BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Christian Brothers Academy’s Robert Cartas jumps over St. Augustine Prep School keeper William Birmingham during the Nov. 8 NJSIAA South A section semifinal played in Lincroft. The Colts won this game 5-0 and went on to win the state sectional title and eventually the Non-Public A state title, beating Delbarton, 1-0 in the championship game played Nov. 14 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. The Colts finished 21-0, becoming the first team in school history to complete an undefeated season. JEFF GRANIT staff Dan Keane was convinced from the start of the preseason that this Christian Brothers Academy soccer team would the best ever. So did the players in the all-senior lineup, who knew that this season was the only chance for this group to reach new heights in the team’s longillustrious history of success.It certainly looked that way in the previous two NJSIAA Non-Public A tournament games when the Colts rolled past Gloucester Catholic, 6-1, and St. Augustine Prep, 5-0, going into the final game of the season on Nov. 14. But when the Delbarton School battled the Colts through a scoreless regulation, some may have feared that the bid for a state title and the only unbeaten, untied season in school history at CBA could be lost with one well-timed kick for a Delbarton goal. Those fears ended quickly when Zack Hicks served the ball to Scott Thomsen, who volleyed in the gameending goal inside the near post just 72 seconds into overtime as CBA ended its season 21-0. Hicks had come in from the left and found Thomsen on the right side of the field for his 12th goal of the season, into the right side of the net. It was Hicks’ 12th assist.Both teams had met in early September when Thomsen again put in the deciding goal in CBA’s 1-0 regular season victory. The CBA players well remembered that hard-earned game and a 3-1 loss to Delbarton in their opening game last fall before they went 18-1-1 the rest of the way.Thomsen had been hampered by a quad injury that limited his playing time late this season, but he had recovered in time to take the field for the biggest game of the season.Goalkeeper Steve Donato made it stand up with his 14th shutout as CBA outscored its opponents, 83-8.The 1998 team was the only other one under Keane’s coaching that was unbeaten, but it had two ties in a 20- 0-2 season, beating Delbarton in the state finals that year.“This is a rarity in high school soccer, to have all seniors — and just about all of our starters were back from last year,” said Keane early in the season. His squad last season had lost to St. Joseph’s of Metuchen in the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A semifinals on penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 tie.“We knew this was a special group,” said Keane, who felt there wasn’t much left to say beyond what the group showed on the field. “They were together since freshman year and talented in all phases of the game from defense to midfield. You could see this was the best team in school history.”It was the fifth state title in 15 trips to the finals for CBA, which won it in 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2002, the last one over Don Bosco Prep. It also won the Shore Conference title, its first since 2004, in a 4-0 victory over Holmdel and went unbeaten for the second straight year in Shore Conference A North. Its last unbeaten season in A North prior to that was in 1998.Prior to the state championship, the Colts had perhaps their most dramatic victory in the Shore Conference semifinals, coming from behind to beat Rumson-Fair Haven, 2-1.And they did it with a unique 4-5-1 configuration that stacked a lot of the talent and strength in the middle. Bob Cartas, the lone forward, pumped in 15 goals. He had an opportunity in the first half of the state championship game, but Delbarton goalie Luke Rossi made a superb save.In center midfield, Thomsen was joined by Nick Villani and Chris Thorsheim, who had eight goals and 14 assists. Hicks and Mike Romano were on the outside. Romano had a header served by Hicks in the second half that went over the bar. Even midfielder Matt Jelinsky, a backup midfielder who pumped in seven goals, is a senior.Sean Leister was sweeper and Alex Lazzaro was stopper while Connor Reale and Dan Pizzimenti were the outside backs on a seemingly impenetrable defense that limited scoring chances by the high-level teams in tournament competition.But next year will be a total rebuilding season.“We will not be that good; a different team with different expectations,” said Keane. The only non-seniors on the roster were two juniors who were backup goalkeepers seeing only a little bit of action — Zack Tashjy and Chris Tatibone.“Right now, we’re not even thinking about that,” said Keane. “We’re going to be enjoying this one for a while longer.” Colts beat Delbarton to cap 21-0 campaign
Johanna Konta kept the flag flying for British women at Wimbledon on Friday, reaching the last 16 with a comfortable victory over Greece’s Maria Sakkari, and said she aimed to go all the way at this year’s championships.Konta is the last British woman left in the singles draw after Heather Watson lost to Victoria Azarenka on Centre Court. The sixth seed, who will next play France’s Caroline Garcia, is one of the favourites to lift the title.“I’m much taking it one match at a time – but definitely working towards staying involved for a full two weeks,” she said after her 6-4 6-1 third-round victory over Sakkari.“I definitely believe in myself, the fact that I can keep improving, I can keep getting better.”The 26-year-old announced her intentions from the first game of the match when she twice drew Sakkari into the net before passing her with crisp cross-court winners to break serve.Roared on by a packed Court One crowd, she grew stronger and stronger as the match progressed, dominating the baseline duel.A nervous-looking Sakkari, aged 21 and ranked 101 in the world, compounded her plight with a string of unforced errors, spraying the ball long and wide on decisive points.Konta once said that if she had a house, she would remortgage it to go see rock band U2. As chance would have it, Bono and company are playing in London this weekend, just a few miles away from SW19, but she said she would not be taking time out from her Wimbledon regime to see them.“I’m actually seeing them a few weeks later,” she smiled. “I didn’t have to mortgage my house either.”
