Sure shot at the top

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Hungry burglar flees on empty stomach

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Kenyans lead the pack at Sheehan once again

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above left, runners take off from the starting line along scenic Broad Street during Saturday’s George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank. Above, weary competitors approach the finish line. Below, Keyport’s Jody Benedict eyes the finish, while below left, Matawan’s Brian Sims does the same. About 2,500 runners competed in the George Sheehan Classic 5-miler in Red Bank on what turned out to be a pleasant Saturday morning. That was the goal of race organizers last year when they moved the event to Father’s Day weekend from the second Saturday in August to get away from the stifling summer heat. Yet the heat came out early a year ago. This time around conditions were excellent. “It was a great day to run. The weather was cool and that’s what we wanted,” said race director Phil Hinck, who also reported that there were no injuries during the race. “People are getting smarter and the weather certainly helped there too. Let’s knock on wood that this kind of weather continues.” As usual, Kenyan runners again dominated the race. Isaac Arusei burst out in from about a half-mile from the finish to win the men’s division in 22:50, holding off a late rush by Ronald Mogaka, who finished two seconds behind. In the women’s division Eunice Chepkirui crossed the finish first with a time of 27:28. Hinck noted that entries were slightly down from last year, but the race director expects the numbers to go up again since the June date occurs before many families go on vacation and also because of the family nature of the event. The Kids Classic, a series of races for youngsters held on Friday night, drew several hundred participants, and a pasta party and runners’ forum, also held Friday evening, were well-attended. In addition, there is a postrace barbecue. All runners who finish receive medals. Hinck noted that the event could not be held without the cooperation from the communities of Red Bank, Little Silver and Fair Haven. The course begins and ends on Broad Street and winds through each of the towns. More than 200 volunteers provided invaluable assistance, he said. “We view this as a fun-family event, and the goal is to continue making it better,” Hinck said. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

CBA ice hockey team falls short of return to Non-Public finals

first_imgStaff Writer BY NEIL BORENSTEIN The Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) ice hockey team targeted a return to the NJSIAA Non-Public championship game all season and was one win away from a rematch against Delbarton School when the season came to a screeching halt on March 6. The Colts fell to Don Bosco Preparatory School in the semifinals, 5-3.“Immediately following the game, when you enter the locker room, you see players burying their heads in their jerseys crying,” head coach Ryan Bogan said. “Underclassmen and seniors alike understand that their high school season has ended in unfulfilled terms … It’s a hard pill to swallow.”The game marked the fourth time this season that CBA played Don Bosco. The Colts owned a 2-1 advantage in the season series with a victory in the Gordon Cup semifinals, 3-2, and an earlier season matchup on Jan. 17, 2-1. The Ironmen took a Jan. 2 contest, 6-4.“We knew this was going to be tough,” Bogan said. “We played them three times already, and the goal differential was zero. Bosco matched up well against us, and it worked for them.”The Ironmen jumped out to an early lead in the state semifinals and ended the first period sporting a two-goal lead. Jim Rainey added to the lead with just over five minutes remaining in the second period, but the Colts chipped away at the deficit when senior forward Glenn Florczak, who is an alternate captain, notched an unassisted tally 37 seconds later. Junior forward Brendan van Riemsdyk brought CBA to within one when he scored off an assist from senior defenseman and captain Colin Kirkpatrick with 3:17 left in the period.“When we went down by three goals in the second period, we knew we had to chip away at the lead to get back in the game,” Bogan said. “It was difficult to understand because we had outplayed them more than in any other match, yet they were winning.”“My message to the team after two [periods] was keep pounding away,” he added.The Ironmen regained a two-goal edge early in the third period when Rainey scored his second goal of the game, but Florczak netted one with 1:49 remaining in regulation to give the Colts a fighting chance. But it wasn’t meant to be, as Don Bosco held them off and put the game away on an empty net marker with just four seconds left in the game.“To me, that proved we, as a team, had the heart of champions,” Bogan said, referencing the Colts’ late third goal. “We never quit playing that entire game. Hats off to Bosco for matching our effort late in the third.”CBA’s road to the semifinals started with a first-round bye. A 9-0 shutout against Seton Hall Preparatory School, led by a four-goal effort from van Riemsdyk and a 13-save performance in net from senior goaltender Chris D’Alessio, was followed by a much closer 3- 2 win in the quarterfinals over Morristown- Beard School. Sophomore forward Conor Tierney closed out the Crimson in overtime off assists from junior forward Anthony Cusanelli and Kirkpatrick.“The hardest part after winning the Gordon Cup was getting refocused,” Bogan said. “I thought we did that well against Seton Hall. [Morristown-Beard] gave us their best effort all season. I thought we were mentally sharp but physically tired during that game.”The finals of the Non-Public tournament was played on March 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark, where Delbarton claimed its sixth straight state title on a 4-0 victory.CBA gained some redemption over Delbarton when it beat the Green Wave in the finals of the Gordon Cup championship, 5-2, on Feb. 23. The Colts were able to solve Delbarton after two matchups earlier in the season ended in ties. CBA made it to the finals after shutting out St. Augustine College Preparatory School, 5-0, in the quarterfinals and then defeating Don Bosco in the semifinals.“CBA was able to defeat Delbarton to end the streak of 66 unbeaten games,” Bogan said, referring to a string of 66 games that Delbarton played against New Jersey opponents without a loss. “And [CBA did so] when it mattered in the Gordon Cup championship. We wanted that game badly because we knew there wasn’t a guarantee of getting back to play Delbarton in the finals [of the state tournament].”Bogan couldn’t put his finger on any particular aspect of the team’s game that it needs to improve upon in order to win the state title.“If you look back at the history of who has won the state championship lately, obviously it has been Delbarton and noone else, despite teams like CBA and St. Augustine coming close,” he said. “Remember, when you advance to a state semifinals or finals, you have made it further than approximately 220 other teams. “Teams need to peak at the right moment and sometimes that isn’t enough,” he added. Finishing the season with 46 points — third highest on the team, van Riemsdyk was CBA’s leading scorer during the state tournament with six points (five goals, one assist). Cusanelli, who was second in goals (21) and fourth in points (45), put up five points during the tournament, while senior forward and alternate captain Matt Langlois, CBA’s top scorer during the season with 51 points and a team-high 27 goals, notched three points.Langlois is one of six seniors graduating off the team this year. Defensemen R.J. Steer (captain) and Kirkpatrick, forwards Chris Deatrick and Florczak and starting netminder D’Alessio have also played their final game with the Colts.“The seniors provided so much to help us compete next season,” Bogan said. “They taught our underclassmen hard work, focus and dedication. They paved the groundwork through excellent leadership that will allow the underclassmen to continue CBA’s successful hockey program.”The goal for the next group of Colts is to get back to the state championship game. Bogan looks at van Riemsdyk to lead the charge offensively along with juniors Billy Antonides and Billy Meyer, as well as sophomores Brendan Murphy and Tierney. Freshman Ryan Bogan, Tim Clifton and James Stanger will build upon the experience they gained this season on defense. In net, sophomore Connor Silverstein and freshman Michael Cernero will compete for the starting job.last_img read more

