Brookdale Community College’s men’s basketball will be hosting its own tournament this weekend. The four-team tourney starts on Saturday with a double-header tipping off at 1 p.m. with Brookdale taking on Rockland, out of N.Y. The nightcap follows at 3 with Essex meeting Globe, also of N.Y. On Sunday, the opening-round losers will meet in the consolation at 1 p.m., followed by the championship game at 3. The Blues opened their 2002-03 season with a nice win on the road, 79-73 over Ocean. Chris Brown poured in 26 points to lead BCC, which opened up a 42-32 lead at the half and held on in the second half to pick up the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region XIX win. Bob Varno (15) and Miguel Rodriguez (14) combined for 29 points behind Brown. On Dec. 19 there will be a mens’ and women’s double-header in Lincroft with the BCC women hosting Middlesex at 5 p.m. and the men meeting Middlesex afterward. In between games at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Brookdale Community College women’s national championship softball team will be honored. Winners of the 2002 National Junior College Athletic Association championship, Bo Scannapieco and his Jersey Blues players will receive their championship rings in a ceremony on the court.
By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Monmouth University quarterback Greg DePugh goes through a passing drill at a recent practice in West Long Branch. The Hawks, who join the Big South Conference this year, will kick off their 2014 season at home on Aug. 30 against Delaware State University at 1 p.m. FRANK GALIPO A nticipation for the start of the college football season always runs high this time of the summer.At Monmouth University, there’s an extra buzz for the start of the season, because after a year of playing an independent schedule, the Hawks officially join the Big South Conference this fall.“Being part of a conference is something exciting for our team,” said head coach Kevin Callahan, who is in his 22nd season at the helm of Monmouth’s program.With the excitement of starting something new comes the challenge of joining an already existing conference.“We’re playing catch-up,” Callahan said. “[The Big South is] a very talented conference.“Teams are very athletic, their offenses are wide open, and their defensive fronts attack you. The Big South is a premier conference, one of the best in the country.”Monmouth got a good look at the conference last fall when it played Liberty University, losing (45-15) early in a season that saw the Hawks go 6-6.Callahan and the Hawks’ coaching staff have had their eyes on the Big South the last year. It has impacted the type of athlete they’re looking to recruit, and they’ve tweaked their offenses and defenses.Offensively, the Hawks have the capability to hit the home run or grind it out on the ground.A big plus is the return of quarterback Brandon Hill (Audubon). Last year, he was a transfer from the University of Massachusetts and new to the Hawks’ system.“He’s been here a full year, and he’s more comfortable with the offense,” Callahan said.He’s a classical drop-back quarterback. Last year, the senior passed for 2,356 yards and 19 touchdowns.Making things easier for Hill is Monmouth’s receiving corps.“I’m really happy with our depth at receiver,” Callahan said.Heading the receivers is senior Neal Sterling (Manasquan). He was Hill’s favorite target with 57 catches for 647 yards and six touchdowns. Sterling set the school’ single-game reception’s record with 13 against Lehigh University.Providing the balance to the offense is running back Kwabena Asante (Silver Spring, Md.), who transferred from West Virginia University following his freshman year. The senior ran for 1,080 yards last year and eight touchdowns. He averaged 6 yards per carry.“All the pieces are there,” Callahan said. “We have firepower.”Callahan’s biggest concern is up front on the offensive line, where the Hawks are breaking in three new starters. “[It’s] proving to be a challenge,” he said. On the other side of the ball, the line is the strength of the Hawks’ defense. It is talented, deep and filled with veterans, Callahan reported. Pat O’Hara (Souderton, Pa.), Darnell Leslie (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Dimitrius Smith (Jackson Memorial) can all disrupt an offense with the push they get off the ball. Leslie and O’Hara, both seniors, spent a lot of time in opposing backfields, combining for 14.5 tackles for a loss. Smith, a junior, missed last year to an injury, and his return adds talent and depth to the unit.Callahan said he’d like a little more experience at linebacker, but he has two solid returnees in outside backers Payton Minnich (Harrisburg, Pa.) and John Sieczkowski (Manalapan). Sieczkowski, a junior, started all 12 games last year and had 46 tackles with 22 solos. Minnich, a sophomore, appeared in all 12 games and had 21 stops.The Hawks’ secondary is led by Joe Johnson (Manchester). The junior is coming off a “very good year,” according to Callahan. The former Manchester Township High School standout