first_imgStaff Writer Six local football teams qualify for state playoffs Action set to begin this weekend for most teams JEFF HUNTLEY Red Bank Catholic’s Michael Schower gets set to smother Holmdel’s John Giusti during RBC’s 38-7 win at Holmdel on Friday. RBC earned a fifth seed in the Parochial Group III state tournament, while Holmdel will be on the outside looking in this year. Following this weekend’s play, which saw a pair of local teams pick up big wins at the expense of other regional squads, a total of six area football teams learned their fate for the first round of state playoff games, scheduled for this weekend. Topping the list of local teams is two-time defending Central Jersey Group I champs Keyport, who are coming off a 42-9 stomping of Point Boro this weekend. The 8-0 Red Raiders have been steamrolling their competition this season, and will enjoy another bye week this week as the No. 1 seed in Group I play. They will sit back and wait for the winner of the Colts Neck (5-3)-Highland Park (4-4) game. If things go as expected in that bracket, it will mean a rematch for the Red Raiders of last year’s Group I final against the No. 2-seeded South River Rams (6-2). Against Point Boro (2-6), the Red Raiders rode the heels of senior split end Dezmin Laing, who scored four touchdowns, including an 82-yard kickoff return for a TD to start the game. From there, Keyport produced a well-rounded offensive effort, while the defense allowed only an 82-yard TD run in the first quarter en route to the team’s eighth win of the year. In Group II play, a pair of local teams will get back into action this weekend. The Matawan Regional High School Huskies (5-3), who have turned their season around after a slow start, will host a 5-3 Ridge team after enjoying last weekend off. The Huskies face a daunting challenge in their run for a Group II title as a threesome of 8-0 teams (Somerville, Manasquan and Spotswood) enter the tournament after dominating their opponents this year. Look for Spotswood, the No. 3 seed, to surprise some teams throughout this postseason. But Spotswood will have to get by Manasquan, entering the postseason on the heels of a 32-game winning streak, which was started following its 1997 loss to Neptune in the Group II final. Manasquan will begin its run for a title on Saturday when it hosts a 4-4 Raritan team which has limped into the playoffs. Coach Bob Generelli’s Rockets have lost their last three games, getting outscored 102-28. The latest loss came on Friday at the hands of Holmdel’s St. John Vianney, 42-22. The win was a big one for the Lancers, who at 5-3 enter the Parochial Group III tourney as the No. 6 seed. That means they will face the three-seed, St. Joseph-Montvale (5-3), on Saturday. In Friday’s game in Holmdel, Vianney’s Shane Kochon scored five touchdowns, leading the Lancers to their biggest win of the year. Kochon made his presence known from his first play of the game, when he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD. The next time he touched the ball, he ran 67 yards for a TD, and that was just the beginning. By the end of the game, Kochon had scored five times, kicked four extra points, rushed for 253 yards and intercepted two passes in leading the Lancers to victory. His first touchdown came after the Rockets had jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a four-yard run from quarterback Dave Petruzzi. But Kochon scored three times in the first half to give the Lancers the 20-6 halftime lead. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 35-12 and Vianney was well on its way to the win. Raritan will have to step up big time to stop Manasquan this weekend, but Generelli has been known for orchestrating big upsets in the past, and Manasquan Coach Vic Kubu will be expecting Raritan to play better this weekend. The Middletown South Eagles came up with an enormous win on Friday, topping the Shore’s top quarterback Colin Gaynor and his Toms River East team, 32-30, in a thrilling contest. The Eagles (7-1) got a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Nick Ernst to Moqut Ruffins to make the score 34-24 late in the fourth quarter. But Gaynor and his Raiders did not give up. After scoring on every possession in the second half, the Toms River East squad was confident that they could answer the Eagles’ score. And respond they did. Gaynor led the Raiders (6-2) 70 yards in just over three minutes to bring his team within two, but a thwarted two-point conversion gave the Eagles the win with just over a minute left. The Eagles will look to ride the momentum of this win into the Group III playoffs, where they will host Ocean (5-1) in a rematch of a 19-13 overtime game won by South earlier this season. The game will be played on Friday at the Swamp in Middletown. Hamilton North (7-1) sits atop the Group III bracket as the top seed, but will have its hands full with Hamilton West (7-1) and a North Brunswick team (8-0) which has not yet been tested this year. Look for North Brunswick to surprise everyone but themselves with a Group III title. Middletown North will be the only local team in Group IV play, when they travel to Woodbridge to play the second-seeded Barrons (6-2), who are coming off a shocking