Highly regarded Colts must put the puck in the net

first_imgBY GEORGE ALBANO Staff Writer BY GEORGE ALBANOStaff Writer Excuse the pun, but lately the Christian Brothers Academy hockey team has been fit to be tied. The Colts have been involved in six tied games already this season, including two in the last week in games they could have, and probably should have, won. On Saturday night, CBA and undefeated Ridge, ranked No. 1 in the state among public school teams, battled to a 1-1 standoff in a game where the Colts held a decisive 45-14 advantage in shots. In the game before that, on Wednesday night, CBA outplayed Bergen Catholic, but allowed a late goal and had to settle for another 1-1 tie. All of which left the Colts with an 8-3-6 mark entering this week. “A lack of scoring has hurt us,” said veteran head coach Mike Reynolds. “Against Ridge we had 20 shots in the first period, but came away with nothing. Then they got a breakaway to go up 1-0 and we had to scramble to tie them. We didn’t score until there was 3:24 left in the game to tie it. “When you get 45 shots, somebody has to score.” Against Bergen Catholic somebody did, but the Colts eventually let the one-goal lead, and an apparent victory, slip away. “We were leading, but let a goal in with two minutes to go,” Reynolds, in his 15th season at CBA and 30th overall coaching hockey, said. “Again we should have had four or five goals early in the game and it came back to haunt us in the final period. “The same thing happened against St. Peter’s a week or two ago,” he added. “St. Peter’s came back to tie us 2-2 with 20 seconds to go.” That game was a showdown between two of the top teams in New Jersey. CBA was ranked No. 2 in last week’s state poll, while St. Peter’s was No. 3. Delbarton was ranked No. 1. “Two of our three losses came against Delbarton,” Reynolds pointed out. It’s those six ties, however, that bother the CBA coach. Heck, it’s not that much of a stretch to say the Colts could very well be 14-3 right now if those ties were victories. “I don’t even say that anymore,” Reynolds laughed. “Last year we had eight ties, which was the most in the state and set a new school record. But there have been a lot of ties this year. Delbarton was tied the other day by Don Bosco, who we play [today].” That will also be the Colts’ final Gordon Cup League game before heading into the league tournament in a few weeks. “If we win, we’ll be the No. 3 seed,” Reynolds noted. CBA also has several nonleague games remaining before the Feb. 13 state tournament cutoff date. “We’ve been able to hang in every game and usually keep up with all the top teams,” Reynolds said. “I don’t know if we deserve to be No. 2 in the state, but we hope to hang on to that seed. If we win our remaining games, we should be second or third in the state. “But, of course, you can’t tie in the state tournament and I don’t know if we have anyone who can score in a shoot-out. So we have to start getting more than one or two goals a game or else we’re not going very far in the states.” Scoring has certainly been a problem this season for the Colts. In fact, junior forward Mark Rivera leads the team with just 22 points. “So you can see the lack of scoring on our team,” Reynolds said. “We had three or four players a few years ago with over 30 points at this point.” One of them was James Van Riemsdyk, now a member of the USA National Team. “He’s supposed to go very high in the NHL draft,” Reynolds said of his former player. “He could go second or third in the draft, they’re saying.” CBA has won four state championships, the last coming in 2005 when it beat Delbarton in overtime at the Continental Arena. “Some people consider that the most exciting game ever,” Reynolds said. “Everyone there said so.” Reynolds also led the Colts to state titles in 1994, ’95 and ’96, the first time any school won three straight crowns. “And it hasn’t been done since,” Reynolds proudly pointed out. But while the Colts have been struggling on offense this season, they’ve been making up for it in other areas. “We’re getting good goaltending from Gary Kondler,” Reynolds said of his senior goalie. “And we’re also getting good leadership from our two senior co-captains, Eric Sudman and Kevin Kolbenschlag.” Sudman plays up front as a forward with Rivera, while Kolbenschlag is a defenseman. Two more key players on defense are sophomore Trevor Van Riemsdyk, James’ younger brother, and junior Mike Zuppe. “We only play three defensemen for the most part,” Reynolds said, “so those three play over 40 minutes a game. They’ve been holding up, and between them and Gary (Kondler), we’re only giving up two or three goals a game. “Now we just have to get the forwards going.”last_img read more

