Summer leagues give young Huskies time to gel and work together

first_imgBY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent The Matawan Regional High School boys basketball team wrapped up its summer schedule, using offseason games as a way to get its young players acclimated to the high school game.Injuries and disciplinary measures left the Huskies with little depth last season, as the team finished with an 11-14 record. This year’s rising starters got plenty of experience in that down season, however.Matawan Regional participated in a team camp at East Brunswick High School and went 4-4, then played at Rider University and finished 6-2 in a weekend camp. The team played in more than 30 games during the summer schedule.“It gave us a chance to gel and work together,” head coach Tom Stead said. “We kind of defined some roles over the summer. We use the summer as a chance to have new kids step up and emerge as leaders.”The Huskies were moved to the Class B North Division of the Shore Conference from Class A Central, a shift that puts Matawan head-to-head with Neptune High School, Long Branch High School, Red Bank Catholic High School and Freehold High School. Stead explained that the game moves at a faster pace in Class B North, but his team is prepared for the challenge.“Those teams [in Class B North] are more athletic and fast-paced. It’s more of an up-and-down game,” he said. “We’re going to run, press and trap on defense.”Stead also indicated that Matawan’s backcourt will be improved this season, noting that the loss of Larry Smith, who scored 21 points per game last season, is a “big void to fill.” Junior guard Kashaun Barnes, who is also the varsity quarterback on the football team, showed a “total turnaround attitude-wise” during summer games, according to Stead. “It’s like he’s been around a while.”Sophomore guards Joe Piscopo and Jason Dunne settled into their roles as starters this summer, one season after getting more playing time than expected. Piscopo, who suffered a concussion in a game against Holmdel High School last season, emerged as a defensive standout in his freshman year. Junior guard Chris Tawiah is slated to be the sixth man for the Huskies.The lone senior starter, Ian Phillip, will be up front with junior power forward Nick Tomkins.“They are big, solid, tough kids,” Stead said of Phillip and Tomkins. “We’re not going to get pushed around up front.”Matawan will continue to host the Huskies Christmas Tournament, now with St. John Vianney High School and Old Bridge High School added to the list of participating teams.The move to Class B North will change the dynamic of Matawan’s regular season. Although the Huskies will be playing a different type of game, Stead knows his team will be prepared for the matchups the new season will provide.“I’m looking forward to playing teams like Neptune, Long Branch and Freehold Borough. Red Bank Catholic and Long Branch are better, and Neptune is Neptune,” the head coach said. “I think we are a little more prepared for the speed of the game. We should be slightly over .500 and ready to compete in the postseason.”last_img read more

Chelsea angry over newspaper stories

first_imgChelsea reacted angrily on Friday to newspaper reports that Carlo Ancelotti was set to replace manager Antonio Conte and that former coach Steve Holland has received texts from unhappy players who say they are missing him.A club spokesman described the reports as “absolute nonsense” and denied that any player had contacted Holland, who left in the close-season to become full-time assistant to Englandmanager Gareth Southgate.Conte, who played for Juventus under Ancelotti, a Chelsea League and FA Cup winner in 2010, used an expletive in relation to the same reports.“This is a lack of respect,” he told a news conference. “They try to create problems between me, the club and the players.“It’s no good that this person has to send me a message to say this is not true. I hate this type of situation.”Conte faced criticism after successive defeats by Manchester City and bottom club Crystal Palace, followed by a 3-3 draw at home to Roma in the Champions League.But since then Chelsea achieved a late 4-2 victory over Watford and beaten managerless Everton 2-1 in the League Cup, leading him to deny it was his toughest period since taking over 17 months ago.“I had a really tough period last season, tougher than now,” he said.The champions, fourth in the table, visit Bournemouth on Saturday looking to repeat a two-goal win there in April.“Their position in the table is not right,” Conte said. “They played very well in a lot of games but sometimes they were very unlucky.”Midfielder N’Golo Kante could be back for Tuesday’s return game against Roma in Italy, the manager added.last_img read more

