Steve Bush brings a wealth of coaching experience on high school, college and National Football League (NFL) levels as he takes over as Middletown High School North’s football coach.Bush succeeds Joe Trezza, who resigned after last season.“It’s going well,” said Bush, whose background includes two state playoff championships at high schools in New York and Massachusetts. “The kids have been great and are working hard. We’re getting things together and making progress.”Bush, who previously was head coach for seven seasons at Manalapan High School, said he was eager to get back into the area. Bush took the year off when he and the rest of the staff of the Miami Dolphins, where he coached for four years, was let go after head coach Tony Sparano was fired following the 2011 NFL season. Bush had one year left on his contract with the Dolphins last season as wide receivers coach, and he spent some time refocusing on where he was going from there.He heard Middletown North was looking for a coach for this season and remembered when he coached against the Lions at Manalapan, including an NJSIAA playoff loss.“They had some tough kids when we played Middletown North,” Bush said. “And when I applied, I was very impressed with the people running the school and the superintendent.”Bush was also impressed after meeting with the players, including Ryan McMahon, a senior this fall and frontrunner at quarterback for graduated standout athlete Cody Thompson. Last season, McMahon played in the defensive backfield. There’s also linebacker Dan Napolitano, defensive back Brandon Piccini, wide receiver/defensive back Jake Betkowski and two-way lineman John Quinn.Playing in Shore Conference A North, Middletown North has a bye week and opens on Sept. 20 at Shore Conference A South powerhouse Brick Memorial High School.Bush said he will run a spread offense, somewhat like the Lions have run in the past, and take advantage of opponents’ defensive breakdowns. Defensively, it’s an aggressive style but a work in progress, as Bush said he will adapt to his personnel from what he sees in summer workouts and preseason training that begins in mid-August.Bush started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for two years at Southern Connecticut State University, where he excelled as a defensive back. From there, he had three two-year coaching stints with New England colleges on the staffs at the University of New Haven, Boston University and Springfield College. He stayed in New England as a high school coach for three years at Longmeadow High School, which won 22 straight games and a Western Massachusetts championship.Bush went from there to Manalapan before becoming a defensive assistant for five years at Syracuse University under Paul Pasqualoni. He stayed in that area for a three-year stint at West Genesee High School in Camillus, N.Y., and won a state championship in his final season.Bush then took the big leap to the NFL before returning to the area in April. He resides in Tinton Falls. Bush grew up in Basking Ridge, where he excelled at Ridge High School playing for his dad, who was head coach there.“I’ve had the chance to be around some great people,” Bush said of his coaching experiences.Bush believes he is surrounding himself with some good coaches on his staff. Bush will be offensive coordinator, and he still is awaiting school board approval of a defensive coordinator. But he has George Kostas as line coach, looking to fill many spots opened by graduations on both sides of the ball; Jason Pino as running back and outside linebacker coach; and Geoff Massiminee as tight end and secondary coach. Dane Webster is the head freshman coach. MIDDLETOWN NORTH By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent
…as official results to be released next week – Olato SamGuyana Times columnist Ashley Anthony has performed outstandingly at this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), copping six Grade Ones.The 17-year-old aspiring biophysicist stated that the news of her performance hit her with a shock, although she did expect to achieve excellence, “I hoped to do well but I wasn’t quite expecting that it would be this well,” she said, highlighting that a Grade One in Pure Mathematics did come as a pleasant surprise.Anthony secured Grade Ones in Biology, Chemistry, Caribbean Studies, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Physics. She had captured 17 Grade Ones at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) last year.When asked what her secret was to performing well in national examinations, Anthony stated that she studied and applied herself: “I didn’t really have any particular schedule to study. I guess I was focused.” However, she did indicate that different studying techniques work for different people. “They just have to know which method works for them,” she said.This year, CAPE saw the region attaining a success rate of 90 per cent. For years Guyana has been struggling to boost its student performance in Mathematics and English, but last year the country saw improved pass rates at both examination levels.The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) on Friday announced that there is an overall pass rate of 64 per cent of students scoring between Grades One and Three after the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results were analysed.With CXC 2016 results out, critics are awaiting the breakdown to confirm whether Guyana has registered a decline in the areas of Mathematics, Science and Information Technology compared to last year’s figures.Meanwhile, when this newspaper contracted Chief Education Officer Olato Sam about the release of the results for CAPE by the Education Ministry, he indicated that while the ministry already has the results, it is being analysed. He however noted that the ministry will host a press briefing early this week