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Despite losses, Eagles not in rebuilding mode

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer A slew of younger players will get their chances this season as the Middletown High School South girls basketball team looks to bounce back after losing three starters who accounted for about 65 percent of its offense. Coach Tom Brennan’s team went 13-11 a year ago and he believes the Eagles will be competitive. The first test promised to be difficult as St. John Vianney came to visit on Friday. “Some people might consider this a rebuilding year, but we’re setting the bar higher,” Brennan said. “We have plenty of talent and I expect they’ll win a lot of games.” Fortunately Middletown South has a few solid veterans back, including center Jenna Cancillieri and shooting guard Brianne Moran. Cancillieri, a senior, averaged eight points and 4.5 rebounds last season, while Moran, a junior who played the point last winter, averaged nine points and three assists. “They’re key players for us,” Brennan said. “Cancillieri gives us a real strong presence underneath and Moran is a three-point threat. We’re counting on them.” The Eagles will, however, be without sophomore guard Michele Whalen, who played well in limited time last season. Whalen, who underwent ACL surgery in August, is expected to return in mid-January. Junior Karra Cancillieri should provide help with the rebounding, along with Cara DiCicco, another junior, and senior Erin Cullen. Junior Tara Pauley will swing between the guard and small forward posts. Brennan plans to give four freshmen plenty of playing time. Brittany Hoffman, whom the coach termed an “excellent passer with good court vision who can shoot,” will play the point. Shealyn Taggart, Christina Longo and Courtney Herring are promising forwards. Taggart is 5-9, while Longo and Herring are both 5-7. In addition, sophomore guard Caitlin Kenah will be in the mix. “One of the keys for us will be controlling the boards, and that means committing to boxing out and making good outlet passes,” Brennan said. “Another will be the ability of our freshmen to play with discipline at both ends of the floor. That’s something that should improve with each game.” The coach said his team will play a “slashing” style and will occasionally try to run. Defensively, the Eagles play man-to-man, but do employ a zone press from time to time. Following Friday’s game, Middletown South will compete in the Point Pleasant Beach Holiday Jubilee and return to regular-season action against Raritan at home on Jan. 2. Middletown South girls team expects to remain competitive BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer last_img read more

Terry to leave Chelsea at end of the season

first_imgLong-serving Chelsea defender John Terry will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, the English Premier League leaders said.The 36-year-old former England international played more than 700 games for Chelsea and has been their most successful captain.“John has given us more than two decades of dedicated and exceptional service,” Chelsea said in a statement.“In that time he has displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt.”Terry made the third-highest number of appearances for Chelsea, captained them a record 578 times and scored 66 goals.“After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club,” Terry said.“From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough,” he added.“I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.”Terry has made only four Premier League starts this season as Chelsea have moved to the top of the table, four points clear with six games remaining.“I will, of course, always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware,” Terry said.“I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I.”Terry, who made his Chelsea debut in 1998, won the 2012 Champions League, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League.He played 78 times for England.last_img read more

M&CC depriving taxpayers of the right to enjoy what they have paid for

first_imgDear Editor,If any citizen of Georgetown was under any delusion that the mouthing by the ‘Big Wigs’ at City Hall — about ‘greening’ our city — was anything more than just them being full of hot air, then all they have to do is take a walk along High Street in the vicinity of Leopold Street, Georgetown.There they will see, from Sunday to Sunday, a string of roadside mechanical workshops illegally operating in this location. They specialize in oil changes, fixing of brakes, and air conditioning repairs, among other things.Waste crankcase oil (WCO), the oil that they remove from motor engines right there on the street during an oil change, is almost always discarded right there into the gutters, resulting in pollution of both our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The roads are blackened, the drains are filled with thick sludge, and the pavements are slippery because of the oil deposits.Oil spilling onto the road makes for hazardous driving and walking conditions.The irony is that these roadside workshops are a mere stone’s throw from City Hall, and City Constables — who are well known to harass vendors and business persons for the smallest of transgressions, and sometimes for no good reason — pass along each day in the execution of their duties, but never stop to reprimand these rogue mechanics.Worse, the Mayor, Town Clerk, City Engineer, Chief Constable, etc all motor along this roadway frequently, but could not at all be bothered by the harmful actions of these roadside mechanics.This road, like all others in Georgetown, was built with our money — the tax payers’ money. By allowing auto repair works to be carried out continually on them, the Council is depriving tax payers of the right to enjoy what they have paid for.Come on, ‘Pat and Roy’, stop just talking the talk; it is time to walk the walk and let Georgetown play its part in saving the planet.Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

