JEFF GRANIT staff Middletown South’s Sean Campbell (l) catches a pass in front of Freehold Borough’s Harold Bolton (43) and Damar Bivins (1) during their Central Jersey Group III championship game at Rutgers Stadium on Dec. 6. Middletown South lost by a score of 21-14.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Tricia Reingle-Savino could not be happier. She is the new head coach of the Howell High School softball team.Coaching a team like the Rebels, the 2011 Central Jersey Group IV state sectional champions who have seven returning starters, is reason enough to be happy, but to the former St. John Vianney High School standout, that is secondary.“I always wanted to be a high school coach,” she said. “There is nothing else I would rather be doing.”Reingle-Savino coached Howell’s junior varsity softball team in 2011 and she did not expect to fulfill her dream this quickly. When the varsity position opened, she applied for the job figuring that, if nothing else, going though the interview process would be a good experience for the future.Much to her delight, like she did throughout her high school and collegiate career, she hit it right out of the park and was hired during the winter.Reingle-Savino took over a Howell team that is loaded with veterans and ready to win now. Although that might be a daunting task that brings a degree of added pressure and expectations, the Rebels’ coach and players are ready.“The girls have been giving it their all,” she said. “They know what it takes to win. The goals are to win.”Howell is off to a 3-2 start in the 2012 season.As long as Reingle-Savino, who is a paraeducator at Howell, is in charge, winning will always be the goal.At St. John Vianney in Holmdel, she forged a career that established her as one of the Shore Conference’s legendary softball players. With a career pitching record of 83-5 and 1,135 strikeouts, she led the Lancers to two NJSIAA Non-Public A state titles and to four consecutive Shore Conference Tournament championships.During Reingle-Savino’s junior year, 2004, the Lancer had perhaps the finest season in conference history as they marched to the state championship without a loss (33-0) and were ranked No. 1 in the New Jersey.She went on to a fine career at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, where she ranks in the top 10 all-time in most pitching categories (including No. 2 in lowest batting average against, .274).She brings a wealth of experience and success to the Rebels’ program, where accessibility is one of her priorities.“If the girls have a question they know they can come to me,” the coach said.There is an old saying that “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Because of her familiarity with the players, Reingle-Savino is aware that they know how to win and she is not going to make any radical changes.She said although Howell has some power in the lineup, the team will not be beholden to waiting for a home run. The Rebels are a team that can win by playing small ball, and they will use the bunt when the situation calls for that strategy.Pitching, of course, is close to the coach’s heart, and in senior Carsin Connor she has a starter who pitched the Rebels into the 2011 Group IV state championship game.“She has it all on the mound,” Reingle- Savino said of Connor. “She has a variety of pitches with movement.”Defense is very important to the new coach as well, and the Rebels are set there, especially in the outfield where potential extra base hits fall into the glove of center fielder Cassidy Brzozowski.One area where Reingle-Savino has put her imprint on the Howell program is conditioning. “We are building endurance,” she said.That means running interval sprints and completing workouts in the gym. The Rebels have been doing more work off the diamond so that they will be ready for the long grind a softball season can be for a team that expects to go far in the postseason. One potential hurdle the Rebels will have to clear this spring is complacency. Just because they reached the Group IV state championship game in 2011 does not guarantee a return trip in 2012.This is where Reingle-Savino can be of help to the Rebels. She knows from experience there is no margin for error.“We had a perfect season my junior year at St. John Vianney (33-0), and with the same team the next year we were 26- 4,” she said. “Nothing is assured.” read more
As reported by ABC News this week, the Hunters will use the Broncos facilities as their training base when they travel up to Queensland to play Intrust Super Cup matches next season.Speaking from Rabaul, Marum said he was very happy and excited that a big club like the Broncos is keen on supporting the Hunters and help them progress along in the Intrust Super Cup. “It will be a good thing for me and the boys as we will be working together with one of rugby league’s top coaches Wayne Bennett,” said Marum.He said the team is equally excited about the news as they prepare to head into their third season in the Intrust Super Cup.
