By doug mckenzie Staff Writer Neptune wins round one with impressive win at CBA Colts lose to conference foe for first time since 1999 VERONICA YANKOWSKI CBA senior Pat Discipola goes up for a shot over Neptune’s Robert Layton during the Colts’ loss to the top-ranked Scarlet Fliers in Middletown on Jan. 22. It had been almost two years since anyone from the Shore Conference had beaten the Christian Brothers Academy basketball team. The Colts’ domination of the Shore is well documented, and despite preseason prognostication that said otherwise, they were still considered by many to be the team to beat this year. After beating a talented Neptune High School team led by the dynamic Louisville-bound Tyquan Dean three times last year, the Middletown school’s team had to know that the Scarlet Fliers would be looking for revenge when they came to CBA’s gym Jan. 15. What they didn’t know was that this Neptune team had been anticipating this victory since the end of last year’s Shore Conference Tournament. "They beat us three times last year, and none of us forgot that when we came here," Dean said after his team thoroughly dismantled CBA 48-28, by far the Colts’ worst loss in years. "I guess we got the monkey off our backs. But we’ll see them again, and we know they’ll be better next time." As the top-ranked Fliers took the floor, the Colts’ student section welcomed them with their familiar chant of "overrated." But it didn’t take long for the Shore’s top team to quiet the home crowd. Neptune struck first when junior guard Eugene Harris sank a basket to quiet the raucous CBA crowd. But Chris Kenny, who is headed for Monmouth University, West Long Branch, in the fall, got all the members of the standing-room-only crowd on their feet when he answered with a basket of his own. With both teams playing tenacious defense, the first quarter went quickly as both teams struggled to find good looks at the basket. Neptune, featuring a frenzied match-up zone, displayed the type of patience on defense needed to overcome CBA’s precise, backdoor-oriented offense. The Colts got few shots inside the paint, and when their outside shots missed, Neptune’s forwards were there to gather the defensive rebounds. CBA was not getting any second shots, which was troublesome given the poor quality of looks they were getting. On the other end, Neptune was struggling as well, as Kenny held Dean scoreless in the first quarter and the CBA guards did a nice job of containing the Scarlet Fliers’ quick point guard, Terrance Todd. At the end of the first quarter, Neptune held a 9-5 edge but walked off the court with the same swagger they brought into the building. Dean finally got on the board from the foul line at the 5:15 mark of the second quarter to give his team a 14-5 edge. CBA responded with their first basket of the second quarter at the 4:21 mark, and when Dean went to the bench for a breather, the Colts built a 6-0 run, bringing the score to 14-11 with 3:30 left in the half. After a timeout, the Colts came out in a zone of their own, which seemed to give the Fliers trouble. However, CBA’s inability to gather defensive rebounds began to hurt them, and Neptune went on a run to end the half at 22-11. The second half was more of the same, as Neptune continued to control the tempo of the game and dominated the boards at both ends of the floor. Marques Alston was particularly effective on the boards for Neptune, grabbing 12 rebounds, and scoring on several put-back chances. At the end of the third quarter, Neptune held a 33-20 lead, and with the way CBA was shooting the ball (to the tune of 22 percent), appeared poised to cruise to the win. In the fourth, Todd’s outstanding ball handling and game-high 11 points allowed Neptune to control the tempo once again, while CBA continued to struggle offensively. Neptune made nine of 10 free throws down the stretch to ice the win, as the CBA faithful looked at each other, not sure how to react. It had been a long time since a Shore Conference foe came into their building and dominated the Colts the way Neptune did. When it was over, Neptune celebrated their achievement, although to a player, the Scarlet Fliers insisted that they expected this result all along. "We know this is our year," said Dean, who was held to 10 points, all from the foul line. "We came in here, played aggressive and got the win. We earned this." And the win apparently did wonders for Neptune’s confidence, as evidenced by Saturday’s shocking upset of St. Anthony’s of Jersey City, the No. 2 team in the nation according to USA Today. The Colts will meet the Fliers again on Feb. 7 and potentially in the Shore Conference Tournament. Nobody would be surprised to see these two teams in the final of that tournament. For now, the Colts will concentrate on their next game but will likely keep last week’s Neptune game in the back of their minds. CBA is not used to losing like they did to Neptune, especially not in their own building. Next time around, it will be the Colts seeking redemption, and the Fliers will have to defend their deserved title as the team to beat.
