Desiderio, Fiocchi and Hugin Gain Republican Endorsements in Cape May County

first_imgFrom left, Sam Fiocchi, Bob Hugin and Leonard Desiderio celebrate their endorsements. By Donald WittkowskiFormer state Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi picked up a key endorsement Monday night from Cape May County Republicans amid a crowded field of candidates vying for the GOP nomination in the Second Congressional District race.Cape May County Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin also received formal endorsements from the Cape May County Republicans during their convention in Avalon.Fiocchi is among eight Republican candidates looking to establish themselves as the party frontrunner leading up to the June primary. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, who has represented the Second Congressional District since 1995, has announced his retirement, setting up a scramble to replace him in Washington, D.C.The 65-year-old Fiocchi believes his experience in elected office at the state and county level gives him an edge in the race. He said the endorsement from the Cape May County Republicans will boost his campaign as he looks to distinguish himself in the congested GOP field.“It’s a huge amount of momentum,” Fiocchi said in an interview. “This is really the first major county endorsement. It puts us on the right track and in the right direction.”Second Congressional District candidate Sam Fiocchi addresses the GOP audience.Fiocchi, of Vineland, was a Cumberland County freeholder from 2011 through 2013. He chose not to seek re-election as freeholder in order to campaign for the state Assembly in 2013, a race that he won. After serving in the Assembly from 2014 to 2016, he lost his re-election bid in the First Legislative District.Looking to make a political comeback in the congressional race, Fiocchi is stressing the need for lower taxes, new jobs and economic development as major themes in his campaign.Other Republican candidates in the congressional race include Textron Systems executive Brian Fitzherbert, attorney Seth Grossman, Citigroup executive Mark McGovern, Hi-Tech Systems executive Hirsh Singh, Somers Point Councilman James Toto, retired FBI agent Robert Turkavage and attorney John Zarych.In the Cape May County freeholder race, Leonard Desiderio’s endorsement Monday night by the county Republicans was completely expected. Desiderio was first appointed to the freeholder board in 2002 to fill an unexpired term, then won election to a full three-year term in 2003. He followed up with re-election wins in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015.Desiderio, 61, who also serves as mayor of Sea Isle City, said he wants to bring more economic development to Cape May County, while also keeping taxes low and continuing the same level of county services.“We’re looking to move into the future. The economy is going to be a big part of that,” he said. “The sky’s the limit here in Cape May County. We have great potential.”Cape May County Freeholder Leonard Desiderio is seeking re-election.When he announced his re-election campaign in January, Desiderio said other major issues he intends to focus on during his campaign include public safety, combating the county’s opioid crisis and improving the antiquated toll bridges operated by the Cape May County Bridge Commission.Also Monday night, Bob Hugin’s endorsement by Cape May County Republicans gives the North Jersey resident the backing of a pivotal GOP-leaning county in South Jersey. He lives in Summit, Union County.The 63-year-old Hugin, a former Marine and retired pharmaceutical executive, supported President Donald Trump and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.Hugin retired in February as chairman and chief executive officer of Celgene Corp., a global biopharmaceutical company. He has emerged as the first high-profile Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.In an interview after the Cape May County Republican convention, Hugin criticized Menendez for what he called his “unethical and embarrassing” conduct stemming from federal bribery and corruption charges filed against the senator.A judge acquitted Menendez of some of the charges last year. The rest of the charges were dropped by prosecutors in January after the senator’s corruption trial last November ended in a mistrial.“We need a change here,” Hugin said of his campaign to oust Menendez.U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin’s endorsement by Cape May County Republicans gives him the backing of a key GOP-leaning county in South Jersey.In addition to his plan to attack Menendez’s ethics, Hugin said his campaign will also focus on gaining more federal funding for New Jersey projects and programs. He said New Jersey ranks last among the 50 states in the amount of federal funding it gets in return for tax dollars sent to Washington.“It gets the least back of any state in the country,” he said.last_img read more

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Totti Insists Leaving Roma after 30 Years is ‘Like Dying’

first_imgRoma finished sixth last season and missed out a Champions League place.“I resign as a Roma executive,” said the Italian former forward, speaking at a news conference that lasted well over an hour. “I was hoping that this day never came, instead this ugly and heavy day has arrived.“I never had the chance to work on the technical area with Roma.”He added: “This is far worse than retiring as a player. Leaving Roma is like dying. I feel like it’d be better if I died.”Totti criticised the club’s American ownership and the influence of former director and now club consultant Franco Baldini.“This is a club to be loved and supported,” he added. “There shouldn’t be pro-Totti, pro-Pallotta or pro-Baldini factions. Just Roma fans.“As I said, presidents pass, coaches pass, players pass, but the flags do not.“They knew my intentions and what I wanted, to give so much to this club and team, but they never wanted me to, in all honesty. They excluded me from every decision.”Totti’s exit follows former team-mate Daniele de Rossi, 35, who left the club at the end of last season after 18 years.“The main focus of certain people has been to remove Romans from Roma,” Totti claimed. “In the end, the truth came out, because they achieved what they wanted.”Totti joined Roma’s youth academy in 1989, making his senior debut in 1993 as a 16-year-old. He went on to score 307 goals in 785 games, winning Serie A in 2001 and the Coppa Italia twice. He also won 58 caps for Italy.He said the only way he would return to the club is under new ownership.“If I was the president of Roma and had two icons like Totti and De Rossi, I’d put them in charge of everything,” said Totti, who said he would still like to attend a Roma game next season with De Rossi, but that the pair would “need wigs, or we won’t see much of the game”.He added: “Pallotta surrounded himself with the wrong people and he only listens to them. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you make the same mistakes for eight years, you have to ask yourself some questions. Something clearly is going wrong.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Francesco Totti says leaving Roma after 30 years is “like dying” after he resigned from his role as a director at the Serie A club.The World Cup winner, 42, spent his entire professional career at Roma and retired from playing in July 2017.His relationship with president James Pallotta reportedly deteriorated, but last week the American said he offered Totti the role of technical director.last_img read more

