By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Practices went routinely last week for all three Middletown high schools, although there was discussion among players and coaches about the topic of bullying, which had led to arrests and the cancellation of the season at Sayreville War Memorial High School.Middletown South raised its record to 4-1 and stayed in contention for the Shore Conference A North championship and in prime contention for an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV playoff berth with a 44-0 victory over Howell. It was Middletown South’s third straight shutout victory after a 36-24 loss to South Brunswick as Cole Rogers continued along his big season with four touchdown runs. Middletown South has a divisional showdown on Friday night at unbeaten Manalapan. “We had a team meeting on Monday and restated the school policy (on bullying) to make some kids aware,” said Middletown South coach Steve Antonucci. “It’s something we address every year and try to address it when we may see something so it doesn’t become a problem.”Middletown North also stayed in the running for a state playoff spot in Central Jersey Group IV with a 21-7 victory over Ocean as Troy Thompson caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Donald Glenn and ran 30 yards with a fumble for another score.“I don’t think there’s any place for it (bullying) at all,” said Middletown North coach Steve Bush, who has coached championship teams in New York and Massachusetts and built a powerful program at Manalapan before moving over to Middletown North last season. “We try to build a team with unity. There was a sense of it going on in the past and we talked to the team about doing the right thing. Players must understand that they’re looked to a higher level for the team, their school and the community. But we brought it up again early in the week to make sure they know exactly where we’re coming from. We know the type of kids that are here and don’t expect that to go on and reinforced that we need unity and a family atmosphere.” Bush said he’s seen the seniors work with the younger players to help them develop in the program. Mater Dei also stayed in contention in Non-Public B with a 54- 14 victory at South River as Christian Palmer passed for four touchdowns and ran for another. The Seraphs are 4-1 and have won three straight since a 50-38 loss to Dunellen. Mater Dei coach Steve Sciarappa also is the school principal and spoke about bullying as an “ongoing conversation every day at school. We talked to the younger guys about the expectation of conduct and performance, that when you do something like that, you‘re not doing your job for yourself but also not doing your job for your teammates with that distraction.”Sciarappa said the closely knit atmosphere extends beyond the players to their families, who spend a lot of time around the players at team functions, and said about bullying that “things of that nature don’t happen in our place.”Rich Carroll, director of athletics for the two Middletown public high schools, said there is a Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying officer in his district, just as in other school districts around the state, and there is a mandatory training session for coaches before the season on bullying.“That’s been in place for the second year here and we take it very seriously,” Carroll said. “We’ve taken the time to readdress it and talk to student-athletes how to report bullying. There are always incidents that happen in the course of a school year and Middletown is no different. We have to handle it and educate students.”Bush and Carroll both echoed the sentiment that, although the Sayreville incident is an extreme case with seven students facing charges, bullying generally has been going on for a long time in schools.“Society is changing and how it is addressed, but people should not have to put up with that and should be in a safe environment,” Carroll said. “Some things that happened 30 years ago and were considered a tradition over the years are not tolerated today.”All three Middletown teams showed a strong sense of unity in their games.“This will be a good measuring stick because Manalapan has been our Achilles heel,” Middletown South coach Antonucci said of his next opponent. It’s the first of three big games coming up, followed by games against Brick Memorial, which has not lost since its opening game 42-0 setback to Brick Township, and unbeaten Freehold Township. “A win (over Manalapan) would set us up nicely for the conference and power points for the state (playoffs).”Antonucci credited the defense led by Dylan Rogers (Cole’s brother) at middle linebacker and Nolan Pereless at free safety and a solid offensive surge on the line led by tackle Jim Wilson, who has verbally committed to Youngstown State, tackle Tom Lopez, guards Brian Joyce and Kyle Maynes and center Joe Rutkowski.Bush said Middletown North “needed this one” against Ocean coming off a 56-34 loss to Manalapan as it heads into Friday night’s game at home against 1-4 Howell.