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Merchants Bancshares announces Q3 net income of $4.5 million

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first_img September 30, December 31, (In thousands) 2010 June 30, 2010 2009 ————- ————- ————-Commercial, financial and agricultural loans $ 100,638 $ 109,805 $ 113,980Municipal loans 71,822 31,940 44,753Real estate loans – residential 428,260 435,070 435,273Real estate loans – commercial 279,885 279,958 290,737Real estate loans – construction 17,600 30,864 25,146Installment loans 7,507 7,387 7,711All other loans 1,194 795 938 ————- ————- ————-Total loans $ 906,906 $ 895,819 $ 918,538 ————- ————- ————-Merchants’ investment portfolio totaled $503.33 million at September 30, 2010, an increase of $94.52 million from December 31, 2009 ending balance of $408.81 million. Merchants has taken advantage of favorable pricing during 2010 and captured gains on several of its mortgage-backed securities that appeared to have heightened prepayment risk. Merchants sold bonds during the third quarter of 2010 with a total par value of $13.90 million for a net pre-tax gain of $686 thousand. During the first nine months of 2010, Merchants has sold bonds with a total par value of $43.06 million for a pre-tax gain of $1.90 million. Additionally, Merchants sold two non-agency collateralized mortgage obligations (“CMOs”) and two low yielding Agency CMOs during early October for a total loss of $89 thousand. These bonds were marked down to their fair value as of September 30, 2010 due to Merchants’ intent to sell them in a subsequent period. These selective bond sales will help to better position Merchants’ investment portfolio from a credit and interest rate risk standpoint.Total deposits ended the quarter at $1.07 billion, an increase of $29.33 million from year end balances of $1.04 billion. Average balances for the third quarter of this year were $1.06 billion, an increase of $21.64 million from fourth quarter 2009 average balances of $1.04 billion. Since the end of 2009 there has been continued migration from time deposit categories, which have decreased $24.46 million, into savings, NOW and money market accounts, which have increased $36.89 million. Time deposits as a percentage of total deposits have decreased from 37.8% at year end 2009 to 34.5% at September 30, 2010. Demand deposits have shown solid growth during 2010, increasing $16.89 million to $136.64 million at September 30, 2010, from $119.74 million at year end.Merchants’ taxable equivalent net interest income for the third quarter of 2010 was $12.82 million, and was $38.13 million for the first nine months of 2010, compared to $12.79 million for the third quarter of 2009 and $37.55 million for the first nine months of 2009. Merchants’ taxable equivalent net interest margin decreased eleven basis points during the third quarter to 3.70% from 3.81% for the second quarter of the current year, and decreased by seven basis points compared to the third quarter of 2009. The margin for the first nine months of 2010 decreased by six basis points to 3.75% from 3.81% for the same period in 2009.”Net interest income is under significant pressure in the current environment. The low yields available for reinvestment of cash flows from the investment portfolio dictate that we need to increase the size of our loan book if we are to increase our net interest income. We have added resources to the lending area and are actively working to position ourselves for growth during the fourth quarter and into 2011,” commented Mr. Tuttle.Total noninterest income increased to $3.03 million and $9.09 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2010 from $2.60 million and $6.94 million for the same periods in 2009. Excluding net gains (losses) on security sales and other than temporary impairment losses, noninterest income increased to $2.43 million and $7.36 million for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to $2.34 million and $6.88 million for the same periods last year. Income from Merchants Trust Company division increased to $539 thousand and $1.59 million for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared to $441 thousand and $1.26 million for the same periods last year, a result of a combination of increased sales and better market performance. Revenue related to service charges on deposits decreased to $1.22 million for the third quarter of 2010 compared to $1.49 million for the third quarter of last year, and to $3.85 million for the first nine months of 2010 compared to $4.22 million for the same period last year. These decreases are primarily a result of reduced overdraft service charge revenue. Net overdraft fee revenue for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.00 million and was $3.20 million year to date, compared to $1.25 million for the third quarter of 2009 and $3.51 million for the first nine months of 2009. Reductions in overdraft fee revenue are almost entirely a result of legislative changes that went into effect on August 15, 2010. At this point it is not possible to predict the ultimate impact of the legislative change on future overdraft income. At the same time Other noninterest income increased to $1.08 million from $952 thousand for the third quarter of 2010 compared to 2009, and increased to $3.18 million from $2.88 million for the first nine months of 2010 compared to 2009. This increase is primarily a result of increased net debit card income. The recently enacted Dodd-Frank bill authorizes the Federal Reserve Board to regulate debit card interchange fees; although the changes are aimed at large banks it is possible that all banks will be impacted. It is not possible to predict what impact the changes will have on Merchants debit card revenue.Total noninterest expense increased to $10.00 million from $9.80 million for the first nine months of 2010 compared to 2009; and decreased to $29.09 million from $29.68 million for the first nine months of 2010 compared to 2009. There were a number of increases and decreases that contributed to this overall decrease. Salaries and wages increased to $4.10 million and $11.70 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2010 compared to $3.68 million and $10.30 million for the same periods in 2009. Merchants has added staff in its corporate banking and trust areas during 2010. Additionally, Merchants’ strong results for the first nine months of 2010 compared to 2009 have led to a higher incentive accrual for 2010. Merchants’ FDIC insurance expense for 2010 is lower than 2009 as a result of the $630 thousand special assessment recorded during the second quarter of 2009. Additionally, Merchants booked expense recoveries and gains during 2010 related to sales of OREO properties leading to a negative year to date expense of $299 thousand compared to an expense of $305 thousand for the first nine months of 2009. During 2009, Other noninterest expenses were negatively impacted by prepayment penalties on FHLB debt totaling $280 thousand for the third quarter of 2009 and $584 thousand for the first nine months of 2009.Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer; and Janet P. Spitler, Merchants’ Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (800) 230-1085; the title of the call is Earnings Release for Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register. A replay will be available until noon on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. The U.S. replay dial-in telephone number is (800) 475-6701. The international replay telephone number is (320) 365-3844. The replay access code for both replay telephone numbers is 143118.Vermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington, Vermont. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns, and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs, and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Some of the statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements reflect Merchants’ current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Merchants’ actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond Merchants’ control and which could materially affect actual results. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include changes in general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, changes in competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Merchants’ markets, and changes in the financial condition of Merchants’ borrowers. