first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer CHRIS KELLY staff Junior tailback J.T. Anderson is expected to lead the Matawan offense this year as the Huskies look to bounce back from an uncharacteristically tough 2005 season. With a veteran lineup in tow, the Matawan High School football team is looking to return to its traditional winning ways this season. The Huskies open the campaign Friday evening at Red Bank Catholic starting at 7 p.m. Coach Joe Martucci was generally pleased with his squad’s performances over four scrimmages, although the team lost Trey Waldon, a key defensive back and one of the team’s leaders, to a leg injury. As Matawan approached the opener, it was unclear when Waldon would return to the lineup. “Trey’s a big loss for us and we’re hoping to get him back real soon,” Martucci said. “We did well in the scrimmages, especially early on, but then we had a number of minor injuries that kept some kids out of the later scrimmages. But everyone should be back for the opener, except for Trey.” A year ago, Matawan went an uncharacteristic 2-8 with a relatively young roster. Although the Huskies struggled, Martucci is hoping the experience his players gained will help turn things around this fall. “All in all, our guys had a great preseason,” he explained. “The enthusiasm is there and they’re all working hard to make this team a winner.” The offense includes junior tailback J.T. Anderson (5-11, 175), who ran for more than 600 yards and caught 10 passes out of the backfield last year. Julian Sonnenfeld (6-1, 190) moves from wideout to quarterback, where he displayed poise during the scrimmages, Martucci noted. Nick Citro (5-8, 195) will be the fullback. He saw some varsity time last year. Sonnenfeld’s receivers include split ends Manny Bowling (5-11, 175) and sophomore Kyle Hardy (6-4, 190) and returning tight end Steve Turner (6-3, 220). The line is solid and experienced. Junior Jim Dwyer (6-0, 220) moves from guard to center this year, with Anthony Grasso (6-6, 285) and Ray Mara (6-2, 275) back at tackle. John Lazar (5-11, 195) returns at left guard, and Ryan Ballard (6-1, 290) will line up at right guard. On the other side of the line, junior Wayne Robinson (5-11, 210) and Turner will share one of the end slots, with sophomore Allen Sparks (6-4, 180) at the other. Geoffrey Melvin (5-11, 200) is the nose guard. Mara, Lazar and Dwyer will platoon at the other guard position. Andy Trolian (6-2, 190), Michael Sporer (5-11, 180) and junior Dan Cleary are the linebackers. Juniors Fran Santamauro (5-8, 165) and Michael Anderson (5-11, 165) are the corners, along with Andy DeNardo (5-7, 155), while sophomore Aaron Lee (5-11, 170) and Hardy will see action at safety. The Huskies may have an ace in the hole in place-kicker Greg Coleman, who showed plenty of promise late last fall. Coleman’s 47-yard kick sailed through the uprights to give Matawan a big win over St. John Vianney on Thanksgiving. Kyle Robinson is the punter. “With our offensive line, we expect to be able to run the ball; the key for us will be keeping them all healthy,” Martucci said. “Sonnenfeld has adapted well to playing quarterback and he’s a good leader on the field.” The defense is somewhat less experienced, but the Huskies linebacking corps all saw plenty of action a year ago. “Our defensive leadership will come from the linebackers,” Martucci said. “They’ve been there before and they know what’s expected.”last_img read more

first_imgGermany’s Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday to seize pole position for the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.The Mercedes driver lapped the 7-kilometer long Spa-Francorchamps circuit in one minute 46.744 seconds.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was second quickest and will start alongside the German on the front row for what is the closest the Dutchman has to a home race on the calendar.Four-times Belgium winner Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari.World championship leader Lewis Hamilton, set to start last due to a 55-place engine-related grid penalty, drove only four laps at an easy pace and did not make it beyond the opening phase of qualifying.The Briton heads into the weekend gunning to become only the third driver to take 50 career wins.He has won six of the last seven races, four of those in succession, and leads Rosberg by 19 points in the standings.last_img read more

first_img However, it wasn’t until Francis, his brother, Paul, the late David Noel and Bruce James formed the MVP and with the consent of the professor of speed, Dennis Johnson, formed an alliance with the University of Technology that has changed the face and the fortunes of Jamaican track and field. Athletes trained by Stephen have set world records and won 56 World Championships and 28 Olympic medals but his contribution is to be measured in more than just medals. On one hand, world records by Asafa Powell and gold medals won by Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Melaine Walker and Brigitte Foster-Hylton have made all Jamaicans proud. On the other, the MVP/UTech model has been copied as well as admired by other ambitious local clubs and institutions. Now, thanks in large part to the example provided by the MVP and UTech, there is a productive Jamaican alternative for those who want to combine athletics with academics. Stephen Francis can be blunt, but those close to him speak as much about his genius as his compassion and his playful sense of humour. At one memorable training session at the National Stadium East field, the coach had the entire training group rolling in laughter. On another, he cracked jokes like a stand-up comic as the group did exercises on the all purpose court in front of the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology. Few will see that side of him but thanks to the National Awards event earlier this week, they can look admiringly at his body of work and say, well done Stephen Francis. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. It’s a sign of how important success in track and field is to Jamaica that the sport’s operatives often get national awards. Just days ago, volunteer official Ian Forbes and coaches Stephen Francis and Maurice Wilson stood in the spotlight on National Heroes Day alongside hundreds who have served the country with distinction. All three deserve to stand in such company. Forbes has continued his family’s record of service in sport. His father, Headley, is a giant, and Ian has carried on brilliantly. In addition to his work at Jamaica College, he has served as a meet official, director of the JC Invitational and manager of national teams at the youth and senior level. Ian and Ray Harvey were especially good as they led the wonderful meet-management team that did Jamaica proud when it staged the 2002 World Junior Championship. Wilson has not only distinguished himself by coaching Holmwood Technical to 10 wins at Girls’ Championships but also by serving as technical leader to Jamaica’s most successful Olympic and World Championship teams and by teaching the next generation of fitness and sport practitioners at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport. Now, his Sprintec Track Club has produced a 2017 World Championships medal winner in 400-metre hurdler Ristananna Tracey and a 2014 Commonwealth champion in Rasheed Dwyer. His work, both as teacher and coach, will continue to bear fruit. Before Francis arrived with his MVP Track Club family in 1999, 99.9 per cent of our champions were nurtured abroad. Patrick Robinson made the 1964 Olympic team while a student at the University of the West Indies. Generations later, the Jamalco Track Club guided Michael McDonald to world class in the 400 metres. Successful alliancelast_img read more

first_imgFollowing advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), detectives have instituted charges against two men who confessed to the murder of Jagdish Dass, 31, of Chelsea Park, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on April 17, 2012.The suspects – Nankumar Ganesh, 30, of Hill Street, Albouystown, Georgetown and Amarnauth Gopaul, 47, of Section C Chelsea Park, ECD – are expected to make an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today.Based on information gathered, Gopaul reportedly contracted Ganesh and a second person to kill Dass since he was having an affair with his brother’s wife. The third suspect, Guyana Times understands, is presently in prison for allegedly killing his wife a few years ago.A Police source explained that Gopaul paid over $200,000 to the two men and another $300,000 after the job was completed. The Police however, after four years cracked the case after they stumbled upon new evidence which led to the arrest of Gopaul’s sister-in-law. The woman’s husband was also questioned but denied having any involvement in the cold-blooded murder.It was reported that on April 17, 2012, the gunman and others parked a truck on Mahaica New Road with its hazard lights flashing and pretended that the vehicle had broken down.The perpetrators were aware that Dass, also a trucker, would pass that route around the same time on his way to Soesdyke/Linden Highway for sand. Upon seeing the truck, Dass reportedly stopped to render assistance since he knew the men. As he exited his truck, he was shot twice to the head.The men then made good their escape and the man’s body was discovered on the parapet of the Mahaica New Road a few hours later. After the discovery, the dead man’s relatives were holding out that he was killed as a result of the relationship he shared with a woman in the village.Back then, the woman’s husband and two others were arrested but were released on $100,000 bail each. Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum when contacted told Guyana Times that the file was set to the DPP who stated that there was enough evidence to charge the duo for murder.The Crime Chief added that although the murder occurred four years ago, detectives would have examined all angles and kept the case alive. Blanhum praised the Police ranks who were instrumental in solving yet another cold case. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

