South girls are faring well against a difficult schedule

first_img Eagles playing .500 ball as state playoff deadline approaches By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer Prior to the season, Middletown High School South girls’ basketball coach Tom Brennan was hoping his young team would be at the .500 mark after 10 games. With Saturday’s 31-28 win over Freehold Township, the Eagles are 5-5, and Brennan was optimistic that his team will have a strong second half. “We’re where I wanted them to be,” the coach said. “We could have maybe been 7-3, but this is a very young team, and you have to keep things in perspective. They’re learning and gaining experience with each game, and they’re getting better and better.” The Eagles’ .500 record is a result of “gutting out” several games, he acknowledged. Middletown South has, at times, had trouble scoring, as evidenced by a 25 percent shooting percentage from the floor. While that has hurt, Brennan is confident that number will improve. Middletown South also plays in the Shore Conference’s tough Class B North division, which includes St. John Vianney (7-1 overall), Monmouth Regional (6-3), Holmdel (8-4), and a Raritan (4-6) team that is better than its record indicates. “Our girls are really being put to the test in the division,” Brennan said. “I think it’s one of the best divisions in the entire Shore, and the teams are beating up on each other. They all play tough, tenacious styles, and that’s helped us play better.” Although young as a team, South’s seniors have led the way. Point guard Allison Oliver has been solid throughout the campaign, leading the team in scoring with a 14-point average, despite playing with tendonitis in one knee. Nicole Baldessari is averaging 12 points, while playing with a should injury. “Allison and Nicole have been outstanding for us,” Brennan said. “Allison is so consistent, she moves the ball well and has a nice shot, while Nicole brings so much to our team, even when she’s not scoring, because she does all the little things like boxing out and setting picks.” The Eagles have also received solid play from another senior, forward Lindsay Moran, an excellent defensive player who averages seven rebounds and two points. Brennan’s younger players have responded well. Sophomore forward Brianne Moran, Lindsay’s sister, has become a presence under the hoop and is averaging four points. Freshman guards Caitlin Kenah and Michelle Whalen have been getting more minutes as the season progresses, and are playing well, the coach noted. Sophomores Kaitlyn Maloney and Cara DeCicco also see action up front. With the Feb. 8 deadline for qualifying for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tourney looming (teams must be at or above .500 at the end of play that day), the Eagles face a difficult week. Middletown South was slated to host Holmdel yesterday and will travel to St. John Vianney tomorrow before playing Raritan on Monday. “The next two weeks are critical for us,” Brennan said. “The good thing is that we’ve played well enough to be in contention. It’s up to us to keep it going.” By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer Eagles playing .500 ball as state playoff deadline approaches last_img read more

Barras win comfortably against Northern Territory

first_imgNorthern Territory lost the toss and were all bowled out after 51 overs for a measly 155.Barra’s Norman Vanua and Chad Soper had outstanding performances with the ball. Vanua took 3/32 off 8.3 overs while Soper finished with 2/29 off 14 overs.The Barras responded with the bat belting 367 runs after 99.1 overs. Hiri Hiri top scored with 101 runs finishing not out. His ton included 15 fours.In their second innings, Northern Territory lost wickets quickly and were left at 8/117 after 37 overs before time ran out.This time it was Nosaina Pokana who did the damage for the Barras taking 4/24 from just 7 overs.last_img read more

Steph Curry undergoes tests on broken hand

first_imgWith Kevin Durant departed as a free agent while Klay Thompson will miss most of the season with a torn knee ligament. Center Kevon Looney is also sidelined.“Obviously, it’s been a tough start for us on many levels, so we’re just trying to find our footing,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Golden state fell to 1-3 on Wednesday. “This puts us in a tough spot, so we’ll assess it and go from there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Kendrick Nunn stays hot as Heat beat Hawks for 2nd time in 3 days 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust LATEST STORIES “Stephen Curry has a broken hand,” the Warriors confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday night.The San Jose Mercury News reported Thursday that the Warriors expected to have a timetable for Curry’s return — depending on whether he needs surgery or not — on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Even before Curry was injured the Warriors — winners of three titles in the past five seasons — were struggling to find their form.Former MVP Kevin Durant departed as a free agent at the end of last season and Klay Thompson remains sidelined by injury. Phoenix Suns’ Aron Baynes, left, gets up after falling onto Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in San Francisco. Curry left the game. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player had a CT scan on his broken left hand on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors will consult specialists to determine how long he’ll be sidelined.The Warriors’ superstar guard was injured Wednesday when he was fouled by Phoenix center Aron Baynes as he drove to the basket in a 121-110 loss to the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Gago’ MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ View commentslast_img read more

