CBA’s Hrymack among RU’s 2012 wrestling recruits

first_imgHayden Hrymack, who is one of the winningest wrestlers in Christian Brothers Academy’s history, was among 14 future student-athletes joining the Rutgers University wrestling program in 2012.Rutgers coach Scott Goodale announced the incoming class of wrestlers last week. Seven of them were state medal winners at the NJSIAA Championships last winter.The latest class of Rutgers wrestlers has shown its talents on the national stage.Phil Bakuckas of Hammonton and Maverick Passaro from Eastport, N.Y. recorded fourth-place finishes at the 2012 FloNationals in Philadelphia, Pa.Terrance Jean-Jacques of Haverhill, Mass. and West Orange’s Anthony Pafumi earned multiple All-America honors at past National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) national tournaments.Jean-Jacques was second in the country at heavyweight as a junior in 2011 and he followed that performance by placing seventh in the division as a senior in 2012.Pafumi placed fifth in the nation at 171 pounds as a junior in 2011. He was place third at 160 pounds during his freshman and sophomore seasons.Lex Knapp, Lacey Township, and Jan Rosenberg, Rockaway, also earned All- America status at the 2011 NHSCA Nationals. Knapp placed eighth at 215 pounds, while Rosenberg won the title at 103 pounds.Rosenberg added freestyle and Greco- Roman All-America accolades to his record at the 2010 and 2011 Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. He placed fifth in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman at 98 pounds in 2010. Rosenberg followed that by placing third in freestyle and fourth in Greco- Roman at 105 pounds in 2011.Jean-Jacques and Conor Wasson, Mount Laurel, placed second in the country at the National Preps Tournament. Jean-Jacques earned runner-up honors at heavyweight in 2011, while Wasson’s stellar performance came at 182 pounds in 2012.Goodale’s team features 10 student-athletes from New Jersey, two from New York, one from Massachusetts and one from Missouri. Sean McCabe of Connetquot, N.Y. and Passaro won New York state titles at 120 pounds and 126 pounds, respectively.Morgan Fitzgerald hails from Kearney, Mo. and the grappler was one of three recruits in the Rutgers class to cap his career with an individual state championship. Fitzgerald captured his crown at 170 pounds.New Jersey natives Anthony Giancola (Collingswood), Hrymack, Eric McMullen (North Bergen), Jalen Ramos (Central Regional) and Ken Theobold (Toms River South) complete the group.McMullen and Theobold were state finalists at 195 pounds and 145 pounds, respectively, to close out their high school careers.Hrymack set a Christian Brothers Academy single-season record for wins in 2011- 12 with 42. He went 42-2 on the way to a fifth-place finish at the state championships. He also won district and region championships during his senior year. He wrestled at 197 pounds for the Colts and led the team with 27 pins. He was a two-time district champion.Hrymack was 73-8 throughout his junior and senior years at Christian Brothers Academy. The Colts were 19-6 in 2011-12 and won the NJSIAA South Jersey Non- Public A state sectional team championship.Rutgers will open the 2012-13 wrestling season on Nov. 4 at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Va. The Scarlet Knights’ first home dual meet is set for Nov. 11 against Clarion at 1 p.m.On Dec. 8, the Scarlet Knights will host a double-dual meet with Rider University at 5 p.m. and Princeton University at 7 p.m.Goodale has done a great job keeping local talent in the state. Among the wrestlers on the Rutgers roster are Jackson Memorial’s Scott Winston (165 pounds), Doug Hamann (157 and 165 pounds) and Dan Hopkins (197 pounds), Howell’s Joey Langel (125 pounds), Long Branch’s Nick Visciaro (165 pounds), Raritan’s brothers Dan (184 and 197 pounds) and David (149 pounds) Seidenberg, Point Pleasant Borough’s Jordan Beverly (157 pounds) and J.P. Stevens’ Greg Zannetti (174 pounds).Zannetti and Winston are ranked No. 16 and No. 17 nationally, respectively, heading into the 2012-13 campaign.last_img read more