to release the results.Additionally, he said that he is yet to receive the CXC results.The performance in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) for 2016 saw the region attaining a success rate of 90 per cent. This is according to Glenroy Cumberbatch, a Registrar at CXC in Barbados, during the official released on Friday in Anguilla.The official results for both exams were released on Friday night at 22:00h.CXC on Friday announced that there is an overall pass rate of 64 per cent of students scoring between Grades One and Three after the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results were analysed.It also stated that despite a drop in the number of persons writing the exams, there was an increase in the number of subjects being written by students. The results were officially released on Friday in Anguilla.During the presentation of the results, it was noted that 55,130 males wrote the exams compared to 77,544 females.However, there was a decline in the performance in Mathematics when compared to 2015. Overall performance in Mathematics saw a 13 per cent decrease. Candidates recorded a 44 per cent pass rate in Mathematics this year as compared to 57 per cent in 2015.
Over the past week, Guyana Times has been writing on aspects of a recently complied report by ChildLink (Guyana) which highlights a worrying trend about the level of child abuse in Guyana. ChildLink Guyana is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which works towards the protection of children against abuse and exploitation.As if the act of sexually abusing a child is not heinous enough, the report points to cases where several of these children have contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during the atrocious acts.According to its most recent study, the NGO has found that a number of children became pregnant while others contracted HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Others, according to the report, suffered from ruptured uteruses.UNICEF Regional Child Protection Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nadine Perrault, in speaking about the issue in the region said, “sexual abuse happens everywhere – at home, school, and in other institutions; and has a serious physical, psychological and social impact… it is one of the main factors that contribute to HIV infection, and that is why it is not surprising that this region (Caribbean) has one of the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS worldwide.”Numerous studies have shown that sexual violence can have serious short- and long-term physical, psychological and social consequences not only for girls or boys, but also for their families and communities. This includes psychological distress, stigma, discrimination and difficulties at school. Other consequences include an increased likelihood of future substance abuse, aggressive behaviours, high-risk health behaviours, criminal activity, depressive and affective disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, schizophrenia and abuse of their own children and spouses. The vicious cycle seems never-ending.Over the past year, as this newspaper has highlighted on several occasions, if one were to look at the pattern of sentencing by the court when the perpetrators are found guilty after a lengthy trial, one would recognise that the courts have handed down sentences that are meant to serve as a deterrent and a strong signal to our society – that such acts of gross indecency which violate the very moral fabric of society and endanger our children – would not be tolerated or allowed to go unpunished. Therefore, the Judiciary should be congratulated, and more resources should flow in its direction to ensure that the Court’s capacity is boosted to tackle all issues related to sexual offences committed particularly against minors. But the real issue of help for our children does not lie with the Judiciary but rather with our families, policies, programmes and agencies that are meant to protect our children. Clearly, the authorities, advocates and policymakers need to re-examine the approach to the issues. Effective prevention strategies should focus on modifying policies, practices, and societal norms to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Again, it would be beneficial to examine what has been done elsewhere. Importantly too is that all the necessary support systems must be put in place to ensure victims and their families are provided with the counselling, etc, to overcome the trauma of sexual violence.The Social Protection Ministry through its Child Care Protection Agency (CCPA), the Guyana Police Force, religious organisations, NGOs, families and communities are also key partners in the fight against child sexual violence. The CCPA and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) must provide the necessary training to its officers to properly investigate sexual crimes against children.Our children need to be assured that when violence against them is reported, the law will act quickly to persecute the perpetrators.While Guyana Times on several occasions has commended the CCPA and the GPF for its work in these matters, these interventions are coming a little too late. Both entities, as previously stated, are still operating in reactive mode, and is too bogged down to embark on a robust campaign featuring the implementation of measures that could see many of these acts being prevented before it’s too late.There is desperate need, therefore, for the Government of Guyana to redouble its efforts to respond to this assault and violation of the decency and human rights of our children. Again, the call is being reiterated for a unit to be immediately established to tackle child abuse in all of its forms, as this can aid the work being done by CCPA. We cannot continue to be complacent with the lives of our children.
