Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been hired to work as a contributor for Fox News.The Conservative news station said Thursday that Sanders has been hired to provide political commentary and analysis across all its properties, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the radio and podcast division.Sanders father former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee also works as a Fox News contributor.She was press secretary for President Donald Trump from July 2017 through June 2019.The former press secretary is known for her hostile relationship with reporters who aggressively questioned her about various controversies involving the president.Sanders confirmed the news via Twitter on Thursday. She will make her debut on “Fox & Friends” on Sept. 6.
The 25th King’s Cup Pattaya Marathon hits the streets Sunday, offering 2 million baht in prize money.Former Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome and Gen. San Saruthanon, president of the Athletic Association of Thailand, announced the event with Pattaya and tourism officials July 2 in Bangkok.Mr. Sontaya said that the Pattaya Marathon has proved successful in promoting sports and tourism and attracting athletes from around Thailand and the world. The race includes the full 42.2-kilometer marathon, as well as half and quarter marathons, plus a 10.6-km. wheelchair race and 3.7-km. jog for students under age 14.Pattaya city will provide security along the routes and needed facilities for the 15,000 participants expected.Kickoff is at 3:30 a.m. in front of Central Festival Pattaya Beach. For more information, visit the race’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/Pattaya-Marathon or call 02-957-5880 or 038-253-128 ext. 9.Pattaya city and tourism officials along with race organizers pose for a group photo at the press conference to promote the King’s Cup Pattaya Marathon 2016 at the Esplanade Cineplex in Bangkok, July 2.
Story and photo by John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – The passionate supporters of Donald J. Trump were on full display the afternoon of Monday Feb. 27, expressing their backing of the president and his policies and making no apologies for their disdain for the president’s detractors and for those they say would lead the country to ruin.“We’re here to show what we believe in,” said organizer Frank Cott, co-founder of the Bayshore Tea Party Group, about the rally and demonstration conducted just outside the ShopRite shopping center, Route 35 and Harmony Road in the township. The crowd with Cott appeared to number over at least 200 after its first hour of its planned two-hour span. Many in the crowd wore “Make America Great Again” hats and supportive T-shirts and sweatshirts; many more brandished signs, some proclaiming their endorsements and others offering jeers for a variety of issues, attacking the media, “fake news,” Hillary Clinton (when her name was mentioned it led to chants of “Lock her up!”), opposition to the Affordable Care Act, the political left (“Who are looking to destroy our country,” believes rally participant Darryl Brooks, Trenton), and other hot-button topics among a divided electorate.But the main topic of the rally, by far and away, in discussions and signs, was immigration, as it had been during much of Trump’s presidential campaign and from the beginning of his still early administration. In fact, the timing of the rally for Monday, Feb. 27 was intentional, hoping to encourage participants to travel from the township to neighboring Red Bank. Cott and others were under the impression the Red Bank Human Relations Committee was going to vote on a resolution designating Red Bank a “sanctuary city” allowing the harboring of undocumented immigrants. The resolution that was eventually approved later that evening – after much debate – was a non-binding, largely symbolic resolution that named Red Bank as a “Welcoming and Inclusive Community” that celebrates diversity and reaffirmed it was not the responsibility of local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration policy, given the limitations of existing resources – actually a longstanding policy for Red Bank. There was even a little politicking, too. Republican gubernatorial candidate Joseph Rudy Rullo worked the crowd. “It’s a great show here, isn’t it,” Rullo said about the attendance.Rullo told the crowd he was an early Trump supporter and takes inspiration from Trump’s longshot victory. “You know how Trump wants to drain the swamp in Washington,” offered Rullo, Little Egg Harbor. “I want to drain the swamp in Trenton.”This is one of two rallies planned this week for the grassroots conservative activist Bayshore Tea Party Group. The next rally will be Saturday, March 4, at noon at the same location, where, “We’re going to stand tall. We’ll stand for freedom and liberty,” Brooks announced.Barbara Gonzalez, co-founder of the group, told The Two River Times two weeks ago her group was working with Breitbart News, the far-right conservative