Eagles-Bucs getting ready for Round Two

first_imgThis time, state titleis on the line This time, state title is on the line VERONICA YANKOWSKI staff Middletown South sophomore Knowshon Moreno will be among the players to watch when the undefeated Eagles take on Red bank Regional on Saturday in the Central Jersey Group III championship game at Rutgers Stadium. Middletown South head football coach Steve Antonucci is through cautioning his team as it gets ready for Saturday’s Central Jersey Group III championship game with Red Bank Regional on Saturday at Rutgers Stadium. If his Eagles don’t realize by now that this is not the same RBR team they beat, 39-6, during week one of the season, then they’re just going to have to find out for themselves this weekend. “They have to be pretty good to get to this point, just like us,” Antonucci said. “It’s a one-game season now.” The Eagles dominated the first meeting of the two teams, jumping ahead early, as sophomore sensation Knowshon Moreno returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown, and never looked back. South made it 13-0 on RBR’s next possession when Chris Martinho dropped the Bucs’ QB Keyron Sheard for a sack, causing a fumble. Linebacker Dan Terracciano picked up the loose ball and ran 25 yards for the score, and the rout was on. Moreno was the top offensive performer, collecting three touchdowns on the day, but in truth, it was a total team effort that gave South its impressive debut. “Things didn’t go our way early, and we just didn’t react well,” RBR head coach Harry Chebookjian said. “But we’ll enter this game with a lot of confidence, especially with the way we’ve been playing recently.” To say that the Bucs have bounced back from the loss to the Eagles would be an understatement. The fact is, they haven’t lost since, and have improved with each passing week. They are, in affect, playing their best football of the year, and appear poised to present Antonucci’s Eagles with their stiffest test of the season. “They’re certainly playing with a lot of confidence,” the coach said. Both teams are coming off big wins in their respective rivalry games. The Bucs got an impressive 10-0 win over a Long Branch team that will be vying with New Brunswick for the Central Jersey Group II championship on Sunday at Kean University, Union. As usual, it was Cliff Toodle who came up with the big offensive play for the Bucs, breaking a 53-yard scoring run in the second quarter to put RBR ahead 7-0. They added a Mike Pizulli 25-yard field goal before the half, and the defense did the rest, holding what had been a prolific Green Wave offensive attack to just 173 total yards of offense. Meanwhile, the Eagles survived a scare from a game Middletown North squad, emerging with a 27-14 win in a battle that was tied until late in the fourth quarter. Facing the unfamiliar task of playing in a tight game, the Eagles got a touchdown on a brilliant play from QB Dan Johnson on a fourth-and-goal from the Lion 15, when the senior scrambled away from three would-be tacklers before firing a strike to Steve Dowens in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead score. It was just the latest in a long line of clutch plays from the senior signal-caller. “We knew he’d be good this year, but he has really brought us to another level,” Antonucci said. “He is as good as anybody on the perimeter, and has shown the ability to throw the ball down field effectively.” South added another score after North fumbled the ensuing kick-off when Moreno took a screen pass 67 yards for the game’s final score. “It’s always a tough game, and is very emotional for the players,” Antonucci said “You’ve got to tip your hat to North. They did a real nice job.” The Eagles also deserve some praise for not letting that looming state title game crowd their focus. And just as the Eagles concentrated on the Lions, the Bucs set their sights on a win over Long Branch.”That’s our job as coaches, to keep them focused, and we were able to do that,” Chebookjian said. “But now it’s all about the state title.” Both teams enter the game with obvious game plans. Neither team is looking to surprise anyone at this point, and on Saturday will go with what got them to this point. “Obviously you have to try to contain Toodle, which is something very few people have been able to do,” Antonucci said. “They were very physical with us the first time we played them, and I expect more of the same this time.” The Bucs will need to concentrate on slowing down the Eagle offense, in particular Moreno. But Chebookjian said that keying on one player would be a mistake. “They have so many weapons, if you focus on Knowshon, the QB will beat you, or the receivers will burn you,” he said. “We need to be more disciplined and we have to limit our mistakes. We made a ton of mistakes last time we played them.” Chebookjian added that his players are anxious to prove themselves this time around. “We’re a little more experienced this time,” he said. “We had a lot of guys who had never started before, and being that it was the first game of the season, they suffered from some jitters. I’ll think we’ll give a better effort this time.” Game time is 2 p.m.last_img read more