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? This was how the veteran Rafi Reavis summed up the incredible stand by the Magnolia Hotshots in turning back the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in a classic Game 7 duel to reach the Finals of the PBA Philippine Cup for the second straight season on Sunday.The Hotshots rallied from 17 points down at 39-22 midway in the third, blew a chance to win in regulation before ousteadying the Elasto Painters in the extension to prevail, 63-60, and forge another best-of-seven title showdown with heavily favored San Miguel Beer starting Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 6-foot-8 Reavis, at 41 among the few still reliable senior players in the league, was a key factor as Magnolia finally survived the No. 2 team in the eliminations.Rain or Shine won the first two games of the semifinal series with Magnolia visibly spent from its quarterfinal meeting with Barangay Ginebra. The Hotshots then bounced back to win the next three games, but the Elasto Painters forced a rubber match with a masterful conquest in Game 6. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Sports Briefs: April 30, 2019 Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ We just put our heads down and kept fighting.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 Basketball02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reavis dominated both boards to finish with 20 rebounds while joining forces with Ian Sangalang, who came alive in the last quarter to give Magnolia a 55-52 lead going into the last two minutes.Despite the heroics of Reavis and Sangalang, experts predict easy sailing for the defending champion Beermen in their quest for a fifth straight all-Filipino title and a 26th crown overall against their sister team in the SMC franchise.After scrambling past the TNT KaTropa in their best-of-three quarterfinal series, the Beermen leaned on their deeper and more experienced bench to oust the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters in five games of their semifinal showdown Thursday.Phoenix, the tournament’s revelation after topping the one-round eliminations with a 9-2 win-loss record, found SMB a different foe in the semis and managed to win just the third game after dropping the first two encounters of what turned out to be a bruising series.ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the availability of quality infrastructure, which her government is endeavoring to provide for the Liberian people, is the key to quality livelihood for the people.President Sirleaf stressed that if basic infrastructure, including roads, electricity and water, that have been non-functional for decades as a result of the civil conflict, are rehabilitated, they will improve the quality of life of Liberians.She said these infrastructures will eventually improve other services such as education, quality healthcare, as well as boost agriculture which remains Liberia’s potential for investment and growth. Receiving the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen and delegation at her Foreign Affairs Ministry office this week, President Sirleaf expressed appreciation for their visit.Ms. Ploumen, at the head of a high-level trade mission, including representatives of at least 30 Dutch companies, was in the country for a one-day Liberia-Netherlands Business and Investment Dialogue.President Sirleaf pointed out that Liberia is open for business, especially businesses that will foster inclusive economic growth. She used the occasion to appeal for investment in the country’s youthful population.She also assured Ms. Ploumen and delegation that their investment, would be “fully protected” under the laws of Liberia.President Sirleaf meanwhile recalled the strong ties subsisting between Liberia and the Netherlands beginning with the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) becoming one of the first international airlines to operate in Liberia after the construction of the Roberts International Airport (RIA).Minister Ploumen, in response, expressed appreciation to President Sirleaf for the opportunity afforded them to undertake, what she termed “This unique visit to Liberia.” She also assured Liberians of their interest to invest in Liberia, especially the country’s young population.She disclosed that the Dutch entrepreneurs see many opportunities in working with Liberia. Ms. Ploumen stated that the entrepreneurs have not come to Liberia for a “quick wins”; rather they were in Liberia for a long term commitment to the people and to invest in its economy.She then pledged to work with the Liberian government in attracting Dutch private investment saying, “We will work with our friends and private companies to invest in Liberia favorably.”She highlighted the upcoming financial conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next week to boost economic growth and capacity building in the countries worst affected by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.The delegation was accompanied to the office of the President by Liberia’s Ambassador to the European Union, Isaac W. Nyenabo. The delegation thereafter departed for Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
