31May/20

Middletown junior girls win Sayreville tournament

first_imgThe Middletown Babe Ruth Junior Girls 12-and-under All-Star team finished the tournament season with their third straight tournament championship. In doing so, they won the “Triple Crown” of local softball tournaments, having won championships in Middletown, Hazlet and Sayreville in consecutive events. In the first game preliminary round of the Sayreville Tournament on Aug. 3, the eventual champions met a scrappy team from Fair Haven that was able to put just enough offense together to beat Middletown, 4-2. Casey Crist pitched well in defeat, striking out seven and walking none over seven innings while also getting four hits at the plate. Amanda Svenson, Chelsea Gallo, Caitlin Zitzman and Jen Nicholson all reached base for the all-stars, but Fair Haven got the big defensive plays when it counted to hold Middletown to just two runs. Realizing that they had abandoned the aggressive base-running style of play that had brought them to two earlier tournament championships, Aug. 7 saw the Middletown girls come out bunting and running and turned a mere eight base-runners into six runs against a very good St. Joe’s of Keyport team. With Gallo pitching a three-hitter and walking only two while striking out seven, those runs were more than enough to win 6-3. Emily Trammell and Crist sparked the offense by each reaching base twice and scoring two runs. Laura Dorsa led the defense by throwing out two runners at first base from her right field position. The win left Middletown with a 1-1 record in the preliminary round, good enough for only a fourth seed in the eight-team tournament. To win the championship from this point would take three wins in a row, including beating the top seed from Monroe in the semi-finals if they made it that far. In the tournament’s quarterfinal round on Aug. 9, Middletown overwhelmed an East Brunswick team with their bunting and stealing once again in a 7-2 win. Crist was in control on the mound, striking out five and walking just one batter. All of the opponent’s offense came on a dramatic fence-clearing, two-run homer in the fourth inning. Middletown’s offense, however, was a team effort as Ashley Foster, Nicole Quiceno, Amanda Gallo, Nicholson, and Crist all reached base twice in the win. The win sent the all-stars on to the semi-final round against the intimidating top-seed from Monroe on Aug. 10. The word at the tournament was that Monroe was the team to beat, having good pitching and some big hitters. Monroe’s big hitters were no match for the pitching arm of Chelsea Gallo, however, as she yielded only two hits and three walks in an impressive 8-0 shutout of the tournament’s top seed. Over seven innings, Gallo struck out 11 batters and got out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the second inning and a second and third, no-out situation in the sixth to preserve the win. Gallo also reached base in all four at-bats for Middletown, while Svenson had three hits of her own in the win. Utility player Shawna Lougee also reached base. The win sent the Middletown girls to the finals on the same day vs. Sayreville, the host team. Against Sayreville, it was Crist who was the stopper on the mound for Middletown. Scattering only six hits and one walk over seven innings while striking out nine, Mid­dletown had its second shut-out of the day, winning the Sayreville Tournament Cham­pion­ship in grand style 4-0. Trammell led the offense, reaching base in all three at bats, while Dorsa and Katie O’Brien also scored runs in the win. Having finished their all-star season, the Middletown girls can look back on a very successful summer. After placing second in a 15-team district tournament way back on the July 4 weekend, the team went on to a 16-4 record and three tournament championships in Middletown, Hazlet and Sayre­ville. The team was coached by Richard Crist, George Gallo and Bill Dorsa, and assisted by scorekeeper Kathleen Trammell while also receiving help during the rainy days from the owners and staff at the Navesink Baseball Academy.last_img read more