The top 5 hotheads to feel the heat in Brazil

first_imgBy Benjamin GroundsRaheem Sterling’s unsavoury scuffle with Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia marred a productive evening against Ecuador in which Ross Barkley shot to prominence as a serious wildcard in England manager Roy Hodgson’s armoury of attacking options.Under the Miami heat, with shirts clinging to bodies, Sterling’s ill-timed lunged sparked a furious reaction from Valencia, the standard bearer of the South American’s Word Cup hopes who perhaps is still smarting from a leg break sustained four years ago this September.The World Cup has long been the breeding ground of infamous dismissals that have shaped and sealed the fate of many a nation’s hope of glory. Zinedine Zidane’s entrance into the World Cup hall of fame was guaranteed from the moment his head met ball twice from corners to sink Brazil in the 1998 final – but exited infamously when red mist, and Italy’s Marco Materazzi, descended eight years later courtesy of that same beret-hanger.It wasn’t the first time either that ‘Zizou’ had been given his marching orders at football’s main event; stamping a Saudi Arabian in a 1998 group match temporarily left France without their talisman en route to the final. Only Rigobert Song (94, 98) has equalled the former Real Madrid and Juventus playmaker’s tally of two World Cup reds, but with temperatures expecting to stifle free-flowing attacking football this summer in South America, the heat may to be too much for a few others.5. Mario BalotelliThe ticking time-bomb of Milan, Balotelli has been linked with a move back to England prior to a ball in Brazil being kicked, which will crank up the thermostat measuring the striker’s desire to impress.Remembered affectionately in the UK for letting off fireworks from his bathroom window, ‘Crazy Mario’ was sent off for his country in a friendly against Czech Republic last year for two bookings in as many minutes, and has endured several strained relationships with managers in his short career draped in disciplinary problems.Guiseppe Rossi’s omission from the final 23-man squad will mean the burden of a country’s hopes will fall on Balotelli’s 23-year-old shoulders.4 – Nigel de JongAnother from the Rossoneri camp, de Jong’s combative approach has earned him the nickname ‘the terrier’.A career that has seen only one red card to date – for two bookable offences against Rapid Bucharest in Hamburg’s 2005/06 UEFA Cup campaign, betrays his penchant for dishing out the rough stuff.The 29-year-old makes the list purely for the Kung-Fu kick on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 final that referee Howard Webb remarkably believed only merited a booking.3 – Sergio RamosSpain may have felt they were on the receiving end of some industrious tactics by the Dutch in the final showdown in Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium four years ago, but Vicente del Bosque’s side have a hit-man of their own.Sergio Ramos has a history of violence for his club side Real Madrid, having accrued 19 red cards during his time at the Bernabeu.Remarkably, despite over 100 caps for La Roja, Ramos is yet to receive his marching orders, but in a World Cup where the reigning World and European champions have drifting favouritism, he may well be forced to deploy dirtier tactics.2 – PepeRamos’ Real Madrid counterpart, Pepe, is equally effusive in the tackle and will forever be remembered for his 10-match suspension after he lost his cool against Getafe in 2009.The Portuguese defender, having conceded a penalty, aimed two swipes at the prone Javi Casquero, and his bad boy image reared itself once more in the home defeat to Barcelona this year, when he and Cesc Fabregas resembled rutting stags. His short temper, saddled with the burden of a group of death that pits the Portuguese alongside Ghana, USA and Germany means whatever happens, controversy is likely to tail the 31-year-old in Brazil.1- Wayne RooneyEngland’s great white hope has previously seen his World Cup go up in smoke, having been sent-off in 2006 for a stamp on Riccardo Carvalho.Rooney, who missed the group stages of Euro 2012 following a hack at Montenegro’s Miodrag Dzudovic in qualifying, attacked the British public after a drab goalless draw against Algeria in South Africa, and enters this year’s tournament out of form and short on fitness.Paul Scholes has questioned whether if he is passed his best, and if England toil, Rooney may well implode again.For more articles and the latest football news, check out FTBprolast_img read more

