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first_imgSport Shorts The MYAA Mid-Monmouth boys travel basketball teams will hold tryouts on Sept. 8 and 10 at Thorne Middle School, Middletown. On both nights, the Junior Division will run 6-7:30 p.m. and the Senior Division will run 7:30-9 p.m. The Junior Division (fifth and sixth grade) must be under 12 as of Aug. 1, 2003. Senior Division (seventh and eighth grade) must be under 14 as of Aug. 1, 2003. Proof of age and residency (driver’s license not accepted) required for all registrants. Please note that because of the size of Middletown, there are two Mid-Monmouth programs (MYAA and TYBA). There are certain residency and school boundaries, which determine where you are eligible for tryouts. This information will be detailed at the MYAA tryouts. Call (732) 747-2410 for more information. The MYAA Mid-Monmouth girls travel basketball teams will hold tryouts on Sept. 9 and 12 at Thorne Middle School. On both nights, the Junior Division will run 6-7:30 p.m. and the Senior Division will run 7:30-9 p.m. The Junior Division (fifth and sixth grade) must be under 12 as of Aug. 1, 2003. Senior Division (seventh and eighth grade) must be under 14 as of Aug. 1, 2003. Proof of age and residency (driver’s license not accepted) required for all registrants. Please note that because of the size of Middletown, there are two Mid-Monmouth programs (MYAA and TYBA). There are certain residency and school boundaries, which determine where you are eligible for tryouts. This information will be detailed at the MYAA tryouts. Call (732) 747-2410 for more information. The Hazlet Hawks, an U13 boys’ travel soccer team, is looking for two dedicated players for the upcoming fall season. The team plays in the Premier flight of the Mid-New Jersey League, and receives professional training from an A licensed coach. Boys born between Aug. 1, 1990, and July 31, 1991, are eligible; residency is not required. For more information, call (732) 495-4790.last_img read more

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Extremely disgusted at way cricket in Berbice is being managed

first_imgDear Editor,By an order of court dated 08th September, 2017, granted by the Honorable Justice Navindra Singh in Chambers, it was ordered that an Annual General Meeting be held on October 8th, 2017 to elect office bearers of the said Berbice Cricket Board.It was also ordered that Mr. Sumwaroo ensures that notices for this meeting be served on all members. It was therefore very surprising when Mr. Sumwaroo personally, and in the company of another person, hand delivered notices to some member clubs while the majority did not receive any — a clear violation of the order.He was clearly in violation of Article 3, which states that these notices were to be sent by the secretary via registered mail.Mr Sumwaroo clearly overstepped his authority when he chose not to send notices to bona fide member clubs such as Guymine, Mount Sinai, Fort Canje Hospital, and Chesney, among others.One is now left to wonder if this is a deliberate ploy of Mr Sumwaroo’s to disenfranchise these clubs. It is also pertinent to note that Fort Canje Hospital, Mount Sinai, and Guymine were recently in the news after receiving sports equipment from the Director of Youth and Sports, Mr Christopher Jones .This fact Mr Sumwaroo and his accomplices cannot plead ignorance of. Further, this person, who claims to be a cricket enthusiast with a penchant for developing youth cricket, is not even a member of the Chesney Cricket Club, the community from whence he hails. It is also alleged that notices had been given to persons to vote for clubs to which they have no membership.Mr Sumwaroo just recently claimed (in an article in another section of the media) that sponsors were hard to come by, yet this same Sumwaroo procured the services of the Conference Room of the Classic Hotel and Suites to host the Berbice Cricket Board Elections.It is also alleged that the cost for this service is in excess of 0,000, while second division teams are made to pay entrance fees to participate in tournaments. The question now being asked is: where is this money coming from, taking into consideration the state of the BCB’s finances. It behooves one to now ask who is sponsoring the event, and for what in return?Editor, Mr Sumwaroo has asked to be judged on his performance but he should be reminded that he was judged in the High Court by a competent puisne judge who found him to have illegally secured the Presidency of BCB, a position he is now seeking again. So how much more does he want to be judged?Editor, as a cricket stakeholder in Berbice, and one who follows the game, I am extremely disgusted at the way cricket in Berbice is managed.Sincerely,Berbice CricketStakeholdersCommitteelast_img read more

