Monmouth Rangers win Garden State League title

first_imgThe Monmouth Rangers shut out the Monmouth Falcons 6-0 on Sept. 8 in the Monmouth County Garden State Baseball League playoff final at Laird Field in Colts Neck. Their fourth victory without a loss in the playoffs gave the Rangers the undisputed state championship crown for the league, which began its season in May. The Garden State League, run by commissioner Ed DeFrancesco, is a competitive, unlimited age league that includes participants who have played college and professional baseball, as well as some of the area’s top high school players. The Rangers’ well-balanced roster included members who graduated or are still playing at several Monmouth and Ocean County high schools. Ace pitcher Rich Colangelo (Raritan High School and Kean College), whose experience includes pitching in the Division III College World Series, started and won all four playoff games for the Rangers, including two shutouts. A potent hitter, Colangelo tied with Jeff Karpel (Fairleigh Dickinson University) for the team lead in home runs with five. Karpel, currently the jayvee baseball coach at Rumson-Fair Haven High School, led the team in hitting with a .575 average and played centerfield. The other Ranger outfielders were Paul Carlet (Ramapo College), P.J. Kapsales (Holmdel High School) and Dave Orroyo (Middletown North and Fairleigh Dickinson). Colangelo led a deep pitching staff that included Don Adams (Toms River South) and Bryan Malko (Minnesota Twins New Britain AA team and the Newark Bears). Both Adams and Malko provided outstanding relief pitching throughout the playoffs, and were quality starting pitchers throughout the season. Malko, who was recovering from arm surgery, left the Rangers after the first playoff victory to sign with the Newark Bears, where he is resuming his professional career, and boasted a team-leading 2.63 earned run average in 11 appearances after joining the Bears. He was also the Rangers’ clean-up hitter. Additional pitching support for the Rangers was provided by Paul Carlet, Matt Miller (Middletown South), Jason Long (Mater Dei), James Bello (Middletown North) and Kapsales. The pitching staff was handled by catchers Brett Thayler (Rumson-Fair Haven) and Brendan Ferris, with Thayler catching all the playoff victories. The team was rounded out with a strong infield, which included Miller, Jason Long, Bello, Travis Evernham (Brookdale Community College), Tom Long (Ramapo) and Mike Rovira (Neptune High School), Bello led the team in hits with 31, followed by Carlet with 30. The team’s manager, Dave Long, had a solid all-around team and was pleased with the team’s success in the postseason. “We were a well-balanced and deep team, offensively, defensively and with our pitching,” he said. “Also, we had a great mix of young high school players who provided energy and enthusiasm, while when combined with experienced college and pro players, resulted in a tough team to beat. It was a great experience for everyone, but I think the high school players benefitted greatly from the level of competition of the opposing teams, plus the high level of play of their teammates.last_img read more

Cargo Movers go for the kill against motivated HD Spikers

first_img‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. St. Clare outlasts La Salle-Araneta Cignal will be coming into the game as a better rested side compared to the team that played Game 1, and that makes the HD Spikers even more dangerous.Since acquiring the services of Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau, F2 Logistics has been nearly invincible.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt finished the eliminations with a 12-2 mark before creaming Sta. Lucia in the quarterfinals and Foton in the semifinals to book a title series duel with Cignal, which shocked powerhouse Petron in a pair of thrilling semifinal encounters last week.But bundling out the HD Spikers won’t be easy. “Cignal pushed us to our limits so it is only fitting to double—or even triple—our performance in the next game,” said Maraño, who also skippers the national women’s team that will campaign in the 30th Southeast Asian Games this November.True enough, the HD Spikers are just getting warmed up.Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga said they will be marching to Game 2 with high morale after realizing that they can also play at an elite level.“Our confidence definitely soared after Game 1,” said Barroga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With some sort of momentum, F2 Logistics tangle with Cignal on Tuesday, shooting to wrap up the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference title series against the hard-fighting HD Spikers and win a first championship this season.The first serve will be made at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay with the Cargo Movers obviously wanting to avoid a deciding game against a Cignal side that just lost steam in the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender LATEST STORIEScenter_img OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon MOST READ Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones In Game 1, the Cargo Movers raced to a two-set lead until Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Alohi Robins-Hardy and the HD Spikers launched a furious comeback to drag the match to a deciding fifth set.The Cargo Movers got the goods in the fifth set from Aby Maraño, Ara Galang and Kim Fajardo Mau in a nail-biting 25-22, 26-24, 18-25, 17-25, 15-8 victory, much to the delight of a banner crowd that trooped to the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Saturday.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said Game 2 would be much harder than Game 1.“We’re not expecting an easy fight. In fact, we were looking forward and prepared for a hard battle in Game 1,” said de Jesus, following their escape act.Skipper Maraño added that they will show everyone that they deserve to regain the title that has eluded them for the past two years.ADVERTISEMENT Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery View commentslast_img read more