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Merchants’ judgment as of the date of this release, and Merchants cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. For further information, please refer to Merchants’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Merchants Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, today announced net income of $4.50 million and $12.92 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.73 and $2.10 for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively. This compares with net income of $3.71 million and $8.68 million or diluted earnings per share of $0.61 and $1.42 for the same periods in 2009. Merchants previously announced the declaration of a dividend of $0.28 per share, payable November 18, 2010, to shareholders of record as of November 4, 2010. The return on average assets was 1.25% and 1.21% for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively, compared to 1.07% and 0.85% for the same periods in 2009. The return on average equity was 18.39% and 18.14% for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively, compared to 17.37% and 13.93% for the same periods in 2009.”We are continuing the trend from the first half of this year with our strong core earnings this quarter. Absent the net impact of securities transactions and OREO recoveries, net income is up 16% for the third quarter of 2010 compared to last year and 33% compared to the first nine months of 2009,” commented Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer.Merchants’ earnings for the third quarter and first nine months of 2010 were positively impacted by security gains and improvements in asset quality. Merchants recognized $596 thousand and $1.73 million in pre-tax security gains, net of impairment losses, during the third quarter and first nine months of 2010, respectively. Merchants recorded a $400 thousand negative provision for credit losses during the third quarter of 2010, and has recorded a $200 thousand provision for credit losses for the first nine months of 2010 compared to $600 thousand for the third quarter of 2009 and $3.50 million for the first nine months of 2009. The negative provision was a result of net recoveries of previously charged off loans during the quarter of $415 thousand combined with a more than 25% reduction in internally classified loans since June 30, 2010. In addition, Merchants’ non-performing loans decreased to $3.44 million at September 30, 2010 from $8.33 million at June 30, 2010 and $14.48 million at December 31, 2009.”The positive trend in asset quality continued during the third quarter. Total nonperforming assets have been reduced by $11.68 million from December 31, 2009 and are now just 0.38% of total loans. Current trends are very encouraging and our outlook on credit quality remains positive based on recent developments,” stated Mr. Tuttle.Merchants’ quarterly average loans were $917.68 million, a decrease of $3.16 million over the fourth quarter of 2009, and ending balances were $906.91 million, $11.63 million lower than balances at December 31, 2009. Loan demand in Merchants’ markets remained soft during the first nine months of 2010; many businesses are continuing to pay down term debt and substantially reducing utilization of credit lines. This trend combined with the previously discussed reduction in substandard loans has dampened growth in the loan portfolio this year. The following table summarizes the components of Merchants’ loan portfolio as of the periods indicated: Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Financial Highlights (unaudited) (Dollars in thousands except share and per share data) 09/30/10 12/31/09 09/30/09 12/31/08 ———– ———– ———– ———–Balance Sheets – Period EndTotal assets $ 1,482,295 $ 1,435,248 $ 1,405,994 $ 1,341,210Loans 906,906 918,538 929,236 847,127Allowance for loan losses (“ALL”) 10,090 10,976 11,177 8,894Net loans 896,816 907,562 918,059 838,233Securities available for sale 502,467 407,652 353,842 429,872Securities held to maturity 865 1,159 1,306 1,737Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) stock 8,630 8,630 8,630 8,523Interest earning cash and other short-term investments 7,239 47,714 70,282 5,130Other assets 66,278 62,531 53,875 57,715Deposits 1,072,649 1,043,319 1,030,802 930,797Securities sold under agreement to repurchase and other short-term debt 175,133 179,718 122,421 124,408Securities sold under agreement to repurchase, long-term 54,000 54,000 54,000 54,000Other long-term debt 31,158 31,215 68,698 118,643Junior subordinated debentures issued to unconsolidated subsidiary trust 20,619 20,619 20,619 20,619Other liabilities 29,236 15,365 19,069 13,046Shareholders’ equity 99,500 91,012 90,385 79,697Balance Sheets – Quarter-to-Date AveragesTotal assets $ 1,437,090 $ 1,412,900 $ 1,394,457 $ 1,320,845Loans 917,682 920,846 922,704 825,395Allowance for loan losses 10,461 11,510 10,958 8,596Net loans 907,221 909,336 911,746 816,799Securities available for sale and FHLB stock 424,116 371,059 367,979 436,712Securities held to maturity 920 1,224 1,374 2,187Interest earning cash and other short-term investments 29,933 63,553 53,576 2,420Other assets 74,900 67,728 59,782 62,727Deposits 1,059,591 1,037,955 1,026,527 946,534Securities sold under agreement to repurchase and other short-term debt 160,738 148,282 115,447 96,736Securities sold under agreement to repurchase, long-term 54,000 54,000 54,000 54,000Other long-term debt 31,165 46,097 79,107 117,996Junior subordinated debentures issued to unconsolidated subsidiary trust 20,619 20,619 20,619 20,619Other liabilities 13,061 14,999 13,209 9,845Shareholders’ equity 97,916 90,948 85,548 75,115Interest earning assets 1,372,651 1,356,682 1,345,633 1,266,714Interest bearing liabilities 1,190,679 1,180,087 1,179,117 1,110,612Ratios and Supplemental Information – Period EndBook value per share $ 17.00 $ 15.65 $ 15.55 $ 13.89Book value per share (1) $ 16.11 $ 14.82 $ 14.74 $ 13.15Tier I leverage ratio 8.13% 7.67% 7.41% 7.42%Tangible capital ratio (2) 6.71% 6.34% 6.43% 5.94%Period end common shares outstanding (1) 6,174,524 6,141,823 6,131,175 6,061,182Credit Quality – Period EndNonperforming loans (“NPLs”) $ 3,437 $ 14,481 $ 10,584 $ 11,643Nonperforming assets (“NPAs”) $ 3,457 $ 15,136 $ 11,386 $ 12,445NPLs as a percent of total loans 0.38% 1.58% 1.14% 1.37%NPAs as a percent of total assets 0.23% 1.05% 0.81% 0.93%ALL as a percent of NPLs 294% 76% 106% 76%ALL as a percent of total loans 1.11% 1.19% 1.20% 1.05%(1) This book value and period end common shares outstanding includes 321,776; 326,453; 320,371 and 323,754 Rabbi Trust shares for the periods noted above, respectively.(2) The tangible capital ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure which we believe provides investors with information that is useful in understanding our financial performance. Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Financial Highlights (unaudited) (Dollars in thousands except share and per share data) For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 2009 ———– ———–Balance Sheets – Year-to-Date AveragesTotal assets $ 1,422,259 $ 1,364,154Loans 914,828 895,090Allowance for loan losses 10,586 10,066Net loans 904,242 885,024Securities available for sale and FHLB stock 420,339 392,069Securities held to maturity 1,009 1,516Interest earning cash and other short-term investments 24,099 27,421Other assets 72,570 58,124Deposits 1,044,308 992,261Securities sold under agreement to repurchase and other short-term debt 164,571 104,313Securities sold under agreement to repurchase, long-term 54,000 54,000Other long-term debt 31,190 96,340Junior subordinated debentures issued to unconsolidated subsidiary trust 20,619 20,619Other liabilities 12,654 13,502Shareholders’ equity 94,917 83,119Interest earning assets 1,360,275 1,316,096Interest bearing liabilities 1,189,199 1,156,444 Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Financial Highlights (unaudited) (Dollars in thousands except share and per share data) For the Three Months For the Nine Months Ended September 30, Ended September 30, ——————– ——————– 2010 2009 2010 2009 ——— ——— ——— ———Operating ResultsInterest incomeInterest and fees on loans $ 11,584 $ 12,079 $ 34,675 $ 35,791Interest and dividends on investments 3,585 4,500 11,183 14,536Total interest and dividend income 15,169 16,579 45,858 50,327Interest expenseDeposits 1,352 2,235 4,338 7,751Short-term borrowings 374 201 1,164 333Long-term debt 1,013 1,447 3,020 4,831Total interest expense 2,739 3,883 8,522 12,915Net interest income 12,430 12,696 37,336 37,412(Credit) provision for credit losses (400) 600 200 3,500Net interest income after provision for credit losses 12,830 12,096 37,136 33,912Noninterest incomeTrust Company income 539 441 1,590 1,255Service charges on deposits 1,219 1,490 3,853 4,217Gain (loss) on investment securities, net 685 261 1,897 56Other-than-temporary impairment losses on securities (89) — (169) –Equity in losses of real estate limited partnerships, net (408) (542) (1,263) (1,466)Other noninterest income 1,079 952 3,182 2,875Total noninterest income 3,025 2,602 9,090 6,937Noninterest expenseSalaries and wages 4,097 3,675 11,704 10,300Employee benefits 1,047 1,091 3,420 3,685Occupancy and equipment expenses 1,661 1,587 4,892 4,789Legal and professional fees 596 553 1,851 1,899Marketing expenses 332 363 1,013 1,142State franchise taxes 298 266 872 866FDIC Insurance 345 393 1,065 1,649Other real estate owned 91 87 (299) 305Other noninterest expense 1,536 1,788 4,572 5,045Total noninterest expense 10,003 9,803 29,090 29,680Income before provision for income taxes 5,852 4,895 17,136 11,169Provision for income taxes 1,350 1,181 4,219 2,486Net income $ 4,502 $ 3,714 $ 12,917 $ 8,683Ratios and Supplemental InformationWeighted average common shares outstanding 6,172,479 6,120,199 6,162,049 6,094,398Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 6,176,434 6,121,585 6,163,535 6,096,370Basic earnings per common share $ 0.73 $ 0.61 $ 2.10 $ 1.42Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.73 $ 0.61 $ 2.10 $ 1.42Return on average assets 1.25% 1.07% 1.21% 0.85%Return on average shareholders’ equity 18.39% 17.37% 18.14% 13.93%Net interest rate spread 3.58% 3.61% 3.63% 3.64%Net interest margin 3.70% 3.77% 3.75% 3.81%Net recoveries (charge-offs) to Average Loans 0.05% 0.01% (0.14%) (0.10%)Net recoveries (charge-offs) $ 415 $ 95 $ (1,282) $ (884)Efficiency ratio (1) 61.42% 58.51% 60.73% 59.70%(1) The efficiency ratio excludes amortization of intangibles, equity in losses of real estate limited partnerships, OREO expenses, gain/loss on sales of securities, state franchise taxes, and any significant nonrecurring items.Note: As of September 30, 2010, the Bank had off-balance sheet liabilities in the form of standby letters of credit to customers in the amount of $4.00 million. Source: Merchants Bancshares, Inc. SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – October 25, 2010) –last_img read more