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Suarez: My destiny was El Clasico

first_imgAfter a diet of training and friendlies he will be available to make his competitive Barcelona debut against Real on October 25.Reflecting on the Chiellini attack he told his club’s website: “I’m only human and sometimes it’s hard to face the truth.“I found it hard to take in and to realise what I had done. Those were days when I didn’t want to know about it,” he explained.“I didn’t want to listen to anybody, or speak to anybody. I didn’t want to accept it,” he added.The controversial striker however remained unrepentant over a 2011 incident where he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.He was eventually banned for eight games after being found guilty of repeatedly making reference to Evra’s ethnic origin.“I was accused without evidence and that’s what grieved me the most,” the Uruguayan said.“The others were actions when it was me who did wrong. I accepted that and begged forgiveness, but the racism thing, when I was accused without evidence, that did upset me,” commented Suarez, who received widespread support in Uruguay, but was also heavily fined in England for the offence.The racism incident and the Chiellini bite helped pave the way for his 81 million euros (£65 million, $109 million) transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona in July, the striker feeling the Catalan giants were a better platform for his brilliance.“If I hadn’t had the attitude and mentality to lead the team, I don’t think Liverpool would have done as well as they did,” Suarez told Barcelona’s site, referring to Liverpool’s stunning 2013-2014 run of wins that saw them miss the Premier League title by a hair’s breadth.Suarez also spoke at length of his comeback match, saying the Saturday week clash with “Real Madrid in the Spanish capital was written into his destiny.“You know, I’m the kind of person who believes that things happen for a reason, and out of all 19 team in the league, it’s precisely against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu that I’ll make my comeback. “There must be a reason.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BARCELONA, October 15- Barcelona striker Luis Suarez spoke candidly on Tuesday about his infamous World Cup bite and the Patrice Evra racism row ahead of his return at Real Madrid.The 27-year-old goal-king is coming to the end of a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, his third such offence and one he long denied before coming clean.last_img read more

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Ghana, South Africa keep squad options open

first_img0Shares0000SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg, December 29 – Title favourites Algeria have named a final squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea while Group C rivals Ghana and South Africa are undecided. New Ghana coach Avram Grant, who guided Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final loss on penalties to Manchester United, chose a 31-man provisional squad.And South Africa counterpart, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba, called up 34 players for a post-Christmas Johannesburg training camp.Cape Verde Islands, Gabon and Mali have also picked final squads for the biennial 16-nation African football showpiece at Equatoguinean venues Bata, Ebebiyin, Malabo and Mongomo.Other contenders to select provisional squads of varying numbers include Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Senegal, Tunisia and Zambia.Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea and Ivory Coast have yet to reveal their hands ahead of a January 7 deadline for final player lists.France-born Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff included 18 of the 23 players who went to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and took the North African country to the knockout stage for the first time.The Desert Foxes bowed out in the second round after forcing eventual champions Germany into extra-time before suffering a 2-1 defeat.Newcomers are goalkeeper Izzeddine Doukha, defender Mehdi Zeffane, midfielders Mehdi Abeid and Foued Kadir, and striker Ishak Belfodil.They replace Cedric Si Mohamed, Liassine Cadamuro, Nabil Ghilas, Mehdi Mostefa and Hassan Yebda for a competition Algeria won in 1990 as hosts.Their good World Cup showing lifted Algeria to No.1 on the African rankings, and a five-match winning streak in the 2015 qualifiers has confirmed the Foxes as favourites.Grant omitted Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari, who were kicked out of the World Cup squad in Brazil, after initially hinting that he might recall the midfielders.Muntari assaulted a Ghanaian official and Boateng was sent home after training-ground disagreements with then-coach Kwesi Appiah.Veteran midfielder Michael Essien, who played under Grant at Chelsea, was another former star who failed to make the cut.There were recalls for DR Congo-based goalkeeper Ernest Sowah, defender Samuel Inkoom from American club Houston Dynamo and Italy-based midfielder Alfred Duncan.Grant will rely heavily on striker Asamoah Gyan, who plays for United Arab Emirates club Al Ain and made the final five of the 2014 African Footballer of the Year race before being eliminated.South Africa are back at the Cup of Nations as qualifiers for the first time since 2008 and much of the credit has been heaped on former Orlando Pirates defender MashabaHe has restored pride to a national team that steadily slumped after conquering Africa in 1996, and lifted morale when goalkeeper-captain Senzo Meyiwa was murdered during the qualifying campaign.“I want to give everyone a chance to impress, hence the bloated squad,” he said of a group from which he must drop 11 players.A surprise omission from the provisional group is Kaizer Chiefs centre-back Tefu Mashamaite, who started in a drawn final-round eliminator away to defending champions Nigeria, who did not qualify.Probably the biggest concern for Mashaba is striker Tokelo Rantie from English second-tier league leaders Bournemouth, who hopes to recover from a shoulder injury.Angry ex-Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba took to Twitter after being left out of the provisional 28-man Senegal squad picked by coach and former France star Alain Giresse.“I cannot wait to hear the excuses of the coach and then destroy them one by one,” tweeted the 29-year-old who has been scoring regularly for Besiktas in Turkey.Giresse has many proven goal poachers to choose from, including Papiss Cisse of Newcastle and Sadio Mane of Southampton, who scored in weekend English Premier League matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Manchester United sign centre-back in British record deal – classic transfer

