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Hornets looking to sting soccer competition

By on May 31, 2020

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The Holmdel High School soccer team has been surprisingly competitive with a starting lineup that often includes three sophomores and three freshmen, and coach John Nacarlo believes his squad can still qualify for the state playoffs. Thus far the Hornets are 2-4-1, with victories against Freehold Borough and Red Bank Catholic and a tie with Raritan. Holmdel has also lost a pair of onegoal games to Manasquan and Raritan, respectively. This is a rebuilding year for Nacarlo, whose team went 15- 4-1 a year ago and won the Shore Conference Class A Central crown as well as the NJSIAA North II Group III championship. Fourteen players from that team graduated last June. “The effort is always there, and as a whole they’re starting to play more and more like a team,” the coach said. “For several of our guys, they’re still adjusting to the speed of the game at the varsity level. They still need to play quicker, but they’re coming along. And I’ve seen a lot of good things lately, so we’ve still got our eyes on the state tournament.” Teams must have a .500 or better record at the end of play Oct. 12 to qualify. Holmdel has seven games remaining until the cut-off. Holmdel has played especially well on defense, permitting just 12 opposition goals. On the flip side, however, the Hornets have not generated quite enough offense, scoring only six goals in seven games. “Our defense is primarily made up of upperclassmen, and this knowledge and game experience has paid off for us,” Nacarlo said. “On the bright side, we’re beginning to generate more scoring opportunities; we just have to put the ball in the net.” Nacarlo’s defense is spearheaded by stopper Jason Yi, fullback Paul Wojieszek, and sophomore Eric Shirvanian, another fullback. Freshman Dan Marino has played well in goal, recording a shutout against Freehold Borough. Junior Alex Henry also sees time in goal for the Hornets. Chad Myers, junior Patrick Nizza, sophomore sweeper Patrick Strickland and freshmen Sean Davis and Rishi Desai are the midfielders. Sophomores Ashwin Kambhamporti and freshman Matt Sawaged come off the bench. Meanwhile, junior John Bjurling is Holmdel’s top scorer with four goals to his credit. He is joined up front by Guilherme Borges, sophomore Michael Vastardis, and freshmen Dan Metzger and Andrew Zheng. Zheng also doubles as a fullback when needed. “With every passing game, I’m seeing improvement,” Nacarlo said. “We’re definitely heading in the right direction and we’ll get our share of wins. I really believe our team can make it into the state tournament.” Holmdel boys running out of time to make state tournament last_img read more

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Disappointed with Carl Greenidge’s statements

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me to comment on the statements made by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge as it relates to the re-migrant programme.The Minister alluded to the fact that his Ministry does not have the capacity to implement the systems necessary to regulate and monitor the re-migrant programme. I was dismayed at this remark by our Minister, as in my opinion any trained and qualified accountant is capable of developing, designing and implementing an efficient and effective control system for the programme. This can be achieved in consultation with the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Finance Ministry.It is ironic that having removed capable and qualified personnel from the Ministry, the said Minister complains of qualified people not available to undertake this programme. I am aware that after a prolonged service in the Ministry, individuals were denied a renewal of their contracts based solely on assumptions of political affiliation or in some cases clear evidence of ethnicity.Unfortunately, qualified accountants that served the Ministry loyally and who are capable of undertaking all the ills of the ministry that the Minister bemoans, were unceremoniously removed in order to put square pegs in round holes. Despite the actions taken by the Minister, I am aware of many who would return to their former position in order to serve their country and ensure that the MOFA is capable of moving forward.Sincerely,Khalil Ahmedlast_img read more

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Poultry farmer slapped with fraud charge

By on January 13, 2020

first_imgA poultry farmer who allegedly used money entrusted to him for his own benefit was on Wednesday taken before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Mohammed Khan, 22, of Independence Boulevard, Georgetown, was made to answer to the charge at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge stated that Khan, on June 26, 2017 in Georgetown, while being solely entrusted with 0,000, property of Steve Rogers, to deposit, converted the money to his own use and benefit.Khan denied the allegation brought against him, pleading not guilty to the charge.The prosecution revealed that the defendant has no prior convictions and no pending matters.He was granted bail in the sum of 0,000. The case will continue on August 22.last_img read more

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Barca transfer plans on despite FIFA ban

