Hoboken school board votes 4-3 against resignation of board member after…

first_imgHOBOKEN — During the Hoboken Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night, April 11, board member John Madigan called for the resignation of fellow board member Irene Sobolov, to no avail.Madigan added a last-minute resolution to the agenda due to what he characterized as a “vile” and offensive text message that he and the other board members received from Sobolov in which she forwarded a photo of Councilman Michael DeFusco standing next to one of his political supporters. In the text, she referred to them as “butt buddies.”Sobolov accidentally sent the message to all of the school board members and the superintendent of schools, instead of the friend she meant to send it to.DeFusco is rumored to be preparing to run against Mayor Dawn Zimmer, an ally of Sobolov, in the November mayoral election. Since DeFusco had recently been allied with Zimmer, this has raised the hackles of some in her camp. Zimmer has been in office since 2009, when she ran for the spot during her first term as a councilperson.Some said that the “butt buddies” slang — which is commonly used to mean extremely close friends — was especially offensive because DeFusco is the city’s first openly gay councilman, and it could be taken as a gay slur.While the term’s connotation is often negative, it is not generally meant against a particular group.Since news of the text message broke, Sobolov has apologized to DeFusco and members of the public.“The text message was intended for a conversation I was having with two girlfriends, musing on the interesting and often changing political landscape in Hoboken,” said Sobolov. “A term was used that I always understood to mean ‘good friends,’ or in this particular case, interesting political friends. Of course I was embarrassed when I realized my mistake and mortified when I learned that Mr. Madigan interpreted the text to mean homophobic. Nothing could be further from the truth…I truly regret the situation and sincerely apologize to anyone impacted.”The resolution was seconded by trustee Peter Biancamano before members of the public spoke on the resolution and the council cast their vote.Roughly 15 residents spoke regarding the matter. Most of those supported Irene Sobolov, citing her dedication to the district and personal knowledge of her character as inclusive and not mean spirited.Two residents spoke who agreed with Madigan that she should resign.According to Board Attorney Vito Gagliardi, the resolution would not “compel an action,” or force Sobolov to resign, as “a Board of Education does not have statutory authority to ask a sitting board member to resign.”The Board of Education held a vote on the resolution anyway. Members Britney Montgomery, Biancamano, and Madigan voted for her resignation while Trustees Sheillah Dallara, Jennifer Evans, Sharyn Angley, and Thomas Kluepfel voted for her to remain on the board with Sobolov abstaining.Trustee Mark McNamara was absent.Have thoughts on this or any other matter? Letters may be sent to [email protected] Put Hoboken in the subject head. ×last_img read more

UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

first_imgThe sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce.The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority.“As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership. A leaked 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.”Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions in a bid to curb unfettered spending on players regardless of the owners’ wealth.The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.Questions have been raised about how the leaks were obtained that now cast a shadow on the reputation of City.A Portuguese man, Rui Pinto, has been implicated in the obtaining of damaging information about European football. Pinto’s lawyer, Francisco Teixeira da Mota, said his client has been helping law enforcement in other European countries with investigations into their clubs’ finances. Pinto was extradited last year to Portugal from Hungary, where he had lived since 2015, after Portuguese police investigations concluded he hacked into computers in his home country. He has been held in detention in Portugal since March.A Portuguese judge ruled last month that prosecutors have enough evidence incriminating Pinto for him to stand trial. Pinto is accused of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese soccer federation, including financial dealings.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___ Associated Press The verdict was delivered on Friday to City following a hearing of UEFA’s club financial control body on Jan. 22. “The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA said in a statement. “The adjudicatory chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case.”The ban has no impact on the women’s team participating in the Champions League.City’s men play Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 this month but would not get to defend the title if they lift the European Cup for the first time. In a statement claiming UEFA’s investigation was “flawed” and “left little doubt in the result,” City announced plans to appeal. “This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the club said. “With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”Among football leaders calling for City to be punished was the head of the Spanish league who has been critical of how “funding by state-aid distorts European competitions.”“UEFA is finally taking decisive action,” La Liga President Javier Tebas said on Friday. “Enforcing the rules of financial fair play and punishing financial doping is essential for the future of football.”City could yet face additional punishment in England where its financial dealings are still being investigated by the Premier League. City has been transformed into a leading team in world football since being bought in 2008 by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League four times since 2012. City has endured a problematic title defense on the field this time, sitting second in the Premier League 22 points behind Liverpool. The City Football Group, of which City is the key component, was valued at $4.8 billion in November after U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake bought a stake of around 10% for $500 million. Silver Lake became the second major partner in the group, with a Chinese consortium owning 12% of the equity. There are partner clubs in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, among others.City has never disputed the authenticity of the information contained in internal emails that were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel in November 2018 and shows alleged schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with FFP.The UEFA statement on Friday did not reference any specifics of the evidence that led to the punishment In 2015, Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons February 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned from the Champions League for two seasons by UEFA on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules and failing to cooperate with investigators in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs.The Abu Dhabi-owned team was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million) after an investigation that was sparked by leaked internal correspondence showing City overstated sponsorship revenue and masked the source of revenue from deals to tied to the Gulf nation in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.The punishment prevents City from playing in any European competition, including the Europa League, until the 2022-23 season. It could have a significant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and retain manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires after next season. last_img read more