Wooden bat league FARRAH MAFFAI staff Middletown’s James Koehler, who attends Rutgers University-Newark, warms up a pitcher prior to the ABCCL’s All-Star Game at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood July 27. The Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League’s (ABCCL) fourth annual all-star game was held July 27 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. The League’s eight teams sent their top players, who competed against each other as the Yogi Berra and Larry Doby squads. The Doby squad won a closely fought 8-7 victory. The game started with the ABCCL’s commissioner, retired Seton Hall coach Mike Sheppard, throwing out the first ball with more than 500 fans in attendance. Before the game, early birds were treated to a pro scout workout held for the 60 all-stars, which was organized by the head of Major League Baseball’s scouting, Don Kohler. About 12 scouts were present, and they expressed interest in several of the players. Follow-up visits by the scouts occurred during the ABCCL playoffs held July 29 through Aug. 1. The Berra squad wasted no time in jumping to an early lead against Doby starter Mike Chiciak (Cherry Hill/University of Delaware). Bayville’s Mike Rooth (Felician College) and Manchester’s Travis Musolf (Marist College) led off with base hits and were followed by three consecutive walks to Marlboro’s Chris Contrino (Brown University), Holmdel’s Mike Pahira (Pace University), and Manchester’s Bill Ryan (Caldwell College). Point Pleasant Beach’s Chris Wilson (The College of New Jersey) then came through with one of the big hits of the game with a double to deep center field, which gave the Berra squad a 5-0 lead. Toms River South’s Steve Holt (Rutgers) started for the Berra squad and retired the Doby squad in order, including his college catcher Colin Gaynor (Toms River/Rutgers). Holt was followed by Manalapan’s Justin Cocliff (Rider), who also kept the Doby squad hitless as the Berra squad held onto its 5-0 lead. The Doby squad struck back off hard-throwing Mike Weckenman of Newtown, Pa., (Temple University), with the aid of poor fielding to score two unearned runs, with a key hit coming from Marlton’s Mike Scanzano (University of Pittsburgh), which took advantage of the fielding lapses. Bayonne’s Bill Opel (The College of New Jersey) kept the Doby squad in check to hold the 5-2 lead, but the Doby squad chipped away at Elizabeth’s Tim Cowan (William Paterson University) with some unearned runs, and Oldwick’s Matt Kamine (Lafayette College) to jump to an 8-5 lead. The big blow was a two-run homer that wrapped around the foul pole by West Orange’s Lee Rubin (Mary Washington College, Virginia), driving in Marlton’s Ed McDonnel (University of Delaware), who was 2-for-2 for the Doby team. The game settled into a pitchers’ duel, with shutout innings thrown by the Doby pitchers, including Great Meadow’s Cole Kimball (St. John’s University); Chris Reddout of Pittsburgh, Kan., (Pittsburgh State, Kansas); Floral Park’s James Lally (St. John’s University); Marlton’s Dane Mason (Oklahoma State University); Ryan Keefe of Essex, Vt., (Quinnipiac University, CT); Drew Atchison of Charlottesville, Va., (College of William & Mary); and Justin DeVincenzo of Plains, Pa., (University of Sciences in Philadelphia). The Berra hitters were dominated by the Doby pitchers and could only muster a single base hit by Holmdel’s Chris Kapsales (Brookdale) over the next seven innings after their first-inning outburst. The Berra squad pitchers matched the Doby squad to keep it an 8-5 game going into the last two innings. Shutout innings were thrown by several Berra squad pitchers, including Edison’s Brian Cirri (University of Pennsylvania), Kapsales, Toms River South’s Anthony DeRogatis (Caldwell College), and Dallas Sims of Floyds Knobs, Ind., (Lincoln Trail College, Illinois). The Berra squad chipped away at the lead the last two innings with three walks and a double-play ball against Justin Green of Salem, Ill., (Olney Central College, Illinois) to make it an 8-6 game going into the last inning. Berra hitters finally came alive against Nick Chanock of Potomac, Md., (Haverford College, Pennsylvania), as Dumont’s Sean Abate (University of Pennsylvania) and Somerville’s Tom Ciccarone (Marist College) had base hits and combined with a fielding error, and the Berra squad cut the lead to 8-7. With the tying run on third base, Chanock faced Elizabeth’s Jonathan Torres (Bloomfield College), who hit a ground ball to deep short that was fielded by Union’s Perry Schatzow (Kean University). Schatzow made a great play by throwing out the speedy Torres, who dove headfirst to try to beat the throw but was out by a step, and the Doby squad held their 8-7 lead for the victory. D-BAT partially sponsored the game with all-star shirts, batting gloves, and MVP bats. The MVPs were voted on by the pro scouts in attendance and were awarded to Point Pleasant Beach’s Chris Wilson (The College of New Jersey) and West Orange’s Lee Rubin (Mary Washington College, Virginia), who both received an engraved D-BAT as the MVP trophy.