first_img 2 On this day – 22 July, 2002 – Manchester United signed England defender Rio Ferdinand.When the centre-back arrived at Old Trafford from Leeds United, he did so as the Britain’s most expensive player, costing the club £30m.It was the second big money deal involving Ferdinand, who became the world’s costliest defender in 2000 when Leeds paid West Ham £18m for him, though he lost that title to Lilian Thuram when Juventus paid Parma £22m for the France ace a year later.Ferdinand played for two seasons at Elland Road and captained the side in the 2001/02 season, but financial pressure forced the club to offload a number of star players and there was a time when it seemed Ferdinand was heading to Arsenal over United.The defender had established himself at international level alongside Sol Campbell and it was this partnership that intrigued Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Following a hugely impressive tournament at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, Ferdinand was a wanted man, and it looked to be a straight fight between the country’s two biggest sides for his signature.Despite facing debts of £77m, Leeds remained firm in their stance that they would hang onto their prized asset, but United made them an offer they could not refuse and within the space of five days Ferdinand was a Red Devil. Rio Ferdinand and Alex Ferguson in 2002 The defender had a dream debut season, making 28 league appearances as United won the 2002/03 Premier League title.However, the following season was met with controversy as Ferdinand was slapped with an eight-month ban by the FA in January 2004 after missing a drugs test – the sanction resulted in the England centre half missing the rest of the season and Euro 2004.After his ban, Ferdinand was almost ever present in the United defence as they finished third behind Jose Mourinho’s new look Chelsea and again a year later when the Blues repeated their success. From a personal point of view, though, it was better for Ferdinand as he agreed a new four-year deal and also scored his first goal for the club in December 2005 against Wigan.The 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons were arguably Ferdinand’s greatest in a United shirt. Having formed a formidable partnership with Nemanja Vidic – the duo provided the backbone for back-to-back Premier League title successes.Meanwhile, the 2007/08 campaign was extra special for the defender as he made 11 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side en route to winning the Champions League where they beat Chelsea in the Moscow final.Watch Ferdinand score his last goal for England in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at home to Kazakhstan:Back injuries started to plague Ferdinand towards the end of his career and this showed as he only made 13 league appearances the following season as United lost the Premier League to Chelsea.Things did improve for Ferdinand, though, as the club successfully regained their crown and eclipsed Liverpool’s record of 18 league titles but the centre-back was part of the team that lost the title on the final day of the 2011/12 season to their ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City in dramatic fashion.United responded in emphatic fashion the following campaign, storming their way to a 20th English crown and in what proved to be legendary boss Alex Ferguson’s last season, Ferdinand scored his final goal for the club in a 2-1 win against Swansea in May 2013.Ferdinand’s final season at United was a frustrating one. Marginalised by Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, he only featured 14 times for the side in the league, with his last coming in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.The stopper’s United honours include six Premier League titles, a Champions League, a Club World Cup and two League Cups.After leaving United, Ferdinand moved to Queens Park Rangers but after an injury-plagued year the 36-year-old announced his retirement from football in May 2015. 2last_img read more

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Health-care worker crisis seen in California by 2020

