St. Benedict Rebels enjoy a brilliant two-year run

first_imgOne thing the girls on the St. Benedict School’s varsity softball team are not lacking is spirit. During the past two seasons, during which time the Holmdel squad posted a 26-1 mark, the girls showed unparalleled team spirit both on and off the field. Led by head coach Sal Messina and assistant coach Joanne Tempora, the Rebels not only learned the fundamentals of the game, but also the value of team play and having a positive attitude. With a roster of 18 girls, these coaches worked hard at making every effort to get every girl her deserved playing time, and in doing so, taught every girl that although winning is great, having each player contribute to the success of the team is even more important. Last year’s 13-1 season came to an end with the Rebels’ only loss of the year, a tough defeat at the hands of St. Mary’s. Even after that loss, the girls were reminded to keep their heads high and to be proud of their accomplishments. This year, the Rebels were off to another winning start, and reached 11-0 through a series of hard-fought games. On six occasions, the team found itself trailing going into the seventh inning, only to battle back each time and get the win. Having reached the playoffs with an undefeated mark, the Rebels first knocked off St. Agnes and advanced to face Holy Family in the second round. This game proved to be another testament to the Rebels’ tenacity and determination, as they continued to fight back from numerous deficits and eventually won a 12-11 battle. In the championship game, the Rebels took on St. James of Red Bank and jumped ahead early, 3-0. St. James retaliated with five runs in the third inning, and the score remained that way until the seventh inning. In the seventh, the Rebels rallied to tie the game at 5-5, and got the win with a two-out infield hit. It was another magical comeback effort for a Rebel team that displayed endless spirit and a championship-caliber determination. The end result was a testament to both the players’ and coaches’ positive attitude translating into a banner season. The Rebel players are Tiffany Dossantos, Casey Solona, Kati DelPrioria, Kasey Bulman, Danielle Ford, Meghan Hess, Maryanne Ricca, Shannon Savoia, Kristin Murray, Maddie Fahey, Lauren McCue, Joanna Kierce, Laura Andrews, Brittany Young, Beth Osipowitz, Kaitlin Zielaznicki, Kristyn Tempora and Kimme Eder.last_img read more

Tiger won’t play until he’s out of the woods

first_imgWoods, who has plummeted to 62 in the world rankings, said the back pain that forced him to pull out after 11 holes of the first round at Torrey Pines wasn’t related to the surgery he had last year and that with daily physical therapy he was improving.But he does not know when he will tee off again in a tournament, just the latest hiccup in a turbulent career marked by marital infidelity and mounting injuries.“Right now, I need a lot of work on my game and to still spend time with the people that are important to me,” he said.“My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back.”Woods, 39, said he still hoped to play the Honda Classic in Florida, which starts on February 26. That was his next scheduled start.“But I won’t be there unless my game is tournament-ready,” he said. “That’s not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.”– Career-low ranking –Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the record of 18 majors held by Jack Nicklaus, carded an 82 in the second round at Phoenix on January 30, missing the cut by 12 strokes.He endured another setback last Thursday at Torrey Pines, where his eight titles include his most recent major — the 2008 US Open.Woods, who could be seen grimacing and rubbing his back during the round, was two-over for the day and well off the pace when he spoke to his playing partners and walked gingerly away, hopping onto a golf cart to the parking lot and departing.He said his back stiffened up during the morning fog delay and “just never loosened back up again.”Woods, whose world ranking is his lowest since he turned professional in 1996, said last week his back trouble felt different from the pain he dealt with early last year, when he opted for surgery to ease a pinched nerve and missed the Masters and US Open while recovering.He made his return in June, missing the cut in the US PGA Tour’s National at Congressional and finishing equal 69th at the British Open — the worst 72-hole major finish of his pro career.Overall, in six PGA Tour events since he returned to competition at the National, Woods has missed three cuts — including at the 2014 PGA Championship — and withdrawn twice.“Next week I will practice at Medalist (Golf Club) and at home getting ready for the rest of the year,” Woods said. “I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game.”The first major of 2015, the Masters, will be held at Augusta National April 9-12.Woods has won the Masters four times, but has never donned a green jacket without first winning a tournament earlier that season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LOS ANGELES, February 12- Fallen world number one Tiger Woods is taking a break from tournament golf in a bid to get his faltering game back in shape after the worst round of his career.In a statement posted on his website, Woods said the last fortnight — which included a disastrous 82 at the Phoenix Open and a mid-round withdrawal at Torrey Pines — had been “very disappointing.”last_img read more

