Local teams gear up for runs at postseason, division titles BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer MIKE JONES Middletown North’s Marc Rosner is defended by Freehold Township’s Gerald Morris during the Lions’ loss in Middletown on Friday. After getting out of the gate at 0-4, the St. John Vianney High School boys basketball team has won four of its last six games and is looking to make a run at the NJSIAA Parochial A playoffs. To get in the Lancers will need to win at least five of the eight games remaining before the Feb. 5 cutoff. Teams must be at or above .500 at the end of play that day to qualify. “Right now we don’t have a large margin for error,” coach David Emery said. “The big thing is that our guys believe they can do what it takes to get in the state playoffs. Attitude is important, and they have a good one.” Emery’s team has been struggling offensively, but the return of junior center Matt Mullery has added points. Mullery, who is recovering from a torn ACL, is still seeing somewhat limited action but has averaged 12 points in his six games. Point guard Pat Dineen is leading the team with a 13-point average, and sophomore forward Eric Johannesen has been a bright spot as well, averaging nine points. Meanwhile, the Gantner brothers, Tim and Tony, have been providing a spark. Tim Gantner is a strong defensive presence, while Tony Gantner, a freshman, has played well in backing up Dineen at the point. “We’ve been playing well of late, but we’ll have to step our offense even more,” Emery said. “We’re 3-0 in games where we have at least three players in double figures in scoring. I’m using that to illustrate the need for balance.” To make the Lancers’ challenge even more difficult, nine of St. John’s next 10 games are on the road, including three this week: yesterday at Raritan, tomorrow in Manasquan and Saturday at St. Rose. “We’ll just have to come out strong and hope for the best,” Emery said. Notes… SJV is just one of three local boys teams that appear to be on the bubble with the state playoff deadline less than three weeks away. Both Holmdel (6-5) and Middletown North (6-5) will need to finish strong over the next couple of weeks in order to secure their spots in the postseason. And with a very strong finish, the Lions could find themselves in the midst of a five-team battle for the A North title. Ocean currently sits atop the division at 7-3 (4-2 in divisional play), coming off its 63-40 win over Ocean on Saturday. But Freehold Township, who beat Middletown North, 55-35, on Saturday is also 4-2 in the division, just one game ahead of Manalapan (3-3) and Howell (3-3). Marlboro (7-4, 2-4) also remains in the mix. Among the local boys teams that are virtually assured of postseason berths are top-ranked Raritan (10-2), who was humbled a bit by state power St. Patrick’s, 69-51, at the Battle of the Boardwalk in Asbury Park on Saturday; second-ranked CBA (11-2), who won its BOTB matchup with Neptune, 59-44; and Mater Dei, who a 8-2 (5-1 in the division), finds itself in a battle with St. Rose for the top spot in Class B Central. Those two teams will face off in Belmar on Feb. 1 in a contest that could well decide the division title. In girls action… Top-ranked St. John Vianney (7-3), Holmdel (7-3) and Middletown South (7-3) all appear to be good bets to be headed to the postseason. From there, however, the picture gets a bit fuzzy. Mater Dei (6-5), Middletown North (4-5) and Keyport (4-6) will all be fighting for their postseason berths over the next few weeks, as the regular season winds down. While North appears out of the A North divisional race, where Howell is running away with their 6-0 mark (10-0 overall), Holmdel finds itself in the driver’s seat for the public schools title in A Central. At 3-2 in the division, the Hornets are behind both SJV and Red Bank Catholic, but tied with Rumson-Fair Haven among public schools. The Hornets, who shocked RBC on Friday with a 40-37 win (led by freshman Kim Fiorentino’s 17-point performance), will travel to Rumson on Tuesday in a game which may go a long way toward deciding the division title.
Five tries to PNG was the tale of the tape as they did it easy over a Tahiti side that was no match.Bomai racked up 6 points converting three of the five tries.In the second half is when Bomai grabbed her two tries one after the other.The kicking responsibilities were left to Kymlie Rapilla who added the extras for both tries.Alice Alois grabbed the last try for PNG in what has been PNG’s easiest win yet.But PNG’s acid test will come tonight when they play Australia tonight at 8:30pm.
