BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Howie Brey’s schedule is just as hectic during the summer as during the school year. Perhaps even more so.Last week, the Middletown South student heading into his senior year was in Durham, N.C., playing in a baseball showcase with his New Jersey Niners team. While there, the pitcher and first baseman was thinking about being away from his high school teammates playing in the summer Greater Middlesex Conference Shore Baseball League. He also was missing the summer workouts just under way with his high school football team as the returning starting quarterback.“Summer is going well, and with my showcase team (the Niners) I have been hitting very well,” said Brey. “But it’s really tough sometimes keeping up with all of it.”Brey was part of a senior-laden Middletown South team that won the Monmouth County title, the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III sectional championship and was one victory away from reaching the state finals. The Eagles lost 7- 0 in the state semifinals to Seneca and pitcher Kevin Comer, a second-round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays.“We did not play well in that game, and Comer was unbelievable and stayed ahead (in the count) with his pitching,” said Ryan Spillane, who was voted the Monmouth County Coach of the Year.Brey realizes both of his high school teams will be counting on him.“In football, we really want to get back into the state playoffs,” said Brey.And the baseball team will rely on him and center fielder Dan Sweeney next spring to lead a team wiped out by graduation after a fine 19-9 season that began with a slow 9-7 start for its best season since 1999, when it won its last state sectional title. “We knew in the beginning of the season we’d make a good run, and then we lost four in a row, and we didn’t know if we would do this,” said Brey. “Then our bats and pitching turned on at the end.”Spillane felt last summer’s commitment set the trend when the team won the Greater Middlesex Conference Shore League division title and advanced in the Don Mattingly Tournament all the way to the state finals where it lost to host Bridgewater. Brey must ascend from being the No. 2 pitcher with a 6-4 record and his best outings at the end of the season in the big games to the No. 1 spot held by Will Siegfried, who is going on to a college career at Stevens Institute.“It’s definitely a great help playing in the summer league,” saidBrey. “Most of the kids on the team now were on the junior varsity and did not play with the varsity guys. Now we can get a good feeling to play with them and it’s coming together as the summer comes along.”Right now, Spillane said it’s an “up and down” summer as the reformed team looks to find itself.“The younger guys can see my philosophy of how I do things, what they can and can’t do,” said Spillane. “It’s a process; that’s what summer’s about. They’re starting to do more things right. The big thing is attitude, the right approach to doing things. The younger guys haven’t figured that out yet. ” Along with Siegfried, Middletown South must find replacements for graduated catcher Rob Marcickiewicz, second baseman Sean Kennedy, shortstop Mike Gannon and right fielder Chris Mangarello as well as pitchers Mike Bergin and Rob Barnek, who were rated right behind Siegfried and Brey on the totem pole of the pitching staff.“He should be our leader next year,” said Spillane of Brey, who he said got stronger throwing his fastball, curve and changeup that led to a 1.85 ERA. “He has the ability to raise his level in key situations. If not for Siegfried, who was 9-1, he’d be our No. 1 pitcher this spring and next year, he’ll be one of the best pitchers in the Shore.”Brey pitched a 4-3 victory over Monmouth Regional in the Monmouth County tournament semifinals before the Eagles won that title by snapping Red Bank Catholic’s 24-game win streak, 8-5. He also pitched the first nine innings, striking out 13 Jackson Liberty batters, of a 13-inning 1-0 victory in the section semifinals. The Eagles won that title over Brick Township, 7-1.“I’m working on my curveball for more strikes,” said Brey. “I’m trying to throw it harder and more effectively because it was a little slow in the spring.”Brey also batted .372 with 18 RBI.Sweeney, meanwhile, made one big play after another, said Spillane, as one of the best defensive outfielders in the Shore. Nick McGann, who will be a junior in the fall, is back behind the plate after missing most of the season with a hip injury. Mc- Gann started the first eight games but when he got hurt, Marcickiewicz was coming back from a shoulder separation at that time and ready to step in the rest of the season . Mike Grossi, a rising junior, is back at third base and Stefan Poggioli, a rising senior, is back in left field.“He was a big part of our run,” said Spillane of Poggioli, who threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning with his great arm as Middletown South held onto a 5-3 victory.Brian Healey, a senior this fall, was a designated hitter whose dedication impressed Spillane. “He’s all about baseball,” said the coach.Eric Obsteins, a senior this fall, stole 15 bases.Spillane said no starting spots are guaranteed next season, however, and sees some prospects coming up from a 13-8 jayvee team that lost in the finals of the St. John Vianney tournament to Toms River North on a walk-off home run.“The guys who have been there will be a big part of the upcoming season,” said Spillane. “Now, it’s a matter of experience and the younger guys filling the shoes of those who graduated.” Baseball team will return two starters from championship season
Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as free-scoring Manchester City climbed to the top of the Premier League with an irresistible 6-0 victory against Watford on Saturday.Aguero opened the scoring in the 27th minute, heading home Kevin de Bruyne’s superb free kick, and doubled the lead within four minutes when he converted David Silva’s teasing cross from close range.City were in exuberant mood and added a third before the break when the excellent Gabriel Jesus latched on to Aguero’s cute pass to stroke home in the 38th minute.After Nicolas Otamendi headed in a fourth in the 63rd minute, Aguero completed his treble with a neat finish at the end of a sensational run. Raheem Sterling added a sixth from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Christian Kabasele late on.City have 13 points from five games – three more than rivals Manchester United who play Everton on Sunday. Watford, in 10th, have eight points after their first defeat of the season. Elsewhere on Saturday, Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles scored the winner as Rafa Benitez’s side beat Stoke City 2-1 at St James’ Park to post their third successive Premier League victory.Benitez was back in the dugout after a health scare but under orders to keep calm and was delighted to see his side take the lead after 19 minutes when Christian Atsu connected from close range for his first Premier League goal after a superb Matt Ritchie cross.Without suspended striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, Newcastle looked to Joselu up front but the former Stoke forward squandered three chances to increase Newcastle’s lead.Although Xherdan Shaqiri equalised against the run of play, Lascelles, who is expected to sign a new five-year deal in the next few days, headed another excellent Ritchie cross in off the post after 68 minutes to secure the points.Meanwhile, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy’s second-half equaliser earned the visitors a 1-1 draw at a dominant Huddersfield Town.David Wagner’s hosts squandered early opportunities from precise crosses before striker Laurent Depoitre marked his first league start this season with a goal straight after the break.Leicester equalised four minutes later, with England forward Vardy converting a penalty after Chris Loew brought down midfielder Andy King at the John Smith’s Stadium.Craig Shakespeare’s visitors came closest to picking up all three points but Vardy somehow managed to miss an open goal following a counter-attack led by winger Riyad Mahrez.West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster was fortunate not to receive a red card for a reckless challenge as his side played out a 0-0 draw with West Ham at the Hawthorns.Foster raced out of his box on 66 minutes and made a sliding tackle on West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, upending the Mexican, but referee Paul Tierney flashed yellow instead of red.It was the big talking point of an otherwise forgettable game, with the closest that either side came to a goal being a long-range effort from just inside his half by West Ham’s Pedro Obiang that crashed against the crossbar.West Ham defender Jose Fonte also had time to place his header from a corner in the first half, but steered the effort wide as manager Slaven Bilic’s side picked up their first away point of the season
Tottenham Hotspur signed Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Spanish side Real Betis on a season-long loan late on deadline day, the Premier League club said on Thursday.Lo Celso, who was on loan from Paris St Germain at Betis last season before the La Liga club made his move permanent in April, scored 16 goals in all competitions and claimed six assists.“We are delighted to announce that we have reached (an) agreement for the season-long loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis with an option to make the transfer permanent,” Spurs said in a statement.“The attacking midfielder will wear the number 18 shirt this season.”The Argentina international is Spurs’ third recruit of the season after the north London club signed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for 60 million euros ($67 million) and Leeds United winger Jack Clarke, who is back at the Championship club on loan for the 2019-20 season.Last season’s Champions League runners-up, who finished fourth in the league last season, begin their campaign at home for the first time since 2010 against promoted Aston Villa on Saturday.
As Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, contributed tens of millions of Liberian and United States dollars to ordinary Liberian businesspeople in order to empower them to improve and expand their businesses. In so doing, he helped them lift themselves out of poverty, better educate their children and improve their living standards.Dr. Jones is no longer at CBL. Now there is an Acting Executive Governor, Charles Sirleaf, the President’s son. He was part of the Board of Governors that made possible the empowerment of ordinary Liberian businesspeople. Hopefully, shortly, President Sirleaf is scheduled to appoint a new Executive Governor. If Charles Sirleaf and later, the new CBL Executive Governor are able to steer the CBL in the positive direction that Governor Jones left it, retaining its position as the nation’s richest and most successful public financial institution, how do we know whether the new CBL leader will favor ordinary Liberian businesspeople with the same generosity and vision as Governor Jones?Remember the ancient saying, “There came a pharaoh that did not know Joseph”?Joseph, favored son of Jacob, was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. But God’s favor was upon Joseph and he later became the Prime Minister of Egypt because he correctly interpreted Pharaoh’s dream of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. The famine spread to Israel and Jacob sent his sons to buy food in Egypt. There they met their younger brother Joseph, but did not know him. He, however, knew them. And when he revealed himself to them, they all bowed to him, in fulfillment of a dream he had as a boy. As the famine continued in Israel, Joseph sent for his father, brothers and their families. Pharaoh gave them the choicest land in Egypt—Goshen—where they farmed and became very rich.Alas! Pharaoh died! There came a new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph! So what happened? This new pharaoh enslaved the Israelites for 400 years, just as God had prophesized to Abraham, Jacob’s grandfather. God later sent Moses to Egypt to tell Pharaoh, “Let my people go.”Lusu Sloan, President, Liberian Marketing Association (LMA), and D. Maxwell Kemayah, President, Liberia Business Association, (LIBA), must now look seriously to the day when the new Central Bank Governor WILL NOT KNOW YOU! So what shall you do—return to the slavery of poverty and powerlessness? That, you know, is what the rest of us Liberians are today—enslaved to the foreigners who completely dominate our commerce and economy. And HARDLY ANY of our pharaohs—the Liberian officials—know anyone called Joseph! They know only Eid, Habib, Haddad, Abi Jaoudi Singh, Punjab, Mustapha and Mohamed—not Joseph, Lusu, Kaema, Bindu, not Dahn, Sonpon, Juah, Flomo or Zizzay.Mills Jones has done for our small businesspeople one thing more: He has created and sharpened their political sensitivities. But the LMA and LIBA must never forget that that was NOT Mills Jones’ sole intention. His primary aim was to empower them in business, lift them out of poverty and assure them a better future for themselves, their children and country.So how should the LMA, LIBA, all their members and the microfinance beneficiaries propel themselves in business and economic empowerment and NOT return to the slavery of poverty? Yes, these people should continue to sharpen their political sensitivities, for this is essential, even crucial to the future of Liberia.But—and this is a BIG BUT—they all should continue to GROW their BUSINESSES and graduate from selling their bitter ball and used clothes on the ground and open their own shops, stores and supermarkets all over the country. They and their children should go into not just retail, but WHOLESALE businesses and become ENTREPRENEURS. And yes, the children should complete high school and university, yet NEVER forget business. After university they should not go seeking jobs. They should rather develop and expand their parents’ businessesor create their own and themselves become employers.The LMA, LIBA and all the other microfinance beneficiaries Governor Jones empowered should develop their rice, cassava, coffee, cocoa, potato, plantain, pepper and other vegetable farms, and become rich!While focusing on their businesses, our people must also think about whom we elect in 2017 that will put Liberians first before foreigners in every field of endeavor, including BUSINESS.In order to make it easy for our leaders to encourage us in business, however, we must be very serious about business—diligent, efficient, totally committed and determined to achieve and succeed! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa during the press conference.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 17- World football governing body FIFA has lifted an embargo on grants to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) after the new office pleaded their case, but that is only where the good news ends.The Federation is faced with Sh182 million in debts and the financial situation is getting worse with two former national team coaches suing for wrongful dismissal. MP&Silva who entered into a broadcast partnership with the FKF led by the then President Sam Nyamweya last year, is also suing the Federation for breach of contract but Nick Mwendwa has not exactly disclosed how much the Italian company is suing for.