Old Bridge 12s enjoy a solid summer season

first_imgIt has been a summer of seconds for the Old Bridge Little League 12-year-old All-Stars. The Little Leaguers recently completed a highly successful summer season by placing second in the South Amboy YAA 12-year-old tournament — after also placing second in the District 10 tourney. Old Bridge finished the all-star season at 14-4, with losses only to District champion Woodbridge and to St. Joseph’s of Keyport. Old Bridge boasted a team batting average of .405, led by first baseman George Gonzalez (.654, four home runs, 25 RBIs), center fielder Matt DiPaolo (.636, two home runs, 28 RBIs), right fielder Robert Orrechio (.454, 12 RBIs) and third baseman Joe Caria (.318, four home runs, 12 RBIs). The pitching staff was led by Nick Panos (5-2), Gonzalez (5-2), Dan Avella, Jim Yacabonis, Jeremy Rusakowski and Jeff Jacobs. The team’s defense was anchored by the solid play of center fielder Matt DiPaolo, shortstop Nick Panos, Gonzalez, catcher Greg Padin, third baseman Matt Kondratyk and second baseman Ray Cruz. Other players making significant contributions included Joe Russo, Austin Tomasiewicz, Kyle Naples and Kevin McLaughlin. Although the summer was filled with many memorable moments for the Old Bridge squad, perhaps the most significant included Gonzalez’s two home runs in one inning against Laurence Harbor; Joe Caria’s same feat against South River; Nick Panos’ 6-0 shutout of Franklin; and Matt DiPaolo’s tape-measure, three-run home run against Franklin. The team was coached by Vinny Perchill, Bill Keebler, George Gonzalez and Dan DiPaolo.last_img read more

Champion Djokovic sweeps past Mannarino

first_imgNovak Djokovic brushed past France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-3 7-6(5) on Wednesday to book his place in the third round of Wimbledon.The defending champion, aiming for his third consecutive title, played well within himself and was rarely troubled during the second-round match.Mannarino, ranked 55, put up spirited resistance in the third set to force a tiebreak but was ultimately swept off Centre Court by the Serbian’s laser-guided groundstrokes.World number one Djokovic holds all four grand slam titles and has another historic mark in his sights.The 29-year-old is aiming to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to achieve the calendar Grand Slam – winning the four majors in a single season.last_img read more

With freedom to shoot, Mallari lets loose for a career night

first_imgParks drops 8 triples as Alab routs Saigon Heat Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Though the Floodbuster are already out of contention in the playoff race, Mallari knows the victory will serve as a morale-booster for their buildup for the import-laden conferences.“Anytime you get a win, even though it’s no bearing, it gives you momentum and some confidence going to the second conference. So if we can follow this one with a win and end the conference on a high note, that’s all we could ask for,” he said.It also helps that the players are slowly beginning to find their roles in Mahindra.“Guys are not shy to shoot anymore,” he noted. “They’re willing to let it go and if they miss, they miss. If it’s an open shot and they shoot it, that’s all we could ask for. Guys are finding their roles, getting more comfortable with their roles, and when we get a good import, we’re going to be a dangerous team.”Falling just one assist shy of achieving a rare triple-double, Mallari is not ruling out the possibility of eventually tallying one.ADVERTISEMENT But on Friday night, Mallari made it look easy as he fired a career-best 30 points to go with 10 rebounds and nine assists in Mahindra’s 106-96 win over NLEX on Friday.Prior to his career night, Mallari was averaging 16.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Floodbuster  this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.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 returnMallari said he’s just seizing the opportunity to make his mark in the league after stints in loaded teams like Petron and Star in his first four seasons in the league.“I just want to let loose,” he said. “I was on a winning team but I didn’t get a lot of freedom. Now, I’m just trying to be aggressive and help our team in any way, try to find the mismatches. What happens happens.” LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely PBA IMAGESDon’t call Alex Mallari the Filipino Russell Westbrook anytime soon.“Going 30-10-9 a night? No. I’m not Westbrook,” he said, knowing producing those numbers on a nightly basis is tough to achieve.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal “I’m going to look at the tape to look who missed a layup,” he joked.“I didn’t even know until I was close to that until they told me with a minute left. It’s unfortunate, but we got the win and it’s all that counts. It’s OK. Maybe one of these days, I’ll get one too.”Mahindra is set to face Mallari’s former team Star next Wednesday to wrap up its Philippine Cup campaign.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Brenda Ramsara still loves every minute in the classroom

