By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent The NJSIAA Tournament of Champions (TOC) in girls’ tennis was a case of déjà vu. Holmdel High School and Millburn High School, two undefeated teams, squared off for the ultimate piece of hardware a year after the same matchup went in favor of Millburn.The Hornets again came up short in their bid for a TOC crown. Despite taking two of three singles matches, Holmdel dropped the final to Millburn, 3-2, with a doubles sweep proving to be the deciding factor.Millburn grabbed the early lead when Stephanie Schrage, the state singles champion, posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory over fellow junior Brianna Gibbs of the Hornets. In second doubles, Millburn’s Anna Mandel and Elizabeth Gray beat Jaimee Ratkoski and Natalie Cipriano, 6-4, 7-5.Millburn, which now has gone three seasons without a loss, secured the decisive point at first doubles. Sydney Zirlin and Isabella Waung, who won the state title in doubles, endured a tight second set against Holmdel’s Emily Kong and Vicky Vought to win, 6-1, 7-6 (5). Kong and Vought had a set point with a 5-4 lead, but Millburn’s pair rallied from behind to force the tiebreaker.“It always comes down to doubles,” head coach Chuck Chelednik often says. The TOC finals was a case in point.“My doubles got better as the year went on, and they played together only about half the year,” Chelednik said of Holmdel’s pairings for the final round of the TOC. “They made strides. They definitely improved. But Millburn, especially in doubles, is very good.”In fact, Chelednik thought both of his doubles teams played better against Millburn than they did in Holmdel’s TOC semifinal opposite Newark Academy.“I think overall we got to see in Millburn some good doubles players,” Chelednik said.The Hornets had better luck in singles play. Sophomore Alexandra Wojciak put a point on the board for Holmdel by toppling Alexandra Pritsker, 6-4, 6-2, at second singles. Rita Vought, also a sophomore at Holmdel, won the third singles match vs. Joanna Atwater, 2-6, 6-3, 10-6. Holmdel advanced to the TOC with wins over Manasquan High School in the Central Jersey Group II finals and Ramapo High School in the last leg of Group II.Following the loss to Millburn, Holmdel shut out Monmouth Regional High School and finished the season with a record of 22-1.With another successful year for the Hornets in the books, the team, which perennially competes for postseason titles, should be in the mix next season.Holmdel’s second consecutive appearance in the TOC finals is a testament to the girls, Chelednik said.“We’ve been consistent over the last several years, and that has really helped us in the Monmouth County Tournament and Shore Conference Tournament, and subsequently in states,” the coach said.Chelednik noted that Holmdel will bring more experience to the court in a year.All of the Hornets who competed in the TOC finals will be back, and a couple promising freshmen are coming into the program.
MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives to the hotel St Regis in Moscow, on June 19, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter plans to sue world football’s governing body and his successor for allegedly spreading “false information” and damaging his reputation, according to a news report published Wednesday.“I will take legal actions against Gianni Infantino and FIFA,” Blatter told Swiss news magazine Weltwoche.ADVERTISEMENT And he questioned the channels through which the payment had come to prosecutors’ attention four years later, saying he suspected Infantino.“The way my successor has treated me is incomprehensible, given that he took over a very profitable organisation,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books He alleged that FIFA had spread “fake information and a deceitful representation” of the facts.Among other things, he challenged allegations that following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil he had received a bonus of 12 million Swiss francs ($12 million, 10.5 million euros).“Information that I received this bonus is false,” he said.He also charged that false allegations had been made about his pension, and lamented that FIFA had failed to hand back his belongings confiscated after his suspension, including a valuable watch collection and personal documents.Blatter, whose is serving a six-year ban from world football, also insisted that a $2-million payment he authorized in 2011 to Michel Platini, former head of UEFA and his one-time heir apparent, had been handled correctly.ADVERTISEMENT NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu “I’ve had it. Enough is enough,” he said.The 83-year-old former president was suspended from FIFA in 2015 amid a gigantic corruption scandal that rocked world football to its core.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut he claimed in Wednesday’s interview that statements issued by FIFA regarding alleged payments he had received contained false information.“The information and the different statements issued by FIFA regarding my income are untrue and have therefore been detrimental to my reputation,” he said. PBA D-League: Petron-Letran routs Batangas-EAC, awaits fate of playoff bid Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card View comments