19Jan/20

Nadal advances to China Open semis

first_imgTop-ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the semi-finals of the China Open by beating sixth-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0) yesterday. The French Open and US Open champion has won five titles this season and is closing in on the year end No. 1 ranking. “I don’t remember a lot of mistakes,” Nadal said. “I went to the net very often. I did the things that I want to do, and I did it well, so very happy.” On the women’s side, unseeded Carolina Garcia of France upset third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (6) in almost 312 hours to line up Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals. Simona Halep, on course to becoming the No. 1 player in the world for the first time, faces French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Nadal saved all three break points he faced against Isner. He will next play third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2. Dimitrov spent time practising with Nadal in Mallorca ahead of the hard-court season. The two also went fishing at sea. “We catch a few ones (fish), but not very big,” Nadal said. “But we had some good dinner.” Nick Kyrgios also advanced. The eighth-seeded Australian won when opponent Steve Darcis retired with a neck strain while trailing 6-0, 3-0. Kyrgios will take on second-seeded Alexander Zverev. The German beat Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3 and qualified for the season-ending tournament in London. Second-ranked Halep moved into the women’s semi-final by defeating Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-2, 6-1. To bump Garbine Muguruza from No. 1, the Romanian needs to reach the final.last_img read more

18Jan/20

Requiem…

first_img…for sugar? Or the unions?Look back in anger” – a play in post-WWII Britain – described the “angry young men” who changed Britain forever. Your Eyewitness wonders if thousands of “p*ssed rural men” might soon create headlines like “look back in fear” after they storm governmental offices with their cutlasses? But sadly, it ain’t gonna happen here. Why? Well because the trade unions that are paid to protect sugar workers’ rights, have lost their mojo. Not to mention, their cojones.As your Eyewitness predicted, the political types were out in force for the Enmore Martyrs’ Day. Just as predictably, the Opposition and the Government went on different days. Which just confirms for sure absolutely nothing’s gonna be done to roll back the crisis that’s engulfed the sugar industry. And the unions that showed up did what they’ve been doing for decades – talk! And offering further evidence that they’ve been spayed.With each side pointing fingers at the other: “It’s them that did you in!” The unions once again regurgitated the history of the five workers who were shot and killed 68 years ago. Did they learn anything from the events they described? Not if we go by their actions. If the present powers-that-be are hewing to the same line from 1948 – ignoring the workers’ plight – couldn’t the unions have followed the example of the workers of yore? Show up – but behave bad and protest!!Wouldn’t the plight of the modern sugar workers been better represented by some militant action on this day that’s supposed to symbolise workers refusal to be simply objects of history and take their rightful role as subjects?Now in the normal course of events, institutions, like people will live and die. And it might just be that it’s time for sugar to die. But shouldn’t the Government – which is elected to take care of these things – have a plan for the 18,000 or so workers that are being forced to die a long, slow and painful death? Today it’s Wales and its 1700 workers. If there is nothing to suggest the Government is doing anything different, don’t the unions realise what’s staring them in the face?The refusal of the unions to change their modus operandi on this symbolic day, shows they aren’t prepared to think outside the box. And the Government knows this. All the PM – as the Government rep – did, was to challenge his old PPP comrades to “come to the table”.Just as with the offer of “unity talks” to the PPP, the PM and the unions know with the messenger being the message, this ain’t gonna happen.It’s a shad, shad, shituation.…for local governmentLocal government faces a similar situation as does sugar…and for the same reasons. To wit: the compulsion of politicians to lie to their “constituencies”. Just consider the point of attack by APNU/AFC on the PPP in Georgetown that was focused on their Town Clerk Carol Sooba. If they were to be believed, the woman was the spawn of the devil sent by the PPP’s Minister of Government to torment and thwart the angels at City Hall.Why was the City dirty? Why…Sooba of course! Vendors overrunning City? …Sooba…Sooba …Sooba. It all came down to her being a puppet of Central Government via the Minister of Local Government. Subverting the glorious promise of local government! So now that we have an APNU/AFC Town Clerk, controlled by a new Minister of Local Government Ronald Bulkan, universally castigated, what say they now? Shouldn’t the said Minister stick to his principles and resign?Naaah? What’s sauce for the goose is NOT sauce for the gander!…for CAL or us?So CJIA’s issued an ultimatum to CAL to allow our in-transit passengers at Piarco to keep their duty-free purchases. Or we’ll throw them out!!Really? And what’d we do when all the Charter Flights go belly up?last_img read more