Five schools in Port Vila to be Games Village for Pacific Mini Games

first_imgPhoto by Van2017 Preparations are progressing well to accommodate over 2400 athletes and officials coming from 24 countries in the region including New Zealand and Australia.No budget was allocated specifically for Game Villages, so Van2017 will be using five schools as the games villages.These schools are Lycee, INTV, Ecole D’Anabrou, Fresh Wota and Central School. Although there are five schools, Van2017 is looking at them as only 3 village sites because three schools are in close proximity.Lycee, INTV and Ecole D’Naburu will be classed as only one village.The Athlete’s Village will open on the 30th of November and close on the 17th December.The Games will run for two weeks, starting from the Opening ceremony, on the 4th and closing ceremony on the 15th December, 2017.The 24 countries have indicated their participation, including Australia and New Zealand who will be participating in only Weightlifting, Rugby 7’s and half marathon in Athletics.Based on first numerical entry, PGA is looking at 2400 plus athletes and officials.The process of entry by number is the first process as per Pacific Games Charter to get an indication from the 24 countries if they are participating.This also helps Games Organising Committee (GOC) in their preparations and logistics.The final process of entry is called “Entry by Name” which will formalise the numbers and names of participants both athletes and officials, including their responsibilities.This final process will be in October.All PGAs like Vanuatu are working hard to finalise their teams, their travel arrangements to and from Vanuatu.As part of the preparations of the Games, Heads of Delegation called the Chef de Missions (CdM) will be travelling to Vanuatu for an important meeting called Delegation Registration Meeting (DRM) to confirm their teams and finalised their accommodations with GOC before the rest of the teams arrive in the country.Games host hotel, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, a proud Gold Sponsor will accommodate most of VAN 2017 PGA VIPs. Vanuatu will not only host the regional sporting event, but it will also be the Host Nation of PGA Ministers of Sport Meeting on the 3rd of December 2017.This meeting is held at every Pacific Games. Van2017 and GOC are expecting some PGA visits between May to August. last_img read more

Watford name Gracia as manager after sacking Silva

first_imgWatford appointed Spaniard Javi Gracia as manager on Sunday, hours after sacking Marco Silva and blaming a rival Premier League club for their recent slump.Gracia, 47, signed an 18-month contract with Watford who lie 10th in the standings.“Watford FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Javi Gracia as the club’s new Head Coach,” the club said on their website (www.watfordfc.com).“During two seasons with Malaga he achieved back-to-back top-10 La Liga finishes, famously defeating eventual Champions League and Spanish champions Barcelona at the Camp Nou in February 2015.”In the following season, Malaga went unbeaten against both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and finished eighth in La Liga.Gracia moved to Rubin Kazan for the 2016-17 season but left after they finished ninth in the Russian League.Everton had targeted Silva in their quest to replace Dutchman Ronald Koeman in November but were refused permission to approach him and appointed former England manager Sam Allardyce instead.Without naming Everton, Watford criticised the Merseyside club for their interest in Silva, which they believe unsettled the manager and affected a squad that had began the season well and reached fourth in the table.“This has been a difficult decision and one not taken lightly,” Watford said.“The club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership.“The catalyst for this decision is that unwarranted approach, something which the board believes has seen a significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised.”Silva, 40, joined Watford from Hull City on a two-year deal in the close season and took them up to fourth after eight matches.Watford have since struggled for consistency, winning just once in the past 11 league games.They were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City on Saturday, their third league defeat in four matches.Gracia, who played for a number of La Liga clubs including Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal, will be Watford’s 10th manager since the Pozzo family took over the club only six years ago.They visit Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday and Stoke City in the Premier League on Jan. 31.last_img read more

