BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Maggy Fermo and Brianna Murphy are wrapping up their high school softball careers at Mater Dei Prep strongly, just as they started them, before embarking on college careers.The Seraphs, who are 12-3 coming into the week, won their fifth straight Shore Conference B North Division title, the first outright title since 2008 after sharing a twoway tie the past two seasons. The record matches the win total of last season’s 12-6 mark. But as they come off a 6-3 Monmouth CountyTournament quarterfinal loss to Middletown South that included a triple play turned by the Seraphs, and prepare for the NJSIAA tournament, catcher Fermo and center-fielder Murphy are a little softspoken as to how far their team can advance. Both players were on Mater Dei’s Non-Public B championship team in their freshman year.“We have a lot of freshmen this season and young players who came in inexperienced as compared to our freshman year, when we had nine seniors, eight of them starters,” said Murphy, who is heading to Susquehanna this fall. “It’s a little different from that team because everyone’s new this year, and that team had girls playing together with a lot of experience.”“Those girls were together for four years, and five or six were on travel teams and they had good communication,” said Fermo, who said she is expected to move back into the outfield, where she played as a freshman at Mater Dei, when she heads to Drexel. “These young players we have on the team this year are still maturing.”Because of that, both said they were pleased and excited about the success of the team this season.“Obviously in the beginning we had our doubts, but as the season progressed, we were pleasantly surprised,” said Murphy.“We have a lot of girls with great potential but we have a great coach in Jeanne Dickinson, and that’s the biggest thing,” said Fermo.“Those two are my bread and butter,” Dickinson said of Fermo, the No. 2 batter with a .592 batting average and 19 RBIs going into this week, and Murphy, a leadoff hitter batting .588 with 28 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.The Seraphs played at Rumson-Fair Haven on May 17 and Shore Regional the following day.Mater Dei starts play in the Shore Conference Tournament on Friday when the Seraphs, the No. 10 seed, will host Manalapan, the No. 23 seed.“We have a tough road ahead; we’re young,” said Dickinson, coaching in her 30th season at Mater Dei Prep. “Acouple of teams in [Non-Public] B are ranked in the state.”The coach pointed to Gloucester Catholic, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s of Hammonton and Wardlaw-Hartridge as sharp prospects in the state tournament. Although those teams are loaded with proven, experienced players, some younger players at Mater Dei Prep have made their presence felt. Sophomore pitcher Jackie Nash, who started last year, has a 1.02 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 10 walks in 91 innings pitched and good support.“Our defense is strong,” said Dickinson. “She doesn’t overpower people and we don’t mind them hitting the ball.”Dickinson said sophomore Larisa Chiesa “is one of the better shortstops” in the division with two errors in 71 chances and a potent bat that has cranked out a .367 average with 16 RBIs. Freshman first baseman Emilie Boman has only two errors in 104 chances and a .320 batting average with 14 RBIs. The other infielders are junior second baseman Felicia Faccas and sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Nash, Jackie’s sister, who has five errors.Sophomore Jordan Donohue, a sophomore who transferred from Middletown North, has not committed an error in left field and bats .321, while sophomore Skyelar McCartney and freshman Audriana Miller share time in right field.ButMurphy points to a 2-0 victory over well-regarded Freehold Township in which Chiesa poked a two-run single down the right field line in the seventh inning to show that her team can rise to the occasion.“We’re always the underdog, but I think people need to respect Mater Dei a little more, which we showed when we beat Freehold Township,” said Murphy. Mater Dei Prep softball team wins B North
That victory meant that Barca remained in touch with Real at the top before they ended the year on a high by winning the Club World Cup in Japan.Both sides returned to action after the Christmas break with King’s Cup victories although Real were forced to come from two goals down to beat Malaga and coach Jose Mourinho was very critical of the first-half performance.“I told the players at the break that it was a shame I couldn’t make 11 changes,” said Mourinho. “Those that I changed I did so for tactical reasons and not because they were any worse than anyone else.“You will have to ask the players why they improved in the second half and it is a question that I am also asking them.”Pepe will be missing from the defence against Granada through suspension but Sergio Ramos is fit to return after picking up a hamstring strain against Sevilla in the last league game before Christmas.It was easier for Barca who swept aside Osasuna 4-0, with Lionel Messi, who started on the bench due to flu symptoms, hitting a double.“People ask what is his secret and the fact is that it is because he is the best in the world. He has returned from holiday, trained two or three times but he is still physically strong as well as being a good player,” said team mate Sergio Busquets.