Meghan’s amazing college career continues with eighth win

first_img England international Meghan MacLaren continued her remarkable US college career with her eighth win on the women’s circuit. She won the Conference USA women’s championship for the second year in a row and the third time in total. The 21-year-old, from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, scored three-under par at the Verandah Club in Fort Myers, Florida, and was two clear of the field.  She’s only the second student at Florida International University to win the title back to back and be a three-time individual conference champion. MacLaren (Image © Leaderboard Photography) flew home after the event to play in this weekend’s Helen Holm Scottish women’s stroke play championship at Troon. She’s teaming up there with fellow international Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid Surrey) to represent England in the Nations Cup. MacLaren is a past winner of the British and Irish stroke play titles and was eighth in the 2016 South American amateur. She is an England and GB&I international and represented Europe in this season’s inaugural Patsy Hankins Trophy against Asia Pacific. She is a member of the England Golf women’s squad. 22 Apr 2016 Meghan’s amazing college career continues with eighth win last_img read more

A Bus Stop That’s Just the Ticket in Sea Bright

first_imgBy Eileen MoonSEA BRIGHT – Waiting for the bus in Sea Bright is a lot more fun than it used to be thanks to the talents of Monmouth Beach artist Megan Health Gilhool.Like most people who live close to the ocean, she’s driven up and down Ocean Ave more times than she can count.And as she traveled, she couldn’t help but see her surroundings with an artist’s eye.In the right hands, a little paint and TLC could work wonders, Megan knew.Take the bus stop, for instance.Every time she passed it, she thought about how the workaday building that provided bus riders a place to get out of the weather as they waited could use a facelift.Or, as Megan put it, “Every time I walked by it, I just thought it needed a big hug – a big, paint hug!”Several years ago, she approached the borough about the possibility of painting the bus shelter, but at that time, no one was interested.She tried again this year however, and with the support of the Sea Bright Business Alliance, she got the green light.A fine artist whose abstracts have been featured in numerous art shows and galleries, Gilhool also does commissioned work that includes everything from family and pet portraits to tromp l’oeil murals in business and private homes.And as the bus stop illustrates, she spends a lot of time planning and conceiving her designs.She spent more than three weeks on the bus shelter project, setting up her paints and supplies and taking them down each day when she was finished. I don’t travel light,” she said.As she worked, she encountered a number of people who asked questions and commented on what she was doing. One business owner across the street often sat on a chair on the sidewalk watching her work.Some found her color choices too bright, Gilhool said. “They wanted it to look Nantuckety. But this is Sea Bright. What about New Jersey? New Jersey has its own life, its own spirit.”Like most folks blessed to call the two river area home, Gilhool has a deep love for and appreciation of the ocean, and that’s reflected in the whimsical interior of the bus stop, which is painted to resemble a comfy summer cottage by the sea.A trompe l’oeil Monmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool at work in Red Bank, where she recently painted a party room at the Red Bank ArmoryMonmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool waved her magic paintbrush over this bus stop on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright recently, replacing the drab interior with a brightly painted evocation of a summer cottage at the shore.Waiting for the bus in Sea Bright is much more fun than it used to be thanks to the talents of Monmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool.sign inside the shelter reads, “May your joys be as deep as the ocean and your sorrows as light as its foam.”Gilhool researched a lot of beach-related sayings before settling on that one, she said.Painted “Magazines” with a beachy theme are also displayed in a basket with the name of one reading, “N.J. Shore Life,” as well as a painted copy of Sea Bright’s newsletter, “The Seabreeze,” with appropriate headlines.Such little whimsies are abundant, like the painting of Megan’s real-life cat Buster, sleeping on one wall – not far from his faux food dish.Inches from the bus shelter’s floor, there’s a painted “snapshot” of Ralph Kramden, the bombastic bus driver played by Jackie Gleason on the 1950s TV series, ***ITALSThe Honeymooners***ENDTALS.Thanks to Gilhool, commuters caught in the winter chill may enjoy a little bit of summer as they settle inside on the brightly painted bench to wait for the next bus.And now that the business community has added a little evergreen at the side of the shelter, the scene has taken on a Christmas-y feel as well.Since she finished painting the shelter, Gilhool has seen parents stopping in with their kids to take photos inside the stop, which always makes her smile.“It really was a fun project,” said Gilhool.last_img read more

