Red Bank — home of Red Bank Catholic High School.The Jersey Blues have handled the adversity quite well, however. They were 11- 4 through their first 15 games, which included their usual trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in March. They were ranked No. 4 in the country in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III softball poll. PHOTOS BY STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Despite a lack of practice time, Scannapieco likes the way his Brookdale team is playing in early April.“There’s a lot of good things I see,” he said. “We played really well [in South Carolina]. That was a positive.”The way the Jersey Blues performed when they finally got to play on their home diamond was positive, too. They beat Ocean County College by identical 11-0 scores in sweeping the April 1 twinbill in Lincroft.The big surprise in the early going has been Brookdale’s defense. Despite the lack of practice time on the field, the Jersey Blues’ defense has been exceptional.“We’re strong defensively,” Scannapieco said. “Shortstop Cassie Varvaro (Toms River East) is the glue.“All of our outfielders are good defensively, and Jacquie Coulahan (Howell) is doing a good job at third base.”First baseman Caroline Abin (Peddie School) and Taylor Sheridan (Keyport), who has played three different positions, shore up the infield. Center fielder Amanda Pringle (Wall) is the mainstay in the outfield.The Jersey Blues have three dependable catchers in Alexandria Montefinese (Monmouth Regional), Morgan Schweitzer (Monroe Township) and Victoria Mettlen (St. Rose).The biggest difference between this Brookdale team and the one that finished third at last year’s National Junior College Athletic Association championships is their ability to create offense. Last year, the team lacked small ball capability.“We struggled last year at the nationals to score runs,” said Scannapieco, who has led Brookdale to three national championships. “I’ve added some athletes and speed.“We’re able to manufacture runs and take the extra base. Our base running is good, and we’re going to stress that more — be more aggressive.”That was on full display in the home opener when the Jersey Blues used small ball, bunts and stolen bases that were turned into big innings.Brookdale has swiped 28 bases in 32 attempts, helping the offense average more than eight runs a game thus far. Varvaro is a See the video perfect 9 for 9 www.gmnews.com stealing bases.Pringle and Varvaro are the catalysts at the top of the lineup who have been using their speed to set the table.Varvaro has scored 22 runs and is batting a ridiculous .638 with a .707 on-base percentage (OBP). She has 30 hits already. The freshman was recently selected as the Garden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week.Pringle is batting .396 with a .442 OBP.Outfielder Sara Vocisano (Piscataway) is the team’s top run producer with 21 RBIs and 17 runs scored. The sophomore is batting .460 with six doubles, a triple and a .500 OBP.Abin is batting .479 with 19 RBIs, a coteam high of 22 runs and a .519 OBP.Sheridan is batting an otherworldly .605 with 22 runs scored, matching Abin and Varvaro for the team lead. She has 15 RBIs and eight stolen bases. Her two home runs lead the team.Pitcher Courtney Semkewycz (Henry Hudson) has nine extra base hits — seven doubles, a triple and a home run. The sophomore has 15 RBIs and 18 runs scored and is batting .463 with an OBP of .542. Alexandra Clayton (Wall) has 16 RBIs and 12 runs scored while batting .343.Semkewycz, Victoria Vogt (County Prep), Kaitlyn Kretzmer (St. Rose) and Kirby Marron (Wall) make up the pitching rotation.It was Semkewycz and Kretzmer who tossed those back-to-back shutouts against Ocean, with Semkewycz throwing a one-hitter.Semkewycz is 5-1 and pitching to a 1.43 ERA, while Vogt is 4-0 with a 4.25 ERA.The rotation does not have dominating a strikeout pitcher, so the most important thing for the Jersey Blues’ hurlers is to throw strikes, stay away from walks and let the defense do its job. It’s working pretty well thus far. Completing the 2015 Jersey Blues are Brianna Calabrese (Red Bank Regional), Sara Case (St. Rose) and Gianna Mauro (Monmouth Regional).Brookdale concluded an eight-game home stand April 8 in a doubleheader against the County College of Morris.That is followed by a road trip to Middlesex County College April 9. Then it’s back to Lincroft for doubleheaders with Cumberland County College (April 11), Harford Community College (April 12), Union County College (April 13) and Burlington County College (April 15). By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