LAST POSITION Here was a team lying last in the La Liga table, with a mere 10 points, looking set to be relegated, having conceded 49 goals while scoring only 24, yet to win a match at home this season and entertaining league leaders Madrid. Not much to cheer about, right? Well, somebody try telling that to the nearly 200,000 inhabitants of Pamplona. The 18,761-capacity stadium was sold out with only a handful of tickets going to away fans. But long before it was time to take their seats, fans gathered outside the stadium waiting on the teams to arrive. Though I was inside the tunnel when the buses arrived, there was no mistaking which team had just pulled up. The Osasuna players were greeted with chants and songs. The world-renown Real Madrid team, with its plethora of stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Spain’s national football team captain Sergio Ramos, followed and were met with boos, jeers and insults. At match time, it was no different as the ultras who gathered to the right of the stadium sang, played drums and chanted for the duration of the match. The singing was so infectious that I, along with others in the VIP box and across the stadium joined in, and by half-time I found myself hoping for an Osasuna win, as I thought the fans deserved it. Ronaldo fired Madrid into the lead in the 23rd minute, but this seemed to have only energised the Osasuna fans, as they booed his every move and increased the decibels. Nine minutes later, Osasuna levelled and when I thought it could not get any louder – it did. However, what was most impressive was when Madrid went 3-1 up in second half stoppage time and the fans did not boo or drop their heads. But the singing continued, and flags and banners were still been waved with vigour. I do not know if it is because Osasuna is a fan-owned club, but Jamaican football fans need to take notes – ultras are needed. Pamplona, SPAIN: Jamaica needs some ultras, and I am not talking about football supporters fuelled by racism, or politics, or prone to violence, or those who verbally abuse match officials. I mean fans who stick with their clubs and national team through thick and thin; who create an atmosphere making others want to come out and join in, even when the match is being broadcast live – those who intimidate opposing teams and supporters with their shared passion. Nobody talks a better talk than local football fans. However, when it comes to cheering, that is reserved for when a goal has been scored, at which point the team will already be on a high and does not really need it; or at Reggae Boyz matches, the loudest the fans will get if the team does not score, is to say “boom” during the national anthem. At the national stadium for Reggae Boyz matches, the only bit of edge we use to have over visiting teams was the heat and the less-than-ideal state of the pitch. The surface has since improved, and with our team of overseas players also being a visiting one, the matches have been moved to late in the night. I have long held the view that local football is lacking real fans and it was confirmed when I had the privilege of watching Osasuna host Real Madrid inside the El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona, Spain, on Saturday. read more
In the wake of this Ebola crisis that continues to ravage lives across Liberia and its neighbors, there has been an outpouring of engagement from Liberian musicians all over the world, voicing out their opinions and consoling messages through music.Well, McDonald Parcular (aka MC Parcular) and 37 other gospel artists just stepped up their action releasing an all-star gospel single in sixteen vernaculars. This is so that, according to MC, the message can get to everyone. “The message in the song is encouraging all Liberians to depend on God; whatsoever the condition may be, there is hope”. Adding, “As you can see, our health workers are working, the government is doing her part, our donors are working and God is working into this situation.“So to those who lost their parents and loved ones to Ebola, they shouldn’t cry because not everybody will die from this Ebola,” he told LIB Life. The gospel artist also stressed the need for Liberians to remember their God and not forget him.“Cry No More Mama Liberia / In the midst of Ebola there is still hope for you / Ebola virus will not destroy you / This deadly virus will pass over you / Mama Liberia you will rise again”, goes the chorus of the song that was released and aired on ELBC radio on Wednesday, Sept, 24.The song includes Mcdonald Parcular, Cyrus Thomson, Cecila Andrews, Addonies Rennie, Baryoe Nyegbeh, Morris Manah, Rebecca Kilby, Victoria Sobeor, Mesee Parker and many others who each take turns dishing their own verses on the Ebola crisis and the cries of people across the country.Meanwhile, MC Parcular has been a performing gospel artist since 2001 and is popularly known across Liberia for his song title ‘I promise to serve the Lord’. He has four recording albums to his credit with the album titled ‘Focus’ being his latest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