“It is a huge amount though I would not like to go into details now. However, it is something that we are following up on. We have discussions with them to look for a compromise,” the FKF chief said.Former coaches Adel Amrouche and Bobby Williamson are suing the Federation for a combined sum of Sh170 million after terminating their contracts.Amrouche has taken his case to FIFA and is claiming Sh130 million in damages while Williamson has forwarded his case to the Sports Tribunal, claiming Sh40 million.However, Mwendwa says they have taken the dialogue route with both coaches to look for an amicable settlement.Amrouche was dismissed by the previous FKF office after being slapped with a CAF fine in 2013 and forwarded his case to FIFA.Williamson was shown the door as soon as the new office came into place with youthful Stanley Okumbi succeeding him.There has been reports that Amrouche is looking for a soft landing back to the Kenyan job and his give and take deal with the Federation includes him being reinstated as the national team coach in order to drop the case at FIFA.Mwendwa has however declined to issue further comment on the matter, saying they are in discussions with several options available.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Reports in France have stated that Chelsea have already agreed a fee of £29m with Leicester for Kante but we understand that is not the case.Kante was a member of the France squad who reached the Euro 2016 final.Sky sources report that Kante was offered a new deal by Leicester before Euro 2016 got underway and negotiations are continuing, as the player mulls over his future.The 25-year-old Kante only joined Leicester from Caen last summer but quickly emerged as one of their key performers as the Foxes launched a successful title bid.His energetic performances earned him a place in the PFA Premier League team of the year and he also forced his way into the France squad.Several clubs have been linked with moves for Kante this summer but Leicester are clearly keen to keep hold of one of their prize assets.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000N’Golo Kante has proved to be a superb signing for Leicester. PHOTO/SKY.LEICESTER, United Kingdom, July 13 -Leicester City have offered midfielder N’Golo Kante an improved four-year contract, according to Sky sources.The Premier League champions are hoping the offer of improved terms will persuade the France international to remain at the club.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to a report released by the National Energy Board last week, the Montney Formation in Northeast B.C. and northwestern Alberta is the only formation in Canada that has seen increased tight oil production since oil prices fell in 2014.Since mid-2014, Canadian tight oil production decreased from a peak of about 425,000 barrels per day to about 345,000 barrels per day at the end of 2016. The main reductions were seen in the Cardium Formation in Alberta, which fell from 85,000 to 50,000 barrels per day, and the Bakken Formation in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which decreased from about 60,000 to 40,000 barrels per day.A graph showing Canadian tight oil production by formation in the last ten years. An overlaid line series shows the year-over-year well count growth. Tight oil production grew from less than 9,000 barrels/day in 2007 to almost 445,000 barrels/day in 2014 before dropping to less than 345,000 barrels/day in 2016. This production came from various formations, led by the Montney/Doig, Cardium, Viking, and Bakken formations. Well count growth increased from 132 in January 2007 to 3,517 in December 2014, after which it declined to 798 in December 2016. Source: Divestco, National Energy Board.- Advertisement -The Montney Formation was the only formation that had its production grow since 2014, rising by approximately 35,000 barrels per day. This was largely due to increased production of natural gas condensate, which is considered a form of oil. Montney condensate is obtained from tight gas wells, and is in high demand for use as a diluent that allows bitumen to be shipped by pipeline. Consequently, condensate fetches a higher price than crude oil in western Canada.A graph that illustrates drilling rig activity in western Canada from 2010 to 2016, broken down by horizontal or vertical drilling, and rigs targeting oil or natural gas. Rig activity in western Canada through the summer, fall, and winter from 2010 to 2014 varied seasonally between 300 and 425 rigs drilling at any time. In 2014, summer rig activity was about 350. In 2015, that fell more than 50% to about 150. In 2016, summer rig activity fell more than 60% from the 2014 figure to about 85. In the summer of 2016, more than 90% of all rigs were drilling horizontal wells. Source: JuneWarren-Nickles.The overall decline in tight oil production is because of fewer new wells being drilled in response to decreasing prices. The NEB says that tight oil wells typically produce a large amount of oil in their first month, but decline quickly thereafter. That means that new wells must be continually added to maintain production levels. In 2014, the number of producing wells grew by over 3,200 per year. However, by 2016 less than 1,000 new wells were added.Advertisement