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Brook-Spence conference called

first_imgThe Sheffield man is due to defend his IBF title against mandatory challenger Spence Jr and boxing fans are eagerly awaiting details about the welterweight clash.Brook is stepping back down to the 147lb division after his courageous defeat to middleweight king Gennady Golovkin last September and will face a dangerous opponent in Spence Jr.The American carries a 21-fight unbeaten record, with 18 knockouts, and has vowed to “jump on” Brook if he displays any vulnerabilities after the Golovkin fight.But Brook began his training camp in Spain weeks ago and is confident he will successfully come through the fourth defence of his IBF title.’The Special One’ has already ruined the unbeaten record of American Shawn Porter when he claimed his world title in 2014.last_img read more

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Floyd Mayweather’s new LA digs

first_imgThe now-retired undefeated boxer has just bought a luxurious NZD$35 million six-bedroom house in Los Angeles, which has a 50-person cinema, swimming pool, wine cellar and a four-car garage.Mayweather reportedly won US$300 million when he beat Irish UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match last month, so definitely has the money to treat himself.He posted a few pics on his Instagram account of his new pad and a video of him going through a large lolly collection before heading into his cinema to watch Sportscenter.The footage shows jars of lollies and popcorn, a drinks machine and other racks of treats.Mayweather’s incredible pad, set behind the famous Beverley Hills Hotel, also has a cocktail bar and separate guesthouse with its own gym.​He also spent $670,000 on home furnishings.The two-storey building was originally on the market for $52m, but Mayweather was able to knock down the asking price with his cash purchase, to add to other properties he owns in Las Vegas and Miami.There are private gardens, 10 bathrooms, mirrored wall fireplaces, a family room and separate living quarters for house staff.Mayweather’s master bedroom boats dual bathrooms and a private terrace looking down onto the pool area. Photo by: INSTAGRAM/FLOYD MAYWEATHER (Caption: “The grass ain’t greener on the other side,” says Mayweather in an Instagram post sharing his new backyard).last_img read more

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Dacres, Stahl lock horns in discus

first_imgAndre Lowe (AL): Fedrick Dacres is tipped by many to take the gold medal in the discus event at next month’s World Championships and he will get a chance to get familiar with the London Olympic Stadium when he lines up in a strong field tomorrow. Raymond Graham (RG): It is a strong field indeed. After being world leader for a while he no longer holds that spot as Daniel Stahl of Sweden has recently taken charge with a 71.29 metres throw and now is a great opportunity for Dacres to take back that lead. AL:”Lithuania’s Andriuz Gudzius also comes in with a good mark, a 68.61m personal best effort but he did that seven meets ago and has not been close since. This one should certainly be settled between the Jamaican and the Swede.” RG: “Not really. Remember you can’t write off the Polish thrower Piotr Malachowski, who has a best of over 71 metres in the event and could hit top form soon and with the great competition expected tomorrow, this could be the moment for him. AL: The world champion has looked a shade of himself this season and has been struggling with 64m and 65m throws all year. He will not figure much here. Stahl is confident, his 71m throw was his first effort over 68m so that was a big PB and it came at his last meet, he certainly has momentum on his side.” RG: It’s a big moment for Dacres as bragging rights and a psychological advantage can be crucial but I am siding with Stahl for this one to get the better of Dacres as he is in great form coming into the meet.” AL: “Well, neither will be short on motivation. Just 10 points separate the top five in this event on the road to the final with Stahl in the lead. He won’t repeat that 71m throw on Sunday. Dacres is in third place and he will get the win tomorrow with a 68m effort.last_img read more

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Beckham Jr. has surgery on broken left ankle

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP):Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr has had surgery for a broken left ankle.The Giants announced yesterday that Beckham had the surgery on Monday night in New York.Beckham was hurt Sunday in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The team said Monday that the surgery was planned for later in the week. It didn’t explain the schedule change.More surgery was expected on fellow wide receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (broken foot) yesterday.Marshall and Harris were injured Sunday in a game in which four Giants’ receivers were hurt.Sterling Shepard is day-to-day with an ankle injury.last_img read more

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Budgeting and public expenditure management

