Hazlet swim team looks for improvement this summer

first_imgWith a smaller-than-usual roster, coach Lorraine Costello is hoping to provide more individual instruction to help members of the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club’s swim team improve their strokes and times. Costello, who served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons, takes over the reins from Jean Marie Gillen, who is attending graduate school. The Hazlet club is 0-1 thus far, having lost to the Freehold Area YMCA. “We have a good, hardworking group of kids who want to learn,” Costello said. “Our goal is just to help them get better.” Team members include (U8) Danielle Largmann, Brian Perry, Cassidy Tripolitis and Caylee Walsh; (9-10) Bryan Lazicki, Colin and Jaime McHarg, Makayla Miller and Emily Rollman; (11-12) Salina Catani, Freddie McDonald, Kristin McGowan, Daniel Sapienza and Alexis Walsh; (13-14) Meaghan McGowan, Samantha Miller and Britta Peterson; and (15-18) Nikolas Alban, Danny Dunphy, Helen McDonald, Kaitlyn McGowan, Mike Reiss and Allison Rollman. Dunphy and Helen McDonald also serve as assistant coaches. “With the size of our team, we’re able to spend more time with each swimmer,” said Costello. “I really enjoy working with the kids, and I want them to do well and have fun.” Costello, who will enter her sophomore year at York College in the fall, swam competitively for the Red Bank YMCA and has been a member of the Hazlet team since she was 6 years old, competing through last summer.last_img read more

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RBC battling weather conditions in GMC summer baseball league

first_imgBy WARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent Having played just seven of its 12 scheduled games to date, the Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School 17U team in the Greater Middlesex Coaches Summer Baseball League is 4-3.The 15-game season is scheduled to wind down this week, and coach Buddy Hausmann’s team is looking to get its three contests in, as well as at least one makeup game, as it looks to qualify for the playoffs. “Because of the weather, it’s been tough to get any consistency, and it’s difficult to reschedule games because a lot of players also play on showcase teams,” the coach said. “It’s hard to believe we’re well into July and we’ve only played seven games.”RBC’s roster features plenty of talent, including shortstop/pitcher Al Molina, who batted over .400 and will attend Coastal Carolina University in 2014, and catcher Mike Alescio, who hit just under .400 and will attend Seton Hall University in 2014. Also on board are third baseman Matt Kurdewan and second baseman Brendan Madigan, who also started for the Caseys’ varsity team this spring. Pitchers Tom Puza and left-hander Jack Kissinger lead a deep pitching staff.For established varsity players, the summer team gives them an opportunity to work at new positions, get extra at-bats or improve a particular skill. For potential varsity players, it’s a chance to show the coaching staff what they can do.“Obviously, I’m at every game and I’m watching,” Hausmann said. “It’s a good gauge for me because the weather — at least when it’s not raining — is good and they’re better able to show their skills. That’s important because when spring practice starts in March, it’s really tough to figure out what players can do [when] the weather is cold.”The remainder of Hausmann’s pitching staff includes seniors Joe Liddy and Vin Vitterelli; juniors Tom Montano and Eric Klimowicz; and sophomore John Poccia, all of whom have performed well this summer.Other members of the team include senior outfielders Ryan Huhn and Johnny Johnson; junior outfielders Chris Bender, Joe Montano and Tom Merlo; junior first baseman Mike Ianelli; and catcher Doug Facendo and infielder Evan Madigan, both sophomores.With four games remaining and teams playing different numbers of games because of the weather, Hausmann is looking for a strong week, as the standings are decided by points. Three points are awarded for each win and one point for a tie. The top three teams in the Monmouth and Middlesex divisions will qualify for the playoffs.last_img read more