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BLUES WIN FAIRWEATHER DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgWOMEN’S RESULTS: U of T’s women won all but one race over the two-day meet. Leading the way was fourth-year standout Hannah Genich. The 2019 FISU Games bronze medalist won four individual races in the 100 and 200 butterfly events, as well as the 200 backstroke and 400 freestyle. ResultsThe University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s swimming teams both placed first overall at the 2019 OUA Fairweather division championships, November 23-24, at Varsity Pool. “Bernard had some standout swims,” said MacDonald. “He is a very important addition to our team. Bernard had a bit of a breakthrough in the summer of 2018 and I recruited him very heavily because of that and I think we’ve been able to rekindle his career and he’ll be looking to challenge the best in the country.” “Claire Howard had lifetime bests in every single thing she swan and she has now qualified for nationals and she has the potential to score a lot of points,” added MacDonald. “She has had gigantic improvements in the last six months.” FROM HEAD COACH BYRON MACDONALD: “The division championships are always a good way to finish off our fall training to see where we’re at. I think the athletes performed very well. We have a great facility here at the University of Toronto and it’s easier to perform when you’re in a great facility with a great set up. We were expected to win this meet and we didn’t disappoint. The big thing was that the athletes didn’t back down. We had several breakthrough swims.””We tried something new this season and went away for an intense training camp during November reading week and I believe it gave us the extra boost of fitness that resulted in our good swims this weekend.” TEAM SCORES: Toronto’s men racked up 1136 points, ahead of the Waterloo Warriors (776), Western Mustangs (627) and Laurentian Voyageurs (607). The Blues women accumulated 1107 points, ahead of Western (808.5), Waterloo (648) and Laurentian (587.5). Team co-captain Rachel Rodé was a double winner, touching the wall first the 50 backstroke and freestyle races, while Kate Rendall won the 800 freestyle, Georgia Kidd took the top spot in the 200 IM and Sarah Polley claimed gold in the 100 butterfly. Rookie sensation Abby McDonald continued to impress with three individual victories this weekend. The Elora, Ont., native won the 100 and 200 breast stroke races, as well as the 400 individual medley (IM). Similarly, sophomore Aleksa Gold came away with three wins in the 100 and 200 freestyle races, as well as the 100 backstroke.center_img UP NEXT: The Blues return to action in the New Year when they host the Western Mustangs in a dual meet on Saturday, January 11. Sophomore Graeme Aylward placed first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, while rookie Bernard Godolphin turned some heads this weekend, winning the 200 and 400 freeestyle races. Story Links MEN’S RESULTS: Four Varsity Blues led the way with double victories over the weekend. Fifth-year veteran Osvald Nitski won both the 100 and 200 butterfly events, while fourth-year standout Matthew Mac touched the wall first in the 100 and 200 backstroke races. Cam Kidd and Ethan Fazekas won the 50 and 100 freestyle events, respectively, while Chris Ruus took the top spot in the 50 backstroke. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Reports: Man United ready to spend £100m before close of transfer window