The preliminary finals saw three teams advance through to the finals next Wednesday (June 29).As predicted for the premier mixed division, Kamuna has secured the spot after beating Mona while Veupunama 2 grabbed the social A mixed spot after thrashing BSP 2. Graffiti is in for the social B mixed after edging out Aura Netters.The grand finals will be played next Wednesday with Lasi 2 taking on Graffiti in the social B while in the social A division, PNGFP will clash with Veupunama 2. The main game of the competition will be between Veupunama 1 and Kamuna in the premier mixed division.President of the PNG Mixed Men’s Netball Association Adam Parker thanked all the participating teams. He congratulates the teams who made it through to the finals as he urged the teams to prepare for season two in August.
Napoli sacked Carlo Ancelotti, one of Europe’s most successful coaches, on Tuesday evenning, three hours after the Serie A club beat Genk 4-0 to qualify for the Champions League round of 16 and end a nine-match winless run.The club confirmed it had dismissed the 60-year-old coach, who has won domestic league titles in England, France, Germany and Italy and the Champions League three times, in a statement on Twitter.He had been in charge for just under one-and-a-half seasons.“Napoli has decided to revoke the position of first-team coach from Carlo Ancelotti,” it read. “The relationship of friendship, esteem and mutual respect between the club, its president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact.”The decision followed a tense few weeks at the club during which Ancelotti criticised a decision by De Laurentiis, Napoli’s flamboyant owner, to confine the team to a training-camp for a week.The players broke off the camp halfway through, refusing to stay in the hotel although they continued to train.At the same time, Napoli, runners-up in Serie A for three of the last four seasons, suffered a slump in form which saw them drop to seventh in Serie A and out of the title race.Ancelotti’s dismissal had been widely predicted by the Italian media who said Napoli had lined up Gennaro Gattuso, fired by AC Milan at the end of last season, as his replacement.Ancelotti described their Champions League campaign, which saw them complete Group E unbeaten, as “one of the few satisfactions we’ve had this season and much of that is our fault.”He has denied throughout that there has been conflict within the squad or between the players and the club’s management.“The problem here is that the team has not been able to express its full value, but there were no clashes, apart from isolated incidents that happen everywhere,” he said.Ancelotti was hired to replace Maurizio Sarri and his arrival, after nine years’ coaching abroad, was regarded as a major coup by De Laurentiis who rescued Napoli from bankruptcy in 2004 and turned them into Serie A title contenders.Sarri had turned Napoli into the neutrals’ favourite thanks to their flowing, attractive football but they always fell short of Juventus, who have won eight successive Serie A titles.Results and fixtures for the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday (start times are CET) Group Stage ————————————————– Napoli (3) 4 Genk (0) 0 Salzburg (0) 0 Liverpool (0) 2 Benfica (0) 3 Zenit (0) 0 Olympique Lyonnais (0) 2 RB Leipzig (2) 2 Borussia Dortmund (1) 2 Slavia Praha (1) 1 Internazionale (1) 1 Barcelona (1) 2 Chelsea (2) 2 Lille (0) 1 Ajax (0) 0 Valencia (1) 1 Wednesday, December 11 fixtures (CET/GMT) Shakhtar Donetsk v Atalanta (1855/1755) Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City (1855/1755) Atlético Madrid v Lokomotiv Moskva (2100/2000) Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus (2100/2000) PSG v Galatasaray (2100/2000) Club Brugge v Real Madrid (2100/2000) Bayern München v Tottenham Hotspur (2100/2000) Olympiakos Piraeus v Crvena Zvezda (2100/2000)
Jamaica's men's and women's rugby teams were fully convinced of achieving Pan American and Olympic Games qualification before their departure yesterday for the Pan American Games qualifiers in Barbados this weekend. Local members of both teams took pride of place and utilised the opportunity to showcase their optimism, during a send-off at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), the island's parent body for sports. "I'm confident that we'll be able to qualify for next year's Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru and Hong Kong Sevens. We've put in all the work and we are going down there not only to compete, but to perform to the best of our ability," said Sasha-Gay Green, captain of the national women's team, the Lady Crocs. "Our main rivals will be the Trinidadians and the Mexicans and we're confident we can beat them," added Green. "We've beaten Trinidad before and Mexico, right now they're the main ones and we're going to snap them." Oshane Edie, captain of the men's team, said he was confident but expressed a bit of caution. "We're the defending champions, but we're not banking on that. We've made our preparations and analysed the teams that we're going up against." Looking at the competition, Edie added: "Bermuda are coming strong and we're looking at them because they've made some additions to their team as well. We encountered Trinidad and Guyana in Colombia and we understand what they're going to bring to the table. We've trained for that, we're going out there on our toes and we're expecting to play our game." In Colombia, both finished as top Caribbean teams at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, with the Reggae Crocs securing the bronze medal. The Jamaicans will launch their quest on Saturday in group play, which funnels the top teams into bigger play-off spots and ultimately Sunday's finals. The top two will advance to the Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru, which also presents opportunity for Olympic competition. "This will be a test, every new beginning is a test of your mettle, gumption, focus, team spirit," JOA president Christopher Samuda noted of the challenge in Barbados, which the JOA assisted with sponsorship valued at $1 million.