Third phase of Twilight Basketball launched

first_imgChildren under 15 years played five on five from 5pm to 7pm; while 16 years and over tried their skills in the three on three matches played from 7pm to 9pm. BFPNG teamed up with the PNG High Performance through their Talent Pathway Program to deliver the third phase.  Talent pathway coordinator and James Cook University – Honours Researcher, Kieran Sciberras, explained Twilight Basketball was not just about community engagement. “The aim in conducting the session for now is community engagement, however it may also provide an insight into any areas we may be missing for the talent identification and research project. “For example, if people from certain schools that we are testing during Twilight Basketball are providing exceptional results, all might come from similar schools.”Twilight Basketball is part of BFPNG’s community engagement strategy made possible by the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnership Program. Twilight Basketball will be held again on the following dates – November 3, 10 and 17.last_img read more

‘A Step in the Right Direction’

first_imgThe President of the Liberia National Olympic Committee, Philipbert Browne, says the assessment visit of the new Youth and Sports Minister Charles Saah N’tow at the Olympic Village is a step in the right direction.Mr. Browne stated that it’s unprecedented since the erection of the Olympic Village in 2007 for a Youth and Sports Minister to tour the facilities.He made the remarks on Thursday, March 17, at the end of the Sports Minister’s exclusive tour of the Olympic Village.The Olympic Village is on 10 acres of lands in Kemah Town, Soul Clinic Community, Paynesville.The LNOC boss thanked the Minister and his entourage and expressed the LNOC’s cordial relationship with the Minister.“I can say we can assure you of 110% relationship with the Ministry,” Mr. Browne said.He reminded the Minister that the LNOC still wants the government, through the Ministry to take over the Olympic Village.Browne said the only precondition is for the LNOC to provide the Deputy Director to promote the programs of the OIC and the Olymp Africa Foundation.He added that the Caretaker which has been in the employ of the LNOC must be transferred to the Ministry.The LNOC President stated that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) provided US$120,000, while the government gave US$30,000 for the erection of the Olympic Village. He stressed that the original deed of the Olympic Village is in Dakar, Senegal at the headquarters of the Olymp Africa Foundation.The LNOC’s Vice President for Administration, Cllr. Sylvester Rennie; the Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General, Joseph Willie and Fred Pratt, the Director of the Olympic Village, Ahmed Tukpa, Treasurer Boie Korvah and other executive members including the presidents of boxing, cycling, taekwondo, tennis and a representative from the YMCA were in attendance. Meanwhile, Minister N’tow hailed the LNOC for the Olympic Village and said it’s comprised of lots of opportunities.The Minister said the Village can probably be turned into a sports haven where accommodations can be erected to have high school Olympics and other national sporting events.The Minister also said the Village can also be a business hub to generate income.He stressed that the Ministry and the LNOC would have lots of discussions about the facilities, including the ownership and improvement of the Village.His entourage was comprised of Assistant Sports Minister V. Murvee Gray; Bryant Mcgill, the Chief of Office Staff of the Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton and the Sports Technical Director Kelvin Sebwe, amongst others.The construction of the Village began in 2005 and was completed and dedicated in 2007. The Village comprised of athletics’ track, multipurpose courts, football field and an administrative building.Since then several programs have hosted by the LNOC sponsored by Olymp Africa Foundation, the OIC or ANOCA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP urges reflection on significance of Easter