Mr. Henry Browne, technical director of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), and Mr. Francis Tamba, CAF Education Officer, have returned home, after participating in a three-day workshop in Cameroon.The workshop was organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for technical directors and education officers of all CAF member associations in Africa.The participants deliberated, among other subjects, the role of CAF technical directors and education officers and e-learning as it is applied on the C License assessment for coaches.Another subject examined was “Coaching Licensing System, How to go Forward” and there were plenary discussions in which the participants drew up conclusions and made recommendations.They learned about how CAF prioritizes its soccer development; and participants watched video clips of CHAN 2016, discussed its major components and drew up what they could apply for their various national soccer teams.The three-day workshop was rewarding, according to Mr. Browne in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday.“The workshop gave us another perspective on what we should be doing to improve and also in line with CAF development objectives,” Browne said.He said they were challenged to assist and support national clubs and youth teams (including female teams) to work within the framework of CAF’s development agenda.CAF Education Officer Tamba said the three-day gathering reinforced his focus, specifically to deal with issues about CAF’s soccer education programs in Liberia.“We gained a great deal of insight on the challenges in improving on the game and by initiating strategies to national associations for implementation,” Coach Tamba said.The two men said they have returned armed with knowledge to support Liberian football development in all levels and appealed to clubs to make use of their ability to help them move further ahead in their objectives.They commended the Liberia Football Association for supporting their participating in the just ended workshop for the good of Liberian football.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Rupununi Music and Art Festival dubbed “Georgetown Connection” will be used as an important mechanism in Government’s thrust to bridge the gap between the Hinterland and the Coastland.The reason the Festival is being held in Georgetown this coming Saturday is to give Guyanese on the coastland an opportunity to taste some of what the Rupununi has to offer in terms of song, dance, poetry and craft among other attractions.Organiser and Aritse of the Rupununi Music and Art FestivalVice President and Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock during yesterday’s launch of the Festival at Banks DIH, Thirst Park Head Office, described the event as colourful as a rainbow.“This as an opportunity that allows us to bridge our cultures and gain international recognition. If each and every group in Guyana could follow their history and be able to portray that on the National scene it will be like a rainbow beautifully coloured and enjoy the richness of a Guyanese society” the Minister assured.Minister Allicock said this will be an opportunity for Guyanese in the Hinterland to link with their brothers and sisters on the coastland, a commitment made by the current administration to unite this beautiful country.The Minister said the Music and Art Festival is just one way of realizing such partnerships.Barbadian based Creative Producer Bob Ramdhanie during the launch highlighted what patrons can expect come this Saturday.“There’s spoken word, there’s music, there’s dance and the idea is to share the flavors that are around, and we also have some special guest coming in from Barbados” this according to Ramdhanie will surely be spicing things up” he informed.Banks DIH is a major partner for the festival and the company’s Communications Manager Troy Peters said the beverage conglomerate is pleased to be associated with such an activity and called on Guyanese to come out and support this initiative saying “this weekend’s festival will certainly be an experience for those who attend and our company over the years has been extremely supportive to art and entertainment and once again we continue to show our commitment”.Barbados’ youngest calypso Monarch and nine time winner of the title The Mighty Gabby will be headlining the one day event, with other scintillating performances coming from Guyana’s finest in music, spoken word, comedy and dance.Renowned calypsonian Dave Martin and Friends will spearhead the local team. Dave who is known across the Caribbean as the leader and songwriter of the popular Tradewinds band will be supported by rock band, Feed the Flames along with other artistes such as Collage, Nachgana Academy of Dance, Chuckie & Gavin Mendonca, the Surama Cultural Group and many others.International Guyanese flautist Keith Waithe will also make a special appearance.According to Ramdhanie art and craft will also be on display, along with a book sale and games among other inter-active activities.The Rupununi Music and Arts Festival was first held at Rock View, Region 9 back in 2013, with the 2017 festivities are planned for the Manari Ranch, Region Nine from August 18-20.Plans are also on stream for the establishment of a vibrant Festival Village in the Rupununi, which offers a wide range of educational, music and arts related training programmes.The festival is a collaborative effort between Government, the private sector and NGOs.Among the events other sponsors are Giftland Mall, Republic Bank, Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) and NAMILCO Inc.