first_img– at 175th anniversaryPresident David Granger has pledged Government’s support for ongoing educational programmes being implemented by the Diocese of Guyana, and has noted that religious organisations can play an integral role in the development of communities, and by extension the country.The President made these remarks at a special church service held to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Guyana, on Sunday at the Christ Church Parish on Waterloo Street.President David Granger, First Lady, Sandra Granger at the church service on Sunday. Also in photo is Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeHe has said the Diocese has been making strides in terms of education delivery since its establishment, and this coincides with his goal of improving access to education for all the children of Guyana.“The Diocese, through the foresight of our first Bishop, established Queen’s College as early as 1844, and later the correctly-named Bishops’ High School, both of which still reflect the high standards set by their Anglican founders…“The Diocese can be assured of my Government’s support for the Church’s educational efforts, as I have supported Hindu and Islamic schools through the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST),” the President said.President Granger also said the Diocese has always played a role in the promotion of peace, in assisting the poor and impoverished, and in bringing together people of different backgrounds.“The Diocese came into existence on August 24, 1842 with the consecration of Right Reverend William Austin as the first Bishop of Guiana… The Diocese deserves our gratitude for its service to women, youth, the poor and needy. We applaud the episcopacy, clergy and laity for the propagation of the Gospel in Guyana… The State looks forward to working with the Diocese towards making Guyana a better place, and to providing a good life for all in the years ahead,” the President has said.The Head of State noted that the Diocese occupies a prominent place, and plays a pivotal role in public and private life. He noted that Anglicans constitute almost seven per cent of Guyana’s population. Anglicanism, he said, has transcended race, class and creed, and has deep roots in almost all communities, with churches in every hinterland and coastal region. “Growing up in Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara, I never had to travel more than 30 minutes from my home to reach an Anglican Church, so ubiquitous were they then. The Diocese of Guyana is home to some of Guyana’s most historic churches, the most spectacular of which — the Cathedral of St George — adorns our $100 currency note,” President Granger said.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, December 21- Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team are finally performing like champions, even though there is no immediate end in sight to their chronic injury problems in attack.City made light of the fact they did not have a recognised fit striker in their squad to beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday and move level on points — for 48 hours at least — with Premier League leaders Chelsea. David Silva scored twice and Yaya Toure added the third as the pair continued their recent return to peak form and helped City record an eighth consecutive victory in all competitions.“I’m delighted this squad is demonstrating why we won the title last year,” said Pellegrini.“I think December is a key month. Maybe it is not the month when you win the title, but you play so many games that if you want to fight for the title, you need to be close to being in the lead.“We’re having a good moment. Nobody believed two months ago that we would be continuing in the Champions League and involved in the title (race). But we kept trusting what we were doing and kept working every day.”City’s Christmas period continues when they visit struggling West Bromwich Albion on Friday.Injured forwards Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic will all be unavailable for that contest, meaning James Milner may have to continue to deputise as an emergency lone striker.“I don’t think any will be available,” said Pellegrini of his injured strikers.“Dzeko and Kun (Aguero) I’m sure will not be fit for Boxing Day, but the first half of January. We will see with Jovetic and the way he improves from now until January.”– ‘Disgraceful decision’ –However, with Silva and Toure in such fine form, City should have few problems with an upcoming schedule that sees them take on not only West Brom, but also Burnley and Sunderland.“Yaya was very criticised at the beginning of the season, but it was not only Yaya who was not performing at his best,” said Pellegrini.“I said that when our midfielders — (Samir) Nasri, Yaya, Fernandinho — returned to their normal performances, we would return to the way we normally play.“All of them are playing regularly at the moment. David has come in from a long injury on his knee and is returning to the way he knows how to play.“I say the same thing about David that I say about Sergio Aguero. This team always needs Sergio Aguero to play because he is a very important player, but I don’t think this team is only Sergio Aguero. David Silva is exactly the same.“These players make a difference, but if for any reason they can’t play, we still have a team who know how to do it. Other players have their moments and are giving important answers, in the way David did today (Saturday).”Palace were ultimately well beaten, but visiting manager Neil Warnock was understandably irritated that his midfielder James McArthur had a header incorrectly ruled out for offside when his side were trailing 2-0.“It was miles onside,” said Warnock, who felt the referee’s assistant who made the call had been at fault.