BCC men’s soccer team falls in Region XIX soccer semi-final

first_img BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer A trip to the Region XIX semi-finals seemed very unlikely for the Brookdale Community College men’s soccer team. The Blues — last year’s national runners-up — were hard hit by injuries all year, and at the same time, were breaking in a number of newcomers. Still, head coach Scott Baker remained optimistic as the team headed into the postseason. “I’m very happy with the our progress,” said Baker. “We suffered through a lot of injuries. We got most of our people back in time for the region tournament. We’re definitely happy to be in it.” And it showed, as Brookdale went on the road and pulled out an overtime 2-1 win at Burlington in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28. Nationally ranked Union was waiting in Thursday’s semi-final round and ended the Jersey Blues’ hopes for a second-straight region title with a 2-1 victory. Brookdale finished the season 7-7-3, but with a bright future. Of the 22 players who started the season, all but three will be returning. Injuries had an impact on the team from the get-go. Rich Frye, a talented midfielder from Matawan, never did play a single game this year. A high ankle sprain that he suffered in the pre-season never came around, and the player who was expected to direct the offense, was on the sidelines all year. What kept the Jersey Blues going in the wake of injuries and new faces was the defense. “No question, defense has been the one area where we’ve been consistent,” said Baker. Sweeper Felipe Santos (Matawan) and stopper Brad Fraley (Neptune), along with outside defenders Alhassan Quaye (Matawan) and Enock Dumarsais (Asbury Park) have become a very consistent unit. They play well as a team and complement each other. “They’re a nice group,” said Baker. “Our defense really came together and is peaking.” Carl Martin (Howell) has been equally dependable in goal. He has registered three shut outs. Shawn Caltigirone (Colts Neck) has been the team’s top goal scorer this year. The forward has a lot of speed and is a finisher. Willy Cuzco (Brick Memorial) has emerged as one of the team’s most important players. He started the season sharing time in goal with Martin, but when it became evident that Frye would not be able to return this year, Palmer turned to Cuzco for help at midfield. He has came through providing the steady presence that was needed. “He has done a nice job for us and is a good distributor of the ball,” said Baker. The versatile Brandon Serchio (Toms River South) has been an important addition to the offense as well. He started the season at stopper and has moved upfield, first to midfield and now forward. “Every place that we’ve played Brandon, he’s made an impact,” noted Baker. The Jersey Blues began play in the Region XIX tournament in Burlington, where they came up with a 2-1 win on Nick Klah’s goal in overtime. Klah (Monmouth Regional), scored off a corner play. Serchio’s corner kick was lofted towards the goal, and Klah headed it in for the game-winner. Serchio had given the visitors a 1-0 lead, only to have Burlington tie the match in the 85th minutes on Kojo Antwi’s goal. Martin had a big game for the Blues, coming up with 10 saves. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer last_img read more

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Healthier Rockets should post some wins