Dr Cheddi Jagan deserved better

first_imgDear Editor,As our nation and people take a moment to pause and reflect on the massive contribution made by former President, Dr Cheddi Jagan on his centennial birthday, it is disturbing that the Government, by its actions or inactions, has sought to sully what should be a time of remembrance and celebration. There is no argument regarding Dr Jagan’s role in Guyana’s and Guyanese advancements and development and he is rightly regarded as a foremost hero and patriot.At this time when several celebratory activities are being held, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government has chosen to renege on an arrangement, contractual I may add, to produce stamps in honour of a gentleman who is widely regarded as the Father of the Nation. I recall Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo writing in his March 17, 2018 column in the Guyana Chronicle, saying “I expected that as part of the national effort to remember the late President, that the Guyana Post Office Corporation will issue a commemorative stamp”. But Nagamootoo’s Government, in a futile explanation, says it seeks also to have national symbols commemorating Dr Jagan and other leaders, which while welcome, cannot erase the fact that apart from breaching its contractual undertaking, it has sought to cast a partisan light on the celebrations of such a great man. Certainly, if the Government was enthusiastic, as it appeared from its statement in the press, it would have ensured the symbols it promised would have been in place already. But it seems, the Administration, in its usual self, has woken up from its deep slumber and maybe is upset by the rightful adulation and reverence being paid to Dr Jagan.In pondering over this development which I consider a shameful act by this Granger-led Government, I also cannot see how such an act will contribute to national unity, which the country surely needs.Yours sincerely,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

Public procurement corruption is now more rampant than ever

first_imgDear Editor,The Procurement Act of 2003 is meant to provide for the regulation of the procurement of goods, services, and the execution of works; to promote competition among suppliers and contractors, and to promote fairness and transparency in the procurement process.A few of the objectives of this Act were outlined as follows: maximising economy and efficiency in procurement; providing for the fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers and contractors; promoting the integrity of, and fairness and public confidence in, the procurement process; and achieving transparency in the procedures relating to procurement.Moreover, in order to achieve these objectives, our constitution was amended in 2002 to include Article 212W, which provides that “There shall be a Public Procurement Commission, the purpose of which is to monitor public procurement and the procedure therefore, in order to ensure that the procurement of goods and services and execution of works are conducted in a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective manner, according to law and such policy guidelines as may be determined by the National Assembly”.The Public Procurement Commission was established only in October 2016, to enhance transparency and public trust and confidence in the procurement process. The Procurement Commission was an object of bargaining and negotiation in Parliament, and it must be recalled that AFC’s Ramjattan had agitated fiercely for the establishment of this Commission, and had made its establishment a condition for supporting the Anti-money Laundering Bill of the previous Government, which never materialised.Unfortunately, Mr Ramjattan’s hypocritical stance was later exposed, as he remained silent while Cabinet continued to supersede the PPC.Mr Ramjattan’s “dream” was realised more than a year after the coalition took office. At the swearing in of the five commissioners of the PPC, Mr Ramjattan said the awarding of contracts is an “occupational hazard for ministers”, but has anything changed since the establishment of the Procurement Commission? The answer is a resounding NO! In fact, things have gotten worse, and the awarding of contracts seems to be the only “occupation”, and that is definitely not a “hazard”, since many ministers and Government officials are involved more than before! Public procurement corruption is now more rampant than ever!Unfortunately, it was not until April 2018 that the Commissioners could have gotten their “benefits package” approved, and they obtained the required resources to begin their work, which is not the approval of contracts, but providing oversight to ensure that the procurement process is transparent, fair, and competitive.It is clear that Cabinet continues to award contracts below and above $15 million. Therefore, we have seen that even though the AFC had vigorously advocated for the establishment of the PPC, Cabinet continues to award contracts, which certainly defeats the purpose of ‘promoting the integrity of, and fairness and public confidence in, the procurement process; and achieving transparency in the procedures relating to procurement”. Public confidence is now at an all-time low, since every day brings new revelations of massive corruption engulfing this nation, with no input from the PPC.We have seen that at all levels, national and regional, contracts are not intended to “maximise economy and efficiency”. On many instances, contracts are not awarded to the ‘lowest evaluated bidder’, and the engineers’ estimates are grossly overstated.We have seen that goods are single-sourced, and the excuse is that only one tender was received, so the “fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers and contractors” is a myth!As long as political vultures continue to infest these Tender Boards and Evaluation Committees, corruption would never cease. It is time that the qualifications outlined in the Procurement Act be stringently enforced. These should be persons of “unquestioned integrity, who have shown capacity in business, the professions, law, audit, finance and administration”. How many currently meet these qualifications?Will Cabinet ever allow the PPC to operate impartially, independently, and free from political interference; or will the award of contracts continue to be the ‘occupation’ of ministers?Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

