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Long Branch hosting Hoop Group Showcase

first_imgLong Branch High School will be the place to be on Jan. 12 to see some of the best boys high school basketball in New Jersey.Long Branch is hosting a quartet of games in the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase that will feature legendary head coach Bob Hurley and his St. Anthony High School team, Karl Towns (who has committed to the University of Kentucky) and the St. Joseph of Metuchen High School squad, as well as some of the Shore Conference’s best.The day will tip off at 12 p.m. with a Shore Conference battle between Point Pleasant Beach High School and Manasquan High School.Manasquan, picked to be one of the best teams in the Shore this year, is 6-1 and led by Jimmy Walsh and J.R. Hobbie. The Warriors also have Tom Toole and Jack Fay back from last year’s 21-win season. Hobbie scored 49 points in a win over Middletown High School North on Dec. 28.Point Pleasant Beach, also considered one of the Shore’s top squads, enters the game 6-0. Balanced scoring has been a key for the Garnet Gulls with Matt Farrell, P.J. Kineavy and Dominique Uhl averaging double figures,At 1:45 p.m. Geoff Billett’s Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) team has the unenviable task of playing St. Anthony of Jersey City (8-0), which is the top-ranked team in the state. The Friars have won the last two NJSIAA Tournament of Champions titles and are riding a 73-game winning streak. Hurley, as usual, has a very deep and talented team with Hallice Cooke, who is headed for Oregon State University, Josh Brown, who will attend Temple University, and Kentrell Brooks (Marist College) leading the way.After a 0-2 start, CBA has righted the ship and improved to 5-3. Billett has a very deep bench and uses it nightly. During this 5-1 streak, the Colts have had a different leading scorer each night. Anyone is capable of having a big night. The lineup features just two seniors, Dan Andree and Tom Aldridge. Evan Gordinier and Trevon Gross are the other returnees from last year’s 14-10 season. Louie Pillari, Rob Kennedy, Shaun Belby, Jack Laffey and Kevin Neller are all part of the rotation and come up with big games for the Colts. Towns and St. Joseph from the Greater Middlesex Conference will tackle last year’s Shore Conference Tournament champions, Neptune High School, at 3:30 p.m. The Falcons (4-2) also have a top point guard in Marques Townes and are considered one of the top 10 teams in the Garden State.Neptune is led by Keith Kirkwood. The Scarlet Fliers are just 2-3, but they have played the best with losses to St. Anthony and Elizabeth High School.Host Long Branch will close out the day at 5:15 p.m. against a very solid Colts Neck High School team.The Green Wave, like Neptune, have stepped out of conference to play some of the state’s top teams like Seton Hall Preparatory School and Eastside High School (Paterson), which explains their 3-4 record. They own an early-season victory over Neptune.Terrell Cox and Dwight Clark are both averaging double figures for coach Don Covin’s team. Long Branch has a senior and junior laden team that figures to contend with Neptune and Ocean Township High School for the B North title. D’Andre Wilford, Myson Pennington and Raphael Williams are returnees from last year’s 12-11 squad.The Green Wave will be taking on a 5-1 Colts Neck squad that some thought might be down this year after the loss of two career 1,000-point scorers, Hunter Wysocki and Sean O’Reilly.But, Brandon Federici has stepped up to become one of the conference’s leading scorers (23 points per game). James Sobieski provides an inside presence. Seniors Tim Vangelas and Lucas Lima are experienced, while sophomore guard Chris O’Reilly has been an important addition. CBA playing St. Anthony last_img read more