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Despite a tough 0-5 start, coach Janet Citro is looking for her Raritan High School field hockey team to bounce back and pick up its share of wins. The Rockets started the season with losses to Red Bank Catholic and St. John Vianney in games where Raritan fell behind early, but played well. Following an 8-1 loss to Howell, the Rockets lost a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Red Bank Regional, and Raritan is coming off a 1-0 loss to Manasquan on Saturday, in a game where the Warriors scored with less than eight minutes remaining. Raritan has also been plagued by a rash of minor injuries that have limited playing time for several girls, and have hampered the Rockets particularly late in games. “Over the past couple of games, we’ve been playing longer,” Citro said. “As the girls are getting healthy, we’re able to stay with teams and keep fresh legs on the field. It’s not that we’ve been playing badly. The girls were just trying to play through injuries, and we really weren’t able to compete for a full 60 minutes. Now that’s starting to change.” The coach noted that the Rockets defense, led by Jackie Wood in goal, has been playing well in recent games. Rachel Flanagan, Kristen Wallace, junior Kristin McKeever and sophomore Katie Costello are the fullbacks. Wallace, who played forward last fall, has adapted well to her new position. She made several saves in the Manasquan game. Brittany Rogan, Jess Sanchez, junior Kerri Laudati and sophomore Nicole Dougherty patrol the middle. Versatile junior Brittany Connelly, who has played throughout the lineup, can usually be found in the middle. Offensively, the Rockets have scored just four goals in five games, although Citro believes her squad is capable of tickling the twine more often. Maria Cruz, Melissa Gotanco, juniors Veronica Jost, Megan Meyers, Monica Vilacha and Mary Guerrero along with sophomores Michelle Garrett and Francesca Maglione play on the front line. “So far, we just haven’t been able to put the ball in the net when we get the opportunities, but at least we’re getting opportunities,” the coach said. Citro also noted that her team enjoys playing on the new artificial surface at its home field, but is having trouble adjusting when it returns to grass. “What a difference the surface makes,” she said. “You don’t have to battle ruts or soft spots. It’s a lot of fun to play on that surface.” Following a rematch at Manasquan on Monday, the Rockets return home to face RBC today and SJV on Friday. “The girls are very enthusiastic and they’re working hard,” Citro said. “I was pleased at how hard they played during the Howell game, and how they came back to play well in the next two games. There’s no quit in this team, and I’m confident they’ll get things going.”last_img read more

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Choo Choo Blue ready to deliver

first_imgCHOO CHOO BLUE should be gifted a nice stalking pace in this afternoon’s 1300-metre Saint Cecelia Trophy – nothing fast enough to take her off the bridle early, or too slow for the run-on horses to be a threat when she is unleashed by hot apprentice Anthony Thomas. The only foreigner in the nine-horse line-up, four-year-old filly CHOO CHOO BLUE ran her last race at today’s trip, beaten a length-and-a-quarter by improved and super-fit CHACE THE GREAT on August 26. Going for back-to-back open allowance victories and quietly fancied at odds of 3-1, CHOO CHOO BLUE was taken out of her game plan after the horse expected to press CHACE THE GREAT, SIR BUDGET, was never better than fourth throughout. This caused CHOO CHOO BLUE to do the chasing, having to go after CHACE THE GREAT, who was able to settle on the lead and made all to win in a fast 1:18.4, leaving CHOO CHOO BLUE closing, but not fast enough. Returning at the exact weight, 53.0 kilos, for the Saint Cecelia, CHOO CHOO BLUE faces eight rivals, a half of whom she had behind in her last two races – GARY GLITTER, DWAYNE STAR, ANOTHER BULLET and CRUCIAL APPEAL, who has worked well but will have problems getting the distance, especially off a two-month lay-up. As far as the others are concerned, PINELOPE has woefully lost form, GOLDEN GLORY has bitten off way more than she can chew up in class, leaving PROLIFIC PRINCESS and LOTTERY TICKET as CHOO CHOO BLUE’s only real threats in the line-up. Though she’s probably at her best ever, consistent PROLIFIC PRINCESS faces a tough task from post-position one and could either get into trouble by being involved in the pace too early or be too far back when the mid-race speed kicks in leaving the half-mile. LOTTERY TICKET has certainly improved, getting three of her five career wins this season as a four-year-old, and seems to enjoy trainer Wayne DaCosta stretching her out a little further as she progresses up in class and the early speed becomes more torrid. CHOO CHOO BLUE appears to have a complete package and more scope for improvement. She is versatile and can sit in just about any pace her rivals can throw down, especially with CRUCIAL APPEAL highly suspect at the trip. After beating CHOO CHOO BLUE by a length-and-a-quarter, CHACE THE GREAT returned on September 9 to turn back CAMPESINO in the grade one None Such Sprint, clocking 1:11.3 in a four-and-a-half length romp, proving that he was above the grade in his previous race. With the handicaps in her favour, pace and distance to her liking, an in-form apprentice in the irons, CHOO CHOO BLUE is ready to deliver as she makes her way up the ladder to grade one.last_img read more