New Jersey Trivia for a Pandemic

first_imgThe article originally appeared in the May 7th – May 13th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. 4. What are the three prominent tree species in Monmouth County forests? In 1609, Henry Hudson, and his crew aboard the Dutch vessel Half-Moon spotted land in what is now Monmouth County most likely off Sandy Hook; however, some historical accounts credit this landing to present-day Keansburg. According to legend, Mary Ludwig Hays McCauly, also known as “Molly Pitcher,” delivered water to her husband’s battery to cool the cannons and soldiers during the battle of Monmouth Court House in 1778. When her husband was wounded, Molly took her husband’s place as a member of the cannon crew for the remainder of the battle. Monmouth County is named for Monmouth, Wales. 3. From where does Monmouth County derive its name? COURTESY ELIZABETH WULFHORST The Sandy Hook Lighthouse 2. Who was Mary Ludwig Hays McCauly and what role did she play in New Jerseyand American history? The lighthouse on the northern tip of the Gateway National Recreation Area in SandyHook, built in 1764, is the oldest lighthouse still in operation in the U.S. 5. Who was the first European to set foot in present-day Monmouth County? Monmouth County is forested primarily with oak, hickory and shortleaf pine. 1. Where is the oldest lighthouse still in operation in the U.S.? By Mrs. Silence Dogoodlast_img read more

Top 10 geocaching essentials

first_img10. First aid kit. Hopefully the only injury you incur while caching is a bruised ego from that DNF. But if anything more serious happens, make sure you’re prepared.But more than anything, make sure you always, always, ALWAYS bring a pen!Share with your Friends:More 5. Sunscreen. ‘Nuff said 6. Bug spray. NOT Travel Bug® spray! (You want to attract those). Repel pesky critters like mosquitos and ticks with insect repellent. The yuckier they think you are, the better! 3. Extra logbooks and pencils. Yes, it’s the cache owner’s responsibility to maintain their caches. But hey, if you find a logbook that’s full, or a broken pencil in a cache, do a good deed for a fellow cache owner. You can even let them know when writing your log or through the Message center. #WINNING Top 10 items to carry in your geocaching bagYou should always, always, ALWAYS bring a pen, but what else should you bring caching? Here are the Top 10 items to carry in your geocaching bag. What are your geocaching must-haves? 9. Flashlight. Ever put your hand deep into a tree hollow then feel around for a cache without being able to actually see where your hand is? Yeah. We did, once. Now we always bring a flashlight. 2. SWAG for trading. SWAG = stuff we all get. One golden rule about geocaching: if you take something, leave something of equal or higher value. Keep a few fun items in your bag to trade.center_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 23, 2011March 23, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 17, 2011March 17, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” 7. Rain gear. So you suddenly see a bank of storm clouds headed your way just as you approach the cache, and you’re more than an hour away from your car. Always stay dry and bring a waterproof jacket or poncho. 4. Snacks and water. Looking for geocaches can be grueling work. Maintain your energy and stay hydrated to keep your caching game strong! 1. GPS/smartphone and extra batteries/charger. Don’t lose the juice. Keep your GPS or smartphone charged when going for hikes far away from any outlets. 8. Tools of the Trade — TOTT. Penlight? Check. Mirror? Check. Magnet? Check. Clampy-thing? Check. Pocket knife? Check. TOTT all accounted for. Let’s go!last_img read more

Creamline sits star, takes Game 1 anyway

first_imgGinebra flattens NLEX on the road Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Earlier, Mega Builders and Cignal TV toppled their respective rivals to move closer to forging a duel for the men’s crown in the mid-season conference of the country’s premier league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.The Volley Bolt got back at the Air Force Jet Spikers, fighting back from two sets down and hacking out a 19-25, 16-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-10 decision, while the HD Spikers thwarted the Sta. Elena side, 25-16, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, at the start of their respective best-of-three series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img But team management later decided to give the former two-time league MVP the rest she deserves following a grueling 17-day training with the national team in the Japan.Creamline officials also released a statement later saying Valdez will sit out the rest of the conference.The Cool Smashers haven’t lost a step since losing Valdez to national team duties, and they showed the ability to handle pressure minus their star player by saving four match points to steal the third set and then rebounding from a lopsided loss in the fourth with a dominant showing in the decider.Vargas stood out in that emphatic stretch, firing away power-packed spikes that bamboozled the Water Defenders.Creamline shoots for the championship berth in Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT “Coming off a fourth set loss, we thought of stepping up in the fifth,” Vargas said. “We were able to communicate and everybody contributed.”In putting a foot inside the Finals, Creamline ran its winning streak to eight games after sweeping the classification phase of the mid-season conference organized by Sports Vision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd the Cool Smashers did it despite the continued absence of Valdez.Valdez, a member of the national team that will see action in two tournaments this month, got the green light from the national volleyball federation to suit up for the Cool Smashers for the playoffs. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After celebrating their Game 1 victory, the Creamline Cool Smashers will walk into Game 2 with a chance to seal a Finals berth. —AUGUST DELA CRUZRosemarie Vargas stepped up when Creamline needed her the most, providing the key points in the decisive set for a 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7 decision over BaliPure Saturday night to inch closer to a maiden finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Vargas filled in for superstar Alyssa Valdez, who Creamline opted to sit out at the last minute, and pumped seven of her 19 points in the fifth set, including five hits off the block, as the former Far Eastern U standout perplexed the Water Defenders with her power to give the Cool Smashers a 1-0 headstart in their best-of-three semifinal series.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’