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratThough teaching was not her initial career choice, Brenda Kendall Ramsara can never see herself doing anything else other than teaching at this point in her life. The profession is one that she has grown to love as she feels at home in the classroom setting.For Ramsara, seeing her students’ advancement after the completion of their formal education makes her immensely proud to know that she played a part in their development. For her, 17 years seems to have flown by because every day of teaching feels like the first day. She is still filled with the burning passion to ensure that the future generation can function at their best.The Fort Ordinance Primary School teacher said ensuring the students of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are given the best chance at quality education is what drives her passion. She loves every aspect of her job and would not trade it for any other in the world.Ramsara entered the profession in 2002 but at that time, it was not something she wanted to do.After graduating from the Berbice Educational Institute upon the completion of her Caribbean Examinations Council exams in 1996, Ramsara went on to the New Amsterdam Technical Institute where she graduated with a certificate in Business Studies.“After I finished [NA]TI and got a certificate in Business, I was home then for a while. After I got a job with a family friend real estate business and it was during that time I applied for a teaching job.”“Teaching was not my first option and it had a few teachers around me who inspired me and I chose to get into it and as I started my profession, I fell in love with my job. Being in the classroom eases me and I am happy to know that I am privileged enough to get the opportunity to impart my knowledge to the children under my care for those hours. Most importantly, I am glad to learn from them because we don’t know everything. Yes, I am a teacher but you deal with children from all walks of life and sometimes they would come and tell you something that you did not know so it is a learning experience for me as well,” she said.For Ramsara, a good teacher is the one who ensures that the children under their care get the requisite knowledge to be able to function as effective adults but a great teacher is one who not only imparts their knowledge but also shapes that student using the relevant experience. She went on to say that a teacher goes above and beyond to ensure that their students understand the concept of what is being taught in the classroom and prepares them to function in a society that challenges their very being.She said that she not only prepares her students to be productive adults, rather she goes the further step in providing them with the foundation that would make them exceptional leaders in society. It is quite often said that if you love what you do then you will never work a day in your life and ever since she joined the staff at Fort Ordinance Primary School in 2002, Ramsara has never worked a day in her life.“I feel like a second mother to my students. The opportunity of seeing these students progress after primary and secondary schools makes me feel happy and content to know that I impacted their lives somewhere. I try to be the best role model for them.”last_img read more

After Installation of Navigation Aids: Buchanan Port Records 2 Vessels at Night

first_imgLess than 48 hours after David F. Williams, Acting Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), announced the 24/7 pilot service Aids to Navigation, the utility was put in motion on Wednesday allowing two vessels (MV/CSL Atlas”) to sail at 7:20 p.m. following the berthing of another vessel (M/V “Bulk Peru”) at 8:54 p.m. Mr. Williams made the pronouncement on Tuesday, October 20, in Monrovia.The port of Buchanan recorded the night time navigation of the two vessels for the first time in 25 years in fulfillment of the NPA management’s most recent announcement on the resumption of the services at the port.Prior to the installation of the Aids to Navigation along the breakwaters at the Port of Buchanan, the last booking time for pilots at the port was 5:30 p.m.The port is an International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) certified Security Level One Port (SLOP).It is located 272 kilometers south-east of Monrovia and is Liberia’s second largest seaport. The harbor is protected by two breakwaters, 1890m and 590m long. Inside the basin, a 225 meter long ore loading quay is located adjacent to the commercial loading quay, which provides a water depth of 10.5m below chart datum. Adjacent to the loading quay another waiting berth for ore carriers is available. On the inner side of the secondary breakwater, is a commercial quay, 334m long with available water depth of 9.5m below chart datum. The access channel to the Port provides ships a water depth of 11.5m below chart datum and a channel width between the breakwaters of 210m.Investment companies including Chevron, Equatorial Palm Oil, African Petroleum and others are expected to make extensive use of the Buchanan Port facility, thus increasing the revenue earning potential for the Liberian government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shujaa finish Hong Kong pool stage winless

