Eight more matches, eight more wins. That’s a week’s worth of work for the Saugus girls’ volleyball team, which extended its winning streak to 13 this week. After losing a close match to Buena of Ventura in the season opener, Centurions coach Zach Ambrose made a position change. The second-year Saugus coach took Amanda Guthrie from the right side of the court to the middle. “This group is very confident in its abilities and trusts each other,” Ambrose said. “They know they’re here to play together.” Saugus’ latest win came Wednesday against Louisville of Woodland Hills. The Centurions cruised through three games for the 25-18, 25-15, 25-8 victory. “Our big test is next Saturday,” Ambrose said of a Sept. 30 Royal tournament that will feature some of the area’s best teams. “I will get to gauge where we are in CIF. In league, we’re up there. The only way we’ll know is when we play Valencia on Oct. 4.” It’s been a different season for Valencia. The Vikings (2-6) lost five consecutive matches, including four in the Edison tournament last weekend and one against Buena. Ray Sanchez’s team snapped the losing streak Thursday night with a 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 16-14 win against Oxnard. The win may have served as a confidence booster for a young Valencia team. “We’re not a bad team,” Sanchez said. “We’ve played very good teams. Not to dismiss what Saugus has done, but I’m not sure they’ve played that many tough teams like we’ve had.” The Vikings lost close matches to a solid Santa Barbara team and to Westlake, ranked No. 5 in the area by the Daily News. “It’s true,” Ambrose said of the potential soft schedule. “But out of our 13 games, in five of them we faced good, upper-level teams.” Saugus will be tested when it hosts Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks on Thursday. But Sanchez remains confident his team can still be a power in the Foothill League. “Hart and Saugus think they have a chance,” Sanchez said. “I agree with that. They’re good teams. “We have a big bull’s-eye in the back of our heads. We knew they were coming after us.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“That’s where she started as a sophomore last year,” Ambrose said. “I decided to change the lineup, and it’s worked since.” The move seems to have paid off for the Centurions (13-1). The 5-foot-10 senior played a key role in their winning seven straight matches to take the Mayfair/St. Joseph 28-team tournament title last week. Guthrie also earned all-tournament honors after Saugus won five straight matches to take the Los Osos tournament. Those were two tournament first-place trophies in as many weeks for Ambrose’s girls.
Not only Reds fans were fuming at the result, many thought the centre-back was more deserving having led the Reds to European glory to just a point shy of the Premier League title.But Sports Breakfast host Brazil was peeved by another of the results…Big Al asked: “No Sterling in the top ten? What? How does that work?“With the greatest respect to Mahrez, how does he get in before Sterling?“Who are these clowns that pick this?”He wouldn’t be the only one surprised by that decision, with Mahrez voted the tenth best player in 2019 despite largely playing second-fiddle in the Man City team, while Sterling finished 12th. 3 3 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:42Loaded: 23.20%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. talkSPORT host Alan Brazil was left fuming at the results for the 2019 Ballon d’Or after Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling missed out on a place in the top ten.At the glitzy ceremony at the Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet on Monday evening, Lionel Messi was crowned winner of the coveted gong for a record sixth time, as he beat Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk to the honour. 3 getty Getty Images Raheem Sterling has been in stunning form for Manchester City and England in 2019, scoring 38 goals for club and country An explanation for this is that the Ballon d’Or is also voted for by team-mates, captains and managers of national teams, as well as club sides.And so it means international performances and achievements factor heavily, which is probably why Mahrez features so highly above City’s other more crucial players, with Kevin De Bruyne finishing 14th and Sergio Aguero 16th.Mahrez led Algeria to glory in the Africa Cup of Nations and his superb stoppage-time free-kick put his nation through to the final.Bernardo Silva also finished ninth in the ranking, after he played a key role in Portugal’s triumph in the inaugural Nations League campaign. getty That would not have played a factor in why Messi was ranked number one, though, and former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who was opposite Big Al in the studio on Tuesday, believes Virgil van Dijk was more deserving of the 2019 award after a sensational year.“I think Van Dijk should have got it,” he said.“If you’re voting for the best player ever, you vote for Leo Messi But if you’re voting for that season in terms of what they did, it had to be Van Dijk.“Messi does that every season in the Spanish league, and Barcelona won the title.“But Van Dijk won the Champions League with Liverpool, he built them, he grew that team and they came so close to winning the Premier League as well.“He was incredible last season and he deserved it.” Man City and Algeria ace Riyad Mahrez celebrates winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final against Senegal Lionel Messi had plenty to smile about on Monday night after becoming the first player to win six Ballon d’Or awards Jamie O’Hara says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk should have won the Ballon d’Or over Lionel MessiMessi’s win was his first Ballon d’Or since 2015, and it comes after he scored 54 goals for club and country in 2018-19, and led Barcelona to title victory in LaLiga.Van Dijk was second – one of four Liverpool players in the top seven, including Sadio Mane in fourth and Mohamed Salah in fifth.Five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo was third.Liverpool keeper Alisson won the inaugural Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper, and Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt took the Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best under-21 player and selected by former Ballon d’Or winners.England defender Lucy Bronze was beaten to the women’s award, finishing second behind Megan Rapinoe, who was Golden Ball winner as USA claimed a second successive World Cup in 2019.
