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first_imgA free softball clinic for members of the Hazlet Hawks softball organization will be held at noon on April 11, on the varsity softball field at Raritan High School, 419 Middle Road, Hazlet. The clinic will be run by Raritan’s head softball coach Aado Kommendant and the members of the Raritan Rockets varsity softball team. For additional information, contact Aado Kommendant at A First Pitch Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Middletown Lion Hall of Fame, will be held 8 a.m. to noon on April 5 at the VFW catering hall on Route 36 in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. The event has been organized to provide support for the baseball and softball teams at Middletown High School North. All Lion players — past and present — will be recognized. Tickets are $10 each for adults, $6 for children between 5-8, and children ages 4 and under are free. For tickets or more information, call 732-747-9588 or email LionHallOfFame@ read more

Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna voted PFA player of the month

first_img“Obviously, yes. But the main focus is not about me. I’ve just got to perform every week and whatever comes I’ll be happy. My main target for this season is to get the club to the playoffs and that’s what I’m focussing on,” Krishna said.Krishna is one of 17 Phoenix players off-contract at the end of the season and Stuff understands Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners are keen to sign the Fijian international who has scored 12 goals in 19 games — already equalling his best-ever return.It was announced on Tuesday that Krishna had bagged the PFA player of the month award for the month of January and he said the secret to his success was simply enjoying his football again.”Mark [Rudan] has given me the freedom to believe in myself, which I was lacking last season, and it shows on the pitch. All of the boys are helping me and as age goes you get more experience and that helps me too, but you just have to work hard and get in the right spaces.”Krishna broke a four-game scoring drought when he netted in the Phoenix’s 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory on Friday, volleying home from close-range.He remains one goal behind Sydney FC striker Adam Le Fondre in the golden boot race.”Every striker wants to score every week,” he said. “It was frustrating not to get goals but the main thing was I was getting in good positions. It was good to convert one but I should have got two, but it’s part of football and I just have to keep working hard on the training pitch.”I’m not worried about the stats, if I get [golden boot] it’d be awesome but for me to help the team even with a goal or without a goal, maybe an assist or something, as long as we’re getting three points I’m all good.”Krishna said it was disappointing to come away with just one point, after his foul on Leigh Broxham provided Keisuke Honda with a chance to level from the penalty spot.Earlier in the game he spurned a chance to double the lead, with Lawrence Thomas producing a vital save to deny him in a one-on-one opportunity.”It was obviously disappointing. We had a few chances we should have put in. But at the end of the day it was fair enough. Both teams were attacking and I think it was an open game. They’re a good side but we are disappointed not to get three points at home especially as the fans came out in big numbers and I want to thank them as well.”The Phoenix take on Sydney in Campbelltown on Saturday night.last_img read more

TNT dethrones Barangay Ginebra to return to PBA Finals

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ PSL: Generika-Ayala turns back Sta. Lucia for 3rd place tie Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LATEST STORIES “The local team stepped up, too,” added Ravena who also drew 22 points from Troy Rosario and 20 more from Jayson Castro. Roger Pogoy chipped in 14 more to round out KaTropa’s twin-digit scorers.Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar both scored 27 points and plucked nine rebounds each for Ginebra, which even led by as many as nine points.The victory marks the first time TNT made the Finals since the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.POST-GAME INTERVIEW TNT returns to the PBA finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–TNT turned to its defense down the stretch and carved out a 103-92 victory to dethrone Barangay Ginebra in Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, Thursday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We just stuck to our defense. It was our main concern—making stops,” said coach Bong Ravena, who saw his charges limit the defending champions to just 30 points in the final two periods of the contest.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Benefits of township living ADVERTISEMENT Already up by eight points in the payoff period, TNT’s main guns conspired for a 9-0 run to put the KaTropa squarely on the driver seat and snuff out any hopes of a comeback by the Gin Kings.“As coach Mark (Dickel) would say, we’re off to the next stage. We’re just waiting for our next opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe KaTropa now await the winner of the other Final Four contest between San Miguel and Rain or Shine.Terrence Jones registered his fifth triple-double as a TNT import, scoring 24 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and dishing out 10 assists. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station View commentslast_img read more