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Written off at first, Folayang pens own story with ONE title win

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town And he did so in spectacular fashion. A perfectly timed knee to the face was the beginning of the end for Aoki and the series of punches to the head were the finishing touches. Folayang pulled off the upset just 41 seconds into the third round in a fight where many didn’t even see him past the first round.READ: Worth the wait: Folayang cops ONE lightweight title, stops Aoki“Sweeter than honey,” said Folayang shortly after his victory with the ONE lightweight belt dangling over his left shoulder.“I know people don’t believe that I can make it especially since I’m facing a legend. They encourage me and say I can do it but deep inside they know I’m at a disadvantage against my opponent, but you should just keep on believing in yourself and that God is there to strengthen you.”Facing his greatest challenge yet, Folayang took down a legend and silenced his critics.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Folayang was told he couldn’t do it. He started his Friday night a heavy underdog. But he ended it at the center of the cage, pumping his fists in the air and finally, a world champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang lands a kick to the body against Shinya Aoki during their title fight in the main even of ONE: Defending Honor Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Folayang won the fight early in the third round to seize the lightweight title. Photo from ONE ChampionshipSome are underdogs, some are deemed to have no chance of winning at all.Eduard Folayang was written off long before the opening bell rang for his championship fight with Shinya Aoki.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Rousey storms off stage after staredown with Nunes View commentscenter_img EDITORS’ PICK We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ It’s the Filipino star with a shaky ground game seeking his first world title against a Japanese legend and one of the best submission artists in the game. It was considered a mismatch.“I came into the championship fight with millions of people expecting me to lose in the first round,” Folayang said in Filipino. “But I didn’t think about it. I just want to make it a point that I will do whatever it takes that even if I end up losing the fight, I’m sure I’m going to be at peace.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentJust 22 seconds into the fight, Folayang was already in a position he couldn’t afford to be in — on his back and Aoki in control. Folayang was taken to the ground thrice in the first five minutes and his doubters suddenly looked like experts.But what was overlooked during that stretch was Folayang found his way out from a situation where only few escaped. Twice, he slithered out from under Aoki and he did it again in the second round. It was an indication that Folayang could survive but still, only he knew he could win it. Eduard Folayang: Discipline leads to longevity PLAY LIST 02:58Eduard Folayang: Discipline leads to longevity01:44One Championship Fire & Fury Open workout02:17Eduard Folayang hopes to leave lasting legacy01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDlast_img read more

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Shock defeat for Manning No. 1 seed

first_img “I’m very disappointed because of the poor, poor officiating. I don’t normally complain about officiating, but this one was very poor. When the game started, there was a hand ball in the box, and we got no call from the referee,” a visibly upset Anderson told The Gleaner. “It definitely looked bad, I don’t know what you saw, but it was questionable. We got a few chances, but did not finish, the players’ heads were down based on the calls in the game.” he added. “Even the red-card decision, we were not the aggressors. My player was boxed in the face and was pulled away by his teammates, and he got the red card,” Anderson added. Meanwhile, coach of Haile Selassie Perry Bartley said that he was not surprised by the result and his team’s performance. “I’m not surprised. We started out a bit nervous, but as the game progressed, we got into our own and started putting some passes together. We then got the first goal and that propelled us to the victory. We give God thanks,” Bartley said. “We have got to go back to our training ground and prepare for the next leg. Nothing will change in our approach,” he added. Both teams will meet again in the second leg tomorrow. marc.stamp@gleanerjm.com Holy Trinity High’s coach Devon Anderson was left fuming after the top seeds were humbled 2-0 by Haile Selassie High in an ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup second-round match yesterday at the Constant Spring Complex. The losers played the final 14 minutes of the match with 10 men after central defender Ronaldinho Rosseau picked up a second yellow card and was ejected by FIFA referee Kevin Morrison for unsporting behaviour. Tyrese Bloomfield of Haile Selassie was also shown a yellow card following a midfield confrontation between both players. Bloomfield opened the scoring when he netted in the 38th minute and Roberto Freeman added the second in the 79th minute. It was Holy Trinity’s first defeat of the season and Anderson heaped most of the blame on poor officiating. Today’s games St Jago 0 St George’s College 1 Hydel 0 St Catherine 2 Haile Selassie 2 Holy Trinity 0 POOR OFFICIATING Yesterday’s results – 1 p.m. – Charlie Smith vs Jamaica College at Stadium East – 3 p.m. – STATHS vs Camperdown at Stadium East – 5 p.m. – Tivoli High vs Kingston College at Stadium East – 1 p.m. – Wolmer’s Boys vs Bridgeport at Constant Spring – 3 p.m. – Excelsior vs Calabar at Constant Springlast_img read more