KRA denies Gor witch hunt claims

first_imgKenyan Premier League (KPL) champions, Gor Mahia, announced Thursday they were broke after losing sponsorship and being slapped with a Sh118m tax lien by KRA with chairman Ambrose Rachier alleging the taxman’s move was a witch hunt against K’Ogalo.“A number of football clubs were found not to be filing returns or paying relevant taxes e.g. PAYE for their employees and players as well as withholding taxes from those engaged on contract for example coaches.“It is important to note that Sporting Clubs are required by law to withhold and remit payroll taxes (Pay As You Earn) as well as withholding taxes where they apply as part of Statutory deductions under Sections 37(1) and 35 (1) of the Income Tax Act Cap 470,” KRA said in a statement signed by acting Deputy Commissioner, Marketing and Communications, Ezekiel Maru.“Under the Income Tax Act, Sporting Clubs are not exempted from making returns and such returns must be accompanied by audited accounts. “In the absence of a return the Commissioner is empowered by law to carry out an assessment of and to estimate taxes due and any interests that may have accrued thereof,” Maru explained. “KRA is committed to enhancing voluntary compliance through informed awareness. In this regard, the Authority has put in place elaborate educational programmes targeting existing and potential taxpayers. “Clubs who may need guidance/assistance on how to comply should contact their relevant tax stations or contact Samuel Aboge on email: Samuel.Aboge@kra.go.ke or Telephone 2813130,” the statement added.While launching mobile pay bill number 350100 to raise funds from their fans on the Safaricom platform, Rachier claimed KRA were strangling the revenue streams of the local giants by targeting their income sources that were boosted by the KPL television rights deal with SuperSport and until March, Brookside Dairies sponsorship.“KRA’s effort is to make sure we don’t receive money and we won’t be surprised if somebody comes at the gate to grab our entry collection because there is that deliberate effort to make sure we don’t obtain money and I’m wondering why Gor since no other club has been approached,” he claimed, ignoring archrivals AFC Leopards and Western Stima also came under the taxman’s crosshairs.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 25- Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has refuted allegations it is targeting specific clubs in their purge against tax-defaulting local football outfits.In a statement, the taxman also advised affected teams on how to resolve claims lodged against them for back taxes, penalties and interest.last_img read more

Eliaquim Mangala left in limbo as Man City look to secure Jonny Evans deal

first_img1 Eliaquim Mangala spent last season on loan at Valencia Manchester City have told Eliaquim Mangala he will not be allowed to leave until the club have signed a replacement for him.The France international has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad and he spent last season on loan at Valencia.The defender has since returned to Manchester City but he has failed to break into Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans during pre-season.Mangala is now looking for a new club and he has attracted interest from Juventus, Inter Milan and clubs in France.But, according to Calciomercato, Manchester City have told the 26-year-old he will not be leaving until his replacement is signed.Guardiola is looking to bring in a new centre-back before the transfer window shuts and Jonny Evans is seemingly his top target.City have already had one offer of £18m rejected for the West Bromwich Albion captain, but reports claim they could return with a fresh bid of £25m in the coming days.last_img read more