Dolphin Preseason Kicks Off Amid Controversy

first_imgThe Dolphins host the Atlanta Falcons tonight at 7:30 at Hard Rock Stadium in their preseason opener.Not many fans or analysts are expecting a winning season, but Dolphins players are looking forward to surprising them.Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick says they’re ready to show everybody this is a team of winners. However, one of the teammates is not a team player.Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills is calling out team owner Stephen Ross for his affiliation with Donald Trump.Ross is scheduled to host a fundraiser for Trump at his New York home this week.He has a foundation called RISE whose goal is to eliminate racial discrimination, and Stills tweeted that Ross “can’t have a nonprofit with this mission statement and then open your doors to Trump.” The NFL Players Association released a statement supporting Stills, who is one of three active players to protest during the anthem last season. Ross has known Trump for years and has been open with his support of the President.last_img read more

Grandpa who dropped toddler from cruise ship charged with negligent homicide

first_imgAn Indiana grandfather in jail on negligent homicide charges for dropping his granddaughter off of a cruise ship in July.The incident happened in Puerto Rico months ago, but charges against Salvatore Anello were not announced until Monday.He’s being held on an 80-thousand-dollar bond.Anello dropped his two-year-old granddaughter Chloe Wiegand from an open window on the cruise ship.He claims he thought the window was closed, and reportedly blames the cruise ship company for leaving it open.He is due in court in November.last_img

Should Puerto Rico Have a Path to Statehood?

first_imgLegislation introduced in Congress on Tuesday would place the question of statehood for Puerto Rico in front of voters for the third time since 2012.The last two states admitted to the union were Alaska and Hawaii, and supporters of this bill said it would provide the island with the same path to statehood.There is some bipartisan support for this legislation that would put a federally-authorized referendum on the November 3rd, 2020 ballot in Puerto Rico. Approval by voters would lead to a presidential proclamation within 30 months, making Puerto Rico the 51st state.Should the island nation become our 51st state and why?last_img

OHP: Three Dead in Shooting at Walmart in Oklahoma

first_imgRed River Tech and Duncan Public Schools were put on lockdown due to the incident. Red River Tech remains on lockdown, however, Duncan Public Schools are no longer on lockdown. At least three people are dead after a shooting inside a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma today.According to police, shots first rang out in the store located about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City around 10:00 this morning. It’s currently unknown if any other people have been injured at this time or if an arrest in the case has been made. last_img

Midshipmen To Honor Victims Of Pensacola Naval Base Shooting

first_img(Annapolis, MD) — The United States Naval Academy will be honoring three victims of the Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Base shooting during this weekend’s Army-Navy football game. The @NavalAcademy will honor the victims in last week’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola during the Army-Navy football game Saturday. https://t.co/Y8aYwzf9fv #ArmyNavyGame #ArmyNavy— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) December 12, 2019 All three were killed when a Saudi airman shot them in a classroom last week at the Naval Aviation Schools Command in Florida.Tomorrow’s Army-Navy game is taking place in Philadelphia with kickoff set for 3 pm Eastern and will be attended by President Trump. Midshipmen players will wear red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels or memorial patches to show respect for Ensign Joshua Watson, Airman Mohammed Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters. Fellow Naval Aviators recognizing those killed at NAS Pensacola #flynavy @flynavy @GlenDakan @fiestyirishlass @jeffwyler @TheRealJeffRuby @jasmineminortv pic.twitter.com/EdY6AfvXUP— Kevin Frye (@KevinFrye1) December 10, 2019last_img read more