had 49 total tackles in 2013, including 36 solos.Callahan’s biggest concern for the defense is how it “matches up when [teams] spread us out.”The Hawks kick off the season with backto back home games, first against Delaware State University at 1 p.m. on Aug. 30 and against former Northeast Conference rival Wagner College at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13.Monmouth will not make its Big South debut until Oct. 25 at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., at 1 p.m. The Hawks’ first Big South home game is against Charleston Southern University at 1 p.m. Nov. 1. They end the season at home against Gardner-Webb University at noon on Nov. 22.Monmouth plays the final five games of its 11-game schedule against Big South foes.Callahan likes the way the schedule breaks out. It gives the team time to gel before starting conference play, and he likes keeping a “Northeast flavor to the schedule.”“I’m very pleased [with the schedule],” he said.In the Big South preseason poll, the Hawks were picked to finish fifth. Coastal Carolina University and Liberty, which shared the championship in 2013, were picked to go first and second, respectively.Monmouth has three players who were put on the Preseason College Football Awards Watch List — defensive end O’Hara. running back Asante and wide receiver Sterling.This year’s Hawks roster is lined with local talent, as Callahan has done a fine job keeping talent in the Jersey Shore.Among those staying home along with Sieczkowski and Smith are defensive back Jahmer Bunch (Red Bank Regional), offensive lineman Peter Righi (Rumson-Fair Haven), offensive lineman Russ Clayton (Monroe Township), defensive lineman Jack Eisenstadt (Rumson-Fair Haven), defensive lineman Manny Maragoto (Freehold Township), offensive lineman Ryan Wetzel (Colts Neck), tight end Evan Ruane (Shore Regional), defensive lineman Daivone Thomas (Allentown) and defensive lineman Zak Irizarry (North Brunswick).
By Alexander McCowanTHE Cyprus rugby team embark on their first game of the year in Division 2B of the European Nations Cup in Hungary this afternoon (2.30pm). With their world record win streak of 24 games ended by Latvia in Riga in November, the Moufflons are building for the future.The team that started in Division 3D seven years ago have been promoted every season and have accumulated 1239 points against only 296 conceded on their journey through Europe’s game of hard knocks. The Moufflons currently lie in third place behind Latvia and leaders Lithuania after two games in their division. The two Baltic sides have decades of experience in pre-Soviet leagues. The recently-promoted Cypriots, under new manager Phil Llewellyn, have travelled to Hungary without many first-team players.Laurence Vassiliades, president of the Cyprus Rugby Federation, believes that the defeat to Latvia, which ended their six-year unbeaten record, was inevitable and will lead to a more realistic approach to the upcoming games. “We have been on an amazing journey during the last six years. Our tiny country has no background in rugby, has been marginalised by the Cyprus Sports Organisation, is dependent on our players contributing to their expenses for the honour of representing their country and missed out on the World Cup play-offs through a technicality.“I take this opportunity to salute and thank all our loyal supporters, from the parents, managers, trainers, program and strip sellers, and all those that make rugby in Cyprus such a smooth running and family affair.“We must be cautious against Hungary, for although we have beaten them twice before, they are a much-improved team and will command our respect. Phil Llewellyn, our manager, has selected a team that is in excellent condition and should be capable of victory.”Cyprus are currently ranked 48 in the world, with Hungary at 73 out of 153 competing nations.Greece and Turkey are languishing in 107th and 108th places respectively.Llewellyn commented on the state of competition among the players for selection: “Competition is extremely fierce among the lads, which is very good news for a manager and very healthy for the state of Cypriot rugby. If you could see the commitment these guys are bringing to the tackle and the game it would make your hair stand on end – you don’t want to get in their way. “However, Hungary have a new coach and will bring a totally sound and well-drilled team to the game. They have home advantage, which is always worth a point or two, so we will not be taking anything for granted, but remain quietly confident.”Theo Lenos, team manager, and host at the celebrated ‘Keg and Barrel’ in Paphos, where the players and fans gather after home games, added: “Six years of undefeated play has at last come to an end, as we all knew it would. It has been a marvellous journey, but now we build for a more realistic future among some of the toughest countries in Europe. “We are quick learners and ready for the task. This is a very important year. Remember, if we retain our position in European Cup Sevens, we could be in the Olympic qualifiers.”