Police investigating incident on West Side of Binghamton

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first_imgStay with 12 News as we follow this developing story. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred on the West Side of the city Friday morning. The Binghamton Police Department tells 12 News more information will be released soon.last_img

Industriens posts 2.7% return aided by strong corporate bond performance

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first_img“This reinforces the importance of diversifying investments and having a robust, long-term investment strategy,” Mortensen said. Corporate bonds, which made up 32.7% of the portfolio at the end of June, were the strongest performing asset class for Industriens Pension in the first half, returning 7.2%, followed by government bonds which returned 4.4% and accounted for 21.5% of investment assets.Equities made losses, with foreign shares ending the half year down 2.0% and Danish shares making a 0.4% loss.Foreign shares make up 28.2% of the portfolio while Danish shares have an 11.0% allocation.Industriens Pension said employment in the industrial sector in Denmark was growing well, and that this had become evident in the fund’s figures in the first half.The number of members paying into the fund via employers rose by 3,000 in the twelve months to the end of June to reach 165,000, while total contributions grew to DKK4.2bn in January to June, up DKK52m from the same period last year.The pension fund’s total investments rose to just over DKK142bn at the end of June from DKK136bn at the same point last year. Denmark’s Industriens Pension made a 2.7% return on investments between January and June before pensions tax, after the result was boosted by strong returns on corporate and government bonds, according to its interim report.In absolute terms, the investment return was DKK3.6bn (€483m) in the period, less than half of the DKK7.4bn the pension fund produced in the first half of 2015, when the percentage return was 5.8%.Laila Mortensen, chief executive of the pension fund for industrial sector workers said: “There has been a lot of turbulence on the financial markets in the first half of the year, which has favoured investments with lower levels of risk.”Equities in particular had a difficult time at the beginning of the year, though this  improved in the second quarter, she said.last_img read more

Mrs. Shirley Ann (Tingle) Hewitt

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first_imgInterment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, January 30, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future of hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 “You are not stuck in your circumstances, you are positioned for God’s purposes.” These are the quotes Shirley loved. They gave her comfort during this hard time of her life. Shirley Ann (Tingle) Hewitt went to be with her Lord and Savior at 7:20 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at her residence in Vevay, Indiana, following a courageous battle with her heart and lung disease and cancer. She was surrounded by her family and felt the prayers of many people who loved her dearly. Shirley entered this life on September 5, 1941, in Port Royal, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late, Gilbert Carroll and Leona (Raisor) Tingle. At the age of three years, the family moved to Brooksburg, Indiana. A short time later, they moved to Green Valley Road near Vevay, Indiana. Shirley was a 1959 graduate of the Vevay High School in Vevay, Indiana. Shirley was united in marriage on December 14, 1962 at the Brooksburg Baptist Church in Brooksburg, Indiana, to David C. Hewitt and to this union arrived a daughter, Tracy Lee and a son, Steven Gary to bless their home. Shirley and David shared over 54 years of marriage together until her death. Shirley was employed as a Clerk for Kirlin’s Hallmark Shop in Madison, Indiana, before she became disabled. She was a former employee for Joyce Shoe in Madison, Indiana and for Wilma Turner’s Dress Shop in Vevay, Indiana. She was also a substitute teacher for the Switzerland County School Corporation. Shirley joined the Braytown Christian Church during her childhood years. When she moved to the Vevay community, she joined the Spring Branch Baptist Church in June 1970 where she was a faithful member. She served the Lord faithfully with her labors and efforts in teaching Sunday school classes, presenting children sermons, and serving as Treasurer and Secretary of Mission Circle and Church Clerk. She helped in any way that she could to impart God’s love for all. Shirley also served her community well. She served on the Switzerland County Public Library Board when the new public library was built in Vevay, Indiana. She organized the Someone Does Care Group in writing letters to servicemen and women during and after the Gulf War. She also served on the American Cancer Society Board for several years. Shirley enjoyed sewing, watching Kentucky basketball, ceramics, quilting, word search puzzles, watching Dale Earnhardt, Jr. race, and visiting with family and friends. An example has been left for each of us whose lives Shirley touched. She was faithful in her responsibilities as a wife and mother. She was faithful in her church attendance. She always had a big smile, a friendly greeting, and she had a powerful grip giving handshakes. When you visited with Shirley, she was always thrilled to see you. She was an example for faithful living; An example to fear God and look to him for comfort and guidance. She loved her Lord and told those around her that she was ready to go home to be with her Lord. Her life was not in vain. She was a friend worth knowing. She will be deeply missed. God prepared a place in His heavenly home for Shirley and He has called her to be with Him forever. She is now in glory where there is no pain, no suffering, no sorrow, and no tears, only the joy of walking and talking with our Lord Jesus Christ. Shirley loved her family and friends very much and never failed to tell them how important they were to her. If she were here today she would tell you to never forget to tell your loved ones how much you love them and to live your life to the fullest! Oh what a great reunion to see Jesus and all my loved ones! To those of you who have not yet made a commitment to Jesus, please know He loves and cares for you. He is waiting with outstretched arms to welcome you home. Please don’t wait until it is too late. I want to see you in Heaven. Just be there when I turn around in Heaven. I want to see your dear faces and spend all eternity with you. It gave me great joy to serve the Risen Savior, the True Living God!Shirley will be deeply missed by her loving husband over 54 years: David C. Hewitt of Vevay, IN; her daughter: Tracy Lee Nelson and her husband: Clayton of Louisville, KY; her son: Steven Gary Hewitt and his wife: Jane of Camden Wyoming, DE; her grandchildren: Lori Hewitt, Travis Hewitt and his wife: Amanda, Cody Nelson and Brandi Nelson; her great-granddaughters: Sophia and Lillian Hewitt; her sister: Shelby Jean Minch-Garland and her husband: Benny of Lamb, IN; her brother: Charles Tingle and his wife: Barb of Milan, IN; her uncle: Orville Tingle of Crestwood, KY; her several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents: Gilbert Carroll Tingle, died December 22, 1991 and Leona (Raisor) Tingle, died May 10, 1976; her brothers: Earl Wayne, James Everett and Donald Lee Tingle; her sisters: Lois Anna Taylor, Leora Carol Marsh and Wilma J. Romans; her niece: Debbie Minch and her nephews: Robert and Mike Tingle.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Howard Wade at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.last_img read more