Rotchford OT Goal Sends RFH to First Dowd Cup Final

first_imgBy Brian DeakyneRED BANK — In the midst of the madness around them, Rumson-Fair Haven forwards Hunter Rotchford and Brian Robinson didn’t take note at who scored the game-winning overtime goal.“I was hacking and hacking at it and eventually it went in,” Rotchford said. “Robinson said he hit it in, I said I hit it in, I really don’t know who got the better piece of it.”The goal, which was credited to Rotchford, came with 3:45 remaining in overtime to lift the second-seeded Bulldogs to their first Dowd Cup final in school history, topping Red Bank Regional, 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in the semi-finals of the Dowd Cup.RFH scored a short-handed goal in the early stages of the second period, and a goal late in the period to take a 2-1 lead over sixth-seeded Red Bank Regional, but the Bucs’ came back in the third period, sending the teams to overtime.Rotchford’s goal was the only shot registered on RBR goalie Charlie Fox, who finished with 36 saves on the game.“Charlie’s a great goalie. He never lets the first one in,” Rotchford said.Rotchford took a pass from Robinson, short-handed, and after being stopped by Fox, he slipped in his own rebound inside the right post, drawing even with the Bucs with 8:44 remaining in the second period.“Brian made a nice pass to me and I was able to finish,” Rotchford said.Gary Cali fed Robinson later in the period, who was left alone in the slot, and he lifted the puck top-shelf, giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.“They [Red Bank Regional] were coming off a good win against St. Rose and we knew it was going to be a tight battle,” Rumson-Fair Haven coach Chris McCafferty said. “They kept coming. They fought, they stuck with their gameplan it was a good game and well-matched.”The Bucs took the early lead when Sam Marascio blasted a power play goal past Bulldogs’ goalie Dominic Padula with 4:21 left in the first period. Joe Franco looked to squeak a puck into the net from the side, and the rebound kicked out to Marascio, who put it away.Padula stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced, but Fox faced much more pressure on the other end of the ice throughout the game.“I told Charlie that, for the past four years, it’s been nice to know that we’ve had the better goalie every single night,” Red Bank Regional head coach Tim Hall said.Josh Saboyu tied the game at two with 8:22 left in the game, grabbing possession of the loose puck in front of the net, and beating Padula to his right.“I told the boys in the locker room that tonight is who we are,” Hall said. “It’s been a challenge for us to play up to our potential. RBR has traditionally not had a hockey culture, but we are building on next year.”After a back-and-forth minute of play in overtime, Rotchford put home a net-mouth scramble after Fox appeared close to covering it.“I was told that he didn’t have a solid glove on it, and the puck was constantly loose, so it couldn’t be whistled dead, and that’s fine with me,” Hall said.Red Bank Regional converted on their opening power play, but couldn’t capitalize on their following three.The Bulldogs didn’t have a single power play for the second game in a row.Charlie Fox of RBR making one of his 36 saves against RFH in the Dowd Cup Semifinal WednesdayRotchford nearly added a second short-handed goal, on the same penalty kill, in the second period, but Fox turned away his breakaway attempt.Saboyu had a breakaway attempt of his own, six minutes into the game, but he was stopped by Padula.“Dominic has had the nickname “The Dominator” since he was 8 years old, and that’s because he makes the big saves when he has to,” McCafferty said.The Bulldogs will take on fifth-seeded Marlboro in the Dowd Cup final on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Red Bank Armory. RFH will be looking for their first ever Dowd Cup championship and Marlboro will be hoping to repeat from last year’s championship.last_img read more

SHADE Embarks on Tree Planting in Voinjama

first_imgDue to the frequent occurrence of rainstorms in Lofa County, Support Humanity Against Destruction of the Environment (SHADE), has embarked on planting trees in Voinjama City to prevent wind damage to vulnerable properties. The trees serve as wind breakers to lessen the destructive impact of windstorms on properties and the environment.The disclosure was made by the executive director of SHADE, Peter Dorbor in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Voinjama City recently.Director Dorbor said to that date, SHADE has planted 1,500 trees in Voinjama City.He said in order to extend the tree planting to other rainstorm affected areas SHADE needs U$50,000 as operational cost.He explained that SHADE wants to plant trees in Quardu Gboni, Foya and Kolahun.Director Dorbor said several thousand species of trees have been put on nurseries for the upcoming tree planting activity.“We want to extend our tree planting activities to other affected areas once we are able to secure funding,” he said.He said his organization is prepared to work with the county administration to speed up the tree planting effort.He intimated that the tree planting process started years back while its implementation began in December 2013 in the Monument Community in Voinjama City.Director Dorbor said SHADE intends to nurse 2,500 seeds of different varieties of indigenous and exotic trees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFORMER Celtic and Man United great Paddy Crerand has spoken of how humbled he was to be given the Freedom of Donegal.Members of his extended family were in the council chamber on Friday as Mayor Frank McBrearty presented the honour.Pat Crerand was born to Irish immigrants in the Gorbals area of Glasgow on 19 February 1939. His father was Michael Crerand from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone and his mother was Sarah ‘Tim’ Boyle from Gaoth Dobhair, where he spent much of his childhood. He married Noreen Ferry, a Scottish girl also of Irish descent, in 1963. They have three children, Patrick, Lorraine and Danny. He also has eight grandchildren.After six years at Celtic (120 appearances, 5 goals), he signed for Manchester United on 6 February 1963, and went on to win league and European honours.The Mayor, elected members and staff of the Council will be joined by Mr. Crerand, his family and invited guests at this special event which will recognise his connection to Donegal as well as all the wonderful achievements both on and off the field throughout the years.Said Mayor McBrearty: “It was a huge honour for me personally and for the council representing the people of Donegal to honour a true sporting legend. “In the year of the Irish Gathering and valuing our Donegal diaspora it is an honour for us to recognise those overseas with a connection to Donegal and how their connection has shaped their lives and achievements.“Paddy is an absolute gentleman who has never forgotten his Donegal roots and his family were so proud of him.” SOCCER LEGEND PADDY GETS FREEDOM OF DONEGAL was last modified: June 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:SOCCER LEGEND PADDY GETS FREEDOM OF DONEGALlast_img read more