BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Although the trip delayed Wayne Palmer’s first win of his coaching career, Brookdale Community College’s new men’s soccer coach is glad the team went to Maryland to open the season. Games against powerhouses Rockville and Prince Georges resulted in two losses for the Jersey Blues but left the team more than ready for play in the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region XIX. Brookdale picked up its first win of the season, 3-0, over Morris in Lincroft after returning from Maryland 0-2. Talented forwards Enoch Dumarsais and Shawn Caltigirone accounted for all three goals, and Carl Martin stopped eight shots in picking up his first career shutout. “I saw progress in both games (in Maryland),” said Palmer, who got his first career win against Morris. “I’m quite happy we went to the lion’s den. It prepared us for region play.” This is a new season and new Brookdale squad. The Blues have only two starters back from last year’s national runner-up team, and a new coach who is still looking over the roster trying to find out what combinations work best. One of those combinations is Dumarsais and Caltigirone, both freshmen, on the front line. Dumarsais, who played his scholastic ball in Asbury Park, started the season at stopper but was moved to the front line with Caltigirone, an ex-Colts Neck star. The duo clicked against Morris producing all three goals. Caltigirone and Dumarsais are talented players with explosive speed and the ability to finish off plays. “They have potential,” said Palmer. “Right now we’re working on the chemistry between Shawn and Enoch.” Defense has been the strong point for the Blues thus far. “I’m happy with the progress of the defense,” said Palmer. Brad Fraley, a sophomore from Neptune, is the backfield leader. The co-captain is one of just two starters returning from last year’s national finalists. He alternates between sweeper and outside back. Alhassan Quaye, a freshman from Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls, is an outside defender, and Luis Anzulres of Long Branch stepped in at stopper for Dumarsais. Felipe Santos, the freshman from Matawan, has been seeing time at sweeper. Fraley and Santos are the leaders on this group. Palmer has a nice dilemma at goalie — two equally gifted keepers. He is more than delighted to have Howell grad Martin and Brick Memorial’s Willie Cuzco splitting time each game. An injury kept Cuzco out of the Morris game, enabling Martin to get his first career shutout. “I’m happy that we have an issue between equally talented goalies,” said the coach. “It will sort itself out as the season progresses. “They have different special talents and they work well in harmony with the defense,” he added. Potentially, midfield will be Brookdale’s greatest asset because of co-captain Richard Frye, the Matawan graduate who is the only other returning starter from the 2002 Region XIX champion and national junior college tournament runner-up team. Frye has yet to play a minute for the Blues. He’s nursing a high ankle injury that has been getting better each day. His return can’t come soon enough for Palmer. “Richard is a dominant player,” he said. “When we get Richard into the mix, he can get us to the next step.” Right now Jean Joseph, a sophomore from Asbury Park, Nick Klah, a sophomore from Monmouth Regional, freshman Brandon Serchio from Toms River South and a St. John Vianney grad, John Segenatkis, also a freshman, have played midfield. Mike Laspisa, a freshman from Freehold Township, has been the top sub, playing valuable minutes. When Frye returns, the Blues will be very deep and talented at the midfield. All of the midfielders are two-way players who can push the ball forward to start the attack and play defense. Palmer has not been afraid to play 15 to 16 players. Rounding out the 2003 BCC men’s soccer team are Alonso Hans (Long Branch), Chris Howard (St. John Vianney, midfield), Olnick Larose (Asbury Park, midfield), Junior Michel (Neptune, forward), Ozgury Orge (Anatolia, Turkey, midfield), Henry Pozo (Interamericano, Ecuador, defense), Padraic Sloan (Middletown South, defense) and Juan Carlos Salas (Long Branch, forward). Brookdale’s next match in Lincroft is Oct. 1 against Union at 3:30 p.m. in another GSAC, Region XIX matchup. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer
