Soil District Employee Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribe

first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – An official responsible for soil conservation for property developments pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting a bribe.John Tonon, a 51-year-old Manasquan resident and district official for the Freehold Soil Conservation District pleaded guilty in state Superior Court to official misconduct and bribery, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Tonon had solicited a $700 bribe from a builder constructing a home in Hazlet, authorities said.The prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation after getting a tip and used an undercover officer to catch Tonon on tape accepting the $700, authorities said.Tonon was a resource conservationist for the Freehold Soil Conservation District. As a conservationist, Tonon would inspect construction sites for soil erosion, storm water run-off and sedimentation problems that can occur from land disturbances caused by building.During a walk-through at the Hazlet construction site, Tonon told the builder that the Freehold Soil Conserva­tion District inspections and subsequent reports could cost between $1,400 and $3,000. Tonon, the prosecutor’s said, offered to speed up the process and offered the needed approvals for the property in exchange for the $700 payoff.These approvals, authorities said, would allow the developer to obtain the needed certificate of occupancy for the property.Tonon met with a person he believed to be the builder’s partner, but was, in fact, an undercover detective, who recorded the conversations. Authorities said Tonon accepted the bribe, promising the quick issuance of soil approvals.Tonon is expected to appear in court again on Oct. 5. Under the terms of the negotiated plea agreement, the prosecutor will recommend that Tonon receive a five-year prison term in a state facility, with a two-year statutorily mandated period of parole ineligibility, authorities said.The Freehold Soil Conser­vation District, where Tonon worked, is responsible for inspections in Monmouth and Middlesex counties. It is one of 15 districts in the state, responsible for soil and water resources management and conservation.last_img read more

Coach hails Windies ‘A’ success

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): Head coach Graeme West believes West Indies A’s resounding success in the one-day series against Sri Lanka is testament to the quality of players in the Caribbean first-class system, and a reminder of the importance of playing more cricket outside of the region. The one-day side whitewashed the hosts 3-0, producing a series of dominant batting displays to win every game comprehensively and compensate for the four-day side’s 2-1 defeat in the preceding unofficial ‘Test’ series. West said once the development shown during the series here continued, the pool of players from which the international squad was selected would be significantly enhanced. “It goes to show they are a number of players that are emerging from the first-class franchise system and they need to have opportunities to play overseas, to play against quality opposition to kind of assess where they are at and also to develop their skills and broaden their range of method, in order to be able to support the current players that are in the senior team,” West said. “If we can develop a stronger pool of players to supplement what we currently have, it starts to put a little bit more pressure on those players who are currently in position [in the senior side], and when injury or loss of form come along, then there are more players who are able to step up and perform to a good level that will produce positive results.” West Indies A started impressively, routing Sri Lanka A by 165 runs in Dambulla and followed up with a 109-run victory in the second game in Karunegala, after piling up a stunning 347 runs. The visitors won a rain-hit contest on Sunday, pulling off an eight-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method, as they once again went past 300. Opener Kyle Hope, captain Jason Mohammed and Andre McCarthy all managed hundreds, while the exciting Rovman Powell slammed a pair of half-centuries. “It was a great achievement. In the three games we played, we had some outstanding performances from many of the players in the squad,” West said as he praised the side’s performance. “Certainly [in the final game], McCarthy coming into the team and scoring a fantastic hundred was one of the highlights, and it just goes to show the depth and quality we had in our squad.”last_img read more

Pacer Taylor is back

first_imgJamaica’s fast bowler Jerome Taylor could be in action for the West Indies when Sabina Park hosts its 50th Test next weekend. In a release yesterday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the bowler had indicated that he has come out of retirement and is available for selection for Test cricket. This decision, the WICB said, means he is now available for selection in all three formats of the game. Last July, the 32-year-old fast bowler had announced his retirement from the longest version of the game. “I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena,” said Taylor. “If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward.” Taylor has played 46 Tests, taking 130 wickets at 34.46 apiece, with best figures of six for 47 against Australia in June, 2015 at Sabina Park. He has also scored 856 runs, with a top score of 106 against New Zealand in December 2008 at University Oval in Dunedin. Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s selection panel, Courtney Browne, welcomed Taylor’s decision to come out of retirement. “It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again. When you look at the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience adds value to our player pool,” Browne said. West Indies are preparing to face Pakistan in a three-match Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup series later this month, starting with the historic 50th Test at Sabina Park.last_img read more