WWE TLC 2019: King Corbin reigns supreme, Kabuki Warriors retain over Charlotte and Becky to close out hard-hitting show

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first_imgThe final pay-per-view of the year — WWE TLC 2019 — proved to have plenty of tables, ladders, and chairs but lacked real punch in what turned out to be a somewhat wild and very disjointed event. While the show got off on the right foot with several solid matches, that didn’t last with over-booking getting in the way of other bouts. Many times, there was an overuse of weapons and interference that turned people off.  Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhile the teams of Becky Lynch and Charlotte against the Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) tried hard in the main event, the match turned into a mix-mash of trying to hit bigger moves and dish out punishment. Other things were even tougher to describe including the match between Bray Wyatt and The Miz along with the decision to have King Corbin score another big win. Check out Sporting News’ complete coverage of WWE TLC 2019 below.(All times Eastern.) WWE TLC 2019 live updatesThe Kabuki Warriors defeat Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a TLC match to retain the “Raw” women’s tag team championship10:13 p.m. FINISH: Lynch is climbing the ladder but Asuka stops her by pulling the rope that was attached to it and knocks her off. Asuka then climbs the ladder and grabs the titles for the win. That got out of control and clunky at the end with both Flair and Sane possibly injured. Well, the show isn’t over yet as the big brawl makes it way into the crowd. A bunch of people are fighting while Reigns and Corbin are going at it a few rows up when Reigns spears Corbin and they got flying onto the groups of others below and everyone falls down. And with that, the show is officially over.10:10 p.m.: Asuka and Sane set up a ladder in the ring but Lynch and Flair come back and hit them each with chairs and the crowd boos them. This match is falling apart and the crowd is quickly becoming disinterested. That probably means more punishment and Flair gets put hard through a table and seems to have smacked her head on the floor. Ouch. Just like Evolution 2018. #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/4fWzmICaj1— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 201910:05 p.m.: Sane comes back and puts Lynch and Flair on a table and dives off the apron. Flair moves out of the way and Sane awkwardly lands on Lynch. Something probably didn’t go right there. Flair comes back and powerbombs Sane through a table but then Asuka hits her with a German suplex on the floor.10:03 p.m.: Lynch isn’t afraid to risk herself to inflict some [email protected] #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/CUzmcBJjOz— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 20199:59 p.m.: Both Asuka and Kane are on a ladder and about to pull down the tag titles when Flair comes back with a cane and hits both of them. Both of the Warriors are outside the ring and Flair throws Asuka into a bunch of chairs and then Sane into the barricade. She goes and tries to untie Lynch but Asuka hits Flair with a chair. Sane goes for her Insane elbow off the announcer table but Lynch gets her foot up. She then kicks Asuka in the face and gets loose. Back to a 2-on-2 match.9:55 p.m.: Flair is trapped in a chair with a cane holding her in as Asuka and Kane drill her with a series of kicks. Sane then ties a rope around a ladder and Asuka slams Lynch onto the ladder. Then they tie Lynch to the ladder with the rope and turn their attention towards Flair and send her into the barricade.9:51 p.m.: Asuka and Sane are on offense as they kick a chair into Flair’s face. She and Lynch quickly come back and powerbomb Asuka into one of the ring posts. Lynch and Flair set up a table in the ring and Sane flips out and begins throwing chairs in the ring. She then tries to run away under the ring but she shoots a fire extinguisher into their faces. 9:47 p.m.: The fight starts on the floor with Flair and Lynch taking out both opponents. Jerry Lawler on commentary says that the backstage fight between Reigns and Corbin is continuing. Meanwhile, Lynch and Flair are throwing Kairi Sane back and forth on the announcer’s tables. 9:40 p.m.: Main event time with the women in this slot for the second month in a row.9:34 p.m.: Backstage, the Street Profits are talking about the show when Reigns and Corbin are fighting through the hallway. It’s a mad brawl with The Revival, The New Day, Buddy Murphy and others fighting. Bobby Lashley defeats Rusev in a Tables match9:34 p.m. FINISH: Rusev gets the cane and is fired up, smashing Lashley with it. Lana gets in the ring and jumps on Rusev’s back for the distraction. That allows Lashley the opening to come back as he tries to push Rusev through a table in the corner but it doesn’t break. So, Lashley hits him with a suplex through another table in the opposite corner. That was not good.If first you fail, try again. #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/dXKxlCHbIB— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 20199:29 p.m.: Lashley is on the apron with a table on the floor with Rusev hitting him over and over, hoping to knock him off through the table. Rusev runs and hits him but Lashley falls over the table. Rusev grabs a guard rail and smashes Lashley with it. He leans it against the ring but Lashley ends up dropping him onto the steel railing. Then Lashley grabs a cane and hits him with it over and over. He’s pleading with Lana but she just laughs at him.9:24 p.m.: Rusev is starting against a post outside the ring and Lashey chucks a table at him and just misses. That’s a different way to put someone through a table.That’s one way to break a table…but not the way you WIN a #TablesMatch, @fightbobby! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/vaTXpG7gTR— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 16, 20199:20 p.m.: These two start clobbering each other outside the ring to start this one off and Rusev gets the better of Lashley. He then grabs a table and tries to put in the ring but Lana pulls it away. 9:15 p.m.: Remember, the only way to win this match is simply to put your opponent through a table. That’s it. Bray Wyatt defeats The Miz9:08 p.m. FINISH: The fight is on the floor and Wyatt has a different demeanor as he hits Sister Abagail. He’s basically morphing back and forth between Bray Wyatt and “The Fiend.” Back in the ring, Wyatt hits another Sister Abagail and gets the win. Very strange stuff and not much of a match. Then, “The Fiend” is shown on the video board and Wyatt laughs and grabs a gigantic mallet from under the ring. Before he can use it, the lights start to go out and Wyatt screams “he’s here!” That someone is Daniel Bryan who drops Wyatt with a running knee. He pulls off his hoodie and shows that he’s lost his hair, which Wyatt pulled out a few weeks ago. ⬇️ GIF REACTIONS BELOW ⬇️@WWEDanielBryan is BACK! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/45WxgJHOo9— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 16, 2019Bryan with a bunch of stomps to the face and then he grabs the mallet but before he can use it, the lights go out and then come back on with Wyatt missing. He then leads the crowd in the “Yes” chant.9:03 p.m.: Wyatt seemed to flip the switch and went for Sister Abagail but The Miz instead hits the Skull Crushing Finale. He doesn’t go for the pin and instead twists on Wyatt’s arm and fingers. Wyatt laughs and says “do it!” and The Miz snaps his arm. Wyatt goes out of the ring and slams his shoulder into the barricade like he had separated it and was putting it back in place.8:59 p.m.: The bell rings and The Miz runs across the ring and goes on the attack. Wyatt doesn’t want to fight and is laughing as The Miz kicks at him some more and is pulling on his nose and face. You see, he’s a deranged figure who just wants to be your friend. 8:56 p.m.: Wyatt comes out to his “Funhouse” music wearing a sweater and the Universal championship while smiling and waving to everyone. That’s different.YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!#UniversalChampion @WWEBrayWyatt is HERE! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/5RxDIp6v2c— WWE (@WWE) December 16, 20198:53 p.m.: Two things going into this match: 1) The Miz is facing Bray Wyatt and not his alter-ego “The Fiend” and 2) the Universal championship is not on the line.King Corbin defeats Roman Reigns in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match8:45 p.m. FINISH: Back in the ring and Ziggler kicks a chair into Reigns’ face. He is basically out so he takes a Shatter Machine from The Revival and then Corbin hits End of Days onto a chair for the win. That was something. For anyone who doesn’t like this feud, I have some bad news: it ain’t over yet. And Reigns needs to get some friends to help him out.8:41 p.m.: Just when it looked like Reigns was in control, he runs around the ring only to get dropped by a superkick from Dolph Ziggler who was hiding under the ring. But Reigns fires back including hitting Corbin’s security team with a cane. But then The Revival come down and attack Reigns. They pull him in the ring and Reigns takes them both out with Superman punches. Then he hits a huge dive onto what feels like about 50 people. OH MY GOODNESS!!! @WWERomanReigns #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/r5l2vfL3Bm— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 20198:38 p.m.: Corbin sets up Reigns on the announcer table but Reigns reverses and hits a Samoan Drop. The KING wasted one too may seconds…#WWETLC @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/UQPyeGE40g— WWE (@WWE) December 16, 20198:35 p.m.: Reigns throws Corbin into a chair that is wedged in the turnbuckles and then hits a Superman punch. He sets up a table in the ring as Corbin goes outside the ring. Come to find out, he grabbed a can of dog food and punches Reigns in the face with it and then slams him through the table. He makes the cover but Reigns kicks out. Corbin has controlled a lot of this match.8:30 p.m.: Corbin getting in plenty of offense including a ladder to the midsection of Reigns and then smacking him in the back several times with a chair. Finally, Reigns is coming back but Corbin with a reversal and hits a chokeslam. The crowd is not liking this as most everyone thought Reigns would dominate to get his revenge.8:26 p.m.: Back in the ring and Corbin connects with a Deep Six but can’t get the pin. He then drives Reigns shoulder-first into the post and then back-first into the barricade at ringside. And the crowd goes mild.8:22 p.m.: All the guys who carried Cobin to the ring are standing in the aisle and a few were dumb enough to try and attack him, only to get taken out. Corbin charges at Reigns and it did not turn out well for him and Reigns takes the fight into the crowd.8:20 p.m.: Corbin gets carried out the ring and gets on the mic to a chorus of boos and promises that Reigns will have to bend the knee. That’s some serious “get off my TV” heat.8:16 p.m.: Well, I was wrong and this is not the main event. That means either the women’s tag team titles match or, gulp, the Bray Wyatt – Miz match is closing the show. The Viking Raiders and Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows ruled a double count-out for the “Raw” tag team championship8:08 p.m. FINISH: Ivar goes to the top rope but Anderson knocks him off. He comes back with the springboard back elbow that totally missed Gallows who flew through the air regardless. Anderson and Gallows are outside the ring and Ivar hits a dive. All four men are on the floor and the referee counts them both out. The fight continues afterward and, of course, the KFC table gets used with the Viking Raiders putting Anderson through it. Luckily, the “fans” each grabbed a bucket of chicken before then so no chicken was harmed during his nothing match. 8:03 p.m.: The people sitting ringside eating KFC is so weird and distracting. One of these four wrestlers has to grab a leg, right? Meanwhile, Gallows is dropping some elbows down on Erik and now has a chin lock. 7:59 p.m.: As expected, Anderson and Gallows answer the challenge because, you know, they are the “best tag team in the world” and have a trophy to prove it.7:56 p.m.: Before The Viking Raiders issue an open challenge, this segment is apparently brought to you by KFC and these “lucky” fans are enjoying some of the Colonel at ringside.  Yes, this really happened.👀 👀 👀@kfc gave these members of the @WWEUniverse the actual BEST seat in the house! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/GqwjbNEmLM— WWE (@WWE) December 16, 2019Aleister Black defeats Buddy Murphy7:51 p.m. FINISH: They’re standing toe to toe exchanging kicks and knees when Black connects with Black Mass and scores the win. That was a physical war and both of those guys worked their tails off.OUT OF NOWHERE!!!! @WWEAleister #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/Yw003GDoP0— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 20197:49 p.m.: Black hits another moonsault off the turnbuckles onto the floor. Back in the ring and Black with a big knee to the face. They go to the corner and Murphy traps Black face-down and kicks him in the face over and over and then lands a powerbomb and makes the cover but only gets a two count. Murphy then with a big knee and a brainbuster but Black kicks out again.7:45 p.m.: Black is down and Murphy grabs his vest and is about to put it on when Black comes back and connects with the boot to the face as Murphy comes off the top rope. This has been very physical and the crowd is starting to get into it. Black with a knee to the face and then lands a moonsault off the ropes but can’t score the pin.7:41 p.m.: Murphy takes control after smashing Black face-first into the ring steps off the apron. Black has a bloody nose and has been selling his jaw. Who needs tables, ladders, or chairs to have a physical match?7:37 p.m.: They trade wrestling moves and Murphy slides back into the ring where Black sits down in front of him. Some mind games but Murphy seems unfazed. 