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Winning return for Murray

first_imgAndy Murray beat Marcel Granollers in straight sets in his first match as Wimbledon champion at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday.Exactly a month after beating Novak Djokovic to win his second grand slam title, Murray fought back from 5-2 down in the second set to defeat Spaniard Granollers 6-4 7-6 (7/2).The Scot, who was given a bye in the opening round, had warned he would be rusty, and it was not until the sixth point of the match that he won one.But Murray soon found his rhythm on the surface where he is most at home and reeled off four games in a row.The world number two was playing aggressively and powering winners with both his backhand and forehand.Granollers was the last player to beat Murray, in Rome in May, although the Scot had just levelled that match at one-set all when he pulled out with a back problem.Murray subsequently missed the French Open before going unbeaten on grass with titles at both Queen’s Club and Wimbledon.Granollers fought his way back into the first set by retrieving one break in the sixth game after Murray had saved two break points.It was tight from there on but a missed backhand from the Spaniard, the champion on clay in Kitzbuhel last week, handed Murray the set.The windy conditions were beginning to cause problems for Murray, the champion in Canada in 2009 and 2010, and a miscued forehand gave Granollers a break for 3-1 in the second set.Murray may have the inner peace of having achieved a lifetime’s ambition, but he was fighting frustration as his 36th-ranked opponent stayed well in control of the set.Granollers could not close it out, though, Murray saving one set point and then breaking back with some fine baseline play.Still it was not straightforward but he forced a tie-break and from 2-0 down won seven points in a row to clinch victory after an hour and 50 minutes.last_img read more

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Hunters set

first_imgThe Hunters are hoping for an away win this time, with Thompson Teteh making a comeback in the Hunters camp, and Captain Ase Boas to add confidence to the boys this weekend.The SP Hunters take on Wynnum Manly in Round 10 of the Intrust Super Cup match on Sunday May 13, 2018 at 3pm, at the BMD Kougari oval in Brisbane.Head coach Michael Marum has finalised the 18 man travelling team to Brisbane tomorrow.Dilbert Isaac gets a start at prop with Ila Alu named to partner Put in the second row.The interchange list has been shortened, with the exclusion of Brendon Gotuno and Patrick Morea.Meantime, the SP Hunters ‘away’ games will be televised ‘live’ starting this weekend, through Digicel’s TVWan Plus channel.PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the ‘live’ televising of the games was made possible through a partnership with SP Brewery.He said this should motivate and inspire the SP Hunters players to perform better knowing that everybody in the country will be watching. (File picture)last_img read more

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Interest of democracy

first_imgIt came as no surprise to many that after an extremely long wait, the President has indicated to the Leader of the Opposition and the nation as a whole, that he is not in favour of the second list of nominees submitted for his consideration for the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).In his rejection letter to the Leader of the Opposition last Friday, the President was quoted in the media as saying that after examining the Curriculum Vitae of the six nominees submitted, he has found the list to be unacceptable within the meaning of the Constitution and the criteria he had previously outlined. It should be noted that the President had rejected the initial list on the grounds that the identified persons were not ‘fit and proper’ in keeping with the provisions of the Constitution of Guyana.This latest move by the President is quite unfortunate as there have been quite a lot of effort on the part of the Opposition Leader to arrive at a list that is in keeping with the constitutional requirements. Over the past few weeks, the Opposition Leader had embarked on an elaborate consultative process which lasted several weeks, during which he solicited the views of, and sought nominations from, many nationally renowned persons and various important stakeholders’ and representative organisations.It is clear that the President has managed to make what was historically a very smooth and straightforward exercise one that is now complicated and politically acrimonious. Considering the fact that there is urgent need for a chairman to be appointed to proceed with the important business of the Elections Commission, one is forced to ask the real reason behind the President’s rejection of the second list. Some have expressed the view that the President was setting the stage for a unilateral decision to be made on the appointment of a chairman, since there were suspicions that he (the President) already had someone in mind that he favours to function in that capacity.While it is still not clear what next steps the Opposition Leader will take, we believe that finding another six names that are in compliance with the President’s criteria would now become near impossible since the pool to draw from has become significantly narrower. More importantly, as indicated by the Opposition, persons would become even more reluctant to offer their names, for fear of the public damage and humiliation to their professional reputation, character and image by the President’s cavalier rejection of their names.We had stated before that while he (the President) may have good intentions, there are many problems with his criteria and his legal team’s interpretation of the Constitution; and while we do not intend to delve into detail on them here, as they have already been ventilated in the media, we believe the focus of the Constitution regarding such an appointment was the integrity and the independence of the post holder.We have seen the complications that have arisen from what in the normal course should have been a simple and straightforward process. Since there seems to be a problem with the interpretation of the Constitution, perhaps the time has come for the relevant stakeholders to seriously consider reviewing that aspect of the Constitution (the process and criteria of the GECOM Chairman’s appointment) with the aim of clearing up all the grey areas. Once the criteria for such a post are clearly spelt out, there would be little room for misinterpretation and political acrimony.GECOM has been without a chairman since February 28, 2017, when Dr Steve Surujbally stepped down. From all indications, the work of the Commission is being stymied due to the absence of a GECOM Chair. It would, therefore, be in the nation’s interest if the President and Opposition Leader come to an immediate compromise on this issue.Once the appointment is made, it will allow for the political situation in the country to settle itself; if not, it could be exacerbated. Also, the sooner the issue is sorted out, the better it would be for the new chairman to familiarise himself/herself with the entire electoral process and the running of the organisation (GECOM), which we know is very huge and complex. In the long run, it is in the interest of democracy, it is not about partisan political interest.last_img read more