Ligue 1 striker arrested after high-speed late-night chase

first_imgHe was in his 4X4 which was being driven, very fast, by a friend, the source told Midi-Libre newspaper.When police signalled that the car should stop, the driver refused and instead accelerated. A chase ensued between Agde and Marseillan, just south of Sete.When the driver was finally persuaded to stop, police found that he was drunk and did not have a driving licence.Midi-Libre reported that Delort told police: “I don’t give a damn. I make 150,000 euros a month.”Delort has started all three of Montpellier’s games this season, including Saturday’s win at Amiens, without scoring0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Striker Andy Delort made his debut for Montpellier against Dijon at the start of the season. © AFP/File / RICHARD DE HULLESSENMarseille, France, Aug 27 – French footballer Andy Delort was arrested during Sunday night following a high-speed car chase on the Mediterranean coast, a source close to the case said on Monday.Delort, a former France under-20 international who, at 26, has played for nine clubs in France, England and Mexico, is on loan from Toulouse to Ligue 1 rivals Montpellier, not far from his home town of Sete.last_img read more

‘Liverpool may be tempted by Klopp’, talkSPORT told

first_imgTony Evans, The Times’ Football Editor, claims Liverpool may be tempted to replace Brendan Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp this summer.The current Reds manager has come under pressure throughout the season, after failing to emulate last year’s heroics, which saw them almost lift the Premier League title.Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp has announced he will leave the Bundesliga giants at the end of the season, and Evans believes the Fenway Sports Group (FSG), Liverpool’s owners, may be interested in the 47-year-old.“Liverpool might be tempted by Jurgen Klopp,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “I wouldn’t say Brendan Rodgers is safe. I didn’t realise how close he was to losing his job in December until recently. FSG are very ruthless and they have a vision of how they want this club to work.”But Evans added the American owners may have to change their model slightly if they’re to attract the cream of European managers.“If they went to Jurgen Klopp and said, ‘this is how it’s going to work’, I don’t think many managers of the highest standing would accept the way they want to go forward,” he said.“They get the transfer committee to target players and giving the manager a group of young players to work with and coach them. Klopp would want more say over any new arrival.”last_img read more

FINN HARPS HIT WITH BLOW AS BLACK AND MCGROARY HEAD STATESIDE

first_imgFinn Harps have been handed a blow with the news that Brian McGroary and Darragh Black are heading to the USA. Black played a handful of games towards the end of the 2014 season and impressed.However, he hasn’t kicked a ball in anger this term and is heading to America to play GAA for the remainder of the summer. Black is only 18 and is a talented player who will be a key player for Joe Boyle’s U19 side upon his return from the USA.Former Wolves and Derry City midfielder Brian McGroary has been plagued with injuries since joining the club.However, in the games he featured in McGroary was very impressive and was popular with the club’s supporters.McGroary was last seen in action against Shelbourne in April but hobbled off after just thirty minutes. The news he will be leaving the club will come as a huge blow to Ollie Horgan who is already resigned to losing Sligo Rovers duo Ruairi Keating and Regan Donelon.With Adam Clarke already departing the club and Gerard O’Callaghan expected to depart the Harps squad is looking threadbare and Horgan will be busy trying to acquire players to strengthen the squad for the second-half of the season.Harps players are currently enjoying their week off before meeting collectively again for a pre-season friendly against Carrowmeena FC on Sunday.FINN HARPS HIT WITH BLOW AS BLACK AND MCGROARY HEAD STATESIDE was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:brian mcgroaryDarragh BlackFinn Harps FCnewssoccerSportUSAlast_img read more

Yannick Bolasie in talks with Championship club ahead of season-long loan move

first_img moving on 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Bolasie returned to action for the Toffees in December last year after 12 months on the sidelines recovering from knee ligament damage, but struggled to rediscover his best form and is yet to make a senior appearance this season.Boro boss Tony Pulis is hopeful of persuading the 29-year-old former Crystal Palace player to attempt to resurrect his career at the Riverside Stadium, with the Teesiders currently sitting at the top of the table after four games.Adama Traore left the club for Wolves in an £18million move earlier this month and the manager is keen to replace him with a similarly creative player.Middlesbrough also maintain an interest in signing Everton’s Muhamed Besic, who spent part of last season on loan at the club. LATEST RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Transfer News Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Bolasie’s time at Everton has been blighted by injury Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is in talks with Middlesbrough regarding a season-long loan deal with the Championship club.Boro are looking to add to add Bolasie to their ranks as they aim for automatic promotion back to the Premier League. targets last_img read more