“We now face a derby which will be competitive as both teams will be trying to win. Apart from the city rivalry, Espanyol are very strong at home, they have good young players and are looking to finish high up in the table.”Third-placed Valencia are just four points behind Barcelona after an excellent start to the season and they are also in derby action against struggling Villarreal who will be under the orders of new coach Jose Francisco Molina following Juan Carlos Garrido’s dismissal.Few would have expected Levante to be in the Champions League places and they now take on Mallorca while Osasuna, also surprisingly riding high in fifth, travel to Real Sociedad.Sevilla have suffered from a lack of consistency and aim to bounce back from consecutive defeats against Rayo Vallecano. Below them Atletico Madrid have a crunch match with Malaga as they look to get back in the European hunt.At the other end of the table the bottom two sides, Zaragoza and Racing Santander, go head-to-head while above them Sporting Gijon are away to Real Betis. Elsewhere Getafe are in action against Athletic Bilbao.FixturesSaturdayRacing Santander v Zaragoza, Levante v Mallorca, Real Sociedad v Osasuna, Real Madrid v Granada, Malaga v Atletico MadridSundayRayo Vallecano v Sevilla, Getafe v Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal v Valencia, Real Betis v Sporting Gijon, Espanyol v Barcelona0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 6- Real Madrid start 2012 still looking for a way to beat Barcelona but they do hold a three-point lead in the title chase and this weekend they take on struggling Granada while the champions face a tricky derby away to Espanyol.After once again being outdone by Barcelona last season in the championship, as well as knocked out by their arch-rivals in the Champions League, they have started this campaign in ominous form but their only defeat in 20 games came last month when they were humbled 3-1 at home by Pep Guardiola’s side.
0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 20- Arsenal were given a major fillip on Wednesday when they announced that English midfielder Jack Wilshere and four other players have agreed new long-term contracts with the club.Wilshere joins fellow England internationals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson and Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey in committing his future to the Emirates Stadium. “We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts,” manager Arsene Wenger said.“The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players, in order to get them to develop their talent at the club.“Jack is certainly the best known, the leader of this group — but the other four players are exceptional footballers, and we’re very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time.“Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Wilshere represent a core of the squad and it’s an extension for a long period for all of them.“I’m a strong believer in stability and I believe when you have a core of British players, it’s always easier to keep them together and that’s what we’ll try to achieve going forward.”Arsenal did not reveal details of the lengths of the five players’ new contracts.Wenger will now hope to persuade another England international, winger Theo Walcott, to commit himself to the club, with talks over a new contract for the former Southampton player currently at an impasse.The 23-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the current season, reportedly wants a higher salary and assurances that he will be given more opportunities to play as a striker.Arsenal have endured an arduous season, notably being eliminated from the League Cup by fourth-tier Bradford City last week.However, their 5-2 victory at Reading on Monday took them up to fifth place in the Premier League and they are also in the hat for Thursday’s Champions League last 16 draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“It is important for the players and their confidence but for me, it is not very important to be on top now. It will be important for me if on the last day of the league we are on top. We need to continue in this way improving and playing well in each game,” Ferreira said after the win over Chemelil.Timothy Otieno and Kenneth Muguna scored in the first half as Gor moved to 22 points on the log, same as Posta Rangers but with a superior goal aggregate.The result saw Chemelil suffer the biggest loss this season and head coach Juma Abdallah blamed it on nervousness in the opening half.“It is like my players approached the match with some fear and that is why Gor punished us. In the second half when we talked about it and calmed down, we played better,” Juma whose side dropped to eighth after the loss said.Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with a Chemelil Sugar opponent in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Thika Stadium on May 10, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyFerreira had made two changes in his team, resting Karim Nizigiyimana and Harun Shakava to give playing time to Joash Onyango and Innocent Wafula with efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of fatigue with another tie beckoning over the weekend.Otieno opened the scores for K’Ogalo in the 12th minute after racing to a through pass from George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo who had won the ball in midfield off Faraj Ominde.In the process, Otieno who also scored in last weekend’s Mashemeji Derby picked up an injury and had to be substituted for Oliver Maloba in the 36th minute.Gor were faster off the blocks, picking up from where they left in their 3-0 win over AFC Leopards. Just before Otieno’s goal, Godfrey Walusimbi had a 10th minute freekick go inches wide.The 15-time champions doubled their tally five minutes to the break when Muguna scored his second goal in Gor colors with an easy tap in after Chemelil keeper Jairus Adira had spilled a shot from Wafula.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna celebrates his goal against Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Thika Stadium on May 10, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 –Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira is unfazed despite his side reclaiming the apex of the Kenyan Premier League standings after beating Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at the Thika Stadium on Wednesday.The Brazilian coach is nonetheless focusing on the next match against Nzoia Sugar, hoping his side can keep on the momentum and maintain their position on top till the final day of the season.