12Jan/20

Stars thump hosts Seychelles

first_imgCoach Francis Kimanzi who was in charge of his first match since his re-appointment last Tuesday brought on Mathare United striker, Kevin Kimani in place of Ulinzi Stars forward in the 71st minute as he sought to press the advantage.The switch paid off barely four minutes later when the newcomer set up his captain Oliech to score the first although the goal was initially credited to the Mathare striker.Oliech added his second in the 81st minute to secure the result ahead of the second leg that will be played in Nairobi on Tuesday after Kimanzi brought in Tusker FC forward, Paul Were in place of Sofapaka’s Bob Mugalia in attack just a minute before.Keeper Arnold Origi was booked in the 62nd minute.A barren draw will suffice to send Stars through to join the group that has Nigeria and Malawi in waiting with Namibia, the other side who featured in Friday’s pre-qualifiers looking set to be included in the same pool.The Namibians also secured a massive 4-0 away advantage at Djibouti ahead of their return tie in Windhoek.LINE-UPSH/Stars- Arnold Origi (GK), Jamal Mohammed, Dennis Odhiambo, Brian Mandela, Pascal Ochieng, Dennis Oliech, Stephen Waruru, Titus Mulama, Bob Mugalis, Victor Wanyama, James SitumaSubs– Duncan Ochieng, Mulinge Ndeto, Paul Were (81′ for Mugalia), Collins Okoth, Kevin Kimani (71′ for Waruru), Humphrey Ochieng, Jockins Atudo.Coach: Francis KimanziSeychelles– Nelson Sopha, Allen Larue, Nelson Laurence, Jones Joubert, Jonathan Bibi, Alex Nibourette, Kevin Betsy, Don Annacoura, Achill Henriette, Henney Dufrene, Nigel Freminot Subs- Brian Dorby, Ronny Marengo, Jude Nancy, Vincent Euphrasie, Gervais Waye-Hive, Leeroy Corallie Coach: Jean-Louis RALPH 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 11- Harambee Stars took a massive step towards sealing their place in the 2014 World Cup Africa group qualifiers when they captured the Pirates of Seychelles 3-0 at the Unity Stadium on Friday.The first away victory for Stars since 2003 when they beat Cape Verde 1-0 was sealed by a late second half brace from captain and French Ligue 1 AJ Auxerre striker, Dennis Oliech who added to Pascal Ochieng’s 41st minute opener.Stars burst to life four minutes to the break when the Rangers FC defender and vice-captain sent a free kick past Nelson Sopha in the Seychellois goal for a 1-0 lead at the break.last_img read more

11Jan/20

United draw Rostov in Europa League last-16

first_imgItalian side AS Roma, also among the competition favourites, drew French club Lyon which could be the clash of the round.There is also an all-German pairing as Schalke 04 take on Borussia Moenchengladbach, while two of the three remaining Belgian sides were also cast together as Genk drew Gent.Anderlecht landed Cypriots Apoel as Greek champions Olympiakos play Turkey’s Besiktas.Celta Vigo — La Liga’s sole remaining representative in the second-tier European competition — host another Russian outfit Krasnodar as Dutch giants Ajax travel to FC Copenhagen.Draw:Celta Vigo (ESP) v Krasnodar (RUS)Apoel Nicosia (CYP) v Anderlecht (BEL)Schalke 04 (GER) v Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER)Lyon (FGRA) v Roma (ITA)Rostov (RUS) v Manchester United (ENG)Olympiakos (GRE) v Besiktas (TUR)Gent (BEL) v Genk (BEL)FC Copenhagen (DEN) v Ajax (NED)Note: 1st leg, March 9; 2nd leg, March 160Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal against Leicester City on February 5, 2017NYON, Switzerland, Feb 24 – Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face modest Russian side Rostov in the last-16 of the Europa League.Jose Mourinho’s side beat French club Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the last 32. The English club will travel to Russia on Thursday, March 9 with the second leg a week later on March 16.last_img read more