Dormant vines in Napa should weather storms

first_imgNAPA, Calif. – Massive winter storms made a mess in California’s wine country, but the rains weren’t expected to wash out the region’s valuable grape crop. Weekend storms washed debris over vine trellises, knocked down posts and sent soil downhill. But with the 2005 harvest safely in weeks ago and the vines dormant for the winter, vintners weren’t expecting serious problems. “There’s certainly been a lot of vines under water, but they’ve been under water before,” said Nick Frey, executive director of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association. The big problem facing vintners was repairing damage to downed posts and flooded equipment, cleaning out the rubbish washed in by urban floodwaters and digging out from sediment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Hillside growers face the opposite problem of building up soil eroded by the storms. “It’s a mixed blessing,” said Jennifer Kopp, executive director of the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association. “Some people just got a lot of soil and fertility and some people lost it.” The storms hit hard over the weekend, swelling the Napa River to 5 feet above flood stage and swamping several downtown blocks. Napa officials said about 600 homes and 150 businesses were flooded, causing about $50 million in damage. Estimates for vineyard flooding weren’t immediately available. “There’ll be debris washed up and there probably was some debris taken off the property,” said Chris Carpenter, winemaker at the Cardinale winery in Oakville. “The vines are pretty resilient and they’re all shut down, so they can be completely submerged and they’ll all come back.” The emphasis Monday was on the damage done to businesses and homes, Carpenter said. People have planted crops in flood areas “for millennia,” he said. “What’s happened is they’re also starting to plant houses in flood areas because they’re beautiful places to be in.” 160Want 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

Newcastle set to complete Serie A loan deal

first_img1 Lazio are on the verge of completing a loan deal for Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin, according to reports in Italy.The Frenchman only arrived at St James’ Park last summer and was shipped out on loan to Marseille after an unconvincing first sixth months in England.Marseille had tried to agree a permanent deal for Thauvin earlier this summer but their offer was well below Newcastle’s valuation.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Lazio are prepared to pay Newcastle £1.6m to take him on loan for a year with an agreement to pay the Magpies a further £9m should they wish to keep him beyond next summer.Newcastle are keen to get Thauvin off their books as soon as possible as they try to rejuggle their finances following their relegation to the Championship. Florian Thauvin in action on loan at Marseille last_img read more

Stratford volleyball moves on after comeback against Athens

first_imgBy Paul LeckerAUBURNDALE – The Stratford volleyball team was on the brink of elimination before a big rally saved its season.Stratford defeated Athens 25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-9, to win a WIAA Division 3 girls volleyball sectional semifinal Thursday night at Auburndale High School.Stratford moves on to a Division 3 sectional final Saturday night at Athens against Neenah St. Mary Catholic. The match begins at 7 p.m. and the winner advances to the 2017 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay on Nov. 2-4. The Division 3 state semifinals are Friday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m., and the championship match is Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m.Stratford and St. Mary Catholic have never qualified for the state tournament.Makayla Krall had 19 kills and 11 digs, Mazie Nagel added 18 kills and 19 digs, Jadyn Dahlke had 28 assists, 10 kills and nine service aces, and Brooke Peterson had 26 assists for Stratford.last_img read more

Mending bridges

first_imgAfter rattling the government for much part of his tenure, General V. K. Singh showed signs of burying the hatchet in the last 24 hours before his retirement. As the reasons for the turnaround were being speculated, it emerged that during this brief period, he had two meetings with Defence Minister A. K Antony.After he met three service chiefs recently, Antony spent some time with the outgoing general where the two sat across the table. The defence minister again met the general on Wednesday night at a wedding. The two are learnt to have spent considerable time together at the function.last_img

