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Rowing Olympian and 3-Time World Champion Mike Wherley Coming to OC Library


first_imgMike Wherley celebrates after his Oxford University Crew defeated Cambridge in the 2008 edition of the “Boat Race”, one of the sport’s oldest traditions. Photo credit Reuters National Rowing Hall of Famer Mike Wherley is coming to the Ocean City Free Public Library to talk about his sport, display memorabilia from his career – including two trips to the Olympics, and discuss the best-seller “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.The event, free and open to the public, will take place on Sunday, September 4 at 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.Wherley’s appearance is just one aspect of the OC Reads program, designed to being community members together to encourage them to read the same book and exchange perspectives on it.“We thought this book was a good fit for Ocean City given the great crew teams we have had and the interest in the sport,” said the Library’s Julie Brown. The Boys in the Boat examines the unlikely Olympic gold medal-winning performance of a group of Rowers from the University of Washington.On Monday, August 29th, Ocean City resident Bob DelBene will lead a lively discussion of the book to take place in children’s activity room. The Ocean City High School boys and girls crew teams will be coming to the Library (at a date to be announced) to meet members of the public, and on Sunday 18th at 2 p.m. there will be a screening of the PBS film “The Boys of ‘36” a documentary about the gold-medal winning Olympic crew team.There will also be a video presentation of author Daniel James Brown’s thoughts about the book on August 22 at 6:30 p.m.Putney, GREAT BRITAIN, Oxford’s Mike WHERLEY, 2008 Varsity Boat Race, Weigh in at the Hurlingham Club, London , 25.03.2008 {Mandatory Credit Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images}Wherley’s appearance will be a highlight of the events. The 44-year old native of Waconia Minnesota was a member of the U.S. National Men’s 8-plus coxswain crew that won three consecutive world championships from 1997 through 1999.  He also placed fifth in the Men’s 4 at the Sydney, Australia Olympiad of 2000 and 10th in the Men’s 4 in Athens, Greece in 2004. Following g his career at the University of Minnesota, Wherley raced for the Penn A.C. of Philadelphia, which he currently serves as its President.In 2008, Mike achieved another career high point when he was a member of the Oxford University’s winning crew over Cambridge in the 154th edition of their fierce rivalry, known simply as the Boat Race.  Wherley was the oldest rower in the history of the event.In 2014, he was elected to the Rowing Hall of Fame.“We are looking forward to gaining his insights into the sport and the Olympics, but also to hear his impressions of The Boys in the Boat,” Brown said.People are encouraged to read the book as soon as possible, to join in the fun of the discussions and films, Brown said. The book is available for loan at the Library and for purchase at The Bookateria Two, 1052 Asbury Ave., and Sun Rose Words and Music, 756 Asbury Ave.For more information on OC Reads, contact Brown at 399-2434, extension 5222 or visit www.oceancitylibrary.orglast_img read more


Man Utd’s Radamel Falcao only fit for 20 minutes – Louis Van Gaal


first_imgRadamel Falcao is only fit enough to play for 20 minutes, according to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.The Colombian came off the bench in United’s last two matches and Van Gaal said he “was not interested” if the striker was happy with that role.Falcao, 28, is returning from a calf injury and has been pressed into action due to other injuries to the squad.Dutchman Van Gaal said: “I have selected him in spite of the fact he can only play for 20 minutes.”With captain Wayne Rooney sidelined for Tuesday night’s 2-1 win against Stoke, 19-year-old James Wilson started ahead of Falcao.Van Gaal said: “It’s match fitness [he needs]. “It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday we had the match against Stoke and Wayne Rooney was injured.”2014/15 league records of Man Utd’s strikersPlayerMinutes playedGoalsMinutes per goal Wayne Rooney9005180Robin Van Persie 10834270.8Radamel Falcao283 1283Falcao, who joined French club Monaco for a reported £50m in 2013 and is on loan at Old Trafford, is expected to be on the bench once again for Monday night’s game against Southampton, with Van Gaal confirming Rooney will play.Asked if the forward would be happy with a substitute’s role, Van Gaal said: “I am not interested in that. He has to follow my philosophy.”Falcao, who missed much of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, had a prolific goalscoring record at Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and Monaco but has netted just once in seven appearances for United.last_img read more


Drug mule nabbed with cocaine in stomach at CJIA


first_imgA 46-year-old man of West Coast Demerara (WCD) was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Wednesday after it was found that he had ingested over 90 cocaine pellets.Police reports revealed the man has since excreted some 61 of the 91 pellets which he swallowed. The cocaine retrieved thus far has been weighed and amounts to 444 grams. The cocaine mule remains a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital, under guard. The man who has been under Police radar for quite some time was about to board a flight to the United States. He was arrested at about 14:00h on Wednesday, during the check-in process. He was observed by ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch acting in a suspicious manner and pulled out of the line for questioning.He first denied carrying anything illegal but during interrogation, he started to perspire and it was then that he was asked to visit the X-ray room where the pellets were detected.A 35-year-old taxi driver who was with him at the time was also arrested and was being questioned.last_img read more