Through the first three weeks of the Crazy Johnny Memorial Basketball League, Van Zandt Jam remains the lone undefeated team.The Jam are 6-0 followed by Crazy Johnny’s, which is 4-2. E-Street Ballers (2-4), Springsteen Shooters (2-5) and Thunder Road Magic (2-5) complete the high school summer league standings. Playoffs are set to begin on Aug. 5.Games are played Friday and Saturday evenings at Walloo Park in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. In case of rain, the games are moved inside to St. Catherine’s gym in Middletown.Van Zandt Jam got 14 points from John Burks and 12 from Adam Sanzillo as they rolled to a 61-42 win over Thunder Road Magic in last weekend’s play. Nick Calabro led the Magic with 17 points.Crazy Johnny’s topped the Shooters, 82-63, behind Frank Derise’s 27 points. Derise is a perfect 17-17 from the foul line . Rob and Brian Esser chipped in with 10 and 17 points, respectively, for Johnny’s.Tyler Gonnella led the Shooters with 17.The Jam improved to 6-0 when they beat the Shooters, 77-66, on Saturday as John Balitico put in 20. James Cochran poured in a game-high 30 for the Shooters. The E-Street Ballers edged the Magic, 49-41 behind a red-hot John Dini, who hit for 36 points in the win. Matt Russo and Nick Calabra had 13 each for the Magic.Dini leads the league in scoring with a 24.3-points-per-game average. Derise is averaging 23.2 ppg and Tyler Walters has 22.2 points per game.Dini also leads in three-point shots (12). Derise, Gonnella, Russo and Steve Goldstein all have nine.The league’s top defenders have been Dan Markilum, Pete Jerimich, D.J. William, Rob Esser and Gonnella.Sign-ups for the Crazy Johnny Memorial fall league will be held 5-6:30 p.m. July 29, 30, Aug. 5, 6 and 12 at Walloo Park, Main Street, Port Monmouth (next to the Sunshine Deli). The fall league will begin play on Sept. 10 and will run through the month of October.Players are guaranteed half-game playing time and a minimum of 10 games played. The league will play eight-minute quarters with a stopped clock.The fee is $90 per player with a $10 discount if you are a returning player from the summer who plays on the same team. The league uses IABBO referees.For additional information, call 732- 671-9319.
Former French Open runner-up Simona Halep staged a remarkable fightback and saved a match point to reached the semi-finals with a 3-6 7-6(6) 6-0 win over Elina Svitolina on Wednesday.Romanian third seed Halep trailed by a set and 5-1 against the fifth seed but somehow dug herself out of a hole before storming to victory.Ukrainian Svitolina saved four set points at 5-6 in the second and then had a match point in the tiebreak which Halep saved with a brave backhand winner that kissed the sideline.Halep clinched the second set with a forehand winner and swept through the decider as Svitolina’s spirit sagged, sealing victory with an ace.Halep will play second-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals, while in the other half of the draw Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko will take on Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.All four players are seeking a first grand slam title.
LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Rebisco-PSL squad arrives in Kazakhstan Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View comments Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Power Smashers coach Nes Pamillar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPower Smashers escaped with a 25-23, 16-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Philippine Air Force to stay in the hunt for an outright semis berth in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.But coach Nes Pamillar felt the win still left a lot to be desired with the way his girls performed against the cellar-dwelling Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “There were lots of instructions that weren’t followed. They didn’t seem like they know what they were doing. I was telling them to think. I told them we’ll talk again in the dugout,” he said.After taking the first set, 25-23, the Power Smashers came out flat in Set 2, allowing the Jet Spikers to equalize, 25-16.They seemed to have figured things out in the fourth set, turning a 14-all deadlock to a 21-15 lead, but once again fell to the same trap as Air Force tied the game at 22.Luckily, Prado took matters into her own hands, scoring off the block to put her side at match point before denying Yongco on the net for the win.Patcharee Saengmuang topped Air Force (1-8) with 21 points, while Angel Mae Antipuesto got 11 in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 “I’m not satisfied with how the players performed,” Pamillar said in Filipino. “They were out of sync and it seemed like they were taking things easy. They know that they can beat our opponent and relaxed too much. That can’t be the case,” he said.Thai guest player Kannika Tipachot showed the way as she had 21 of her 23 points off attacks to help the Power Smashers improve to a 5-4 slate.