MOST READ “Get your mind right,” he explained. “You understand how important a game is and you want to make sure I’m playing the best that I need to play for my teammates. Tonight I felt like I let them down.”Westbrook stayed in the game long after the outcome seemed certain. Donovan said he hadn’t given up on being able to win the game.“No, I wasn’t trying for the triple-double,” the coach said. “I’ve seen enough miraculous things this year — at Dallas and Orlando — and I thought about taking him out at the stoppage of play around 3:40, 3:45. I just said, you know what, he gets hot around the 3-point line, we make a couple of shots. … I just wanted to give our team every opportunity.”Westbrook had probably his worst shooting first half of the season and his teammates didn’t show much interest in the contest as the Suns opened a 28-point lead.He missed his first 11 shots before sinking a 17-footer with 50.4 seconds left in the half. He followed that quickly with a three-point play on an acrobatic drive to the basket.But his halftime stats were ugly: 2-for-13 shooting, 0 for 4 on 3s, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 turnovers.Phoenix, meanwhile, shot 61 percent in the first half, led by Warren’s 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, to Oklahoma City’s 39 percent and led 71-48 at the half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Smith’s 40 lifts Blackwater past GlobalPort View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) spins around Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Russell Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season.That didn’t make him feel much better about his or his team’s awful Friday night, when Westbrook failed for the second game in a row to break Robertson’s 55-year-old, single-season record for most triple-doubles.ADVERTISEMENT The dynamic Thunder guard fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns.Of averaging a triple-double for the season, Westbrook said, “You could never say in a million years that I would think that was even possible.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd as for not getting 10 assists?“My main goal since I got here, especially this season, is to win a championship,” Westbrook said. “If I wanted to get 10 assists, I could get 10 assists. Everybody wants to see the record broke, but it’s bigger than that for our team and for me.” Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On a rough night all around, Westbrook had 23 points (on 6-of-25 shooting, 2 of 12 3-pointers), 12 rebounds and eight assists, along with eight turnovers before coach Billy Donovan pulled him with 2:34 to play.Devin Booker scored 21 of the Suns’ 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 37 as Phoenix snapped a 13-game losing streak.“From the start of the game, Russ was chasing history,” Booker said. “… Unbelievable player. I’m sure he’s going to get it. I’m happy it wasn’t here but we locked in defensively.”Westbrook did get the six assists he needed to assure that he’d join Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for a season — breaching double figures for all three categories. Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists for the Cincinnati Royals in the 1961-62 season.After the game, Westbrook went straight to the practice court and stayed there for nearly an hour.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): A change of format made little difference to West Indies’ fortunes, as another timid batting display sent them tumbling to a five-wicket defeat in the opening One-Day International (ODI) yesterday. Choosing to bat first at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the visitors stumbled their way to an uncompetitive 195 for nine off their 50 overs, with opener Shai Hope top-scoring with 43. West Indies were at snail’s pace, as they crawled to 79 for three at the halfway stage of the innings, and they needed busy knocks from Keemo Paul (36) and Roston Chase (32) down the order to lift the tempo. Seamers Mashrafe Mortaza (3-30) and Mustafizur Rahman (3-35) kept the Windies in check, however, limiting them to their fourth-lowest total against Bangladesh. In reply, Bangladesh overcame the lost of two early wickets to coast to their target in the 36th over, with wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim stroking an unbeaten 55 and Liton Das gathering 41. Having suffered a 2-0 whitewash in the preceding Test series, West Indies are now staring at yet another series defeat, with the second ODI scheduled for tomorrow at the same venue. Faced with a slow pitch, the Windies openers struggled from the outset, and Hope and Kieran Powell (10) needed 48 deliveries for their 29-run stand. Frustration ultimately led to Powell’s downfall in the eighth over, the left-hander swinging at left-arm spinner Shakib-al-Hasan and holing out to Rubel Hossain running around to cover point. Darren Bravo, playing his first ODI in two years, also found himself bogged down and his 19 came from a painful 51-ball labour at the crease in a 36-run second wicket stand with Hope, which required 76 balls. Similar exasperation was behind Bravo’s demise, drilling Mashrafe to long off, where Tamim Iqbal took a stunning diving catch in the 21st over. When Hope, who struck three fours, sliced Mashrafe to point in the 25th over, the Windies were 78 for three and in need of momentum, but five wickets tumbled for 62 runs, to leave the innings in further trouble at 127 for six in the 40th over. Shimron Hetmyer (6) made too much room and lost his leg stump to off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, captain Rovman Powell (14) picked out mid-off with Mashrafe, and Marlon Samuels, whose 25 came from 48 deliveries, holed out to long on with pacer Rubel Hossain. The revival came through Chase and Paul, the pair adding a brisk 51 from 48 deliveries for the seventh wicket, as West Indies gathered 66 runs from the last 10 overs. Paul crunched a four and two sixes in a 28-ball cameo, while Chase counted a single four and a six off 38 balls. ANOTHER DEFEAT
Members of the public are invited to view the 2000 romantic drama “Dhadkan” on Saturday, October 8, at the Indian Cultural Centre at Lot 67 New Haven, Bel Air, Georgetown.The film stars Shilpa Shetty whose character is a wealthy girl who falls in love with a poor boy, played by Sunil Shetty. However, her father insists she marries a wealthy man played by Akshay Kumar.Their lives become entangled in a love triangle. The film features award winning performances. The soundtrack composed by Nadeem-Shravan features some popular songs by Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan and others. Admission to the event is absolutely free. Persons are asked to be seated by 17:30h.