MOST READ Star opposite hitter Michelle Gumabao, however, was quick to downplay their winning streak.“We purposely forgot about those 11 wins, nobody’s thinking about that,” said Gumabao Saturday at Ynares Center here. “We’re peaking just in time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Cool Smashers are eyeing a second straight Reinforced title and third overall.PetroGazz and Creamline are 1-1 in their head-to-head during the elimination round and both teams hold a 9-1 record before the semifinals, and Gumabao said they’ll bank on their experience as an advantage over the Angels. The Cool Smashers have been to the finals three straight times while the Angels are on their first title series.“There’s always something new because this is another opponent that we will face in the finals,” said Gumabao who had eight points against the Lady Troopers. “We just have to be consistent as a team, consistent in our teamwork, consistent in our practices.”“Almost everyone of us has experience in the finals and our imports are also veterans especially Ale [Blanco]. She’s not easily rattled and she always plays composed.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Parade for World Cup champions set in NYC View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Creamline Cool Smashers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines—There’s no doubt that Creamline has been the hottest team in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.The Cool Smashers’ three-set sweep of Pacifictown-Army, 25-12, 25-18, 25-13, in Game 2 of the semifinals marked their 11th straight win in the tournament and they will head into the finals against PetroGazz with all that momentum.ADVERTISEMENT Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay
Just recently the Guyanese civil society representatives elected Dr Dawn Stewart, the unopposed nominee of the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), as the civil society representative to Guyana’s Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), replacing Renuka Anandjit, Programmes Director of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) who resigned after serving for five months.The Country Coordinating Mechanism was established as an oversight apparatus for the effective implementation of grants provided to Guyana by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Dr Dawn StewartThis newspaper understands that the mandate of the CCM is to coordinate the preparation and approve proposals for submission to the Global Fund and to monitor the implementation of all approved grants. The CCM focuses on performance by linking Global Fund resources to the achievement of clear, measurable and sustainable results based on agreed monitoring indicators.Membership in the CCM is said to be broadly representative of a variety of stakeholders, each representing an active constituency with an interest in one or more of the funded disease areas – HIV, TB and Malaria.The participation of communities, particularly those infected and directly affected by the three diseases, is critical for both the development of proposals and the implementation of the awarded grant funds.The Guyanese civil society representatives in a release noted that the newly-elected representative Dr Stewart “is the founder and current CEO of CPIC’s Monique’s Caring Hands which provides support to over 200 families from various regions in Guyana affected by HIV, provides women with empowerment sessions in various communities in Guyana, and overall works as a non-governmental organisation for sustainable development for women, single parent-homes and families.”According to the representatives, Dr Stewart has years of experience in “Public policy, health, education, nursing counselling, psychology, risk management and business management; both in the national and international arena focusing on mostly health and education, US foreign policy in the Caribbean and the role of the US in international organisations, NGOs and financial institutions.”“Dr Stewart herself has conducted workshops on behavioural change for various entities and groups, including the Guyana Fire Department, prison officers and nursing students, established the Guyanese Women Roundtable in 2014, and facilitated and coordinated human rights training programmes for women across Guyana, alongside her other responsibilities as CEO of CPIC’s Monique Caring Hands” the representatives noted.Now serving as the Representative on the CCM for the civil society constituency, Dr Stewart has pledged to work with other representatives for the betterment of all Guyanese: “I also pledge to use my creative, energetic and visionary leadership with demonstrated experience in communication, management, advocacy, and community involvement to advocate on behalf of the affected communities and Guyana as a whole.”
