2 May
2021

County Mayors Endorse Karavan For CapeGOP Chairman

first_imgCapeGOP Chairman Marcus Karavan (Photo courtesy JASM Consulting) Cape May County Regular Republican Organization Chairman Marcus Karavan announced Monday that he has garnered the endorsement of every Cape May County Republican mayor as he seeks a second, four-year term as the leader of the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization.Karavan formally submitted his letter of intent to seek re-election to CapeGOP Second Vice-Chair Tim Donohue on Jan. 6.“I’m honored to join my fellow mayors in endorsing Chairman Karavan for a second term as the leader of our Republican organization,” Sea Isle Mayor Len Desiderio said in a press release. “The CapeGOP has never been in better shape. The advancement of Republican leadership in our towns is bringing more fiscal responsibility and better local government. We look forward to more of the same under Marc’s leadership.”During his first full term, beginning in June 2017, Karavan has shepherded the CapeGOP through four years of electoral success, culminating in the capture of the First Legislative District Senate and Assembly seats in 2019.Republicans have retained their control of all county-wide elected positions and now hold every municipal seat in most of the county’s largest communities, gaining 5-0 advantages in Lower, Dennis and Upper Township and, for the first time ever, a 3-0 Republican majority in Middle Township.The political year in 2019 was capped by the historic switch of Second Legislative District Congressman Jeff Van Drew from Democrat to Republican.“Marcus has done a great job of building on the momentum created under former Chairman Mike Donohue,” North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello said. “Under Chairman Karavan’s leadership, our organization is strong and well-funded. We continue to attract great candidates and win elections by staying true to our conservative principles.”Cape May County Republican County Committee members will convene shortly after the June primary to choose the party’s leadership slate for the next four years.“Heading into 2020, our party is united and energized,” Middle Township Mayor and CapeGOP 2nd Vice-Chair Tim Donohue said. “As I seek my fourth term on Township Committee, I’m excited to share the ticket with one of the strongest slates of candidates in CapeGOP history. I’m proud to join my fellow mayors in endorsing Chairman Karavan for another four-year term as our leader.”Karavan said he is “honored to have the unanimous support of our Republican mayors.““The hard work and unwavering commitment shown by our municipal elected officials has proven that unity, unselfish team work and remaining true to our core political principles are the key to our continued success,” he said.last_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

O’Connell focused on job in hand

first_img Captain O’Connell admitted his competitive spirit has underpinned a 13-year Test career as he gears up for his 100th Ireland cap against Wales on Saturday. Ireland can set a new national record with an 11th consecutive Test victory this weekend, and move within touching distance of a first Grand Slam since 2009. Ireland will not be “distracted by the bigger picture” of chasing Test records and the RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam in Cardiff on Saturday, according to Paul O’Connell. O’Connell believes Wales will pose a bigger threat than England offered in Ireland’s 19-9 Dublin victory of March 1, so will fall back on boss Joe Schmidt’s now well-versed routine of shutting out the weekend’s wider context. “It’s very hard to keep winning: if you focus on a match-winning record or you focus on a championship, then you get distracted from what you need to do,” said O’Connell. “When we jog out onto the pitch tomorrow, it’s either going to be their kick-off or our kick-off and you’ll have a job to do. “And you just keep trying to repeat all those little jobs, trying to win as many of those little moments as you can, and that’s all you can do. “I enjoy that way of preparing, I know Joe prepares all his teams like that, but it’s probably something I’ve only stumbled on in recent times. “But it does avoid you getting distracted and it does avoid you suffering from maybe the pressure of the bigger picture. “While the England game was a great result I think there were a lot of things we would like to improve on. “I think England are a great side but I don’t think they played well against us and of all the teams Wales, later in the championship, playing at home in the Millennium Stadium – we’re going to come across a great side tomorrow that are probably going to play great as well. “That’s going to be a bigger challenge I think than England, given the performance they produced two weeks ago.” O’Connell’s Ireland peers have hailed the talisman Munster lock as better now than at any point in his career, despite his advancing years. The tight-five enforcer will equal Mick Galwey’s record as Ireland’s oldest captain at exactly 35 years and 145 days this weekend. O’Connell admitted experience has helped him hone his approach, but conceded his sheer will to win has kept him in the sport. “I’m very competitive, that would be my biggest strength,” said O’Connell. “I certainly can’t run over people or unlock defences with my footwork, or whatever, but I’m certainly very competitive. “I enjoy being part of a team and helping drive teams on, trying to make them successful and trying to get the best out of people. I’ve always enjoyed a leadership role whether I’ve been captain or not. “It’s part of my personality that’s featured in my rugby for most of my career. “And that probably has helped sustain my career, it’s never been a chore for me. “I think that happens to some guys maybe towards the end of their careers, but I’ve always enjoyed it and I still enjoy it. “I enjoy it more than ever and that’s probably one of the reasons I’m still playing. “I think there’s certain things about my game that continue to improve. “Physically I’m probably not where I was, but that’s the challenge I suppose – to try and get to where I was when I was 25 or 26. “I’m probably not there at the moment; I think there’s still work to do in that regard. “But there are other parts of it. I think experience certainly counts. I think it’s something you don’t have a lot of respect for when you’re young, but there is a lot to be said for it.” O’Connell scored a try on his Test debut, against Wales in the 2002 Six Nations. The seven-cap British and Irish Lions lock partnered Galwey that day, but cannot even remember scoring as he had played on after being knocked out. O’Connell pledged to park the nostalgia to face Wales though, prepared to look back on his career highlights at a later date. “It’s obviously a great honour, but it’s obviously something you look back at in time rather than dwelling on it now,” said O’Connell of joining Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and John Hayes in Ireland’s century club. “I think in some ways, your first cap is probably a more nerve-wracking experience I suppose. “I’ve been through it before, but it is a great honour and it’s a nice little group of Irish guys who have done it before that I’m joining, so I’m very honoured.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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18 Sep
2020

Dorado swimmers in T&T for ASATT Invitational

first_imgSIXTEEN swimmers from Dorado Speed Swim Club left Guyana this week to compete in the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Invitational, which is scheduled to run from yesterday afternoon until Sunday, at the National Aquatics Centre in Couva, Trinidad. The swimmers, most of whom are dominant national swimmers, are looking to use the invitational meet to accumulate FINA points.According to information from the club, a team of two coaches, two managers, 16 swimmers and eight parents are currently in Trinidad for the meet.Nicholas Fraser (head coach) and Shyka Gonsalves are the coaches, while Mrs Colleen Roberts and Mrs Marcel David Watson travelled as manager and assistant manager respectively. The swimmers are: Tyler Allicock, Ethan Gonsalves, Elliott Gonsalves, Athalcy Hunte, Brittany Quamina, Safiya Foster, Raekwon Noel, Monique Watson, Maiya Ifill, Vladimir Woodroffe, Alex Bentham (Jr), Kyra Soares, Daniel Scott, Stephon Ramkhelawan, Stephen Ramkhelawan and Delia George.The supporting parents are Dr Mellissa Ifill, Mr Alex Bentham, Ms Donna Vieira, Mrs Rhonda Allicock, Mrs Sharda Ramkhelawan, Mrs Gail Niles, Mrs Sharon Woodroffe and Mr Christopher Woodroffe.last_img read more

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