The University of Guyana (UG) is set to achieve a greater level of resonance following the installation of its ninth Chancellor, renowned educator, Dr Eon Nigel Harris.The George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT), of the Turkeyen Campus, was home to pomp and ceremony Wednesday evening when President David Granger, Ministers of the Government, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of other local, regional and international institutions gathered to witness the inauguration of Professor Harris, who colleagues said has a remarkable record of service as a researcher, administrator and an accomplished university leader.Harris has occupied the seat of Chancellor, replacing Dr Compton Bourne, whose two-year term ended back in 2011. He recently demitted office as Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), after serving for some 11 years.Principal and Pro Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Professor Clement Sankat said UG has inherited a “remarkable human being”, who has been instrumental in transforming the status quo at UWI, expanding the scope of tertiary education throughout the Caribbean.“It is his leadership which saw an unprecedented enrolment in the University of the West Indies, from 29,000 students to 50,000 students; serving all 17 countries of the University…he was the Vice Chancellor who established the fourth campus and the newest campus, so that the University could better serve the needs of the Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean and to also engage in online and distance education.”Professor Harris was very earnest in his plea for support from all stakeholders and interested partners to work together to raise the standard of Guyana’s premier tertiary institution.He said while UG has been able to prosper over the last 50 years, it is important that Guyanese reflect on the developments and advancements around the world.He spoke of the astounding global events that have transformed the world, noting that Guyana and its university need to come up to standardHe said that while Guyana should not shy away from celebrating its achievements, the most optimistic must see that progress has been insufficient and that considerable work needs to be done to change the prospects.According to Dr Harris, given the profound changes in the world, it is imperative that all understand the need to participate in the global revolution. And the University must be a critical participant in the change. And it must be done between two narratives of Guyana, one where the World Bank had recorded the country as having low income, low life expectancy, with poor schooling and the other, from an infomercial published by Forbes Magazine, which spoke of the country’s magnificent natural resources.“It is for us to decide which Guyana we want – one that is the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere with relatively low life expectancy and average income compared to our neighbours, or one that celebrates and sustainably capitalises on our vast forests and biodiversities.”He said the change can only occur if university academics and administrators, Private Sector representatives and leaders of Government create a vibrant alliance to transform the institution.Dr Harris, while as Vice Chancellor of the University of UWI, held many other leadership posts. He served as Chairman of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and was elected Chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) conducted its 52nd Graduation Exercise consisting of its biggest batch of 156 students, on Friday at the School’s Campus in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.From Left: Paul White, Jamaul Wilson, Anisa Mancey, Tanisha Thompson and Rabindranauth MohalAttendees at the graduation consisted of the school’s Principal, Dindyal Permaul, Chief Executive Officer Brian Greenidge, director Dexter Allen, chairman of the board of directors and Chief Education Officer of the Ministry of Education Olatto Sam, as well as Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder, among other board members, academic staff and the graduating students.Speaking to the students the Minister of Agriculture congratulated them for having successfully completed their studies, and offered words of advice as the graduating class of 2016 moves on to other endeavours.“As you go on to higher and better things, I hope you carry a positive mindset. Your thoughts are yours and must be controlled. It is perhaps one of the most important resources you have,” Holder said.Holder further advised them to take control of their future and pursue jobs that would enable them to become independent, highlighting that there will be considerations of GSA providing assistance to graduates who may find it difficult in acquiring a job. He asserted that this may be done through the establishment of internship programmes within partnering entities.