Gerrard: Rangers have blown title race wide open

first_imgCaptain James Tavernier was instrumental once more for the Light Blues, playing his part in two of the home side’s goals on the day.The Englishman has been linked with a move to Brighton in the Sunday papers off the back of his recent impressive showings .Gerrard fired a warning shot towards any Premier League big guns considering a move for the attacking full-back, insisting Tavernier is going nowhere on the cheap.He added: “I know the CEO at Brighton (Paul Barber) very well.“He’s got my number and he knows where I am. But he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier.“That goes for any club that wants my captain. They best go to the bank and get an awful lot of money out – or he’s not going.” Steven Gerrard reckons Rangers have blown the title race wide open by beating league leaders Hearts.The Ibrox side scored three times in the first half to ease into a convincing lead over the Jam Tarts, who pulled one back after the break despite being reduced to ten men.Rangers climb to sixth with victory, but with just five points between themselves and the table-toppers Gerrard believes his side are firmly in the Premiership title race.He said: “We have beaten a good team today. I said it before the game and I wasn’t telling lies – Hearts are where they are on merit. “We’ve beaten a good team today because we went to war with them and we matched them in the war and then our football shone through and that’s what you have to do in games like this.“This result had nothing to do with Livi and it doesn’t heal the Livingston performance which just wasn’t good enough.“The challenge for me and the team now is that can we make these home performances away from home and that’s when we will find consistency.“Today doesn’t heal Livingston, but it was certainly a statement and has blown the title wide open and made it a little bit better looking for us.”last_img read more

KAT-7 telescope gets first antenna

first_imgThe International SKA steering committee in the Netherlands is expected to make a final decision on the host country in 2012. 21 July 2009 If South Africa were to win the SKA bid, it could generate over R500-million in foreign investment in the country. Engineering test-bed SAinfo reporter The construction of the KAT-7 prototype array at the site in a remote area of the Karoo follows the successful building and testing of a single-dish prototype at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory near Johannesburg. It is thought to be an important phase in the development of the more powerful MeerKAT, which will be commissioned in 2013. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material In a major boost for South Africa’s ambitions to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a construction team worked into the night last week to install the first antenna of the KAT-7, a seven-dish prototype of the SKA, near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape province. “KAT-7 will primarily be an engineering test-bed, but will also be capable of scientific observations and will be the first seven antennas of the full MeerKAT array,” the local Square Kilometre Array project team said in a statement.center_img South Africa is currently in a race against Australia to be selected as the preferred site for the SKA, the two countries having beaten bids from Argentina and China to make the SKA shortlist. The construction and commissioning of the full MeerKAT array, an important precursor instrument to the Square Kilometre Array, will follow at the same site. The completed MeerKAT will be one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right, consisting of 80 dishes, with a high-speed data network linking the telescope site in the Karoo to a control centre in Cape Town. It would bring a massive injection of expertise and economic activity to the Northern Cape, with benefits for the local aluminium, computer, communications, electronics and steel industries. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a planned future-generation international radio telescope that will enable astronomers to probe the early evolution of our galaxy. It will comprise about 3 000 antennas that, put together, would cover a square kilometre. The network of dishes will be at least 50 times more powerful than any existing telescope, and will cost an estimated €1.5-billion to build. MeerKAT MeerKAT will be the most sensitive centimetre-wavelength radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, and will make significant contributions to both galactic and extragalactic astronomical research.last_img read more