Alli eager to make amends on European return

first_imgDele Alli was a spectator when Tottenham Hotspur earned a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid last month but after a frustrating wait he will get his first taste of Champions League action this season in tonight’s return at Wembley.The attacking midfielder’s red card for a dreadful tackle in last season’s Europa League exit at the hands of Belgian side Gent made him ineligible for Tottenham’s first three Champions League games this season.The north London club have done well without him, taking seven points from their first three Group H games and victory over Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid on Wednesday would guarantee a last-16 spot with two games to spare.Alli will be desperate to make an impression after he appeared in all six of Tottenham’s group games last season when they failed to emerge from the group after home defeats by Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.His return will be a boost as Tottenham try to beat Madrid for the first time at the sixth attempt, although he said that they must learn quickly after a 1-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester United at the weekend stopped their recent momentum in its tracks.“We don’t just want to compete, we want to win and as a team, we’re frustrated,” Alli, who wasted a golden chance against United shortly before the hosts grabbed a late winner, said. “We’ve got a huge game coming up in Real Madrid.“It’s important we learn from this, work on what’s gone wrong and keep building as a team because we’re still in a fantastic position and we’ve been in good form.“We can’t let the United defeat knock us back.”Tottenham striker Harry Kane meanwhile could return from a hamstring injury, the club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.England international Kane, Tottenham’s leading goalscorer with 13 goals in 12 appearances across all competitions, missed last Wednesday’s League Cup defeat by West Ham United and Saturday’s 1-0 league loss at Manchester United.“With the doctors and the player, we will take the best decision for everyone,” Pochettino said when asked by reporters about Kane’s midweek return. “We must analyse and take the best decision for everyone.“We will assess him and then we will make the best decision. My feeling is good. But it’s not my feeling, it’s Harry Kane’s feeling.”Real’s first ever trip to Wembley will come as a welcome distraction to the European and Spanish champions in the midst of their worst domestic run of results in five years.Sunday’s shock 2-1 defeat to La Liga newcomers Girona saw them fall eight points behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the standings, the biggest gap they have faced with a league leader since their final turbulent campaign under Jose Mourinho in 2012/13.Madrid were also defending champions in the Portuguese’s final campaign but came unstuck at the start of the season, dropping eight points in their first four games while Barcelona raced ahead, eventually finishing 15 clear of Madrid while Mourinho had an acrimonious split with the dressing room.The feeling in the Spanish sports press after Zinedine Zidane’s side threw away a 1-0 lead at half-time over the weekend was one of resignation about Madrid’s faltering campaign, as the 32-time Spanish champions have never managed to win the title after falling eight points behind the leaders.last_img read more

Logarusic pleads for more time

first_imgLeopards journey of reviving up for good performance after last season’s trophy-less debacle faced stumbling blocks after players threw their pre-season into a spin, in a series of go slows, demanding unpaid salary and bonus arrears.“We have had little time of training compared to others who started early, most of the players only had three weeks preparation at most so this means we are still in pre-season but it’s for our advantage because those clubs that started early can get fatigue.“We are still far and need to do more since payers are missing some simple tactical techniques. With the squad that I have and maybe add few during mid-season, we will be there,” Logarusic who settled for a barren draw in his first assignment against Chemelil Sugar stated.The Croatian who rubbished claims that he boycotted Monday’s training due to unpaid arrears urged his charges not to underrate wounded Nakuru All Stars, when the two sides clash in Wednesday’s KPL fixture.“We didn’t play well against Chemelil; the work rate of some players was low and the defence was not solid. There was no connection between midfielders and strikers but we will work on them and be ready for our next match.“We have to take one match at a time and the worst we can do is to undervalue All Stars because they lost 6-2 to KCB. We have fresh boys who did not play against City Stars who we intend to use,” Logarusic who led Gor Mahia to 2012 GOtv Shield and KPL runner-ups underscored.Commenting on financial challenges that faces the club, 54-year-old Logarusic who had stints with Tanzanian giants, Simba SC said,“It’s not easy but I take it as a challenge because its upon us to fix the problem and step by step I believe we will be heading to the right direction.”The management of the club is yet to settle two month salary and bonus arrears of the team but assistant secretary general, Asava Kadima told Capital Sport the debt will be cleared soon.“We are working tirelessly to see that the club is financially stable and the team is very cooperative. Our coach (Logarusic) did not boycott yesterday’s training as reported, he and goal keeper trainer Iddi Salim requested for a day off as assistant coach Yusuff Chippo was in charge,” Kadima underscored.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 24 – AFC Leopards head coach, Zdravko Logarusic says the team needs more time to adapt into his philosophy since they began their pre-season late.Logarusic who joined the Den three days before they opened their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) campaign against Chemelil Sugar, declared the club is paying it price for having a shambolic pre-season compared to their competitors who had a seven-week long preparation ahead of the 2015 season.last_img read more