website, which is coordinating similar rallies nationally to continue to voice support for Trump.The Bayshore group, like other similar organizations, grew out of a conservative backlash early in the Obama administration, especially in response to Obama’s plans for federal bailouts following the 2008 financial crash. What really galvanized the groups was opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” – which they saw as an expansive overreach on the part of the federal government and contrary to the dictates of a capitalist market system.This article was first published in the March 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. As undocumented, the immigrants are in violation of the law and if Red Bank offers them safe haven, “That’s aiding and abetting,” Cott charged. “We’re going to have the attorney general look into this.”“We’re out here for our country and our president,” contributed Gary, a Hazlet resident who declined to give his last name.“I feel the media has been unfair to President Trump,” Gary explained, believing the media have taken comments out of context to portray Trump in the worst possible light.Some others wouldn’t submit to an interview saying they didn’t trust the media.Like Cott, Gary said, “It’s really something that we’re worried about,” referring to Red Bank. “Red Bank’s not far from me. You’d be allowing convicted felons in our neighborhoods. We’re not going to allow that.”Mirea Balteau is a native of Ukraine, an Eastern European republic, who now lives in Plainsboro. And as an immigrant, “I support legal immigration,” she said, stressing legal immigration.“I believe America is the best country and I want my children to grow up in this wonderful country,” she said. To ensure that, she continued, “I fully stand behind Donald Trump’s policies.”“I don’t know why there’s so much controversy over what this guy is saying,” wondered Richard Yarczower, Middletown, referring to Trump. “I’ve heard Presidents Obama and Clinton say the same things,” on immigration and other topics. “The difference is this guy is doing it.” “We’re going to Red Bank tonight and show them what this country is about,” Brooks shouted with the use of a bullhorn to the receptive crowd.Cott said he opposed designating Red Bank as a sanctuary city as it would become a magnet for the undocumented and that would cause higher county and state taxes. “Because of the mandated ESL (English as Second Language) classes,” said Cott, a Middletown resident, believing the classes and the needed teachers and social services would drive up taxes.
The Kootenay Thunder earned respect from more than a few colleges and university coached during the Starfire Fieldturf Showcase Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Seattle.The Thunder finished the tourney with a 1-1-2 record.“The Thunder team impressed many coaches and teams with one U.S. College coach stating he would take the whole squad if he had the budget,” said Kootenay head coach Dave Spendlove, who runs the regional squad out of the Soccer Quest Indoor facility in Nelson.The team, consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region along with a handful of imports from Kamloops and playing in the top division, opened the tournament by playing to a scoreless draw against Seattle Legacy.According to Spendlove, “Kootenay outplayed their American opponents in all departments but could not get the ball in the net.”Kootenay kept its goal-scoring drought alive in a 0-0 tie against Semiahmoo Scorpions of White Rock.Saturday afternoon the Thunder, playing its best half in two years, edged the Sun City Strikers 2-1.Kelsey Martin of Kamloops gave Kootenay a 1-0 lead. Martin converted a rebound off a Kootenay corner kick, depositing the ball quickly into the net after Sun City failed to clear the zone.Sun City tied the game ten minutes into the second half.However, Nelson’s Andrea Stinson, a thorn in the side of most teams during the tournament, was hauled down inside the penalty area.Stinson calmly collected herself before converting the penalty kick.The only blemish on the weekend came Sunday during the rain when Kootenay lost 1-0 to MRFC of Portland, Ore.The only goal came when the game referee incorrectly gave an indirect free kick inside the Kootenay penalty area for a pass back to the keeper.MRFC quickly took the kick and beat Kootenay keeper Kat Garbula of Nelson.“The Referee apologized to the Thunder coaching staff at half time saying he did not really see what happened on the pass back incident but made a quick decision which later his line assistant told him was wrong,” Spendlove explained. “The incident cost the Thunder their only loss of the weekend but the Thunder should still have won the game again not taking their chances in front of goal.”The tournament attracted more than 40 scouts from various U.S. colleges.This is the second time Soccer Quest has taken a team to Seattle.Next tournament for Kootenay is the Vancouver Whitecaps Showcase event March 2012 in Vancouver.email@example.com