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Mid-Monmouth all-stars win state Babe Ruth title

first_imgCHRIS KELLY Steven Morreale slides safely into third base for the Mid-Monmouth 16-year-old all-stars during a game against the Monmouth County Junior American Legion All-Stars at Monmouth University in West Long Branch on Saturday. Eastern Regional is this weekend in Clinton, Md. By tim morris Staff Writer The Mid-Monmouth Babe Ruth All-Stars did more than just win a state championship. CHRIS KELLY Bill Franks works the mound for the Mid-Monmouth 16-year-old all-stars during Saturday’s game at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. The 16-year-olds helped give the league recognition when they defeated defending champion Iron Area, 2-1, in the Northern Babe Ruth state championship that was played in Jersey City on July 16. “This was a big win for us,” said George Rothweiler, president of the Mid-Monmouth Babe Ruth League, which is in its fifth year. “It puts us on the map.” That map will include a trip to Clinton, Md., this weekend for the Eastern Regional. To win its first state title, the Mid-Monmouth All-Stars had to beat the Iron Area team, which has dominated the League not once, but twice. Mid-Monmouth turned Iron Area (Morris County) back, 3-0, behind Steve Richter, on the way to placing first in the winner’s bracket. Iron Area would come back to win the loser’s bracket to get another shot at Mid-Monmouth. However, just as was the case the first time around, Mid-Monmouth’s pitching was too strong, according to manager J.P. Noval. “We had very strong pitching,” said Noval. “Iron Area is a very talented group. We out-pitched them and we out-played them. We just played good ball.” Steve Richter’s two-run home run staked Mid-Monmouth to a 2-0 lead and starter Steve Morreale made it stand up. He went six strong innings before Noval went to Richter to close it out in the seventh. Pitching and defense is what got Mid-Monmouth through. They were deeper on the mound than anyone else, and they didn’t make mistakes behind their pitchers. “We only made one error throughout the tournament,” said Noval. Mid-Mon-mouth was especially strong up the middle with shortstop Chris Coulson, center fielder Andy Lamboy and catcher Jordan Noval. Morreale, when he wasn’t hurling, played superbly at third. Richter was the ace of a very strong pitching staff. He delivered a message to Iron Area in the opening game, when he shut the champions out. Mid-Monmouth took the momentum gained from that win and ran with it. Joe Bartlinski won the second game, 4-3, over Hudson, with John Leszewski getting the save. Dave Heimell went four innings and got the win over Bergen County, 8-2, with Bill Franks getting the save with three strong innings of relief. Morreale was great in the rematch against Iron Area, and Richter saved it. Richter’s home run was the only one hit by Mid-Monmouth throughout the tournament. Minus the long ball, Mid-Monmouth’s hitters seemed to do just enough in each game. “When opportunity came, we took it,” said Noval. The Mid-Monmouth all-stars are made up of the league’s best players, and Noval was impressed with how well they played as a team. “No one knew each other,” he said. “They bonded and came together quickly. “As a whole, all of the kids played well,” he added. “I had 15 players and everyone was an MVP.” With a deep pitching staff, Noval is confident his team can make its presence felt at the nine-team Eastern Regional. The Mid-Monmouth Stars will begin play on Saturday at 1 p.m. against the winner of the Maryland Babe Ruth title. The championship game will be Tuesday. The Mid-Monmouth 16-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars are: Jordan Noval, Bill Franks, Andy Lamboy and Craig Panella, Manalapan; Steve Morreale, Chris Coulson and Joe DiCaro, Freehold; Steve Richter and David Rada, Madison Park; Rob Ruhl and Tom Porricelli, North Howell; Mark Miglione, John Leszewski and Mike Plagianakos, Raritan; and Joe Bartlinski and Dan Heimall, South Amboy.last_img read more

