Brookdale hosts Mets Invitation Only tryouts

first_imgBrookdale Community College head baseball coach Johnny Johnson and New York Mets East Coast Scout Joe Nigro take a moment to get away from the action at the Mets Invitation Only tryouts at the Lincroft school’s campus on Aug. 5. Brookdale Community College was the host for the recent New York Mets’ Invitation Only tryouts. The Mets invited the top high school juniors of 2003 and some college-bound players from the tristate area to the Lincroft campus on Aug. 5 to get a pre-draft look at the prospects. The players were put through a variety of drills at their respective positions (outfield/infield/catcher/pitcher) and a timed 60-yard dash so that the Mets could get an idea of what players to look for during the 2004 scholastic and college seasons. Among the more than 60 players invited to the Lincroft campus was Brick’s Robbie Heins, who will be playing for Brookdale this coming season. The Mets chose Lincroft because of the connection between the club’s East Coast scout, Joe Nigro, and the BCC coaching staff. “I’ve known Joe for years,” said the Jersey Blues’ manager Johnny Johnson. “He’s knows his baseball and is one of the top scouts. “My assistant coach, John Wells, works with Nigro,” he added. The Mets had wanted to use Shea Stadium for the tryouts, but it was unavailable, as was the Brooklyn Cyclones home field. Johnson and Wells suggested to Nigro that he could use the Brookdale facilities for the tryouts, and the Mets’ scout agreed. The tryouts had something in it for Brookdale, also. It allowed the best high school players to get a first-hand look at the college and its baseball facilities. It served as a recruiting forum for the Jersey Blues. “The main reason I wanted the Mets to use the field was to showcase our field to the top players from the tristate area,” said Johnson. “I got a couple of inquires from parents.” Since the baseball program started in 1971 under Paul MacLaughlin, it has established a national reputation. The Blues have won countless Garden State Athletic Conference and Region XIX titles, and have frequently been the Junior College World Series (most recently, 2002, under Johnson) and have had Major League stars such as Denny Walling and John “the Count” Montefusco come up through the program. — Tim Morrislast_img read more

Defending champion Raptors lose Lowry, Ibaka to injuries

first_imgPhivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Boston guard Marcus Smart fined for public criticism of officiating No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lowry went to the bench after the initial injury, but returned a couple minutes later. He even made two 3-pointers in the second quarter before subbing out midway through the period and retreating to the locker room.“Originally, we thought it was something in the nail bed because the nail bed turned black and blue,” Lowry said. “We got some X-rays and we sent the X-rays off to the doctors, and there was a small fracture in the thumb.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Lowry said the injury is unrelated to the surgery he had in July to repair ligaments in the same thumb.Ibaka was in a walking boot after the game. He suffered his ankle sprain when he contested a layup by Brandon Ingram with about a minute remaining in the second quarter. Ibaka lay on the floor, writhing in pain as play continued, before a Toroo foul allowed two teammates to help him limp off the floor. LATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) leaves the court with the help of guard Fred VanVleet (23) and guard Norman Powell (24) as New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) and center Jaxson Hayes (10) watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)NEW ORLEANS — The Toronto Raptors say starting point guard Kyle Lowry fractured his left thumb and sixth-man Serge Ibaka a severely sprained an ankle against the New Orleans Pelicans.Lowry said he was hurt in the first quarter Friday night when he tried to swipe the ball away from Pelicans center Derrick Favors on an offensive rebound.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Social media awareness: A tool to end AIDS by 2030