“We made some plays but did not run the ball nearly as well as we should,” Bush said. “We made some mistakes and guys got caught up.”Middletown North took command in the third quarter when Chad Freshnock ran one yard for a touchdown and Thompson had his fumble runback for a touchdown. Freshnock, who rushed for 96 yards on 17 carries, set up Thompson’s first touchdown with a 49-yard run. But Middletown North in the first half missed a field goal and had a pass intercepted in the end zone on a deep threat that kept the game close until the third quarter. Bush said cornerback Aaron Borrero made some big stops on fourth down plays while end Matt Dombrowski and outside linebacker Nick Kish also excelled on defense. Lineman Constantine Dudzinski is expected back from an injury for the Howell game after sitting out the Ocean victory. As for Mater Dei, Sciarappa said Tyson Stamper had a “breakout day” as he caught three passes for 173 yards, all touchdowns. “We knew it was just a matter of time for him,” he said and added that the two-platoon system installed this year is “working out well,” all the way to the offensive line where he said center Liam Olausen anchors a cohesive unit. “Everybody out there knows what each other is thinking,” he said.Next is a home game against Shore Regional, the first of three playoff-caliber teams over the next month.“On so many levels, this is a big game for Mater Dei,” Sciarappa said. “They (Shore) come ready every week and have been running their system very well since these kids were in middle school. The thing is we can’t make mistakes. This is a seminal game to see if our players can be on the level of a Shore Regional.”
FIFA presented the official poster for next year’s World Cup finals in Moscow on Tuesday, unveiling a vintage design of Soviet goalkeeping great Lev Yashin in flight.Inspired by the constructivist art movement, the poster shows Yashin, wearing a knee brace and his signature cap, leaping across to get a hand on an oversized ball featuring Russia’s landmass seen from space.Orange rays emanate from the ball and the circle of green in the middle of the poster represents the pitches of the 12 tournament venues, FIFA said.The poster’s presentation comes three days before the World Cup draw takes place to determine the match ups for the group stage.“We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil,” FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said of the poster.Yashin, who died in 1990, competed in four World Cups – 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970. He is the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d’Or award.Russia is set to host the World Cup finals from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities, including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.
Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Newly released analysis of satellite data by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO, shows that deforestation in the Amazon is continuing to climb.Imazon’s deforestation alert system detected 545 square kilometers of forest clearing in August, a tripling of the area deforested the same month a year agoThe Brazilian government’s own deforestation detection system, run by the national space research institute INPE, also shows a recent rise in deforestation, albeit a substantially less dramatic increase relative to Imazon.The apparent rise in deforestation this year in Brazil is not unexpected due to current political and economic trends. Newly released analysis of satellite data by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO, shows that deforestation in the Amazon is continuing to climb ahead of the country’s presidential election.Imazon’s deforestation alert system detected 545 square kilometers of forest clearing in August, a tripling of the area deforested relative to the same month a year ago. For the twelve months ending August 31, Imazon’s system picked up 4,656 square kilometers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, the highest such tally since July 2007. Article published by Rhett Butler Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Governance, Government, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Satellite Imagery, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests The Brazilian government’s own deforestation detection system, run by the national space research institute INPE, also shows a recent rise in deforestation, albeit a substantially less dramatic increase relative to Imazon. INPE’s twelve month deforestation figure stands at 4,853 square kilometers.Brazil uses a separate system for tracking deforestation on an annual basis using August 31 as the end of its “deforestation year”. The preliminary data for the 2017/2018 year is expected to be released in late November or early December. For the 2016/2017 year, deforestation amounted to 6,947 square kilometers, a 12 percent decline from the prior year, according to INPE.The apparent rise in deforestation this year in Brazil is not unexpected due to current political and economic trends. Donald Trump’s trade war with China has reduced the competitiveness of American agricultural products, boosting soy and beef exports from Brazil, including the Brazilian Amazon, which is a major producing region. Brazil’s weak currency is also increasing the profitability of agribusiness in the country at the same time that Brazilian lawmakers are pushing through measures to weaken environmental regulations and protections for indigenous peoples.Rising deforestation bucks a long-term trend of declining rates of forest loss in the Brazilian Amazon. The annual rate of deforestation in the region dropped from 27,772 square kilometers in 2004 to 4,571 square kilometers in 2012, leading scientists to cheer Brazil as a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since 2009 according to INPE. Brazil started to lose ground in its progress toward meeting its emissions from deforestation reduction goal in 2015, when deforestation exceeded its official target. It has now missed its mark three years in a row.Correction 10/3/2018: This article originally misstated INPE’s twelve month deforestation figure at 4,656 square kilometers. It was corrected to 4,853 square kilometers on October 3, 2018 at 16:00 Pacific Daylight Time.