This 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.
Dear Editor,I write to dismiss Clement Rohee’s proposition in his letter of June 20, that “Vincent Alexander was parachuted into the Ministry of Education, unbeknownst to the WPA, to understudy Minister Roopnaraine.”Having been relieved of the position of General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party and consequentially of the press coverage now enjoyed by Jagdeo, Rohee has taken to letter writing and pontificating on the inner workings of political parties, other than his own. It is however quite apparent that his postulations are sometimes unfounded, presumptuous and even mischievous, as will be made obvious from what I have to say.Alexander’s sojourn at the Education Ministry was at the direct and personal request of Dr Rupert Roopnaraine. Hence, I was appointed as Technical Facilitator, a pre-existing position to the Minister. As a consequence of his removal and as a matter of ethics, protocol and best practices, his removal, in my judgement, automatically brings my sojourn to an end, and so shall it be. I was not parachuted into the Ministry by some other force nor was I under studying Dr Roopnaraine. This, however, has no bearing on unrelated appointments that I hold in the education or other sectors; that is Chairman of the National Accreditation Council.May I take this opportunity to remind Rohee and the public that as of 2007, I have not been a member of any political party nor an aspirant to office in any political party.May I take this opportunity to renew my invitation to Rohee, now that he is no longer General Secretary of the PPP, to have non-partisan discourse on matters of national interest.Yours truly,Vincent Alexander
Harvey said that the public engagement on the fees and charges will be wrapping up this fall, with staff taking that feedback into account when presenting the bylaw update to Council next spring.The public engagement campaign can be found here: https://letstalk.fortstjohn.ca/engage/community-services-fees-charges/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is asking for feedback from residents on updating the bylaw that designates the price of fees and charges collected for the use of City facilities, including the Pomeroy Sport Centre, North Peace Leisure Pool, and Surerus and Kin Park sports fields.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that the City typically updates the Community Services Fees and Charges bylaw every five years, with the current bylaw having been adopted on March 10, 2014.He said that the current schedule of fees and charges for activities such as ice and meeting room rentals will expire at the end of next August, and the City wants to get residents’ thoughts on the current fee schedule, and any ideas from residents on what to include in the next bylaw update.- Advertisement -Harvey explained that the City uses a benefit-based approach to its fee schedule, with programs that have a larger benefit to the community as a whole getting a larger subsidy.“Potentially, a private birthday party or a private company function would pay more for that service because it doesn’t benefit a wide population.”The City has included a survey on its Let’s Talk public engagement website, along with the fee schedules from Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie so that residents can compare charges with neighbouring municipalities.Advertisement
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Donegal’s small businesses will get a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on their business success by entering the 2017 Donegal Enterprise Awards in one of three separate categories.The awards, now in their 21st year, are the highlight of the business calendar in Donegal and this year’s winners will be announced on March 25th 2017 at a gala dinner.The competition is open to all business sectors in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, with the exception of previous county winners who are not eligible to enter. A business does not need to have had any previous contact with the Local Enterprise Office to enter the awards. Previous entrants to the competition have praised the benefits of the awards process for helping them renew and refresh focus on their business.They have also insisted that the opportunities for networking and learning from other businesses in the county, was tremendously beneficial to them as they moved their enterprise on to the next stage.This year’s competition will see awards presented in the following categories:*Overall Winner*Best Established Business*Best Start Up Business (18 months or less)*Innovation Award “The innovation award really is a broad category. It is not just about research and development but rather an award for a business who can demonstrate innovative ideas across their organisation. For example a business using innovative marketing strategies or one using innovative time saving techniques, would fit nicely into the category. It really is one that any business can use to show off one or even many strengths,” Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office, said.Shortlisted businesses must be available to present themselves to the judging panel at a time to be agreed on 20 March 2017, but any business interested in making an application will be helped through the process with a special workshop on February 27 to allay any fears and answer questions about the application process.The application form, guidelines for the judging criteria, marking system and competition guidelines are all available to download from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office website:https://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal/News/Apply-Now-to-the-Donegal-Business-Awards-2017.htmlDonegal Business Awards – A chance to shine a light on success! was last modified: January 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)