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What’s next…

first_img…for the PNCYou could just hear the air being sucked out of the PNC camp when they realised that four of their Ministers would have to resign not only their office, but also their seats in the National Assembly! It was a case of “all smart flies does end up in cow’s backside”!! They were so desperate to reverse AFC’s Charrandas’ vote on the NCM that they ignored that the “dual citizen” limb would boomerang and bite them on their bamzies!! But bite it did…hence that whooshing sound from their collective gasp of consternation!!Gaskin, who refused to cut his ties with Blighty, and Roopnaraine, who just did, are of no consequence – apart from not being PNC. Gaskin was always a beneficiary of nepotism, and was such a lightweight that he never threatened anyone. Roopnaraine had reduced himself to such a doormat in the last couple of years that even his friends were happy he’s been offered a way out of his humiliation. Imagine, there was a time when this fella marched in step with Rodney!! But quality will always be tested in battle, and Roopnaraine was clearly found wanting.What’s significant is the sucking out of air has created a vacuum in the PNC’s succession process for control of the PNC after 2020. This has been thrown for a loop. Greenidge had been a credible challenger to Granger for the PNC leadership up to 2015, and if the latter were to falter for any reason, there’s no question he would’ve liked to throw his hat in the presidential ring. He doesn’t just have years of explicit service in office for the PNC’s cause, but as a former Finance Minister and present Foreign Minister, he can claim just the precise skill set from their quarter for an economy just about to have an oil infusion!! He could’ve made a good case that the party would’ve gotten a “two-fer” – as top dog and as the finance maven.Now that’s all gone for channa!! Even if he were to renounce his British citizenship, he can now be branded as tainted goods by his opponents, who’ll question his loyalty to the cause. Burnham, after all, set the bar for nationalism quite high – and with all that oil money in sight, all gloves will come off.And that’s the same reason why Harmon’s line to the Presidency has been smudged. He already had the PNC traditional leadership corps riled since they’d been shunted aside by the Army types.But the main standard bearers from that quarter, Lawrence (“only PNCites and friends need apply”) and Williams (terminal incompetence) have already shot themselves in the foot.Expect some bloody infighting in the PNC camp!!…on constitutional reformYour Eyewitness is quite amused with all the talk about “constitutional reform” being spouted from all quarters – even by the diplomats. It’s just a lot of hot air that might just take our planet over the tipping point on this global warming threat!! It reminds him of those medieval scholastics debating about how many angels could dance on the tip of a needle!! It all amounted to naught!!What these – probably well intentioned – folks don’t mention is exactly how they would get these reforms passed. After the NCM, we’re all quite informed about what it takes to alter the Constitution. Generally, two-thirds of all the sitting MPs, or a vote of a majority followed by a referendum. And that, dear readers, means any changes will have to get the support of BOTH the PNC and the PPP. So have these worthies figured how they’d satisfy this threshold condition? Some third party “holding the balance of power” in the Assembly??That still doesn’t muster up two-thirds with either of the two behemoths!! Hot air!!…with Parliament conveningThe hitch here, of course, is to figure out who’ll fill the four seats that have to be vacated. It’s not that there aren’t names – they’re on the list.But who to extract? We’ll see eventually. AFTER the bloodletting!!last_img read more