first_img0Shares0000Kenya’s Jeff Otieno cuts through the Fiji defense on day one of the Cathay Pacific/ HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in Hong Kong on 5 April 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – Kenya will contend for the Challenge Trophy early Sunday morning after losing all their three group matches at the Hong Kong leg of the World Sevens series.Shujaa lost 22-5 to Fiji on the opening day of the competition on Friday and didn’t fare well either on day two, losing 36-0 to New Zealand and finishing off with a 28-12 loss against Australia to finish bottom in Pool C. Paul Murunga’s men who are fighting to avoid relegation will play Canada in early Sunday morning’s Challenge Trophy quarter final and the maximum points they can amass off this stretch being eight.Against Australia, Shujaa were playing for pride with the massive loss to Fiji having already pushed them to the Challenge Trophy.However, the tide was not about to change as Australia worked harder to finish third with Fiji and New Zealand going off as group winners.New Zealand’s Andrew Knewstubb drives through the Kenya defense on day two of the Cathay Pacific/ HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in Hong Kong on 6 April 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyAustralia broke the deadlock through Maurice Longbottom with Lewis Holland converting as they went 7-0 up. Kenya was punished after Andrew Amonde lost possession with the Australian quickly turning defense into offense, Long bottom sneaking through space in the middle.Henry Hutchinson stretched Australia’s lead to 14-0 with Holland converting after a quick start to a set piece saw Hutchinson step inside to evade his marker and go over for the second try of the gameThe Australians took a 21-0 halftime lead with Laclan Millers’ try converted by Holland. Miller once again used the small spaces left by Kenya in defense with Miller fending off Amonde with a powerful hand off before crossing over the chalk.Kenya’s Jeff Oluoch races away from the New Zealand defense on day two of the Cathay Pacific/ HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in Hong Kong on 6 April 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyKenya who screamed ‘it is not over’ at their half time pep talk seemed rejuvenated for a comeback with Bush Mwale dotting down Kenya’s first try with Johnstone Olindi converting.However, Australia restored their 21 point lead when Hutchinson completed his brace with a little dummy to steer clear and Liam McNamara adding the twos.Skipper Jeff Oluoch narrowed the gap to 28-12 when he picked up the ball from a set piece on the right before powering across the line.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PSG plot shock £50m raid on Tottenham, Everton eye Leicester star and MORE

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Paris Saint-Germain are targeting Dele Alli in a £50million summer swoop. The French giants are keeping close tabs on Tottenham and England midfielder Alli and believe they have got a chance of luring him away from White Hart Lane. (Daily Mirror)Everton are monitoring Demarai Gray’s situation at Leicester. Exciting winger Gray has been used sparingly since a £3.5million January move from Championship side Birmingham, starting just six games in all competitions — which has alerted the Toffees. (Daily Mirror)Memphis Depay and Manolo Gabbiadini are also potential targets for Everton as boss Ronald Koeman looks to replace the injured Yannick Bolasie in January. (The Sun)A host of Premier League clubs are interested in signing versatile Manchester United winger Ashley Young. Young has struggled for game time this season, having made only four starts. Everton, Watford, West Brom and Swansea are all keen. (Manchester Evening News)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the club have opened up new contract talks with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla but there are now grave concerns over the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. (Daily Telegraph)Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe is being eyed by FIVE Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and West Ham. (HITC)Manchester City fear they may be stuck with flop Eliaquim Mangala – as Valencia do NOT want to take up their option to buy. The 25-year-old Frenchman was shipped out on loan in the summer as he was not wanted by City boss Pep Guardiola. (The Sun)Real Madrid are targeting a deal for AIK striker Alexander Isak – the Swedish sensation touted as the ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’. Isak, 17, has also been watched Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and West Ham United. (Marca)Jurgen Klopp has assured promising Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo he will have an opportunity to cement a first team place – potentially saving the club millions in the January transfer market. (Liverpool Echo)Xherdan Shaqiri says he would be “silly” to claim he will end his career at Stoke as he wants to play in the Champions League again. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?LISTEN: Jose Mourinho explains Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s good form – ‘He fought to improve tactically and physically’Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil until 2018 ‘no matter what happens’Paul Merson has warned Arsenal must do everything they can to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, telling talkSPORT the duo’s departures would have a catastrophic effect on the clubSwansea chairman Huw Jenkins has told talkSPORT Bob Bradley’s role as manager is safe as the club strive for stability in the Premier LeagueLiverpool risk losing out on River Plate star Lucas Alario after Paris Saint-Germain submitted a £9million bidOlivier Giroud has no plans to quit Arsenal in January, according to his agent Juventus are confident of beating Everton and Stoke City to the signing of Axel Witsel next summerlast_img read more