0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur are the only undefeated team in the Premier League this season © AFP/File / Glyn KirkBOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom, Oct 21 – Mauricio Pochettino is keen for his Tottenham Hotspur players to rise to the occasion and move to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday.That may only be for a few hours but Spurs know that victory at Bournemouth in a lunchtime kick-off will be enough to lift them above current leaders Manchester City, who play on Sunday, and Arsenal, who are in action later on Saturday. Spurs were title contenders for almost all of last season but never once reached the summit and eventually had to settle for third place.Pochettino was eager, therefore, for his side — who are currently the only Premier League team yet to taste domestic defeat this term — to go one better.“It’s a big motivation for us to finish the game and take the three points to be top of the table. Better motivation is impossible,” he said.Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing the top of the Premier League table © AFP/File / Geoff Caddick“Today the motivation was very good on the training ground. Our players are very conscious about that and it’s a good opportunity to see us at the top of the table. First of all we need to win the game.”Pochettino is without defender Toby Alderweireld, who suffered a leg injury in last week’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, and striker Harry Kane, who stepping up his recovery from an ankle injury but is not yet near a playing return.Left-back Danny Rose is also a doubt with a foot problem.Spurs won 5-1 at Bournemouth last season but the Cherries will kick off on the back of a 6-1 thrashing of Hull City and Pochettino said he was a big fan of the south coast side’s manager Eddie Howe.“The job he has done is unbelievable,” said Pochettino. “They show every week that they’re a team with principles, a team that knows what they need to do and how they need to play. For me he (Howe) is a fantastic coach and a coach I like a lot.”Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels began his career at north London club Tottenham and revealed he will have plenty of friends and family down to watch him — and cheer on the opposition.“I was there for a good number of years when I was young and I still have a lot of friends there who are on the staff,” he said.“I have a whole load of family and friends that are Spurs fans too, so they’re going to come down and enjoy the game. It’ll be a special occasion for them.“Personally, it’s about doing a job and not only for me but for the team. We want to win and break their duck.“We want to play a high tempo and a fast-attacking game, but I know Spurs will want to do that as well.“Hopefully we don’t cancel each other out. It could be a bit end-to-end.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Southampton manager Claude Puel dismissed claims that contract talks with defender Jose Fonte may distract his side ahead of Thursday’s pivotal Europa League clash against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.Both sides enter the encounter locked on seven points with the winner earning a place in the last 32 of the competition, but continuous speculation over the future of Southampton’s skipper has featured heavily in the build-up.Speculation heightened on Tuesday when Fonte took to his Instagram account to state that he has been informed by Southampton that he will not be offered a new contract.But Puel insists their attention must stay on their Europa League hopes rather than the personal situation of the Portugal international.“It’s a situation and discussion between the player and the club,” Puel said when asked if the club had begun negotiations over an improved deal.“I cannot give a comment about this. When I see this on newspaper I repeat the most important thing for me is to speak about the team and about the game tomorrow and not just this personal situation, an individual situation.“It’s important always for me to respect the collective. The subject for me is to discuss and to speak about the game, an important game, and about the collective and the team.”Midfielder Steven Davis believes the club are used to dealing with the pressures of his team-mates being linked with moves away from St Mary’s and stated that Fonte’s contract situation has not been brought up in the dressing room.“We are well used to it by now,” said Davis.“In my time here we have sold a lot of players, a lot of big players, and it shows we are doing things the right way.“It can only be taken as a positive that other teams are interested in players. I know we have a lot of quality in the dressing room and I’d be surprised if other teams weren’t looking at us.“We all know what the club means to Jose and what Jose means to the club. He obviously has a personal situation there which has not been discussed in the dressing room.“He’s the same character, he’s doing his best in training every day and pushing the team on and that’ll not change.”Davis featured in the Rangers side that reached the UEFA Cup final in 2008 and drew on his own personal experience to insist that advancing to the next stage of the competition can only benefit the club for the rest of the season.