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Windies Women eager to prove ODI strength – Cooper

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):West Indies Women batsman Britney Cooper says the Twenty20 World Cup champions are out to prove they can also be a force to be reckoned with in the 50-overs format.The 26-year-old, who played a key role in the women’s capture of the T20 title in India last month, said the Caribbean side had already turned their attention to next year’s 50-overs World Cup scheduled for England.”A lot of people feel the West Indies team only knows how to play T20 cricket but it is much more than that,” Cooper said.”I believe we have an opportunity to show all the world that we’re not only a World Cup T20 side but we can also play one-day [cricket]. We’re hoping when we go to England next year that we can bring home another championship back to the Caribbean.”The triumph in the T20 World Cup was their first ever in that format but the women have already strung together some impressive performances in past 50-overs World Cup.In fact, they were good enough to reach the final of the last tournament in India three years ago, when they lost to Australia Women by 114 runs.improving battingCooper, whose career-best unbeaten half-century against New Zealand Women in the semi-final put the Windies Women in the T20 World Cup final, says she was focused on improving her batting in order to strengthen the ODI unit.”I don’t see myself as a T20 player. I really want to find myself higher up the order in the one-day team,” she said.”I bat at five, six sometimes so one day I hope that I can be batting at number three for four, or even opening the batting for West Indies.”Cooper made her debut in 2009 and has since played 31 ODIs and 46 T20s.The Women’s Cricket World Cup is scheduled for June 26 to July 23 next year.last_img read more

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30 foremen/women yet to receive severance payments – GAWU

first_imgThirty field foremen/forewomen of the Enmore Estate who were deemed redundant by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) are currently without their severance payments.This is according to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), which said that the Corporation’s redundancy letters to the aforementioned persons dated October 24, 2017, stated inter alia “… in accordance with Section 12, subsection (2) (a), (b) and (c) of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act 1997 (TESPA), the Corporation wishes to inform you that your job is being made redundant. As a consequence, this letter serves to give you one (1) month’s notice of the aforementioned in accordance with Section 15, subsection (1) of TESPA 1997.” The letter continues “this notice shall expire on November 23, 2017, hence your last day of work with the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc, East Demerara Estate”.To that end, GAWU posited that the affected group of workers, naturally, expected to receive their payments on their last working day, but were disappointed as the Corporation was yet to honour its lawful obligations.“The workers related to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) that the non-payment of their redundancy pay is adding insult to injury as they desperately require their monies to sustain themselves and their families at this time, until, hopefully, some work can be found in the near future,” said GAWU.Moreover, the Union says it finds the delay perplexing given public statements by several State officials, including President David Granger himself, “committing that the workers would receive their redundancy pay as the Government moves forward with its heartless plans to shutter estates and cruelly put workers on the road at the usually joyful Christmas Season.”According to GAWU, “the delay certainly casts serious doubts on the Administration’s utterances and we cannot help but wonder whether this is a harbinger of things to come as four thousand workers, in a few days’ time, will join the already saturated ranks of the unemployed in our nation.”Hundreds of workers attached to the East Demerara Estate (EDE) located in Enmore, East Coast Demerara, have been issued termination letters by GuySuCo, as the plans announced by Government earlier this year to close the sugar estate started to take effect.Earlier this month, termination letters were issued to more than 2000 workers at the Skeldon Estate. This move follows on the heels of the similar notice given to Rose Hall Estate workers about one week prior.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.In November, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of this year.GAWU had said the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for between 50,000 and 100,000 people.last_img read more

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Giants’ Pablo Sandoval leaves game with injury after Max Muncy steps on his hand

first_imgLOS ANGELES — One of the Giants’ best defensive plays of the season led to a dreaded outcome, as a 6-3 putout to end the bottom of the fifth inning resulted in a right pinky laceration for first baseman Pablo Sandoval.After stretching to snag a throw from shortstop Brandon Crawford, Sandoval had his hand stomped on by Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy. Sandoval’s full extension stretch resulted in his right hand lying exposed on the dirt alongside the first base line, where Muncy was running …last_img read more

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SF Giants sign 25 prospects, including headliner Esmerlin Vinicio

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The San Francisco Giants have struggled to sign and develop top international talent over the last two decades, but there’s a belief inside the organization that the tide is beginning to turn.The Giants announced their latest wave of international free agents Tuesday, signing 25 prospects including the No. 23 international player available according to MLB.com, left-handed pitcher Esmerlin Vinicio of the Dominican Republic.Vinicio was the only player on MLB.com’s top 30 …last_img read more

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