Australia romped to a three-wicket victory in the fourth one-day international at Adelaide Oval on Friday after threatening to dismiss England for the lowest score in the history of the format by reducing the tourists to eight for five inside seven overs.Chris Woakes scored 78 as England recovered to post a score of 196 in their 50 overs but opener Travis Head’s 96 helped Australia to 197-7 and a comfortable consolation win with 13 overs to spare.“Five for eight you take that any day of the week on any wicket,” said Australia captain Steve Smith.“Nice to get over the line in the end. Pretty ordinary batting display really apart from Heady who played well.”The tourists were full of confidence after winning the first three encounters to take an unassailable lead in the five-match series but it soon dissipated when they were put in to bat under overcast skies on the Australia Day holiday.Pat Cummins (4-24) and Josh Hazlewood (3-39) made light of the absence of their rested fellow paceman Mitchell Starc and ripped through the England top order.Jason Roy departed off the second ball with Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Jos Buttler swiftly following him to depart, all caught out for ducks.Alex Hales at least got three runs on the board before Cummins took out his off stump and Zimbabwe’s record low innings tally of 35 against Sri Lanka in 2004 looked under serious threat.Skipper Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Moeen Ali, who both scored 33, put on 53 to ease the tourists away from that ignominy and Woakes’s fine innings added a gloss of decency to the tally.Australia made a bit of a meal of the run chase and Smith continued his poor series with only four runs after he was well caught in the cordon by Root off Adil Rashid (3-49)Head, who was brought into the side in place of the injured Aaron Finch, looked destined for a second international century but fell four runs short of the milestone when he slapped the ball straight to Morgan at mid-on off Chris Wood.Tim Paine got Australia home with his unbeaten 25 not out but not until he had run out Man of the Match Cummins to leave the hosts seven wickets down and 11 runs short of their target.“Full credit to Australia. I thought they bowled well. Didn’t give us anything to hit. It was relentless. They deserved to win today,” said Morgan.The final match in the series takes place on Sunday, the first sporting event at a new 60,000-seater stadium in Perth.
It will be to crunch time this Thursday and Friday as top athletes who qualified for the IAAF Diamond League finals will be hunting trophies and lucrative cash prizes in Zurich and Brussels, with the first of these finals set for Thursday in Zurich. Four Jamaicans, all females, will be hoping for their first diamond and also a wild-card entry to next year’s IAAF World Championships when they compete on Thursday. The list comprises Commonwealth Games gold medallist Janieve Russell, Kimberly Williams, Natoya Goule and Shanieka Ricketts. Of the four Jamaicans down to compete, Russell has the best chance of coming out on top. After scoring the most points coming into the finals of the women’s 400m hurdles, Russell, who was surprised in her last Diamond League race in Birmingham by European champion Lea Sprunger, will be hoping to bounce back in style. With a personal best of 53.46 seconds, she is the second-ranked athlete in the event in the line-up, behind the United States’ Shamier Little, her biggest threat, who has a season’s best of 53.32 seconds and has beaten her three times in a row this season. Russell will also have US duo Dalilah Muhammad and Georganne Moline to contend with. Russell could be forced to change her racing tactics if she hopes to win the big prize as she tends to stay too far off the pace in the early stages. But with much at stake now, she could strike when it matters most . With a season’s best of 14.64m, Commonwealth Games triple jump champion, Williams will be hoping to surprise Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia, the world leader with 14.96m, in the women’s triple jump. NACAC champion Ricketts will be hoping to better her season’s best of 14.61m in a bid for the big prize. Goule has been in her best form ever this year, and with her recent national record of 1:56.15 minutes in the 800m, she will be hoping to better that time against South Africa’s Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi. Added action on Thursday will see the clash of five 4x100m female relay teams, including Jamaica, for the Zurich trophy. The other four teams in the line-up are Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland.
