BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer With eight matches remaining, coach Gary Schlenker is looking for a strong finish from his Raritan High School girls tennis teams. The Rockets are 6-6 just past the midway point of the season while playing in the Shore Conference’s tough B Central division, which houses powerhouses Holmdel and Manasquan as well as a strong Rumson-Fair Haven contingent. Raritan has scored triumphs against Monmouth Regional and Howell. “I’m very proud of the girls; they always play hard and they never quit,” the coach said. “They’re playing everyone tough, and that’s all I can ask.” Freshman Samantha Miller has emerged as Raritan’s top singles players. The hardworking Miller has an innate ability to keep balls in play and her record mirrors the team’s at 6-6. Seniors Stephanie Kraus and Sarah Kenny, Raritan’s co-captains, play at second and third singles, respectively. Kraus has been more aggressive this year in coming to the net, while Kenny plays a patient, baseline game. Both girls are over .500 for the campaign. Senior Michelle Latman is paired with junior Kristen McDonald at first singles. Their tenacity and ability to make on-court adjustments has resulted in consistent play and a 7-5 ledger, Schlenker said. Three girls have been sharing second-doubles duty. Senior Nicole Abela and juniors Lisa Szczuplak and Kaitlin McGlynn have all played well. Szczuplak, a first-year player who played soccer last fall, worked hard to earn a spot on the team. Schlenker noted that Raritan’s junior varsity program is flourishing under coach Chris Berg. Twenty-five girls are on the JV roster, several of whom will move up to varsity next year. “We’re very encouraged with the large turnout, and it speaks well for the future of the program,” Schlenker said. “But we still have a lot of matches left this season, and our goal is to finish over .500.” Holmdel still waiting to play for conference crown The top-ranked Holmdel Hornets are anxiously awaiting their chance to play for the Shore Conference Tournament title. And they may be waiting for quite a while. While both the Hornets and third-ranked Manas-quan have advanced to the finals, the upcoming busy schedule, which includes the state team tournament and the state individual tournament, has both teams scratching their heads over when to get together for the SCT final. Holmdel was scheduled to play for the North II, Group III championship on Monday against West Morris Mendham, while first singles player Jackie Wu, second singles player Maryana Milchutsky and the doubles tandem of Rose Yan and Renee Lee are among the top seeds in the NJSIAA singles and doubles tournaments, which are also in full swing. Wu and Milchutsky both advanced to the quarterfinal round with wins on Sunday. The quarterfinals and semifinals of both the singles and doubles tournaments will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Mercer County Park. It all makes for a hectic couple of weeks for the state’s top-ranked team, so the SCT final will simply have to wait. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer
Matawan High School’s Sara Isaacson soars over the bar during the girls pole vault competition at the Jan. 20 Monmouth County Indoor Championships held at the Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River. Isaacson won the competition, clearing 10-6. ERIC SUCAR staff
By Steve TongueManchester United’s insistence on playing possession football under manager Louis van Gaal means they take far more passes for every shot than any other Premier League team, statistics released on Monday showed.According to details from leading football data specialists Opta, league leaders Leicester City need only 46 successful passes for a shot on target. That is the fewest in the league while United’s 131 passes is the most.Damningly, United have managed just seven shots on target in their last four home games – also the worst record in the league – leading to regular chants of “attack, attack, attack” from the Old Trafford crowd.The total number of shots on target from 17 games is 61, the 15th lowest. Tottenham are top with 110 and Manchester City second with 104.In the past two months United have played five goalless draws at home, against Manchester City, Middlesbrough, CSKA Moscow, PSV Eindhoven and West Ham.Not surprisingly, their goals total is unusually low – 22, compared to 43 at the same stage in Alex Ferguson’s last season three years ago.Under Van Gaal this time last year it was 30, with goals conceded also higher. But Steve Round, who was assistant manager to the Dutchman’s predecessor David Moyes, says the new style is now very much in evidence.“They are very possession-based, so they will create less opportunities,” he told Sky Sports News.“I always felt they used to be very forward-thinking, forward-passing. That was always the sort of style, with energy, verve and directness. Now they seem to have come away from that.“The style they’re playing is the Louis van Gaal way. Whether that in the long run is going to be enough for Manchester United we’ll see.”Losing 2-1 at home Norwich City on Saturday was a sixth game without a win and cost United their place in the top four of the Premier League.It has put Van Gaal under pressure after five months of his second season in charge, not least because Jose Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea last week, wants a new job and is reported to be keen on taking over at Old Trafford.United play away to Stoke City on Saturday and at home to Chelsea two days later.
