Press Association “It is too early. They are not out of the title race,” Wenger said. “We are only two points in front of all the others. “Are Man United out of the title race? No, but of course 10 points starts to be a little gap.” Wenger continued: “If you have the choice, you want to be in the race at the top, but you cannot rule Man United out today. “They have big players, big experience and they are a big club. “It (points advantage) is three games basically, that is very quick in our league.” Wenger has a wealth of options in midfield, with the return to match fitness of Santi Cazorla following an ankle injuring meaning Aaron Ramsey could be rested to the bench against Norwich. The Wales international replaced Mathieu Flamini just before half-time after the French midfielder suffered double vision following a clash of heads with Alex Tettey and is now a doubt for Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund as a result. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not about to write off Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League title challenge just yet. Wenger knows he will need to fully utilise the group if Arsenal are to mount a sustained push for honours in 2014. “We have a squad that is, number and quality wise, very, very good. After that in January we are not desperate (to buy) now,” the Arsenal boss said. “If there is a good opportunity (to buy), why not? But if you know who is out injured now, they will come back in November, the beginning of December, then you have a really massive squad.” Wenger added: “With the number of competitions involved, everybody thinks they have a chance to play. That is what is the most important. “As long as you fight for things, everybody keeps the focus.” Wenger revealed England forward Theo Walcott would need a couple more weeks of recovery time following a minor surgical procedure on an abdominal problem. “Theo had a set-back on Thursday. He had to stop, to jog again, I don’t think we will see him against Dortmund, nor Crystal Palace nor Chelsea (in the Capital One Cup),” the Arsenal boss said. “He is at least two weeks away now.” The Gunners moved clear at the top of the table following their 4-1 victory over Norwich and are now some eight points ahead of David Moyes’ side after the Red Devils conceded a late equaliser at home to Southampton. Wenger, though, is refusing to get carried away with league positions just yet, as Arsenal are set to travel to Old Trafford next month the weekend after they host fellow pacesetters Liverpool.
The Sigerson Cup quarter final line up should be completed today.Holders St. Mary’s meet University of Ulster Jordanstown in Belfast.Lat year’s beaten finalists U-C-D await the winner of the tie between Dundalk I-T and D-C-U. I-T Carlow take on D-I-T in Grangegorman.
BH weightlifter Adis Karkelja won three silver medals at the 3rd International Championship held in the Turkish Kemer in the organization of the Islamic Solidarity Sport Federation (ISSF).Competition in the category of weightlifters up to 94 kilos was among the most interesting events at this Championship.The first place in all three disciplins won the domestic competitor from Turkey, Semih Yagci, who lifted 150 kg in the snatch and 185 kg in the throw-out. And with the total of 335 lifted kilograms dominantly won three gold medals in those three categories.Second place, with also all three silver, won the weightlifter from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Adis Karkelja. He lifted 105 kg in the snatch and 125 in the throw-out, and recorded the score of 230 kilograms. Third place won the competitor from Qatar, Khalid Alhamadi, who lifted 70 kg in the snatch and 95 kg in the throw-out.Mentioned competition was opened on 12th March and finished yesterday, with the competition in the category of weightlifters up to 105 kg and in the absolute category.(Source: ba.n1info.com/ Photo: radiosarajevo.ba)
By Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – The largest health care system in Monmouth County is reviving nearly 20-year-old plans for two new facilities on currently vacant land on Route 35.Dubbed “The Villas,” Meridian Quality Care will present the Holmdel Planning Board with blueprints for an assisted living facility and a skilled nursing facility within the next two to three months.The property at 200-300 Commons Way is north of Holmdel Commons shopping center, on about 10 acres of undeveloped land. The closest business is Holmdel Imaging, 100 Commons Way.One lot is envisioned as home to a 35,355-square-foot assisted living facility with 110 beds, for residents in their late 70s to early 80s. It would stand four-stories tall and cost $30 million. A generator to service the building, and parking, lighting and landscape improvements are planned for the property.The facility would offer an approximately 2,500-square-foot full-service spa, a movie theater, bistro, coffee shop, exercise room, great room and computer room. The apartments would boast 9-foot-high ceilings and the common areas would feature marble floors and crown moldings.“You won’t find an assisted living facility in New Jersey that has all the things we’re offering,” said Stephen Baker, president of Meridian Quality Care. “This will be state-of-the-art, and we want it to be.”With a timely approval from the planning board, Baker anticipated construction could begin near the end of 2017, and the building could open in early 2019. Once the assisted living facility is complete, Meridian Quality Care would begin construction on the skilled nursing facility, the cost of which has not been determined.The three-story, 31,000-square-foot building would have 130 beds and a 1,680-square-foot maintenance garage, as well as site improvements. This facility would serve residents in their late 80s and early 90s, and include a post-surgery rehabilitation center as well.Meridian first received planning board approval for the project in 1999, Baker said. In 2010, the company returned to the board for approval for relocation of the buildings on the land, along with other general modifications and local code upgrades. They received extensions in 2012 and 2013. Moving into the northern Monmouth County corridor was important for the company, Baker said, because he believes that current market, stretching from Matawan down to the Navesink River, is lacking in assisted living options. “That area is significantly worn and aged in the sense of facilities,” he said.He said his proposed facility would be like comparing “a Motel 6 versus a Ritz Carlton.”The company’s closest Meridian facility is located in Shrewsbury. Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Shrewsbury, a skilled nursing facility, was built in 2008.Baker said having such an active community is important for the future residents. Amenities like a great room or a movie theatre allow for social interaction.“It gives them socialization, just like we all get through social media and school,” Baker said about the residents. “They’ll see other people their age and be able to interact with them.”The land for the proposed complex was once home to the Lily Tulip plant, a million-square-foot facility that manufactured paper cups, predominantly Dixie-brand items. The plant was active for about 40 years, then closed in 1990, according to the New Jersey Office of State Planning.In addition to the large shopping center nearby, two 55-and-older adult communities are found within a one-mile radius – Cedar Village and Village Grande.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.