Tottenham Hotspur Vertonghen admits to snubbing Arsenal for Spurs Chris Burton 17:47 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Premier League The Belgian had several options to consider when heading for the exits at Ajax in 2012, with north London’s arch-rivals battling for his signature Jan Vertonghen has revealed that he made a move to Tottenham in 2012 having snubbed the opportunity to join north London rivals Arsenal.Two old adversaries will lock horns once again at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, with Vertonghen set to be charged with the task of keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Co. quiet.He could, however, have been lining up on the opposite side of the divide had things worked out differently as he prepared to head for the exits at former club Ajax. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The versatile 30-year-old defender had several options to consider after proving his quality in Amsterdam, with talks held with Arsenal and Spurs before making a call on his future.Vertonghen told The Mirror on that battle for his signature: “It was as close as it can get. My agent went to Arsenal, I wasn’t there myself but it was very respectful and in the end I had to make a choice and I chose Spurs.“I chose Spurs and I think it’s turned out well. I felt I was joining a great team, with great plans and the personal chats I had with people at Spurs were great. I followed my instinct, my gut feeling and that’s it.”Vertonghen has gone on to make over 230 appearances for Spurs and is under contract until the summer of 2019.An extension to that agreement could be discussed in the near future, with a proven performer eager to remain at a club that he sees breaking their trophy drought sooner rather than later.“I don’t want to say it on the basis of one season, maybe two seasons, but the last three – including this one – we’ve done very well, we’re building a great team with the manager and the new stadium is coming up,” added Vertonghen.“I am very, very confident we will win a trophy very soon. You want to win trophies. I want to play in a cup final. That’s what happened at Ajax to be fair. We were a team with a lot of quality that was waiting for a few years for a trophy.“Sometimes you need that trophy or a big win against at Real Madrid or top six side to realise how good you are. I am convinced that if you win one trophy, then the rest will follow.“We are going to challenge for both (the FA Cup and Champions League) and then we are trying to finish in the top four, so we have three targets. This is what we are playing for and very confident we can keep it going.”
Participants in two pilot household energy-conservation and -efficiency workshops in Waterhouse and Greater Brown’s Town in Kingston are hailing the initiative as an effective undertaking, and have expressed the hope that strategies being introduced will significantly reduce their electricity bills.The workshops, which were staged by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) in partnership with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) in the National Security Ministry on August 22 and 24, targeted some 60 women from low-income households, who were provided information on the value of energy conservation and efficiency.The workshops highlighted practical measures that can reduce energy usage in their homes and, in the process, generate significant savings, and also encouraged knowledge sharing within the communities.Gender specialist with the CSJP, Cordia Chambers-Johnson, said the agency welcomed the opportunity to partner with USAID on the initiative, noting that it will positively impact persons in the communities that CSJP caters to, who are most in need of the support.“Persons are excited for it, because they say electricity accounts for the highest household utility (expense) and they want to see how best they can reduce their energy consumption to see some savings,” she said.She indicated that CSJP will be extending its partnering on the programme to roll out workshops in additional communities.Mrs. Chambers-Johnson said CARCEP has also indicated its intention to support the Waterhouse residents in setting up a solar panel system on the multipurpose community centre that was constructed by the CSJP.This, she points out, will help to reduce the Centre’s dependency on the national power grid.Kresten Stewart, who participated in the workshop in Greater Brown’s Town, described it as “amazing”. She noted that, as a parent, it is important for her to save wherever she can in managing the household.“I am so happy, because this gave us a different view on how to conserve. It was very good, and we have started to see improvements already,” she said.Ms. Stewart said she has acquired energy-saving light bulbs and is looking to get a gadget to attach to her refrigerator to save energy. She pointed out that despite these inputs being initially costly, she recognises, through examples provided at the workshop, that they will be cost-effective in the long term.She also expressed appreciation for the presentations that provided guidance on the interpretation of electricity bills.A release from the USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program said the workshops were rolled out as part of a wider community outreach initiative to aid the public with lowering residential energy consumption as one solution to lessening the country’s energy dependence.USAID CARCEP Chief of Party, Daniel Potash, was quoted as saying: “Jamaican household managers impressed me. They are taking up the goal of energy conservation, eagerly soaking up the advice of the seasoned experts and demonstrating understanding and resolve.” Story Highlights A release from the USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program said the workshops were rolled out as part of a wider community outreach initiative to aid the public with lowering residential energy consumption as one solution to lessening the country’s energy dependence. Participants in two pilot household energy-conservation and -efficiency workshops in Waterhouse and Greater Brown’s Town in Kingston are hailing the initiative as an effective undertaking, and have expressed the hope that strategies being introduced will significantly reduce their electricity bills. The workshops highlighted practical measures that can reduce energy usage in their homes and, in the process, generate significant savings, and also encouraged knowledge sharing within the communities.