Far Eastern University-Diliman overcame a slow start escape defending champion National University, 66-65, and move closer to winning the championship Tuesday in the UAAP Season 79 juniors basketball tournament.The Baby Tamaraws heaved a sigh of relief as NU’s John Lloyd Clemente misfired on his game-tying at the buzzer after FEU slotman Kenji Roman bungled two free throws that could iced the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Roman finished with 12 points and eight rebounds while Xyrus Torres added 10 points and five boards for FEU.LJ Gonzales scored only seven points had 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Baby Tamaraws.Clemente came through with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Bullpups.Winderlich Coyuca added 11 points, three boards and two assists, while Amsali contributed 10 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists for NU.The ScoresFEU 66 – Roman 12, Torres 10, Sapinit 9, Celzo 8, Abarrientos 8, Gonzales 7, Gabane 5, Jabel 2, Baclay 2, Bieren 2, Gloria 1, Mariano 0.NU 65 – Clemente 25, Coyoca 11, Amsali 10, Peñano 9, Sarip 5, Manalang 3, Malonzo 2, Atienza 0, Calleja 0, Fortea 0, Peralta 0, Tolentino 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 24-20, 43-34, 57-52, 66-65Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte View comments Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 FEU held on to the win after it squandered a 65-56 lead midway in the payoff period as the Bullpups rallied behind Clemente and Rhayyan Amsali.“We’re new to this championship atmosphere so we needed a little getting used to. I think they were overwhelmed at first. It was a good thing we were able to recover right away,” said FEU-Diliman coach Albano.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 returnThe finals first timers found themselves trailing 2-9, before settling down towards the end of the opening period and taking the momentum.Game 2 is scheduled on Friday also at San Juan Arena with the Baby Tamaraws eyeing to reclaim the crown they last held in 2012. Ginebra makes PH Cup Finals, beats Star in Game 7 Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions After starting 0-4, Jerry Codiñera’s group has went on to win three straight and the Arellano head coach said they’ve been adjusting to the exit of former superstar Jio Jalalon who now plays in the PBA.“We’re the second-best team last year here in Filoil, and we’re still feeling the loss of Jio,” said Codiñera. “The team had an imbalance and we’re just hoping that the ones left behind can carry the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundArellano shot poorly from the floor, 25-of-81, for a dismal 31 percent but the Chiefs had it covered grabbing 21 offensive rebounds.Kent Salado had 17 points and six rebounds to lead Arellano while Lervin Flores had a 10-point, 20-rebound double-double. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next WATCH: Kobe Bryant trolls Jalen Rose in ESPN commercial 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Cedric Pelayo led Mapua with 13 points and nine rebounds. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Arellano University kept its playoff hopes alive in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup after dealing Mapua its seventh straight loss, 68-58, Wednesday in the group stages at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Chiefs improved to 3-4 in Group B putting them at sixth place while the Cardinals are yet to win a match with a miserable 0-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments
LONDON (CMC):Just two weeks after shocking West Indies for their first win over a major Test-playing side, minnows Afghanistan have been granted Test status by the International Cricket Council (ICC).They, along with Ireland, were adopted as full members following a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at the Oval yesterday.”For a nation like Afghanistan, it is a huge and remarkable achievement. The entire nation will be celebrating across all five regions and different provinces. It is the perfect Eid (Muslim festival) gift,” Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai said.”Everyone has waited for this news and has been so keen to hear this news. Afghanistan Cricket has gone from strength to strength and we dared to dream that this would happen, and today, it has become a reality.”Afghanistan, coached by discarded West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, has made waves over the last year with victory in the Intercontinental Cup over Ireland in March, and one-day wins over the Irish, Zimbabwe and Scotland.They snatched the headlines earlier this month when they stunned two-time former World Cup champions West Indies by 63 runs in the first One-Day International of the three-match series at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia.They then forced the Windies to labour in pursuit of 136 for victory in the second match, before the hosts got home by four wickets in the 40th over.Afghanistan and Ireland will become the 11th and 12th Test playing nations, joining Australia, India, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and West Indies.