By on January 11, 2020

first_img“We are angry. We are the victims of a grave injustice. They are punishing the essence of our club, a model that has lasted 35 years,” he said.“It brings to mind the photo with the Ballon d’Or with Xavi, (Lionel) Messi and (Andres) Iniesta. FIFA know that we look after the kids in our system.”The Catalan club have announced their intention to appeal the decision firstly before FIFA’s Appeal Committee and then, should the sanction not be overturned, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).“We have had a meeting with our lawyers and we will make an appeal to FIFA. If FIFA continue with the sanction, we will present a new appeal to CAS and that will allow us to sign (players) for next year.“We are not worried about next season. Our planning continues in exactly the same way. We will appeal and ask for cautionary measures.“We believe a lot in our lawyers and they have told us we have the arguments for the sanction to be lifted.”Bartomeu added that Barca were on the verge of signing a goalkeeper, believed to be German international Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, to replace Victor Valdes who has indicated his intention to leave the club at the end of the season and a central defender to deputise for departing club captain Carles Puyol.The affair is the latest in a long line of unsavoury stories that have damaged Barca’s previously pristine image.Bartomeu’s predecessor Sandro Rosell was forced to resign in January after being accused of a misappropriation of funds in the singing of Brazilian star Neymar last year.The deal which eventually led to the club being charged with tax fraud, although they have denied any wrongdoing.And Bartomeu believes there may be foul play behind the serious of public attacks on the club’s image.“We have some evidence or indications to make us think that there is someone who wants to cause us harm.“We will continue with our investigations until we find out who is behind all of this.”Bartomeu also criticised the timing of the punishment as he claimed FIFA met to decide what sanction would be imposed on the club over four months ago on November 28 and believes other clubs could be in for a similar ban if the same rules are applied equally.“It is clear that the situation affecting Barca will also affect other clubs, both here and in other countries.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, April 3- Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has described the one-year transfer ban on signing players handed down on the club as a “grave injustice” and insisted they intend to make moves in the transfer market this summer.Football’s governing body imposed the sanction on Wednesday citing a “serious” breach of rules in the signing of 10 under-age players between 2009 and 2013.last_img read more

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United offer De Gea big money deal

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first_imgBut Real Madrid’s interest in De Gea has strengthened because of those displays and a transfer to the European champions could tempt him, particularly as his girlfriend lives in the Spanish capital.Van Gaal said in January he expected the 24-year-old to extend his current deal, which expires at the end of next season, but three months on there are no signs of progress.However, van Gaal on Friday revealed United have offered the Spaniard a bumper new deal to convince him to stay.“It takes a long time now,” the United boss said when asked how negotiations with De Gea were progressing.“It can always happen. I am not the boss. I want him to stay. The player is the boss he can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.“You will have to ask David de Gea (if he is staying), not me. He has to sign. We have offered him a lot of money.”Van Gaal was less forthcoming about his reported interest in PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay, who was said to have flown to England for talks this week.“I don’t discuss it with the media,” Van Gaal said of the Eredivisie top scorer, who was a regular for Holland when the United manager was in charge of the national team.“I have a lot of relationships with players. I cannot buy all the players I’ve coached already.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 25- Louis van Gaal claims Manchester United have made David de Gea a big-money offer in a bid to persuade the Spain goalkeeper to remain at Old Trafford.De Gea is in the running to win the PFA Player of the Year award after a fine season in the Premier League.last_img read more

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It’s still hot outside, Heat Warning continued for Northeast B.C. and Northwest Alberta

By on January 10, 2020

first_imgEnvironment Canada issues heat warnings when very high temperatures or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLinkBC at 811. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Heat Warning that was issued by Environment Canada for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions remains in effect this morning.Meteorologists say that a ridge of high pressure that has moved over most of B.C. will be causing maximum daily temperatures to reach at least 29 degrees, with overnight low temperatures near 14 degrees. The ridge is forecast to persist until at least Wednesday.The heat warning has also been issued for nearly all of Northwest Alberta, including the regions surrounding Grande Prairie, Peace River, and High Level.- Advertisement -Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions to protect themselves from the elevated temperatures, such as rescheduling outdoor activities to the cooler hours of the day; taking frequent breaks from the heat; spending time outdoors at home or in air-conditioned public buildings; and drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated. People or pets should not be left inside a closed vehicle for any length of time.Residents should also monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness. Particular vigilance is urged for vulnerable individuals, including children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.The risks of developing heat-related illnesses are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Angels bail out Santana