The Liberian government is not prepared for any distraction as it resumes its development drive, said Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan yesterday at a ceremony during which the Japanese Government announced it was restarting all of its aid projects in Liberia. The Japanese projects will greatly impact the Liberian economy, including giving an attractive facelift to Somalia Drive, one of the aid projects that the Japanese have earmarked, Min. Ngafuan said.The Somalia Drive rehabilitation project, which will cost the Japanese US$40M is a 13.2 kilometer stretch beginning from the Freeport of Monrovia to Redlight Market in Paynesville. It will be expanded from its current one lane.Asked whether the claims of those who have properties along the Somalia Drive have been settled, the Minister stated that those were preliminary issues that the Ministry of Public Works had dealt with. He further stated that the project had begun long before the Ebola crisis halted it so those who had claims had already been settled.He warned anyone who due to the one-year Ebola crisis had returned and constructed makeshift structures in the main construction path that yesterday’s announcement of the resumption of the Somalia Drive project was “sufficient notice” to vacate immediately as government is no longer prepared to allow distraction.Earlier, Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, Ambassador of Japan, said the commencement of Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) projects in Liberia marked the beginning of more future economic cooperation between Japan and Liberia. Amb. Yoshimura stated that the Liberian government has demonstrated great commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of Liberians and that his country will continue to support endeavors of the Liberian government to advance its development agenda.The Japanese Diplomat said the Ebola outbreak presented “a very difficult situation for Liberians and its development partners especially in the areas of project implementation.”For his part, Mr. Koji Makino, Chief Representative, JICA Ghana Office, announced that JICA is resuming full operations of its projects, including the reconstruction of Somalia Drive in Monrovia and the rehabilitation of Monrovia Power System, which were suspended in August 2014.Mr. Makino disclosed that between June 15 and 22 a mission team of Japanese consultants, engineers, plant makers and JICA staff from Tokyo and Ghana would be in the country for the purpose of “updating information and then resuming the suspended projects in the earliest possible time.”“Now Japanese contractors are back in the field, and we will be ready to resume the projects. With continuous support from our counterparts and community members, I believe that these longer term projects will be successfully completed and contribute to the recovery and prosperity of Liberia,” he stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
0Shares0000Kenya 7s players applaud the fans who turned out to support them at teh Sydney 7s in AustraliaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – The inexperience of the Kenyan side continued to show as they picked only one point from the third round of the World Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia, leaving the tournament with no single win.Paul Murunga’s charges were slapped with a 20-17 defeat by invitational side Tonga in the semi-finals for the 13th place trophy early Sunday morning, dumping them out of the tournament without tasting victory. Tonga, who went to Hamilton and Sydney 7s as invitational side for being the top ranked non-core side in Ocenia, had not won any match this weekend at Sydney before meeting Kenya.Kenya had dropped to 13th place semifinal after losing 19-14 to Wales in the early hours of Sunday.The defeat means Kenya pick only one point at Sydney 7s, their lowest of this lowest season to move to 12 points.With Wales going out at the Challenge Trophy semis stage, they pick five points to move to 11 just one below Kenya. Japan are also assured of at least seven which will take them to 11 by virtue of reaching Bowl final.Kenya, Wales and Japan head to Las Vegas 7s in March as early relegation candidates.Kenya kicked off the Sydney campaign with a 24-14 defeat to Canada before going down 41-0 to former Kenya 7s coach Mike Friday’s USA and eventually 40-17 to France in the last pool match.Kenya 7s results at Sydney 7sKenya 14 Canada 24Kenya 0 USA 41Kenya 17 France 40Kenya 14 Wales 19 (Challenge Trophy semis)Kenya 17 Tonga 20 (13th Place semi)-Additional info courtesy Raga House0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) read more
Newcastle latest: Steve McClaren slams unacceptable performance in disappointing defeat to Everton 1 Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has slammed his team’s ‘unacceptable’ performance in Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat at Everton, and has called for an immediate reaction as they look to kick-start their bid to escape relegation.Ross Barkley scored two penalties – the second of which saw substitute Jamaal Lascelles sent off – very late on to add to a first-half goal from Aaron Lennon to seal a straightforward win for the Toffees.The loss sees the Magpies remain in the Premier League’s bottom three, having taken just five points from their last eight fixtures.Wednesday’s game provided a chance for the club’s January signings, including debutant Andros Townsend, to prove themselves, but McClaren was less than impressed with their display at Goodison Park.“We need a reaction from individuals and collectively,” he said following the game.“52,000 people will demand a reaction against West Brom on Saturday.“We have said you can’t waste a game now and that’s what we’ve done. Some of them know they have fallen short and that is why we lost.“That is not what we have come to expect and you can’t afford to do that with games ebbing away.“We had bad results against Leicester and Crystal Palace [in November] where that [attitude] was questioned but since then it has been excellent.“I felt it was disappointing we returned to that level and that is unacceptable.”To add insult to the defeat defenders Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett both went off injured before half-time to leave McClaren’s resources at the back stretched even further.“In terms of things that can go wrong they did go wrong in terms of injuries. We just have to dust ourselves down and see who we have got fit,” he added.“Whatever that team has to be committed and fight.” read more