10Jan/20

Understanding the new cannabis legislation as it pertains to youth

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is reminding parents and youth about the rules regarding legal marijuana use.With legalization in October, the RCMP say this is not open to everyone, particularly to youth under the legal requirement age of 19 in B.C.“Many of teens are excited about the legalization of cannabis but what they may not know or understand is that nothing has changed for those who are 18 and under… cannabis is still illegal.  And just because it is legal doesn’t mean it doesn’t impact those who are using it, especially developing teens.”- Advertisement -The RCMP say there are two pieces of legislation at play, the B.C. Cannabis Control and Licensing Act as well as the Federal Cannabis Act.“Both have been put in place to protect children and youth and to promote health and safety for all who chose to possess and consume cannabis.  To enforce the protection of youth and their physical and mental wellbeing, police and courts across Canada have been provided new powers to issues fines and jail terms that previously did not exist.”Police are reminding youth that they have the power to issue tickets for underaged pot uses, a power that did not previously exist.Advertisement “Previously, if a youth was found with a very small amount of cannabis, regardless of age, one way for police to deal with it was what was called a No Case Seizure.  In this instance, police would seize the cannabis and have it destroyed locally; done.  But now under the new cannabis legislation, police have the power to issues tickets that previously did not exist.”The best suggestions the RCMP can give you is that you do your research on what is actually legal and what is not and the penalties associated with them.For more information on marijuana use, you can visit Health Canada’s website.last_img read more

03Jan/20

WATCH: Man United-linked Lewandowski misses open goal against Real Madrid

first_img1 Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski missed an absolute sitter for Bayern Munich on Wednesday night during their pre-season friendly clash with Real Madrid.But the Polish striker went to make up for his howler by netting a late winner for the German side.last_img

28Dec/19

Boycott makes its mark on businesses, schools

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe El Pollo Loco employees joined hundreds of thousands of immigrant-rights advocates in a day of nationwide boycotts and rallies protesting Congress’ attempts to make felons of undocumented immigrants. Businesses across the nation shut their doors to either show support for the boycott or, as in Del Villar’s case, because employees failed to appear for work. In one two-block stretch of Uptown Whittier alone, 18 businesses were closed in support of the boycotts. One Mexican restaurant, the Uptown Whittier Cafe, remained open, although its manager planned on closing early in order to join the protests in downtown Los Angeles. “We needed to work and also be united,” said manager Francisco Vargas. Only nine of Ronald Guss’s 90 drivers showed up to work Monday at his Pico Rivera trucking company, leaving him to spend the day catching up on paperwork. He said his drivers – most of whom are Latinos – are independent contractors and not unionized. “It’s a loss for us so we get no revenue today,” said Guss, whose company ships merchandise for Wal-Mart, Exxon/Mobil, Kohl’s Department Stores and the Maytag Corp. “We didn’t give them any resistance, but I understand the issue is \ are trying to get citizenship for free. It’s not fair for the people who’ve gone the legal way. They want to jump to the front.” At Whittier College, students staged a dramatic hoax aimed at raising awareness about the the House of Representatives’ proposed bill on undocumented immigrants. Dressed in black shirts with the letters “I.N.S.” taped on them, students burst into classrooms with whistles, demanding that all “illegal aliens” identify themselves. The I.N.S. “officials” then escorted the offenders out of the classrooms. The students, who were part of a class on the history of the Mexican border, proposed the idea as part of a class project. Associate Professor of history Jose Orozco agreed and notified other faculty of the intended interruptions. “We had to interview an immigrant for one of our papers to get their story,” said 20-year-old junior Cody Pletcher. “It got us wondering, how many people know these stories? “\ do stuff that’s necessary for us to survive. They’ve provided for our society so why make them felons? We thought we had to do something so we came together as a class and figured the best way to get people aware was to stage something like this.” At schools, the boycott was ushered in rather peacefully, with no major disturbances or student walkouts reported. However, absences jumped at local districts, with some reporting that between 10 and 23 percent of their students did not show up for classes. At the Whittier Union High School District, Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson said 190 fewer absences were reported on Monday throughout the district than on the previous Monday. “I think what helped us so much this time was the proactive approach we took to communicate clearly and early and have consequences that are reasonable,” Thorstenson said. Thorstenson referred to automated phone messages and letters sent to students’ homes reminding parents that Monday was a regular school day and what the consequences were for unexcused absences. El Rancho Unified School District Superintendent Norbert Genis said about 10 percent of the student body was absent Monday, but otherwise, it had “very little if any effect at all, and there were no issues at the high school.” The criticism has come hard and fast for the El Rancho district since the March walkouts, when at least one of its students participated in an incident at Montebello High that resulted in the Mexican flag being flown above an upside-down American flag. “We’re trying to stop all forms of walkouts because we already have a bad reputation from the flag incident,” said El Rancho High student Chris Gallizzi. “We want to show the public that we can maintain a peaceful protest without leaving school grounds.” Montebello Unified officials said about 23 percent of its enrollment was absent Monday. “Our attendance counselors will be calling to talk to parents about why their child was absent,” spokeswoman Valerie Martinez said. “Only students who were truant will have to participate in Saturday school or receive after school detention.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Minerva Del Villar, general manager of El Pollo Loco in Downey, waited two hours Monday before she was forced to close her business for the day. None of the 10 employees she had slated for the morning shift showed up for work. Del Villar knew where they were – participating in the national boycott. Del Villar closed her restaurant and joined El Pollo Loco staff in Whittier, where another store was left short-handed. “These people aren’t people that normally don’t go to work,” Del Villar said. “They requested May 1 off, but I told them I couldn’t give it to everyone. I was hoping they were going to be late.” last_img read more