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The spigot…

first_img…of money for the PNCThe oil isn’t here yet…but that hasn’t stopped the PNC Government from opening up the money spigot like those old-time pork-knockers of yore! But since the six-sisters of the traditional economy, according to President Granger, are ailing and not delivering as they used to do into the Consolidated Fund, where’s the Government getting the money from? Well…duh!!…borrowing of course!! Dangling the prospects of future oil revenues, the Government has tapped into the World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the local commercial banks!!So what if our foreign currency reserves have plummeted while our debt has skyrocketed?? Let’s live in the moment Baby!! Just like their Founder Leader Burnham taught them during his (rigged) stint at the wheel. His spigot was the nationalised sugar and bauxite industries he thought could be cash cows to service his massive borrowings. By the time he was finished, Guyana was bankrupt with an external debt of US$2.1 billion, which at the time made us the most Highly Indebted Poor Country – on a per capita basis!!And is anyone surprised the spigot only delivers its money to the PNC faithful and their friends? Naah…that’s the way the PNC’s (money) cookie always crumbles!! Back then, it was high-paying jobs in running (into the ground!!) the 80 per cent of the economy they controlled for the shirt-jacked PNC elites. Tractors and pigs and cows for co-ops were doled out to make the “small man become the real man”.Today, the PNC’s turned on the money spigot with a vengeance!! Imagine they have paid $265 million in rental for that bottom-house warehouse in Sussex Street!! A Minister had to resign and offer an apology, but that didn’t stop the spigot…it kept on pouring out cold cash. Why? The bag man’s a PNC financier who’s backed by a big one in the party!! Another $400 million was added to the Demerara Harbour Bridge to make it four lanes rather than three…but no change, of course, for the “Ming Swing” to direct the spigot into the pockets of another PNC financier with the same name!!Then we heard of six “special” prosecutors paid retainers of $2 million each – and then chalking up $20,000 per hour if they appear in court. They have to be very, very SPECIAL to be raking in such fees, all right!!  They were hired, however, not by the DPP – the constitutional office responsible for prosecutions – but by the Attorney General, who himself earns as much as the President. Your Eyewitness figures he has to cough up big bucks since he’s admitting he can’t do the job!!And this is only, like with icebergs, the spending we can SEE!!… of powerSuddenly, Nagamootoo’s become quite garrulous. Sadly, it’s only about the man he considers his bete noir – Jagdeo. He says Jagdeo’s obsessed with power!! Now isn’t that like the “kahari” calling the pot black!!?? Nagamootoo’s whole life was consumed with becoming President – mainly by becoming a lap dog for Jagan and his wife Janet. But when Jagan finally returned to power in 1992, he gave Nagamootoo the most junior of Ministries – Information!!But rather than introspecting about the flaw Jagan had discerned, he enrolled in law school to get some credentials, which, he thought were the lacking ingredients. Didn’t help…for the simple reason that Nagamootoo was never honest enough to admit he wanted power.As Burnham had said, “Any politician who says he’s not interested in power is either a fool or a liar”!! In Nagamootoo’s case, Jagan decided he was both.And that’s why even though he shed crocodile tears about the passing of “Pa”, Janet chose Jagdeo over him!!As a PM who was shafted by Granger, he’s still coy about power!! Maybe he likes shafting?…of the old boys’ networkSince your Eyewitness had already predicted it, he’s not surprised at the CCJ’s ruling…which COMPLETELY avoided the “Basic Structure” of the Constitution.The old boys’ network of the Caribbean has kicked in.last_img read more

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The time has come to set up an Afro-Guyanese bank

first_imgA bank is the life blood of a community. Moreover, a bank that caters to its community in ways that cares and respects the indigenousness of that community becomes more than a centre of finance.It is no secret that the afro-Guyanese approach to finance and banking is infused with a sense of upbringing that is ethnically different from the other citizen groups. There is nothing racist about setting up an afro-Guyanese bank to lend more money to small businesses, potential homeowners and others to reinvest back into the community they know and love. It is time the debate shift to financial empowerment for afro-Guyanese ie economic self-awareness.Let me be clear an afro-Guyanese bank will serve all people of Guyana, but its mission is to empower afro-Guyanese economically by underwriting loans with the added understanding of its primary customers. Moreover, it is in the interest of afro-Guyanese to support such an entity as an investment into building their future by cyclically compounding wealth.What “form” should such a bank take to accomplish its primary mission? For starters it should have its headquarters in a predominantly afro-Guyanese locale, for instance Hopetown in West Berbice.Next, there should be a marketing campaign with emphasis on the unique services and products offered to its primary customers. Products such as loans structured to clients with special atomisation and terms that are reflective of income streams such those drive from operation of minibuses and taxis, seasonal and contractual labour arrangements.For example, 30-year mortgages, reverse mortgages, asset back lending including, inventory of market stalls, gold and other precious metals. Other forms of lending should include non-traditional guarantees such as churches, savings clubs, farming clubs, pension accounts, contract awards, and insurance awards and annuities.This idea is not new and if implemented will serve as another symbol of pride for the afro-Guyanese community.Yours sincerely,Keith Bernardlast_img read more

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Insider trading: Felipe Anderson to Manchester United, Arsenal’s imminent signing and more