first_img Reports: Manchester United ready to spend £100m before close of transfer window Manchester United have a £100m war chest to spend during the final days of the summer transfer window, according to reports.The Red Devils secured their return to the Champions League on Wednesday night with an emphatic 7-1 aggregate win over Club Brugge and boss Louis van Gaal has set his sights on strengthening the squad further.United missed out on Barca star Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi, who joined Chelsea and neighbours Manchester City respectively, but are still in the race to prise Neymar away from Barcelona.And now, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Van Gaal will try to use every penny of his remaining budget to ensure United are ready to challenge on all fronts this season.Having already lavished funds on Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian, sources close to the Dutchman have revealed he is ready to bring in another big name to Old Trafford. 1last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Whittier Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint in the area of Whittier Boulevard and Mills Avenue from 7 p.m. Friday to 3a.m. Saturday. The checkpoint and other enforcement efforts are part of the Whittier Police Department’s grant project for “Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.” This program is paid for through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officers will also be checking for unlicensed motorists or those who are driving with a suspended drivers license. Anyone found driving with an invalid license may have their vehicle impounded for 30 days and be issued a citation. Admission and parking is free of charge. The carnival will feature music, food, games, rides and beverages. For information or pre-sale tickets, call (562) 921-2914. Church to hold rummage sale WHITTIER – The Salem Lutheran Church, 6442 S. Glenngarry Ave., is hosting a fall bazaar and rummage sale from 8a.m. to noon Saturday. Items to be sold include dolls and jewelry. There will also be a bake sale, cake walk, door prizes, snacks and lunch. Information: (562) 692-8649. Vendors sought for holiday event NORWALK – The Norwalk Senior Center is seeking vendors for it Holiday Boutique, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. Those who have handmade crochet, knit or wood crafts and are interested in selling should become a registered vendor. Interested parties ages 50 older can register now for $10 a table. Those ages 18-49 can register at $20 a table beginning Oct.15. All vendors must register with the State Board of Equalization for a minimum of a one-day sellers permit. The city will provide information. No commercial items will be allowed for sale. The boutique will be open to the public and is free. Information: (562) 929-5580. Santa Fe Springs concerts continue SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city’s concert series, Stargaze, continues with the Oct. 12 double bill of War and the O’Jays. Gates open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show at Town Center Plaza, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. Tickets are available for the outdoor amphitheater at the Town Center Box Office. Tickets are $35 for residents and industrial residents and $40 for non-residents. Information: (562) 863-4896. Time to register for roller hockey SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is now conducting walk-in registration for its youth roller hockey league though 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. The program for girls and boys ages 6 through 16 will play at Center Court, 10340 Orr and Day Road, for 12 weeks beginning Oct. 22. Verification of age and residency is required at time of registration. The fee is $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents. The cost includes jerseys, awards, pictures and player insurance. Games will be played Saturdays. The athletes will be placed in divisions based on age. Information: (562) 929-6341. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityFor information, call Sgt. Dan Lowe at (562) 945-8256. Carnival slated in La Mirada LA MIRADA – St. Paul of the Cross will hold its annual Family Fiesta Carnival this weekend at its facility, 14020 Foster Road, to benefit the church’s school, programs and services. The carnival takes place from 5 t0 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11p.m. Saturday and noon to 9p.m. Sunday. last_img read more

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Missing Air Force officer found alive, but experience is mystery

first_imgBISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – A U.S. Air Force officer who disappeared earlier this week in Kyrgyzstan was found alive late Friday, reportedly telling people who helped her that she had been kidnapped, officials said. Maj. Jill Metzger, 33, was located by Kyrgyz law enforcement agents who informed authorities at the U.S. air base at the airport in Bishkek, the Central Asian nation’s capital, base spokeswoman Capt. Anna Carpenter said. Kyrgyz Deputy Interior Minister Omurbek Suvanaliyev said Metzger, 33, knocked on the door of a house on the outskirts of the capital shortly before midnight and told its residents that she had been kidnapped. Metzger said she had been abducted by three young men and a woman in a minibus and held in a rural area 30 miles from Bishkek, Suvanaliyev told The Associated Press on Saturday. He cited local police in Kant, where he said she approached the first house she came to. He said she looked exhausted and her hair had been dyed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThat account differed from one given by Metzger’s father-in-law, Kelly Mayo, who said in a telephone interview with the AP from Colorado Springs, Colo., that Metzger was found on the side of the road with her head shaved. “I know she’s coherent, and whoever had her let her go,” he said, adding that she had been beaten. “We’ve got her back. Praise the Lord.” Suvanaliyev said the people who took Metzger in when she knocked on their door called the police. Mayo said the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations notified the family Friday afternoon but were given few details. He said his son, Air Force Capt. Joshua Mayo, was elated after being told about his wife. “I can’t even describe it. He’s just beside himself, just unbelievable joy,” Mayo said, adding that the family was waiting for her to call. Metzger, a former resident of Henderson, N.C., was serving a four-month stint at the base with the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing. Her normal duty station is Moody Air Force Base in Georgia as a member of the 347th Mission Support Squadron. She had been scheduled to land back at her U.S. base Friday. The U.S. military has maintained an air base at Kyrgyzstan’s main civilian airport since 2001, backing operations in nearby Afghanistan. Military officials said the newlywed Metzger, dressed in blue jeans and a sweater, vanished during a shopping trip to a tourist hotspot in Bishkek, where she was searching for souvenirs to bring home to her family.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pampered, but macho