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Enveloping Guyana in a serious, deliberate crisis

first_imgDear Editor,The illegal APNU/AFC coalition Government, along with their hybrid extensions in the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), have uncaringly enveloped Guyana in a serious and deliberate crisis. As they stubbornly attempt to cling on to power in breach of widely accepted constitutional norms, their actions and the implications now have far-reaching consequences for Guyana in the short, medium, and long terms.In the first instance, the ungainly policies of the Government have significantly contributed to the no-confidence motion (NCM) which was tabled in Parliament and ruled upon 33 to 32 votes in favour of the Opposition by the National Assembly after a fierce debate. This, in tandem with the now shamelessly flagrant manoeuvres by their biased quartet in the GECOM seven-member Commission, has been used to orchestrate the expiry of the voters’ list on April 30, 2019.As the cabal’s sneaky and abusive moves continue however, our troubled Guyanese nation can have a measure of solace in a correction that should rationally emerge from the upcoming ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) before advancing other options.It is public knowledge that the hierarchy of the PNC/APNU is aware of its foundationless position, and many among them were not shy about revealing, at the General Council meeting, that the coalition is merely hanging on to power.It is also crystal clear that the PNC/APNU’s twisted interest in GECOM conducting house-to-house registration is solely for the purpose of delaying elections and extending the time they have in power. In fact, such sinister manoeuvres target defeating the intent of the drafters of the Constitution following the carried NCM; that is, to halt the damages to the country and people caused by the incumbent loser of the motion. In this regard, the Guyana Constitution posits having National Elections at the earliest time, or with appropriate speed.In effect, the approach ought to ensure that the voters’ list is updated by conducting a short period of continuous registration, in keeping with the approved legal mechanism. This is in regard to the fact that there was deliberate invalidation on April 30, 2019, mainly due to the bundle of excuses and legal challenges raised following the ruling by the Speaker.The PNC/APNU have been caught with their pants down and in flagrant violation of commitments made to the people. It is also clear that GECOM’s failure to address the readiness for elections at this time is obviously due to the aligned Chairman’s allowance of intentional intrusion, and influences by the PNC party. Such abuse must be prevented in the future by treatment of opposite radical countenance.As the highest and final Court of Jurisdiction, the CCJ, in its considerations with respect to the NCM passed by the Guyana National Assembly on December 21, 2018, is called upon to give clear guidance for the immediate holding of elections, given the continued damage being inflicted by APNU/AFC on the nation over their five months of defiance since the carried motion.The PNC/APNU quartet at GECOM simply cannot hope to continuously violate the organisation’s constitutional mandate and sanctity of entrusted autonomy for the benefit of the PNC cabal, while holding the nation at ransom. It is also expected, therefore, that such wanton disregard for the immediacy of the constitutional directives of Article 106 be enforced as a consideration when the CCJ rejects the position taken by the Guyana Court of Appeal.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Kenya, Uganda riders square out at Jamhuri Park