Rohee says consultation on city parking ‘a must’

first_imgIn light of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Parking Meters Project initiated by City Hall in Georgetown, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is calling for widespread public consultations on how the city addresses its parking woes.This call was made by General Secretary of the PPP Clement Rohee at the Party’s weekly press briefing on Tuesday.Rohee was asked whether the Party would support parking lots in the city as opposed to parking meters, to which he responded saying that no support will be given to any initiative undertaken without public consultation.“We don’t support any of the two so long as there are no consultations with the people,” he said affirmatively.The General Secretary noted that the question of resolving the parking situation in the city requires wide consultations with all stakeholders so that whatever decision is taken is done in the interest of the people who will be affected.“There must be broad and wide consultations with the citizens of Georgetown and the consultations must be public-like town hall meetings. Then they must publish what came out of the consultations so that others who didn’t go should hear,” he remarkedMoreover, the PPP General Secretary outlined that another important factor that needs to be taken into consideration is the collection of revenues from either parking meters or parking lots.“Anything that has to do with the payment of monies… we have know how that is going to be in place also because if a person is going to walk around with a receipt book, we all know what could happen,” he stated.However, Rohee opted not to pronounce on whether his party will support either initiative, noting that he cannot preempt the outcome of the consultations, which he maintained is crucial.Only Monday, during an address to Councillors of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), President David Granger suggested that the Council consider introducing parking lots in the city to address the congestion.The Head of State did not make any mention during his address to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Parking Meters Project. Over the past weeks, City Hall came has come under fire for signing the contract with National Parking Systems/Smart City Solutions Inc.Many persons, including Councillors, have raised concerns about the lack of transparency in the deal, which they claim appears to be a shady one aimed at exploiting the local populace.In fact, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan had stated that he could not find proper information about the company or any records of it providing parking meter services in any other country.However, President Granger told the City Councillors on Monday that his Administration will continue to support the Council in their drive to push the urban development agenda, however it will have to be transparent and accountable in its operations.In light of the parking meter controversy, Cabinet has ordered that the Legal Affairs Ministry and the Attorney General’s Chamber review the contract between City Hall and the Guyanese-owned companies.last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Magnificent Mahrez sends Leicester top, while Arsenal win too