Last week, Guyana received an official 25-member delegation from the US, which included a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) of nine, headed by the Chairman of the very influential House Judiciary Committee. The other members included a number of military individuals with a nexus to Congress, and also staffers and family members. This was the largest CODEL to visit Guyana, and it is a solid signal that Guyana is in the US radar.Before leaving on a private trip to the US, which caused him to miss the CODEL, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, in his weekly column, alluded to the visit as the “Episodic Return of America”. He elaborated: “There have been previous episodic decades that could give justification for this negative nationalism (of the US being “a blood-sucking empire descending on Guyana”), going back to the late 1950s when the then British colony became a pawn in the Cold War. She was subsequently converted into a laboratory for every conceivable ideological stratagem of American imperialism, which has since been well documented. The role of an American company in voter registration for the 1968 elections had spawned a legacy of electoral malpractices, once described by Lord Avesbury, head of a UK Observers’ Mission, as “Something to Remember”.”What needs to be emphasised, however, is that the “Cold War” is long over, and the Manichean thinking induced by communistic ideologies should now be jettisoned. For instance, the same “American imperialism” Nagamootoo flagellated facilitated the extraordinary success of the “Far Eastern Tigers”, which even Communist China has had to emulate. A social-economic and political system that can address Guyana’s peculiar challenges should now be adopted utilising the proven success of an appropriately regulated free enterprise system. This imperative is particularly necessary since Guyana is on the cusp of being a very significant oil producer that will generate very massive revenue streams compared to those of the previous hundreds of years.But such a system can only work if it is acceptable to the majority of the Guyanese people, which then makes its ultimate success dependent on a political modus vivendi between the present PNC-led Government and the Opposition PPP to devise such a plan. It should be noted that only a single seat (5000 votes) separates the two political forces. It is for this reason that it was quite unfortunate that the CODEL was unable to meet the Political Opposition, as it did under similar circumstances in Albania last year.In addition to a geographic overview, a strategic outline and an economic overview of Guyana, President David Granger offered a “political overview” to the delegation. He claimed, “Guyana is a very stable country, law-abiding country, and our National Assembly functions, our judiciary functions independently, and also the executive branch. So those three branches are separate, and the executive does not interfere in the judiciary or the autonomous commissions, like the Guyana Elections Commission, the Judicial Service Commission and so on. So I think, from the point of view of governance, we were able to explain that Guyana is a stable, well-governed state.”While it is expected that the President would not criticise his own administration, even some of the members of his governing coalition have expressed reservations at one time or another with every element of his hagiographic account. By claiming, for instance that “the three branches (of Government) are separate” the CODEL would be excused for analogising their independent Legislature (which they represent) from ours, which is totally controlled by the Executive. The Ministers of Government appointed by the President, for example, are Members of Parliament.For the President to tell the CODEL that “the executive does not interfere in the judiciary or the autonomous commissions, like the Guyana Elections Commission, the Judicial Service Commission, and so on”, is quite risible, to say the least. While it is likely the Opposition might also have been self-laudatory, by meeting them, CODEL would have been able to piece together a more nuanced narrative to further their “fact-finding mission”.
The Guyana Government has been formally notified of the Guyana Public Service Union’s (GPSU) rejection of its one to 10 per cent differential approach to increases for public servants and the Union.GPSU has also formally invited the Government through its negotiating team to resume negotiations “within the spirit of what is just, consistent with its 2015 manifesto commitment and with due respect for the Union’s representation in pursuit of a living wage being paid as the basic pay for an employee of the Guyana public service.”The GPSU, in releasing its missive to Government, said, “it is the intention of the Union to ensure that its members continue to be well-informed regarding the progress of the negotiations through the media and by way of other channels of communication available to the Union.It is the firm intention of the GPSU to continue to take the negotiations in a direction that results in an outcome that allows for public servants to attain the goal of a living wage and adequate related allowances and conditions of service,” the Union stated.Government Chief negotiator, Reginald Brotherson, the Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry of the Presidency, was written to by GPSU’s acting General Secretary, Kempton Alexander, with the missive copied to President David Granger, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Finance Minister Winston Jordan.GPSU in its letter to Government said the Union “hereby informs you that at its General Council Meeting held on September 2, 2016, a unanimous decision was taken to reject the offer of 10 per cent – one per cent differentiated approach proposed by the Government of Guyana.”The GPSU has since called on Government to resume negotiations.GPSU President Patrick Yarde had over the weekend cautioned Government to return to the bargaining table, saying it should be guided by history, including the infamous 1999 public servants strike which lasted for 57 days and had to be resolved through arbitration.Yarde during the recent meeting of the GPSU’s General Council Meeting had cause to point out that more than $6.8 billion was set aside in the 2016 Budget to cater for salary increases for public servants – none of which was spent.He had also accused Government of horse-trading over its publicly stated position that it will go ahead and make an arbitrary award in face of the Union’s refusal of the differentiated 10 per cent to one per cent salary increases for public servants.Yarde has since also sought to remind the parties that form the coalition Government, that it had campaigned on a promise to pay public servants decent wages/salaries.“Rather than address workers’ wages/salaries and conditions of work, the Government instead opted to increase its own salaries by as much as 50 per cent,” Yarde said.Yarde, in his public missive over the weekend, said the outcome of any negotiation that is considered just, is one where the results are agreed upon by the parties involved.He said the GPSU rejected the wage/salary offer and for the Government to state that the position put forward to the Union is final; and it will go ahead and implement it even if the Union has not accepted same, is a breach of trust and can be described as evidence of bad faith negotiations.