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 groundHyapa Amporn added 11 markers, while Jovelyn Prado got 10, including the match-clinching joust against Air Force’s Iari Yongco in the fourth set.Still, Pamillar called out her ladies for their lackluster showing, putting the focus on his setters Vira Gullema and Alina Bicar. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo hit the game-winning shot and GlobalPort knocked off Alaska, 107-106, for the last quarterfinals berth in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Romeo buried a 3-pointer to put the Batang Pier ahead for good, 106-104, with 8.1 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT The loss capped off a disastrous run for Alaska, which fell to its eighth straight defeat.It also spoiled Abueva’s milestone night as he had a career-best 31 points, to go with 13 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.Cory Jefferson led the Aces with 32 markers and 16 boards, while Chris Banchero chipped in 16 markers and four rebounds in the losing effort.Alaska missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2012 Governors’ Cup, and put a blemish on coach Alex Compton’s eight-straight playoff appearances.The scores:GLOBALPORT 107 – Harper 32, Romeo 26, Pringle 21, Guinto 8, Cortez 6, Pessumal 5, Anthony 5, Grey 3, Maierhofer 1, Mamaril 0, Forrester 0, Paredes 0, Pennisi 0.ALASKA 106 – Jefferson 32, Abueva 31, Banchero 16, Manuel 9, Exciminiano 8, Racal 3, Enciso 3, Galliguez 2, Cruz 2, Thoss 0, Pascual 0, Hontiveros 0, Dela Cruz 0.Quarters: 20-26, 52-49, 74-78, 107-106. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak “We have to give credit to the guy. He’s really willing to take the shot. That’s why he’s Terrence Romeo. In short, makapal talaga ang mukha niya,” said coach Franz Pumaren.“It’s a gutsy move. It takes one great player to be willing to take that shot.”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 groundThe Aces still had a chance to tie the game, but Calvin Abueva’s undergoal stab rolled out of the rim. Justin Harper split his freebies keeping the door open for Alaska, but Simon Enciso muffed his right corner trey in the final 3.0 seconds.Romeo dropped nine of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, on top of five rebounds and three assists. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Harper topscored for the Batang Pier with 32 markers and 17 boards, while Stanley Pringle added 21 points, six rebounds, and five assists.Even Pumaren can’t deny that he was surprised with GlobalPort’s sudden ascent to the quarterfinals, as he looked back a month ago when his team seemed primed for an early exit.“I guess we surprised a lot of people. No one imagined us to be in this situation, to be in the quarterfinals. Just last month, I think most of the basketball fans, they were thinking we were ready to fold and go on a vacation,” he said. “I guess today’s game is a testament that the boys, they don’t want to go on a break yet.”What awaits, though, is a date against top-seed Ginebra, which will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals starting on Tuesday.“It’s going to be a tough series for us. Just a one-day rest and we’re playing the number one team — the team that’s on a streak. Hopefully, we can sustain the run,” said Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT Wozniacki into second French Open quarterfinal
Marlon Jacobs popularly known as “Freedom Boss” will be hosting yet another exciting and energetic event called “Liquorish fah Soca” on Wednesday, July 31 in the Parking Lot of Giftland Mall.This is one of several parties that was hosted by the dynamic entertainer whose aim to promote parties for the grassroot. The party, although the major event will be held in Georgetown, Barticians can expect the same vibes this evening at the Third Avenue Beach and Saturday evening at the New Amsterdam Stelling Road, Berbice.A similar event was held in December last year at the Marriott Beach front and was deemed as huge success. The party saw thousands of fans storming the venue to party to the best music selected and joggle by some of the most energetic deejays around.This year will be no different, as the deejays are all ready to entertain the patrons with the best mixes. Tickets for the event vary and will be available at regular ticketing locations and at the gate on the nights of the events.However, for those who do not have tickets in advance, they will pay more at the gate. For the soca junkies, this is one event you don’t want to miss.