first_img Leicester City’s hat-trick hero Riyad Mahrez Leicester City’s excellent season continued as they thrashed Swansea City 3-0, putting them top of the Premier League table.And while Jamie Vardy couldn’t get another goal to extend his streak to 12, Riyad Mahrez produced a magnificent display to claim a well-deserved hat-trick.Renowned for his pace and skills, he put the Foxes in front when he nudged a corner beyond Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.He second was more aesthetically pleasing as he picked up N’Golo Kante’s pass, despite looking offside, and curled the ball neatly into the far corner with his left foot.The Algerian completed a brilliant afternoon’s work when he nabbed his third after 67 minutes, sliding the ball home after excellent work from Kante and Vardy.With Manchester City losing to Stoke earlier in the day, Leicester are now two points clear at the top of the table.Arsenal are sitting second after riding their luck at the Emirates to claim a 3-1 victory over a rejuvenated Sunderland.Fabio Borini wasted an early chance for, hitting a shot straight at Petr Cech, as the visitors caused plenty of problems in the opening minutes but it was to be the Gunners who struck first.Assist king Mesut Ozil slid the ball through to Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell and he crashed his shot past Costel Pantilimon.The Black Cats deservedly went in level at the break as Olivier Giroud found the net at the wrong end, turning Yann M’Vila’s free-kick beyond Petr Cech.The Frenchman, though, atoned for his error with 63 minutes gone as he stooped to convert Aaron Ramsey’s cross with a diving headerAnd while Sunderland pushed for an equaliser, the Gunners guaranteed themselves all three points as Aaron Ramsey snuck the ball into the back of the net from close range.Tottenham failed to keep up tabs on their rivals near the top as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.England starlet Dele Alli nabbed the opener in front of Roy Hodgson as he delicately dabbed Toby Alderweireld’s astonishingly good pass between the legs of Boaz Myhill after 15 minutes.But before the break James McClean got the hosts back on level terms as he beat Kyle Walker at the back stick to head home Darren Fletcher’s cross.Superb defending from Gareth McAuley denied Harry Kane a goal early in the second half, while at the opposite end Danny Rose put in a stunning stop to deny the Baggies a route through on goal.West Brom could have won it with several chances but couldn’t convert, while McClean was lucky to remain on the field after a terrible challenge on Mousa Dembele.Watford moved themselves up to ninth in the table as they beat Norwich City 2-0 at Vicarage Road.After strike partner Odion Ighalo was clattered by Alexander Tettey, Troy Deeney rocked up and slipped home a spot-kick with ease in the first-half.And Ighalo, who was earlier denied a goal by an offside flag, then managed to get on the scoresheet as he battled past Sebastien Bassong before firing home.Elsewhere, Southampton battled back to claim a 1-1 draw with struggling Aston Villa at St Mary’s.The visitors got themselves ahead a minute before half-time as poor defending from the Saints allowed Joleon Lescott to swoop home a corner at the far post.Remi Garde’s Villans couldn’t hold out though and it was ex-Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder who poked home the equaliser.Meanwhile, Manchester United and West Ham played out a 0-0 draw, with Mauro Zarate and Anthony Martial missing chances to win it for their respective sides.Premier League results in full:Arsenal 3-1 SunderlandManchester United 0-0 West HamSouthampton 1-1 Aston VillaSwansea City 0-3 Leicester CityWatford 2-0 NorwichWest Brom 1-1 Tottenham 1last_img read more

Bear takes a poke at rabbit

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Two cute-as-a-button gadgets could soon find their way to your desk, though you’ll be hard pressed to explain to your friends and co-workers why you “need” these desktop companions. But let’s be honest, in the world of personal electronics, needs often take a back seat to wants and desires. To that end I give you the music-playing DJ Bear ($40) and a Wi-Fi-sensing plastic rabbit called Nabaztag ($150). They’re both for fun, useful for downtime activities and guaranteed to generate reactions from co-workers. I made room on my desk for both to see whether the hare or the bear satisfied the senses most. DJ Bear, from home crafts supplier Janlynn Corp., is a fuzzy teddy bear dressed in little workman’s overalls with a pocket in the front big enough for an Apple iPod. Inside that pocket is a short audio cable that snaps into the earphone minijack of any digital music player, such as my iPod Nano. From there I simply turned on the bear’s internal speaker system by pressing his left paw. A green light in his right foot began to glow, letting me know DJ Bear was powered up. One press of the play button on the iPod and I was listening to “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. There are no other controls on the bear itself. Still, it’s an alternative to firing up iTunes just to hear a few songs. Sure, it won’t be confused with a high-end stereo, but then again it’s only $40 – and cuddly. DJ Bear, which feeds off of four AAA batteries, is a winner for the price. I also tried out the Nabaztag, a 9-inch tall white plastic rabbit from a French company called Violet. What does it do? The question is better put – what can’t a Nabaztag do? (“Nabaztag” is Armenian for rabbit.) The Nabaztag can – through a speaker, its twirling ears or lights – read your e-mails, tell you if your stocks are rising or falling, read you the headlines from your favorite RSS feed, tell you the time, give you a weather forecast, and more. The setup required a little more brainpower than DJ Bear. I powered up a bunny via the provided AC adapter. The Nabaztag has multicolored lights beneath its plastic hide, so his nose and belly began to light up with glowing yellow spots as it awoke for the first time. It only works with home wireless networks. To get the rabbit up and running after I turned it on, I sat down at my PC and typed a local-network address in the Web browser. All went well: I was able to locate my bunny right away. From there I created an account at the Nabaztag home page, and began to configure the rabbit. I wanted him to read me the headlines at Slashdot.org, tell me the time at the top of each hour and read me e-mails from other Nabaztag owners whom I would soon meet. Nabaztag handled each task just fine, twirling his magnetically attached plastic ears to alert me when he was about to speak. The voice was a tad robotic while reading me snarky Slashdot headlines, but it was understandable and there are a healthy selection of male and female voices to choose from. Nabaztag can read and speak English and French. The lights also can blink to indicate there’s a voice message coming. And you can set up a signature (in the form of a sequence of flashing lights) to indicate to fellow bunny owners that a message is coming from you. The bunny’s belly lights also can be tweaked to display a certain color combination for different weather forecasts – yellow for sunny and blue for rain. I preferred to look out the window instead of memorizing bunny weather code. Nabaztag owners can send each other music files, such as MP3s from their computer uploaded to their online account. The rabbit’s voice sounded a bit better than the music, probably due to the small speaker covered by a thick layer of plastic rabbit hide. Nabaztag is plenty smart, but at $150 falls a bit short of a must-have desktop accessory. 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