Reigning Chutney King opens recording studio

first_imgWith just a few recording studios for local artistes to record their songs, they are forced to leave Guyana and travel to Trinidad and Tobago to do so, but this is about to change with the opening of Bunty Kris Valarie Janvi (BKVJ) Recording Studio at Shieldstown, West Bank Berbice.The studio is owned by reigning Chutney Monarch Bunty Singh who started his career as a musician and vocalist. His one aim was to open his own recording studio since there were not many locally. Years ago, chutney singers had to resort to using the Shakti Strings Recording Studio, which is operated by the Samaroo family.He thought that one day, chutney music should be recorded at the highest standard and that is his only aim. Most of the young artistes are now travelling to Berbice to have their tunes recorded and more importantly, the reigning Chutney King has more time to record his tunes at home which are being played on local airwaves on a regular basis.Since the establishment of the studio, several known artistes have recorded their songs at BTVJ, including Prince JP who now resides overseas, Haresh Singh, Roger Hinds, Wata Flow and others.Only recently, Guyana’s own Terry Gajraj recorded two songs at the studio and was impressed at the standard in which they were recorded. He feels that local artistes now have a place to record their songs rather than travelling abroad to do so.On this note, Bunty Singh and Terry Gajraj will soon release a song they recorded together. However, apart from the chutney vibes, Singh has started to record soca music and is hopeful that one day the copyright laws are enacted.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgTeens are also invited to check out the Basement’s wide variety of PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 video games. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. A La Mirada school ID must be presented at registration and parent permission is required. For more information, call (562) 902-3155. Senior driving class offered WHITTIER – The American Association of Retired Persons’ “55 Alive” mature driver class will take place from 8 a.m. to noon June9 and 16 at the Flo & Frank L. Scott conference center at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd. The class aims to teach senior citizens how to remain safe drivers. Cost is $10 per person, payable by check only. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (562)698-0811, Ext. 2444. Mobility classes open to seniors LA MIRADA – Classes are forming for the next “Balance and Mobility” class for seniors, which combines education, physical assessments, exercise and screenings to reduce the risk of falls and improve the quality of life for older adults. The eight-week program will meet twice a week beginning in July with a maximum of 10 participants per session. First-time participants will have priority, but an ongoing interest list will be maintained. To be placed on the interest list, call (562) 902-3160, or visit Clergy group to hold guest lecture WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Clergy Association will feature guest speaker Dr. Jeanne Ortiz at its next meeting, which will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 6 in the Mendenhall board room at Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St. Lunch will be provided. Reservations should be made before Friday. For more information or reservations, call (562)907-4233. Youth dance event to be held Friday WHITTIER – The Skills Foundation will hold its monthly Friday Forum dance for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. This month’s dance theme is a black-and-white party. A school ID and parent permission slip is required. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – The body of a 25-year-old man shot multiple times was found in a residential area in Santa Fe Springs, authorities said Monday. Officers got the report at 10:30 p.m. Sunday and responded to the 11400 block of Maxine Street where they found the dead man, said Diana Salazar, a public information officer with the Whittier Police Department. The man was identified as Michael Andrew Rosas of Norwalk, said Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral. The man was found outside, but it was unclear exactly where, said. Anyone with any information about the crime was asked to contact the Whittier Police Department at (562)945-8250. City to hold youth summer party Salazar LA MIRADA – The city will hold a summer beach party for sixth- through 12th-graders from 5 to 9p.m. June 8 in the Basement Youth Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. The event will include music, food, movies and prizes, as well as contests in pool, karaoke, DDR Extreme and Guitar Hero II and raffles. last_img read more