Vital Voices Celebrate Global Mentoring Walk Day

first_imgNancy Obi, head of the Liberia chapter of Vital Voices, says that although women have potentials to change their environment for the better, they need mentors that would show them the way out and how to go about doing the right things. Vital Voices is a global fellowship established by former First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton, aimed at creating empowerment opportunities for women around the world. Speaking over the weekend during the celebration of this year’s Global Mentoring Walk Day, Madam Obi emphasized the great potential for women’s empowerment in the manufacturing sector. “If women are to find opportunities that would eventually empower them economically as well as socially,” she told the gathering, “then it is time that they begin to look into the manufacturing sector.” Madam Obi said the manufacturing sector, on a smaller scale (such as red palm oil or palm kernel oil and others), has great potential and a lot of opportunities that women can take advantage of to better their lives and that of their families. The brief ceremony was held at the African Palm Kernel International Factory (APKIF) located in Fendell, Montserrado County.Participating in the walk were scores of women from nearby communities, as well as Chief Judge of the Commercial Court of Liberia, Eva Mappy Morgan. They began at the University of Liberia’s Fendell Campus to the APKIF premises on Bentol road. The women went to the factory to see firsthand how the kernel oil is manufactured and to take cues from the many opportunities that the factory offers.This year’s Global Mentoring Walk celebration was held under the theme: Positioning Yourself for a Career in the Manufacturing Sector.Though resources, especially finance, are scarce for women to get into business, Madam Obi said if they can come together as a group, the opportunity to get loans from commercial banks to start their business would not be difficult.“This is why we are here in the yard of the African Palm Kernel International Factory, where palm kernel oil is manufactured. We brought you to see firsthand the process of manufacturing palm kernel oil, which is used to make a variety of commodities. We want to show our women the numerous opportunities that exist in this sector so that they can take advantage of some of them,” she said.She said a woman venturing into the manufacturing sector is an ideal means of empowerment. “A lot of the ladies have seen for themselves how the palm kernel oil is made. It is not only the issue about job creation in terms of factory work, but we are also looking at business empowerment opportunities for our women,” she said. Upon arrival at the factory, the manager, identified as Victor, explained the processes involved in the manufacturing of the oil. He said manufacturing palm kernel oil is a good business that requires a lot of patience and commitment.He said supplying the palm kernel to the factory is a big business all by itself and he is being supplied by three women who fetch the kernel from rural communities. The women were also taught how to make soap with the palm kernel oil. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wales diversification model – Disaster or mismanagement

first_imgDear Editor,As we progress into 2017, we bear witness to a roll-out of the “New GuySuCo” concept, a brainchild of the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) Chief Executive Officer. This “New GuySuCo” concept speaks to sugar production and a diversification division with focus on aquaculture, fruit crops, dairy farming, livestock farming and rice cultivation. Wales Estate was identified in 2015/16 as the ideal location to commence implementation of this model. At that stage, one would assume that any competent designer of such a plan must have considered all factors that will allow for seamless transfer of remaining canes from Wales cultivation to Uitvlugt factory and conversion of abandoned cane fields at Wales to rice plots and fish ponds. In September 2016, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder gave assurances that the diversification plan is on schedule. Refer to SN, 09/23/2016- “Agri Minister, team visit Wales Estate to inspect diversification steps”.The recent protests by my fellow brothers and sisters of Wales Estate brings into focus, the progress made on the diversification plan at Wales Estate. From all indications, the road to transport canes to Uitvlugt is incomplete, lifting equipment to transfer canes from trailers to factory conveyors at Uitvlugt is incomplete, fish ponds are nowhere in sight and there is change from rice to seed paddy cultivation on a few acres of land. Editor, the physical appearance of things at Wales bears resemblance to gross mismanagement at best and colossal disaster at worst. Maybe, GuySuCo can provide an update on progress with the respective ventures in the Wales diversification plan. After all, it is the model recommended to lift GuySuCo from bankruptcy to financial viability. The CEO needs to update his paymasters, i.e., the taxpayers of this country periodically. He has a moral obligation to this because we provide him an estimated package of G$60 million +/yr and we must not be treated with contempt.Sincerely,Sookram Persaudlast_img read more