Things got a tad feisty when Seattle Sounders FC 2 faced LA Galaxy II in the United Soccer League earlier this week.Brazilian attacking midfielder Sergio Mota was given his marching orders by the referee following an awful challenge.And rightly so.After falling to the floor the 25-year-old aimed a two-footed lunge at his opponent, who was fortunate to escape serious injury.You can see the horror tackle in full below. Ouch, mind the crown jewels! 1 Seattle Sounders
I caught a cab during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. The driver immediately began teeing off on Republicans. The cabbie said that his father told him, “Republicans care about General Electric, and Democrats care about you and me.”I just watched a documentary on the 2004 election. A young man described why he became a Democrat. As a child he asked his dad whether he should support the Republican or the Democratic Party. His dad said something like, “Do you intend to become rich?” The son said he hoped to. His dad then suggested that he join the Republican Party since it was for the rich and not for “everybody else.”This raises an interesting question. Does this us-versus-them, good-guy-versus-bad-guy position (as the GOP only cares about “the rich”) affect one’s happiness or mental health? A couple of recent polls may perhaps shed some light on these questions. Wealth vs. happiness An Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll recently asked Democrats, Republicans and Independents to define “rich.” Does “rich” mean material possessions, or does “rich” mean something like happiness/health/satisfaction? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champDemocrats at 41.5 percent, versus Republicans at 28.2 percent, more often defined “rich” as either possessing lots of money, material goods or power. Sample “materialistic” responses included things like, “Rich means:” 1. “If you have an income in excess of $500,000 a year,” 2. “Someone who has $1million in the bank,” 3. “To have substantially more money than you can spend,” and 4. “Being able to afford anything you want and buy your way out of trouble.”When specifically asked whether rich means having family, friends and good relationships, Republicans, more so than Democrats, defined the term this way. Sixteen percent of Republicans defined “rich” in this way versus 9.7 percent of Democrats. Sample “non-materialistic” responses included things like: 1. “I am rich because I have a roof over my head and a good family and I am emotionally and morally stable.” 2. “Someone who has many friends that you care about and that care about you.” 3. “I am rich because my children and grandchildren live close to me and I live where I want to – this is rich to me.”Did Republicans answer the “rich” question in a non-materialistic way because they have more money than Democrats?A new Gallup Poll recently asked Democrats and Republicans to describe their own “mental health.” Fifty-eight percent of Republicans describe their mental health as “excellent,” compared with 38 percent of Democrats. But what about the role of money? Gallup’s Frank Newport writes, “(A)n analysis of the relationship between party identification and self-reported excellent mental health within various categories of age, gender, church attendance, income, education, and other variables shows that the basic pattern persists regardless of these characteristics. In almost all cases, Republicans are more likely to report excellent mental health across the various categories.”Association and causation are two different things. In other words, does being a Republican make someone define “rich” in a non-material sense or report better mental health? Or do people who feel this way choose the Republican Party? Can-do attitude Republicans consider themselves, to a far greater degree than Democrats, in charge of their own destiny. Republicans, more so than Democrats, believe hard work wins. Republicans, more so than Democrats, believe that effort and persistence pay off. Democrats, more so than Republicans, consider the playing field uneven or unfair. And Democrats, more so than Republicans, believe that forces exist that conspire against them, hold them back or hold them down.Ever heard of EQ – Emotional Quotient?A large life insurance company used intelligence tests to determine which job applicants to hire. Still, many hirees failed. So the company turned to University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman, who studied the relationship between high EQ and who succeeds in life.Seligman devised a test that allowed the insurance company to determine an applicant’s emotional quotient – or the extent to which the applicant felt that he or she controlled his or her destiny. The company theorized that high EQ salesmen, when rejected on sales calls, tend to ask themselves, “What could I do better?” or “How could I have turned that customer around?” In other words, optimism, hope and a feeling of “my actions make a difference” predict greater success in sales.The result?Applicants scoring high on EQ out-earned those who performed poorly on the test, even when the latter group scored high on the intelligence test. Perhaps this applies to Republicans and Democrats, with Democrats – more so than Republicans – possessing a “victicrat” mentality.So, what your parents and grandparents told you turned out to be true: Money does not buy happiness. What they likely did not say, however, is that happy people tend to vote Republican.Larry Elder is an attorney, syndicated columnist and national radio talk-show host. 