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“In here, a man’s feeling like a king,” said Sosikian, who opened the Mark Matthew Fine Gentlemen’s Grooming Club last month on Ventura Boulevard. “There’s been a void. Men have sacrificed taking care of their hands, their face, their feet. We’re here to allow men to groom themselves again.” He invested seven months and “a lot of money” to transform a former Color Me Mine above a rotisserie chicken joint into the fully appointed suite. Part private club, part barbershop, part spa, it projects an aura of machismo from the moment a would-be client steps out of the elevator. The scent of roasted poultry disappears, replaced by the smells of an old fashioned barber. “That’s Amore” spills from speakers, and Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and the Chairman of the Board himself look down on clients from the posters on the wall. Sosikian, a young guy with an older man’s presence, came up with the name as a deliberately ambiguous moniker for all things manly. “If for you a groomed gentleman is an old-style guy in a suit and a nice scarf, that’s Mark Matthew,” he said. “For someone else, Mark Matthew is a trendy-dressed guy with a 5-o’clock shadow.” Like super-premium ice cream or those coffee drinks with pretentious Italian names, Mark Matthew aims to cater to the sort of man who feels good about paying more for a quality product. A straight-razor shave, the sort old-school barbers used to dole out along with a haircut for two bits, lasts nearly an hour, involves multiple hot towels and lather and costs $55. An eyebrow wax goes for $20, as does a manicure. For $295, a man can get any service on the list, offered to him on an antique Theo Koch Columbia barber chair Sosikian picked up from a collector in the Inland Empire for 800 bucks. For $985, he can become a member of the club for a year and get groomed every three weeks. “Sitting in that chair, what can I say? I feel like a CEO,” said Moses Keshishian, 22, who lives in Altadena and works in sales. “I feel as if I have a $2 million salary, that’s what I feel like. I hate leaving because I have to go get out into the real world again. You’re sitting there inside and you’re like Bill Gates, someone with all the power and the respect in the world.” That’s exactly the image Sosikian wants, more social spot than retail store. He encourages customers to come by, read The Robb Report, enjoy a beverage and rap with each other. He roams the interior, glad-handing and greeting visitors more like a master of ceremonies than a businessman. “I’ve been struggling for the last year and a half to find someone who I was comfortable with cutting my hair,” said Josh Sternberg, 26, a Sherman Oaks magazine editor. “Most of my guy friends go to female salons because the other options are a (crummy) $15 one from Supercuts or some barber who doesn’t know his way around the scissors.” Mark Matthew employs two stylists, two barbers and a manicurist/aesthetician. Their services are not cheap, nor are they quick, but Sosikian thinks that indulgent, luxe style will be his key to success. “I want to make the haircut not something to avoid,” the owner said. “I want it to be something you look forward to. This is more than a barbershop. This is a grooming club.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 Mark Matthew menu of services Full service haircut: $55 Straight-razor shave: $55 Hand detail: $20 Foot treatment: $40 Presidential service (private haircut, shave or any other service in an antique barber chair): $295160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STUDIO CITY – Vic Sosikian sees masculine utopia in wood panels, leather chairs, sharp scissors and Sinatra. For years, he was just a dude laboring away in the mortgage and marketing industries. A fashionable but regular guy, he liked to take care of himself, get his nails manicured, a nice haircut – nothing too fancy. He never found a place he liked. He stewed over this, embarrassingly resorting to ladies’ nail salons for a nice treatment. And then, like many an entrepreneur before, the solution came to him in a dream. He’d build himself a club where men could indulge themselves and still feel manly. A place where a gent could swagger in, kick back with a cool drink or a cup of coffee and shoot the breeze with his pals. A place of manicures and music. A place called Mark Matthew. last_img read more

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Driver in fatal crash pleads no contest