Open Source: Commercial Software Loses Ground

first_imgOpen Source is now a competitive mainstream alternative for many business applications and the rise of Open Source is becoming a threat to proprietary software.A decade ago, Open Source was not well understood and considered by many organizations to be too risky to even be considered as an option.  Today, success by well-recognized Open Source product brands like RedHat, MySQL and Alfresco have totally changed people’s perspectives about Open Source.  Linux has become a sort of poster-child success story for Open Source.  Key selling points of Open Source have been less vendor lock-in and more flexibility in software customization.Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner, described the results of a survey on Open Source taken by Gartner in the Harvard Business Journal.  She found that across the total sum of all organizations, Open Source platforms account for 29 percent of software portfolios.  Organizations responded that they are using Open Source in the following way:46 percent of organizations use Open Source Software at the departmental or project level22 percent of organizations consistently use Open Source Software in all departments21 percent of organizations are in the process of evaluating the advantages of using Open Source SoftwareBut despite the inroads that Open Source has made across many organizations, the Gartner survey finds that while many people have a better understanding of Open Source, the biggest impediment to Open Source adoption remains confusion because most organizations still don’t have any formal policies around the use of Open Source.The flip side to the success of Open Source is the worry that it creates for developers employed in commercial software development.One area where Open Source has had a devastating effect on commercial software is in the area of Java application servers.  Open Source options have resulted in a complete commoditization of this market segment.   A survey by New Relic found that 54 percent of enterprises now use Apache Tomcat.  16 percent are using Jetty, and 9 percent are using JBoss.  IBM WebSphere and Oracle WebLogic each have only about 1 percent each of market share.last_img read more

Google Launches Priority Inbox to Help You Fight Email Overload

first_imgEvery single day, people send about 294 billion emails and the average knowledge worker now spends close to 13 hours per week on managing email. Over the last few months, we have seen a number of tools that help users to manage their email in Google’s Gmail more effectively. Today, Google itself is joining the fray with Priority Inbox. Once activated, Priority Inbox splits your Gmail inbox into three sections: important messages, starred messages and everything else. The system automatically learns which messages are most likely to be important to you and places them at the top of your email queue.As Matt Glotzbach, Google’s product management director for Google Enterprise, told us earlier today, Priority Inbox functions like a reverse spam filter. Instead of looking for spam, however, Priority Inbox tries to determine which emails are most important to you. It examines a number of implicit and explicit signals, including who the people are that you tend to email most often and which emails you star, delete, archive and answer. You can also train the algorithm explicitly with the help of a +/- button. Based on this algorithm, Google then calculates a priority score for every email and will push the most important messages to the top of the list.Until now, most of us just organized our inbox chronologically. By focusing on “importance,” Priority Inbox uses a very different paradigm. According to Google’s own data based on early tests of the system, “testers spent 6% less time managing email after enabling Priority Inbox.” While that does not sound like much, it adds up to a whole week of recovered time each year for the typical information worker.In addition to the focus on important messages, Priority Inbox also adds a new section for starred emails to your inbox. If you use Gmail stars regularly to mark messages that you need to act upon at a later point, you can now rest assured that these starred messages will remain visible in your inbox and won’t get pushed to the next page and out of sight by new mail. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Customize Your Priority Inbox Google allows users to extensively customize Priority Inbox. You can change how many messages you see per section, for example, and you can also choose which sections you want to see in your inbox (Important, Important and Unread, Unread, Starred, etc.). Of course, you can also choose to turn Priority Inbox off. These customization option are available through the Gmail settings menu and also directly in the Gmail interface.Getting Things Done with Priority InboxEarlier today, we also got a chance to talk to David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, about today’s new Gmail features. Allen, who is well known in technology circles for his ideas about productivity and managing email, told us that he was rather skeptical when he first heard about this new tool. After talking to Google about it though, he now thinks that it can help Gmail users make more effective decisions about their email and to avoid constantly looking at their email in what he calls the “emergency scanning mode” because they have no way to prioritize all the messages in their inboxes. Allen also thinks that the combination of Gmail stars in addition to the algorithm will help people to remain in control of their email. The assumption behind this, of course, is that Google’s algorithm does indeed work as advertised.In our own test this afternoon, the algorithm did a good job at highlighting important messages, but we will have to test it over a longer period of time before we can make a definitive statement about its usefulness.Availability Google plans to roll out Priority Inbox to all regular Gmail accounts and Google Apps users over the next day. For Google Apps users, the account administrator has to flip “enable pre-release features” switch in the Google Apps settings before users can access this new functionality. Related Posts frederic lardinoislast_img read more