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Many Celebrate Crystal Sonpon’s Life

first_imgFor twenty four years the late Theoline Crystal Sonpon held the notion that if she could help another, particularly a child, her life would not be in vain.Fulfilling her dream, Crystal Sonpon organized a humanitarian organization that provided support to young women and children to help make them productive members of society.As Crystal’s family and hundreds of mourners participated in a solemn celebration of her life and holy Eucharist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Saturday, they were reminded that with God nothing is impossible.“Is there anything difficult for Christ?” asked Rev. Fr. Michael Tuan Sie, rector of the St. Augustine Episcopal Church.  He urged the family to take solace in the Lord Jesus Christ.He noted that though Jesus Christ surely could have healed Crystal of her sickness and following thousands of dollars spent to regain her health, “there was a reason for her death.”He urged the family to remember that in times of distress, “when we think that we have no hope, God makes us stronger.”Crystal’s death at age 24 “is too difficult to understand why,” Rev. Fr. Sie admitted.  “But,” he insisted, “We must have the reassurance that Crystal is free from all her pain.” The mourners were also reminded that Jesus Christ is the resurrection and life and those with faith in Him shall have life, even though they die.Using the story of Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead four days after his burial, Rev. Fr. Tuan Sie told the parents and dear ones not to lose hope, but to wait on the Lord. “Your pain will be eased by God alone and no one else,” stressed.“Don’t be discouraged,” he shouted, as video images beamed Crystal’s beautiful pictures on a screen, directly adjacent to the pulpit.Rev. Sie said God could have kept Crystal with “us for a season,” but since that did not happen, “it was her time.” He reminded the family and friends that neither death, nor sickness, or anything else should sever their relationship with God.“Place every trust in God and hold Him as their foundation, despite the heart wrenching experience of losing Crystal,” he told his audience, encouraging the youth to remember their Creator in the time of their youth, because no one knows how short one’s life will be.The congregation consoled each other with several solemn hymns, including “On the Resurrection Morning Where the Soul and Body Meet Again,” “I’m Pressing On to Higher Ground,”  “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place” and “My Times Are in Thy Hands.”Before interment at the Brewerville Cemetery, the gathering sang, “When We All Get to Heaven,” encouraging one another to press on in spite of their loss.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Barca held despite Messi record run

first_imgThe lead only lasted five minutes though as Messi released Cristian Tello to curl home a fine equaliser and the roles were reversed 18 minutes from time when Tello cut the ball back for Messi to drill low into the net.The goal was Messi’s 43rd league goal of the campaign and also secured another record for the World Player of the Year.By scoring for the 19th straight game, he became the first player to score against every other side in the Spanish league in consecutive matches.However, Celta gave their chances of survival a huge boost as Oubina headed home Fabian Orellana’s cross at the back post two minutes from time.And Barca assistant manager Jordi Roura admitted that his side lacked the concentration required to see the game out.“I don’t want to point out individual errors,” said Roura, whose team are still 13 points ahead at the top of La Liga after Real Madrid were held 1-1 by Real Zaragoza.“We had done the most difficult bit which was to score. In the final few minutes we lacked the collective intensity needed and they have equalised.”Despite his disappointment at the outcome though, Roura did take time to laud another incredible individual achievement by Messi.“It is a unheard of record that no one has ever achieved. This shows how great this player is. With time, what this player is doing will be valued even more.”Second-placed Real Madrid failed to take advantage of Barca’s slip-up as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Real Zaragoza.Rodri put the hosts in front after just five minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised seven minutes before half-time.However, manager Jose Mourinho dismissed suggestions that his side had missed an opportunity to get back into the title race.“For some time our ambition has not been to win the title again,” he told a press conference.“We already knew that it is a question of points, not of winning it. With the draw today we have lost second place. If Atletico (Madrid) win tomorrow, they will go one point ahead and this is the most important thing.”The Portuguese also stressed that his side’s league form should not affect their return to Champions League action on Wednesday.“This result will not affect us. Our objectives are the final of the cup and the Champions League.“In the league we have already achieved finishing amongst the top three and our objective is to finish second and win every game. It will not have any influence looking ahead to Wednesday.”With the return to Champions League action against Galatasary in mind, Mourinho rested the midfield quartet of Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria from the start and the visitors were made to suffer by an energetic Zaragoza side early on.Rodri fired the hosts into the lead after Apono pounced on a loose ball in midfield and set the former Barcelona man free in behind the Madrid defence where he finished calmly beyond Lopez.However, Madrid then began to take a hold on the game and after Glenn Loovens’ clearance off his own line had denied Pepe, Ronaldo registered his 28th league goal of the campaign with a powerful left-footed shot.Earlier in the day Malaga moved level with Real Sociedad in fourth as a goal and two assists on his first league start with the club from Pedro Morales guided them to a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, March 31 – Lionel Messi notched up another goal-scoring record Saturday – but Barcelona’s cruise towards a 22nd title was halted when Borja Oubina hit a late equaliser which handed Celta Vigo a deserved 2-2 draw.The visitors were without a number of first-team regulars and were punished for a slow start when Natxo Insa prodded home from close range to put Celta in front seven minutes before half-time.last_img read more