FORMER NORTHERN MINISTER TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST WATER CHARGES IN DONEGAL

first_imgA former Regional Development Minister in the North is set to discuss alternative to water charges at Donegal information meeting.Sinn Fein TDs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty have confirmed that former Regional Development Minister in the Six County Executive, Conor Murphy MP, will address an information evening in Letterkenny to explain his approach to water charges and infrastructure during his term in office.In a joint statement the Donegal TDs said: “The government is planning to introduce water charges to every home in this state by 2014. “Sinn Féin believes that this is wrong. We believe that the provision of water should be paid for from a general, fair and progressive taxation system.“In the last term of the Northern Assembly, Conor Murphy had responsibility for the provision of water in the Six Counties. At that time he was directed by the British Government to introduce water charges. A similar scenario is now happening to our government who has been directed by Brussels to introduce water charges.“The difference is that Conor Murphy refused to do so and instead, he invested in upgrading the water & sewerage system and created jobs.“Much can be learned from the approach taken by Conor Murphy. “As such, we would invite anyone who is opposed to the introduction of water charges, anyone who intends to join the campaign against them or anyone who would like to know more about our alternative to come along to Gallagher’s Hotel on 4th May at 7pm and join in the discussion.” FORMER NORTHERN MINISTER TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST WATER CHARGES IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 25th, 2012 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:conor murphyFORMER NORTHERN MINISTER TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST WATER CHARGES IN DONEGALSinn Feinlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Set To Square Off Against Nebraska and South Dakota

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team travels to Lincoln, Neb. to take on the Nebraska Huskers and the South Dakota Coyotes on Saturday. The Bulldogs will square off against the Huskers at 11 a.m. before finishing the day against South Dakota at 3:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will be looking to snap a three-match losing streak. Last week, Drake played its first match of the season outdoors and fell at K-State. Leading the way for Drake is senior Maddie Johnson and sophomores Tess Herder and Mela Jaglarz, each with four dual match singles victories this year. Herder is also paired with Mariel Ante to hold the best dual match doubles record on the team at 4-3. The Huskers enter the weekend with a 9-1 record and will play South Dakota on Friday evening. Nebraska is on a three-match winning streak with its lone loss coming against No. 32 Wichita State on Feb. 13. The Coyotes are 4-4 on the year and fell at Boise State, 6-1 in their last time out. Elise van Zijst leads the team with five dual match singles wins, followed by Maria Pandya and Milica Pavlovic with four apiece. The Bulldogs return to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on March 5 when they host Marquette and Gustavus Adolphus at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Five Key points from Euro footy weekend

first_imgEmery has turned Arsenal into potential title contenders1- Unai Emery Smelling The Coffee: Arsenal’s blood and thunder Premier League victory over North London rivals Spurs once again emphasised the numerous strides the Gunners are making under Unai Emery.By fighting back from going down to a phantom penalty and doing so with style, Arsenal proved that the years in which they were a yo-yo club happy to settle for Champions League qualification are over.Emery has his tactics, team selection, substitutions and team balancing all spot on. If the Gunners continue improving at such an astronomical rate, a title challenge might be in offing within eighteen months.2- Everton Equipped To Fight For Top Four:There is no reason why Everton shouldn’t be fighting for a Champions League position.Marco Silva has assembled the best Toffees squad in the Premier League era. For example, while Spurs are overly reliant on Harry Kane, and Chelsea are stuck with two misfiring strikers in Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata, Everton have SIX number nines. Richarlison is the pick of the bunch, but any of Ademola Lookman, Oumar Niasse, Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert Lewin and Cenk Tosun can be match winners for Silva.3- Juventus To Roll Over Serie A Rivals:Fiorentina is one unofficially one of Serie A’s top six sides.The Florentines were supposed to challenge Juventus’ unbeaten start to the campaign but Old Lady brushed them aside 3-0 with minimum fuss.Massimilliano Allegri’s champions have now already beaten AC Milan, Fiorentina and Napoli. If they tame Inter Milan on Friday, we might as well hand them their eighth straight Scudetto.4- African Footballers Impact Diminishing:There was a time when at least three African footballers were in the running for individual accolades of best player or top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues.1995 World Footballer Of The Year George Opong Weah led the way. In the early years of this century, Cameroon legend Samuel Etoo was always in the reckoning for Pichichi.In England, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Nwankwo Kanu and Yaya Toure could all have won gongs before Riyad Mahrez and Mohammed Salah were crowned EPL Footballer Of The Year.This season I can’t see any African footballer winning anything.5- Bayern Defenders Have Lost Fear Factor:Bavarian giants Bayern Munich’s patchy form is in no small measure courtesy of the team’s loss of the fear factor.Fingers are being pointed at manager Niko Kovac but the entire team must take blame for poor defending especially at the Allianz Arena.Jerome Boateng, Matt Hummels and Niclas Sule have all been so poor, journeymen strikers always arrive in Munich confident of giving them a runaround.Bayern’s defensive problems are being transferred to the German national team where Joachim Loew is in the middle of his worst run of results.Comments Tags: Top five conclusions from Weekend’s actionlast_img read more