27Dec/19

Will this predicted Manchester United XI beat Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten side?

first_img 11 11 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo (Centre back) 21. Ander Herrera (Centre midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (Centre back) 9. Romelu Lukaku (Striker) 11 2. Victor Lindelof (Centre back) 1. David de Gea (Goalkeeper) – click the right arrow to see the predicted Manchester United XI 11 11. Anthony Martial (Striker) 11 14. Jesse Lingard (Attacking midfield) 18. Ashley Young (Left back) 11 11 11 Manchester United are aiming to cut Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points this Sunday.The Red Devils are Pep Guardiola’s side’s closest challengers this season and could bring fresh life into the title race with three points at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho’s men currently trail City by eight points and know anything other than maximum points will likely hand the trophy to their Manchester rivals.So, how could the Red Devils line-up against Manchester City?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Manchester United XI listed in squad number order… 25. Antonio Valencia (Right back) 11 31. Nemanja Matic (Central midfield)last_img read more

21Dec/19

Details About Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel

first_imgShare This!On Thursday, we finally got word of the name of the new Star Wars Hotel. It will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Guests will be staying on a ship called the Halcyon, which is owned by the Chandrila Star Line.Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will offer a two-night itinerary where all guests arrive and depart together, similar to Disney Cruise Line. Unlike the typical cruise, Guests will be able to have stories that unfold all around them and they will immediately become active citizens of the galaxy.The Halcyon is known across the galaxy for its impeccable service and exotic destinations. Onboard, you will stay in well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and more.Throughout the journey onboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, you will be invited to delve deeper into your personal adventure by participating in onboard activities, interacting with characters, crew, other passengers you meet, and becoming part of the action.©DisneyGuests will start to get into the story when they arrive at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World. Here you will enter a Launch Pod for transport into space. You’ll witness yourself “leave the real world” as you jump to hyperspace and draw closer and closer to the Halcyon.When you dock with the Halcyon you will step into the ship’s main deck Atrium. This certainly feels very reminiscent of a Disney Cruise Line experience.©DisneyDuring your stay, you will participate in immersive experiences including things like wielding a lightsaber while facing off against a training remote, where you may discover your own connection with the Force. Or when visiting the starcruiser’s Bridge to learn about ship systems, as well as how to operate them, including navigation and defense. These skills may or may not come in handy during your journey. (Hint….they may.)©DisneyEvery window on the ship including those in each cabin will include a view of space, with ever-changing vistas as the ship sails from place to place.Make sure you really explore the Halcyon because there are hidden spaces to be discovered deep in the mechanics of the ship.Oh and like is supposed to happen with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the choices you make during your adventure will help determine how your personal Star Wars story progresses.This is just the beginning for the new Star Wars-themed hotel. Stay tuned to the blog for further details as we learn them.One thing is for sure though….when boarding the Halcyon, you’ll definitely be immersing yourself into a galaxy far, far away.last_img read more