upset of Piscataway on Friday. Because of that loss, Piscataway (6-2) enters the Group IV tourney as the three-seed. Even if the Lions (4-4), who were off this weekend, get by Woodbridge and Piscataway, they will need to play the game of their lives to knock off top-seeded Sayreville (8-0), one of the top teams in the state. Look for Sayreville to cruise through this playoff season. The only other local team in action this weekend was the Holmdel Hornets, who fell to the Red Bank Catholic Caseys 38-7. It was the sixth straight win for the Caseys (6-2), who will look to carry momentum into the Parochial Group III tourney where they are the No. 5 seed. Holmdel (5-3) was beaten in every aspect of the game on Friday as the Caseys showed why they are considered a dangerous team going into this year’s playoff. RBC will have a tough time winning the Parochial Group II title, with unbeaten Immaculata (8-0) and second-seeded Camden Catholic (6-2) playing their best ball of the year as well. Up first for the Caseys, however, is Pope John-Sparta (6-2), the No. 4 seed. Look for Immaculata to be 11-0 when this tournament is over. In consolation games, all of which will be played on Saturday at 1 p.m., Holmdel will host Voorhees, while Mater Dei will travel to Bayley Ellard in Madison. Keansburg will play at Metuchen. By Doug mckenzie last_img read more

first_imgLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has asked Arsenal not to give him a rude awakening when the Premier League leaders visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (2pm).Leicester’s amazing tilt at a first league title is turning doubters into believers and their convincing 3-1 defeat of Manchester City in their last league outing led to them being installed as title favourites by the bookmakers.The question now hanging over Leicester’s season is whether they have the experience to handle the pressure of a title run-in, but Ranieri insists their rivals have more to worry about.“This time I hope the bookmakers are right. They’re just words though, not points. Give me points,” the Italian told reporters on Friday.“The pressure is on the others. Tell me why we have pressure? Why must I feel pressure? We just continue to dream with our fans. Nobody wake us up please.“It is not pressure for us, the pressure was at the beginning to start well and carry on. We wanted to maintain the standard of performance and now we are safe.”Third-placed Arsenal, who trail the leaders by five points, are one of only two teams to have beaten Leicester in the league this season, having prevailed 5-2 at the King Power Stadium on Sept. 26, and Ranieri is anticipating another thriller.“Arsenal have so many fantastic players. They have magicians that can score suddenly,” he said.“In the last match they scored five, we scored two and hit the post twice. It was an exciting match. It will be open on Sunday… (but) Arsenal has more pressure because they have spent more money.”last_img read more

first_imgDear readers,We’re now at the end of June, which has historically been a special month for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not only are three environmental days — including arguably the grandest in World Environment Day (WED) — celebrated in June, but the EPA also celebrates its anniversary in June. Moreover, this year, with the WED theme being ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the EPA continued to influence our country’s transforming to a green, sustainable society. As the theme highlighted the dangers of single-use plastics, the EPA executed a National Conversation on Single-use Plastics, which attracted representatives from the Government, Private Sector, manufacturing entities, non-governmental organisations, conservation societies and entrepreneurs, creating the opportunity to share views on how Guyana can put an end to plastic pollution. This event was a success, as was evidenced by the many ideas that emerged to nurture the movement against plastic pollution and to find solutions to this pesky issue.According to a study done in 2016 by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, 10% of the waste stream from Georgetown comprises single-use plastic products. What this essentially amounts to is more than 7,000 tonnes of single-use plastic products being taken to the Haags Bosch landfill annually. Considering that these figures relate only to Georgetown, we can only imagine what the figures for the entire country would be, and where those plastic products are ending up.The improper disposal of plastic products has various effects: drains are clogged, marine life and human health is endangered, and the economy is affected. It is against this backdrop that the Department of Environment and the EPA will continue to host conversations on single-use plastics.As such, the plastic conversation will continue in Bartica, Region 7, and in Linden, Region 10, as listed in the tableThrough these Conversations, we aim to garner as many comments from the public as possible, so that an effective solution (s) can be found. As such, we invite all interested parties to participate in these events. There is also the opportunity to submit comments to the Agency via the EPA’s social media pages, email and letter. We look forward to hearing from you!last_img read more