Claudio Ranieri insists 40 points is the goal for Leicester chairman

first_imgLeicester boss Claudio Ranieri admits chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is unhappy with the Foxes’ form.The champions are yet to win away this season and are five points above the Premier League relegation zone.Their only victories on the road have come in the FA Cup at Everton and Champions League at Club Brugge and they go to Derby in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday.Ranieri has spoken to Srivaddhanaprabha and revealed the Thai owner wants them to hit the Premier League safety mark above anything else.“My chairman said 40 points, 40 points please, then after if something happens it’s okay – but 40 points,” he said.“Of course he is not happy, it is normal, he is the chairman. But he knows very well my ambition, maybe more than him. For me every match is important.”The league remains the priority for the Foxes, who also go to Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League next month, but Ranieri is expected to pick a strong side at Derby with captain Wes Morgan rejecting the offer of a rest having played 46 consecutive games for the Foxes. “If you think what these guys have done in the last three years it is amazing,” Ranieri said. “They won the title in the Championship, they fight a lot to avoid relegation and then won the (Premier League) title. The three years has been very busy in the mind.”Leonardo Ulloa is a doubt with a thigh injury having handed a transfer request in last week with the club rejecting a £1.7million offer from Alaves.And Ranieri insisted he had no problem with the striker.Horacio Rossi, one of the people who helps represent Ulloa, was quoted this week saying he was tired of the “lies” from Ranieri and director of football Jon Rudkin with the club having refused to let Ulloa go so far. Ranieri said: “The agent said I was a liar but I don’t want to respond to him.“With Leo I have a fantastic relationship and I have to support him.” 1 The champions are five points above the Premier League relegation zone last_img read more

Santa Clarita makes best cities list

first_imgHe said many of those jobs could spring from the planned Needham Ranch industrial park at the gateway to Newhall, slated to employ more than 6,000 people when it is fully built, and from the 1,000-acre polluted Whittaker-Bermite site in the center of town destined to be cleaned up and recast as a business, entertainment and residential center. While Money says the median yearly household income is nearly $76,000, Rogers pegs the average closer to the low $90,000s. She said the ranking will bolster efforts to attract and create jobs for locals and a nationwide pool of job seekers. Some bemoan the valley’s plethora of cookie-cutter tract houses, but others are grateful the small-town feel remains amid the scores of new restaurants and entertainment options they have wrought. “I think it still does maintain a strong sense of community,” said Barry Gribbons, 37, vice president for Institutional Development, Technology & Online for College of the Canyons. Gribbons has had a front-row seat since the 1970s. The survey says the city’s median home price is $477,500, but the average home costs about $600,000, according to a local real estate trade group that covers the entire valley. For Roger Scott, 52, who supervises maintenance at the Promenade mall in Valencia, the price is too steep, so he rents a room. For a former Northridge couple it is just right. “It’s a nicer area and the traffic’s definitely better – not on (Interstate 5) – but within,” said Rohini Perera, 31, pregnant with her first child. Perera and her husband moved to a Saugus town home from Northridge about five months ago so she would have a shorter commute to her Valencia job. “The prices are higher over here, but (they) are holding.” Even summer temperatures that can hover over 100 – Sunday reached 106 – do not deter loyalty. “It is hot,” said a 20-year-old Canyon Country resident who voiced the complaint of many but asked not to be identified. “And the traffic – taking the freeway to Northridge or Los Angeles – is bad!” But she is not looking to move anytime soon. The city has landed the top 10 in Money’s survey a handful of times in past years. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita’s population is roughly 172,000, with about 260,000 people living in the entire Santa Clarita Valley. A 2005 labor market study showed that Santa Clarita’s population has been growing by about 7,700 a year since 2000, with jobs growing by only about 3,800 a year. About 53 percent of commuters leave the Santa Clarita Valley, headed to Glendale, Burbank, Sylmar and Van Nuys on weekdays, Rogers said. “We’re working to build our industry clusters for residents who have those skill sets,” she said of the aerospace and biomedical industries. Larry Mankin, president and CEO of the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce, said balanced growth is key. “We have to generate about 6,000 new residents a year to maintain our current housing-to-jobs balance … and if we’re going to maintain a true balance, to keep people off the freeways, we need to generate about 8,000 new jobs a year.” SANTA CLARITA – A thriving economy and significant job growth mark Santa Clarita as one of the best places to live in the United States, according to a Money magazine survey released Monday. The city ranked No. 18 out of 100 in a comparison of small cities nationwide. “To me it’s rewarding that somebody does an independent analysis and determines that Santa Clarita is one of the best places to live. It’s consistent with what I have seen traveling around the state, the country and the world,” said City Manager Ken Pulskamp. The next-best California small cities in Money magazine’s 2006 “Best Places to Live” are Livermore, ranked 31, and Simi Valley, 35. San Diego landed in the top 10 for best big city. last_img read more