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE“This is the first time we’ve taken a look at the major allied health professions in a decade,” said Ed O’Neil, director of the Center for Health Professions in San Francisco. “In over three-quarters of these professions, we have significant shortfalls,” he said. “Some of these shortfalls are so significant that they are likely to endanger the health of California’s residents because those skills that are needed won’t be there.” The report said not enough students are passing basic math and science classes, schools and colleges offer little or no information about the wide ranges of professions with the allied health fields and a high number of graduates quit the field because they are unprepared for the high demands of the job. Among California’s nursing students for example, 25percent graduated behind schedule, while 25percent did not graduate at all. And while many local colleges have expanded the offerings, there also is a shortage of instructors willing to teach. California will not have enough pharmacists, dental hygienists, respiratory therapists and other health-care workers by 2020, putting the health of a growing senior population at risk, a study released Monday found. The study, funded by Kaiser Permanente and the California Wellness Foundation, traced the shortfall to a lack of college courses, high dropout rates in health-care college programs and low retention rates at medical offices and hospitals. The state’s senior citizen population is projected to increase by 3.2million by 2020. At the same, some allied health professions are seeing up to an 85percent shortage of students, according to the report. As a result, health-care facilities are spending thousands to recruit from other states and other countries to fill the gaps, instead of investing in classes, O’Neil said. “A whole generation of baby boomers are getting older, needing more health care, while the work force is ready to retire,” said Marilyn Chow, vice president of patient-care services at Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser is the largest private employer of those in the allied health field, Chow said. One of the ways Kaiser is fixing the problem is by creating channels between its centers and local colleges, said Nancy Tankel, clinical director for medical, surgical and nursing care at Kaiser in Woodland Hills. “We’ve opened our doors to about six or seven schools, but there’s always more that needs to be done,” Tankel said. “It’s all very true what the report says. We don’t have enough nursing professors, we don’t have enough slots, we don’t have enough schools.” In addition, California’s nurses are aging. The average age is 47 years old, an issue that concerns professionals already working in the field. “We always joke we’re going to be taking care of each other,” Tankel said. Some groups are calling on state and college officials to increase the number of spaces for students in health-care programs and program prerequisites, and to assist student success once in college. “As Californians, all of our health care depends on getting more students into and through community college and university training programs,” said Abdi Soltani, executive director of the Campaign for College Opportunity, which sponsored the study. Other findings in the report: — In 75percent of the positions reviewed, California produces fewer graduates than job openings each year. — In jobs experiencing shortages, on average they need 47percent more graduates to meet demand. — Latinos make up more than 33percent of California’s population, but fewer than one in five is in the allied health work force.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea FC transfer news: Juventus ready to step up pursuit of Nemanja Matic

first_imgJuventus are ready to firm up their interest in Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, claim reports in Italy.The Serbian is being eyed by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United but the Portuguese is currently pursuing Paul Pogba.Juve are unlikely to sanction any deal which could see them lose out on Matic to the Old Trafford club as well as sell them Pogba.Chelsea are keen to keep hold of the 27-year-old to see how he fares during Antonio Conte’s first season in charge but it is understood the player is eager to move after enduring a difficult 2015/16 season.According to Sportitalia, the Serie A champions are now lining up an offer for Matic and will find out whether they can go ahead with the deal when Conte officially takes over at Stamford Bridge on Monday.Matic’s contract in west London doesn’t expire until 2019 and Chelsea would demand a fee at least £18m for the holding midfielder. Nemanja Matic in action for Chelsea 1last_img read more

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Girl, 7, third victim to die in Long Beach fire

first_imgLONG BEACH – A 7-year-old girl died this morning after suffering fatal injuries when a fire tore through a converted garage apartment early Friday, killing her two sisters. Jocelyn Aviles died at Torrance Memorial Medical Center after going into full cardiac arrest, said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Mike DuRee. Aviles arrived in critical condition at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and was transferred to Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s burn unit late Friday afternoon. She suffered burns over more than 18 percent of her body and had several cardiac arrests before she died, said doctors at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Her younger sister, 6-year-old Stephanie Aviles, died at St. Mary Medical Center. The eldest sister, Jasmine Aviles, 10, died at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Authorities are now 99 percent sure that the fire was started by a portable heater plugged into an overloaded power strip, DuRee said today. The roughly 300-square-foot garage, at 1052 1/2 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., had been illegally converted into a two-room apartment and did not have a smoke detector or sprinkler system. The three young girls were spending the night in the converted garage with their 17-year-old aunt Nancy Dearmas while their mother was at work. Dearmas had initially tried to get her nieces out, but ran to get help. When she tried to get back into the residence to get the girls out, fire had blocked the apartment’s only entrance. Although the blaze was intense, firefighters were able to extinguish it within five minutes because it was inside a small space. The Red Cross will be providing shelter, food, clothing and mental health care for the family of the victims, and will provide $500 for each child for funeral expenses, said Red Cross spokeswoman Margaret Arbini-Madonna. last_img read more