first_imgThis year will mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day and the day will focus on “Know your status”.The importance of HIV prevention is reiterated each year as the international community bands together in observance of World AIDS Day on December 1.The UNAIDS Latin America and Caribbean Regional Support Team Director, Dr Cesar Nuñez had some years ago explained that the community of nations committed to ending AIDS by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.HIV prevention is central to achieving this goal. At this moment in history, the world has at its disposal a combination of new science, evidence-based prevention strategies refined over more than 30 years, and the understanding that in order to succeed countries must ensure that no one is left behind.Dr Nuñez made the statement against the backdrop that the Latin American region also has to continue to ensure that mother-to-child transmission is prevented, while emphasising the need for people to protect themselves during sexual activity.While he underscored the point that “condoms still matter”, Dr Nuñez also stated that new HIV drugs are bolstering prevention of the fatal virus.Some 55 per cent of people living with HIV live in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Guyana, according to the National AIDS Programme Secretariat, over 8500 persons are living with the virus.The statistics released by the Public Health Ministry revealed that Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) had recorded the highest number of new HIV cases in 2017. This was, however, just one of the disappointing and shocking revelations made, as the country has also seen an overall increase in HIV cases, owing to the fact that 705 were recorded in 2015, 855 in 2016, and a whopping 961 cases were confirmed in 2017. Trailing Region Four was Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) with 130 new cases of HIV in 2017. For the same year, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) was documented as the region with the least number of cases, since a mere three persons were diagnosed with the virus there.According to UNAIDS, to achieve the goal to end AIDS by 2030, significant investments and commitment are required. As Governments and Health Ministries strategise about how to achieve scale-up, it is important goals are feasible. In Latin America, Chile has already attained the treatment and viral suppression targets, while in the Caribbean, Barbados is on track to achieve the goals.In Guyana, Health Ministry had announced that Guyana was on the “fast track” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to end AIDS in 2030, since the country had intensified its efforts in reaching the 90-90-90 goal established by UNAIDS. By accelerating the response to HIV/AIDS in the Americas, the ambitious goal of reducing new HIV cases by 74 per cent by 2020 and reducing AIDS deaths in the region by 62 per cent could pave the way for the end of the epidemic in 2030.However, this will require major attitudinal and behavioural changes in society, including changes with respect to fighting stigma and discrimination. The populace has a part to play in ensuring that all people are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of race, religion, ethnic background or creed. On Thursday, Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV&AIDS (PANCAP) also advocated for more emphasis on HIV prevention in healthcare campaigns and education initiatives. The organisation is leading the way in revitalising awareness of HIV prevention methods through a social media education initiative.Since millions, especially young people, are using social media – Twitter, Facebook, etc – as a communication tool, this is an ideal platform to reach out to the younger generation to send the message of HIV prevention.The overarching aim of the social media awareness initiative is to propagate messages related to HIV prevention among this young population.Globally, there are an estimated 34 million people living with the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.Stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.last_img read more

Essequibo traffic department clamps down on tinted vehicles

first_imgFifty-three drivers in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) were on Wednesday stopped by traffic officers and the tint on their vehicles removed as the department adheres to the use of tint.According to Officer in Charge of Traffic in the Region Arunanauth Ramnauth the ranks were on a “tint” campaign as part of operation “White Knight”. The White Knight campaign is a collaborative effort of the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) and the Guyana Police Force. The aim of the campaign is to team education awareness with enforcement during strategic roadblocks across the country.Region Two Officer in Charge of Traffic, Arunanauth RamnauthDuring Wednesday’s campaign 53 drivers were told to remove their tint or be prosecuted.Ramnauth said that all the drivers complied and removed the tints. Ranks were placed at various locations along the Coast where they stopped and inspected vehicles.The department will continue the campaign right through the festive season in an effort to make the roadways safer from drunk drivers. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

X-48B flight a milestone for program

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Looking like something out of a Batman movie, a small, unmanned experimental aircraft is taking to the skies over the Antelope Valley. Continuing the tradition of X planes that dates back to 1947 at Edwards Air Force Base, Boeing Phantom Works is flight-testing a 21-foot-wide airplane called the X-48B. The aircraft is being used to try out a design concept called “blended-wing body” or “BWB” that could provide more lift, greater range and as much as 30percent greater fuel economy – a valuable element for military tankers and transports. Unlike the traditional design in which a tubelike fuselage is fitted with wings, the blended-wing body merges the fuselage with the wing. The result is a cross between a conventional aircraft and a flying wing such as the B-2 stealth bomber. “The BWB concept holds tremendous promise for the future of military aviation as a multipurpose military platform in 15 to 20 years,” said Darryl Davis, vice president of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Advanced Systems. With the flight, “we’ve successfully passed another milestone in our work to explore and validate the structural, aerodynamic and operational efficiencies of the BWB concept,” said Bob Liebeck, BWB program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “We already have begun to compare actual flight-test data with the data generated earlier by our computer models and in the wind tunnel.” Chief engineer Norm Princen said there were no problems during the flight, which mirrored what program officials had seen in simulations. The X-48B is one-12th the size of a full-scale blended-wing body transport. Powered by three turbojet engines, the craft can fly up to altitudes of 10,000feet and at speeds of roughly 140mph. The aircraft is controlled by a pilot in a ground station equipped to give the feeling of actually being inside the aircraft. The pilot moves a control stick and rudder pedals from an actual aircraft, and video images from the aircraft are transmitted to the station to provide a view like that from a cockpit window. Lacking a conventional tail, the X-48B is controlled by using 20 flight-control surfaces along the wing’s edge. Boeing has conducted research on the blended-wing design concept since the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, Stanford University’s Flight Research Laboratory and what was then McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boeing, conducted test flights of a remotely piloted blended-body wing craft, with a a 17-foot wingspan, at El Mirage dry lake. A larger X-48A aircraft was originally planned but was canceled as NASA’s budgeting priorities shifted. Boeing opted to continue but use a smaller aircraft to help control costs. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Its unique design attributes will result in less fuel burn and a greatly reduced noise footprint, which are important capabilities to offer our Air Force and mobility customers.” The X-48B project is being conducted in cooperation with NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory to gather detailed information about the stability and flight-control characteristics of the design, especially during takeoffs and landings. Assisted by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Boeing conducted the first flight test of the airplane on July20. The 500-pound airplane flew for slightly more than 30 minutes and reached an altitude of 7,500feet before landing. “The X-48B flew as well as we had predicted, and we look forward to many productive data flights this summer and fall,” said Gary Cosentino, NASA Dryden’s Blended Wing Body project manager. The X-48B team envisions conducting about 25 flights during a six-month period. last_img read more