Brain injuries mark of Iraq war

first_imgPALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) Lance Cpl. Sam Reyes survived three horrific attacks in Iraq. An insurgent shot him in the chest with a machine gun. He took a gunshot wound to the back during an ambush. And a suicide bomber blew apart a lightly armored 18-wheeler Reyes was riding in, killing 12 of his fellow Marines and leaving him with severe burns and broken ribs. But Reyes’ lasting injury is one that cannot be seen, and it continues to cripple him long after he arrived home with a clean bill of health. He suffered an undetected traumatic brain injury when the explosion sent a powerful shock wave through his brain tissue, bursting blood vessels and smacking his brain against the inside of his skull. “I thought I was a mess-up, just damn near dumb,” Reyes, 22, said about the mysterious fogginess that plagued him long after his physical wounds healed. “I thought I was just a failure at this. I was recognized before as being the best. I knew my stuff real well. It made me feel like I wasn’t a Marine no more.” Medical experts say traumatic brain injuries are the signature wound of the Iraq war, a byproduct of improved armor that allows troops to survive once-deadly attacks but does not fully protect against roadside explosives and suicide bombers. They have become so common that special brain-injury centers are being set up at Veterans Affairs hospitals to deal with it. So far, about 1,000 people have been treated for the symptoms, which include slowed thinking, severe memory loss, and coordination and impulse control problems. Some doctors fear there could be thousands more active-duty and discharged troops who are suffering undiagnosed. “People who were hit by lightning, a lot of energy goes through their systems and their brains are cooked,” said Dr. Harriet Zeiner, lead neuropsychologist for the polytrauma unit at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto. “A lot of that happens in (improvised explosive device) blasts. Your brain is not meant to handle that energy blast going through it.” The injury is a physical loss of brain tissue that shares some symptoms with, but is markedly different than, post-traumatic stress disorder, which is triggered by extreme anxiety and permanently resets the brain’s fight-or-flight mechanism. Battlefield medics and military supervisors often miss traumatic brain injuries. Many troops don’t know the symptoms or won’t discuss their difficulties for fear of being sent home. “Most of us are used to the Vietnam War, where people didn’t trust the government,” Zeiner said. “That’s not going on here. A lot of these guys want to go back; they want to go help their buddies.” The most devastating effects of traumatic brain injuries depression, agitation and social withdrawal are difficult to treat with medications, said Dr. Rohit Das, a Boston Medical Center neurologist who treats injured troops at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Certain symptoms, such as seizures, can be treated, but after that “we just draw a blank,” Das said, adding that doctors are just beginning to cope with the mounting volume of brain injuries as the war drags on. “We’re just unlocking the secrets of the brain,” he said. “And when they have memory problems, leg weakness, arm weakness there’s no quick fix for that. We’re probably decades away from regrowing brain tissue. Once you lose that, it’s permanent.” In Reyes’ case, the Purple Heart recipient didn’t recognize his dad and closest friends when they picked him up at the airport. His math and reading skills had deteriorated to a child’s level. A machine-gun operator in the war, he was demoted from his position teaching young recruits while healing at Camp Pendleton after he began forgetting the differences between weapons. After his injury was discovered, he was sent to the Palo Alto VA hospital, where his treatment includes exercises to improve his speed and attention and control angry outbursts. But his memory might never fully recover: He’ll watch a movie halfway through before remembering he has already seen it multiple times. He forgets basic tasks without Post-it note reminders and alerts programmed into his cell phone and personal digital assistant. He feels “like I’m back to a little kid,” he said. “I’ve got to go through the whole process. It’s frustrating, depressing and very overwhelming.” Even in troops without documented brain injuries, the constant barrage of improvised explosives is taking a toll. A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that Iraq war veterans are more likely than other U.S. troops to suffer mild memory and attention lapses. Researchers were split on whether the study which did not look for traumatic brain injuries revealed precursors to serious mental health problems, or reflected normal changes during the transition back to civilian life. The spike in traumatic brain injury cases is forcing the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand its treatment. The VA currently operates four hospital trauma centers specializing in treating traumatic brain injuries, and is now creating 21 smaller regional facilities, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson. “This is very high-priority,” he said. “It’s a very serious injury to those young heroes that suffer it. We’re pulling out all the stops.” The patients need a combination of psychiatric, psychological and physical rehabilitation that can be difficult to coordinate in a traditional hospital, Nicholson said. In troops with documented brain injuries, the loss of brain function is often compounded by other serious injuries. Eric Cagle, a 26-year-old Army staff sergeant from Arizona, lost his right eye and was paralyzed on his left side when an IED exploded under his patrol Humvee two years ago. A concussion he sustained in the blast left him with a brain injury that makes math difficult, triggers inappropriate outbursts and led to his divorce. He says treatment has improved his outlook. Though confined to a wheelchair, he began walking tentatively again last year, and wants to study forensic science to work in an FBI crime lab. “I’m getting part of me back here,” he said in Palo Alto. “I’m getting my life back.” Kristin Facer, 32, an Army first lieutenant, said the IED blast that hit her armored 18-wheeler a year ago rattled her in her seat belt but didn’t appear to injure anyone in her convoy. “It was an adrenaline rush,” she said. But several doctors’ visits later for back, vision and memory problems she once was unable to name the president revealed her brain injury. She was treated this summer in Palo Alto and moved to Colorado, where she remains in the Army but will need continued therapy. Despite her improvement, she fears she won’t recover enough to fulfill her dream of learning Arabic and teaching at West Point, and has painfully readjusted her goals to suit her injury. “It’s really hard to let go of the person you were before,” she said. “But it would be destructive not to. If I constantly compare myself to what my capabilities were before, I’m going to fall short of everything.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want 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