7:35 p.m.: Coolest entrance in WWE?It’s a fight he wanted.It’s a fight he’s going to get.#WWETLC @WWEAleister pic.twitter.com/kxQ4QFQi27— WWE (@WWE) December 16, 2019The New Day defeat The Revival in a Ladder match to retain the “SmackDown” tag team championship7:27 p.m. FINISH: Big E sets up two ladders in the middle of the ring and stretches another from those ladders to the turnbuckle. The Revival stops him and suplex him off the top onto the ladder and then Wilder hits a splash off the top then drives Big E through the ladder. Dawson and Wilder climb the ladders but Kofi is up there fighting them off. Wilder has his hands on the title but Big E comes back and hits Wilder with a Big Ending off the top of the ladder. Dawson has his hands on the title but Kofi comes alive and smacks him in the face with the titles and Dawson goes flying off into a ladder and Kofi gets the win. Quite a wild match and both teams put themselves through a lot of painful moves.Ouch. #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/EWAWYljoke— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 20197:23 p.m.: Kofi is putting on a show including riding the ladder as it gets knocked over, only to springboard off the ropes onto Dawson. The Revival comes back with Shatter Machine to Kofi off the ladder. Here comes Big E as he nails Dash off the apron with a big spear. 7:20 p.m.: Don’t feel bad for Kofi being on his own with Big E down.Quick thinking from @TrueKofi!➡️ https://t.co/NsQTgz3q4X pic.twitter.com/0oIEgXfA4y— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) December 16, 20197:18 p.m.: Big E was starting to climb a ladder in the ring when he gets kicked off and is holding his right knee. He’s down in the corner and The Revival drives a ladder into his midsection. 7:15 p.m.: Beware the splash [email protected] with the big save. #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/SfkoxdnAMh— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 20197:12 p.m.: Kofi gets caught trying to slide under a ladder and Dash and Wilder smash him over and over with it. They’re holding a ladder and Kofi springs off the apron and slams the shiny object into both of them. [email protected] risking it all. #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/MXU3TZQGPk— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 20197:09 p.m.: It didn’t take long before The New Day went for the ladders. The Revival stopped them for a brief moment but Kofi and Big E each got one and hit both Dash and Wilder. But the Revival comes right back and smash Kofi into the LED board surrounding the ring.7:05 p.m.: This should be a very good opener and maybe the best match of the night. My guess is that the TLC match between Roman Reigns and King Corbin will close the show but who knows.7:02 p.m.: The WWE TLC video package to start this show has this guy.This is going to be…[email protected] is inviting you all into his #FIreflyFunHouse to start #WWETLC! pic.twitter.com/66XZGuLm3g— WWE (@WWE) December 16, 20196:50 p.m.: Serious backstage promo from Aleister Black who is threatening Buddy Murphy for picking a fight with him. This should be a strong match but the question is how much time will it get. Speaking of that, there is no reason for this show to go long tonight. None.6:46 p.m.: Video recap from “SmackDown” with “The Fiend” breaking into The Miz’s house and messing with his little girl. You know, just some family entertainment. Humberto Carrillo defeats Andrade6:42 p.m. FINISH: Andrade is bleeding from a cut next to his left eye. He hits double knees in the corner and makes the cover but Carrillo kicks out. They tease Vega distracting Andrade to where he almost gets pinned like what happened on Monday. Carrillo comes back with a reverse hurricanrana off the top rope and then hits a moonsault to score the win. Good, solid match that was pretty stiff. Afterward, Andrade brushes off Vega and walks to the back alone.6:38 p.m.: Carrillo heads back to the top rope but Andrade cuts him off and then hits the stomp to the midsection off the top of the ring post.🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯#WWETLC @AndradeCienWWE pic.twitter.com/D53C9dIpHg— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 15, 20196:35 p.m.: Andrade spills to the outside again and both men are selling their right knees. Andrade gets back in the ring and connects with some chops before Carrillo hits a high crossbody. 6:30 p.m.: Carrillo gets Andrade out of the ring and goes to the top rope for a moonsault but Andrade pops up and pushes him down to the floor. Crash and burn.6:27 p.m.: The first match of the night is a rematch from “Raw” with Carrillo scoring a pin on Andrade. They also teased Andrade and Vega breaking up their partnership on “Raw” which would be a huge mistake.6:25 p.m.: The Revival just crashed the broadcast, referring to Booker as “Mr. T.” They believed they’re being disrespected and promise to be four-time champions after they beat The New Day in a ladder match for “SmackDown” titles later tonight. After they left, T said he didn’t do anything about it because he would have “whooped their ass” and it would have been all over the internet. And then he smirked. 6:21 p.m.: In case you missed it on “Raw”, it’s official: Seth Rollins is a bad guy again. Hence the black clothes.It was @WWERollins.It was @WWERollins all along. #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/Cduy2O1czH— WWE (@WWE) December 15, 20196:16 p.m.: It’s Lashley vs. Rusev tonight in a Tables match. WWE just showed a big recap video package of this ridiculous storyline with Lana having an affair with Lashley and divorcing Rusev. Interview time – Booker T asked Lashley if Lana was holding him back and he said absolutely not and Lana doesn’t like how everyone is attacking her. Charlie asked what happens if Lashley loses and Lana insulted her by saying Renee is much better and why she got promoted to WWE Backstage. 6:10 p.m.: Coming up next — an in-depth interview with Bobby Lashley and Lana! OK, sure. 6:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of WWE TLC, the company’s final pay-per-view of the year. There is a one-hour kickoff show that includes one match (so far) followed by the main card that has seven matches scheduled (so far). WWE TLC 2019 lineup— Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match— Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz— The New Day vs. The Revival in a Ladder match for the “SmackDown” tag team championship— The Kabuki Warriors vs. Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a TLC match for the “Raw” women’s tag team championship— Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley in a Tables match— The Viking Raiders vs. TBD for the “Raw” tag team championship — Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy— Humberto Carrillo vs. Andrade (kickoff show)last_img read more