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Owino scores as Wydad holds Zesco in CAF CL

first_imgWydad will meet Zamalek of Egypt in the two-leg semi-finals in September while Zesco face Group B winners Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.The pairings guarantee a second north-versus-south climax to the premier African club competition in four years after Al Ahly of Egypt beat Orlando Pirates of South Africa in 2013.North African clubs have won the Champions League – formerly the African Cup of Champions Clubs – 28 times while Pirates are the only team from the southern region to lift the trophy.Wydad, who beat Zesco 2-0 in Morocco two months ago, topped the final standings with 11 points, ZESCO had nine, record eight-time champions Al Ahly six and ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast five.ASEC and Ahly drew 0-0 in a final round match at Stade Robert Champroux in Ivorian commercial capital Abidjan where only pride was at stake.Zesco twice came close to scoring within a minute before Odhiambo nodded into the net off the crossbar after taking advantage of slack marking at a corner.Fellow Kenyan Jesse Were wasted a chance to double the lead almost immediately at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium when he blazed over from close range.Chikatara, a recent signing after lengthy transfer negotiations with Nigerian club Abia Warriors, curled a shot from the edge of the box past goalkeeper Jacob Banda to restore parity.Congo Brazzaville-born Fabrice Ondama came close to snatching victory for Wydad just before time with his header flying just wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zesco United players line up before a past matchJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug 24 – Harambee Stars defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino scored as Zesco fought to a 1-1 draw with Moroccan champions Wydad Casablanca, in Ndola, Zambia.The result sees Zesco finish second in Group A of the CAF Champions League behind the Moroccans who topped.last_img read more

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Decades-old dynamite prompts search