Last week, Bent Street, Werk-en-Rust Georgetown resident Nichole Rosemin was released on $100,000 bail by Magistrate Leron Daly after she was charged for unlawfully inflicting grievous bodily harm of a six-year-old child. The Court heard that this woman, earlier this month, took a hot iron and placed it on both of the child’s arms after he was caught playing with the said iron.Earlier this year, the media reported that at least six men were found guilty of raping and having anal sex with girls and boys under the age of consent, with the youngest victim being nine years old.There are also reports of children under the age of 14 being forced to work in various parts of the country, in order to assist their families in making ends meet. Whenever they refuse or complain to the authorities, these children are dealt a severe ‘beating’ by their guardians, and are sometimes treated as outcasts.And finally, there are stories of foster children being ill-treated by their caregivers, and being subjected to continuous emotional, physical and sexual violence at the hands of their close relatives, administrators of shelters and homes, pastors, and others who are in a position of trust. It was only recently that a group of teenage girls, all below the age of consent, complained bitterly about the sexual harassment and advancements that are being made by a male in charge of a dorm at an Amerindian public school.Of course the problem of child sex abuse is not peculiar to Guyana. For instance, over in Jamaica, a nine-year-old boy was systematically raped by his pastor while his mother was at work; an 18-month-old baby boy died of internal damage after being raped by his uncle; and a little girl was infected with gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and HIV by an uncle who was in and out of prison.This led a general practitioner at a local hospital there to lobby that country’s Government to do more, because she said she was “tormented” by the onslaught of abuse faced by children there.The truth is that child abuse and child sexual abuse are shrouded in secrecy and abetted by shame. While most abuse is hidden and up-to-date statistics are scarce, it is known that nearly 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 around the world have experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence worldwide.In the Caribbean region, sexual violence against children is greatly underreported, and this abuse is often culturally sanctioned. A study in Jamaica indicated that men often believe they have a right to engage in sex with girls under their care, while children in Guyana reported believing that sexual violence can be blamed on a victim’s clothing. Sexual violence against boys is especially underreported, and in some countries, is not even recognised as a crime.“Sexual abuse happens everywhere – at home, school, and in other institutions; and has a serious physical, psychological and social impact not only on girls and boys, but also on the fabric of society. It is one of the main factors that contribute to HIV infection, and that is why it is not surprising that this region has one of the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS worldwide,” said Nadine Perrault, UNICEF Regional Child Protection Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean.“Our experiences in preventing and responding to sexual abuse have taught us that laws by themselves have been ineffective in protecting children, mainly because of the silence surrounding the issue and the risks that victims face in speaking out – risks such as stigma, shame, harm and further violence. And then, often, children do not know where to turn.”To address the taboo surrounding child sexual abuse, the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago developed the Teddy Bear Campaign. Using the image of a teddy bear with a band-aid over its heart and the tagline ‘Break the Silence’, this initiative has mobilised a wide range of governmental and non-governmental partners to protect children from sexual abuse.The campaign was discussed during the Sub-Regional Meeting for Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence Against Children in the Caribbean, which took place in Kingston this week. UNICEF is currently working to expand the reach of this campaign to other countries in the Caribbean.While it would seem that Guyana’s Child Care and Protection Agency is doing all that it can to respond to almost every case that is being reported, its intervention is coming a little too late. The entity is still operating in reactive mode, and is too bogged down to embark on a robust campaign featuring the implementation of measures that could see many of these acts being prevented before it’s too late and our children are violated.There is desperate need, therefore, for the Government of Guyana to redouble its efforts to respond to this assault and violation of the decency and human rights of our children. A unit must be immediately established to tackle child abuse in all of its forms, as this can aid the work being done by CCPA. We cannot continue to be complacent.
Twenty three families were displaced last Thursday night in Point 4, on Bushrod Island in Monrovia after a rain storm struck a transformer that set five zinc houses ablaze.There were no injuries or deaths.“It was around 11 p.m. when the storm hit this area and unroofed the nearby Playmate Cinema,” shop owner, Ibrahim Sow, 48, told the Daily Observer.He said the roof of the cinema flew off and dropped on nearby houses.“Then as we waited and the storm increased, it struck the transformer that partly controlled my zinc houses with nine rooms.“There were five houses in all and sadly no one could save any personal items,” Sow, who also owns the Amadou Sow Provision Shop, said.The displaced included women and children, who appealed to humanitarian groups, including the Liberia National Red Cross Society, to come to their assistance with emergency relief.Sow commended the neighbors for their prompt response that helped to save nearby houses.When officers from the Liberia National Fire Service arrived, Sow said, the fire had already consumed the five houses.Also speaking to the Daily Observer, Alphonso Kamanu, 58, chairman of the Elder’s Council of the Point 4 Community said among the displaced are several widows who had previously lost their houses to the raging Atlantic Ocean on Colonel West Street.“Some of the widows lost all they had to the Atlantic Ocean and were brought here to live and now they have again lost everything in their possession,” Elder Kamanu told our reporter.Elder Kamanu, armed with a record of all the displaced, appealed to the government and humanitarian agencies to provide emergency relief to the suffering.