first_imgUgandans arrived on Friday and are expected to test on the upgraded Jamhuri track in a race which also doubles up as the ninth and final  round of the National Motocross Championship.Kenyans who fielded only nine riders during the first round in Busiika, Luweero district.“After winning the first round in Kampala, we have decide to bring in a big team in a bid to capitalise on points. We have good riders and the competition is high locally in all classes which gives me confidence of results against Kenyans,” Maxime said.The Kenya team MX2  squad has Maxine Wahome, Elias Sherman and Ethan Nyachae and Rolf Kihara.Kenya’s Pee Wee Class has the likes of Gisa Benzinge, Thuka Waweru, Hannah Nyambura, Jonross Nyachae and Dylan Hatanga.Atete Benzinge, Wahome Mutai, Trey Garner and Zawadi Nyachae will compete in MX50 Class where the diminutives are expected to add some zest to the occasion held annually in Kenya and Uganda.Ngugi Waweru has represented the country is a number of continental and regional motocross events will lead the country’s charge in MX1.T he event will be held on Saturday and Sunday.The practice session will take place in Saturday followed by the first heat on Saturday and the last two heats on Sunday.Uganda won the opening round of the Central Africa Motocross on home soil, setting the stage for an exciting season of competition.The two day tournament saw Kenya trailing the Ugandans at the Busika racetrack in Kampala.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya’s Pee Wee Class has the likes of Gisa Benzinge, Thuka Waweru, Hannah Nyambura, Jonross Nyachae and Dylan Hatanga.NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – Uganda Motocross team captain Maxime Van Pee is optimistic that their team of 40 riders will outshine hosts Kenya in the second and final FIM Central Africa Motocross Championship at Jamhuri Park racetrack today.A fight between two countries better known as “battle of Migingo” has never been a walk in the park as both countries have bantered over who comes out tops in the race.last_img read more

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Baptism of fire as Okumbi takes on first assignment

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players led by Sweden bases Michael Olunga in a training session in Bissau ahead of Wednesday’s 2017 AFCON Qualifier against Guinea Bissau.NAIROBI, March 22- There is a strong wind of expectation as Stanley Okumbi takes on his first assignment since being appointed Harambee Stars coach when Kenya face Guinea Bissau in a 2017 African Cup of Nations Qualifier on Wednesday evening.The former Mathare United tactician will be hoping he is not swept away by it, as Kenya’s hopes of the only available Group E AFCON ticket depends on the result posted in the back-to-back matches against the West Africans. Stars arrived in Bissau on Monday evening and had a light training session at the match venue, the Estadio 24 de Setembro with foreign based players trickling in from their various bases.Sweden based Michael Olunga was the first to arrive to have enough time to recover after playing for his club Djugardens on Saturday.Olunga will be expected to lead attacking force and the striker, who is just beginning his first stint out of the country is upbeat Kenya will overcome the Guineans.“The team has arrived in time, giving us two days to prepare. This shows good preparation and the best we can do is to show Kenyans what we can do. We hope everyone will give their best and get a positive result. Away matches are tough and we have to give our best,” Olunga said after the first training session in Bissau.Sitting third in the group with a single point, Okumbi has spelt out collecting maximum points will put Stars’ campaign on track as they look to topple leaders Congo and Zambia, who both have four points apiece.Congo and Zambia, the 2012 champions face off in the other group E encounter at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Lusaka, concurrently as Stars play in Bissau.A win for Kenya will take them to second spot if either Zambia or Congo win while a draw for the leaders will see Stars remain third.Okumbi exuded confidence after overseeing his charges shake off the jet lag.“I am pleased with what I have seen being our first training since we arrived last night. The players are in good shape.”Guinea Bissau also has a single point from a barren draw with Zambia in Lusaka, but sit bottom on goal difference.The West Africans have a poor home record, having won only one of their last eight international engagements at home with the win coming two years ago when they beat Central African Republic 3-1 in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier.Since then, they have lost twice and drawn an equal number. In the 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign they lost 4-2 against Congo Brazzaville while their most recent engagement at home was in a World Cup Qualifier against Liberia where they went down 3-1.-Stars favorites-Harambee Stars players who plies their trade for Zambia’s Zesco United(from L-Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were and David ‘Calabar’ Owino) arrive on Tuesday morning to link up with the rest of the squad ahead of 2017 AFCON Qualifier against Guinea Bissau.Kenya’s performance away has always left a lot to be desired. But coming up against a country ranked 44 places below them at 147th and with a tattered home record, Kenya enters the clash as favourites.Stars come from the back of a 2-0 away loss to Cape Verde in a World Cup Qualifier but will be buoyed by their recent away biggest win when they thrashed minnows Mauritius 5-2.Okumbi is expected to start with the same team used by his predecessor Bobby Williamson with a possibility of a few alterations.The coach and his medical team will assess Zesco United holding midfielder Anthony Akumu, having picked an injury on his right eye after being pelted with a stone by FC Horaya fans in a CAF Champions League return-leg match in Conakry.Norway based Arnold Origi is likely to start in between the sticks after returning for the first time since featuring for Stars in September when the team lost 2-1 at home to Zambia.Tusker FC skipper James Situma, who makes the final cut for the first time in three years will lead the team’s defence alongside Zesco United centre-back David ‘Calabar’ Owino Owino, South African based Brian Mandela and Ulinzi’s Omar Mbongi.Captain Victor Wanyama, who is expected to link up with the squad on the match day, will marshal the midfield that has Johanna Omolo, Akumu, Patillah Omoto, Erick Johanna and Clifton Miheso available for selection.Probable line upGoalkeper; Arnold Origi.Defenders; James Situma, Brian Mandela, David Owino, Omar Mbongi.Midfielders; Victor Wanyama, Johannah Omollo, Eric Johannah, Clifton Miheso.Strikers; Jesse Were, Michael Olunga.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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OFFICIAL! Podolski joins Inter Milan on loan, confirm Arsenal