Leopards go slow bites ahead of Sofapaka

first_imgWhen contacted on the reports from their camp in Mumias, Leopards chairman, Allan Kasavuli, was categorical, “All what is owed to them has been fully paid.”However, team members who declined to be exposed for fear of intimidation confirmed nothing of note has happened on the training ground as they go through the motions of completing what has been a disastrous KPL season by their standards.“To say the truth we have not been paid our allowances for six games, as players we are demoralized. Everyone is training on his own and we are yet to receive any communication from officials on how we will be paid.“But we will try our best in our match against Sofapaka for the love of the club,” one of the disgruntled players told Capital Sport.“Yes, it’s true, the players are training individually and they have not been paid as they say. The go slow is on as we wait for word from the Executive Committee in Nairobi,” a technical bench official concurred.This is the latest dark cloud in the run up to their weekend tie after Sofapaka called on the match to be shifted from Mumias on security reasons following their bitterly contested GOtv Shield semi final that was abandoned minutes from full time when Leopards fans went on rampage.Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa wrote to KPL requesting the switch with the league management body CEO, Jack Oguda, saying the matter will be on the agenda on Friday at a meeting between them and chairmen of the 16 top flight clubs in Nairobi.Leopards’ unrest will cause ripples among their ‘in-laws’ and arch rivals Gor Mahia who need an almighty ‘favour’ from their adversaries to end Sofapaka’s title charge should they beat Muhoroni Youth on Saturday in Kisumu.Victory for K’Ogalo coupled with defeat of Sofapaka who trail them by a point will hand the crown to champions with a game to spare but in the continuing saga to the end of the 2014 KPL season, Muhoroni have petitioned authorities to have the game played in Nairobi.Following recent sanctions imposed on the community based giants by Football Kenya Federation after their fans erupted in hooliganism in successive weekends, Leopards and Gor have seen their coffers hit hard by a ban on their fans as the season winds up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, October 30-The disquiet at AFC Leopards shows no signs of abating with as a go slow in protest over unsettled allowances continues two days before the club faces Sofapaka in a crucial Kenyan Premier League tie.Capital Sport has reliably learned plays are training lethargically or refusing to go to the pitch at all claiming allowances accruing for six weeks.last_img read more

Phil Parkinson exit is devastating for Bolton, former star tells talkSPORT

first_img FAREWELL 2 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Getty LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES OFF stalemate Phil Parkinson has resigned as Bolton manager after three years in charge on target “The young lads need help, they need reinforcements in there to try to stabilise things on the pitch as soon as possible.“The club needs taking over, it needs reinforcement, needs players in, needs proper management staff in place now and trying to get some sort of stability back at the club.”And asked if he had a message to Bolton fans and also the supporters of fellow in-crisis club Bury, he added: “Yes – stay with it.“What’s going on at both clubs is a disaster and a disgrace to the clubs and the communities.“Hopefully both clubs will survive and get taken over, get a bit of stability and then become clubs to be proud of once again, which is what every fan wants and deserves.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with ex-Bolton player Andy Taylor IN FULL above 2 He kept them up against all odds in his second campaign, but Bolton’s escalating financial issues made survival impossible and last season they slipped back to League One with a 12-point penalty.Now Bolton are in an ongoing ownership wrangle, with an attempted takeover by Football Ventures being blocked by a court order issued by Laurence Bassini, who had tried to buy the club earlier this year.And two days after the postponement of their League One clash against Doncaster, with the club citing “welfare concerns” for their young players, Parkinson and Parkin have decided enough is enough. Former manager Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT on Thursday he ‘understood’ why the duo felt they had to leave, and Taylor – who left the Greater Manchester side this summer – says they are a huge loss for Bolton.“The club is crying out for stability,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White.“The fact the manager and coaching staff stayed throughout all the troubles, stayed for the start of the season and have now left, it’s a massive loss for the club.“They have both been really professional, tried their hardest to put a team out to get results to benefit the club.”Asked for his reaction to seeing Bolton’s young side being thumped 5-0 by Tranmere last week, which led to their next game against Doncaster being called off, Taylor said: “It’s tough.“It’s great to see a lot of the young lads getting a game, it’s always good to see your academy players getting into the first team, but at the same time it’s hard to see. latest What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested deals Former Bolton defender Andy Taylor has told talkSPORT the departures of Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin are devastating for the in-crisis club.The Trotters confirmed on Thursday they had accepted the resignations of their manager and his assistant with ‘great reluctance’.Parkinson took over in 2016 and led the club to promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt despite a transfer embargo. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Bolton were relegated from the Championship last season, and began the new campaign on -12 points after entering administration BIG PRESENTS UP TOP last_img read more