Crystal Palace youngster desperate for long spell at the Eagles

first_img1 Selhurst Park Crystal Palace’s latest emerging talent Will Hoare wants to kick on and earn another contract with his boyhood club after putting pen to paper on his first professional deal.The midfielder, who follows in the footsteps of Palace’s homegrown first-team players such as Wilfried Zaha and Jonny Williams is currently in the under-18 side but has high hopes for his future after a decade at the club.“Over those 10 years you work up to getting your first professional contract,” Hoare said.“For all the boys that got one it was a great feeling. It’s a mid-table Premier League club and they’re going places.“Getting it was a good moment but it isn’t about the first one it’s the second, third or fourth.”last_img read more

Rock stars cars on display at Petersen Automotive Museum

first_imgThe “Cars and Guitars of Rock n’Roll II” exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opens to the public on Saturday. But you can get a sneak preview of the show right now. Photo Gallery: Rock stars’ cars AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

Former cops arrested in home invasion robbery ring case

first_img 160Want 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Palomares admitted in court two years ago that he was the leader of a robbery ring. The renegade group wore police uniforms, badges and used “police tactics” during their robberies, according to court documents. At least two victims were struck with stun guns and another was beaten with a police baton, had a gun shoved in his mouth and was burned with a lighter, records showed. LAPD squad cars, taken from the Police Academy without authorization, were used in some of the holdups, court documents allege. Palomares was arrested in June 2001 when he tried to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from undercover federal drug agents. He is serving 15 years in prison on drug trafficking and weapons charges. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nineteen people, including five former lawmen, have been arrested for allegedly taking part in a home invasion robbery ring where some members posed as police officers during raids at drug houses, law enforcement officials said Thursday. The alleged gang leader was former Los Angeles police Officer Ruben Palomares, according to one official who is familiar with the case and spoke on condition of anonymity because federal authorities had not made an official announcement. Also charged were two former LAPD officers, a former Long Beach police officer and a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office. Federal prosecutors planned to announce the results of a four-year investigation later Thursday, after the most recent arrest in the case.last_img read more

REVEALED! Chelsea and Tottenham stars dominate PFA Team of the Year

first_img Tottenham stars Dele Alli and Harry Kane are alongside Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante in the Team of the Year 1 Chelsea and Tottenham’s battle for the Premier League has seen their players dominate this season’s PFA Premier League Team of the Year.The London clubs each boast four players in the all-star side.Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante and winger Eden Hazard, both nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, are included along with defensive duo Gary Cahill and David Luiz.Spurs, who currently trail the top flight leaders by four points, are represented by striker Harry Kane and midfielder Dele Alli, as well as full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.Manchester United’s David De Gea gets the nod in goal, while Merseyside duo Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku – the division’s top scorer with 24 goals – complete the line-up.Kane and Lukaku are also on the shortlist for the Player of the Year gong, and surprisingly the other two nominees, United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, miss out.PFA Premier League Team of the Year: Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)Defender: Kyle Walker (Tottenham)Defender: David Luiz (Chelsea)Defender: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)Defender: Danny Rose (Tottenham)Midfielder: Dele Alli (Tottenham)Midfielder: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)Midfielder: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)Midfielder: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)Forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham)Forward: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)last_img read more

Automakers in clear to continue lawsuit

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Automakers can continue their lawsuit seeking to block strict vehicle-emission standards adopted two years ago by California regulators, a federal judge said in a ruling filed Monday. U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii sided preliminarily with a coalition of automakers on their three major arguments against the state law, which was passed in 2002 and adopted two years later by the state air board. He threw out two lesser arguments, but ruled that the suit should go to trial Jan. 30. The tailpipe standards adopted by the California Air Resources Board were designed to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and light trucks by 25 percent and from sport utility vehicles by 18 percent starting in 2009. Ten other states have since adopted the California standard. The automobile industry sued in U.S. District Court in Fresno, arguing that the state law amounts to an attempt to set new fuel-economy standards, something it says can be done only by the federal government. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe judge ruled that automakers can continue with their argument that allowing states to set their own emission standards would violate federal laws that reserve that power to the federal government. Ishii also allowed an argument by the automakers that California’s regulations would undermine the federal government’s ability to conduct a uniform foreign policy. The judge prohibited automakers from arguing that the law would impede interstate commerce or business competition. “We’re disappointed because it’s going to cost taxpayers a lot of money to defend California laws. But we’re prepared to do that because it’s a really important law,” said Teresa Schilling, a spokeswoman for state Attorney General Bill Lockyer. 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