first_imgThe national budget is the main instrument through which the Government collects resources from the economy in a sufficient and appropriate manner and allocate and use those resources responsively, efficiently and effectively. Public expenditure management is one instrument of Government policy. The basic goals of this aspect of Government policy are achieving macro financial discipline, strategic priorities and functional application. These are three complementary and interdependent objectives (Todorovic & Djordjevic, 2009).Reforming public expenditure management in developing countriesLong-term sustainability of institutional reform always demands local ownership, political buy-in, and a degree of comfort among those responsible for implementing reforms. Without the active cooperation of budget managers and key staff members in both the core and line ministries, and without the support from the top political leadership, budget reforms have generally remained largely a paper exercise to satisfy donor demands. The sequencing and time period of the reform process should be very carefully considered to ensure that it fits the absorptive capacity of the system over time and not cause reform fatigue. Moreover, it is important to understand that periodic reassessments of actual costs and benefits of specific budget reforms and midcourse adjustments are necessary for sustainable reforms. It is not difficult to introduce budget reforms; simultaneously, merely introducing reforms is not the goal. Rather, the goal is to help permanently achieve improvements in expenditure control, strategic resource allocation, operational effectiveness and public financial integrity (World Bank, 2005).Code of good practices on fiscal transparencyClarity of roles and responsibilitiesThe Government sector should be clearly distinguished from the rest of the economy. Policy and management roles within Government should be well defined such that, the Government sector should correspond to the general Government, which comprises the central Government and lower levels of Government, including extra budgetary operations. Government involvement in the rest of the economy (e.g. through regulation and equity ownership) should be conducted in an open and public manner on the basis of clear rules and procedures which applies in a non-discriminatory manner. Clear mechanisms for the coordination and management of the budgetary and extra-budgetary activities should be established, and well defined arrangements, inter alia, other Government entities (e.g. the central bank and state controlled financial and non-financial enterprises) should be specified.Clear legal and administrative framework for fiscal managementFiscal management should be governed by comprehensive laws and administrative rules applying to budgetary and extra-budgetary activities. Any commitment or expenditure of Government funds should have a legal authority. Taxes, duties, fees and charges should have an explicit legal basis. Tax laws and regulations should be easily accessible and understandable, and clear criteria should guide any administrative discretion in their application. More importantly, ethical standards of behaviour for public servants should be clear and well publicized.Budgeting and Budgetary InstitutionsGood institutional design of the budgeting process is an important prerequisite of good fiscal performance. Such institutions should be designed to reduce the adverse effects of the principal-agent relationship between voters and politicians. The environment within which the budgetary process evolves strongly affects accountability and competitiveness, which are strengthened by ensuring that the budget is comprehensive, transparent and understood as a management exercise and not just a legal requirement.The common pool problem of public finances can be reduced by centralizing the budgeting process – that is, by introducing institutional mechanisms that force the actors in the process to take a comprehensive view of the costs and benefits of all public policies. Depending upon a country’s political system, this goal can be achieved by means of the delegation approach or the contracts approach.Therefore, the institutional reform of the budgeting process is an essential part of a policy aimed at achieving better fiscal outcomes. This does not mean, however, that a change in legal and procedural rules mechanically produces better results. In practice, institutional reforms are often the result of acute fiscal crises, of times when there is widespread awareness of principal-agent and common pool problems of public finances and a general recognition of the need for change. Better institutions therefore help to make this awareness more durable and thus serve as a commitment device for good fiscal performance.last_img read more

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16 Days of Activism

first_imgEach year, in the month of November, there are 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. During this time, the public gains more awareness and is inspired to join in the campaign, the aim of which is to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls especially, but also violence against men and boys around the world as well.One would believe that, in this age of enlightenment and sophistication, violence against women would fast be on its way to becoming a thing of the past. Considered a cultural norm historically, where women were seen as chattel and possessions in some societies, this perspective unfortunately remains true in many areas, as far too many still consider girls and women unequal to males, and do not afford them a similar level of respect.A large part of their problem, as stated before, is cultural. Young boys are not raised to believe in gender equality, and girls are raised to expect poor treatment. In India, for example, some young males were reported as saying, “Girls are so foolish and silly they have to be beaten so they can get some good ideas in their brains…” while the mothers and sisters in the same community asserted that “all men beat their wives… it’s what to do to be manly…”Still, the unfortunate truth is that violence against women is also found in so-called liberated Western societies, especially in the form of domestic abuse. The recent onslaught of sexual abuse allegations in the US can in no way overshadow the endless cases of domestic abuse that occurred over the years; which prove that women are habitually victims of violence by male spouses.Yet, this horrific action should not be seen as targeting females only. Males are increasingly coming forward to admit that they have been on the receiving end of violence from females. Most hesitate to admit such, because they believe it diminishes them in the eyes of their peers; while others simply think that no one would believe their claim. Luckily, this stereotype is being knocked down one case at a time, and momentum is gained when victims come forward and highlight their plight.Likewise, there is another segment of society which is constantly threatened with violence based on its gender identity – the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) population. Many in this community were assigned a particular sex at birth, but identify as another; and since gender is a social construct, may even identify as different genders throughout their lifetimes. They frequently experience discrimination in their daily interactions, but also can experience acts of violence against them by people who are homophobic or intolerant of their nature.Therefore, one of the first steps to eradicating gender-based violence is to understand and accept that it does not mean violence against females only. Following this realisation, efforts must be ongoing to address laws that favour perpetrators of violence and discourage victims from coming forward. A little over a week ago, Registrar of Barbados’ Supreme Court, Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, had put forward a number of proposals to fight this violence, including introducing electronic monitoring equipment for violent offenders; appointing legal aid for victims without representation; increasing length of time for counselling for victims; and removing penalties for false accusations, so victims would be less afraid to speak out.These proposals would be a step in the right direction, and we encourage their implementation. Yet, as a society, we all have a hand in ending this type of violence. Let our actions speak out. As was stated by former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.”Guyana has a lot to learn as it grapples with this issue frontally.last_img read more