“He’s in a bad position and it’s a disgraceful decision. I’m sure he will be sorry, but at this level you have to get those decisions right. My players deserved better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgChick said she will take some time to talk with others about her plans and whether to pursue it further. Chick is the second high-profile official to take advantage of voters’ approval of a measure that gives City Council members the opportunity to serve a third four-year term in office. Assemblyman Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, is running to fill out the two years left in the term of former Councilman Alex Padilla. Alarcon said it is the prospect of being able to serve another full term on the council that convinced him to run for the job. Weiss has said in interviews that he plans to run for the city attorney post that Rocky Delgadillo will have to give up in 2009. Delgadillo has not announced his plans, although there have been reports he is interested in running for Chick’s office. If Chick does run for Weiss’ council seat, she would have to move from her Silver Lake home to establish residency in the district. Councilman Dennis Zine, who now holds the 3rd District seat Chick previously had representing the West San Fernando Valley, said he would support Chick if she decides to run. “She did extremely well when she was on the council and has done extremely well as controller,” Zine said. “She is very much attuned to the public and made a mark when she served on the council. “I can see why she’d want to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have the desire to serve the public in this arena of politics on the local level, there aren’t that many opportunities like this out there.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Facing term limits in two years, City Controller Laura Chick announced Friday she wants to return to the City Council – although not the San Fernando Valley seat she held for eight years. Chick, popular for her audits exposing misdeeds and mismanagement, said she is eyeing the 5th District seat expected to be vacated by Councilman Jack Weiss in 2009. “I have been gratified and encouraged by the countless individuals who have urged me to continue my work in public service by running for a third term on the City Council in 2009,” Chick said in a statement. “I love serving the people of Los Angeles as city controller. My two terms have given me a fresh perspective on the many serious issues and problems that we face as a city.” last_img read more

first_img Alvaro Negredo poses with the Premier League trophy alongside Fernandinho Alvaro Negredo insists he is happy at Manchester City and is not planning to leave the club this summer.The Spanish striker has been heavily linked with a return to his homeland just a year after leaving Sevilla for City.Atletico Madrid have been mooted as a possible destination for the 28-year-old after they sold Diego Costa to Chelsea.Negredo enjoyed a stunning start to his City career, but his form tailed off in the second half of the season amid speculation he was homesick.However, Negredo assured City’s supporters in a Q&A on the club’s website on Wednesday that he is not looking to exit the Etihad.“I don’t want to leave City,” he said.“I’m very happy and very settled here. I had a difficult end to the season and that’s why there has been a lot of talking, but I’ve been very happy here from the first day I arrived.” 1last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Regardless, what’s emerged as the driving issue in Tuesday’s City Council election is Hermosa’s signature political cocktail: its raucous nightlife. Community outrage over the city’s well-marinated bar scene seemed to reach a fever pitch this year, as activists galvanized enough voters to trigger a ballot referendum opposing a city ordinance that would have allowed downtown businesses to avoid parking requirements, in turn helping a popular nightspot expand after a devastating fire. The council repealed the ordinance and pulled the referendum from the ballot in August, but, three months later, the community is apparently still nursing a hangover as debate over the city’s nightlife has dominated the election season. With Councilman Sam Edgerton not seeking another term, voters will elect at least one new council member Tuesday. Here’s a look at the six candidates vying for two seats behind the dais: Janice Brittain, a 64-year-old retired school administrator on her second council run, wants to close all Pier Plaza outdoor patios at midnight to help muffle noise and disturbances. COUNCIL: Six candidates for two seats offer ideas on dealing with establishments one says are `out of control.’ By Andrea Woodhouse Staff Writer Many Hermosa Beach streets could still use some repaving, traffic is snarled at key intersections and major thoroughfares are due a makeover. “(The bars are) out of control, and they’re not being good neighbors,” said the 17-year resident. “The bars belong to Hermosa; Hermosa doesn’t belong to the bars. One thing we can do is control the plaza – that’s our street.” Brittain, a public works commissioner, believes closing patios would give police a better handle on rowdy bar patrons. Michael DiVirgilio, an eight- year resident and public works commissioner, has proposed stepping up enforcement of public drunkenness and open container laws, as well as stricter enforcement of the bars’ conditional-use permits in the short term. But the 36-year-old public affairs executive sees the real solution to Pier Plaza’s problems as something to be played out in the coming years through better civic planning and economic recruitment efforts. “Because we don’t have a direction and a plan, a place we’re trying to get to in 10 years, I think it perpetuates a lack of enforcement downtown,” said DiVirgilio, who, with about $21,000, leads the pack in campaign contributions. Jeff Duclos, a 