NO WEIGHT LOST At the official weigh-in at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, he came in at 151, and was given two hours to make the weight. When he returned to the venue and weighed in again at 4 p.m., he was still at 151. He said then that he had run in the sun for about an hour and thought that he had lost some weight and was surprised that this was not so. He conceded then that he had done his best, and there was just nothing more that he could do. A substitute had to be found, and Campbell, the Contender champion in 2012, was drafted and made a gallant effort for two rounds. Leblond lived up to his “fast and furious” nickname, and for six minutes, he attacked relentlessly and slipped easily under the jabs thrown by his opponent. At the end of the second round, Campbell’s trainer, Earl Foskin, decided that his boxer could not continue. Campbell told The Gleaner afterwards: “I just could not find my rhythm. I am sorry that I did not have a few days to prepare. If I did, my performance would have been much better.” Next week, the quarter-finals continue with Jamaica’s Devon Moncriffe, who won the title in 2013, going up against Canada’s No. 2-ranked Waseem El Sinawi. There should be no weight problems, because in the preliminary round, Moncriffe weighed in at 145 and El Sinawi at 1461/2 pounds, at their first try. The winner of the competition takes home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth place $200,000. In the amateur bouts, which were in the welterweight division, Kimani Dennis defeated Raheem Pitter and Marvin Shirley defeated Cleveland Stephenson. “I am now aiming for a spot in the final,” said a happy and exuberant David Leblond, who represents Team Canada, after he had beaten Team Jamaica’s Donovan ‘Police’ Campbell in the first quarter-final bout of the 2018 Wray & Nephew Contender series, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Wednesday night. Campbell’s corner called off the fight after the second round as their boxer, who took the bout as a last-minute substitute, was receiving a pounding from Leblond. The Canadian should have gone up against Jamaica’s No. 1 seeded boxer, Michael “Wasp” Gardener, but Gardener failed to make the weight for the fight, which is 147 pounds, and Leblond refused to fight him if he did not do so. On Monday last, at a special weigh-in ordered by the Jamaica Boxing Board, Gardener weighed 155 pounds and was advised that he had to take off the excess by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Dear Editor,I refer to the Stabroek News article, “Cops Probing Complaint against Gov’t Cultural Advisor…” published on October 05, 2018. It was with great shock that I recently learnt that the said advisor has a personal interest in the case brought before the High Court against The Bishops’ High School teacher. Now that the Police have turned up at his place of work in response to a complaint lodged by the teacher and his fiancée for allegedly breaching a section of the new Cyber Crime Act, my initial suspicions are confirmed.It seems to me Johnson is determined to achieve his end, no matter the consequences, even if it means causing this Government great embarrassment. That he would suggest the teacher is taking advantage of the law purely because it’s new is ludicrous. It matters not whether the law is two minutes or five years old, if a breach has occurred, the wronged party has the right to legal redress, as is provided for by the law. What Johnson seems to be saying is that the law is only valid when it serves his purpose.Further, that he would contend that Jackson and his fiancée’s complaints are a reflection of the relative strength of Jackson’s High Court matter is equally puerile.Clearly, the two cases are distinct and separate, and should be judged on their own merit. If this is the kind of faulty thinking that Johnson provides to his employers in his role as advisor, then the tax-payers of this country are being taken for a ride.Following Johnson’s logic, one can take the other side and argue that the alleged public slander of the named individuals is indicative of the relative strength of the case in which Johnson has a vested interest. How else can he explain the urge to offer public pronouncements on the matter which is before the court, and in which he is a witness?Mr. Editor, because of loose cannons like Ruel Johnson, there needs to be some kind of social media policy for public officials. Can you imagine how awkward it must have been for the Permanent Secretary to attempt an explanation to the Police for Johnson’s refusal to go down to the station? This Government must do better.Yours respectfully,Kevin Samaroo