first_imgBarnes kicked off the weekend with a team-high 12 points, all from kills, and two digs versus Windsor on Friday night. He currently ranks first in both OUA and U SPORTS rankings in kills (4.69) and points (5.2) per set.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. The history major led all players with 17.5 points off of 16 kills and 1.5 blocks, while also adding eight digs as the Blues upset the Ryerson Rams, 3-0, on Saturday night at Mattamy Athletic Centre. Story Links Kylie Masse, a fourth-year kinesiology major from LaSalle, Ont., won three individual races in leading the Varsity Blues women’s swimming team to a 356-279 dual-meet victory over the Western Mustangs on Saturday night in London, Ont.  Print Friendly Version A second-year outside hitter from Toronto, Alex Barnes accumulated 29.5 points and 10 digs as the Varsity Blues went 1-1 in OUA men’s volleyball action this past weekend. Masse and the Blues are gearing up for the 2018 OUA championships, February 8-10, before U of T plays host to the 2018 U SPORTS national championships, February 22-24, at Varsity Pool. University of Toronto volleyball standout Alex Barnes and swimming star Kylie Masse have been named the Varsity Blues male and female athletes of the week for the period ending January 14. Masse, the 2017 world 100 backstroke champion and world record holder in that event, won the 50 and 100 freestyle races, as well as the 200 backstroke event. Her times in all three victories were faster than those of the gold medalists at last year’s OUA championships.last_img read more

First Lady spreads Christmas cheer

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Thursday joined with Kella and Pamela Ramsaroop, donours and well-wishers of the Dharm Shala Home of Benevolence for all races to help spread cheer at a Christmas party for children of the Albouystown community.First Lady Sandra Granger (third from left) is flanked by Pamela and Kella Ramsaroop at the Dharm Shala’s Christmas party for children. Executive of the Board of the Dharm Shala, Edward Boyer and Ruta Drizyte-Videtič, wife of the European Union Ambassador to Guyana, are pictured first and second from rightThe Ministry of Presidency in a release stated that the First Lady was warmly welcomed by about 100 children at the Home which was decorated in festive colours. “I am very happy to be here today and to see all of you anticipating Christmas and food and toys and school holidays,” The First Lady told the children.Executive of the board of the Dharm Shala, Pamela Ramsaroop, said every year the Home hosts a Christmas party for children of the community, in keeping with the tradition started by the founder, her late grandfather, Pandit Ramsaroop Maraj and maintained by her late father, Harry Ramsaroop.This year she said, they are pleased that the First Lady could join in the celebrations since the aim is to ensure that the children have a joyous Christmas and that they delight in all the provisions that have been made for them: “We feel very privileged that she is here today to extend Christmas greetings to [the children]. And I’m sure that [they] are equally pleased to see her.”First Lady Sandra Granger shares sandwiches and other goodies to these youngsters at the Dharm Shala’s children’s Christmas partyAlso present was Ruta Drizyte-Videtič, wife of the European Union Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej Videtič, who said she is pleased to be included in the celebrations: “I have to tell you that I am very honoured to be here… Christmas is a very nice time. What does it mean for me? Christmas is not only about shiny things and only gifts. It’s also about… smiles, about giving a hand at the right time.”Both Ramsaroop sisters spoke highly of Chairman and CEO of National Hardware Group of Companies, Edward Boyer’s commitment to the Home. Boyer, who is also an executive board, said while it is nice to be complimented, he is impressed by the perseverance demonstrated by the Ramsaroop sisters in keeping the Home functioning.“These two ladies here are remarkable in their own right. I had the pleasure of serving on the board with their dad and looking from that transition to this transition. I tell you, it’s like working with the same… thinking, the same objectives… they don’t tell you everything but the funding of the Dharm Shala is from private people,” he said.The children at the party squealed with delight when Santa Claus and Mrs Claus showed up to deliver their Christmas presents. The First Lady joined the Ramsaroop sisters and other helpers to serve food and share gifts to the gleeful children.The festive spirit of the party was maintained throughout by the lively sounds of Christmas music played on the steel pan by Ras Camo Williams.last_img read more