“Seize the opportunity with open arms and commit to the task at hand…The youth unemployment rate across the Caribbean averages 25 per cent, while here in Guyana this rate has been hovering close to 40 per cent. It is clear that we can turn to our agriculture sector for aid in tackling this problem. Additionally, for the industry to attain sustainability, it must address the aging farming population by promoting greater involvement of our youths in agriculture.”The Graduating Class of 2016 consisted of 84 pupils who completed their Diploma in Agriculture, 15 acquired a Certificate in Agriculture, 10 graduated with a Diploma in Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health, 36 received a Certificate in Forestry and 11 acquired a Certificate in Agro-Processing.Receiving the Chief Executive Officer Prize was Rabindranauth Mohal, who also acquired the spot of Best Performance in Agronomy, Experimental Methods, Veterinary Science, and Diploma in Agriculture Class.Following him was Jamaul Wilson, who received the Chairman’s Prize, and also copped the position of Outstanding Performance in Forest Resource Management, Timber Harvesting, and Forestry Class.Anisa Mancey was awarded prizes for Best Performance in Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Public Health, Animal Physiology and Veterinary Anatomy, Animal Nutrition, Surgery, Animal Breeding and Reproductive Physiology, Pharmacology, and Best Overall Performance in Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health Class.
– between Guyana and US currencyAs the contention persists over a shortage in foreign currency, particular the US dollar, Governor General of the Bank of Guyana (BoG), Dr Gobind Ganga, maintains there will be stability in the foreign exchange market going forward this year.He expressed this optimism in the Bank’s 2016 Annual Report, which was submitted to the Finance Minister on March 31.According to Dr Ganga, “The exchange rate of the Guyana dollar to the US dollar is expected to remain relatively stable due to a net supply of foreign exchange to the market as a result of an improved balance of payment position.”He pointed out that BoG is projecting purchases of US$406.4 million from the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). He added that sales to accommodate imports and debt servicing are projected at US$603.9 million.“Foreign exchange flows to the market are expected to adequately cover imports and support a stable exchange rate,” he noted.Reflecting on the developments of the Foreign Exchange Market during 2016, the Governor General outlined in the report that the total volume of foreign exchange transactions increased by 11.8 per cent to US$6926.2 million, there was a net purchase of US$77.6 million. He added that the market was impacted by increases in transactions in most segments of the market, cambios, hard currency, foreign currency accounts, and Caricom currency.In addition, money transfer transactions were valued at US$186.9 million or 27.7 per cent below 2015 levels, while higher net purchases caused the Guyana dollar to remain stable against the United States dollar at G$206.50, he pointed out.Dr Ganga went on to outline that total foreign currency transactions increased by 11.8 per cent to US$6926.2 million from US$6194.2 million in 2015; while purchases and sales in the market were US$3501.9 million and US$3424.3 million respectively. He added that net purchases were US$77.6 million compared with net purchases of US$93.0 million in 2015.He continued that the licensed bank and non-bank cambios, which accounted for 44.4 per cent of the total volumes, recorded a 9.2 per cent increase in turnover to US$3108.6 million.The BoG Head noted that the combined transactions of the six bank cambios were US$3002.4 million, an increase of US$253.9 million or 9.2 per cent over the 2015 level. He said that the interbank transactions totalled US$25.1 million, a decrease of US$50.8 million or 66.9 per cent from the preceding year; while the 13 non-bank cambios’ transactions amounted to US$106.2 million, an increase of US$8.6 million or 8.8 per cent. Non-bank cambios’ market share remained negligible at 3.5 per cent.The Governor General further stated that hard currency transactions conducted at the Bank of Guyana totalled US$922.8 million, an increase of US$107.1 million or 13.1 per cent over the previous year. Purchases and sales were US$460.3 million and US$462.5 million respectively, reflecting an increase in receipts of US$87.5 million or 23.5 per cent, he said.The Bank, Dr Ganga added, also recorded an increase in net hard currency outflows of US$19.6 million or 4.4 per cent. He mentioned that fuel imports constituted 56.6 per cent of total payments.The BoG boss said the Bank sold US$28.2 million to commercial banks, an increase of US$22 million over the 2015 level. He noted too that the Banks’ share of all transactions declined marginally to 13.3 per cent from 13.2 per cent in 2015.