first_imgSAN DIMAS – When 82-year-old George Nevin buried a half-dozen sticks of dynamite in his backyard 77 years ago, he never expected someone would try to dig them up. But on Tuesday, Nevin was leading Los Angeles County sheriff’s Bomb Squad officials to that exact site near San Dimas Canyon Park in what was an unsuccessful attempt to find them. “I had no idea it was going to cause such a big stir,” Nevin said. Authorities closed the park for several hours Tuesday to search for the dynamite in the area around the abandoned stone home where Nevin and his family lived in the 1930s. The boarded-up house sits on private property abutting parkland and is just a few hundred feet from the park’s entrance off of San Dimas Canyon Road. “Obviously for precautionary reasons, (we searched the area),” sheriff’s Lt. Gary Kimble said. “The dynamite is (77) years old. We don’t know what condition it’s in.” Nevin said he came across the dynamite when he was 5, while hiking with two older brothers. The area surrounding the home used to be a rock quarry – where miners would dig for rocks and then break them down for use in construction projects. “It looked like it had been abandoned by then, but we saw a little shack,” he said. “We climbed down there, opened the door of the shack and here’s a big box of about half a dozen dynamite sticks.” Nevin and his brothers stuffed two to three sticks each in their pockets, then went back outside. “We didn’t know nothing about dynamite, so we started throwing them down on the rocks to see if they would explode, but nothing happened,” he said. Later that night, Nevin and his brothers returned home with the dynamite. But his mother made them pack the sticks into a glass jar and bury it in the backyard. Over the years, Nevin – who ended up working with explosives, blasting through canyons to make roads for Los Angeles County – didn’t think much about the dynamite. On Friday, Nevin returned to the park for a county picnic and mentioned the story in passing to Brian Coberly, whose father lives next door to Nevin’s old home. “It just seemed like it could be dangerous,” Coberly said, adding that the owner of Nevin’s old house wants to raze the site. “I didn’t think it would be safe, you know with tractors going through there and everything, so I told my dad, and he called the city,” Coberly said. City officials then contacted sheriff’s deputies. During Tuesday’s search, Sheriff’s Department crime scene metal recovery volunteers scoured the area with metal detectors. They were hoping to detect remnants of the tin cap that covered the jar, Kimble said. Their concern was if the jar and dynamite inside were still intact, it could have been volatile, he said. Despite all search efforts, nothing was found. “We dug down about two feet in and there appeared to be loose fill dirt … it looked like the dirt had been turned over before,” Kimble said. “We believe the dynamite had been removed previously or it’s deeper, but doesn’t have any threat.” Nevin said he didn’t expect anything would actually be recovered. “I still think it’s probably disintegrated at this point,” he said. “It’s probably a soupy mist.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free health lecture will discuss “Preventative Care,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Toastmasters Daybreak Club No. 9641 will meet, 7-8 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Dan Jordan at (661) 296-9891 SCV Quilt Guild will hold a game night, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at (661) 298-1385. Mom’s Mixer to celebrate being a mom, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY AARP Driver Safety Program, 2-6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY AARP Driver Safety Program, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Local author Carole Cliffe will sign copies of her books, 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (661) 255-6410. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Rovers sign Brazilian midfielder

first_imgSligo Rovers have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Eduardo Pincelli for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Premier Division season.Pincelli started his career with Fluminense in his home nation where he was a team-mate of Brazilian great Romario and also played in Colombia, Sweden, Malaysia, Italy and the last nine seasons in Cyprus.The 34-year-old was recommended to Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle by former player Vinny Faherty who is in Cyprus now and trained with Pincelli’s former team Ethnikos Achna, and it led to a pursuit to bring the player to The Showgrounds. Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Gerard-Lyttle-on-Eduardo.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The player has been training with Rovers for over a week and played in a friendly last Saturday where he scored an audacious chip in a standout display.Lyttle explained: “Vinny got in touch to let us know about Eduardo and his possible availability.“Prior to that it was just a conversation where he had asked Eduardo would he ever consider a move to Ireland.“Vinny said he could be available in the summer and he told Eduardo about the club and life here.“We watched Eduardo, did research, and his technical ability is awesome. I also checked it out with a contact of mine in Cyprus and he said he would probably be out of reach for Sligo Rovers.“But we pursued it and I built up a relationship with him over a couple of weeks. Eventually he asked his club could he move on in this window and the deal was pretty much agreed before he came here.“He can play anywhere in midfield and I see him fitting into the middle of the park as an eight or a six.“He comes with tremendous leadership qualities and was the former captain of the club in Cyprus.“Eduardo is a calming influence on the pitch and he brings that wealth of experience that some of the young lads can learn from.“He doesn’t train like a 34-year-old or play like one. He is in great condition and we’re excited we have him here. This is a big statement for us that we can attract a player of his calibre. He still has that mentality where he wants to win.“He’s a family-type man which is something I really like. It’s another player I think our supporters will really look forward to seeing play for Rovers.”Pincelli said: “I made a life choice firstly to come to Ireland. Everything I was told about Sligo by my friend Vinny was good, from the club to the place. I see now what he means.”Pincelli says that he has done his research on the League of Ireland prior to his arrival at the Showgrounds…center_img Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eduardo-Pincelli-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“Everyone has been so good, they have made me very welcome and the players and coach are very nice people. The coach gives very good training sessions.“This is a big change for me in my life to move to Sligo. I used to say that I’m a dreamer. I know Sligo did not do too well last year. But they survived and that is all that matters. And I’m still a dreamer. So my expectation is to be the best you can.”Asked whether he could become a leader within the Rovers squad, he said: “I think this just happens naturally. As they trust me, by my quality and my strengths on the pitch, then yes. You don’t choose a leader. It becomes natural.“I am happy to be here. I bring with me my mentality for victory. That is what I want to bring to Sligo Rovers.”last_img read more