first_imgThis week Guyana starts the celebration of Amerindian Heritage, recognising and acknowledging the importance of our Amerindian sisters and brothers in the economic, social and cultural development of Guyana. For this year’s celebration, the emergence of Amerindian children among the top CXC performers in our country must be celebrated. Hinterland secondary schools are increasingly competitive with coastland secondary school and this must be noted. As we celebrate Amerindian Heritage Month 2019, we must take meaningful time to celebrate the performances of these children and schools in CXC 2019.In his written address, read by the then Minister of Agriculture, Brindley Benn, at the inauguration of the University of Guyana in 1963, Cheddi Jagan spoke of his dream that quality secondary school education would come to every Guyanese child, everywhere they live. Today, because of his dream and the PPP’s education access programs, every Amerindian child has access to secondary education. In 2019, an Amerindian child attending the Anna Regina Secondary School in Region 2 was the top CXC performer for Guyana and possibly for Caricom and several Amerindian children attending schools in the hinterland were among the top 100 CXC performers in the country. These children are manifestations of Cheddi’s dream come through.As we celebrate Amerindian Heritage Month 2019, elections, due since before March 21st, are expected anytime now. APNU/AFC is busy politicking, using the vast resources of the State to brazenly campaign and transforming Amerindian Heritage Month into APNU/AFC’s election campaign in the hinterland and among the Amerindian people. For four and a half years, APNU/AFC totally ignored the hinterland and Amerindians, forgetting all the lofty promises they made before the 2015 elections. But, suddenly, facing an election and confronted with an absolute loss of confidence, particularly in the hinterland, APNU/AFC is insulting Amerindians and hinterland communities with hand-outs, gifts and more empty promises, in a vulgar effort to buy votes.The Amerindian people in their villages and the hinterland communities have been stifled in the last four and a half years, development callously sabotaged by APNU/AFC. Now that they desperately need the votes of Amerindians, APNU/AFC is spending much time and handing out enormous resources begging for votes. They think they could buy votes in the hinterland by giving away things, not thinking for one moment that people know what they are doing. Brazen hand-outs and vulgar promises will not and could not erase the neglect of the past four and a half years.In 1976, there was an Amerindian Act that promised land titles for Amerindian Communities; that legal obligation was ignored by the PNC Government and not a single Amerindian village or community received its land title. In the Bharat Jagdeo-led PPP Government of 2001-2006, the new Amerindian Act strengthened the provisions for Amerindian Land Rights and Titling of the Amerindian lands. Significant progress was made in land-titling and dozens of Amerindian Communities received their land titles. But just when land-titling had gathered speed, APNU/AFC stopped any further progress in 2015. During the 2015 elections campaign, they promised to accelerate land-titling. But since 2015, the exercise has come to a screeching halt. Not a single Amerindian village has had its land title issued. It is a betrayal, a broken promise. Now, APNU/AFC is promising again that land-titling will become a priority in 2020 and onwards. Sydney Allicock, Dawn Hastings and Garrido-Lowe have stood shamelessly silent as APNU/AFC stifled land-titling started under the PPP.In four and a half years, little or no improvement has been made in the various airstrips in the hinterland. APNU/AFC had promised they would transform air transportation for the hinterland communities, using air transportation to catalyse economic and social development for the Amerindian and Hinterland communities. This is another broken promise, another betrayal. But it is a betrayal that should not shock anyone because it is APNU/AFC in 2013 and 2014, as the then Opposition, which voted against budgetary allocations for improvement of hinterland airstrips. Earlier this year, they decided they would add VAT to air travels to and from the hinterland communities, making it costlier. After introducing this regressive measure, the PPP/C and others objected and protested. With elections approaching, APNU/AFC buckled and remove the VAT, claiming credit for removing the VAT they introduced.These are just two examples of the assault on Amerindian and hinterland communities. There are dozens of other measures that specifically make life harder for Amerindians and others who live in the hinterland. The dismissal of more than 2,000 community officers, the suffocation of the Amerindian Development Fund, the removal of the $10,000 per child grant, the downgrading of the hot meal program for school children, the termination of the ONE LAPTOP PER FAMILY and the solar panel programmes, the non-investment in hinterland roads, the poor supply of medicines and medical supplies, the virtual halting of the medical doctor assignments to hinterland hospitals, the restrictions on sub-surface mining rights, etc., are major impediments to the social and economic development of hinterland communities and, in particular, Amerindian communities. The Amerindian people will not be fooled by the charlatans that bring gifts and empty promises today.