Illicit drug overdose deaths reach record high in 2016, Northeast B.C. sees climb

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – December numbers for overdose deaths in B.C. were even higher then previous months and overall for 2016, it was a record.142 people died in December from illicit drug deaths, an average of 9 every 2 days.There were 914 deaths in 2016 which was an increase of 80% over the number of deaths that happened in 2015.- Advertisement -Fentanyl had previously been reported as one of the main drugs found in illicit drug deaths but the Coroners Service announced this afternoon that they won’t have the information for 2016 until March because of the amount of testing they are still conducting.The data available did show that over half of the drug deaths from 2016 involved people between 30 and 49-years-old. They also confirmed that 4 out of 5 deaths were male.In Northern B.C., December was the highest month for deaths with 10. In total for 2016, there were 49. Northeast B.C. specifically saw 17 deaths compared to 4 in 2015.Advertisement The government also announced this afternoon that they are investing more than $16 million to expand services for those suffering from addictions. This will include additional residential treatment beds, intensive outpatient services and the removal of financial barriers for opioid addiction treatment medication.The funding will help open 60 new beds including 20 for youth and 40 for adults that need help with addictions. There will also be 50 intensive outpatient treatment spaces.“We are experiencing one of the most tragic health crises of our time,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “But in this tragedy is a chance for us to turn a new page on how we help people with addictions. It’s crucial that people working to rebuild their lives have a range of affordable, easy-to-access services to support their journey every step of the way.”last_img read more

Arsenal fans reacting to Liverpool at home on the opening day like…

first_img1 The Premier League fixture list for 2016-17 was announced today and there are plenty of exciting games to look forward to.From Arsenal hosting Liverpool on the opening day, to Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola going head-to-head in the Manchester derby, to Burnley v Bournemouth… the whole world will be glued to these matches. Possibly.Check out some of the reaction from fans on that there social media… Arsenal fans: delighted to meet a big club with a far longer title drought than the Gunners last_img read more

Declan Rice should snub Ireland for England, insists Tony Cascarino

first_img RANKED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 “For that reason I believe he’s going to declare for England.“He’s good enough to get in and he’ll want to challenge for trophies. You can’t blame him.” Declan Rice is one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League Republic of Ireland legend Tony Cascarino believes Rice should pledge his allegiance to England gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Cascarino, who made 88 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, believes the best Rice could hope for by playing for the Boys in Green is qualifying for the occasional tournament.He added: “England are in a different position: they look like they are developing a team who could win a tournament and having Rice in it could only boost them.“With Ireland they could build the team around him and hope to qualify for the odd tournament.”Rice celebrates turning 20 today (Monday), two days after scoring his first ever goal for West Ham in their defeat of Arsenal.The Football Association of Ireland congratulated Rice on his birthday, sharing a picture on Twitter of him wearing an Ireland shirt. Happy birthday to Ireland international @_DeclanRice! #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/z4hcYYWTik— FAIreland ⚽️ (@FAIreland) January 14, 2019Cascarino, a pundit and presenter on talkSPORT, feels West Ham youngster Rice is ‘good enough’ to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans and challenge for silverware.In his column for the Times, he writes: “Declan Rice is getting better and better.“He was brilliant against Arsenal and it raised the question once again of who he chooses between Ireland and England.“It’s almost going to be like a club transfer when it comes down to his final choice.“Will he want to win things or just settle for being the best player in a mediocre team? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Declan Rice should pledge his allegiance to England ahead of the Republic of Ireland.London-born Rice is still eligible to play for the Three Lions despite already making three senior appearances for Ireland. Most Read In Football Clashes a little with his eyes. I’m sure he’ll bear this in mind when he decides to play for @England 🤪— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 14, 2019 latest 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REVEALED revealed Happy birthday to Ireland international @_DeclanRice! #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/z4hcYYWTik— FAIreland ⚽️ (@FAIreland) January 14, 2019England legend Gary Lineker responded to the tweet by suggesting the green ‘clashes with his eyes’, which will play a part in Rice deciding to represent the Three Lions moving forwards. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