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Jim Mooney of Back Pages will perform solo on acoustic guitar with vocals, 7-10 p.m. Thursday at All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Santa Clarita. Call (661) 799-7979. Valley Industrial Association annual business awards, 6 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call Kathy Norris at (661) 294-8088. “Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. River Rally Clean Up and Environmental Expo, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Newhall Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 286-4098. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleRun For the Health of It and Healthy Baby Expo, 8 a.m. Saturday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8082. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Theatrical Teas and Silent Auction will benefit Circle of Hope, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at a private home in Santa Clarita. Tickets: $50. Call (661) 254-5218. Cow Chip Championship and deep pit barbecue will benefit the Sertoma Club, 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Leona Valley Community Center, 8367 Elizabeth Lake Road, Leona Valley. Tickets: $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Call (661) 270-0588. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Met Eireann has issued a five-day Status Yellow snow-ice warning ahead of an incoming cold snap this week.Temperatures are set to dip on Tuesday to bring wintry conditions day and night for the remainder of the week.Snow accumulations are expected in Donegal over the coming days, with widespread frost and ice forecast for nighttime. Temperatures could drop as low as -5C in areas, according to Met Eireann. The worst of the snow is due to hit the western and northern counties, with higher accumulations on the hills. Forecasters are warning that a ‘significant spell of sleet/snow’ is a possibility on Thursday.The Status Yellow alert takes effect across Ireland from 6am on Tuesday 29th January until 6pm on Saturday 2nd February.Temperatures will fall to -1C on Monday night and Tuesday will begin very cold. Sunny spells and wintry showers are expected in the northwest before a cold night on Tuesday with lows of -3C.Wednesday will be bitterly cold, sunny and with scattered sleet or snow showers. Severe frost and icy patches are forecast for Wednesday night. Further outbreaks of frost, ice, rain, sleet and snow are forecast for the remainder of the week. Met Eireann has also warned that a very cold and wintry weekend is in store.Featured image: Snow on Errigal, Donegal, February 2018. By Iain MillerSnow alert issued for the next five days in Donegal was last modified: January 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:frosticesnowweather
31 January 2014The Springbok Sevens team, aiming for a third successive HSBC Sevens World Series victory, will go into the next tournament in Wellington, New Zealand on 7 and 8 February with two changes to the squad that won the Las Vegas Sevens.Seabelo Senatla and Rosko Specman were both ruled out of the Wellington tournament after picking up ankle injuries in the USA and have been replaced by Kwagga Smith and Jamba Ulengo.Justin Geduld (knee) and Sampie Mastriet (ankle) are carrying minor injuries from the Las Vegas tournament but are expected to be ready for action in the New Zealand capital.Senatla, despite not playing in the Cup final against New Zealand, was the top try scorer in Las Vegas with six tries in his first World Series outing of the season after he had missed the previous three rounds because of a lower back injury.Good form and consistencySpeaking from Las Vegas on Thursday where the team spent a few extra days before flying out to New Zealand, Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell said his squad is eager to maintain the good form and consistency, which has taken them to the top of the World Series standings.He also said he was fortunate to be able to call on strong replacements for the injured Senatla and Specman. “Jamba was perhaps unlucky to lose out on selection for Las Vegas after a good tournament in Port Elizabeth, while Kwagga has a very good work rate and should be able to slot in easily amongst the other more experienced forwards,” the coach said.Powell said he would move the impressive and versatile youngster Werner Kok out to the wing while adding Junior Springbok flanker Smith to the forwards. Kok has impressed since making his Bok Sevens debut only four tournaments ago and it was his power run and try that clinched the Cup against New Zealand in Las Vegas.GoalPowell added: “Our main goal this year is to establish a good level of consistency by reaching the Cup semi-final of each tournament. The players have responded well so far to the challenge and I am very pleased that we are currently on track.”So far this World Series season, South Africa have finished fourth at the Gold Coast, second in Dubai and were crowned champions in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas.The Springbok Sevens’ Pool A opponents in Wellington will be Wales, Portugal and England.South Africa at the Wellington SevensSouth Africa has won the Wellington Sevens once, way back in 2002, when they beat Samoa 17-14 in the final. The Blitzbokke finished as runners-up in 2006, when Fiji won the final 27-22.Wellington has, however, not been a successful hunting ground for the Sevens Boks in recent times. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 they made the quarterfinals of the Cup, but were then beaten and relegated to the Plate competition.As coach Neil Powell said, the goal is to reach the Cup semi-finals of every tournament. If they do that, South Africa will have made another important step forward.SA SEVENS SQUADKyle Brown (captain), Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Kwagga Smith, Werner Kok, Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Justin Geduld, Cecil Afrika, Sampie Mastriet, Jamba UlengoSAinfo reporter and SA Rugby
Today, 70 percent of US consumer Internet traffic is video, and it’s growing every day with over-the-top (OTT) providers delivering TV and movies to consumers, broadcasters and enterprises streaming live events. Cloud computing is changing the landscape for video production as well. Much of the work that used to require dedicated workstations is being moved to servers in data centers and offered remotely by cloud service providers and private cloud solutions. As a result, the landscape for content creation and delivery is undergoing significant changes. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas highlights these trends. And Intel will be there highlighting how we help broadcasters, distributors, and video producers step up to the challenges.Intel processors have always been used for video processing, but today’s video workloads place new demands on processing hardware. The first new demand is for greater processing performance. As video data volume explodes, encoding schemes become more complex, and processing power becomes more critical. The second demand is for increased data center density. As video processing moves to servers in data centers, service cost is driven by space and power. And the third demand is for openness. Developers want language- and platform-independent APIs like OpenCL* to access CPU and GPU graphics functions. The Intel® Xeon® processor E3 platform with integrated Intel® IrisTM Pro Graphics and Intel® Quick Sync Video transcoding acceleration provides the performance and open development environment required to drive innovation and create the optimized video delivery systems needed by today’s content distributors. And does it with unparalleled density and power efficiency.The NAB 2015 show provides an opportunity for attendees to see how these technologies come together in new, more powerful industry solutions to deliver video content across the content lifecycle—acquire, create, manage, distribute, and experience.We’ve teamed with some of our key partners at NAB 2015 to create the StudioXperience showcase that demonstrates a complete end-to-end video workflow across the content lifecycle. Waskul TV will generate real time 4k video and pipe it into a live production facility featuring Xeon E3 processors in an HP Moonshot* server and Envivio Muse* Live. The workflow is divided between on air HD production for live streaming and 4K post-production for editorial and on demand delivery. The cloud-based content management and distribution workflow is provided by Intel-powered technologies from technology partners to create a solution that streams our content to the audience via Waskul TV.Other booths at the show let attendees drill down into some of the specific workflows and the technologies that enable them. For example, “Creative Thinking 800 Miles Away—It’s Possible” lets attendees experience low latency, remote access for interactive creation and editing of video content in the cloud. You’ll see how Intel technology lets you innovate and experiment with modeling, animation, and rendering effects—anywhere, anytime. And because the volume of live video content generated by broadcasters, service providers, and enterprises continues to explode, we need faster and more efficient ways of encoding it for streaming over the Internet. So Haivision’s “Powerful Wide-Scale Video Distribution” demo will show how their Intel-based KulaByte* encoders and transcoders can stream secure, low latency HD video at extremely low bitrates over any network, including low cost, readily available, public Internet connections.To learn more about how content owners, service providers, and enterprises are using Intel Xeon processor E3 based platforms with integrated HD Graphics and Intel Quick Sync video to tame the demand for video, check out the interview I did on Intel Chip Chat recently. And even if you’re not attending NAB 2015, you can still see it in action. I’ll be giving a presentation Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. We’ll stream it over the very systems I’ve described, and you can watch it on Waskul.TV. Tune in. © 2015, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.