Time for SA miners ‘to look to Africa’

first_img17 April 2013Emerging South African mining companies should heed the call to expand northwards into Africa, offsetting low earnings in certain commodity markets by diversifying in terms of commodities, markets and geography, international consultancy Frost & Sullivan said in a statement on Monday.“For an industry such as mining, where commodity prices are cyclical, diversification is one of the key instruments utilised by companies to offset low revenue earnings in certain commodity markets and maximise shareholder value,” said Frost & Sullivan mining research analyst Yeukayi Kadzere.Kadzere pointed to JSE-listed miner Exxaro as an example of an African-owned mining company “leading from the front” with its acquisition of Africa Iron Ore Mining in the Republic of Congo for US$328-million, thus building on its existing exposure to iron ore in the form of a 20% shareholding in Kumba Iron Ore.South Africa’s second-largest coal miner plans to invest $320-million in increasing Africa Iron Ore’s annual output to 2-million tonnes by the end of 2014, Kadzere noted.Exxaro is also investing in infrastructure development, “a key success factor for most mining ventures developed in Africa”. The company intends to upgrade the railway line leading to the Pointe Noire port, which it will use to export its output.The world’s largest mining companies, such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale, are extensively diversified by commodity, markets and geography, Frost & Sullivan noted, arguing that South African mining companies, not only in coal mining, should consider this strategy to ensure revenue growth throughout commodity cycles.“South Africa has vast experience in mineral extraction and processing, and this knowledge can be successfully channeled into other African territories whose mining industries are still within their infancy,” Kadzere said.“While we cannot turn a blind eye to the challenges associated with investing in new markets, it is time for black-owned South African miners to heed the call of expanding northwards into Africa.“As South Africa works towards growth in industrialisation, through mineral beneficiation, resource security will become critical, and it is these ‘acquisitions’ that will increase resource security going forward.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Women of excellence: Bongekile Radebe, social entrepreneur

first_imgBongekile Radebe is a self-driven young woman who has gained leadership skills through involvement in nation-building initiatives such as youth development programmes – including One Day Leader – and social entrepreneurship.Bongekile Radebe’s passion for women empowerment and leadership drove her to found the social enterprise Her Destiny. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBongekile Radebe is a self-driven young woman from Mohlakeng, Randfontein who is currently completing her final year in B.Com in Finance at the University of Johannesburg.She gained her leadership skills through involvement in nation-building initiatives such as youth development programmes – including One Day Leader – and social entrepreneurship.Radebe has been recognised as a future promising leader by Destiny Magazine.Her passion for women empowerment and leadership drove her to found the social enterprise Her Destiny. A partnership with beverage brand Toni Glass, it provides a platform for empowering conversations related to connecting generations, personal development and understanding financial literacy.Her Destiny is a platform to help young women participate in the economic acceleration of South Africa.For every Toni Glass ice tea bottle sold at Her Destiny engagements, R1 is invested in Radebe’s Young Women’s Education Fund, which helps ease the cost of living for young women studying at university.Radebe’s dedication to the empowerment of women makes her a proud South African playing her part to build the nation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

ECM: Accountants Save Money with ECM

first_imgAccountants are beginning to find ECM a compelling tool in reducing costs and accelerating efficiency.  The online publication BusinessSolutions reports that ECM VARs are seeing much interest in accounting and accounts payable.The reason for the interest in using ECM for automating accounts payable is as follows:– Invoices often contain large amounts of text and data that is manually captured and re-entered from the invoice– Automation and electronic capture can make the process more efficient.The system can pinpoint exactly where the invoice is in the process.– Invoice processing can be more easily decentralized across multiple offices or with outsourcers– Electronic systems are considerably more space efficient than paper-based systems.– Electronic systems allow responses to audits to be per.formed more efficiently, for example, for sales tax compliance reasonslast_img read more

Internet: Rate of Internet Growth Slowing

first_imgMary Meeker recently delivered her 20th consecutive annual review of the state of the internet in 197 slides.  Meeker had been an analyst and now works as a venture capitalist for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  She talked about what’s changed over the last twenty years (a lot) and provided some hints as to what to expect in the future.The influence of the internet has been greatest with consumers and had the least effect on governments and policy makingSurprisingly, both the growth rate of the internet and smartphone is slowing. Internet users rose 8% last year, compared to 11 percent in 2012.Less than one percent of the population accessed the internet via a mobile device in 1995; 73 percent did in 2014.Mobile devices now account for 29 percent of total screen viewing timeMeeker sees the next generation of currently 12- to 24-year-olds as fueling user-generated content services like Instagrams and SnapchatsComputer drone shipments increased in 2014 by 167 percent to 4.3 million units. A $1.7 billion industrylast_img read more

‘Everyone believes BCCI’s new rulers sent instructions to reinstate Sourav Ganguly’

first_imgSharda UgraQuestion: What separates the BCCI by Jagmohan Dalmiya and the BCCI headed by Sharad Pawar? Answer: A Nike T-shirt.Well, forgive the cynicism, but how can you ignore the headlines? Or the whispers. Everyone and his cat believes the BCCI’s new rulers sent instructions to reinstate Sourav Ganguly in the,Sharda UgraQuestion: What separates the BCCI by Jagmohan Dalmiya and the BCCI headed by Sharad Pawar? Answer: A Nike T-shirt.Well, forgive the cynicism, but how can you ignore the headlines? Or the whispers. Everyone and his cat believes the BCCI’s new rulers sent instructions to reinstate Sourav Ganguly in the team to Pakistan and then include him in the XI for the Lahore Test.The BCCI’s top brass denies this vehemently. Whether this alleged interference is a precedent, an exception or a master move that has escaped more feeble minds, does not matter. If true, what this is, first up, is a cynical and alarming use of official muscle.On the first day of the Lahore Test, Ten Sports received a call asking them to stop airing the footage of the Chappell-Dravid-Ganguly love triangle seen earlier that morning. Of course, we all know that Rahul Dravid, Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly were arguing over which flavour of ice-cream they wanted for lunch, (Nutty Buddy, anyone?).It is only that journalists have such dirty minds, why give them anything that could be misconstrued as dirt? In other words, the next time anyone feels an ice cream debate coming on, please get a room.Cricket BatIt is a bit disorienting as all this comes from the sharp-suited tradesmen of transparency, that is, the new BCCI that promised to deliver us from the Evil Empire of Kolkata. The same new regime is now enforcing a clause in their player contracts which bans cricketers from writing columns or doing TV capsules.How the players agreed to such a clause is as baffling as its emphatic enforcement by a supposedly marketing-savvy BCCI. The only way it could possibly make sense is if the BCCI can prevent India’s rivals from talking trash about our players in our vast media market.advertisementIn a free economy – and hell, a free country – that’s not going to happen so we will just continue to suffer Shoaib Akhtar mouthing off at India’s batsmen and Nasser Hussain continuing to talk down to Indian cricket.Marketing a sport is about more than sticking logos on uniforms or selling TV rights or treating players like advertising hoardings. Marketing is showing and using your resources off to best effect.For the Indian team, those resources include the non-cricketing qualities of its players: Dravid’s intelligence, Anil Kumble’s deadpan humour, Virender Sehwag’s “fundey” and Harbhajan Singh’s irreverence.And, with respect, the cricketers, on or off the field, make for darn sight more interesting viewing than BCCI’s officials.No offence, gentlemen.last_img read more