Meet the Candidates: 6th Congressional District

first_imgAdditionally, as someone who commutes from Old Bridge three-and-a-half hours round-trip to and from New York each day, Cirincione hopes to address the “broken” transit system in New Jersey. That means making trains more reliable, increasing the number of buses and reducing fares, he said. When she was 25, Al-Knatahtbeh was named one of the 25 Most Influential American Muslims by CNN. She is the author of “Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age,” which was selected as an editor’s pick by The New York Times. She has since spoken alongside former president Bill Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Shonda Rhimes and others, according to the site. She has created an award-winning #AskAMuslimGirl web series with Teen Vogue and has starred in the “Secret Life of Muslims,” which was nominated for an Emmy. In the Two River area, three Democrats – incumbent Frank Pallone Jr., Russell “Russ” Cirincione and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh – are vying for one U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 6th Congressional District. There is no Republican candidate for the seat. The district spans parts of Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, among other municipalities. The Two River Times reached out to all three candidates to learn more about their backgrounds, goals and policies. Multiple attempts to reach Al-Khatahtbeh went unanswered. Information provided about this candidate was available from her social media and campaign website. Amani Al-Katahtbeh Currently, Pallone is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which handles legislation on energy, health care, commerce, telecommunications and more. Should he win reelection, he hopes to continue the work he is doing now, such as the CLEAN Future Act which combats climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas, he said. The committee is also working on reducing the cost of prescription drugs and premiums, expanding Medicare for dental, vision and hearing, as well as a major infrastructure bill to increase funding for safe drinking water, electric vehicle infrastructure and more. Frank Pallone Jr. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pallone and his committee passed legislation to get additional medical supplies, testing and contact tracing to combat the spread of the virus. The House also recently passed the Heroes Act, which builds on free testing and provides free treatment drugs as vaccines with no copays, he said. As the father who fervently opposed the NESE pipeline proposal, Cirincione told The Two River Times that one of his top priorities is to address climate change so that he can protect the environment his son will be living in for years to come. And there’s no time to waste, he said. That means standing up to players in the fossil fuel industry and turning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, he said. Here’s what the candidates had to say. By Allison Perrine Her “progressive platform” is one supporting the Green New Deal to combat climate change, Medicare for All, Education for All and equal wages, according to the site. This is the first time Cirincione, 33, has run for office. He has been a government attorney in New York for five years. There he became familiar with the legislative process and has even drafted some legislation and laws supporting senior citizens and fixed-income residents who live in manufactured home parks, which are built under a federal building code administered by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, he said. But now he hopes to take his helping hand a step further to the federal level. MONMOUTH COUNTY –The Primary Elections areset for July 7 this year, andmany candidates are vyingfor seats at local, countyand federal levels. But whoare they and where do theystand on the issues?center_img AMANI AL-KNATAHTBEH Incumbent Pallone, 68, has won 16 full terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and first took the seat to the 6th District in November 1992. He was born and raised in Long Branch and still resides there. Before his time as a congressman, Pallone was a member of the city council in Long Branch in 1982 and won reelection four years later. In 1983, he was also elected to the state Senate and was reelected in 1987. Russell “Russ” Cirincone FRANK PALLONE JR. “We’ve faced so many crises at this point in time as a country that we don’t have time for the incremental change. We don’t have time for nibbling around the edges,” he said. “We have to actually do the work for the American people.” Currently, he and the committee are working to expand broadband connections for all who do not have it so that everyone has connection to the internet. He noted that during the pandemic some students have had a hard time connecting to the internet remotely and that’s something he would like to change, he said. “There’s a lot to be done and because I’m in the position as chairman of the committee, there’s a lot that I can do for the state and help people whether it’s to make their health care more affordable or try to reduce greenhouse gases or try to reduce prescription drug prices,” said Pallone on his decision to run for reelection. This is 28-year-old Al-knatahtbeh’s first time running for office, according to her website. She was born and raised in New Jersey to immigrant parents and is the founder of, an online platform for Muslim women in Western society. The blog became the first Muslim company on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, “making her the first veiled Muslim woman to be listed in media,” the website states. “New Jersey needs fast and cheap commuting options, like new high-speed rails, electric buses and better infrastructure,” he said. “We also need local jobs, so that most of us don’t have to spend so much time commuting to work every morning. That’s why I’m fighting for investing in America first, in new jobs, new transportation and new energy, with the Green New Deal. The article originally appeared in the June 25 – July 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. RUSSELL CIRINCIONE “For far too long, the 99 percent has been neglected by our government. The status quo has focused on maintaining corporate profits, but not the people. We face several crises as a nation, and we need people standing up and fighting for justice and for our causes,” said Cirincione. “We can’t wait for climate justice.” last_img read more