Ghanaian Fiamenyo who has endured a three match goal drought scored the opening goal in the 36th minute after beating Thika’s Eliud Emase at his near post after wheeling past Collins Okumu from Isuza’s long pass.Just before hitting the opener, Fiamenyo had a well struck shot saved by Emase in the Thika goal after taking on the entire Thika defense.AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall got emotional in the pitch.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIsuza then turned from provider to scorer on the hour mark when he easily tapped in from inside the box after Emase failed to hold on to a shot from the left.The hosts had their best chance of the game 10 minutes after they had gone two behind, but Eugene Mukangula failed to beat Ian Otieno at AFC Leopards goal one-on-one with his shot going wide after racing to pick up a rebound from an Onwudi Chubueze shot.The Nigerian then had a chance at goal with a free header inside the box from a Saad Musa cross, but he could not direct his effort at goal, the ball going wide.Ingwe were forced to play on the back-foot as the hosts piled pressure. They were finally rewarded three minutes from time when Salim Mzee blasted the ball into the net from a rebound after Ian Otieno had blocked a Mukangula effort.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United’s captain Dennis Odhiambo with Collins Okumu vie for the ball with AFC Leopards forward Gilbert Fiamenyo.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Gilbert Fiamenyo and Whyvonne Isuza scored a goal each to send AFC Leopards second in the Kenyan Premier League table after beating hosts Thika United 2-1 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday.AFC Leopards who have lost only once this season now increase their points tally to 13, toppling their rivals Gor Mahia who drop down to third due to an inferior goal difference.
Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be on the way to Juventus.The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, is due to hold talks with the Italian giants today to discuss a potential move to Turin.Sky Italia are reporting that Juve will table a bid of just over £14m, which is expected to be knocked back by BVB.However, Juve have the financial muscle to return with a higher bid as they aim to add a high-profile signing before the season begins.Liverpool had been tracking the player’s movements this summer but are now unlikely to provide any competition for Juve.Mkhitaryan joined Shakhtar Donetsk from Dortmund in 2013 and has made 94 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals and providing 20 assists. Henrikh Mkhitaryan 1
Are you a fan of these shirts? Got an explanation? Let us know in the comments. Share This!Every so often, Disney comes out with a merchandise item that causes me to send an emergency alert to Derek Burgan to save some real estate in the Outlet Report. But when Disney comes out with an entire line of merchandise, look out world!Now, maybe I’m just not the target audience, but at my tragically unhip age, I don’t get them — it’s a series of princess shirts with the theme of “I’m such a _____”. Good news, you can get quite a few princess shirts in this design. And if this is something that appeals to you, perhaps you can explain them to me? The shirts are $34.99, and should be found all over Walt Disney World before their trip to the Outlets. (These were found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.)