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Economists today stand as the most dangerous and socially destructive non-combatant professionals after politicians. Here is a de facto source of advice on managing an economy: the ill-advised policies of economists and politicians can wreak havoc on economies, giving rise to inflation and depressed welfares, which fuel crime, stagnation of investment and employment creation, and a wasting of scarce financial resources on unnecessary and ill-timed infrastructure projects. The social discord caused by the VAT policies in the 2017 Budget, combined with the strenuous support from the Minister of Finance and Government so far, suggests that something is very wrong with the thinking of the Finance Minister, at the very least. Both the Minister and Government may be of the opinion that opposition to the 2017 VAT policies is rooted in the PPP’s own efforts to have these policies removed from the budget, but this is wrong, and is a grave miscalculation that is exacting severe political costs for the Government.What is unfolding so far is that the private sector is unhappy and unwilling to get involved in any long-term investment plan under the current policy framework. The entire country is upset about VAT, and members of the middle class in Georgetown are screaming about the parking meters’ affair. Only sterling protest action has seen a recent roll-back of the parking meter fiasco, but bowing to these or anything else perceived to have social and developmental consequences would create avenues for more ridiculous policy ideas, which would further erode the economic gains made thus far.Unfortunately, we have to start talking about economic gains made, because the PNC-led Government seems intent on doing a lock-step dance that would take us back into our dark past – during the PNC’s infamous previous reign. There seems to be a lack of basic common sense; we do not realize that we have us scrap the 2017 VAT policies that make this act a no-brainer. This decision escapes the Minister, and is something that needs social pressure to get corrected. In the United States, they say, ‘Call your congressman/woman!’  Here, I have to say, ‘Get on the protest line!”Societies and countries the world over have had their share of mad men occupying high offices.  We ourselves have had enough firsthand experience as such a young country.  We have to stand together, and start booting our elected officers who would trample us.Yours faithfully,Lance Cumberbatchlast_img read more

first_img1 Jack Wilshere in action for Bournemouth away at Watford Charlie Daniels believes Bournemouth team-mate Jack Wilshere is poised to force his way back into the England squad.Wilshere, on a season-long loan from Arsenal, has impressed during his time at the Vitality Stadium after being sent out by Arsene Wenger for first-team action. The midfielder has not featured for the Three Lions since their infamous defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, but Daniels thinks a recall could be forthcoming if he continues his current run of form.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, the Cherries defender said: “I think that’s his aim, he wanted to come down here and play as much as possible and try and force his way back in the England squad.“I think if he keeps playing to the level the he has been there’s no reason why he won’t be straight back in there.”The 24-year-old’s career has been blighted by a series of injuries since making his Arsenal debut at the tender age of 16.And Daniels feels that the management of Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been key to Wilshere’s return to form.“He’s settled in really well, he’s playing fantastic for us,” he added.“I think the way that we’ve managed him with his workload, his training and his playing time has helped him as well.”last_img read more

first_img1 Aitor Karanka will send Middlesbrough into Premier League battle with Everton thankful for the lesson they were taught when they met for the first time this season.The two sides will resume hostilities at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday with Boro sitting just a single point clear of the relegation zone and knowing they need to end a run of seven games without a win if they are to fulfil their season’s minimum aim of securing a second top-flight campaign in the wake of their hard-earned return.Boro travelled to the blue half of Merseyside on September 17 having tasted defeat just once in their opening four league games and – despite taking the lead – lost 3-1 as Everton hit back in devastating fashion.Head coach Karanka said: “We realised how difficult the Premier League was that day because we competed against Everton in the second half, but for 15 minutes in the first half, they were much better than us and we couldn’t compete.