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Sugar: The rise and fall of a Government

first_imgDear Editor,There is much debate, analysis and conclusions on what caused Mr Charrandas Persaud to vote against his Government on December 21, 2018 in the National Assembly. Mr Persaud in his media interactions and on social media cited many reasons for his action. One of the reasons identified, is the manner in which his Government handled the sugar industry.In his exact words, he stated that “…. you destroy(ed) the lives of sugar workers in a village, district that I live in, I cannot live with that”.Editor, this statement from Mr Persaud is instructive and requires further examination. From all indications, Mr Persaud was instrumental in luring many sugar workers and their families from his village/district to support the APNU/AFC coalition in the May 2015 elections.The promise of 20 per cent increase in wages for sugar workers and a better life attracted attention and eventual support. This new electoral support from the sugar belt was enough to thrust the APNU/AFC coalition in Government. Upon assumption to office, the coalition shamelessly abandoned its campaign promises for the sugar sector and adopted the Errol Hanoman/Clive Thomas destructive and devious plan of systematic estate closure and sell-out. By December 2017, that promise of 20 per cent increase in wages and a good life for the people in Mr Persaud’s village/district changed to a life of zero wage and misery with the closure of Rose Hall Sugar Estate.This draconian action by the Government on the very people that contributed to its rise to power must have rattled the soul of Mr Persaud and etched at his conscience. He witnessed first-hand; the daily struggles of the thousands of newly unemployed and had no answers for their questions on the promises which he led them to believe.The destroyed livelihoods of ordinary citizens (voters) and the Cadillac livelihood of decision makers (politicians) was convincing enough for Mr Persaud to have no confidence in his own Government. This was expressed in his supporting vote in the National Assembly for which he must be commended.If the APNU/AFC coalition decides to step out of its arrogant and denial modes, it will recognise, the importance of sugar in Guyana’s society. Sugar was instrumental in APNU/AFC’s rise to and fall from power in 3 ½ short years.The subject of sugar will continue to be a major part of the Guyanese conversation. While the APNU/AFC coalition Government was deliberate in diminishing the sector, all other entities and organisations must be commended for the focus and prominence they gave sugar.The electronic and print mediums, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and especially the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) deserve special commendation for its individual focus on the subject of sugar. GAWU has been focused, responsible and relentless in its efforts in highlighting the developments in the industry.Despite its challenges, sugar remains a formidable force, capable of making or breaking a Government. Let’s light a candle for the 7000 sugar workers that were terminated by APNU/ AFC Government.Sincerely,Sookram Persaudlast_img read more

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Promising safety upgrades for LAX

first_imgA more practical idea – and one that would not lead to more flight delays – is the effort by the airport and the FAA to put in place runway-status lights designed to quickly alert pilots when it’s safe to cross a runway on LAX’s north airfield. Such a system could be in place by January 2009 Although certainly not foolproof, warning lights could help prevent miscommunications between pilots and air-traffic controllers. The Airport Commission’s decision to fund a another safety study of the north airfield should also shed light on whether the distance between the two northern runways should be increased. Although that would mean relocating a runway closer to airport neighbors in Westchester, such a project may be needed to accommodate larger, quieter aircraft like the Airbus A380. Larger aircraft capable of carrying more than 500 people should make the airport more efficient. Indeed, one flight by such a mega-aircraft could do the job that two conventional airliners now perform. We’re also encouraged by experimental satellite-based navigation systems that have been demonstrated by the FAA. These new systems would allow pilots to keep better track of nearby aircraft when skies are more crowded – and thus avoid potential flight hazards around busy airports. All these future technical upgrades should boost public confidence in LAX’s ability to keep safety risks to a minimum. And we’re hopeful such advancements will occur in a way that doesn’t exacerbate fears of airport expansion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For those who live near Los Angeles International Airport, the line between airport modernization and airport expansion is a fine one. But while LAX must not deviate from a legal agreement capping annual passenger volume to 78.9 million, modernizing the airport to improve safety should move forward as quickly as possible. Eight so-called runway incursions, or near-collisions, have occurred at the airport since Oct. 1, prompting a re-evaluation of safety concerns. We’re hopeful that discussions about solutions will result in fewer such close calls in the future. There is no shortage of ideas. Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, has called on the Federal Aviation Administration to restrict the number of aircraft landing and taking off – while at the same time spreading out the number of flights to other airports in the region. Although we welcome regional solutions to take some of the pressure off LAX, it doesn’t seem likely that fewer flights would reduce the chances of collisions. The recent close calls at LAX were linked more to pilot error and airport configuration issues rather than the volume of flights at any one time. last_img read more