The most urgent topic today among Muslims and non-Muslims alike is the “Islamic extremism” that threatens the security and safety of the world. The term is an oxymoron when taken in the context of the Holy Quran and the life of The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). Islam has always disavowed extremism.The Prophet’s birthday, Youman Nabi, will be celebrated tomorrow. It is a good time to reflect on the legacy he left behind by founding one of the world’s great religions, Islam, a religion that has been hijacked by terrorists, and whose teachings and texts are conveniently edited and taken out of context to justify barbaric acts.The critics who try to prove that Islam and the Prophet Mohamed preached and taught terrorism always use carefully edited versions of Quranic texts or quotes from various hadiths whether they are about jihad, holy war, or about medieval beliefs and practices that dictate a low status for women.Hadiths are anecdotal accounts of the words and actions of the Holy Prophet. There are hundreds of them; all compiled well over 100 years after the death of Mohammed. Just as many can be quoted to justify brutalities, there are as many more that contradict those anecdotes.The hadiths are always subordinate to Quranic texts, but critics and terrorists alike use them liberally to bolster their arguments and actions. In fact, Islamic scholars have written books and numerous articles that debunk the myths of barbarism attached to Mohamed and Islam, but these persist because there is a ready audience who want to believe the worst about Muslims and their religion.The continued brutalities of the terrorists also give credence to the anecdotal texts when nothing could be further from the truth if the Quran is read in context and in its entirety as was intended.The Holy Quran is clear on permitting the use of force only in self-defence which is not dissimilar to the laws of civilised Western countries. Chapter 2 Verse 190 of the Quran states: “You may fight in the cause of God against those who attack you, but do not aggress. God does not like the aggressors.”In Chapter 17 Verse 33, the Quran states: “You shall not kill any person – for God has made life sacred – except in the course of justice. If one is killed unjustly, then we give his heir authority to enforce justice.”In Chapter 4 Verse 90, the Quran states: “ …. If they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then God gives you no excuse to fight them.”The idea of Islam being a religion that sanctions a holy war to spread the religion is also debunked by the Quran itself. In Chapter 2 Verse 256, the Quran states: “There shall be no compulsion in religion …” and underlines this statement further in Chapter 18 Verse 29: “Proclaim: ‘This is the truth from your Lord’, then whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills let him disbelieve.”The Quran, and the life and sayings of the Holy Prophet himself are the best antidote to any argument for extremism. Mohammed’s example of compassion, and his support for universal religious freedom and education represents the best possible path to counter the terrorism which is founded on ignorance about Islam and on gross misinterpretations of the Holy Quran.The Prophet was once heard to declare: “The cure for ignorance is to question.” The extremists do not ever question but follow corrupt clerics blindly. They can actually be viewed as an extreme group of the populism of intolerance and hate that has gripped the US, Britain and other European countries where people willingly follow political leaders who are making over intolerance and divisiveness into a message of righteous patriotism that condones attacks on immigrants, refugees, and non-whites.In one of the most famous stories that portray the Prophet’s deep respect for the belief of others, he gave his permission for the Christian tribe of Najran, who were visiting him in Medina, to use the mosque to offer their prayers.This is not the Prophet of extremists and as Muslims the world over celebrate the life of the Prophet Mohammed it is an opportune moment for everyone to pledge to unite against all forms of corruption and extremism and to try and counter these with education and justice, and with respect for each other.Such a world is the goal not only of Islam but of Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and every other faith that teaches us to be the best of humankind.
The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has rejected a request for an engagement meeting with the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), arguing that the CBL is exempted from audit as Liberia’s monetary authority – with functional independence, power and right to carry out said mandate.CBL’s Deputy Governor for Operations, Charles E. Sirleaf, in his letter to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PPCC, James Dorbor Jallah, said the CBL is excluded from entities that are made subject to the requirement of Public Finance Management Act of 2009 and even the PPCC Act Part I Section 2 (49) recognizes the CBL as the monetary authority responsible to formulate and implement monetary policy.“In view of the aforementioned, we regret to inform you that the CBL cannot honor your request for an audit engagement meeting with the Senior Management of the Bank on Thursday, July 30, 2015,” Deputy Governor Sirleaf wrote.The CBL’s letter was contained in a ‘dossier’ attached to a written communication to the House of Representatives by the PPCC over the alleged non-compliance posture of the CBL to be audited – but which said it cannot be audited unless by itself.On May 4, 2015, the House of Representatives wrote the PPCC to conduct a comprehensive audit on compliance and performance of the CBL covering fiscal years 2010/2011 to 2013/2014.“The CBL informed the Commission that it could not honor our request for an audit engagement meeting with the senior management team,” Jallah’s letter to the House read.