Nakuru hit Mwamba to clinch Driftwood title

first_img0Shares0000Nakuru RFC celebrate after winning the Driftwood Sevens title in Mombasa on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raga HouseMOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 26 – Kenya Sevens star Nelson Oyoo’s sudden death try saw Nakuru RFC claim their maiden Main Cup title this season after edging out Mwamba 12-7 in the Driftwood Sevens final in Mombasa on Sunday.Wanyore who reached their second consecutive Cup Final showed their credentials beating log leaders Homeboyz RFC in the Cup semis and they went on to edge out an equally good Mwamba side in the final to clinch the fourth round of the National Sevens Series. Nakuru were first over the chalk when Donald Oluoch dotted down and went on to convert, but a hard fighting Mwamba went back on level terms through the evergreen Collins Injera with the try converted forcing the game into sudden death.“It has been very tight, very good competition from the start of the competition but we are happy that we went out to get what we had aimed for from the start. I am happy the boys took the challenge and came out to play and now I am positive of our prospects heading into the final two legs of the competition,” Nakiuru RFC head coach Mitch Ochollah said after the match.KCB were the Bronze medal winners after they beat series leaders Homeboyz RFC 14-5 in the play-offs. The Bankers’ Vincent Onyala scored the two tries, one in each half as Samuel Asati and Shaban Ahmed added the twos. Jeff Oluoch scored a corner post try reducing the deficit to 14-5 at full time.Kenya Harlequins lifted the Challenge Trophy as they beat next door neighbors, Impala Saracens 15-7. Edward Shitanda, Frank Wanyama and Cyprian Kuto landed a try each in the match while Impala’s solitary try came from Captain Samuel Motari with Mark Kwemoi adding the extras.The Ngong Road derby was replicated when both Quins and Impala posted identical 26-7 scores over Northern Suburbs and hosts Mombasa respectively.Strathmore Leos claimed the 13th place title as they saw Makueni off with a 14-5 win.Kabras Sugar defeated Kisii 24 – 7 to reach the fifth place final, pairing up against Nondescripts who defeated Menengai Oilers 12- 0.-Additional info courtesy KRU0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Five fires currently burning in Fort St. John area

first_imgThe centre is attributing the cause of the fires to the lightning, with the largest covering 20 hectares of land.Along with crews en route to battle the blazes, air patrols will also occur throughout today to assess the situations and prioritize the most urgent fires to deal with.Jillian Chimko, Fire Information Officer for the Prince George Fire Centre, also confirmed that five of those fires are located in the Fort St. John zone.- Advertisement -Three of the Peace Region fires are near the Beatton River, one 16 hectares in size and the other 19 hectares.Another fire is located west of Fort St. John near the Halfway River, North of Wiliston Lake, and is 20 hectares in size.The fifth fire within the Peace Region zone is 2 hectares in size and is burning 2 km west of Tecklo Creek, close to the Fort Nelson border.Advertisement The Fire Centre says today will be strictly an observational day, so response teams can prioritize and divide into necessary teams to take on all of the blazes as quickly as possible.She also says that due to the location of the blazes, there is no risk of the fire spreading to any populated areas, and therefore pose no risk to public safety.The Fire Centre is also reminding the public that a Category 2 fire ban is still currently in effect.last_img read more