Showdown for RSPL crown – Portmore ready for final, unclear whether MBU will show up

first_imgOn the face of it, when the whistle blows at the Montego Bay Sports Complex this afternoon at 4 p.m., or whenever, signalling the start of the 2016 Red Stripe Premier League final, promoted team and multiple champions Portmore United should start as favourites. The team, which originated in the parish of Clarendon under the name Hazard before changing base to Portmore in St. Catherine but now straddles both parishes, has been the most consistent this season. That consistency saw them crowned ‘League’ champions as they ended the regular season with the most points and were duly rewarded with the $1m bonus. Additionally, Portmore United have owned Montego Bay United (MBU) on the three occasions that they have met this season. In their match, which marked their return to top-tier football, they defeated Montego Bay United 2-0, with Montego Bay resident Ricardo Morris responsible for one of them. That was followed up with a 1-0 win at the Juici field, courtesy of a Cleon Price strike. Morris was again on the score sheet along with Tramaine Stewart and Mark Alves as Portmore United left Montego Bay with a 3-1 win in the last meeting. QUALITY TEAM Even with the evidence, which is helped by the depth of their available squad, Portmore United coach Jeffrey Hewitt will not accept the favourites’ tag. “To me, MoBay will be starting favourites. This is their third consecutive final and that shows that they are very consistent. They are quality team and their record speaks to that, so no one can take anything away from them,” said Hewitt who was a part of Portmore United’s coaching staff when they won in 2008 and 2012. “Despite that, we are confident in our abilities and what we can do. Yes, we have beaten them in the three matches that we have played so far, but the past does not matter now. What matters is what we do on the day,” added Hewitt. According to the man who distinguished himself at Garvey Maceo, the Portmore United unit is so focused right now that nothing will distract them. Not even the protest action by MBU, which has seen them boycott a number of promotional events leading up to today’s big day and them threatening not to show up for the 4 p.m. start. “We are so focused that we are not entertaining any thoughts of them turning up or not. We are preparing for a 4 p.m. game and we will be showing up for that. “Tomorrow’s game, we are anticipating, will be a very competitive one. It is a final and our players know what is at stake and we have to go out there and compete,” he added. VERY OPEN While the Portmore United camp has been very open, the Montego Bay United camp has not so much as entertained a call or interview request from the media in relation to today’s game. The Sunday Gleaner, however, managed to speak with someone close to the camp. “My players are ready for the game. They have not been distracted by what is going on, and they will be showing,” the source said. “This is the third final that the team has been in, the past three years, and this is important to us. The first year, we won; last year, we came second; and this year, we are going out to win again. “Even if it is nine players, we are going to play them. No team can beat Montego Bay United four times in a season,” the source added. In addition to the record going against them, Montego Bay United have the offfield distractions which could spill over on the field going against them. Add to that the absence of two of their most potent players – Owayne Gordon, the season’s leading scorer to a loan deal, and Dino Williams to an injury. Allan Ottey is the only one available of that pacy and skilful trio. A lot will depend on the former schoolboy star who shone alongside Portmore’s Morris for St James High. Injury kept him out for chunks of the season, but he will have to lead the forward line with support from Cory Hylton. Goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is a player with a lot to prove as he is a former Portmore United player and conceded three goals in the last match. Losing again will not sit well with him. If he reports in inspired form as he has been on occasion, he could lift his teammates. With almost everything stacked against them, this could be the motivation the Montego Bay United players need to pull off the improbable victory.last_img read more

The top candidates to succeed Bruce Bochy as the next Giants manager

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Retiring Giants manager Bruce Bochy believes he’s leaving the best job in baseball.“With a storied franchise that has such a great history to it, a beautiful ballpark, a beautiful city, beautiful fans, there’s not a better place to manage in baseball,” Bochy said Tuesday. “I’m convinced of that.”The Giants will soon know what kind of candidates the job will attract. With less than a week left in the regular season, the organization is beginning to turn its attention toward a …last_img