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#Nextchat: Helping Employees Plan for Retirement

first_imgHow to participate in an HR Twitter chat. Q1. How do you encourage employees to participate in your organization’s 401(k) retirement plan?Q2. What are the most common questions you receive from employees regarding your organization’s retirement plan?Q3. What tools and educational opportunities do you provide employees to help them make wise retirement investment decisions?Q4. Does your organization’s retirement plan provide auto-enrollment and auto-escalation? Why or why not?Q5. What sophisticated or complex retirement plan options are employees requesting (e.g., brokerage windows or managed accounts) and what new retirement plan trends are you implementing?Q6. How do you prevent or keep track of “missing” participants in your organization’s 401(k) plan?Q7. How do you provide investment advice to participants? If so, is it through the 401(k) administrator or an independent advisory firm?Q8. How has your organization worked with or changed 401(k) service providers to help control fees?Q9. What advice can you share with other HR professionals for setting up or administering a 401(k) plan? It can be difficult for a 25-year-old to envision life after age 65, let alone to start saving for it—and many of your employees aren’t even sure how or where to start saving. That’s why it’s important for employers to take an active role in educating employees about the benefits of retirement savings plans.The 401(k) and similar retirement plans can be an automatic and easy way for employees to save pretax dollars for the future. They promote goodwill between employees and employer, create a culture of financial wellness, and help to attract and retain talent. The What and How of a 401(k)When selecting a plan for your organization, it’s important to keep the following factors in mind:What will the 401(k) retirement plan cost to implement and what do the various service providers offer?What percentage of the employee’s contribution will the organization match?What resources will the 401(k) retirement plan require in order to set up and manage it?What types of investment options are available within each 401(k) retirement plan, and what is an appropriate mix?How will the 401(k) retirement plan fit into the employee’s overall compensation package?How can you use your 401(k) retirement plan to attract and retain the best talent?ParticipationA high employer contribution match is always helpful in encouraging employees to participate; however, specific and targeted messages and advice about the company’s 401(k) plan can also help employees with the decision. Employees will appreciate their benefits even more when they understand the value of those benefits, so organizations should offer programs that support financial literacy.Updating Your 401(k) PlanThe SHRM Online article Push 401(k) Default Savings Rates Higher, Researchers and Plan Sponsors Agree by Steve Miller, SHRM writer and editor of online content, compensation and benefits, reports, “Erring on the high side when choosing a 401(k) savings default-contribution rate won’t likely discourage employees from participating in the plan,” as savings default rates of 7 percent to 10 percent (or higher) are increasingly common. Plan sponsors are also taking a harder stance on fees and stepping up their financial wellness programs.Keeping TrackAdditionally, when employees leave a job, either voluntarily or through termination, many often leave their defined contribution accounts with their former employers. The SHRM Online article Keep Track of 401(k) Participants So They Don’t Go Missing reveals “increased job-hopping and frequently forgetting to update their contact details with previous employers are two reasons why participants in 401(k) and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans may ‘disappear.’ Creating a ‘missing-participant program’ can help plan sponsors comply with the requirement that they make sure former employees can access their savings.”What are you doing to update, promote and protect retirement savings for your employees, and how are you providing information to help them make informed decisions?Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on April 25 for #Nextchat with special guest, SHRM writer and editor of online content, compensation and benefits, Stephen Miller, CEBS (@SHRMsmiller). We’ll chat about how organizations are modifying retirement plans to keep up with trends and encouraging employees to learn about and participate in them.last_img read more

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