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Lancers gymnasts emerge as serious contender in first year

first_imgIt did not take long for St. John Vianney to make a name for itself in Shore Conference gymnastics. In their first year on the varsity level, the Lancers will be among the favorites to compete for conference and state titles.The Lancers, who have won four of their six meets this season, put together a strong performance in their introduction to the Shore Conference’s best squads. The team’s only two losses came in meets against Colts Neck High School and archrival Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School. The Caseys are 9-0 on the year, including a close contest with the Lancers Oct. 5. St. John Vianney lost the meet, 112.55-111.3.The upstart program saw the defeat as a sign of good things to come, given the way RBC — ranked No. 1 in some New Jersey polls — has plowed through its competition. The Caseys, led by sophomore Alex Cucich, also are coming off their first team title in 12 years at the 2014 NJSIAA championships.“I think we have a very good chance to take it,” co-head coach Tracie Vaz said of the Shore Conference championships scheduled for Oct. 31 at Brick Memorial High School. “We’re still improving. We still have a lot of room to grow.“I think it’s going to be neck and neck like when we met RBC.”All NJSIAA sectionals will take place Nov. 7, and the team championships will follow Nov. 12. The NJSIAA individual championship meet is set for Nov. 14. St. John Vianney senior Kristen Politz has emerged as the top performer on the Lancers. The Penn State University-bound gymnast gives the team a strong contender for an individual title, and her presence on the varsity roster is a big reason for St. John Vianney’s instant success. In the matchup with RBC, Politz posted the high score for either side, 38.425.“Kristen is coming from being a champion from every event and the all-around,” said Vaz, who coaches the Lancers alongside Diane Farrell, owner of Rebound Gymnastics in Marlboro.Politz, a top gymnast in New Jersey, has long trained at Rebound Gymnastics and committed to Penn State during her sophomore year at St. John Vianney.She earned the 2015 New Jersey All- Around title in March after taking first place in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. At the Level 10 Regionals, Politz qualified to compete in the Junior Olympic Nationals that were held in May.“Kristen has some interesting things in her routine that are different from the others. You can tell she knows what she’s doing,” Vaz said. “Everything so far has been very consistent for her, and she’s extremely talented. She should do very well at Shore Conference and states.”The Lancers also have seen big contributions from two juniors, Jennifer LaPoff and Marina Pietri, and two freshmen, Ariana Agrapides and Alexandra Panetta.Vaz believes the team’s freshmen are on their way to winning more events as high school gymnasts, noting that Agrapides holds the highest uneven bars score this season. By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