NEW YORK – Max Roach, a founder of modern jazz who rewrote the rules of drumming in the 1940s and spent the rest of his career breaking musical barriers and defying listeners’ expectations, died early Thursday night at his home in New York. He was 83. His death was announced Thursday by a spokesman for Blue Note records, on which he frequently appeared. No cause was given. Roach had been known to be ill for several years. As a young man, Roach, a percussion virtuoso capable of playing at the most brutal tempos with subtlety as well as power, was among a small circle of adventurous musicians who brought about wholesale changes in jazz. He remained adventurous to the end. Over the years he challenged both his audiences and himself by working not just with standard jazz instrumentation, and not just in traditional jazz venues, but in a wide variety of contexts, some of them well beyond the confines of jazz as that word is generally understood. The album, which featured vocals by Abbey Lincoln (Roach’s frequent collaborator and, from 1962 to 1970, his wife), received mixed reviews. Roach was undeterred. “I will never again play anything that does not have social significance,” he told Down Beat magazine after the album’s release. “We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we’re master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we’ve been through.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He led a “double quartet” consisting of his working group of trumpet, saxophone, bass and drums plus a string quartet. He led an ensemble consisting entirely of percussionists. He dueted with uncompromising avant-gardists like the pianist Cecil Taylor and the saxophonist Anthony Braxton. He performed unaccompanied. He wrote music for plays by Sam Shepard and dance pieces by Alvin Ailey. He collaborated with video artists, gospel choirs and hip-hop performers. Roach explained his philosophy to The New York Times in 1990: “You can’t write the same book twice. Though I’ve been in historic musical situations, I can’t go back and do that again. And though I run into artistic crises, they keep my life interesting.” He found himself in historic situations from the beginning of his career. He was still in his teens when he played drums with the alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, a pioneer of modern jazz, at a Harlem after-hours club in 1942. Within a few years, Roach was himself recognized as a pioneer in the development of the sophisticated new form of jazz that came to be known as bebop. In Roach’s hands, the drum kit became much more than a means of keeping time. He saw himself as a full-fledged member of the front line, not simply as a supporting player. Always among the most politically active of jazz musicians, Roach had helped the bassist Charles Mingus establish one of the first musician-run record companies, Debut, in 1952. Eight years later, the two organized a so-called rebel festival in Newport, R.I., to protest the Newport Jazz Festival’s treatment of performers. That same year, Roach collaborated with the lyricist Oscar Brown Jr. on “We Insist! Freedom Now Suite,” which played variations on the theme of black people’s struggle for equality in the United States and Africa.
CHICAGO – Tribune Co. shareholders overwhelmingly approved the $8.2 billion buyout of the media conglomerate Tuesday, but the transaction still needs financing and federal waivers. Preliminary results indicated 97 percent of those casting votes approved the deal led by billionaire Sam Zell, marking the simplest step remaining in the torturous path to new ownership that began when the ailing newspaper publisher put itself up for sale last year. The owner of 11 daily newspapers, 23 TV stations and the Chicago Cubs still needs the Federal Communications Commission to grant it waivers from rules banning same-market ownership of television and newspapers. After that, it will have to navigate in a troubled newspaper industry while under a huge and increasing debt burden. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RONALDO: MESSI: 1 The Ballon d’Or shortlist was revealed on Monday – and it was no surprise to see Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo make up the contenders.Neymar and Messi have been in great form for Barcelona for the past year, while Ronaldo continued to astound for Real Madrid despite a difficult year for the club.Check out the trio’s recent highlights and let us know who you think should walk away with the 2015 Ballon d’Or prize…NEYMAR: Ballon d’Or nominees Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar