BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Summertime is not when success in high school basketball is measured by victories in team camps, and the coaches for Middletown High School South’s and High School North’s girls teams like what they saw in Red Bank Regional’sMaroon & White Camp, which was run Aug. 1-4.With twice as many teams in the third year of the camp, and many high-powered programs included, both Middletown teams measured success in their players’ and teams’ improvements as they wrapped up their summer schedule.“This is a growing season for us, and we went from the frying pan against Rumson and St. John Vianney in the first day into the fire the next against Red Bank Catholic,” Middletown South coach Tom Brennan said as each team played eight games, two each day, in the 16-team camp.Brennan said his team competed well, splitting its eight games despite having only two seniors and a handful of experienced players, although many have played on AAU teams. Most of his older players were on either the U16 Wildcats or Central Jersey Hawks, who won the state championship over the Wildcats. Many of Middletown South’s younger players were on the Cardinals U13 team. Top: St. John Vianney High School’s Katie Beriont (l) battles for a rebound with Red Bank Catholic players during their Aug. 3 game played at Red Bank Regional High School. The teams were participating in the Maroon & White Summer Basketball Camp hosted by RBR. Above: St. John Vianney High School’s Zoe Otterman (middle) fights Red Bank Catholic players for a rebound during their Aug. 3 game at RBR. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Guards Kiera Gannon and Carissa Gray started last season as sophomores when Middletown South was 15-8 and runnerup in Shore Conference A North.The Eagles move into Group IV from Group III, where they lost in the NJSIAA Central Jersey sectionals to Neptune last season— not a big-deal switch for Brennan and his team, which has played mostly Group IV teams on its schedule.The key cog is 5-10 junior forward Jackie Dluhi.“We’ll go as she goes,” Brennan said. “She is a great distributor of the ball. When she gets the ball down low, she’ll make a great decision if she has to give it up, who to give it to.”Middletown North, meanwhile, got a break on its Red Bank team camp schedule, but not by much. It played Wall, Mater Dei, Ocean, Raritan, Brick Memorial and Toms River South.“We didn’t play those other teams, but we played a very competitive schedule,” said Middletown North coach Ed Jones, referring to St. John Vianney, Rumson and Red Bank Catholic. “There was a lot of competition, and we came out pretty satisfied.” His team also competed in a team camp at Villanova University back in June, winning five of eight games.“We started off slow and then saw improvement,” said Jones.Middletown North won six games last season, twice as many as the previous season, including victories over postseason tournament qualifiers Mater Dei and Toms River East. With the starting five intact — guards Maggie Cole and Maureen Ciccosani, both seniors, and Megan DeGrushe, forward Emiley Lavin and center Tayna Miller, all juniors — Jones is looking for his team to make the postseason for the first time in seven seasons.“This team camp will help,” said Jones, referring to Red Bank’s camp. “Rebounding is our No. 1 improvement, and we’ve gotten more kids to score over the summer. Our offense and defense improved a little last season from the season before, but we’re looking to improve even more for this season.”Adding reassurance is senior Nicole Tollevson’s jump in improvement through the summer that may move her from the sixth player role last season to a starter.“We have a lot of competition,” said Jones, who also looks to sophomoresAshley Bird and EmiliaWeaver at guard, Marissa Reilly at forward and Courtny Davis at center along with freshman guard Mia Ehling. Middletown South also competed again for the 10th straight year in the Athletes for Better Education team tournament at Kutztown University held July 14-18.“We brought 24 players and had an opportunity to bond there because the girls shared dorm rooms, ate together and played together, but in August, competition is different,” Brennan said. “They know they’re there to play. When we were in Pennsylvania, playing teams from there and New York, there’s no connectivity.”But the players got the chance to adjust to a revamped offense at the expense of their defense, particularly man-to-man coverage when the grind of a long, active summer taxed their resilience.“Defense is mental and it’s heart,” Brennan said. “Something had to give, playing so much over the summer, twice as many games as during the season. We can’t be that upset.”What Brennan said he likes on defense is his players’ length — long arms for disrupting ball movement and long legs for shifting over on coverage. Rebounding still needs some work, he said.The chemistry is good at this point, Brennan said, but with no big-name players, the Eagles will not return to Walt Disney World or the Battle of the Boardwalk for showcases like last season. “At least not this season, but we’re young and we can look at next year,” said Brennan.It all depends on how much the players continue to progress from a productive summer.
Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead View comments LATEST STORIES Mo Tautuaa of TNT charges into Cliff Hodge of Meralco during Monday night’s quarterfinal duel between both squads. —AUGUST DELA CRUZWith a more involved offense and decent defensive, TNT KaTropa displayed why it is the favorite in its quarterfinal duel with Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Starving their foes nearly harmless outputs in the first two periods, the Texters scooted away early, staved off a mild uprising by the Bolts and then pulled away for a 102-84 victory Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum to move within a win of booking a semifinal berth.ADVERTISEMENT Top-ranked Andy Murray eases into French Open quarterfinals Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in The Texters built so much momentum early that they didn’t have much difficulty rediscovering their rhythm in the fourth as they opened up leads of as big as 24 on the way to a series opening win.“No one wins a best-of-three series by winning Game 1,” Racela said. “But of course, it’s good to get that [first win] out of the way and take a winning feeling going into Game 2.”Jason Castro scored 25 points and Joshua Smith scattered 19 despite coming off the bench and playing limited minutes because of a bum stomach. He could have easily excused himself from the game, but opted not to.“I wasn’t a hundred percent today, but I wasn’t going to let my teammates go out there by themselves,” Smith, a replacement for Donte Greene, said. “I just wanted to help them out.”ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think offensively, we were blessed to have contributions coming from almost everybody,” rookie coach Nash Racela said after getting four players in twin digits. “That doesn’t normally happen.”The Bolts got dumped into a huge hole early, scoring just eight points in the first 11 minutes before catching some fire in the third to make a game out of it somehow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“Defensively, we were decent today,” Racela added. “We made it hard for Meralco to make their shots. But we’re expecting them to make a lot of adjustments [for the second game].”Star also took a 1-0 lead in its quarterfinal series by crushing hapless defending champion Rain or Shine, 118-82, later in the night. MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak
0Shares0000LONDON, England, September 11- Olivier Giroud admits he has been “freezing up” in front of goal for Arsenal but is confident the goals will come soon.The France striker joined the Gunners in a big-money move from Montpellier in the summer but has struggled to fire in their early games, missing several presentable opportunities. But the 25-year-old is optimistic things will fall into place soon, while confessing he has been affected by nerves.“I’ve been freezing up a little bit just when I’ve been about to pull trigger and that’s exactly what happened in my first few matches for France,” Giroud told FIFA’s official website.“I’m not too worried about it, because I’ve been scoring in training and I feel pretty comfortable being a part of this team.“I just need to not think about things too much, so that I feel as relaxed as possible when the time comes to stick the ball in the net.”Off the field Giroud is settling in well at Emirates Stadium under Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger but is hoping to improve his language skills before too long.“I really want to improve my English and speak fluently, without having to think about what I’m about to say,” added Giroud.“Being at Arsenal will help me with my development, and with a manager like Arsene Wenger in charge, I’m definitely in good hands.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Sam Allardyce’s behaviour has made England the laughing stock of world football, former Three Lions defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed.The 61-year-old saw his contract terminated by mutual agreement with the Football Association on Tuesday, after barely two months as manager and just one match in charge.Former Bolton, Newcastle and Sunderland boss Allardyce was caught out by undercover Daily Telegraph reporters, making a host of controversial remarks including expressing his views on the outlawed practice of third-party ownership, suggesting there was a way to ‘get around it’.FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn decided after a day of talks that Allardyce could not stay on, and the manager agreed he had to cut short his dream job, destroying his hopes of leading the team to the 2018 World Cup.Ferdinand told BT Sport: ”I think the rest of the football community around the world will just be laughing at us. It just feels like it’s become a comical event, the England manager’s role.”This is the man who was probably the most vocal about getting the England job, the most passionate outwardly about getting the England job, but unfortunately he’s backed the FA into a corner and they’ve had to act because of his actions.”Like we’ve said before, naivety seems to be the word that’s coming up more than anything and it’s just disappointing for English football more than anything.” Sam Allardyce: The 61-year-old left his position as England boss on Tuesday 1
A first-half brace from Billy Sharp and Leon Clarke’s header sent Sheffield United back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 3-1 win at Burton.Chris Wilder’s side proved too hot to handle on a chilly night in East Staffordshire where even a stunning 25-yard effort from Matty Palmer to level things up for Albion could not prevent the Blades enhancing their promotion credentials.United skipper Sharp lived up to his name, darting into the box in the ninth minute to try and latch onto a through ball from John Fleck.He was eased off the ball by former Bramall Lane academy product Kyle McFadzean, too forcefully in the opinion of referee Oliver Langford, and the United striker stepped up to comprehensively find the top corner from 12 yards.United’s high energy game was forcing Burton back and into mistakes on the ball which Wilder’s men were quick to seize upon.Former Albion man Mark Duffy was denied a goal on his return to the Pirelli Stadium by an excellent block from Albion skipper Jake Buxton.Burton’s equaliser, when it came just after the half-hour mark, was slightly against the run of play, with Palmer on hand to provide an outlet for Marvin Sordell and his left-footed effort flying past Jamal Blackman who was left grabbing at thin air.Parity was only restored for a matter of three minutes though as another rapier-like move cut Albion’s defence open once again to allow Sharp to coolly fire home hard and low.Clarke fired against a post and Duffy sent a rising drive just over as United looked to stretch their lead even further.But the first half ended on something of a sour note for the visitors with midfielder Paul Coutts leaving the pitch on a stretcher after a nasty collision in the box.Albion looked more purposeful after the break as they tried to avoid a fifth successive home defeat but they were struggling to find clear-cut opportunities to beat Blackman for a second time.Northern Ireland midfielder Matty Lund went close with a low drive that was blocked by a white shirt with the Chelsea loanee struggling to make his ground.United always looked a threat even though their attacks had become slightly less frequent and they were ruthless on 78 minutes as they put clear daylight between the two sides. Fleck was again the provider with a ball into the box that Clarke stooped to head past Bywater.Substitute David Brooks almost added a fourth moments later with a burst through the middle before drilling just wide of the upright.But there was no doubt by that stage that the points would be heading back up the M1 to South Yorkshire. 1 Leon Clarke celebrates his goal
Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF Morata has struggled since joining Chelsea REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won When asked about a striker arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, Sarri said: “No, because I have the option with Hazard in this position.“We have Morata, and Hazard can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last two, three matches.“So, I think that in the moment I don’t need another striker.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Latest Football News huge blow RANKED REVEALED Cahill has served Chelsea brilliantly since joining the Blues in 2012 ADVICE Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ MONEY shining Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill to leaveChelsea are willing to let two of their fine servants depart this month given they have fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri.Midfielder Fabregas is being linked with a move to Monaco, who are managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry. Some reports suggest a deal could be done as soon as next week.Cahill, the centre-back, looks certain to remain in the Premier League, however.Reports of an Arsenal move for the former England international have been dismissed by Unai Emery, their manager, but Fulham are in for Cahill and a deal is believed to be close. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Wolves in for Tammy AbrahamEngland starlet Abraham netted his 15th and 16th goals of the season on New Year’s Day, continuing his fine loan spell at Aston Villa.There have been suggestions Abraham wants to cut short his stay at Villa Park, however, and the Mail claim Wolves are ‘leading the chase’ for the 21-year-old.Nuno, the Wolves manager, is hoping to sign a striker to compete with first choice centre-forward Raul Jimenez.Chelsea to NOT sign new striker?Maurizio Sarri has played down suggestions Chelsea will buy a new forward this month, despite both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling in front of goal. Welcome to Chelsea, @cpulisic_10! https://t.co/bgiLbAtXrl— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 2, 2019The Blues are expected to continue doing business throughout the remainder of the month, but what is the latest transfer news concerning Chelsea?Scroll down to find out…Christian Pulisic joins ChelseaAs mentioned above, Chelsea have paid around £58million (€64m) to sign United States forward Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.He has long been a target of numerous Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, but the Blues have won the race for the 20-year-old.Pulisic returns to Dortmund on loan until the end of the season, before linking up with Chelsea ahead of 2019/20.Read the full story here… Chelsea have moved early to become one of the first Premier League teams to complete a signing in the January transfer window.Christian Pulisic’s £58million move to Stamford Bridge was confirmed on Wednesday morning, with the United States winger returning to Borussia Dortmund on a loan basis until the end of the season. 2
The applications are due on the 31st, so if you’re interested, get on it now. It’s an odd world we live in where most people would quit their job for the chance to drive around in a giant hot dog . . . but here we are. Oscar Mayer is taking applications RIGHT NOW for its next group of Wienermobile drivers. They’re looking for people with public relations or marketing backgrounds who can start in June and work for a year, driving from coast-to-coast. Salary? Quote, “Competitive.”
If you have a kid in your house between the ages of eight and 37, there’s a good chance they play “Fortnite”. It’s as hot as a game has been since that random two weeks when everyone played “Pokemon Go”. And according to a new survey, parents are now WEAPONIZING its popularity. Almost two out of three moms say they’ve threatened to ban their kid from playing “Fortnite” as a punishment. The survey also found 7% of parents have wound up with a massive bill from their kid’s in-game purchases.
CFLs have saved South Africa 1800 MW of electricity. (Image: Red, green and blue) Eskom has revived previously mothballed stations to achieve power supply. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Joffe Spokesperson Eskom +27 11 800 6993 or +27 79 697 9374 RELATED ARTICLES • Eskom build programme powers ahead • Solar power lights the way • Camden power station working again • Kusile power station to go aheadBongani NkosiThe largest rollout of energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs in the world has saved Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, 1 800MW of electricity over the last six years – a massive boost to the country’s power-saving drive.Between 2004 and 2010 more than 43.5-million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were distributed throughout South Africa, with Eskom installing them in households free of charge as part of the National Efficient Lighting Programme.“The electricity saved as a result of the marked reduction in consumption by lighting in homes and buildings across the country brings us closer to achieving our energy-saving targets,” Andrew Etzinger, a senior manager at Eskom, said in a statement on 17 January.In the programme, Eskom replaced power-hungry incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, which consume 80% less electricity and are more environment-friendly.“Eskom leveraged the programme to raise awareness of the importance to save electricity through converting to energy efficient lighting alternatives,” the utility said.CFLs have become an international trend, with government bodies promoting their use and even distributing them to households in programmes similar to those of Eskom. The utility said South Africa has rolled out the highest number of CFLs to date; Mexico is set to follow when its programme of rolling out 30-million CFLs is complete.The US federal government has urged citizens to opt for the energy-saving bulbs, pointing out that if every home replaced traditional lights with CFLs the country would save enough energy to light more than 2.5-million homes for a year, the US National Public Radio website reported in 2007. The government also said that using energy-saving bulbs in every home would save greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 800 000 cars.Demand up, prices downAccording to Eskom there is now a growing demand for CFLs, which since 2004 has driven the price down significantly. Eskom said the current price of R15 (US$2.20) per bulb was more acceptable compared to the initial cost of between R60 and R80 ($8.75 and $11.65).The light’s design has also become more suitable for local use. “Over the past six years, we seem to have overcome all of the barriers that once discouraged the widespread use of CFLs,” Etzinger said.“Now that they are more affordable, easily accessible and can be used in almost any setting that we’d use a normal light bulb, the adoption of CFLs is really starting to gather momentum in this country, as it is elsewhere in the world.”Power crisis remainsBut South Africa is not yet off the hook when it comes to power supply. The 1 800MW saved with the CFL programme does not mean South Africans can slack off on energy saving. Eskom’s call to consumers to use electricity sparingly remains loud.Power supply will stay tight until the first unit of Medupi Power Station comes online in 2012, Eskom said. The coal-fired station is one of South Africa’s biggest power-generating infrastructure initiatives. Currently under construction in Limpopo province, Medupi’s six units will generate 4 788 MW when complete by 2015. Its first unit is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012.Kusile power station in Mpumalanga, another major project currently underway, will start generating power in 2014 when its first unit is commissioned. The two stations are part of Eskom’s build programme, through which the state-owned enterprise has also revived formerly mothballed stations.
Today’s conversation highlights the use of gender pronouns in email signatures.In the General HR group, a poster writes:I was hoping for a little direction in regards to gender pronouns in email signature lines. As of last week, the ED decided she wants to make it mandatory for all staff to add gender pronouns to their signature line. The reason for this is we are a gender friendly environment, but our newest staff member has a male name, Gerald. However, she is not transgender, she is a female but that’s the name she was given at birth which is due to her family culture. When she applied for the position she had her pronouns in her signature line, but some staff still implied she was transgender. So this is the second reason why this has come about.I have one staff person that has objections and I see her point, but not sure if we can make this mandatory for staff or if it should be optional for some staff. The other part is we don’t have a policy in place. DC has no laws in place for this type of issue, so I’m hoping to hear from others if you’ve had experience with this type of issue. Below are the gender pronouns and the email from the employee, if this helps.The gender pronoun options are below:she, her, hershe, him, hisshe/her/hers and they/them/theirshe/him/his and they/them/theirsWhile I understand the premise and good intentions behind a push like this, I think that self-disclosure is empowering and forced-disclosure further distracts from our ability to achieve a life where people, regardless of color, creed, religion or sexual orientation, are to be respected as equal humans worthy of respect and love; not as enforced by rules, but by our character. I think we ostracize individuals when we require staff to report their personal convictions or personal truths. For example, pronoun use disregards the intersex (formerly referred to as hermaphrodite) and asexual community and further burdens their personal identity journey. Also, if I state that my personal convictions are in conflict with me being required to disclose my gender-identity, given that it doesn’t tangibly impact my ability to do my job, I chance being ostracized because of people’s perception of my unwillingness to participate; I chance being labeled as either homophobic or unsure about my gender identity, though both conclusions are equally untrue. This is the same fear (discrimination, being ostracized, etc.) of someone that is struggling within the LGBTQ community, but simply impacting a different group. Click here to read/respond to the conversation. SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions. The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.While some of the conversations take on a more serious tone, others will deliver a bit of comic relief — and on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes that you’ll take some time to visit. You may want to “lurk”… perhaps respond, but you’ll always learn something. It’s a great community and I highly recommend checking it out.