Economy looks sunny for summer

first_imgBusinesses, which clamped down in the first quarter, are expected to regain their appetites to spend and invest, leading the way for the anticipated bounce back in overall economic activity. Consumers, whose spending in the first quarter prevented the economy from stalling out, are expected to be somewhat more subdued, however. On the inflation front, more than half of the Fed’s 12 districts mentioned higher energy prices were hitting both producers and consumers. Motorists have watched gasoline prices top $3 a gallon. “However, district reports generally did not indicate an increase in overall price pressures,” the Fed said. Bernanke and his colleagues have made clear that their biggest concern would be if inflation does not recede in the coming months as they expect. Hiring activity picked up, especially for workers with specialized skills, the Fed survey said. But most districts reported that “overall wage pressures do not seem to have increased.” Economists keep close tabs on wage growth for signs of inflation. The survey is based on information supplied by the Fed’s 12 regional banks collected on or before June. Meanwhile, the effects of the housing slump continued to be felt. The survey found continuing weakness in residential real estate and construction. Most parts of the country characterized their housing markets as “soft or weak,” the Fed said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Consumer spending and retail sales across the country generally were up too, with luxury goods selling better than lower-end merchandise in some areas. Travel and tourism remained healthy, but there was little change in auto sales. A separate report from the Commerce Department showed sales at the nation’s retailers in May posted their biggest gain in 16 months. Information from the Fed survey will figure into discussions at the central bank’s next meeting on June27 and28. Economists predict the Fed will again hold a key interest rate at 5.25percent, where it has stood for a year. “The economy is accelerating, although there are some weak pockets. And inflation for the most part seems to be contained despite high energy prices. This survey supports the Fed sitting sidelined over the foreseeable future,” predicted Richard Yamarone, economist at Argus Research. Economic growth nearly stalled in the first three months of this year, registering a pace of just 0.6percent, the worst in more than four years. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other economists predict a rebound. Estimates range from a pace of 2.3percent to more than 3percent in the current April-to-June quarter. WASHINGTON – The economy headed into the summer with better momentum, propelled by a manufacturing rebound and consumers who eagerly went shopping and sightseeing despite high gas prices. This picture of the economy, released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve, seemed brighter in terms of prospects for overall economic growth. Factory production was up in a majority of districts, an improvement from the previous survey that found manufacturing was slow in most Fed districts. As the economy has recently flashed signs of emerging from a nearly yearlong sluggish spell, the chances of Wall Street’s hoped-for rate cut have faded. Still, the latest batch of economic reports buoyed Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrials jumped 187.34 points to close at 13,482.35, the biggest point gain since last July19. last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain drop interest in ex-Arsenal and Man United star

first_img1 Fenerbahce star Robin van Persie Paris Saint-Germain have withdrawn their interest of Robin van Persie.The Dutchman is expected to leave Fenerbahce this summer following just one season with the Turkish club, during which he scored 16 goals in 31 league appearances.Stoke City are also reportedly interested in luring the 32-year-old Holland international back to the Premier League and both English clubs have now received a boost from France.PSG are hoping to bolster their frontline this summer following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Van Persie has been one of the names on their radar.However, according to Le Parisien, the French capital club made enquiries about signing the Dutchman but have now ended their interest in him as they pursue other targets.last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Arsenal confirm signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez

first_imgArsenal have announced the signing of Spanish striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.The 27-year-old joins the Gunners on the back of a prolific season in Spain, scoring 19 goals, including a run of seven games to equal a La Liga record.The London club, who confirmed the deal on social media, have yet to disclose the length of his contract. 1 Lucas scored 19 goals in all competitions and 17 in LaLiga last season. He also netted in seven successive games – equalling a club record.He has been likened to Leicester City striker, and one-time Arsenal target, Jamie Vardy and excels at counter-attacking football, and manager Arsene Wenger is excited to see what the Spaniard can bring to his Gunners side.“He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs,” said the manager.“He’s got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year.”Lucas began his career with Atletico Madrid C and then moved to Rayo Vallecano before spells with Ukraine’s Karpaty Lviv and PAOK in Greece. He joined Deportivo in 2014, initially on loan.The forward becomes Wenger’s third summer signing – after midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach and Rob Holding from Bolton – but more could follow, taking the Gunners’ spending close to £100million.Valencia’s Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi is a summer-long target and a £30million deal is reportedly close.Speaking last Friday, Wenger denied Lucas was a panic buy, but welcomed comparisons with Vardy, who the Frenchman tried and failed to lure to the Emirates Stadium earlier in the summer.“He is a late developer, he played in a different position,” Wenger said last Friday.“He moved centrally in a successful way. I think he has good link up qualities, good finishing qualities. Let’s see if we can finish the job.”When comparisons to Vardy were mentioned, Wenger said: “Yes, I like that one.” Lucas Perez has joined Arsenal #BienvenidoLucas— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 30, 2016last_img read more

Mino Raiola reveals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic wanted to end career at NAPOLI

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic wanted to join Napoli and not Manchester United, according to his agent.The Swede moved to Old Trafford this summer on a free transfer after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.But his agent, Mino Raiola, now claims that the 34-year-old actually wanted to return to Serie A and join Napoli.“At Ciro Ferrara’s farewell match, Ibrahimovic told me he wanted to end his career at Napoli,” Raiola told Speaking to Radio CRC.“I won’t tell you if [Napoli] president Aurelio De Laurentiis approached in the summer because I do not like to talk about the past.“What I can say is that none of the Italian clubs could afford Zlatan. He definitely has a Neapolitan mentality though.” 1last_img read more

Barry sees ‘opportunity to give back’

first_imgJust a few weeks ago, Douglas Barry planned to work another year or so as an assistant Los Angeles fire chief before easing into a well-deserved retirement. Then came the call from the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, asking him to consider another scenario. Newly appointed interim chief, the 53-year-old veteran firefighter now is charged with reforming the Los Angeles Fire Department and using discipline and professionalism to restore its tarnished image. “I had no aspiration to be chief,” Barry said in an interview Monday. “When I was approached about the appointment, I saw an opportunity to help make the department better. The department has been so great to me, with the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met. I saw an opportunity to give back.” “The rank and file felt that nobody was stepping forward to say that 99 percent of us are doing a good job. The problems are real, but they’re not rampant,” said Jon McDuffie, first vice president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City. “If ever there is a person who gets it, it’s Chief Barry. He’s got that quiet leadership down. Don’t take that kindness for weakness.” Villaraigosa tapped Barry to take over for Chief William Bamattre, who announced his early retirement amid heavy criticism from city leaders who said he’d failed to quash hazing and other disciplinary problems during his decade at the head of the department. As pressure on him mounted, Bamattre complained that his disciplinary authority was limited and he couldn’t take the kind of action needed to end the inappropriate behavior and harassment. Barry, who worked in the LAFD’s discipline system for five years, said he’ll be helped by guidelines developed by the civilian Fire Commission that spell out punishments for infractions, plus new procedures for investigating complaints. He and the mayor have already said they plan to visit each of the city’s fire stations to meet with firefighters about the new standards. Barry said he also hopes to develop a long-term strategy after meeting with the firefighters’ groups, the mayor’s staff, the Fire Commission and the City Council. “Our goal is not to have this punishment system. Our goal is to change the mind-set of our people who participate in those types of behaviors, and let them know those types of behaviors are unacceptable and also let them know the detrimental effects of those types of behaviors,” he said. (213) 978-0390160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’When he assumes the top spot on Jan. 1, Barry will be taking over a department renowned for its emergency response and professional expertise, but demoralized by tales of firehouse antics and allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment. A low-key and highly respected leader, Barry was tasked by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to hold firefighters responsible for their conduct, and to ensure that mutual respect is ingrained in the firehouse culture. “The type of behaviors that brought this to the attention of the public has to stop,” Barry said. “I look at a Fortune 500 company – that wouldn’t have pranks and hazing going on. “The expectation is the same with the Fire Department.” But he was quick to add that the vast majority of Los Angeles firefighters do not participate in pranks or hazing – comments that won him praise from individual firefighters and their union. last_img read more