But critics – including commission staff – say the plan doesn’t go far enough to protect the mountains from overdevelopment. Others also raised concerns about the impacts potential development would have on water quality in the Santa Monica Bay and on the rural qualities of the national recreation area. The plan provides residents with a more streamlined permitting process and creates a Rural-Coastal Zone that replaces agricultural zones. Residential development and other uses would be allowed in the new zone, including backyard boarding of horses, bed-and-breakfast establishments and rural inns. Both bed-and-breakfasts and inns would require major coastal development permits. “I’m afraid this will cause the commercialization of the Santa Monica Mountains,” said Calabasas resident Valerie Burkholder. “This will allow restaurants and hotels in the Santa Monica Mountains, which will result in more traffic from guests, workers and delivery trucks. “And it will bring in people from out of town. And then there is backyard boarding. It provides an attractive economic incentive to have the maximum number of horses.” The new plan also expands a prohibition on development within 50 feet of a significant ridgeline, preventing developers from leveling more mountaintops to construct homes. Ridgeline development is currently prohibited in the northern part of the mountains, but that prohibition will now be expanded throughout the mountains. “That was a major controversy,” said Ben Saltsman, planning deputy to Yaroslavsky. “The ridgelines are the most susceptible to fires. That’s an important point in light of what happened last week.” The vote Tuesday comes seven years after supervisors approved the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan as a way to stop overdevelopment along the Ventura Freeway.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After a 20-year standoff with the Coastal Commission, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan that – if approved by the commission – would allow the county to take over coastal development permitting responsibilities in the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Angeles County is the last major jurisdiction in the state that hasn’t complied with the 1976 Coastal Act, which required local governments to take responsibility for issuing permits. The county plan will now go to the commission for its approval. “This plan is a product of community input,” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. “No plan I’ve ever been involved in had more community involvement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s not something we dreamed up in the ivory tower here. We now have a plan embraced by a cross-section of people who live in this area.” The plan bans construction in the most-sensitive habitats and limits development in other parts of an 81-mile swath extending five miles inland from the ocean. It has been supported by the National Park Service and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. “Thank you for the most environmentally sensitive planning document that has come before this board, certainly in the 30 years I’ve been working here,” said Joseph Edmiston, executive director of the conservancy. “This plan represents a compromise, but it represents a compromise in favor of the environment.” read more
The Dungloe Sewerage Action Group has called on Minister of State Dinny McGinley to say when the scheme will be installed. The group says that Minister McGinley told the nation on RTE radio on August the 12th of this year that a state of the art sewerage network for Dungloe was to start in weeks rather than months.The group says this has not materialised. The Dungloe Sewerage Group attended a meeting in Dungloe Public Service Centre and was told that almost all the necessary paper work was in place and that “the contractor (Coffey Water Ltd) would be commencing works on the new sewerage scheme before Christmas”.The Dungloe Sewerage Action Group has been constantly monitoring progress of the proposed New Dungloe Sewerage Scheme.The group have been in regular contact with the agreed Contractor, however, yesterday Tuesday the 3rd the group was informed via a phone call with Coffey Water Ltd, that Coffey Water Ltd were no longer in a position to discuss the New Dungloe Sewerage Scheme.Spokesperson for the Action Group Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said “This is very concerning taking into account the potential threat to public health that exists in the vicinity of the existing wastewater treatment & disposal arrangement”. The Dungloe Sewerage Action Group is now asking Minister of State Dinny McGinley to explain to the people of Dungloe & Glenties, why works on these proposed schemes did not start within weeks as announced on RTE radio and when they will start. SEWERAGE PRESSURE GROUP ASK MINISTER McGINLEY FOR DATE FOR SCHEME was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DUNGLOE SEWERAGE SCHEMEMinister Dinny McGinley read more