Govt must rethink policies

first_imgThe most recent report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after a visit here by a high-level team from that institution has once again vindicated the position of various stakeholders that the economy is in tatters and the coalition Government must act with haste if it were to lessen the impact its policy decisions, taken over the past months, would have on the masses.The IMF, in its 2017 Concluding Statement detailing its findings on Guyana’s economic outlook, as part of its annual consultations under Article IV of the Articles of Agreement governing borrowing, noted that Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was uneven, buoyed by the new gold mines, while the non-mining sector saw a contraction.The economic indicators are not very promising, and experts are predicting that the situation will even get worse if the necessary corrective actions are not taken immediately. So far, we have seen very little effort by the Government to stimulate growth in the economy. Instead, it has chosen to increase the burden on major sectors with a slew of tax measures and other policies that constrict their potential for growth.The IMF statement referred to above has confirmed that the Government slavishly followed the recommendations of the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) on extending the Value Added Tax (VAT) regime to crucial sectors, without regard to the social impact on citizens. In fact, we are witnessing almost daily the implementation of certain policies that hurt businesses and increase hardship on the average citizen.Additionally, in the last year, there have been no major announcements regarding Foreign Direct Investments in Guyana, or any major job creation initiatives. The IMF has projected real economic growth of 3.5 per cent driven by an increase in public investment and a recovery in rice production. However, as stated before, most of the major sectors are declining, including rice, which recently saw one of the major players closing its doors after being in operation for 25 years.Additionally, the increased borrowing by the Government has been a major point of concern, particularly over the last few months. The IMF has said that the debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to reach 61 per cent of GDP by 2019 and has recommended fiscal adjustments. However, Government continues to “bank on oil money”, as local authorities have informed the IMF that once oil production starts, the debt-to-GDP ratio will decrease.The IMF has also noted the recent “increase in exchange rate flexibility”; however, Government has failed to acknowledge that there is a problem and advance measures to address the issue.Most importantly, on the issue of the impending closure of more sugar estates, the IMF has reiterated previous calls from various stakeholders for careful decisions to be made about the future of the industry. Considering the fact that no economic and social impact assessments were carried out, the Government is being accused of basing its decisions regarding the future of the industry purely on politics. In this regard, the IMF has warned the Government to be “mindful of the large social impact” and the need “to protect those affected” by the process of change in the industry. Everyone knows that no matter how the authorities try to spin the issue, the resulting impact on individuals and communities would be quite significant and, perhaps, it would take decades before they fully recovered.We had said before that the Government and GuySuCo’s management should have engaged in serious consultations with all stakeholders and do the necessary impact assessments before making such decisions. After all, this is people’s livelihoods that will be affected and they deserve to be fully engaged on what matters to them.It could be recalled that in 2016, the IMF staff had urged the authorities to adopt a restructuring plan for the sector that will improve cost efficiency, productivity, and alternative revenue streams, drawing upon the reforms proposed by the Commission of Inquiry. At the time, the delegation had said that the scope and pace of reform should take into account social implications. This aspect was certainly ignored by the powers that be. We urge the Government to stop being in denial regarding the current crisis facing the country and rethink its policies in the interest of everyone.last_img read more

Video: Kahn you believe it?

first_imgCheck out this classic video of legendary German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in training with Bayern Munich.last_img

Declan Bonner has issued an impassioned plea to Donegal fans ahead of Ulster U21 final

first_imgDonegal Under-21 manager Declan Bonner has issued a rallying call to Donegal supporters ahead of tomorrow night’s Ulster Under-21 final against Derry.By Chris McNulty, Donegal Sport HubDonegal fans have been up in arms since Thursday’s confirmation by the Ulster Council that the game (throw-in 8pm) had been fixed for the Athletic Grounds in Armagh – but Bonner has urged supporters to get to Armagh in their droves. Donegal impressively topped Cavan on Wednesday night in their semi-final, having accounted for Tyrone following a quarter-final replay.Now, Derry stand in their way and Bonner would love a big Donegal crowd to roar his men on.“This is the last ever Ulster Under-21 Championship and we’d love it if we were bringing it back to Donegal,” Bonner said.“I know a lot of people aren’t happy and that’s only natural. The choice of venue isn’t ideal and it does place a lot of supporters in a tight spot in terms of actually making it to the game. “But these lads are the future for Donegal and a huge number of them have already played for the Donegal seniors this year.“They have put their heart and soul into their Donegal careers since we first started working with them and they’ve already brought good success to the county.“I’d like to appeal to supporters to get their green and gold on and get to Armagh because we will need all the help we can get. It’s an awkward time and place for Donegal people, but let’s show them how much we love our football and let’s get there united to lift these young lads.“These fellas have gone to the well so many times for Donegal over the last few years and I have no doubt that they’re capable of a big display. I think they’re deserving of a big support so I want to, again, ask people to please do what they can to get to Armagh and get behind us in big numbers.”Declan Bonner has issued an impassioned plea to Donegal fans ahead of Ulster U21 final was last modified: April 9th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:armaghDeclan BonnerDerrydonegalDonegal GAAlast_img read more

St Attracta’s book their place in Connacht final

first_imgSt Attracta’s Community School in Tubbercurry have eased into another Connacht Senior A League final.Luke Gilmartin hit 2-7 for the south Sligo school as they defeated Ballina’s St Muredach’s College by 2-15 to 0-5 in today’s Connacht semi-final at the Connacht GAA Centre in Bekan.St Attracta’s were beaten by Summerhill College in the final of last year’s competition, but the Sligo town school failed to make this year’s knockouts stages.The Tubbercurry school will now face the winners of next week’s second semi-final between Rice College Westport and St Colman’s College Claremorris in this year’s Connacht final.last_img

