LONDON, England (Reuters) – China’s Gong Lijiao ended her long wait for a global outdoor title when she won the shot put gold medal at the World Championships yesterday, utterly dominating the competition.The 28-old-year had won five silver and bronze medals at the World Championships and Olympics but gold had always eluded her until a chilly, wet night at the London Olympic stadium.Gong made light of the conditions as she broke 19 metres with five of her six attempts and won with a fifth throw of 19.94 metres.There were only two other throws over 19 metres – Anita Marton’s final effort of 19.49 which won silver for the Hungarian and American Michelle Carter’s third throw of 19.14 which took bronze.“It’s a very special moment for me. Of course, the rain affected the competition and that is the reason we didn’t go past 20 metres tonight,” Gong said.” I am glad to show all the hard work I’ve done in the past with this gold medal.”Gong first appeared on the scene as an 18-year-old at the 2007 World Championships where she finished seventh.She won Olympic bronze in Beijing in 2008 and silver in London in 2012 as well as world silver in Beijing two years ago.Gong was agonisingly close to ending that run in Beijing when she threw 20.30m in the opening round but lost out to Germany’s Christina Schwanitz by seven centimetres.
The Avalanche signed defenseman Cale Makar to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced on Sunday. Makar will join the team for its first-round playoff series against the Flames.A native of Calgary, the 20-year-old wrapped up his sophomore season at the University of Massachusetts on Saturday. Playing in their first Frozen Four, the Minutemen lost to Minnesota Duluth 3-0 on Saturday to finish the tournament. Makar, who led NCAA defenseman with 49 points, received the 2019 Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player. “Cale obviously had a tremendous season, winning the Hobey Baker and getting his team to the Frozen Four,” Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic said in a press release. “He is a game-changing type of player who made a lasting impact on the UMass hockey program. We are excited to have him join our team.”Makar was Colorado’s first-round draft pick (fourth overall) in the 2017 NHL draft. The signing of Makar comes at an opportune time for Colorado, as defenseman Sam Girard left Game 2 on Saturday due to injury. (His status is unknown.) Game 3 is set for Monday evening as the Avalanche seek to grab a 2-1 series lead.
WEST LONG BRANCH – Dr. Paul R. Brown began his new role as president of Monmouth University on Thursday, Aug. 1, succeeding Paul G. Gaffney II, who retired on July 31 after 10 years.“It is with tremendous excitement that I join the Monmouth University community as its eighth president. The university’s enthusiasm and commitment to making its mark on the higher education landscape isMonmouth University students Thomas Beaufort and Sandy Figueroa welcome President Paul R. Brown to campus on Aug. 1. Photo credit: Jim Remepalpable across Monmouth’s Board of Trustees, faculty and staff. It is my honor to serve them, our wonderful students, and members of the wider community in an effort to reach new heights of excellence,” Brown said.Brown said his initial areas of strategic focus will include expanding opportunities for global education at the undergraduate level, and aligning graduate programs with the economic opportunities in the New York – Philadelphia business corridor.“I believe higher education has a higher calling than just mapping a four-year degree to a job,” Brown said. “But universities should also be held accountable in terms of what they’re doing for their students.”During his first few weeks on campus, Brown will be meeting with members of his cabinet, faculty and staff, student leaders, alumni, and local elected officials.Brown and his wife, Joan G. Fishman, live on campus in the presidential residence, Doherty House. Their daughter, Emma, is a student at Franklin & Marshall College.“We are thrilled to be part of the Monmouth University community. The warm welcome we have received from the campus and our new neighbors has been wonderfully inviting,” Brown said.The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Brown’s appointment on Feb. 26. He comes to Monmouth University from Lehigh University, where he served as dean of the College of Business and Economics.Before joining Lehigh, Brown spent more than 20 years at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he held a variety of senior academic and administrative positions.Brown also served on the faculties at Yale University’s School of Management, the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) and the International University of Japan and was a guest lecturer at universities in China, Singapore, and Brazil.Brown graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin & Marshall College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received both his Doctor of Philosophy and his Masters of Professional Accountancy degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
By Christina Johnson HOLMDEL – During a meeting of the governing body Tuesday, Mayor Thomas Critelli read aloud a statement denying allegations he has a conflict of interest concerning a property formerly owned by his development company. That property is currently included in the township’s plan to satisfy its affordable housing obligation.In Dec. 2015, court records show that Danitom Development, Inc., a company co-owned by Critelli and associate Mike Guerra, signed a purchase agreement for a Holmdel property located on North Beers Street near Bayshore Medical Center.That purchase agreement – not be confused with a binding bill of sale – allowed Critelli the flexibility to assign all of the rights, duties, benefits and obligations of the property under that contract to another company in Dec. 2016.That company is Hackensack Investment LLC, an organization owned by his associate, Guerra, says Lea Shave, a resident who is running for Township Committee as an independent.“You bought the property in 2015, and sold it in 2016, that’s an entire year you had that property and were possibly involved in COAH discussions as a committee member,” Shave added, referring to affordable housing obligation planning. “I don’t see that as a rookie mistake. I see that as someone who was possibly taking advantage of development. I think this is a symptom of a lack of transparency and entitlement adopted by our Township Committee.”Shave initiated these allegations against Critelli last week, when she posted photos of public court documents on her Facebook page ElectLeaShave.At the public meeting, Critelli refuted the claim, stating that after Danitom entered the purchase agreement, “I realized as a member of the Township Committee it was better for me to not own investment property in Holmdel to avoid any potential conflict of interest.”By completing the divestiture in 2016, Critelli said he eliminated himself from having any potential conflict of interest in the property and “extinguished any conflict that could have arisen from having an interest in the property moving forward.”In 2017 the Township Committee took two actions relating to COAH, including a vote on a proposed affordable housing settlement agreement and zoning pertaining to affordable housing.Critelli noted that he did not take part in any of those votes and said, “Had I been at the voting meetings I would have placed a recusal on the record out of abundance of caution.”Resident Barbara Singer, a Democrat who is running for Township Committee, said she has no problem with members of the Township Committee conducting business in town or investing in property, “but there is a right way and wrong way to conduct that business.”“There are numerous statements on file about the political gains going on in Holmdel that have not only delayed the finalization of an affordable housing agreement, but have interfered in the ongoing business of others who have tried to seek investments in Holmdel,” Singer added. “I appreciate that you recused yourself from votes regarding COAH, but there have been discussions going on for years that you have been a party to while you were indeed the person on that purchase contract.”Critelli said the only reason an issue has been raised is because in 2017, after the Township Committee approved an affordable housing settlement and that agreement proceeded to litigation, another developer interested in COAH-related properties in Holmdel voiced concerns about the mayor’s past involvement with the North Beers Street parcel.“At the time it went to court a developer raised a concern in a public court filing, which was recently publicized by one of my political opponents. This is not news,” Critelli said.Critelli said that in response to the developer’s concerns he filed a sworn statement under penalty of perjury explaining his 2016 divestiture and certified that neither himself, his immediate family, nor any business he is associated with had any financial interest or stake in the property.Township Administrator Donna M. Vieiro said an update on the status of Holmdel’s COAH litigation is expected to be made public during an upcoming meeting of the governing body in October or November.This article was first published in the Oct. 11-18, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.