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Warren reveals why he has reason to believe it will be one of the busiest January transfer windows in recent memory.He also gives us the lowdown on whether Aston Villa will heavily invest during the window or whether they have resigned themselves to relegation.Felipe Anderson has been linked with a £32m deal to join Manchester United and Warren gives us an update on whether or not that is likely to go through.Among other potential deals, one of the big ones discussed is the departure of Ezequiel Lavezzi from PSG and which English clubs will be competing for his signature.Also on the agenda is Arsenal’s imminent acquisition of Mohamed Elneny.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:Marko Grujic arrives on Merseyside to become Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool boss Arsenal transfer report: Borussia Dortmund refuses to rule out Aubameyang sale Liverpool transfer report: Former Dortmund star snubs reunion with Jurgen Klopp to make Stuttgart switch Liverpool and Tottenham on alert as Ezequiel Lavezzi set to leave PSG on a free transfer Manchester City readying £40m bid for 19-year-old Schalke star Leroy Sane – reportsPSG star Marquinhos reveals he could leave at end of the season – Chelsea and Man United on alert Manchester City and Juventus in battle to sign Real Madrid ace Isco in JanuaryEx-Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen to leave Barcelona? Lazio plot movelast_img read more

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WHY NOW COULD BE THE PERFECT TIME TO DO THE BUSINESS IN DONEGAL

first_imgPromoted postHave you got what it takes to Start Your Own Business? After another tough Budget was announced in October 2013 – its not all doom and gloom says Michael Coll from The Tax Clinic in Letterkenny.The introduction of the “Start Your Own Business (SYOB) incentive scheme has led to quite a number of queries from unemployed people hoping to become Self – Employed says Mr.Coll.What is the “Start Your Own Business” (SYOB) Scheme:It is an exemption from Income Tax up to a maximum of €40,000 per annum and will be provided for a period of two years, to individuals who set up a qualifying, un-incorporated business, having been unemployed for a period of at least 15 months prior to establishing the business. Michael says that they have had queries from people looking to set up a variety of different businesses from Dog Grooming to I.T. Consultancy.With this in mind Michael has teamed up with Noel O’ Donnell from Noel O’ Donnell Chartered Accountants on the High Road, Letterkenny to provide a free consultation to anybody employed or unemployed looking to enter the world of Self – Employment.The consultation will cover the areas of Business Structure, Tax Registration, Book –Keeping, Vat & Paye issues.To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs”Letterkenny Office – 074 91 60550 (Noel/Michael)Killybegs Office – 074 97 32055 (Mabel) WHY NOW COULD BE THE PERFECT TIME TO DO THE BUSINESS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Noel O’DonnellStart Your Own Businesslast_img read more

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County OKs reality TV shows spotlighting deputies

first_imgWhile the total amount of the fees is unclear, a lawyer for the company said fees for a one-hour network television show are about $3 million. On a cable television show, they are about $500,000. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said he didn’t think he could support the contracts because it could take time away from the duties of sheriff’s personnel. “Either a detective is out there trying to solve crime or he’s trying to look pretty for the reality show,” Yaroslavsky said. “To the extent that we have to busy ourselves with a television crew so that somebody can make a buck on a network reality show, it may compromise our ability to solve crimes in the most expeditious way.” But Yaroslavsky changed his mind after producers agreed to allow supervisors to review the contract in a year and sheriff’s officials were given the option to review the tapes prior to broadcast. “So he’s giving … censorship authority over his artistic product?” Yaroslavsky asked. “It’s a … precedent.” Supervisor Gloria Molina voted against the contracts, saying she was concerned about privacy issues and county liability if films were sought by people under court discovery. But Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said he supported the deals because it enhances the county’s ability to provide solid role models for youth. “They see what the negative role models lead to,” Antonovich said. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will test its fate in Hollywood after the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved two contracts for reality television shows about the department. Supervisors approved the deals in a 3-1 vote after the County Counsel’s Office modified the terms to limit any potential county liability. Under the renegotiated contracts, edited-out portions of the films will be destroyed within seven days of final editing, and the companies will not be allowed to film inside the jails. With the working title “The Assignment,” Studio City-based 44 Blue Productions Inc. intends to film daily activities, including actions of the detective bureau, specialized divisions and patrol officers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Los Angeles-based Scott Sternberg Productions Inc. would follow selected cadets through their training under the tentative title “The Academy.” 44 Blue Productions producer Shane Conrad, a reserve sheriff’s deputy, told supervisors the company wants to showcase the department. “One of the things the department has been focusing on is recruitment,” Conrad said. “You won’t find a better way to recruit potential candidates than letting people see what we truly do on patrol rather than have it be fictionalized in so many of these shows, which are inaccurate. “This, in fact, will benefit the county financially. We’ve had interest since the media covered this last week from multiple networks interested in doing this show. That could potentially amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars both to the department and the county.” Under the agreement, the county will receive 5 percent of the license fees. last_img read more