“After that game, we’ve improved a lot. It’s difficult to score goals and create chances, but we’re improving a lot, and we’re competing against every team.“We had a chance to beat Tottenham last week and we are more mature and more experienced now than then.”The defeat at Spurs – which came courtesy of a second-half Harry Kane penalty – means Boro have collected just three of the last 21 points they have contested and although they sit in 15th place level on 21 points with Leicester and improving Swansea, they are just two better off than basement boys Sunderland.Perhaps more worryingly, they are five adrift of Bournemouth in 14th with a gap opening up and the bottom six in danger of being marooned.If they are to remain in touch this weekend, they will have to find a way to stop in-form Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku, who took his tally for the season to 17 when he scored four times in the Toffees’ 6-3 victory over the Cherries last weekend.Lukaku scored his side’s third against Boro in September and also struck in last season’s 2-0 Capital One Cup quarter-final win at the Riverside.Asked how the Belgium international could be shackled, Karanka admitted: “It’s difficult. We’ve played against him twice, he scored twice, in the cup and against us in the league.“But we are more experienced. Our defenders have more experience and I hope we can stop him.” Karanka’s side are without a win in seven last_img read more

first_img Ronald Koeman was sacked in November Ronald Koeman is expected to be named as the new Netherlands manager.Koeman was sacked by Everton in October after a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal left the Merseyside club in the relegation zone.The Dutchman, who had spent more than £140m on new signings in the summer, had been in charge of the Toffees for 16 months.He had previously spent a successful two-year spell in charge of Southampton, guiding them to seventh and sixth-place finishes in the Premier League.Now the 54-year-old is set to be given the chance to revive the fortunes of his national side.The Netherlands have failed to qualify for the past two major tournaments and have turned to Koeman after Dick Advocaat’s resignation at the end of last year.Koeman won 78 caps for the Netherlands in a distinguished player career and has spoken in the past of his desire to manage his country.He will be unveiled as the new Oranje manager next week, according to De Telegraaf. 1last_img read more

first_imgWHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? Because I have a passion for staying healthy and helping as many people as possible get well with my chiropractic therapy.WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Having an office in a gym, I saw the need for people needing these different kinds of services.HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Twelve to 18 months. It s been an evolving process in which we add new amenities as they emerge.WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Constant learning through practice and continued education. Lots of grass-roots marketing at fairs, networking groups and farmers markets.WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? When I first started, I put $5,000 down and paid $45,000 over the next two years. But I was successful enough to pay it off in 12 months and got a $5,000 discount.WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Friends in the business and courses on business management. And luck!WHAT HADN T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? Overhead. And how to get new patients.WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $300,000WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To grow by 25 percent within the next 12 months, to become known in the community for providing the best care and to offer a variety of services in a fun and professional environment.To be considered for a small-business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: The Wellness Center at Powerhouse GymBUSINESS ADDRESS: 20914 Nordhoff St. #102, Chatsworth, CA 91311PHONE: (818) 718-9700E-MAIL: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’OWNER: Ross GouldESTABLISHED: 1993NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: SixDESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We provide alternative treatments for back pain, headaches and sports injuries. The services provided include chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, prescription and foot orthotics, all in a gym environment.IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yeslast_img read more

first_imgThe Orange County Extension Service and Orange County 4-H Inc. Annual Meeting is Sept. 27. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 22.The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Orange County Community Center. To buy tickets, call the extension office at (812) 723-7107 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the extension office at 205 E. Main St. during those hours.The cost of the meal, catered by Lost River Career Cooperative culinary class, is $4 per person.Tanya Hall, Purdue Extension regional extension educator for community development, will be the speaker.last_img read more