first_imgEaster is one of our nation’s most anticipated holidays in which Guyanese from all backgrounds participate in the tradition of kite-flying and other family-related activities that have become synonymous with the occasion.It is foremost a very sacred time for Christians across the world, who mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Easter also provides many pertinent lessons for all humanity through its teachings of tolerance, humility, love and respect for others; while offering an abundance of hope that one will rise despite being confronted with insurmountable challenges.It is that hope that gives meaningful purpose to all mankind for both personal and societal advancement.On this auspicious occasion, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) takes this opportunity to extend Easter greetings to all Guyanese, especially our brothers and sisters within the Christian community, both here and in the Diaspora.At this time, our party urges reflection on the significance of this sacred occasion, given its pertinent messages and the importance it can play in helping to realise universal peace and brotherhood among all.Easter, like many of our national holidays, transcends religious boundaries and Guyanese in communities across our country will flock and interact at various vantage points epitomising the true spirit of the occasion in serving to bring people together.Our party also takes this occasion to remind of the need for safety while flying kites. Once again Happy Easter to all!last_img read more

UN SG’s representative here to fulfil mandate – Harmon

first_imgBorder controversyMinister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday disclosed that the recent visit by the Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the Good Offices Process on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela is part of his mandate in resolving the issue.Ambassador Dag Havland Nylander and his delegation visited the State House on Wednesday evening where discussions were held with President David Granger and his team on the ongoing border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela.President David Granger meeting Ambassador Dag Havland Nylander and his delegation at State House on Wednesday evening when discussions were held on the ongoing border controversy with neighbouring VenezuelaAt the post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister Harmon updated the media on the meeting. According to Harmon, Ambassador Nylander’s visit is part of what is called his plan of action in relation to the mandate.“So, his visit here came shortly after his visit to Caracas in Venezuela and it was basically a fact-finding mission and the President (David Granger), after listening and talking, gave the assurance that Guyana would have the confidence in the capabilities of the person who was identified by the Secretary General to undertake this very important assignment and that we will continue to work with the United Nations to ensure that we have a favourable outcome,” Harmon related.Apart from Ambassador Nylander, the high-level UN delegation at Wednesday’s meeting included: Guillermo Kendall of the UN Department of Political Affairs, David Hutchinson from the UN Office of Legal Affairs and Juan Jeannet-Acre from the Policy and Mediation Division in the Department of Political Affairs.  They were accompanied by acting UN Resident Coordinator and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Director, Martin Odiit.Meanwhile, also included in the Government team were: Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; Minister Harmon; Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Cheryl Miles; Director General at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Audrey Waddell; foreign policy expert, Sir Shridath Ramphal in the role of adviser and legal consultant, Professor Payam Akhavan.Ambassador Nylander was appointed earlier this year to ensure the continuation of the Good Offices Process as laid out by the Secretary General until the end of 2017 with a strengthened mandate of mediation, with the understanding that “if by the end of 2017, the Secretary General concludes that no significant progress has been made towards arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement unless the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so”.last_img read more

Man nabbed after throwing contrabands in Camp Street jail

first_imgA man who told Police he has no fixed place of abode will certainly find one at the Camp Street penitentiary after he was found throwing several contraband items into the compound of the Georgetown Prisons.The Camp Street PrisonIt was reported that around 21:30h on Monday, an alerted Police rank securing a section of the outer perimeter of the Georgetown Prison observed the 42-year-old labourer with a bulky bag.The man was subsequently seen swiftly throwing the bag over the north-eastern fence of the prison and attempted to flee the area. However, he was promptly arrested by the said officer, who immediately communicated what transpired.Shortly after, Prison Officers retrieved the bag and found it to contain a number of prohibited items inclusive of ten packs of cigarettes, a cellular phone and 793 grams of cannabis.The suspect was taken into police custody and is cooperating with investigators. He is likely to make an appearance in court sometime this week.last_img read more