Pastor Stuns Community with Mater Dei Prep Closure

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first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – A startling announcement this week is marking the end of an era, as Mater Dei Prep High School announced its plans to shutter its doors in June.The Rev. Jeff Kegley, pastor of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish, posted a letter on the school’s website announcing its closure and referred all inquiries there.Mater Dei Prep, 538 Church St., in the township’s New Monmouth section, “has been running large financial deficits and enrollment numbers have not stabilized to the point of sufficiently supporting the school’s viability,” and it was his and the parish finance council’s hope that trend could be reversed. Kegley said in his announcement, however, the 2014-15 projected loss for the school is close to $1 million.“Our parish and diocesan assistance, fundraising and tuition can no longer meet the school’s financial obligation,” Kegley acknowledged.The school, which has been operating for 50 years and boasted the largest incoming freshman class in a decade this September, will close at the end of the current school year.The closure is not expected to affect current school operations. “Classes and activities will continue until the end of June as planned,” Kegley said.There are currently 340 students from 20 area communities attending Mater Dei, which employs 48 faculty and staff.St. Mary Elementary School, located next to the high school, will continue operations as will St. Mary, Mother of God Church.The elementary school has 680 students enrolled and is the largest Catholic elementary school in Monmouth and Ocean counties.The Diocese of Trenton’s Department of Catholic Education is expected to offer Mater Dei families information about area Catholic schools, Kegley said.Kegley did not return a phone call seeking comment by press time on Wednesday.The diocese department of education did not offer a statement from Bishop David M. O’Connell on Wednesday, as the bishop was recovering from recent surgery, according to Rayanne Bennett. But, Bennett said, the local pastor was responsible for the decision in consultation with the parish council and the bishop.Diocese offices were referring callers to the school’s website, which has Kegley’s letter.“It’s a sad day for all of us,” said Robert Abetamarco, principal of Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank. “When you lose a school with that kind of tradition, storied past, it’s just such a sad thing.Abetamarco was scheduled on Wednesday afternoon to participate in a conference call with diocese representatives and those from other area Catholic schools to discuss “ways to help facilitate these families in their transition and continue their Catholic education,” he said.“I am sure I speak for everybody when I say we’ll do all that we can to make them feel welcome wherever they go,” Abetamarco said.Brother Frank Burns, president of Christian Brothers Academy, an all-boys Catholic school, Lincroft, said on Wednesday about Mater Dei’s efforts, “I know they were putting their best efforts into keeping the school going,” he learned from his conversations with that school’s officials. “I know they were trying to make a go of it.”He, like Abetamarco, offered his support in assisting families, as much as he could.“Anything we can do, we will,” he said. But, Burns said registration for the incoming freshman class is at capacity and there is a waiting list of 60 students and “We have to honor our commitment to them,” he said.For parents and students, it was shock and anger over not only the message, but also the way the message was delivered.“We don’t understand the suddenness and timing of it,” said Tinton Falls resident Elizabeth Wulfhorst, whose daughter Emma is a junior at Mater Dei. “Why wasn’t there a plan in place to graduate the existing students?’Wulfhorst said she was “blindsided” by the abrupt delivery of the end.Parents on Tuesday received a phone blast message directing them to an important message on the school’s website, said parent Jean Zeuschner. “I think it was very poor communication and delivery.”“It just kind of came out of nowhere,” observed sophomore Kayla Greiss, Union Beach, speaking of the news. “None of us saw this coming.“Everyone is pretty upset; everyone is heartbroken,” Greiss said.With reporting contributions by Christina Johnson and Muriel Smithlast_img read more

Vince DeVito’s Fun Run and Hike raises cash for Pulpit Rock Trails

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first_imgThird, and first woman, was Jacqueline Skands, who reached the flagpole in a time of 38 minutes.A total of 51 participants competed in the race, with half the runners finishing a Pulpit Rock — the halfway spot in the race.The race, which raised $910, was a fundraiser for the Friends of Pulpit Rock Committee.“The money will be used to improve the trail,” said Cody Abbey of Maverick Fitness, one of the many sponsors of the race.Others included Gerick Cycle, Vince Devitos Shoes and Lakeside Physiotherapy.“(Funds) will be used to take out some of the really steep sections — making (Pulpit Rock Trails) more accessible to everyone,” Abby explained.“(And) to expand the trails at the top and perform further maintenance including improving conditions to CBC tower (at the top of Elephant Mountain),” Abbey adds.Abbey said donations are still being accepted at Vince DeVito’s Shoes at 411 Hall Street in Nelson until Wednesday. Most racers have difficulty running on flat ground.However, 16-year-old Keiran Marchand found the very steep hills of Elephant Mountain just fine as the Nelsonite captured top honours in the First Annual Vince DeVito’s Fun Run and Hike Sunday north of the Heritage City.Marchand, who runs for the L.V. Rogers crosscountry team, reached the finish line at the flagpole on Elephant Mountain above Pulpit Rock in a time of 31 minutes, 29 seconds.Second was Scott Leger, approximately 30 seconds behind Marchand.last_img read more

Donegal clubs team up to do Dublin Marathon for Conall Shiels

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first_imgTWO OF Donegal’s best known sports clubs have teamed up to raise funds for young Conall Shiels from Letterkenny through their members’ participation in this year’s Dublin City Marathon.Members from Letterkenny Athletic Club and Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club came together in the Aura Leisure Centre recently to launch their unique fund-raising drive which will link in to the High 5 For Conall campaign initiated earlier this year.Picture:  Members of Letterkenny AC and Letterkenny 24/7 pictured at the fundraising launch with the Shiels family in the Aura Centre. You can donate here https://www.gofundme.com/f/high5conalmarathonBefore Conall was born, he was diagnosed with severe hydrocephalus, a fluid build-up in the brain. His condition means he is non-verbal and is a wheelchair user and he needs 24-hour care. He is also peg fed; meaning most of his nutrition is pumped through a machine into his stomach.Addressing last night’s launch, Conall’s father, Kieran, said that the money raised by the local clubs will go to help carry out the renovations of the family home.“We just got word earlier this week that planning permission has been granted and we can’t wait to get up and running with the works. Conall needs a hoist, Conall needs a bigger room and Conall needs s specially-adapted wet-room so that we can care for him properly. This will all make an immense difference to him as he grows into adulthood and we will be able to look after him more comfortably,” Kieran said. Extending his thanks to Letterkenny AC and Letterkenny 24/7 for taking on a fundraising challenge for his son, Kieran added: “What we have noticed since the High 5 For Conall kicked off earlier is that it has brought people together and has brought the whole town together. We have seen how friends, family and clubs have all rallied and come together to help our family. Tonight’s launch is something with a difference in that it is bringing two clubs together which is very humbling for us.”“We will be keeping tabs on all the runners from both Letterkenny clubs who will compete in the Dublin Marathon on October 27th and hoping they all get over the finish line safe and well. I hope they will all think of our Conall when they are finding it tough over the last few miles.”Speaking at the launch, Letterkenny Athletic Club Chairman, Aidan McKenna, said that the club had a long tradition of competing in the Dublin Marathon.You can donate here https://www.gofundme.com/f/high5conalmarathon“We’ve always had big numbers taking part and the club has also raised money for a number of worthy causes down the years. There seems to be a bigger number than usual competing in Dublin this year which is great to see. We wish them and the members from the Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club, who we are delighted to team up with, all the best in four weeks’ time,” Aidan said. Echoing his sentiments, Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club Chairman, Liam Tinney, said that last year was the first time the club had raised money for charity through the Dublin Marathon.“We raised over €7,000 for the Coombe Hospital through the 2018 Dublin Marathon and are delighted to be joining up with Letterkenny AC to raise funds this year for Conall Shiels. I wish all those competing in Dublin well,” Liam added.Around 40 members from both Letterkenny clubs will compete in next month’s event in Dublin.To donate to the Go Fund Me Page please link onto https://www.gofundme.com/f/high5conalmarathon Donegal clubs team up to do Dublin Marathon for Conall Shiels was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