62-year-old college instructor and small-business owner, said a restaurant and bar owners’ association was a good start to curbing downtown problems, but expected its efforts to fall short. Instead, the 28-year resident on his third council bid proposed creating a coalition of residents, elected and safety officials, and bar owners to work together to find solutions to the city’s rowdy downtown. “We have to face the facts,” he said. “It is a problem and the interests of our city are not being served. We never get beyond this level of rhetoric.” Political newcomer Michelle Keegan, 39, opposes slashing bars’ existing hours of operation, but proposed using private security teams to monitor downtown, freeing up police officers for the nearby residential areas hit with the plaza’s residual litter and noise. “Enforcement in neighborhoods needs to be stepped up,” the three-year resident said. “There’s a nice presence on Pier Plaza, but we haven’t seen enough of neighborhood patrols.” Keegan, who is not related to Mayor Michael Keegan, would also like Hermosa Beach to foster a closer relationship with the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and stop issuing conditional-use permits to new taverns. Jeff Maxwell, the 46-year-old owner of a limousine company, believes Hermosa Beach police have successfully curbed Pier Plaza antics, but nevertheless proposes installing video cameras downtown to monitor activity. The seven-year resident, making his third council bid, wants to stop issuing further conditional- use permits to bars, and wants to better police bar patrons who litter and urinate in the residential areas surrounding the downtown. “It’s just bad manners,” he said. “No one is writing littering tickets down there. That should be taken care of.” Incumbent Peter Tucker, seeking a second council term, said Pier Plaza incidents were down this year thanks to police efforts. Still, the 35-year resident wants to keep pushing bar owners to be good neighbors, and form a committee of residents, city leaders and tavern proprietors to work out solutions. “We need to keep pressure on them,” said Tucker, 61. “Enough’s enough. We don’t mind you doing this, but let’s be good citizens and not offend other people’s rights. It’s an effort that needs to be all over the whole spectrum.” Though Tucker and Maxwell have both earned the support of the Hermosa Beach Restaurant Association, a group of local eatery and bar owners, neither candidate is touting the endorsement. Both repeatedly said they never received word of an endorsement, though an e-mail from the organizer of the association’s lobbying efforts obtained by the Daily Breeze states the group notified both men’s campaigns of their endorsements nearly a month ago. Tucker – the subject of recent negative mailers accusing him of being pro-bar – said he was baffled to be portrayed as bar-friendly and cited several decisions he made as a councilman to cap bar hours at midnight as evidence to the contrary. Maxwell also said he was surprised to be depicted as a tavern ally, though he was an original investor in Shore, a bar and restaurant on Hermosa Avenue. Despite all the alcohol talk, an overhaul of upper Pier Avenue is likely to become the next City Council’s legacy. A committee is working to develop a plan for the city’s main commercial drag and will likely present a concept to the council in March. Tucker, who is on the committee, envisions a family-friendly corridor with revamped infrastructure, landscaping and traffic-calming measures. Maxwell would like to see the facades of Pier Avenue business revitalized, and a four-lane configuration maintained. Keegan sees upgrading Pier Avenue’s sewer system as the most important component of its overhaul, but would also like to dress up its appearance with art pieces. Instead of focusing just on Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach should include Pacific Coast Highway and Aviation Boulevard in its plans, Duclos said. DiVirgilio’s priorities for Pier Avenue are upgrading sidewalks and intersections and then working to develop a long-term plan for its future. Brittain, also a committee member, would like to continue the public process to determine how residents and business owners envision the corridor, but has said an upgrade to the street’s infrastructure is a necessity. City Clerk Elaine Doerfling and Treasurer John Workman both are unopposed Tuesday for their respective posts. andrea.woodhouse@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SHERMAN OAKS — A man drove helter-skelter across the San Fernando Valley on this morning, intentionally ramming up to five cars before he was caught, Los Angeles police said. The driver of a white 1984 Mitsubishi coupe led officers on a high-speed chase on city streets and freeways between Encino and Sherman Oaks before he surrendered on foot at 10:45 a.m. “The suspect has rammed at least four or five vehicles,” said an officer in pursuit over a police radio, to the sound of squealing tires. The officer said he might be a wanted robbery suspect. Los Angeles police said the motorist exceeded speeds of 70 mph on surface streets and the 101 (Ventura) Freeway as he caromed off other cars. In a final crash at Hazeltine Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, he rammed a car, which spun wildly out of control in a large cloud of smoke. The man leaped from his vehicle about two blocks east of Hazeltine, racing into a nearby business before surrendering.last_img read more