This Hallow-lime Cupcake is Extra Moist

first_imgPhotos: Christina Harrison Share This!Over at the All Star Movies resort food court we found this “Hallow-lime” cupcake, $5.99 or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. The cake is moist vanilla, topped with a Halloween-colored swirl of icing, rimmed with sprinkles and embellished with sugar spiders. The moistness factor of the cake is boosted further when you inject the inject the included squeeze vial of lime syrup into the cake. The syrup is easily absorbed and not at all messy. The hands-on aspect of eating this definitely adds a bit of mad scientist vibe that’s appropriate for the season.last_img

Columbus Catholic girls basketball overwhelms Spencer

first_imgDons now 3-0 this seasonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — Marshfield Columbus Catholic shot 48 percent from the field and made 11 of 15 free throws on its way to a 55-23 victory over Spencer in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball matchup Tuesday night at Spencer High School.The Dons (3-0, 2-0 Cloverbelt East) got 15 points from Morgan Albrecht and 14 from Marissa Immerfall in the win. The two combined to make all seven of their free throw attempts.Natalie Pospyhalla added 11 points and four rebounds, and Kendra Baierl had a game-high eight rebounds for Columbus.Lexi Baehr, who had 32 points in Spencer’s season-opening win against Granton last Friday, was held to just five points on 1 of 6 shooting.“Maren Seefluth and Zoe Stratman did a great job shutting down Lexi Baehr tonight, holding her to just five points,” Columbus Catholic coach Rhonda Keding said. “It was a great all-around defense effort. Our turnovers came down, only having five in the second half, and we kept them to six offensive rebounds.”Jessica Becker led Spencer (1-1 overall and Cloverbelt East) with eight points.Columbus Catholic will play Nekoosa in the first round of the Cranberry Classic at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Friday. Spencer is off until next Tuesday when it plays a nonconference game at home against Athens.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 55, Rockets 23Columbus Catholic 25 30 – 55Spencer 11 12 – 23COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (55): Morgan Albrecht 7-10 1-1 15, Hailey Roehl 2-6 1-3 5, Maren Seefluth 2-3 0-0 4, Kendra Baierl 2-7 2-4 6, Katie Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Natalie Pospyhalla 5-8 1-1 11, Zoe Stratman 0-1 0-0 0, Marissa Immerfall 4-11 6-6 14. FG: 22-46. FT: 11-15. 3-pointers: 0-5 (Albrecht 0-3, Pospyhalla 0-2). Rebounds: 23 (Baierl 8). Assists: 9. Turnovers: 16. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 3-0, 2-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.SPENCER (23): Courtney Buss 3-10 0-0 6, Megan Burt 0-1 0-0 0, Kaily Northup 1-4 0-0 2, Chloe Drews 0-2 0-0 0, Lexi Baehr 1-6 3-4 5, Liz Endreas 1-2 0-0 2, Shaelee Neitzel 0-1 0-0 0, Sabrina Vircks 0-3 0-0 0, McKenna Brecht 0-2 0-0 0, Jessica Becker 3-7 2-4 8, Kathryn Hall 0-1 0-1 0. FG: 9-39. FT: 5-9. 3-pointers: 0-6 (Buss 0-3, Baehr 0-3). Rebounds: 19 (Baehr 7). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 1-1 overall and Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists builds South Africa’s science capital