Columbine slaughter plotted in killer’s day planner

first_img“Have fun!” Klebold wrote in another notebook. More than 20,000 documents and videos have been released since the attack, and some of the details revealed Thursday were disclosed previously. But the new material offered chilling details about the killers’ activities in the months before the attack. They had “to do” lists, with each purchase of gasoline or a weapon marked off, and they had a hit list with at least 42 entries, all of them blacked out. Some documents include blacked-out portions, including song lyrics, names and computer logons. Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink also refused to release videotapes made by the gunmen, concerned they would encourage copycat attacks. On a calendar entry for April 20, the time 11:10 is at the top – an approximate reference to the time the attack began. Elsewhere in the calendar are notations including “get nails” and “get propane, fill my clips” and “finish fuses.” GOLDEN, Colo. – The scrawled entry in Dylan Klebold’s day planner sketched out April 20, 1999, almost to the minute. Klebold, one of the two gunmen who opened fire at Columbine High School that day, made extensive notes about his step-by-step plans for the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. He expected to start the morning with a 6 a.m. meeting, a 10:30 a.m. “set up,” an 11:12 a.m. “gear up” and at 11:16 a.m., “HAHAHA.” Authorities on Thursday released those notes and nearly 1,000 other pages of new documents from the Columbine massacre, including essays, school work and computer files from Klebold and Eric Harris, the two suicidal killers. The papers also included a journal kept by Harris’ father that referred to his son’s disciplinary and psychological problems but shed no light on whether he knew the teen might be capable of the slaughter that left 13 people dead. “Hell on Earth – ahh, my favorite,” Klebold wrote in Harris’ 1998 yearbook above a drawing of a gun-wielding headless soldier. “So many people need to die.” “Once I finally start my killing, keep this in mind, there are probably about 100 people max in the school alone who I don’t want to die, the rest MUST (expletive) DIE!” Harris wrote in a journal entry from October 1998, six months before the attack. The pages are filled with profanity, racial slurs and drawings depicting violence or death. Much of the Klebold material is handwritten, with detailed drawings of guns, sketches of what appears to be the Columbine cafeteria and his hopes for “500+” dead. The material also includes a journal kept by Harris’ father, Wayne Harris, with entries addressing threats made by his son against classmate Brooks Brown more than a year before the attack. The Brown family reported the threats in early 1998 and still contends the authorities or the Harrises should have taken action against the boy. Wayne Harris wrote in his journal about “idle threats of physical harm, property damage, overreaction to minor incidents,” although the context of the notes is not clear. His attorney did not return a call seeking comment. “We feel victimized,” he wrote. “We don’t want to be accused every time something happens. Eric is not of fault. Brooks Brown is out to get Eric. Brooks had problems. … manipulative con artist.” Brown said Thursday that Eric Harris had “lied about everything to his father and made him believe he was innocent and everyone else was the evil party.” Brooks’ father, Randy Brown, said the sheriff’s office should release everything, including the videos and audiotapes from the killers. “There are lessons to be learned,” the elder Brown said. “This information will be hidden forever. They are trading their cover-up for the lives of children in other schools.” Brian Rohrbough, whose son Daniel was among those slain, said he was struck by the fact that Wayne Harris had kept a diary tracking his son’s problems. “It tells you this kid was dangerous,” Rohrbough said. “The premise that these are families that didn’t know what was going on in their homes is completely refuted by this journal. They used all the influence they could muster to keep their kids out of trouble.” The Denver Post sued to force the release of the 936 pages. The Colorado Supreme Court left the decision up to the sheriff’s office, and the Harris and Klebold families did not challenge the decision.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Union leaders denounce governor’s deal with tribe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“This is a very big problem for us,” said Jack Gribbon, California political director for UNITE HERE, which represents hotel, restaurant and casino workers. “For the Schwarzenegger administration to bargain away workers’ rights that were the standard is an unbelievable betrayal. It’s a kick in the stomach.” Under the re-negotiated compact signed Tuesday by the governor’s office and the tribe, the Agua Calientes would be allowed to increase from 2,000 to 5,000 the number of slot machines it operates and open a third Palm Springs-area casino. In exchange, the tribe would send nearly $2 billion in casino revenue to state coffers over the 23-year life of the compact. If approved, the tribe’s 5,000 slots would dwarf the largest Las Vegas casinos. Its labor rules would revert to a 1999 pact signed by former Gov. Gray Davis. That compact was blamed for allowing casinos to pay workers poor wages and letting them rely on MediCal and other state programs for health care. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Union leaders on Tuesday denounced a landmark deal between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and one of the state’s richest Indian tribes, raising questions about whether lawmakers will sign off on a dramatic expansion of Palm Springs-area gambling. At issue is a provision in the deal with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians that would reverse tribal labor agreements Schwarzenegger struck in 2004, making it harder for casino workers to unionize. The Legislature already has held up the past four compacts the governor’s office has negotiated with tribes for other reasons, including concerns about traffic congestion. Some lawmakers suggested Tuesday that upending a core Democratic principal such as union representation could stop the Palm Springs casino expansion in its tracks. Others said the tribe, which has contributed millions in campaign donations to lawmakers and political causes, carries enough sway to push the agreement through the Legislature. last_img read more

Alex Sandro set to sign new Juventus deal after Chelsea’s failed pursuit

first_img1 Alex Sandro is ready to commit his future to Juventus Chelsea target Alex Sandro is reportedly set to extend his Juventus contract until 2022, with a huge increase in his wages.The Premier League champions spent the majority of the summer pursuing the Brazilian, but the Old Lady stood firm and refused to enter negotiations.And now Tuttosport is claiming that the left-back is on the verge of signing a two-year extension to his current contract, committing his future to Juventus until 2022.The new deal would see Alex Sandro boost his salary from £2.6m to £4.2m plus bonuses, putting him in the same wage bracket as the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira and Gianluigi Buffon.It is thought that the agreement could be in place imminently, meaning Chelsea may be forced to look elsewhere in the January window.last_img read more