Malky Mackay names host of fresh faces in Scotland squad

first_imgMalky Mackay has named a new-look Scotland squad for the friendly against the Netherlands next month.The national side will take on the Dutch at Pittodrie on Thursday, November 9, in the first game since Gordon Strachan was sacked.The interim boss has handed Nottingham Forest striker Jason Cummings, Hibernian’s Paul Hanlon and Aberdeen’s Ryan Christie their first senior call-ups.The latter is joined by his Pittodrie teammates Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean. Shinnie has not been included in the Scotland setup since the Poland and Gibraltar double header in October 2015 and is yet to win his first cap.McLean’s only call-up, and appearance, came against Czech Republic in March 2016.Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is included in the mix for the first time since summer 2013 when Scotland beat Croatia away from home but he did not feature in the 1-0 win.Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor could make his Scotland debut after controversially being left out of Strachan’s squads this season. Former Hearts defender Callum Paterson also returns to the setup for the first time in a year.His last appearance came against England in the 2018 World Cup qualifier last November. He has recently returned to action with Cardiff City following a career-threatening knee injury last season when he damaged his cruciate and medial ligaments.Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong return to the squad after dropping out of the Slovakia and Slovenia double header last month through injury.James McArthur, Ikechi Anya, Steven Whittaker and Chris Martin are among those dropping out.last_img read more