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LATE SURGE LEADS BLUES OVER LAKERS

first_imgHOW IT HAPPENED: Nipissing opened the scoring as Ryan Roy found the back of the net in the 26th minute and the home team held a 1-0 lead at the half. Koosha Nazemi got the Blues on the board with a goal assisted by Sousa in the 49th minute. The match remained deadlocked until the final 18 minutes, when the Blues poured it on. Sousa scored in the 72nd minute for what would stand as the game-winner. Jae Jin Lee notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 83rd minute and Youself Helmey and Sousa scored again in the 88th and 90th minutes to round out the win. Sebastian Sgarbossa made five saves in the win.UP NEXT: The Blues return home next Saturday, September 29 as they host the RMC Paladins at Varsity Stadium. The match is set to begin at 3:15 p.m.  For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Matchup History Anthony Sousa scored two goals and added one assist to lead the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s soccer team to a 5-1 win over the Nipissing Lakers on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 23) in North Bay, Ont. Live Stats Previewcenter_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Royal Military College of Canada 9/29/2018 | 3:15 p.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Bandits invade WCD business

first_img…escapes with cash, phone cardsThe Police in D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) are hunting for four men who executed a daring robbery at a shop at Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, on Friday evening. The incident occurred at about 20:00h. The four men, three of whom were armed with handguns and a knife relieved the owner, his staff and customers of their mobile phones and cash. In addition they carted off a quantity of phone cards and an undisclosed sum of money from a drawer in the shop.Based on reports received, three men entered the shop and without hesitation, one of them whipped out a handgun and held the owner, Anthony Bashir, at gun point while the others ordered several customers and staff members into another section of the shop.During the ordeal, a fourth bandit made his way into the shop to join his colleagues. The armed men then attempted to bind the hands of the owner but one vigilant customer who approached the shop realised that something was amiss and raised an alarm.Several persons from a nearby ‘wake’ rushed to the business place but by this time the armed men ran out a back door and made good their escape through the backyard. No one was hurt during the ordeal.Speaking with Guyana Times, Bashir explained that he normally closes his business at an earlier time but since there was a wake nearby, he decided to keep the business open. He noted that people at the wake were visiting the shop to purchase different items.He added that at about 20:00h, the men walked into the shop under the pretence of purchasing an item and it was then they executed the robbery. Bashir noted that at the time, he along with his brother, three employees and several customers were at the place of business.He further stated the one of the men was masked while the others were identifiable but he did not recognise any of them, which suggested that the men are not from the area. The entire ordeal was caught on CCTV camera which is presently being reviewed by the Police.No arrests were made.last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, April 10

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Liverpool flyer Raheem Sterling and Arsenal star Theo Walcott are being lined up for a sensational summer swap deal. (Daily Star)Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, who is currently on loan at West Ham, is a shock target for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. (The Sun)Memphis Depay, who has been linked with Manchester United, appears to be edging closer to a move away from the Philips Stadion as PSV Eindhoven director Marcel Brands has revealed there is a high chance his side’s star player will leave in the summer. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are interested in £13million-rated Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is reportedly close to a move to Italian side Inter Milan. (Metro)Roberto Martínez has said Everton’s underwhelming campaign will not deter potential summer signings, with the Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley expected to be among his prime targets. (The Guardian)The Toffees are also ready to test the Red Devils’ resolve to hold on to Adnan Januzaj with a renewed bid to sign the winger in the summer. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea flop Marko Marin looks set to join Malaga this summer, according to reports. (Daily Express)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…West Ham and West Brom eyeing summer move for Galatasaray wingerBarcelona ready to battle Man United for Italy defenderBarcelona’s low offer for Dani Alves could open door to Man United moveForget about Man United! PSV star Memphis Depay urged to stay in HollandPedro set for Barcelona talks over future as Arsenal and Liverpool are linkedLiverpool target reveals contract talks are on holdArsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists Jack Wilshere not for sale amid Man City rumoursReports: PSG join Man City in race for Serie A starNo Manchester United bid for De Bruyne, says Belgian star’s agentBlow for Newcastle as Magpies target set to sign new deal at Monaco, claim reportsMan United transfer update: PSG’s Cavani available for around £40mlast_img read more

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