Saina beats Bae Yeon to enter Dubai World Superseries semifinal

first_imgIndia’s top shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated Bae Yeon Ju of Korea 15-21, 21-7, 21-17 to enter Dubai World Superseries semifinal on Friday.Saina despite playing well in the first game lost her way, which gave the Korean an opening to fight back. However, in the second game the Indian shuttler found her mojo back and dominated from the start.The Korean southpaw found herself in all kind of trouble handling Saina’s disguised drop shots, especially her net play. Eventually, Bae Yeon conceded the second game tamely 7-21.In the third deciding it was all nerves for both the players, but Saina kept attacking her opponent to close the game and match at 21-17.last_img

India will be tougher to beat in Bengaluru, feels Michael Clarke

first_imgMichael Clarke said that Australia won’t find it easy to beat India in the second Test in Bengaluru. He even went onto say that the result could have been different if India had won the toss in Pune.”India will be tougher for Australia to beat in Bengaluru than in Pune. If India would’ve won toss and batted in Pune, I don’t know if result would’ve been the same,” Clarke said. (Also read: Virat Kohli is a tough character, he’s ready for Bengaluru Test: Michael Clarke to India Today)Clarke said that a first innings score of 450 or more is mandatory irrespective of who wins the toss in India.”In India, the first innings total is critical. If you get a good first innings score of 450 or more, it doesn’t matter who wins the toss. How you bat in the first innings, that dictates the game. So getting more runs in the first innings should be the focus for both teams.” (Also read: India need to combat Smith, Starc and Warner in Bengaluru: Michael Clarke to India Today)The 35-year-old hailed Australia’s first innings score of 265 as a “very good score” on a dry Pune track.”We have seen that in Pune, Australia made 265 which is a very good score on a tough wicket, India went on to make 105, so mainly the Test match was over after the first innings. Australia had a lead of 150 or more, it was always a tough task for India to chase in the second innings of a Test match.” (Also read: Michael Clarke drives auto-rickshaw in Bengaluru)advertisementFor Clarke, the wicket in Bengaluru will deteriorate over the last two days.”In sub-continent, it feels like the game is moving quite slowly over the first three days, so then the final two days when the wicket does deteriorate, the ball starts spinning more with inconsistent bounce and pace, then it starts troubling the batsmen.”Kohli and Co. has to combat four players if they need to win, feels Clarke.”India need to combat four big players in the Australian team – (Steve) Smith, (David) Warner, (Mitchell) Starc and (Josh) Hazlewood. India now know they have to be at their best to beat Australia,” he said.Clarke said that Indians can’t afford to be “butter fingered” like in Pune where Steve Smith was let off five times.”Hang on to your catches otherwise Smith will make a hundred.”He also supported the under pressure senior players like Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma.”Rahane is a terrific player, India will give him another opportunity. He’s earned that right. Ishant deserves to be in this team. He is a wonderful bowler, bowled really well against England,” Clarke said.last_img read more

Jamia Millia Islamia Recruitment 2018: Here’s how to apply at

first_imgJamia Millia Islamia has invited applications from eligible candidates for filling up the various posts. Interested candidates can apply through the official website, the link for which is details:Total posts: 52Name of the posts:Academic postsUniversity Librarian: 1Deputy Librarian: 1Assistant Librarian: 2Assistant Director: 1Non-Teaching postsInternational Audit Officer: 1Assistant Registrars: 2Instructor (Tie & Dye): 1Section Officers: 4Junior Engineer (Civil): 1Technical Assistant (Special Education): 1Technical Assistant: 1Conservationist: 1Assistant Conservationist: 1Sports Coach: 1Junior Laboratory Assistants: 2LDCs: 20Urdu Typist: 1Security Assistants: 4Multi Tasking Staff: 6Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:Candidates should have a degree in the relevant discipline from a recognised university or institute.Pay scale:Candidates will get a salary of Rs 5,200 to Rs 37,400 per month. For more details, candidates can check out the official website.How to apply:Interested candidates can submit the application form to “The office of the Assistant Registrar, Recruitment and Promotion Section, Second Floor, Registrar’s Office, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025,” through a proper channel so as to reach before the closing date.Important date:Last date to apply: May 21, 2018, within 5 pmFor any query, candidates can visit the official website, SBI PO Recruitment 2018 begins for 2,000 posts: Apply now at Tripura board 10th, 12th results 2018: How and where to checkFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more