Five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement on Tuesday.Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($106.27 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.“For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,” European champions Real said, adding that Ronaldo had asked to be transferred. “Real Madrid will always be his home”.The transfer fee was not disclosed but Spanish media said Ronaldo had signed a four-year deal and had cost Juventus 105 million euros ($123.24 million).The Portugal international scored two goals against Juventus in Real’s 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and earlier this season struck a jaw-dropping bicycle kick against the Italians in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first-leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.Real Madrid paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo in a statement on their website after the Portuguese forward joined Juventus to end his nine-year stay with the Spanish giants.“Real Madrid announces that it has agreed to transfer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus FC due to the will and desire expressed by the player,” Real said.“Today Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player that has proved to be the best in the world and has carved out one of the most brilliant eras in the history of our club and world football.“Beyond all the trophies and matches he won on the pitch during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been a role model in commitment, hard work, responsibility, talent and a desire to always exceed himself.“He also became the top scorer in Real Madrid’s history with 451 goals in 438 games. In total he won 16 trophies, among them four Champions League titles, three of them won consecutively and four over the last five seasons.“On an individual level, with the Real Madrid shirt he won the Ballon d’Or four times, FIFA’s The Best award twice and three European Golden Shoes among many other awards.“For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its great symbols and a unique reference point for future generations. Real Madrid will always be his home.”
Former Grand Kru Senator, Cletus S. Wotorson has said that the successful administration of football programs in the 1980s was due to the effective implementation of good ideas.He told the Daily Observer in an interview Tuesday in Monrovia that sports administration needs individuals with experience, technical knowledge of the game along with effective administrative skills, with equitable use of funds.“When I took over the Liberia Football Association as vice chairman,” Wotorson said, “I saw the need to implement ideas to improve the game.” He took over from the late Willis D. Knuckles, Jr., who resigned due to ‘policy differences’ with then LFA chairman President Kanyon Doe.Wotorson had been successful at the Liberia Basketball Federation, (now Liberia Basketball Association), as its president.While President Doe was interested to invest in the national team, Knuckles was however interested in establishing structures throughout the country.Wotorson said, “Knuckles had great administrative ideas and therefore I carried out their implementation.”He said he completed the formation of sub-committees in the various communities in Montserrado, along with LFA Sub-Associations in all counties of Liberia.He paid tribute to members of the LFA Executive Committee, including the late Dunstan McCauley, Philip Robinson, Paul E. Mulbah, Gideon Gadegbeku, the late Marcel Bertin, Francis Lawson and the late Rosa Doe.“Macaulay played college football and also traveled to England to play for Man U and he brought those experiences to help us at the LFA.“Philip Robinson was coach-player of the national soccer team and later became assistant minister for sports.“Mulbah was a former president of Mighty Barrolle and an ardent football enthusiast and therefore his knowledge of the game was beyond doubt.“Gideon and his brother Philip played for Youth Leaders and they were known for their skills and knowledge of the game.“Bertin was a former coach and FIFA referee and so with such men as part of the Executive Committee we were out to do our best,” he said.“My administration continued to place emphasis on the youth,” Wotorson said, “and we used the sub-committees to organize leagues in the U 10-12; U13-16 and the U17-20.”He said the LFA limited the transfer of players for three years, and later encouraged transfer which accompanied with a reasonable amount of money.“We used the Inter School Sports Association (ISSA) to implement our programs in high schools,” he said. “And we began female football where Senator Geraldine Doe was one of the key players to emerge.” The ISSA was run outside the LFA.By 1986, the Liberia Football Association had reached a milestone of 50 years and Wotorson had kept faith with the soccer public by exposing Liberian clubs and the national team to international competitive matches.And it was during the 50th anniversary celebration that three teams from the Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Cameroon were invited to celebrate.“From Cameroon came Tonnerre Klara Club of Yaounde,” Wotorson said, “and at the end of the tournament George Weah’s performance was so impressive that the Cameroonians signed him on for his semi-professional contract.”Few years later, George Weah had been adjudged the best in Africa, Europe and the World.