first_imgView comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Letran has propelled to the third spot at 5-3 behind Lyceum (7-0) and defending champion San Beda (6-1) after opening the season losing three of its first four games.Napa embraced the fact that his team will be the underdog against the menacing Pirates, likening the impending clash to a biblical story.“It’s going to be David and Goliath,” Napa described. “We’re going to go all out.”And we all know how that narrative ends.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light Winners of four straight, the Knights are transforming into a force to reckon with in their own right.Their legitimacy as title contenders can be argued at this point with still a lot of games to be played but one thing’s certain, the Knights are unfazed and unrattled with what lies ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Humanda ang Lyceum sa amin kasi lahat ng babangga sa amin, gigibain namin. That’s my players’ mindset right now,” warned Letran head coach Jeff Napa, his bold declaration coming on the heels of a gritty win over a game San Sebastian side in overtime.(Lyceum better be ready for us because we we’re going to destroy whoever comes in our way.) Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIEScenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Letran head coach Jeff Napa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUndefeated and fearsome, Lyceum is looking every bit of a championship contender nearing the halfway mark of the NCAA season.The Pirates have been making statements with a victory on top of another. But Friday’s showdown with the Letran Knights, who are in the middle of a resurgence, promises to be their stiffest challenge yet.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IT capital Bangalore hides an underbelly of illiteracy

first_imgChildren from impoverished backgrounds remain excluded.During the past 10 years when Bangalore grew as a boomtown of infotech it has also witnessed an increase in the number of people who cannot read and write. Bangalore has a comparatively high literacy rate of 88.48 per cent. But when Bangalore’s population jumped from about 65 lakhs to 96 lakhs the growth included an increased number of illiterates – 8,447 to be precise.T K Anil Kumar, director, census operations (Karnataka), said that literacy is a complex issue to understand. Experts said that though the number appears small, it in effect means more illiterate people are coming into Bangalore. Normally, as had happened elsewhere in the state – except Bangalore and Yadgir – the number of illiterates decrease as educational opportunities increase and a new literate generation enters the population.A population growth of over 45 per cent indicates that migration accounts for about 30 per cent, pointed out Prof K S James, an expert in demography at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.The natural growth is just about 15 per cent. “Clearly there has been migration of illiterate groups.” There are large scale construction sites which attract migrant labourers.”It is surprising that Bangalore being a hub of knowledge shows pathetic performance on literacy,” said Prof R S Deshpande, director of ISEC. “In Bangalore most of the corporate sector is happy with the cheap migrant labour. But rarely do they think about the children who are brought here.” Children migrating to Bangalore are often busy working or looking after their siblings, Deshpande added.advertisementChild labour is still prevalent in Bangalore despite NGO inter vention and state- sponosored programmes. A nun who started a school in a poorer area of the city many years ago said she made the decision after seeing labourers going to work with their toddlers tied to a tree near the work area. Still there is no good institutional mechanism to look after labourers’ children.There are policy issues too.National Policy on Education 1986 and the Revised version of 1992 laid emphasis on strengthening school education as well as enhancing literacy rate.Accordingly the National Literacy Mission was created and programmes were launched as part of Total Literacy Campaigns (TLCs) across the Nation. “It was literally a social movement,” said Dr Niranjanaradhya V P, fellow at the Centre for Child and the Law at NLSIU. It later got diluted and a project approach replaced this social movement with nontransparent initiatives supported by external agencies, he pointed out. “We need to create reasonably good access to the children coming from marginalised communities to receive reasonably good quality education.” There should be a well- designed literacy programme for all who require it after 18 plus, connecting it to their day to day life. In metros like Bangalore the programme should be in more than one language. ===Everybody loves a good political crisis It is that time of the year when the Karnataka government is in crisis. Everybody knows it by experiencing the traffic jam in front of the Raj Bhavan and the police bandobast that causes further blockages along important roads. Visitors are barred from the Vidhana Soudha.Cars of political leaders are seen parked in rows in front of the Raj Bhavan gate. You get to see politicians, clad in the customary white shirt and white trousers, just like the chief minister. Some look worried. The dhoti-clad leaders normally come from the north of the state; some sport green shawls.Outside broadcast (OB) vans with their dish antennae are also seen parked in front of the Raj Bhavan. The crew sometimes has round the clock duty. Correspondents from small news bureaus have a tough time covering simultaneous press briefings at far-away venues.Many run out of battery in their cell phones and laptops and go incommunicado.The street-side hawkers, however, enjoy the show. They gather at the Raj Bhavan and sell groundnut, bhelpuri and buttermilk – to MLAs and journalists. They do it boldly, right under the noses of policemen who would have beaten them up on normal days for daring to be seen in such a sensitive spot. ===Bangalore to become a biofuel boomtown After IT, BPOs and biotechnology, the next wave in Bangalore could well be alternative energy. Products and processes are in the pipeline. The credit for some of them goes to Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar, a researcher in biophysics, nanotechnology, and sustainable energy.Scalene Energy Research Institute (SERI) that he heads has the technology to produce electricity from waste – food, vegetables, meat, husk, municipal waste, water weeds, spent grain left after brewing beer.advertisementPurely cultured bacteria from SERI’s lab break them all down to produce natural gas. The science is called Microbe Incubated Bioreactor (MIBR).The SERI campus has a gas plant that runs on water hyacinth collected from a nearby lake, called the ‘oil well’. ‘Serigas’ runs a 1.2 megawatt capacity unit that lights up and cools down the campus and keeps the stoves flaming at the campus kitchen for 80 personnel. A tonne of waste a day can produce 300 kg of gas.Scalene has now come out with a micro plant for kitchens that runs on vegetable peels, food waste and old newspapers. Kumar’s logic is that a small home produces 2.5 to 3 kg of waste, including newspapers – enough to produce half a kilo gas a day. That is roughly the consumption in an average home.After developing a Rs 50,000 prototype, Kumar would like sell it for Rs 12,000. The ITI Limited, a public sector firm, is trying to value-engineer it to look more like an appliance. === Chandrayaan a hit with city kids ISRO may have it own share of worries with its giant launcher GSLV failing twice recently, but the space agency is upbeat about its achievements in general.And it makes it a point to reach out to the people, especially students.Senior ISRO scientists travel across the country and abroad to tell people about India’s space programme. They conduct exhibitions in schools and colleges and install satellite and launcher models. The crowdpuller is ISRO’s set of colourful panels that tell the story of India’s first moon mission. In 20 colourful panels it describes the project from its conception to the launch and explains lunar science in simple terms – What are lunar crators? How did Chandrayaan-1 find water on the surface of the moon? Accompanying the exhibition is a booklet meant for students titled ‘Chandrayaan -1 – Indian Giant Leap to Moon ‘. Written by B R Guruprasad, ISRO’s PRO, it describes how ISRO scientist graduated from sending satellites circling the earth at 36,000 km to reaching the moon that is 3,58,000 km away.Cartoons and lucidly written text mark the publication. The readership includes upper primary and high school students, Guruprasad said. Children get to hear about stories of the moon, how ancient Indians viewed it and how scientists have been trying to explore it. It is now running into multiple print orders.last_img read more