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Islam’s appeal spans many cultures

first_imgIt made him want to learn more about Islam, and he found himself drawn to its teachings and traditions. After much study and thought, the 26-year-old Chino man decided to convert. Malik comes from a traditional Catholic family. “When I told my mom, she was like, `I don’t see it,”‘ he said. “I actually had to move out of the house. My brothers and sisters were not pleased. I left home to make it easier.” After about a year, his family accepted his conversion. “They saw a transformation in my life,” he said. “I married just the past year, to a very traditional Muslim lady.” Malik has embraced his new religion, including the monthlong fast of Ramadan, when all but the young, sick, pregnant, nursing or those on a journey are expected to abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Malik said it isn’t easy. An inspector for an aerospace company, Malik says he likes to work out and usually drinks plenty of water each day. “My first year, it was pretty rough,” he said. “Now I accept it.” Nasir said it is not supposed to be easy. “This is called sacrifice,” he said. Nasir said Ramadan is a time of reflection. “The idea is to spend as much time at the mosque as possible – to pray and to learn,” he said. “To study and be peaceful, because this is the purpose of the Ramadan.” During Ramadan, the mosque is the focus of the faithful. Every evening they gather for the prayer that breaks the fast. Then as many as 300 men and women will gather in separate areas of the Chino mosque to eat the meal prepared by a different family each night. There will be more prayers later and a talk given by Nasir on a different religious topic each night. But for about 40 minutes, the faithful fill empty bellies and rejoice at the simple goodness of hot meal. Nasir said it is a joyous time. “We feel happy we have done something for God,” he said. “We are obeying the command of God, so it makes me happy.” mark.petix@dailybulletin.com (909) 597-8250160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Go to the mosque in downtown L.A. and you’ll see a large number of Latinos,” he said. “People are seeking a place where they feel the spirit of peace.” He said they are willing to make sacrifices to find that peace. That includes Latinos like Malik, a Catholic by birth, who found solace in Islam in the days after Sept. 11, 2001. He was in college, and didn’t like the way his Muslim friends were being treated. “People were saying they were not good people,” he said. “That’s not true.” CHINO – When the sun finally sets and the fast of Ramadan ends for the day, Luqman Malik joins the faithful at the Baitul Hameed Mosque for a feast of chicken, rice, potatoes. And Mexican food. Islam is a tapestry, Imam Shamshad A. Nasir says, a religion that attracts men and women of many cultures. More Latinos are embracing the faith, said Hussam Ayloush, a Corona man who is spokesman for the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. While he has has no exact numbers, he said the shift is clear. last_img
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England squad confirmed for Nations League finals – World Cup hero misses out

first_img shining Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has cut his group down from an initial list of 27 that he named on May 16, with Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond joining Trippier and Winks in dropping out.Captain Kane, who has not played since suffering ankle ligament damage in April, is confirmed as retained on the day the striker declared himself ‘ready’ for Spurs’ clash with Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.Kane sustained the injury in the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City on April 9, which was also when Winks made his last appearance.Tottenham announced later that month that Winks had undergone groin surgery, while the midfielder said he hoped it was not the end of his season. Trippier has endured a difficult season after the World Cup REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won getty LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 2 ADVICE Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT getty Harry Kane is England’s skipper England face Holland in their Nations League semi-final a week on Thursday in Guimaraes.There are seven players in Southgate’s 23 who could potentially be involved in the match in the Champions League final in Madrid five days earlier. huge blow REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker Full-back Trippier, a key part of England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals last summer, was an unused substitute in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro in March.Redmond had been a surprise inclusion in Southgate’s initial squad, having been overlooked since winning his only England cap in March 2017.Ward-Prowse, who made his senior international debut at the same, won his second cap in the recent Montenegro game. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Harry Kane is IN England’s 23-man squad for the UEFA Nations League Finals next month.However, Tottenham Hotspur team-mates Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks have been left out. 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

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