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Bill to ban Mexican trucks passes

first_imgThe U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban Mexican trucks from hauling cargo on American highways. The 74-24 vote was the latest in a series of roadblocks Congress has erected to thwart a federal pilot program giving Mexican trucking companies full access to U.S. roadways. “I don’t think there’s any evidence that we have equivalent standards of safety,” said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who wrote the bill. The Mexican truck program has drawn fierce opposition from Both she and Sen. Barbara Boxer, also D-Calif., voted for the amendment barring the use of federal money in the pilot program. The House recently passed a similar measure. Opening the border to trucks was a condition of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which required that all roads in the U.S., Mexico and Canada be opened to carriers from all three countries. Canadian trucking companies already have full access to U.S. roads, but Mexican trucks can travel only 25 miles inside the country at certain border crossings. Supporters on Tuesday – primarily Republicans – said Mexican trucks will be held to the same standards as their American counterparts. They also noted that under the pilot program, only 600 foreign trucks would be traveling across the border. “That’s a pretty minuscule number,” Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said, noting that about 5.1 million commercial trailers were registered for business purposes in the U.S. last year. “Those people who fear that Mexican trucks will not be held to the same standard as U.S. trucks in America are incorrect,” Kyl said. “It seems to me it is worth giving this program a chance.” Sen. John Cornyn – who offered a failed amendment that would have allowed the program but enforced even tougher safety requirements – accused opponents of discriminating against Mexico. “How does it look if we’re going to hold trucks coming from Mexico to a different standard than trucks from Canada?” he said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! consumer-safety groups and others who contend that Mexican trucks are unregulated, dirty and unsafe. The debate has been particularly heated in California, where San Diego’s Otay Mesa is the second- busiest cargo crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, after Laredo, Texas. Coming on the heels of a major explosion on a northern Mexico highway – when a dynamite- laden truck collided with another vehicle and killed 34 people – several lawmakers called the vote an important move to protect drivers on American roads. “While this program would not allow Mexican trucks to transport hazardous materials inside the United States, this tragedy reconfirms my commitment to preventing accidents on American highways,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. last_img read more

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Bar issues guide for lawyers’ manners