Turning junk into cinema magic

first_img20 October 2003South African film producer Anant Singh’s company, Videovision Entertainment, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom that opened the Durban International Film Festival this month.The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom, produced by Zimbabwe-based Philip and Jacqui Cunningham, is directed by Roger Hawkins.The characters and sets featured in the film have been made exclusively from junk, giving birth to the world’s newest animation style, dubbed “junkmation” by its creators, Sunrise Productions.“We were thoroughly impressed with the ingenuity of The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom and its distinctive African flavour”, said Singh. “The filmmakers have done an amazing job in not only creating a film that is characteristically African, but a film from which a new animation style has been created for the world.”Last month, Videovision presented The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom at prestigious festivals in North America. The film had its world premiere at the Montreal Film Festival, where it opened the African Horizons section.Junkmation is inspired by the unique works of art created from junk in Africa, where skilled craftsmen transform pieces of junk into useful items, reports SA Film. Junk of any type – wood, metal, wire, tin, plastic, empty containers – find new life as objects of art and decoration and everyday use.The film’s producers tapped into this art form and brought it to life to create a world unlike any other, peopled by characters recreated from junk.The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom is a magical tale that follows the journey of a group of children on their way to find the mythical sky kingdom.Enslaved in an underground city, Blockhead, Squidge and Lucky stage a daring escape and begin a journey that sees them pursued by the evil emperor’s hyenas as they travel through the Jungle of Despair and the Desert of Desolation.“We are pleased to have Anant Singh and Videovision Entertainment handle the world distribution of The Legend of the Sky Kingdom, and we are thrilled to have the film selected for the Montreal World Film Festival”, the Cunninghams told SA Film.“As junkmation was our inspiration for the film, we remained true to its art form, we decided to tap into the creative source of the style – the street artists and vendors themselves. In so doing, we combined our technical and creative expertise with the raw talent and craftsmanship of these highly original and gifted artists.“The approach we used in The Legend of the Sky Kingdom has never been attempted anywhere in the world before, and the results are truly radical.”Director Roger Hawkins told SA Film: “The whole ethos of our production was to ‘use what you’ve got’. I realised that we did not have vast resources or big budgets, but what we did have was the incredible ingenuity of African street artists. This inspired us and made us realise that art can always find a form to express itself.“The idea of making a movie out of nothing really appealed to me, and I think it fired our creativity and passion in a way that proved you don’t need big money and experience – what matters is passion and determination.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Workflex Legislation: A 21st Century Workplace Solution

first_imgAs an HR professional, it can be challenging to keep up with legal and compliance matters, much less stay on top of the changes being discussed by our legislators. One of the benefits of being involved with the SHRM Advocacy Team (aka A-Team) is that they provide a quarterly webinar where they talk about issues that are being in Washington.On the last call, SHRM shared some information about H.R. 4219 (Workflex in the 21st Century Act). This SHRM-backed legislation is focused on two hot topics in our workplaces right now – paid leave and flexible work.Lisa Horn, director of congressional affairs at SHRM, indicated that many SHRM members have expressed frustration about the different types of leaves mandated by state and local governments and suggested that it would be win for everyone if legislation gave employees guaranteed leave benefits while giving employers the flexibility they need to run their business.So, SHRM developed the Workflex in the 21st Century Act to accomplish those two goals: 1) provide employees with guaranteed paid leave and a workflex option AND 2) give employers the flexibility to create and administer a policy that aligns with their business and culture. Basically, the Act does three things:It’s voluntary for employers. Organizations can voluntarily offer employees a qualified flexible work arrangement plan that includes a federal standard of paid time off and options for flexible work.It pre-empts state and local provisions. Workflex would be an ERISA covered plan so employers that opt in would benefit from  preemption from state and local paid leave sick laws.It’s fiscally responsible. Because the law is voluntary, organizations have the ability to decide if this fits their budget. And if they do opt-in, they have control over the types of flexible work options they offer to employees.And let’s not forget what this Act does for employees. Organizations are focused on recruitment, engagement, and retention. This Workflex Act is designed to give employees a desired benefit that they will actively seek when looking at future job opportunities.How You Can Help Make Workflex a RealityThis is one of those moments where HR has a real opportunity to make a difference for employees and the business. Now, it needs people – like us – to start talking about it with our legislators.Check out the Workflex page on the SHRM Policy Action Center for more information. Here are two things you can do to support the bill:Sign up for updates on the Employers for Flexibility website.Consider becoming a member of the A-Team and writing/calling your representative. You can do this via the SHRM Policy Action Center.Advocating for our profession is an integral part of being an HR business leader. But it means getting involved from the beginning to help our legislators understand what organizations and employees want. The Workflex bill is a great place to start.last_img read more