Plant trees for juvenile offence, SC tells doctor

first_imgA 32-year-old doctor has been ordered by the Supreme Court to plant 100 trees in the next one year as punishment for attempting to commit murder at the age of 16.Solemen S.K., a doctor practising at Murshidabad in West Bengal, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for the crime. The Calcutta High Court confirmed the sentence.But things took an unexpected turn when Solemen approached the Supreme court saying he was a minor at the time of the incident in August 2004.Intrigued by the doctor’s plea, the Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta asked the District and Sessions Judge, Berhampore, Murshidabad, West Bengal on February 25 to check out Solemen’s story.The District Judge confirmed that the doctor was indeed a minor of 16 years seven months and 28 days on the date of the offence. Solemen, the judge’s report said, was born on February 30, 1987. His school records fortify the evidence of his age.The court said the doctor, under the law, would ideally be considered as a “child in conflict of law”, only he is too old to be called that at this age.Again, there is no good in sending the 32-year-old doctor now before a Juvenile Board, as is usual in the case of juvenile offenders.“Instead, we are of the opinion that the ends of justice would be met by directing the petitioner who is now a registered medical practitioner aged 32 years, practising in Murshidabad to perform community service,” the Supreme court suggested.Punishment upheldThe Supreme Court’s suggestion was seconded by the State of Uttar Pradesh, which found the planting of trees as an apt punishment for the doctor.“The learned counsel for the State suggested that this obligation of performing community service could be met with by a direction to the petitioner to plant trees. We accept the suggestion made by the learned counsel for the petitioner and direct the petitioner to plant 100 trees within a period of one year,” the Supreme Court concluded in its five-page order recently.last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe pleased with Mousset, Boruc in Cup defeat

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe pleased with Mousset, Boruc in Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Lys Mousset and Artur Boruc after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Chelsea.Substitute Eden Hazard struck in the 84th minute for Chelsea’s winner.Howe said, “One of the positives is our squad, there were players who hadn’t played regularly who did really well and it shows the strength in the squad.”I thought Lys Mousset did very well and that was his best performance for the club. Technically he reached a very high level and he’s a big part of our future.”Artur Boruc was outstanding, it doesn’t surprise me as he’s a player who always rises to the occasion and he thrives on the sternest tests.”He made a number of great saves and I don’t know how he saved the effort at the end [from Olivier Giroud].”He’s been a real professional off the pitch and has been a real support for Asmir.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoKi-Jana Hoever becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever to play in FA Cup

first_imgKi-Jana Hoever becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever to play in FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKi-Jana Hoever has made his debut for Liverpool in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.The 16-year-old defender becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever player in the FA Cup after Dejan Lovren went down holding his hamstring within five minutes of the first half.The Dutchman has impressed at youth level for Liverpool and was recently promoted to train with the first team at Melwood by Jurgen Klopp.Hoever joined fellow teenage debutants Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho in the team at Wolves.Klopp sang Hoever praises in his pre-match press conference, saying the youngster is “incredible”. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Del Bosque backs Lopetegui to succeed at Real Madrid

first_imgFormer Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has backed his successor Julen Lopetegui to be a success at Real Madrid following his appointment as the new head coachThe European champions stunned the football world on Tuesday evening by announcing that they had appointed Lopetegu as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement for next season on a three-year deal.The 51-year-old will continue with his duties as the head coach of Spain for the World Cup and will officially begin his new role at the Santiago Bernabeu afterwards.And Del Bosque, who himself used to be in charge of Real, is confident that his compatriot will be up to the task of leading the Spanish giants.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I am convinced that Lopetegui will do the same role, it will not affect him,” he told Onda Cero, via Goal.Del Bosque, who led Spain to the European and World championships in his time in charge of the national side, is pleased that Real have chosen a Spaniard as their new manager.He added: “I always lean towards the Spanish coaches. I think Lopetegui is ready to train Real Madrid.”Lopetegui will begin his final games in charge for Spain this week with the side set to face their Iberian neighbours Portugal on Friday in their Group B opener.last_img read more

Shaw praises the big impact Solskjaers had at Man United

first_imgManchester United full-back Luke Shaw believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made huge strides since he replaced Jose MourinhoThe Red Devils named Solskjaer as interim coach for the remainder of this season following Mourinho’s dismissal this month.Under the Norwegian, United have secured convincing wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town over the past week.Now Shaw, who himself had a difficult relationship with Mourinho at times, believes Solskjaer has made an instant impact on the squad.“I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” Shaw told Sky Sports.“He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.”As for how he found out about Solskjaer’s appointment, Shaw said: “The truth? My girlfriend told me.“I woke up in the morning and had a shower and she ran out of the room and told me.“I did not have a clue, I didn’t look at my phone or anything. That’s how I found out… from my girlfriend.”Solskjaer will take charge of his third game on Sunday when United host Bournemouth at Old Trafford.last_img read more