“These people are now displaced and are being sheltered by their friends,” Elder Kamanu said. “We all need urgent help,” he pleaded.Most of the 23 families are with grandchildren and several are in their 50s. It is the third fire incident to affect New Kru Town since April this year. The first affected journalist D. Sonpon Weah, who lost five zinc houses. In the second fire, seven houses on Karpeh Street were burnt down. Now the Point 4 incident has happened.Each of these fire incidents has displaced families, now numbering altogether more than 200 victims, who are crying for emergency relief.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Tagore Memorial Secondary School Board of Directors are eagerly awaiting the findings of a probe into allegations that a school teacher has been using and offering marijuana to students of the school.Tagore Memorial Secondary SchoolChairman of the Board, Charlie Amar is confident that the investigation, when completed, will reveal the truth.Senior management of the school, which is located at Number 63 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), had denied the allegations when they first surfaced a few weeks ago. However, some teachers told this publication that the teacher has been smoking in the vicinity of the school and has offered the drug to some students.Several teachers are of the view that the investigation will not reveal the truth.According to one teacher, they will be victimised if they were to say what has been taking place at Tagore Memorial Secondary School.Another said that teachers who enjoy the privilege of having time off to attend University during instructional time could lose that privilege if they were to issue a statement against the teacher in question.Regional Education Officer Volika Jaikishoon said following a meeting with the Board on Monday, a decision was taken to have the investigation launched.Amar is of the view that the investigation would be conducted fairly.Meanwhile, complaints were made to the Headteacher of the school, but no action was taken until parents called in the Department of Education.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Monday told ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) that they have to be prepared for the wave of intelligent criminals who are engaging in the narcotics trade.He made the charge at the opening of the Unit’s annual counter-narcotics staff training.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanHe said the smuggling of narcotics was dangerous to the democracy of any nation and it hindered economic growth while taking away from the “human-ness” of the population.“It is a completely evil thing dealing and smuggling in narcotics. It has made billions for some people, but it had destroyed so many lives and so many families and the temptation for indulging in this kind of conduct is an extraordinarily dangerous undertaking,” Ramjattan said.“We are in this war against drugs, and you are going to be our best soldiers in that war. The training is important. I want transformational change in almost every Department of Government, including CANU, and that kind of transformational change must come by you being prepared to do the honest and the right thing; the thing that will bring dignity to you and enhance your integrity,” he added.He said that it was important that radical change brought radical impact and urged the CANU ranks to place special emphasis on the ethics and professionalism aspects of the weeklong training, adding that through professionalism great officers were made. The Minister urged the officers to take the moral high ground in order to improve the reputation of the Unit.Deputy CANU Head Lesley RamlallHe told the officers that they must take the initiative, since they were part of a Unit that dealt with the laws and ingredients of the offences they charge persons for.“I am happy to see that this is going to be a continuous training and you will be in-house trainees to have a better understanding of the Act, the offences, the evidence you require, the manner in which you handle that evidence and how you marshal your facts to get the substantive convictions. Convictions are so important and I have watched the records and there have been many interdictions with investigations and sometimes as it reaches the court; our records must be improved as regards to convictions…and convictions is the big six you all want,” Ramjattan said.Deputy CANU Head Lesley Ramlall underscored the importance of the training session while urging the ranks to make full use of the training. The ranks would be engaged in a week-long training session at the National Racquet Centre in Georgetown and would be better equipped to deal with investigations, charges and the laws that govern their operations.
Quinto said Pickford was a founder of the academy, helped approve the Oscar design and wouldn’t consent to “cheapen it in the eyes of the public.” A call to John Shevlin, an attorney representing Beverly Rogers’ estate, was not immediately returned.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences is suing to stop the public sale of two Academy Awards given to silent film star Mary Pickford. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, the academy claims it has the right to buy the historic statuettes and one owned by her late husband for $10 each. The academy contends an heir to the Oscars demanded $500,000 for one in July – an offer the academy refused. Pickford won the Academy Award for best actress in 1930 and was given an honorary Oscar in 1975. When she died in 1979, they went to her one-time husband, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, the lawsuit said. In 1986, Rogers won the academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and when he died all three awards went to his second wife, Beverly. She died in January, leaving the statuettes to her heirs. The lawsuit names three of the heirs, in their roles as co-executors. It alleges anticipatory breach of contract. The suit claims that academy bylaws from 1950 and agreements signed by Oscar winners give the academy the first chance to buy Oscars for $10 each if they ever go on the market. “If the public believes that any multimillionaire can buy an Oscar, then it becomes cheapened,” David W. Quinto, an attorney for the academy, said Friday. “It becomes an article of commerce rather than a very prestigious award.”