first_imgHe called the incident “an unfortunate situation,” saying he realized the family could never feel a “complete sense of resolution.” Outside the courtroom, John Sartinsky, the victim’s father, said he took comfort in the fact that Bandaki would not be released into the community. “He’s going to be held, and that’s the important thing,” Sartinsky said. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In court Wednesday, Bandaki’s attorney, Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender Monnica Thelen, agreed to accept a plea bargain after Brown denied her request to dismiss the case. Bandaki verbally accepted the plea of vehicular manslaughter from the L.A. County Deputy District Attorney’s Office. Brown sentenced Bandaki to six years in state prison. But the defendant, who was living with a friend in Glendale at the time of the accident, has already served that time in custody. Brown ordered that Bandaki be released to the public guardian, meaning he will now be placed in a state ward or mental health care facility. Wednesday, Brown addressed the victim’s family and friends, who have been present throughout the trial and the six years of court hearings. PASADENA – A Syrian immigrant charged in the death of a Pasadena cook in a wrong-way collision on the Foothill (210) Freeway more than six years ago pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter Wednesday. On Nov. 3, a jury deadlocked on a second-degree murder charge against Charles K. Bandaki, 56, in the death of 22-year-old Michael John Sartinsky of La Crescenta. Pasadena Superior Court Judge Leslie E. Brown declared a mistrial in the case. Sartinsky was a cook at Marston’s Restaurant in Pasadena and a culinary student at Cal Poly Pomona. For the past six years, Bandaki, who had been declared mentally incompetent to stand trial after the Aug. 29, 2000, incident, has been housed at Patton State Hospital. In mid-May, three court-appointed psychiatrists agreed that Bandaki was mentally fit to stand trial. last_img read more

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Every Premier League club’s worst value for money signing this season

first_img 9 Wilmot has struggled since his move to Watford Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City BournemouthDiego Rico (£12,708 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross, big chance created)BrightonAlireza Jahanbakhsh (£20,482 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)BurnleyBen Gibson (£150,000 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception) REAL DEAL LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS ArsenalLucas Torreira (£7,221 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created) Brooks has been brilliant for Bournemouth REVEALED huge blow 9 tense getty Getty Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star whoops Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 9 Long summers without the beautiful game is often the most painful time of the year for football fans.One consolation, however, is that it means the transfer market is in full swing. 9 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED gameday cracker no dice Fred has struggled at Manchester United Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Crystal PalaceCheikhou Kouyate (£4,154 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created) is the only player signed by the club with a transfer fee or to make an appearance in the Premier League this season.EvertonYerry Mina (£20,225 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception)FulhamFabri (£20,161 per minute, win, clean sheet, save, catch, high claim, punch, sweeper clearance, pass)HuddersfieldRamadan Sobhi (£76,000 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created) Torreira had a flying start but has tailed off in recent months shining Kepa is the most expensive keeper in history Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 9 9 Gibson is the worst value for money signing at Burnley Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Keita has been disappointing in the Liverpool shirt LeicesterCaglar Soyuncu (£40,685 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception)LiverpoolNaby Keita (£27,008 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created) West HamAndriy Yarmolenko (£25,735 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)WolvesLeo Bonatini (£25,773 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created. CardiffBobby Reid (£6,618 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created))ChelseaKepa Arrizabalaga (£20,107 per minute, win, clean sheet, save, catch, high claim, punch, sweeper clearance, pass) deals 9 Manchester CityRiyad Mahrez (£30,181 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created) is the only player signed by the club with a transfer fee or to make an appearance in the Premier League this season.Manchester UnitedFred (£31,439 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created) 9 Sobhi has struggled to make an impact at Huddersfield Newcastle UnitedYoshinori Muto (£16,551 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)SouthamptonMohamed Elyounoussi (£16,831 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)Tottenham HotspurNo signingsWatfordBen Wilmot (£40,630 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception) Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Many of this season’s new recruits have proven to be superb pieces of business – take Salomon Rondon, who has been heroic for Newcastle and has been lauded as the signing of the season by Tony Cascarino – or David Brooks, who has been a sensation for Bournemouth since his move from Sheffield United.On the other hand, there have been some dreadful signings too, and talkSPORT.com, courtesy of stats provided by The Sportsman, has identified which players  from each club have been the worst value for money by adding up a number of different criteria and dividing the total by the players transfer fee.Here are their findings… 9 According to the stats, Bonatini has been the worst signing for Wolveslast_img read more