“I look back on that time very fondly,” Davis said. “It was a step too far (for Rangers) but a great experience.“We are in a good position and want to be involved in all competitions after Christmas. “It’s been a positive experience. As players you want to play in every game, but we understand the manager’s brought a philosophy to rotate the team a lot.“They (Hapoel) are obviously a good side and they showed a lot of character to come from two goals behind to beat Inter Milan. They are a team that’s aggressive. They have got a lot of quality and create a number of chances.“But whenever we’re at home we’re confident we can win.”Dusan Tadic may return to action after wearing a face mask in training to protect his broken nose while Matt Targett (hamstring) is the only long-term absentee as Puel has a fully-fit squad to choose from. 1 Jose Fonte will not be offered a new contract
Rangers midfielder Josh Windass says it is embarrassing they did not manage three wins in a row under Pedro Caixinha.The 23-year-old is preparing for Hamilton Academical’s visit to Ibrox on Saturday when a victory would ensure stand-in boss Graeme Murty achieves what Caixinha could not.In his second spell in charge, interim manager Murty has secured back to back victories with a 3-1 win against Hearts followed up by a 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle.Windass scored in both of those games and is looking to build some momentum ending talk of that winning streak. “It’s a bit weird that we’re even trying to win three games in a row to be honest, obviously if we do it’s a good thing to achieve considering our recent form, a club this size shouldn’t even be thinking about winning three in a row,” he said.“We’ve not been good enough, that’s the bottom line, there’s nothing else I can really put my finger on. “We’ve not been good enough and we’re looking to make that right.”He added: “We’ve never really spoken about winning three games in a row, I think it’s a bit more embarrassing that we’ve not won three games in a row. “Two wins always brings out confidence in people and there’s been a few good performances so the lads are looking to build on that this weekend.”The former Accrington Stanley player is also keen to highlight the impact Murty has had and says the team are enjoying playing under him.“The lads respect Graeme and we all enjoy training under him and it’s been a good week, hopefully we can get another win this weekend,” he said.He’s put his own personality into training, he has a good laugh with all the lads and the lads fully enjoy training. “There’s not much he’s changed though he’s obviously given us a day off which is nice to have during the week.”Rangers confirmed last Friday that they had not interviewed anyone for the manager’s position but are considering applications.When asked how the manager speculation is affecting the players, Windass said “The lads just come in and train as hard as they can, obviously the lads respect Graeme and do what he’s asking us to do, we just carry on training as usual.“I just leave it down to the club, it’s up to them when they appoint and who they appoint, it’s nothing to do with us really.“Whoever gets the job whether it be Graeme or someone else we’re all trying to play to stay in the team.”
The scheduled Arizona insurance premium tax rate reductions for insurance other than fire, disability, and health care service plans are adjusted. The tax rates for premiums received in each calendar year after 2015 are changed as follows: — 2016: from 1.99% to 1.95% — 2017: from 1.98% to 1.90% — 2018: from 1.95% to 1.85% — 2019: from 1.92% to 1.80% — 2020: from 1.89% to 1.75% — after 2020: from 1.86% to 1.70%For purposes of the tax imposed on fire insurance premiums, references to commercial multiple peril lines and multiple peril lines are clarified to mean commercial multiple peril nonliability lines and farm owners’ multiple peril lines, respectively.Also, the requirement that the director of the Department of Insurance submit an annual report to the directors of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting on the credit for overpayment of tax is eliminated.H.B. 2002, Laws 2016, effective August 6, 2016
(Missourinet) In 2010, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover therapies for the state’s autistic children. A measure passed this year expands that policy by mandating insurers to include physical, occupational and speech therapies for Missouri’s physically and developmentally disabled kids up to age 18. The move will make the Show-Me State among three states in the nation to have a therapy requirement for all children with such challenges.The Schelps pictured with Gov. Mike Parson during bill signingThe bipartisan bill, sponsored by State Representative Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, was attached to a healthcare bill with several other components. It was signed into law this month by Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, and takes effect with 2020 insurance plans.Robyn Schelp, of central Missouri’s Columbia, has been a leading advocate of the law because her 11-year-old son, Nathan, is developmentally challenged.“It’s not going to impact him that much anymore like it would have ten years ago, but it needs to be done for all kiddos,” says Schelp. “This is not about Nathan. It’s not about Will. It’s not about the kids that are walking the halls. It’s about all of Missouri’s children.”Schelp’s pursuit for the law included leaving the language broad for all disabilities to get equal treatment.“It is so important that all disabilities be included to do with anything in the disability world,” she says. “This (bill) includes disabilities like Down syndrome, which is pretty common, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, to the really rare genetic disorders. Or like my son, who has a genetic disorder that they can’t even figure out what it is.”In the provision of Senate Bill 514, it says that insurance companies must be limited to a number of visits per calendar year, provided that additional visits shall be covered if approved and deemed medically necessary by the health benefit plan. Schelp is hopeful that more therapy providers will surface in Missouri, especially in schools and in rural areas where healthcare resources are especially limited.“It (the law) impacts their families. It’s impacts their neighbors. It impacts their classrooms – their classmates. It impacts the community. When we start to get beyond ourselves, we can realize when everybody’s needs are met, everybody benefits,” Schelp says.Now that Missouri will soon become the third state to expand coverage, Schelp does not plan to stop advocating for the cause.“Our goal is to see nationwide change. We want this (requirement) to happen everywhere,” says Schelp. “It should have already happened everywhere, but now it’s time to make sure it happens everywhere throughout the country.”
BriForum by Sophia “the intern” Stalliviere All in all the trip was great…and a great start of my internship! Another session that I attended was the “[VDI Product Smackdown and Discussion|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=373|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=373],” which was hosted by Brian Madden. He talked about the different VDI components and his thoughts about each of them. He went into detail about Citrix Xendesktop, Qumranent, Quest, Ericom, and VMware. Other sessions were “[Optimizing and Understanding Citrix over WAN connections|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=358|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=358]”, “[Streaming Smackdown|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=339|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=339]”, “[Provisioning Servers in the Real World|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=357|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=357]”, “[The Future of Client Computing|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=371|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=371]”, and “[Customizing Citrix XenApp Web5.0|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=372|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=372].” The sessions were really great, and I learned a bunch. I also found the networking with people at the event to be one of my strong points and was able to learn about many end-user experiences and products. Jason and I went to each of the demos and I observed him talking to each of the companies about their roles in this forum. Then, in turn, we talked about our roles with Intel. We put the word out about the Emerging Compute Model Forum. Many of the people are interested in looking around the site. I recently started with Intel as a summer intern, coming from Washington State University (go cougars), and had the privilege of doing something very unique for an Intern – going on a business trip! Last week I went to the BriForum, I didn’t have any idea what I got myself into when I went, however, I found it to be a great experience. I think of myself as technically savvy person, but at a show where they have a multi-part series on the “excruciating details” of the logon process challenged my level of tech savvy! To be immersed in the detailed language of computers at this event was both very scary and very exciting at the same time. At this forum there were many people, representing different parts of the world – connected by one thing: the future of computers. Now when I say future, we aren’t talking about just computers doing the same things faster, smaller, and cheaper; but we are talking about the changes that will come from the virtual execution world. A world where the application you run may be running on the device your using right now to view this blog, or it may be executing in a number of other places, but viewed just like you are doing right now, with manageability, security, and flexibility at the heart of the solution. My Intel manager, Jason Davidson hosted one of the sessions, as well as sponsored the food for the BriForum party (details about the party will be on my personal page J). He decided to have a discussion on . In his session he did something a little bit different than the other sessions. Instead of telling everyone his thoughts about his subject, he had questions up on the projection screen and the panel discussed the questions. The panel consisted of Jason Davidson, Brian Madden, Brian Duckering, and Ron Oglesby. All of them had different views on the topic which made it very energizing and intriguing. The audience got into it by asking questions and also waited till after the sessions to approach the speakers on the topic.