0Shares0000Oscar Ouma.PHOTO FILENAIROBI, November 27 – Former Sri Lanka based winger, Oscar Ouma makes a comeback to the Kenya Sevens team ahead of the HSBC Sevens World Series opener in Dubai 7s on the weekend of December 4 and 5.Also returning to the Worlds Series tour is Kenya Harlequin winger, Willy Ambaka who is included in Benjami Ayimba’s squad that features debutants; Robert Aringo (Impala RFC), Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru RFC), Jaffrey Oluoch (Homeboyz) and Frank Wanyama (Kenya Harlequin). Ayimba made four changes from the squad that won the African Olympics qualifiers slot with Dennis Ombachi who grounded the last gasp try against Zimbabwe that guaranteed Kenya a ticket to the 2016 Summer Games, ruled out of the first two legs as he will be graduating from college.The team will miss the services of Skipper, Andrew Amonde who is bereaved after the death of his sister while Kenya Harlequin fly half Eden Agero and Oscar Ouma were relegated to the not travelling reserves.With Kenya drawn in a tough Pool D against England, Australia and Wales, Ayimba is confident his charges will make it through to the Main Cup quarters.“The toughness of the pool is very relative because we base it on how they played last season so the best we can do is to take our A game to the field and I’m sure with the squad that we have, if we put our best foot forward we should be able to come through that pool but it’s not going to be easy.“Once we get to the quarters, it’s anyone’s game and I believe the quality of players we have we can reach the semis. Expect to see the flair from the Kenyans so no restrictions about how far the players can go in terms of playing their hearts out but still being able to play within the teams systems,” Ayimba said when announcing the 12-man travelling party on Friday.Ouma who missed out the Africa Olympics qualifying trip to South Africa returns to the World Series for the first time after spending a season out to turn out for Sri Lanka’s Kandy Sports Club.“We had agreed we are going to do rotation to give everybody a chance and with the unavailability of some of the players, it gives us the opportunity to expose players who have been up to the task.“Oscar (Ouma) is fit and ready now while Aringo has always needed a chance for the last three seasons. We think he is a good player but has never been given a chance. They are the kind of players who can win you games so we are confident whatever the two will bring to the team is valuable,” the head coach explained.Former captain and veteran, Humphrey Kayange is still sidelined for another eight weeks with Ayimba expecting him to be available for selection for the Wellington and Sydney legs.The team that will be captained by Kenya’s all -time record try scorer, Collins Injera, will depart on Monday.-Squad-Collins Injera (Captain), Biko Adema, Willy Ambaka, Oscar Ouma, Billy Odhiambo, Leonard Mugaisi, Augustine Lugonzo, Bush Mwale, Frank Wanyama, Jeff Oluoch, Robert Aringo, Nelson Oyoo.Non travelling reserves: Eden Agero, Oscar Ayodi, Oscar Dennis-Lioness-New player in the team Cynthia Camilla in action at training. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaKenya Lioness head coach, Mike Shamiah also named his squad for the Dubai Sevens International tournament.Kenya Harlequin’s Cynthia Camilla is the only new inclusion to replace Sinaida Aura who is rehabilitating from a knock picked during the African Olympics qualifiers in South Africa in late September.“We have quality opposition in our pool in the likes of Great Britain Select and Colombia. This tournament will be a good build up in our preparation for the Olympics repchage and we intend to put our best foot forward in Dubai,” Shamiah declared.The team will contest Pool C in the upcoming tournament that alongside Colombia, Great Britain Select and Japan.-Squad-Cynthia Camilla, Camilyne Oywayo, Rachel Mbogo, Sheila Chajira, Janet Awino, Celestine Masinde, Catherine Abila(Captain), Laventa Oguta, Irene Auma, Philadelphia Olando, Janet Okello, Linet Moraa0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Forest Practices Board has announced that it will be examining the activities of Canfor on forest licence A17007 next week.Board auditors will be looking at whether forestry activities carried out in the past 12 months met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. The Board said that Canfor has not harvested any timber covered under their licence since 2008, so the audit will focus mainly on road and bridge maintenance, silviculture obligations and fire protection.FL A17007 is located in the Fort Nelson Resource District, in the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area. Most of the sites that will be audited are to the east of the Rocky Mountains.- Advertisement –