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SA filmmakers beat the odds

first_img15 August 2007South African film producer Anant Singh this week acquired worldwide distribution rights to Darrell James Roodt’s latest film, Meisie, which focuses on a gifted young girl who yearns to go to school rather than stay at home and tend to the family’s goats.What sets Meisie apart is that Roodt and producer Diony Kempen put the film together with a modest budget, started shooting without a screenplay and cast local people, with only the lead actress being a professional.The crew was also kept as small as possible to minimise costs. “We were barely noticed and made very little impact on the delicate environment,” Kempen said. “A smaller crew also meant faster setups.”According to Kempen, they decided to start production without a screenplay due to previous experiences of not being able to complete projects due to hold-ups with writing.“I went with the idea of making Meisie for three reasons,” Kempen told Andrew Worsdale in an article for the Gauteng Film Commission’s newsletter. “Her story could be told on our tight budget, the location would add tremendous value, and the film showcases the important role education and teachers play in society.“I would not, however, have attempted this without Darrell [Roodt]. He understands story and character and his strength is his ability to tell dramatic stories on screen.”The two managed to garner more support as production progressed, with leading local producer and Videovision Entertainment chief executive Anant Singh deciding to take up distribution rights for the movie following a screening at the Durban International Film Festival at the end of June.This means the filmmakers will have more money to finish the movie and then launch an advertising campaign to support distribution.“We are delighted to have acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Meisie,” Singh said in a statement. “The film is an authentic, indigenous film to emerge out of South Africa. We are committed to supporting the amazing talents of South Africa and to creating a global profile for the South African film industry.”Kempen told Worsdale that while the movie should give hope to filmmakers with limited budgets, there was still a need for big investors to come on board and champion local filmmaking efforts.“Give them the money to make big movies that the world will look at to see South Africa in a new light,” he said.MeisieSet in Riemvasmaak, a town in the remotest part of the Northern Cape, on the edge of the Kalahari desert, the film tells the story of a gifted young girl whose father forbids her to go to school, insisting she rather stay at home to look after the goats.However, the girl has a genius-like natural talent for maths, and it is only when a young replacement teacher arrives in town that she realises her unfulfilled potential.Worsdale says that Kempen and Roodt also met Abrina Bosman, the actress who plays Meisie, by a stroke of luck after their hired car got stuck in the desert, and found her to be captivating.“We were exhausted from hiking back to the main road, covered in sand and sweat, when we met this man who was walking back from work,” Kempen said. “He knew a guy who could drive a tractor – the only tractor for miles – to help tow our car.“We walked into the village and Abrina ran up to greet her dad and, wow, there she was!”The only professional acting in the movie is Renate Stuurman of Isidingo and Scandal fame, playing the role of the replacement teacher. According to Kempen, she joined just one night before production began.“At short notice another actress became unavailable and Renate stepped in,” Kempen said.“She is perfect for the role and was superb working with local non-actors. Not only was it an issue of budget, but it was also relevant to the story – an outsider stepping into a tight-knit community.”Roodt has made several films with Videovision Entertainment over the past two decades, including A Place of Weeping, The Stick, Sarafina!, Cry, The Beloved Country, Yesterday and Faith’s Corner.SAinfo reporter. Source: “The No-Budget Movie With Legs” by Andrew Worsdale / Gauteng Film Commissionlast_img read more

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Texas Provides Economic Nexus Guidance after Wayfair

first_imgTexas expects to amend its sales tax nexus rules to include an economic presence standard in the wake of the decision in Wayfair v. South Dakota. Guidance issued by the Comptroller advises that the state will keep using the physical presence nexus standard until early 2019.What happened in Wayfair?In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court held that physical presence is no longer required to establish sales and use tax nexus. As a result, out-of-state sellers with no physical presence in South Dakota may be subject to sales and use tax if:the seller’s gross sales from the sale of taxable items delivered in South Dakota exceed $100,000; orthe seller sold taxable items for delivery in South Dakota in 200 or more separate transactions.How is Texas Reacting?Until further notice, Texas will continue to follow the physical presence nexus standard. All related guidance previously released by the Comptroller’s office is still valid. So, for right now, nothing changes.However, the Comptroller expects to amend Texas’ rules to establish an economic nexus standard for remote sellers. He expects the new rules to be based on gross sales, and also possibly on the number of transactions. The anticipated effective date for new rules is early 2019.The Comptroller also stated that there will be no retroactive application of new economic presence rules to remote sellers.The complete newsletter is available at https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/tax-policy-news/.Tax Policy News, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, July 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.Learn about the decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair and get CPE Credit at Quill Overturned: Understanding State Tax Issues.last_img read more

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