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The deplorable condition of roads in rural Liberia continues to cause problems for farmers as truck drivers often shy away from transporting farm produce to Monrovia, especially during the rainy season. Mid October is officially regarded as the end of the rainy season, but with lingering rains, rural farmers fear that their produce may perish before reaching the market. Drivers traversing rural Liberia reported that the deplorable condition of some farm to market roads increased the wear-and-tear of their vehicles to the point that it is not worth venturing into farming communities to collect produce.From deep in the rural parts of Lofa, Nimba, Sinoe, Maryland and River Cess Counties and other parts of the southeast, truck drivers expressed their frustrations about the muddy roads, dilapidated bridges and deep potholes that they encounter while traveling to and from these areas. Additionally, they revealed that some of the bridges in these areas are made of logs, which are extremely risky to drive on. The drivers also told the Daily Observer that in such areas they have to gather logs from the bushes to reinforce those hazardous bridges in order to gain access to the towns. “Areas like Tappita, Sanniquillie, Sinoe, Maryland, ZorZor to Vomjama, River Cess, and the rest of the southeastern region are really difficult places to travel especially when it rains,” said Adonis Kolenka, a commercial truck driver. The effects of the bad roads connecting rural communities have reduced the amount of agricultural produce on the local market, which Liberians substitute for rice, the nation’s staple food. The situation has also affected the profits of produce sellers, especially those that sell fruits and vegetables. Local farmers and farm produce traders told the Daily Observer that the high cost of transporting produce as a result of bad farm to market roads has caused most of their farm produce to rot. “If we do not agree on the amount drivers charge us our goods will spoil in our hands while awaiting for another driver and not many drivers come here to us,” Peter Karblee, a farm produce trader from River Cess narrated. “We are not making much from our businesses because many of the vegetables and fruits remain with us and get rotten. This is bringing more hunger to our families. As for me, this is all I do to sustain my home,” lamented vegetable and fruit seller Madam Rose Smith.Fruits, vegetables and other farm produce supply the body with a host of beneficial minerals, fiber and phytochemicals (chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants) the body needs to maintain optimal function. The scarcity of these can result in nutrient deficiencies and poor health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Middlesbrough v Everton is LIVE on talkSPORT 2 CLICK HERE TO STREAM MIDDLESBROUGH V EVERTON LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 15:00GMTEverton are looking to put more pressure on the top six by securing a win over relegation strugglers Middlesbrough, and you can follow all the action LIVE on talkSPORT 2.The Toffees are just five points behind Manchester United in sixth, and know a win will make them serious contenders to gatecrash the Champions League places in the remaining weeks of the season.And Ronald Koeman will fancy his chances against the team who are the lowest scorers in the top flight by some margin, and who could find themselves in last place at the end of the weekend if results don’t go their way.So, who has been selected for the match? The confirmed teams are available, in full, below…Confirmed line-ups:Middlesbrough XI: Valdes, Chambers, Bernardo, Gibson, Da Silva, de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Traore, Negredo, StuaniSubstitutes: Ayala, Leadbitter, Guzan, Downing, Ramirez, Guedioura, GestedeEverton XI: Robles, Coleman, Ashley Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Davies, Gana, Schneiderlin, Lookman, Lukaku, BarkleySubstitutes: Jagielka, Kone, Lennon, Barry, Valencia, Stekelenburg, Holgate 1
LANCASTER – An economic master plan, put together to help guide Lancaster’s development, calls for establishing more sites to house relocating businesses, running a “branding” campaign to build up the city’s image among residents and businesses that might choose Lancaster sites, and partnering with schools to prepare future workers. Approved Tuesday night by the Lancaster City Council, the plan calls for a four-pronged approach: reducing the Antelope Valley’s imbalance between housing and jobs, developing a work force prepared for 21st century jobs, revitalizing local commerce and promoting a sense of community. Officials describe the plan as a framework for later action. “If you don’t have a plan, you’re going to run around in the dark,” said Councilman Jim Jeffra. “We are in the fiscal condition where we can do these things.” To help spur job creation, city officials intend to create sites where the proper environmental and technical permits are already available. Officials said they need to do so or businesses will go to other places where the development process has been simplified. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We need more sites in Lancaster,” said Vern Lawson Jr., the city’s director of economic development. “That’s not just a role for government. We want to be a partner with developers.” For industrial development, the focus will be on the Fox Field corridor area between the Fox Field airport and the Antelope Valley Freeway. City government is acquiring nearly 100 acres from Los Angeles County government to use for drainage improvements, which will free up more land in that area for development, Lawson said. An incentive offered in the 1990s in Lancaster – $2,000 per job – may also be revived to attract employers. Incentive funds could be used toward streets, sewer lines, water lines and other improvements that would be needed to develop a business site. The plan recommends working with school districts to promote work-ethic training, vocational training and internship programs. The plan also suggests starting “boomerang” programs to try to lure back educated young people who left the Antelope Valley to get higher education. Such programs could include scholarships, in exchange for a fixed term of service in the city, or start-up grants for those wanting to start a new business or practice. The plan also calls for city officials to facilitate the creation of training programs to meet employer needs. “If you want to attract high-paying jobs, you have to have the work force with the right abilities,” said Councilman Andy Visokey. “You can’t expect businesses to come here without the skills.” The “branding” campaign might be launched next year in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Lancaster cityhood. The city’s logo and many of its marketing materials were created years ago and need to be updated, officials said. “Branding is an important part of our economic future,” said Councilman Ron Smith. “You have to put that brand into the minds of the people who bring the high-paying jobs.” Officials will consider establishing a developer fee that would link new housing starts to economic development. Under the concept, housing developers would either create business parks and shopping centers as part of their projects or pay a fee to the city toward sites for job producers. “It’s not just good for the people buying homes; it’s good for the developers as a selling point,” Smith said. Establishing such a fee would have to be done in consultation with developers, Smith said. Gretchen Gutierrez, executive director of the Antelope Valley chapter of the Building Industry Association, said her organization is researching that concept to see if any other cities have used it and, if so, with what degree of success. “Yes, we’re more than happy to have discussions on this,” Gutierrez said. “However, we would not like to see the entire burden place on new development. If everybody is going to benefit, then everybody should have a slice of the financial responsibility.” Visokey said he has concerns about any new fee and would want more information before considering the idea. “When I see a fee, I raise an eyebrow,” Visokey said. “How many fees can we put out there?” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dundee United defender Bilel Mohsni has been included in Tunisia’s preliminary squad for the World Cup.Mohsni suffered disappointment on Friday as United’s Premiership hopes were ended by Livingston but has now been boosted by news that his bid to play at this summer’s World Cup remains on course.Tunisia boss Nabil Maaloul has named the centre-half in his 29-man preliminary squad.The 30-year-old will have the change to impress in warm-up fixtures against Portugal and Turkey before Maaloul cuts his squad to 23 players. Last month, Tangerines boss Csaba Laszlo had said he remained hopeful Mohsni would be on the plane to Russia as Tunisian management had been keeping a keen eye on his progress in Scotland.
13 October 2011South African retail chain Woolworths has entered into a joint venture with listed Nigerian firm Chellarams Plc that will see the two companies open three Woolworths stores in December, with plans to open seven more over the next two years.Two stores will open in Lagos, one at The Palms and the other at Ikega, while the third store will open in Polo Park in Enugu State in Nigeria.“We are confident about our investment in Nigeria and we are very pleased with the growth prospects of the Nigerian market,” Woolworths International executive John Fraser said in a statement this week. “The country has a large population with significant and growing middle and upper income groups.“We have found the right partner in Chellarams Plc to grow the Woolworths brand in Nigeria.”Accelerating African expansionThe joint venture is part of Woolworths’ plans to accelerate its expansion into other African countries. “Joint ventures with local partners such as Chellarams Plc is the new business model for our expansion plans in other African countries,” said Fraser.“We have moved away from the franchise model we had in the past in some African countries.“It’s not only a better profit model for Woolworths, but it’s also better for customers.”The company used such a joint venture model last month when it partnered with businessman and former franchise partner Ali Mufuruki to open stores in Tanzania and Uganda.Woolworths aims to open 16 stores in African countries this year taking the total number of stores to 60 in the current financial year.The new stores will be larger than current ones, with retail space increasing by 42% in the current financial year and by an estimated 145% over the next three years on the continent.Woolworths has had a presence in African countries for over 10 years and currently has stores in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.Woolworths also intends to open stores Angola.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material