first_imgState Bar President Sheldon Sloan said he saw the need for the guidelines because of increasing nastiness in the profession. “I’ve been practicing a long time and over the years I’ve noticed a decline in the civility accorded between lawyers in a profession where traditionally the lawyers on opposite sides have gotten along pretty well,” Sloan said. “I really noticed it, frankly, in the large urban areas more than the smaller areas. The truth of the matter is you can win a case without having to be uncivil to your opponent.” Among the guidelines? Attorneys should avoid hostile, demeaning or humiliating words. Attorneys also should be punctual for court appearances, should not disparage the intelligence or ethics of others when not relevant to the case and should not produce disorganized or unintelligible documents during the discovery process. Sloan said some attorneys play games – such as intentionally scheduling a deposition on an inconvenient day for opposing counsel, such as the Friday after Thanksgiving, or a child’s school graduation day. When asked to reschedule as a courtesy, they refuse. The other attorney then has to complain to the judge, wasting valuable court time to resolve a petty matter. While the guidelines are nonbinding, Sloan hopes encouraging attorneys to sign a pledge to follow the rules can help rein in bad behavior. And, he added, judges may decide to use the rules as guidance to impose sanctions when faced with nasty or petty bickering among lawyers in court. Still, naturally when this many lawyers are involved in an issue of rules, there is plenty of debate. Some attorneys feel the guidelines are unnecessary, simply because the legal profession already has plenty of rules governing conduct. And with the new guidelines being nonbinding, some think they aren’t likely to make rude lawyers suddenly start playing nice. Within the Los Angeles County Bar Association, two subgroups – the litigation section and the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee – opposed the new rules. “To the extent that there’s a civility issue that needs to be addressed – and there always will be and has been since the beginning of the practice of law – we didn’t think we needed another set of rules,” said Los Angeles attorney Richard J. Burdge Jr. Instead Burdge, who is chairman of the county bar association’s litigation section, suggested the state bar should press for more courses on the issues of civility in law schools. Some experts believe there has always been a lack of courtesy among some elements in the legal profession. UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, who specializes in legal ethics, said the lack of professional courtesy has been a problem for decades, but the growing size of the profession may be pushing attorneys to be more competitive and aggressive. The larger number of attorneys also makes it less likely for repeat interactions, making it less likely for attorneys to feel obligated to be polite to one another. Winkler also said the perception of rudeness can sometimes be fed by the proliferation of television shows featuring attorneys – though often real-life is worse. “The public perception of lawyers has been bad for a long time. Television shows don’t do anything to make lawyers’ reputations better,” Winkler said. “Maybe that enhances the public perception of lawyers lacking civility. But I think people watching those shows might get a better impression than if they saw actual lawyers in practice. “Any lawyer who’s worked in litigation has seen his share of unprofessional and uncivil conduct.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Did you hear the joke about the two opposing lawyers who were really nice to each other? No? Don’t worry, neither has anyone else. Concerned that the practice of law has simply gotten too darn mean, the California State Bar this summer authored new “California Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism.” The rules are a sort of Miss Manners guide to legal etiquette, instructing lawyers to use appropriate language, not exaggerate about their cases to the media, and try to show some common courtesy when scheduling depositions or serving papers. last_img read more

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GALLAGHER FORCED TO TURN DOWN RTE AFTER AGREEING TO COOK FOR TV3

first_imgCONRAD GALLAGHER has been forced to turn down the chance to present RTE’s major new cookery series – because he already agreed to do a cookery show for rivals TV3.The controversial Letterkenny-born chef has already agreed to do a programme called Headchef for the Ballymount station.The Hawthorn Heights man will meet people from all walks of life and try and turn them into the hottest things in the kitchen. But Gallagher, 40, may have turned on his oven a little too quickly after RTE came calling for him to do a similar show.Shinawil, the production company behind Dragons Den and The Apprentice wanted Gallagher to be the face of a new RTE version of Masterchef.But Conrad had to tell the boys that he was do busy in the kitchen with TV3 to mix a few ingredients for them.Now Shinawil have been forced to look to other Irish chefs including Nevin Maguire, Richard Corrigan and Rachel Allen. Conrad, whose intimate Dublin and Sligo restaurants are now booming since he returned from South Africa, also revealed he had to turn down the chance of becoming the next Gordon Ramsey.TV3 bosses were looking for Conrad to be a little bit outspoken and wanted Headchef to be an Irish version of Hell’s Kitchen.But Conrad admitted “I told them I wasn’t the best guy suited for that show.I don’t see the shouting or screaming or roaring for me. I’m more interested in taking ordinary chefs and turning them into great chefs.”Ends GALLAGHER FORCED TO TURN DOWN RTE AFTER AGREEING TO COOK FOR TV3 was last modified: February 20th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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