ECM or PLM — Which is a Better ROI?

first_imgProduct lifecycle Management (PLM) systems can be very powerful data management tools, but the reality is that they are highly complex and that the setup, customization and maintenance of PLM systems can be very expensive. Many customers of PLM start off with the good intent of fully utilizing all the features of the software, only to be later overwhelmed by the size of the task of a complete PLM implementation, and ultimately end up using only a fraction of the total system features.Problems with the economy are now forcing businesses to justify recurring costs more closely, and the maintenance fees (3rd party cost and internal company expense) for maintaining PLM systems will receive close scrutiny. Companies may want to consider what options they have available.It may be time to migrate away from your PLM system that performs ECM functions, particularly if the original justification was based on using more specific product life cycle management capability and driven by time to market expectations that are no longer valid assumptions.It is not a question of going without system maintenance, which is a very bad idea (kind of like driving with bald tires). Rather, this is the time to reconcile whether or not the PLM system expense is overkill for the operation and could be better served with core Enterprise Content Management (ECM) functionality at a much lower price; in other words, time to bite the bullet on the impractical expense and get practical. This is more true when those same companies are facing difficult painful force reductions that would be detrimental in terms of losing the key intellectual capital and internal know how versus losing some PLM system functionality not being used.It may be a bit humbling for internal PLM champions to step back from the vision, but given what is occurring in the markets, there is a good reason to step back, adjust, and reconcile.It’s not about changing systems or moving to a less functional system. The idea is to qualify the current capability, the cost benefit, and the forecasted expense to maintain, and see if it is worth losing key personnel in its place.For over twenty years Formtek has been providing enterprises with “unbreakable” ECM functionality on multiple platforms in multiple languages storing multiple content types at a reasonable price. In many cases and given its open architecture, the Formtek ECM tool goes unnoticed as it is embedded and integrated within enterprise systems and process (just the way we like it).Today, ECM is the right game plan for satisfying compliance requirements while providing a lower cost alternative to PLM. And while there have been previous situations where companies have migrated away from their ECM repository to a PLM tool, I am now anticipating a reverse course change.last_img read more

United Sues Travel Site Over Its Own Ticketing Loophole

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… You may not have known that it’s cheaper to book a two-leg flight and just get off at the stopover than it is to book a direct flight to the stopover city, but United Airlines and Orbitz will now ensure that you do. The two travel companies are suing Skiplagged.com, a site that shows people how to take advantage of “hidden city” connection discounts, in which passengers save money by getting off at a stopover. The brainchild of 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, the website uncovers an existing United Airlines pricing flaw that makes connecting flights so much cheaper than direct flights that you save money even when you don’t bother with the last leg of the flight. See also: 23,000 iPhone 6 Pluses Slated For United Flight AttendantsIn the lawsuit, United and Orbitz call Skiplagged “unfair competition” and hope to regroup $75,000 in perceived lost profits. Meanwhile, Zaman is raising money for Skiplagged’s defense and has reached two-thirds of his goal. In a recent Reddit AMA, Zaman explained that the corporations’ lawsuit is a civil case because Skiplagged isn’t breaking any laws. “Consumers can actually save lots of money. That’s generally frowned upon by for-profit corporations. What Skiplagged does is definitely not illegal, which is why this is not a criminal case,” he said. The real winner of the day is the Streisand Effect, a phenomenon in which an attempt to conceal information on the Internet turns it into common knowledge. If you didn’t already know about this money-saving travel practice, you certainly will now. However, it’s probably not a good idea to try it out. Even though it isn’t illegal, sources told Bloomberg “a traveler caught on a hidden-city routing is subject to having his ticket voided without refund.”Photo by skinnylawyer Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#air travel#online travel#Orbitz#Skiplagged#travel hacks#United Airlines Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img lauren orsini Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more