By on January 6, 2020

first_imgBASEBALL: Guerrero has four hits and three RBIs as L.A. rallies from five-run deficit to beat Seattle. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER SEATTLE – Ervin Santana will not be the answer after all as another lackluster offering has the Angels once again searching for rotation options. First, the Angels’ offense had to get Santana off the hook and did so by the fifth inning when they tied the game, 5-5. Handed a 5-0 lead, Mariners starter and former Angel Jeff Weaver couldn’t even last five innings. Moseley, meanwhile, was cruising along, finishing the night with 51/3 scoreless innings and throwing just 54 pitches in the process. “I was telling myself all night to throw one pitch at a time,” Moseley said. “I couldn’t focus on how many innings I had to get through or if I did give up runs how long I’d have to stay in there just to wear it to help the bullpen out. It worked out well for me.” The Angels’ comeback started quietly in the third inning. Howie Kendrick led off with a walk, went to third on a single by Jeff Mathis and scored when Mariners right fielder Jose Guillen threw wildly to third base. There was a little more force used in the fourth inning. After crushing a 400-foot foul ball down the right-field line, Gary Matthews Jr. dialed in his timing and hit one out to right-center. Morales followed Matthews with a solo home run of his own to cut the deficit to 5-3. The Angels stayed on the attack in the fifth inning as Mathis led off with a double. A one-out RBI single by Orlando Cabrera was followed by a double from Guerrero (four hits, 3 RBIs) to put runners on second and third. Weaver was replaced by reliever Eric O’Flaherty, who was greeted with a game-tying sacrifice fly from Garret Anderson. The five-run deficit matched the largest the Angels have come back from this season. “It seems like we’re starting to show some resiliency,” Matthews said. “And we’ve done it; we’ve had some come-from-behind wins but to get that win after being down by five is a tremendous game for us, a huge game.” Morales’ go-ahead double in the eighth snapped a 171/3-inning scoreless streak by Mariners reliever Brandon Morrow. The Angels now must decide what to do with Santana’s spot in the rotation. It is likely that Moseley will get that spot again and take the mound at home Monday against the Oakland Athletics. Bartolo Colon, who will pitch on a rehab assignment Thursday, is likely to be used in that spot as well before the season ends. “We’re going to evaluate some things,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve tried a lot of different things with Ervin. At times he’s been electric and at times he’s stubbed his toe like he did tonight. We’ll talk about things and see what we’ll do moving forward.” Tuesday’s disaster was the shortest of Santana’s career when he wasn’t injured. He also went one-third of an inning last season against the Cleveland Indians, coming out of the game after he was hit on the knee by a comebacker. “I actually felt really good stuff-wise, but I know my location was poor,” Santana said through Mota. “My pitches were staying up in the zone and that’s what happens.” doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angels, though, had no problem overcoming an early five-run deficit to earn a 10-6 victory and open a four-game lead on the Seattle Mariners in the AL West. The game was tied, 5-5, in the fifth inning and, 6-6, in the seventh before the Angels took control with a four-run eighth. Kendry Morales drove in the go-ahead run with a double off the wall, Vladimir Guerrero had a two-run single and Maicer Izturis added an RBI single. “With Ervin having a tough start, this was big,” Guerrero said through broadcaster Jose Mota, who was serving as interpreter. “When you looked around our dugout everybody was pumped up with that feeling we could come back and it happened.” Santana showed Tuesday that his eye-popping start at Boston on Aug. 17 was merely a tease. In a key division game, Santana barely got an out. Everything else was off target or scorched as he gave up five first-inning runs. After seven batters and a third of an inning, the Mariners had a 5-0 lead. Santana was replaced by Dustin Moseley, who immediately started to turn around the team’s fortunes. last_img read more

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Redknapp off to a flyer in international management as Jordan win 8-0

By on December 29, 2019

first_img Harry Redknapp’s side were 8-0 winners Jordan have thrashed Bangladesh 8-0 in their first match under new manager Harry Redknapp.The former Tottenham, QPR and Portsmouth manager accepted an offer to take charge of the team from Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, president of the Jordan Football Association, for the two final Group B qualifiers, with a view to reaching round three of the Asian Football Confederation section.Al-Kuwait forward Hamza Al-Dardour netted a first-half hat-trick as the home side ran out comfortable winners at the Amman International Stadium.Jordan went into the match second in Group B, two points behind Australia, and next face the Socceroos in Sydney on Tuesday as they look to secure a place among the 12 teams qualifying for the next stage. 1last_img read more

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Man United team news: Predicted XI for West Brom clash

By on December 27, 2019

first_img 11 31. Nemanja Matic (Centre midfield) 18. Ashley Young (Left back) 11 11 14. Jesse Lingard (Attacking midfield) 11 11 11 25. Antonio Valencia (Right back) 12. Chris Smalling (Centre back) 11 11. Anthony Martial (Left wing) 2. Victor Lindelof (Centre back) 9. Romelu Lukaku (Centre forward) 11 11 1. David de Gea (Goalkeeper) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted team 8. Juan Mata (Right wing) 11 21. Ander Herrera (Centre midfield) Manchester United travel to West Brom on Sunday hoping to keep the pressure on Manchester City.The Red Devils currently sit 11 points behind their local rivals, who top the Premier League table after 17 matches.However, City host Spurs on Saturday, and a defeat for Pep Guardiola’s side allows United to close the gap on them – should they then beat West Brom.The Baggies have still not won a game since Alan Pardew was appointed manager, though he did guide them to a 0-0 draw at Liverpool in an impressive midweek display.So, how could the Red Devils line up on Sunday? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Man United XI… 11last_img read more

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