Maths Centre targets its programmes at teachers and students in some of the most poorly resourced primary and high schools in the country.(Image: Maths Centre)Sharanjeet Shan of Maths Centre, a South African NPO, has been named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.Shan is one of 33 social entrepreneurs around the world who have been recognised by the foundation for designing and applying practical solutions to social challenges.Maths Centre targets its programmes at teachers and students in some of the most poorly resourced primary and high schools in the country. The Schwab Foundation, an NPO, was founded in 1998 to foster social entrepreneurs who find innovative solutions that are able to help society progress.Indian by birth, Shan was educated in India and England, although she has lived in South Africa for over 20 years and considers herself a citizen of the world.An educationist at heart, she said: “Once you get to know who you really are and why you wake up every morning, then that’s the path you want to follow. For me that path was as a teacher and ultimately as a director at Maths Centre.”Under Shan’s leadership, Maths Centre develops programmes to enhance teacher qualifications and professionalism in teaching mathematics, science, and technology subjects, while systematically monitoring learners’ progress.As part of the award, Shan will represent Maths Centre at World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Shanghai, Cape Town and Davos.“Social entrepreneurs are visionaries but are also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of scalable solutions,” explained Hilde Schwab, the co-founder and chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “The 33 outstanding social entrepreneurs we have selected into the Schwab Foundation community this year are designing transformative models in collaboration with government and business partners to generate truly inclusive growth. As such, social entrepreneurs represent an integral and dynamic community of the WEF.”David Aikman, the managing director of the WEF, said: “We are seeing greater appetite among other stakeholder groups of the Forum to learn from social innovation models and collaborate with social entrepreneurs in innovative ways.”He was confident this trend would continue to grow in the future. The WEF was proud to be among the stakeholder groups for social and environmental change.The 33 will join the broader Schwab Foundation community of social entrepreneurs, which includes more than 300 outstanding people from 60 countries. The foundation says they are fully integrated into the events and initiatives of the WEF. They contribute actively to and benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges with other social entrepreneurs, as well as interactions with top leaders in business, the government, civil society and the media.MATHS CENTREMaths Centre’s 2014 projects supported 520 schools, reaching 174 695 learners and 4 268 teachers in maths and science. Children affected by Maths Centre programmes achieved pass rates of 81.3% in mathematics and 85.5% in physical science. In addition, 146 pupils got bursaries to further their studies in industries that are dependent on maths and science competency, such as engineering and financial services.According to the centre, a recent project rolled out in Eastern Cape resulted in an increase of 86% in pupils’ average maths marks. A similar project in Limpopo led to an increase of 53% in average pupil maths marks. As a result of this strong track record, Maths Centre has received support from leading local and international funders including Shell, Absa and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. It has also partnered with provincial departments of basic education in all nine provinces.The contribution from a variety of funders and volunteers is indicative of Maths Centre’s aim to include all role players in ensuring a successful education for South African children. Shan said: “For true transformation to occur, we need to tackle all facets that are hindering disadvantaged schools from catching up to higher standards of education.”All doesn’t end in the classroom for the centre. Its programmes go beyond the school and include parents and communities in its solution to the education crisis. “Let every teacher champion their classroom, every parent their children, every grandparent their grandchildren with love, strong discipline and care, no matter what it takes,” she added.
A decade ago most enterprises avoided Open Source software, but things have changed. Right now Open Source use at enterprises stands at higher than 75 percent, and Gartner predicts that in just five years that 99 percent of enterprises will have adopted some amount of Open Source software. So rather than Open Source being considered as a marginalized alternative to commercial software, Open Source is increasingly becoming the mainstream option.In a recent analysis that pitted source code taken from Open Source against source code from commercial systems, Open Source software came out on top. The Coverity Scan Integrity project examined 37 million lines of Open Source software and compared the quality of the code against 300 million lines taken from proprietary software.Zack Samocha, Coverity Scan Project Director, said that “The line between open source and proprietary software will continue to blur over time as open source is further cemented in the modern software supply chain… Open source projects are acting like commercial products. If I am a commercial company and I want to adopt open source, there are definitely projects out there that are trustworthy.”How did Coverity judge and compare code quality? The Coverity Scan tool is automated and looks for software defects that includes things like:Pointer dereferencingUninitialized VariablesMemory CorruptionControl Flow ProblemsOnly high and medium severity defects were considered in the defect counts for the report.45 major open source projects were examined, each with an average of about 820,000 lines of code. The defect density for Open Source averaged .45 defects for every 1000 lines of code, compared to a higher defect density of .64 which was found with proprietary software. In particular, code from Linux, PostgresSQL and PHP projects were singled out in the report as being exemplary models of good software — that’s important since these projects are the common elements of LAMP-style Open Source software development.