first_img1 Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has joined Inter Milan on loan for the remainder of the 2014/15 season, the Premier League side have confirmed.The 29-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Cologne in the summer of 2012, had become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, and has recently been often used as an impact player from the bench by manager Arsene Wenger.He has scored three goals this season – including a dramatic last-gasp winner in the Champions League group game at Anderlecht.Podolski, who was part of the World Cup winning squad in Brazil during the summer, has already linked up with Roberto Mancini’s Serie A side and trained in Milan on Monday, after Wenger announced following Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Hull that he had left the Gunners.“He is experienced and has a wonderful career behind him,” Mancini, the former Manchester City boss, said at a press conference.“He will help us and is not at the end of his career.”last_img read more

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Approval of kids’ health funds could defuse Bush veto threat

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate passed legislation Thursday to add 3 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program in bipartisan defiance of President Bush’s threatened veto. The 68-31 vote, one day after the House passed a more ambitious and expensive version over bitter Republican opposition, handed Democrats a solid achievement to trumpet as they leave Washington for a summer break. It also gave Democrats, who secured a veto-proof margin, a chance to draw a stark distinction between their priorities and Bush’s on an issue that resonates with voters. “For the life of me, I can’t understand why the president would want to veto this legislation,” said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the Finance Committee chairman. “It’s moderate, it’s bipartisan, it helps low-income kids. … It’s just the right thing to do for the country.” Bush has proposed spending $5 billion to extend the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. He says the Senate’s $35 billion expansion would balloon the decade-old program beyond its original mission of covering working poor children and would move more people toward government-run health care. The program expires Sept. 30. The Senate measure now must be reconciled with the House-passed $50 billion expansion, which was paid for partly by cutting government payments to Medicare health maintenance organizations. Both bills include hefty tax increases on tobacco products to pay for the spending increase. Architects of the legislation “have seized the reauthorization of SCHIP as a license to raise taxes, increase spending and take a giant leap forward into the land of government-run health care,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader. He was one of 31 Republicans to oppose the measure, while 18 Republicans joined 48 Democrats and two independents to support it. The health program is designed to subsidize the cost of insurance for children whose families earn too much to participate in Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health insurance. Through federal waivers, the program has expanded in many states to include middle-income children and adults. That has led Republicans to argue that it has become a backdoor way to extend government-provided health care to an increasing number of people. National polls show overwhelming majorities of voters support expanding the children’s health program and are more likely to support candidates who back it.last_img read more

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