Lionel Messi: The ace footballer who stuck needles in his legs for three years

first_imgLionel Messi, five-time winner of Europe’s Ballon d’Or, also known as the FIFA World Player of the Year award, turns 30 today. The ace footballer, hailed by many as the best in the world now, has come a long way since the days of being the smallest member of the team, partly due to age and partly due to a growth hormones deficiency.The nights with the needles in his legsMessi has had his share of problems; when he was just 11 years old, it was discovered that he was suffering from a growth hormone deficiency and he would be required to undergo treatment to let him grow. For three years, every single night, Messi stuck needles in his legs. It was only once that his treatment was completed that he started growing properly.Since the treatment was expensive, his father, Jorge went to the club, Newell’s Old Boys, who had shown a keen interest in keeping Messi in their team. Though they took on Messi, the money provided was simply not enough to tide over the financial troubles of the family.The money issues that the family had to undergo due to Messi’s health problem made them travel 10,000 km away from home to Barcelona, where the Barcelona club had promised to pay for his treatment.The whole family stayed in Barcelona for six months and yet, their problems were not over. It was during this time that his decision to play for Barcelona led to a split in the family, wherein his father stayed with him while his mother with his brothers and little sister went back to Rosario.advertisementRest as they say is history, ‘Leo’ is hailed as one of the best players of football.Listed below are some of the interesting facts about the legendary footballer:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more

a month agoDerby fire five past Man Utd U18

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby fire five past Man Utd U18by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U18s were thrashed 5-1 by Derby County yesterday.Hit by a three-goal, seven-minute Rams salvo in the first half, it was a blow which the Reds couldn’t recover from, despite Mark Helm’s strike providing a glimmer of hope before the interval. Two further Derby goals after the break put the game well out of United’s reach.The trio of Bjorn Hardley, Calen Gallagher-Allison and Hannibal Mejbri – all 16-year-olds – were called up to make their full Under-18 debuts in place of Connor Stanley, the suspended Reece Devine and Will Fish, who had made an impressive bow for the Under-23s against Fulham the previous evening at Leigh. last_img read more