“The Commission wants to inform the body that it has been engaged with the Central Bank [of Liberia] since 2010 regarding its non-compliance with the provisions of the PPCC Act of 2010, but the CBL persistently failed to subject itself to the applicability of the PPCA,” the letter further explained.The PPCC’s law recognizes the CBL as the monetary authority responsible to formulate and implement monetary policy, but allows for the auditing of the Bank.The PPCA of 2010 however states that the Act shall not apply to ‘agreements executed’ by the Central Bank of Liberia relating to the implementation of monetary policy or procurement related to the production of coins or currency.The law states that agreements relating to the general administration of the CBL will not be excluded from the application of the Act, including but without limitation to procurement of general stores, stationery, office equipment or vehicles.The PPCC boss in his letter said that the Ministry of Justice was in support of the CBL being audited in acquiescence with the PPCC Act.Meanwhile, CBL Governor Dr. J. Mill Jones maintains that the CBL was established by rules and procedures in consultation with internationally reputable auditors, which are strictly adhered to by the management of the Bank.He said the Board of Governors has an Audit Committee which has direct oversight responsibility, concerning expenses and procurement and reports to the full Board. The audit of the financial statements of the CBL is enshrined in the CBL Act of 1999 and is conducted every year.But the opinion of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General is that, “while the CBL’s claims of functional independence and unique circumstances are relevant vis-à-vis its functions of monetary policy and currency production, they are simply unavailing when used as a shield against a law which expressly considered same, and applies to a number of other functional independent and autonomous entities.”Hence he (Minister of Justice) advised that the CBL bring itself into compliance with the PPCA and PPCC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Devina SamarooPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Clement Rohee erupted in anger at his Monday morning press conference as he once again rejected rumours of an immense power struggle within his party, following the publication of a contemptuous article exposing an apparent “major clash” among the party leadership over the next presidential candidate.Former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoRohee contended that robust debates are encouraged on a variety of issues and therefore such internal deliberations should not be considered “infighting”, as was reported by Stabroek News on Monday under the headline “PPP executives jockeying for top position.”The General Secretary said he is disgusted with the “misleading” story which is riddled with pure conjecture:“If this is what the Stabroek News interprets as ‘infighting’ then, they can’t be helped since they chose to stay in their own echo chamber believing they have latched onto something when in fact it is sheer gossip, conjecture and rumour,” he stated.The article stated that there was a rift among senior executives over who should be the presidential candidate for the next General and Regional Elections, with the information credited to a “source”; with some members rooting for former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali while others are backing former Culture Youth and Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony.The article also pointed out that former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has his mind set on serving a third term as president after former Chief Justice Ian Chang (AG) ruled that the two-term presidential term-limit is unconstitutional.It is also rumoured that Rohee has presidential aspirations; however when prompted on this during the press conference, the General Secretary refused to comment.According to the Party’s Constitution, a General Congress is to be held this year during which party members will be afforded the opportunity to discuss a number of issues as well as nominate and elect new leaders.However there has been no word yet on a date for the congress and reports suggest that the gathering will be postponed owing to the alleged internal conflicts.Nonetheless, Rohee maintained that the PPP has always been and will always be a strong and united political force.He argued that rumours of this nature are certainly not new and the peddling of such misinformation is being done for mischievous reasons.In this regard, the General Secretary declared that the media “behaves like a stray dog going by the smell of things, and rummaging the Freedom House neighbourhood for new (or old) juicy inaccuracies and speculations.”
0Shares0000LONDON, September 12- Thibaut Courtois has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, after he won the race to replace the experienced Petr Cech as the west London club’s new first choice goalkeeper.ESPN FC revealed last month that Courtois had been offered a new contract, with his previous deal at Chelsea signed after he initially arrived at the club in 2011 as back-up to Cech. Chelsea were eager to tie Courtois down to a fresh contract that reflected his new status at the club and confirmation that the deal has been concluded has now arrived.“I’m very happy with this new deal, it’s really nice to have signed this new contract for five years,” Courtois told the Chelsea website.“My future was already sorted, but it’s nice to know I’m going to be here for another five years and now I can just concentrate on playing games.”Cech remains at Chelsea despite speculation that he may seek a move after losing his status as the club’s No. 1 keeper, yet it is Courtois who is clearly the future for manager Jose Mourinho after the announcement of this new deal.Belgian international Courtois emerged as a star during a three-year loan spell with Atletico Madrid, which concluded with a Spanish title success and an appearance in the Champions League final last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)