I Don’t Know Much About Art But I Know What’s Online

first_imgNo one can have a “museum experience” without stepping foot in a museum. Let’s just get that out of the way. It doesn’t matter how digitally precise your online version of “The Forge of Vulcan” is, tilting your head to draw the light across the raised ridges of paint is not an electronically duplicable experience. That doesn’t mean digital art collections don’t have great value. After all, art books do. So here are half a dozen great digital art collections you can visit to inspire your own trip, or your own thinking about art, or to remind yourself or to learn a bit for no other reason than digital art is better by far than no art at all. In order to keep from wandering off the path never to be seen again, let’s focus on Western painting. The Prado on Google EarthThe Prado is an unending-feeling gallery of some of the greatest paintings in the Western tradition. Getting there via Google Earth may feel similar. Download the program, install it, open it, select the 3D building layer, enter “Prado Museum” and enlarge, enlarge, enlarge. Might be easier to panhandle the airfare. State Hermitage Museum: Digital Collection Russia’s Hermitage has partnered with IBM to provide a vast digital collection. Replete with a visual search function and a zoom, the presentation contains major and minor painters from every era of Western painting. The ability to sketch a search, or search by palette, is pretty awesome, but the Java function is clunky, the navigation is like getting lost in, well, the Hermitage perhaps, and the resolution is not unearthly, but it’s worth it for the content.The National Gallery, LondonProbably one of the best in terms of resolution and detail, as well as ease of use when it comes to eyeballing the masterworks. You could just stare at the detail in the background of Aachen’s “The Amazement of the Gods” until you went slowly mad. Seeing it in person must require some sort of medication arrangement with the museum.The GuggenheimThe Goog (as we call it, we who are in the know) does something interesting as an intro. It pairs a Daily Highlight with a Recent Acquisition. On this day the former is Baselitz’s “The Gleaner” and the latter Gonzalez’s “Waiting Crowd.” Unfortunately, the expanded versions are not that big, though the detail’s not bad. You can, though, search through the online offerings from the Goog’s outliers – Bilbao, Venice and Berlin, in addition to their home museum in NY.The Jewish Museum This museum in Paris houses a good representation of the work of the Ecole de Paris. Sanely organized, it is searchable by artist, object and geography. Telling the tale of an entire people and its history through art is a fascinating one and focuses a visitor’s mind, whether they’re more focused on the history or the art. MoMANew York’s Museum of Modern Art is a behemoth in its area. So the content is generous. Possibly the most important thing is the level of resolution on the scanned images. The images, unfortunately, are not provided with context so much as it with collection data. You can click off to a page devoted to an author, but it seems most useful when a combination of artist and painting background is provided with the painting, So it may not be as illuminating to a non-professional as it could be. No Stand OutsThe collections of museums are making their way online, if for no other reason than they serve as a kind of advertisement. I have yet, however, to come across an outfit, small or large, whose goal was to make their entire collection, or even a substantial majority of it, available online. The few that tried did not hit the trifecta of navigational ease, resolution and information that would make it the most useful. Do you know of one I missed? Please point us to it in the comments. Again, this survey was tightly focused on purpose. If you know of a great art collection available digitally that features non-Western art or is in general organized differently, by all means suggest that as well. And, if you’re an iPad user, you might want to take a look at Art Authority, or read this review by ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick. Art Authority provides access to “40,000 paintings and sculptures, organized into eight period-specific rooms.” 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#art#web Related Posts center_img curt hopkins 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Samsung hones in on self-driving chip business

first_imgDavid Curry Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#Audi#BMW#chip#Internet of Things#IoT#Samsung#Self-Driving#semiconductor#Sensor center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… South Korean mobile giant Samsung now has an entire division working day in, day out on chips for self-driving cars, in an effort to push aside competitors and become the go-to supplier in this booming market.The team is mainly researchers from Samsung’s semiconductor and sensor division, according to The Korea Herald, which cites a local newspaper. One of the three CEOs, vice chairman Kwon Oh-hyun, is overseeing the task force.See also: Samsung sunny towards IoT with dedicated Artik CloudNot much is known about Samsung’s progress in building chips and sensors for self-driving vehicles. The market is currently dominated by one Japanese company, which sells 50 percent of all self-driving sensors.Samsung has had deals in the past with BMW, as the sole provider of batteries for its electric and hybrid cars. It apparently has a chip deal with Audi for its self-driving cars in the near future.It is not the first time the company has created an entire division for what we assume to be a “niche” market, last year we heard an entire division was working on Apple’s displays to ensure it choses Samsung in 2016.Samsung’s been in the third-party chip business for a whileWhile Samsung might appear to be all-consumer, a big portion of its revenue comes from building chips for other companies, including its competitors like Apple and LG.We don’t know the scale of divisions at Samsung however, it might be 10 or 100 researchers working on these chips for self-driving cars. We’re also in the dark on the architecture of the chips, however Nvidia’s Drive PX2, focused on self-driving cars, has similar architecture to PC chips.Self-driving cars require a lot of computation while on the road, to analyse the road and make decisions. Google and other self-driving developers are trying to map every decision, but the chip might need some artificial intelligence to make the correct decision on the fly without the help of a database. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Serious injuries after Route K crash

first_imgTwo people from Columbia have serious injuries after a wreck on the southern edge of town.The Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Gregory Haynes’ car crossed the center line of Route K just west of Highway 163 at about 7 p.m. Tuesday and hit 61-year-old Sarah Perry’s SUV.The crash closed Route K for a little while on Tuesday night.last_img