The Dow rose 191.92, or 1.38 percent, to 14,087.55. The blue chip index surpassed its previous closing record of 14,000.41, set in mid-July, and moved into record territory, rising as high as 14,115.51 and eclipsing its intraday high of 14,021.95 on July 17. Broader market indexes also rose sharply. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 20.29, or 1.33 percent, to 1,547.04, nearing its all-time trading high of 1,555.90, also reached in mid-July. The Nasdaq composite index rose 39.49, or 1.46 percent, to 2,740.99; the tech-laden index remains well below its high of 5,048.62, reached in 2000 when it was bloated by the dot-com boom. The Dow finished a turbulent third quarter with a 3.6 percent gain, after the Fed eased investor concerns over the credit and housing markets by lowering key interest rates half a percentage point. Bonds moved higher Monday, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note falling to 4.55 percent from 4.59 percent late Friday. Fixed-income investors, currently concerned about the dollar’s recent weakness, interpreted the ISM report as not necessarily portending an interest-rate cut, which would further erode the U.S. currency. The dollar was mixed Monday against other major currencies, while gold prices rose. A barrel of light, sweet crude fell $1.42 to $80.24 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. This extended last week’s decline amid concerns that oil market fundamentals do not support recent high prices. Arthur Hogan, chief market analyst at Jefferies & Co., said the biggest tipping point of the day was in financial stocks. For the first time, Citi – considered a barometer for the banking industry – is giving some real numbers about the extent of its damage, he said. “If they are giving us worst-case scenario, then market participants are feeling that most of the stuff we’ve worried about since July will remain contained,” he said. “That’s the celebration the market is putting on right now, and the take-away is that the black hole of not knowing finally has some numbers around it.” Financial stocks – from brokerages to retail banks – slumped during the third quarter as uncertainty grew about the extent of losses from the credit and subprime mortgage turmoil. Comments from Citi Chief Executive Charles Prince that he expects to “return to a more normal earnings environment” during the fourth quarter put investors more at ease. And, since analysts believe financials must lead a broader Wall Street advance, a rally in bank and brokerage stocks was greeted with enthusiasm. Citigroup shares rose $1.05, or 2.3 percent, to $47.72. Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation’s largest home loan provider, rose 95 cents, or 5 percent, to $19.96 on the potential of an easing in subprime-loan jitters. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies was up 19.31, or 2.39 percent, at 824.76. Advancing issues led decliners 3-to-1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume rose to 3.26 billion shares Monday from 2.92 billion shares on Friday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Wall Street began the fourth quarter with a huge rally Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average above 14,000 and well into record territory for the first time in 2.5 months. Stocks were buoyed by a growing belief that the worst of the credit crisis has passed. While the beginning of the new quarter was an incentive for institutional investors to buy, they also seemed to be motivated by a sense that banks and other financial companies generally weathered the recent credit market upheaval. Both Citigroup and Switzerland’s UBS AG issued third-quarter profit warnings, but indicated the current period might see a return to normal earnings levels. Meanwhile, the market was optimistic that new economic data might nudge the Federal Reserve toward another interest-rate cut at its Oct. 30-31 meeting. “People are getting more confident there is going to be an October rate cut,” said John C. Forelli, portfolio manager for Independence Investment. “To some degree, it looks like Citi kitchen-sinked the quarter, and that from here going forward will be calmer. That’s underpinning the financials.”
1 Jamie Carragher was in the home dugout at the New York Stadium Jamie Carragher was in the home dugout at the New York Stadium in Rotherham where England Under-17s beat their German counterparts 2-1 on Friday night.The former Liverpool captain has been helping under-17s coach Steve Cooper at St George’s Park this week as part of the Football Association’s plan to involve former players in the England youth coaching set up.Carragher, who won 38 senior England caps, addressed the players on Tuesday and helped with training in the build-up to Friday’s friendly against the Germans.The former centre-back chatted with Cooper on the touchline during the match, which England won thanks to goals from Mason Mount and Niall Ennis.Carragher’s former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard gave a talk to the under-19s after their 5-1 victory against Japan last week.And former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand will give a talk to the England Under-16 squad before they fly to the Nike Tournament in Florida next week.FA technical director Dan Ashworth said of the trio’s involvement: “I am delighted that we’ve got such fantastic role models working with our development teams.“One of the big parts of the England DNA, when we launched our philosophy, was to be able to tell young players what it meant to play for the Three Lions.“Steven, Jamie and Rio’s experiences on and off the pitch are vital and I am both happy and grateful to them all, that they want to pass on their advice to our young players.”