first_imgIf at first –or second or third – you don’t succeed, try again. For the Ocean City girls basketball team, the formula paid off on Monday afternoon with a South Jersey championship.The 2nd seeded Red Raiders (19-7) lost in three previous encounters to arch-rival Mainland Regional, all in overtime, including a stinging 41-39 defeat in the Cape Atlantic League championship game on February 24.It was a competitive game, that Ocean City led throughout.But all that was a distant memory on Monday afternoon with OC’s stunning 36-32 defeat of the previously undefeated and top-seeded Mustangs (28-1) in the South Jersey Group III championship game.Played before a packed house at the Mainland gym, the Raiders looked poised throughout and in control, taking a 23-16 lead at the half. Danielle Donoghue’s buzzer-beating shot went in to punctuate the run and send the Raiders off to the locker-room with confidence at the break.  They would score only 13 points the rest of the way, but a lockdown defense enabled Ocean City to close out the contest and advance in the New Jersey State Athletic Association tourney.Emma Finnegan (43) Danielle Donoghue (1) and Tori Rolls (10) join hands as time winds down at the conclusion of Ocean City’s victory in the South Jersey Championship game.With the win, the Raiders advanced to the South Jersey semi-final on Wednesday against the winner of Ewing and Allentown. The game will take place 7 p.m. at Deptford (Gloucester County) high school.For Mainland, the game was a bad case of déjà vu. The Raiders took the sectional final over the Mustangs last year by a 38-31 count.  Most observers considered the Mustangs to be the favorite this time, but the game illustrated how difficult it is to beat a closely-matched and familiar opponent four times in one season.The celebration is on after the Ocean City girls basketball team defeated Mainland last night in the South Jersey Group III title gameThe game began at a tense pace with Ocean City holding a 7-5 lead after the first quarter, but they outscored Mainland 16-11 in the second and 6-5 in the third. They withstood a Mainland rally in the final stanza to secure the victory and set off a wild celebration on the Ocean City bench and silencing the home crowd.No Ocean City scorer hit double figures, but sharing the ball and balanced scoring were key. Emme Finnegan paced OC with 9 points on three field goals and three made foul shots, followed by 7 each from Donoghue, Delaney Lappin and ToriRolls. Kylie Wyers chipped in with 4 Abbey Fenton completed the Ocean City scoring with 2Mainland star Kylee Watson led all scorers with 14 and Gabby Boggs had 9. But the remainder of the Mustangs’ roster could muster only a combined 9 points against the strong Ocean City defense.Anytime Ocean City and Mainland Regional hook up to do battle on the field or court, it’s going to be an intense battle. It’s been that way ever since Mainland opened in 1961 and the former Ocean City sending districts of Somers Point, Linwood and Northfield formed a new regional high school district and an instant rivalry was born. Located just across the bay from each other, OC and Mainland can count their season as a success regardless of record, if they defeat their traditional rival.Coach Baruffi with Mickey BakerMonday’s battle at Linwood was the latest chapter in a series that defines the essence of high school sports.When the bus carrying the athletes arrived back at OCHS, Danielle Donoghue emerged with the championship trophy and a big smile.Please see our facebook page for more pictures and to add your own…last_img read more

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first_img It’s vital that care homes treat residents and their families fairly, which is why we have issued advice to all homes across the UK to help them understand what they should and should not be doing under consumer law. We’ve already taken action against some providers who charged compulsory upfront fees or continued to charge for extended periods after a resident’s death. We’ll continue to monitor how well care homes are complying and won’t hesitate to take action again if we find evidence that providers have broken consumer law. The advice is being published as part of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) ongoing consumer protection work into residential care homes and nursing homes for older people (over 65s).It follows the CMA’s examination of the sector last year, which found that some residents are at risk of being treated unfairly and recommended urgent action to reform the sector.The CMA has also published an open letter to care homes, reminding them of their responsibilities under consumer law and urging them to review the advice immediately. Care homes may need to make changes to their contract terms and business practices as a result.Working with its partners, such as Trading Standards, the CMA will be conducting a review in 12 months’ time to assess how well care homes are complying with consumer law. It may take further action before then if it finds care homes are treating residents and their families unfairly and breaking the law.CMA Chief Executive, Andrea Coscelli said: what upfront information they should give to potential residents, their families or other representatives and when (through websites, over the phone and when people visit) to help them make informed choices. This includes giving an indication of the weekly fees charged to self-funders and highlighting any especially important or surprising terms and conditions that will apply (such as any requirement for residents to prove they can pay for their own care for a minimum period of time) how to make sure contract terms and the way residents and their representatives are treated is fair how to handle complaints fairly and ensure their complaints procedure is easy to find and use Today’s advice sets out what care homes across the UK need to do to ensure they are treating their residents fairly, including: The CMA has also published a short guide for care homes to accompany the full advice, as well as a short guide for residents and their families that explains their rights under consumer law.last_img read more

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