Circus Vargas shows set

first_imgLANCASTER – Circus Vargas will put on 11 shows Nov. 8-13 under a big-top tent erected at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. I. After a hiatus of more than three years due to the 2003 retirement of the previous owners, Circus Vargas is presenting a new performance featuring human performers and no exotic animals. Admission is $10 to $30 for children ages 2 to 10, $15 to $35 for adults. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9; 5 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; 2, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11; 1:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12; and 7 p.m. Nov. 13. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’For information, call (877) 468-3861). 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

A Voluntary Recall Has Been Issued

first_imgA voluntary recall has been issued for hamburger and hot dog buns sold at popular retailers including Publix and Walmart after plastic pieces were found in the food.  Flower Foods Inc issued the recall for buns and other baked goods due to the potential presence of hard plastic pieces that were found in production equipment that could have been transferred to the product. Many popular brands are under the recall, including Great Value sold at Walmart, Wonder Bread, Publix Brand and Nathans. No related injuries or illnesses have been reported.last_img

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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Victoria West, Northern Cape province: Old buildings in Victoria West have been restored and attract visitors to the area. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The reception at the business centre of the new Ngqura Harbour, next to the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The reception at the business centre of the new Ngqura Harbour, next to the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: The Post Office Building. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: The Bunga Building, home of the Nelson Mandela Museum. It is one of two museums dedicated to South Africa’s first democratically elected president – the other is in Mandela’s home village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Qunu, Eastern Cape province: The Nelson Mandela Museum. Mandela grew up in the village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Qunu, Eastern Cape province: The Nelson Mandela Museum. Mandela grew up in the village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Qunu, Eastern Cape province: Nelson Mandela’s new home. Mandela grew up and went to school in the village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Bloemfontein, Free State province: The Supreme Court of Appeal. The city is the judicial capital of South Africa. The country has three capital cities; the other two are Cape Town (legislative) and Pretoria (administrative). Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 12: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at read more