first_img16 October 2014Seesaws that pump water; lighting a city using solar power; improving crickets’ protein content to make food bars; these mind-blowing ideas were all conceived by young South African scientists and presented at the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists where “students have a chance to show others their projects about their own scientific investigations’.The expo was held from 8 to 10 October in Gauteng’s Boksburg. Endorsed by the Department of Public Enterprises, the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Science and Technology, the Young Scientists Expo invites some 17 700 pupils from across the country to compete for a ticket to the International Science Fair. The competition is stiff, with just the top 822 selected to represent their regions at national level.According to Parthy Chetty, the expo’s executive director, “South Africa wants to establish itself as a hub of science research and excellence. In order to do that South Africa needs to be producing outstanding scientists, researchers and technicians and attract top talent from around the world. By hosting young scientists from Africa we are exposing them to the exciting world of science in South Africa and we are starting to make that vision a reality.”The expo aims to support and showcase female scientists and young scientists from across the continent; this year it attracted 477 female participants, versus 345 male participants, with entrants coming from Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana. The students discussed their work with judges, teachers and students from other schools, expanding their horizons through broadening their science knowledge and growing peer networks.Naledi Pandor, minister for the department of science and technology, was at the event. She told the pupils to not limit their ambitions, but to “dream as widely as you can. There are immense challenges that confront South Africa but you can be part of resolving those challenges.’Eskom Chairman Zola Tsotsi presented the awards at the expo with Pandor; he said: “At Eskom we value the important role of education, as part of the solution we have invested in training and education to drive growth. Our country relies on innovation to break the shackles of poverty and to create wealth and the learners here today have the power to create a better life for the poor.”Eskom is South Africa’s electricity utility.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SURVEY: Does Your Employer Care?

first_imgBy show of hands, does your employer care about your work-life balance?Okay, wait. I can’t see whether you’re showing your hand.By commenting below, please indicate whether your employer encourages you to achieve and maintain work-life balance.For all our talk about work-life balance, we have done a poor job of it. Studies show (Google it, no time for citations and annotations here) that employees and employers are not getting better at this. In fact, recent studies are suggesting we’re getting worse!  The “good news studies” say we haven’t changed!{sigh}Employees want to improve, but employers aren’t allowing it.Employers want to help, but employees aren’t taking advantage of it.What about you? Are you maintaining a healthy work-life balance? Is your employer helping? Or nah?(Hint: )last_img read more

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal decries politicisation of education

first_imgUnion Hhuman Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday spoke against the politicisation of education in the country. He was critical of the state governments and lamented their reluctance to reform the education system.Citing the example of 13 key Bills of his ministry that are stuck in Parliament, Sibal, who was speaking at the India Today Aspire Education Summit 2012, made a strong case for distancing politics from education.Everybody is thinking of when and how we will come to power. Where is the national vision? Nothing can be done unless political parties come together and realise that education is an area of national importance and should be a priority,” he said.I want to give degrees to students in the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), but I cannot because there is political consensus in the House,” he added, referring to the non- passage of the NIT Act Amendment) Bill 2011 in the Rajya Sabha.This means that the students of IISER in Pune and Kolkata who completed their five-year course in the summer of 2011 are left in the lurch, without any degree.The minister, who has been on the defensive in the wake of recent disparaging reports (Programme for International Student Assessment and Assessment Survey Evaluation Research) the state of education in India, went on illustrate how the central government even though it attracts the maximum flak for deficiencies in the education system – has little role play in on- ground improvement.The biggest challenge, he said, was to get the states to implement the reform policies introduced by the Centre. And any bid to exert pressure is misinterpreted as “interference” in state governance.advertisement”We (the Centre) can introduce policies and allocate funds. But it’s impossible for us to monitor if a child is receiving quality education in Bihar or Orissa. The reality is that the implementation of policies happens at the state level,” he said.Calling the task of empowering 20 million children through education “herculean”, Sibal said India would not be able to join the ranks of developed countries unless it created a “critical mass” of youngsters who will pursue higher education.Currently, 16 of every 100 students in India reach university level, whereas the figure is 40 in the developed world. The government aims to increase the number of university-going students from 16 million to 45 million by 2020.This gap, Sibal said, can be bridged through effective implementation of the Right to Education Act which was introduced almost two years ago. It promotes inclusivity in education and will democratise classrooms.”The Act will create an environment to nurture that critical mass that will go to university by 2020,” the minister added.The Act will lead to efforts to admit and retain more children in schools, which would, in turn, lead to a build-up of pressure at the university level.The minister also asked the states to increase their budget allocation for education and called on them, as well as the private players, to help meet the need of an additional 1,000 universities in the future.last_img read more