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Young Vipers hockey team shows heart in its opener

first_imgVALENCIA – The Valencia Vipers Junior B hockey team spent most of Sunday’s season-opening 7-6 overtime loss to the San Diego Surf mired in futility, and then something finally clicked. After settling for perimeter shots most of the game, the Vipers began to force the issue in the third period. They established a presence in front of the San Diego net, screened the goalie and created better scoring opportunities, Valencia coach Larry Bruyere said. Valencia took advantage of those chances, rallying from a 6-3 deficit in the third period to send the game into overtime. “Throughout most of the game, we playing peripheral hockey,” Bruyere said. “We had 58 shots. when you get that many shots, you expect to win, but most of our shots were coming from the periphery.” Chris Gale and Peter Zamkochyan each scored two goals for the Vipers. Abe Palezyan scored the tying goal with just more than three minutes remaining. Bruyere said Valencia’s performance had the feel of a season-opener. The Vipers, who are fielding their youngest team since it was formed in 2001, made a lot of mistakes that are to be expected from an inexperienced team in an early season game. “Any time you give up seven goals, you can’t be too happy, but I think we showed some fortitude coming back in the third period the way we did,” Bruyere said. Formidable foe: The Vipes host the Phoenix Polar Bears for a three-game series that began Friday. The two teams play at 7:30tonight and at 10a.m. Sunday. Top-tier program: The Tier 2 Midget SoCal Vipers 18-and-under team based out of Valencia and Simi Valley’s Easy Street Ice Arena is ranked fourth in the nation by nationalyouthhockeyrankings.com. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Derek McInnes free to take dugout place after Hampden hearing

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been successful in his bid to avoid an immediate touchline ban but has had his sanction suspended until the end of the season.McInnes was charged by the Scottish FA with using foul and abusive language during the Premiership match against Dundee United at Tannadice earlier this month.The Dons boss was offered a one-match touchline ban if he accepted the charge but McInnes rejected the offer and took the matter to a disciplinary panel.The hearing took place at Hampden on Thursday and though the manager was found guilty of a rule breach, a one-match touchline ban was suspended until the end of the season. He will now be free to continue in his duties from the dugout when Aberdeen play Hamilton on April 3.“I was probably a bit too animated with what I said to the fourth official and I have apologised to him for my part in it,” the manager said after the game.last_img read more

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Spencer volleyball slips past Greenwood

first_imgRockets win five-set match, now 3-1 in Cloverbelt EastBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGREENWOOD — The Spencer volleyball team started a new winning streak Thursday with a 3-2 win over Greenwood in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division match at Greenwood High School.The Rockets, who lost a conference match for the first time in more than six years on Tuesday to Marshfield Columbus Catholic, is now 3-1 in Cloverbelt East play after the 25-23, 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-12 victory.“We kept hurting ourselves with unforced errors, but we battled for the win,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Hopefully we build off the tough victory.”Lexi Baehr had 22 kills and 33 digs, Chloe Drews added nine kills, Sadie Mercier had 38 assists and three service aces, and Shelbi Hoefs added 22 digs for Spencer.Spencer will play at the Abbotsford Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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SA launches water infrastructure drive

first_img3 July 2013 The South African government has launched one of the country’s major new infrastructure projects, a wide-ranging 10-year programme to address water supply and sanitation backlogs affecting millions of households. The project, one of a set of Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) first announced by President Jacob Zuma in February 2012, was approved by the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission late last year. “This programme, in simple terms, is a 10-year plan that will address the estimated backlog of adequate water to 1.4-million households and that of basic sanitation to 2.1-million households,” Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said at a launch event at the Vaal Dam, south of Johannesburg, on Saturday. Molewa said that of the 914 water supply systems around the country assessed in her department’s latest “green drop” report, 41% required attention, while 55% of 821 wastewater treatment works assessed required serious, urgent refurbishment. Throughout the next 10 years, the project – known as SIP 18 – is expected to fast-track the issuing of water licences, expand the water system capacity, speed up build programmes, address backlog projects and rehabilitate and upgrade existing water and sanitation infrastructure across the country. SIP 18 will also focus on priority small towns and rural areas where water service delivery is a problem, and is expected to create jobs while improving water service delivery countrywide and extending water supply to unserviced or underserviced areas. Molewa said her department had identified several projects that would drive SIP 18, including the R5-billion Sedibeng Regional Sewer Scheme in Gauteng province. Also on Saturday, Molewa officially commissioned a separate project, Rand Water’s R240-million BG3 pipeline, which runs from the Vaal Dam to Rand Water’s Zoekfontein Plant 8.6 kilometres away – making it sub-Saharan Africa’s largest water pipeline. The BG3 pipeline runs adjacent to Rand Water’s existing BG1 and BG2 pipelines, which supply Gauteng province as well as parts of the neighbouring Free State, Mpumalanga and the North West provinces. Molewa said the BG3 pipeline would not only augment raw water capacity to Zuikerbosch by up to 2 100 mega-litres a day, thus meeting the region’s projected growth in demand through 2030, but would also allow for crucial maintenance work on the other pipelines. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more