“The balances on approved foreign currency accounts increased by 19.1 per cent to US$2683.4 million. The major category of activities included non-resident transactions, mining and dredging, insurance/finance, fishery, rice and shipping… The Bank approved applications for the 11 new foreign currency accounts in 2016,” the report noted.Moreover, as it relates to the exchange rates, Dr Ganga posited that the weighted mid-rate, based on the rates of the three largest banks’ turnover, remained stable at G$206.50 at the end of 2016; while the un-weighted mid-rate using the same method depreciated by 0.12 per cent to G$205.75 compared with G$205.50 in 2015.“The commercial banks and non-bank cambios average buying and selling rates were higher during the review period. The commercial banks cambios average buying and selling rates were G$207.21 and G$209.74 from G$206.67 and G$209.49 respectively in 2015. The non-bank cambios’ average buying and selling rates were G$206.40 and G$208.04 from G$205.42 and G$208.68 respectively,” he stated.He went on to explain that the disparity between the buying rates of the bank and non-bank cambios contracted from G$1.25 to G$0.81 in 2016, with the difference in the selling rates being higher at G$1.70 from G$0.81 in 2015. The Governor General noted too that the average market spread was G$2.08 compared with G$3.04 in 2015. The bank and non-bank spreads were lower at G$2.53 and G$1.64 from G$2.83 and G3.26 respectively in the previous year.“In the cambio market, the majority of foreign currency transactions involved the United States dollar accounting for 96.1 per cent of the total trades. The Canadian dollar, Pound Sterling and Euro each held 1.6 per cent, 1.5 per cent, and 0.8 per cent respectively of the market shares,” he said.Meanwhile, the Caricom currencies traded on the market increased to US$24.4 million or 20.8 per cent in 2016, with the main currencies transacted on the market being Barbados dollar, Trinidad and Tobago dollar and the Eastern Caribbean dollar.With regards to money transfer activities, the BoG Head disclosed that five new agencies were licensed for a total number of certified agents to 223. The aggregated value of transfers by money transfer entities amounted to US$186.9 million in 2016, representing 27.6 per cent over the previous year. Inbound and outbound transactions were US$134.5 million and US$52.4 million respectively; with the highest volume of transfers occurred in the months of April, July and December, 2016.(Vahnu Manikchand)
Two men were separately taken before Magistrate Fabayo Azore charged for stealing cellphones.Both denied the charges read to them at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Barton Scotland, 30, of Lot 45, Alexander Village, Georgetown, denied that he on June 11, 2017, in Georgetown, stole one cellphone valued ,000 from Keisha Profitte.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne told the court that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant (VC) left her phone on her bed and later returned to find it missing. A report was made and the phone was found in the defendant’s possession which led to his arrest.She told the court that Scotland admitted to carrying out the act. However, his Attorney said that his client is denying that he stole the phone.Bail was granted at $15,000. The case will continue on June 28.Meanwhile, Terrence Lindo, 18, of Lot 3 Hadfield Street, Georgetown denied stealing one LG smartphone from Nicosie Clarke on June 7, 2017, at Hadfield Street.The contract worker told the court that he did not remove the cellphone. He was granted bail in the sum of $25,000 and will return to court on today.
Sam Johnstone [left] in Manchester United training Aston Villa have signed Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan for the remainder of the season.The 23-year-old could make his debut in Sunday’s FA Cup trip to Tottenham after joining on Thursday. He becomes the Steve Bruce’s first signing for Villa, with the boss having targeted a new shot-stopper in January. Johnstone told the club’s official site: “I’m really pleased to have joined Aston Villa – it’s a massive club.“I’m really excited to be here. Aston Villa were interested and it’s an opportunity I jumped at. It’s one you simply can’t turn down.“I can’t wait to work with Steve Bruce too. I’ve heard very good things about the manager. You can see his track record.“He’s good for the club and I can’t wait to get going now.”Pierluigi Gollini started the season as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper but was replaced by Mark Bunn last month, although the former Norwich goalkeeper has kept just one clean sheet in seven games.Johnstone is yet to make an appearance for United but has had loan spells at Scunthorpe, Walsall, Yeovil, Doncaster and Preston.United boss Jose Mourinho stated before the transfer window opened that Johnstone will be the only player allowed to leave Old Trafford on loan in January. 1