Imports at major retail container ports in the US are expected to grow 5.8 percent in April, but could be threatened by a developing trade war between the US and China, the National Retail Federation said.“Tariffs are a tax on American consumers in the form of higher prices but they are also a tax on American jobs,” Jonathan Gold, NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy, said.“If tariffs ultimately lead to a reduction in imports and exports, that will put dockworkers and countless others in the supply chain out of work.”Image Courtesy: Port of New York/New Jersey“There is nothing good about a trade war,” Ben Hackett, Hackett Associates Founder, said, adding that it is “a vicious circle of retaliation where there are no winners, only losers.”Major US ports handled 1.69 million TEUs in February, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 4.1 percent from January but up 15.8 percent from a year ago.March was estimated at 1.54 million TEU, down 1.2 percent year-over-year, while April is forecast at 1.72 million TEU, up 5.8 percent from last year.The first half of 2018 is expected to total 10.4 million TEU, representing an increase of 5.6 percent over the first half of 2017. The total for 2017 was 20.5 million TEU, up 7.6 percent from 2016’s previous record of 19.1 million TEU.
British taxpayer’s money is being given to French fishing trawlers to destroy the deep seabed in British waters. This is the message being promoted by Gillian Anderson and others in the latest collection of Fishlove images, the photographic campaign that is highlighting the issue of collapsing fish stocks.The collection, photographed by French portrait photographer Denis Rouvre, includes images of Gillian Anderson, Olivia Williams, Goldie and a number of French celebrities posing with fish.Anderson’s Fishlove portrait with a threatened deep sea Conger Eel is being released to coincide with last ditch efforts to end deep-sea bottom trawling in European waters, a practice that is wiping out deep sea ecosystems the size of London every day.A vote to ban the practice will take place in the European Parliament on the 10th December, and is presently being blocked by the French government.Deep sea trawling uses giant nets which drag along the seabed, destroying everything in its path. The practice has been condemned by scientists and campaigners as being the most destructive form of fishing in history.“What is really shocking is that deep sea fishing is wholly dependent on taxpayer’s money for its survival. The practice is not only environmentally but also economically unsustainable,” says Nicholas Röhl, who founded the Fishlove campaign with the actress Greta Scacchi.“Public money is being used to destroy the marine habitat for the gain of a tiny number of (predominantly French) fishermen,” he says.The majority of deep sea bottom trawling is conducted by less than a dozen French vessels, six of which belong to the fleet of the French retail giant Intermarché.All eyes are on whether the French government will continue to obstruct any moves to eliminate the most destructive deep-sea fishing gear in the lead up to the crucial vote on the 10th December.President Hollande’s administration is seen by campaigners as having caved in to intense pressure from the lobbyists representing Intermarché and the powerful French fishing industry.What is less clear is why the UK government is not doing more to oppose the French position.“The UK has no benefit in this fishery, and furthermore is losing invaluable ecosystems because of the activity of the French vessels,” says Claire Nouvian from the French non-profit organization BLOOM, which has set up a petition to end the practice.“It doesn’t make any sense that the UK government is effectively supporting French industrial fishers over and above the interests of UK citizens,” she says.“Despite receiving millions of euros in subsidies, these industrial vessels are in chronic deficit. Bottom trawling is a financial black hole that would not exist without our tax money,” Nouvian adds.“Deep-sea ecosystems are the greatest unexplored habitat in the world. An overwhelming body of scientific opinion suggests that we should be doing everything to protect them. Why, then, do we allow economically unprofitable practices that cause them significant long-term damage?” says Steven Devlin, economist at the New Economics Foundation.In campaigning for the end of deep sea fishing, Fishlove is hoping to build on its success in influencing various votes that have taken place this year.“We’ve helped turn the tide on years of mismanagement of European fisheries this year by putting the issue on the front covers and pages of the world’s media,” says Greta Scacchi, co-founder of the campaign.In recognition of its instrumental role in the campaign, Fishlove was recently asked by Maria Damanaki (European Commissioner in charge of Fisheries and Marine Conservation), to hold an exhibition of the Fishlove portraits within the European Commission building in Brussels.Earlier this year, the European Parliament voted to end over-fishing through the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, to restrict subsidies for boat construction and to ban shark finning on board vessels of the European Union.“The European Parliament just needs to vote for the elimination of the most destructive deep sea fishing methods to leave a perfect legacy behind,” says Scacchi.Find out more here.