QPR move for Tozser and Angella

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first_imgHungary midfielder Daniel Tozser is due to undergo a medical on Friday ahead of a planned move to QPR, who are also poised to sign Watford defender Gabriele Angella.The duo played key roles for Watford as they were promoted to the Premier League last season and are set to link up again at Loftus Road.Tozser (pictured above), 30, spent the season on loan from Italian side Parma, who have agreed to release him.And a deal has been agreed in principle for Italian centre-back Angella, 26, to move to west London ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.Tozser initially joined Watford on loan from Genoa during the second half of the 2013-14 campaign and impressed in his 20 appearances for the club.The Hornets tried to sign him on a permanent basis but were unable to agree a deal and he moved to Parma in the summer of 2014 before immediately returning to Vicarage Road on a two-year loan.Ramsey has been keen to sign a centre-back and another midfielderHe made 46 appearances last season and scored five times as Watford reached the top flight.However, it was announced last month that he would be leaving rather than spending another year on loan.He has been targeted by QPR because head coach Chris Ramsey is keen to adopt a passing style of play and wants another midfielder in the mould of Rangers’ Alejandro Faurlin.Angella, meanwhile, is a former Italy Under-21 international who joined Watford from Udinese in 2013.He has made a total of 75 Championship appearances but has not featured in the league so far this season.Ramsey has been looking for a ball-playing central defender to play alongside skipper Nedum Onuoha.Rangers turned their attention to Angella after missing out on United States international Tim Ream, who opted to join Fulham.See also:Ramsey: No-one should doubt I’m the right man for QPRReam explains decision to join FulhamRamsey keen to rest QPR duoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Of Minds and Men

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first_img(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 So many psychological theories have come and gone; does anything remain worth clinging to?Father Freud:  He’s still famous in intellectual history; his terms like ego and Oedipus Complex are still with us.  But Sigmund Freud has been, and remains, controversial (10/15/09).  His hometown of Austria is not sure what to do with him 75 years after his death.  Medical Xpress reported a new museum devoted to him and his work, but calls him a “prophet without honor” in his own country: “his ideas about sex, dreams and cocaine divided opinion in the Austrian capital.”Today’s stars, tomorrow’s rejects?  “New Study Lists Top Psychologists of Modern Era” announces a headline on Medical Xpress, but most on the list lack the name recognition of “Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Ivan Pavlov, [or] Charles Darwin – all eminent scientists who made major contributions to the understanding of human and animal behavior” (if the reporter’s judgment is to be trusted).  Readers might have heard of Noam Chomsky (a communist linguist, not a psychologist), but how about Richard Lazarus, Albert Bandura, or “happiness researcher Ed Diener”?  How would the “Top Ten” match up against leading Bible teachers or theologians?  Will their reputations vanish before they even gain popular fame?  They were measured by “the impact of research citations, the number of textbook citations, and major scientific awards”—things that might matter to fellow academics, but perhaps not to real people.Frankenstein lab:  New Scientist posted a list of five “shocking” psychology experiments from the 1960s that would be banned today.  Some experimental setups that put extreme emotional stress on participants; others treated them with drugs and electric shocks.  The cartoony website “Stuff You Should Know” has a video about the ill-fated Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971 that turned participants, cast into roles as prison guards, into heartless monsters and their victims into weeping psychotics in just two days.  The clip is listed with others in the category “Psychology Is Nuts.”Update 10/01/14: New Scientist posted another look back at “arguably one of psychology’s most unethical” experiments from 1919: John Watson’s “Baby Albert” experiment at Johns Hopkins, in which a baby was treated like Pavlov’s dog to fear rats.Publication bias:  The non-reporting of null results in the social sciences is still a worrisome problem, Science Magazine says.  Even studies that received government funding sometimes got left in file cabinet drawers.  Perhaps someone should psychoanalyze the reasoning of a social scientist who tried something, got a null result, and decided it wasn’t worth publishing.Correlation or causation?  Scientists are not immune from confusing correlation with causation, a fallacy described on PhysOrg.  For instance, Medical Xpress announced that “at least two regions of the brain decide what we perceive.”  But when neuroscientists observe brain regions light up in macaques during perception, are they justified in stating, “With the help of the tests on the monkeys, it is possible to establish how consciousness arises“?Proof or goof?  In an article on PhysOrg, astrophysicist Geraint Lewis says, “People looking for proof to come from any research in science will be sadly disappointed.”  If that is true in mathematical physics, how much more so in psychology?  Lewis ends with a quote he likes from Nobel laureate Richard Feynman: “I have approximate answers and possible beliefs in different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything.”Will free will flee?  On New Scientist, Dan Jones cleverly titled his piece “Free will persists (even if your brain made you do it),” but it’s not clear if he chose to write that himself.  He describes an experiment that showed people cling to the concept of free will even when shown evidence that contradicts it.  Researcher Eddy Nahmias of Georgia State concluded from participant responses that despite what neuroscience shows, people feel from their own conscious experience that their choices are their own.  As philosopher of mind David Chalmers shows in a short video clip, people’s own conscious experiences are the closest things they have to their own undeniable rational knowledge.One of the best insurance policies you can develop against deception is a philosophy of science that understands its limitations.  There are limits not only to what science knows now, but to what it can know.  Picture, for instance, a loved one in your mind’s eye.  A neuroscientist can watch your neurons all day and never see that picture that you experience in the vividness of your consciousness.  Now picture the person’s name in text.  The neuroscientist will never see a representation of that name in any language, English or otherwise.  Now lift your arm.  If you lifted it, or chose not to, or lowered it, or lifted the other arm, you just did a little miracle: mind over matter.  Nothing in physics or chemistry caused that to happen: you did.Without including mental causes and rational mind in their fundamental assumptions, secular psychologists and neuroscientists have blinded themselves to reality.  Next month, William Dembski’s new book, Being as Communion, will make the case that “information” is a fundamental property of the universe (A. E. Wilder-Smith also emphasized the point).  From this, Dembski will augment the case for intelligent design that he began in his previous books.  But information from whom, by whom, and for whom?  We’d like to go beyond his well-meaning attempt to reach the rational mind, and state categorically that without the God of the Bible, nothing will make sense, and nothing will heal the problems of man’s mind.The Apostle John said it best in the first chapter of his gospel, in terms of light and darkness.  It’s very fitting after reading about some of the blind leaders of the blind in psychology, who lead themselves and others into the ditch.  John begins with “information” (logos) but makes it personal and historical:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.John 3:19-2119 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.So walk in the light, as John advised in his first Epistle.  It’s the best psychology in the universe:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.Got joy?  If not, follow these directions: turn right at the Light.last_img read more

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