Wiretapping law pushed on news of intelligence gap

first_imgWASHINGTON – At a closed-door briefing in mid-July, senior intelligence officials startled lawmakers with some troubling news: American eavesdroppers were collecting only 25 percent of the foreign-based communications they had been getting just a few months earlier. Congress needed to act quickly, intelligence officials urged, to fix a dangerous situation. Some lawmakers were alarmed. Others, chastened by faulty past intelligence warnings, were skeptical. But the assertion helped start a furious legislative rush last week that, improbably, broadened the administration’s authority to wiretap terror suspects without court oversight. It was a surprising victory for the politically weakened White House on an issue that had plodded along in Congress for months without any clear sign of urgency or resolution. But a flurry of talk in the last three weeks about intelligence gaps, heightened concern about terrorist attacks, burdensome court rulings, and Congress’ summer recess helped turn the debate from a simmer to a boil. For months, Democrats had refused to give the administration new wiretapping powers until the White House agreed to turn over documents about the National Security Agency’s program to eavesdrop on some Americans’ international communications without warrants. But the White House refused to back down, even after congressional subpoenas were issued. The administration ultimately attracted the support to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act from moderate Democrats who felt pressed to act before the summer recess. “There was no real argument on the need for a fix,” between the Democrats and Republicans, the White House official said. “He’s a straight shooter.” In April, McConnell began talking privately with lawmakers in classified meetings about that “intelligence gap,” and alluded to it publicly as well. At the same time, the Bush administration introduced legislation for sweeping changes to “modernize” the foreign surveillance law, a proposal that was much broader in some respects than what Congress approved last weekend. The proposal was considered dead on arrival by some Democrats, who complained that the administration was overreaching in asking Congress to legislate blindly without access to documents on the legal history and operations of the NSA program. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ political problems – including questions about the truthfulness of his testimony about the eavesdropping program – also helped stall any action, in part because the administration wanted him to have oversight of the government’s broadened wiretapping authorities. When the administration proposed its revisions in April, “everyone kind of laughed at us,” said a Justice Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We got bludgeoned. People just said, `Are you kidding? We’re not even going to consider it.”‘ Meanwhile, the administration’s classified briefings about the intelligence gap were growing more urgent. In May, members of the intelligence committees began hearing about specific cases in which government eavesdroppers had been unable to intercept certain communications, said Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M. By June and early July, she said in an interview Friday, the scale of what intelligence officials were missing had grown “frighteningly large.” “I begged my colleagues to act,” she said. “They did nothing for six weeks. They weren’t going to act unless they were forced to, so we started raising the pressure.” Some Democrats reacted skeptically to the closed-door briefings by McConnell and other intelligence officials. Intelligence committee members acknowledged they learned in May that the secret court ruling had caused some problems, but it was not until July that the administration said eavesdropping gaps were occurring. The negotiations intensified in the final days before the recess last weekend, highlighted by a series of proposals and counterproposals made in conference calls between McConnell and the Democratic leadership. By Aug. 2, the two sides seemed relatively close to a deal. McConnell had agreed to some increased role for the FISA court, which the administration considered a major concession, said the White House and congressional leaders. But that night, the negotiations broke down. With time running out, the Senate approved a Republican bill that did not include the stronger court oversight the Democrats had wanted. The next day, the House passed the measure.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the White House and its Republican allies, the decision by the Democratic-controlled Congress to act quickly was critical to safeguarding the country this summer as intelligence officials spoke of increasing “chatter” among al-Qaida suspects. But to many Democrats who opposed the move, it was a reflection of fear-mongering by the White House, and political capitulation by some of their fellow Democrats. “There was an intentional manipulation of the facts to get this legislation through,” said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., a member of on the intelligence committee who voted against the plan. The White House “has identified the one major remaining weakness in the Democratic Party, and that’s its unwillingness to stand up to the administration when it’s making a power grab regarding terrorism and national security,” he said in an interview Friday. “They have figured out that all they have to do is start talking about an imminent terrorist threat, back it up against a congressional recess, and they know the Democrats will cave.” The White House, said Jane Harman, a California Democrat, “very skillfully played the fear card. With the chatter up in August, the issue of FISA reform got traction, then they ran out the clock.” A White House official said the push for the legislation was driven by genuine concerns by Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, about the government’s ability to conduct terrorist surveillance. last_img
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