What is Cryptocurrency and How Does It Work?

first_imgSince the Bitcoin boom of 2017, more people than ever have become interested in cryptocurrency, going so far as to buy it as a form of investment. But cryptocurrency was not designed to be bought and sold to make profit. So, what exactly is it and how does it work?What is Cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is a digital currency, where transactions are recording on a public ledger, usually a blockchain, and every process is protected by cryptography, which is simply the practice of secure communication. Cryptography is what makes cryptocurrency different from more common forms of electronic payment, such as credit cards or PayPal. Cryptocurrency is anonymous and cannot be traced back to its sender or recipient, which makes it popular among people who want to conceal their financial activity.Cryptocurrency is distinguished from fiat, or traditional, money in that it is decentralized and digital. Cryptocurrency is decentralized by design, so there is no intermediary like a bank to transfer cryptocurrency between people. Instead, cryptocurrency is controlled by its users and computer algorithms like a blockchain to maintain its integrity. Cryptocurrency is also completely digital, so no physical representation of its value, such as paper money, is needed.- Sponsor – Without a regulatory body, there is no oversight for this digital currency, which is why a blockchain is essential. A blockchain is a large set of data that represents every transaction ever made. Blockchain technology cannot be altered retroactively without disrupting all the other records, and it prevents users from duplicating cryptocurrency as a form of fraud.The History of Cryptocurrency Though cryptocurrency did not take off until the late 2000s, it was first invented in 1983 by an American cryptographer, David Chaum, as an electronic currency called “ecash.” However, ecash still required that users withdraw money from traditional banks, so it was not like the cryptocurrency we know today.It was not until 2008, when a still-anonymous person known as Satoshi Nakamoto authored a paper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” that the first decentralized cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was created. Bitcoin slowly grew in value until it skyrocketed toward the end of 2017, with one bitcoin (1 BTC) reaching an all-time high of $19,783.06.As of 2019, the total dollar-denominated value of bitcoin in circulation is $64.3 billion out of a total cryptocurrency market value of almost $134 billion. Since the release of Bitcoin, over 4,000 alternative forms of cryptocurrency, called altcoins, have been created.How Cryptocurrency Works You can acquire cryptocurrency in two ways—by mining cryptocurrency or by exchanging it.Cryptocurrency miners are the people who maintain the blockchain. They validate all transactions by using software and hardware to solve cryptographic puzzles and receive coins as a reward. This process also creates new coins. Mining cryptocurrency requires a huge amount of computer processing power and electricity, so the costs of mining often outweigh benefits of earning cryptocurrency.A cryptocurrency exchange is where people can trade their cryptocurrency for traditional money or other digital currencies, and this is where the “value” of various types of cryptocurrency is determined. The exchange acts as an intermediary between people who want to sell and buy cryptocurrency and charges fees to exchange cryptocurrency or takes the difference between the selling and buying prices as a transaction commission.You can also trade cryptocurrency in a peer-to-peer exchange. Cryptocurrency is stored and transferred between cryptocurrency wallets, which all have a private key to “sign” each transaction and a public key for others to check that a transaction is valid.Because they are in the blockchain, transaction amounts are public, but information about who sent or received a transaction is encrypted. This makes cryptocurrency a pseudo-anonymous system. It is impossible to trace transactions back to their senders or recipients because the blockchain only has a record of each user’s public key. Without knowing the private key to a user’s account, you cannot identify exactly who is behind a specific transaction.EDITOR’S NOTE: To read the other articles in this series, go to the links below.“The Potential Challenges of Cryptocurrency in Retail”“Cryptocurrency and Asset Protection: Why We Need Regulation” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more