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Ranney Offers Summer Programs for Varied Interests

first_imgTINTON FALLS – If your son or daughter is looking this summer for fun, fundamentals or fascination, they might just find it at Ranney School.The Hope Road school holds a wide variety of summer programs for youngsters that will offer them everything from the day-camp experience to a selection of academic, gifted and talented and fine and performing arts courses. The program offerings are available in a range of lengths and times.“Learning over the summer needs to be fun and that’s a philosophy for us,” said Kathleen Deeken, director of summer study. “We have opportunities to enhance skill building and we have opportunities for students to try something new to see if they love it but it has to be about fun…It’s not business-as-usual in the classroom.”There is an 8-week day camp program for children ages 3 to 13 that features swim lessons, sports and course electives and arts. There are trip camps for students, ages 10 to 13, with on-campus time and then one or two trips weekly off campus to events and destinations including ballgames, museums and other fun experiences destinations.There are also sports camps that have proven “very popular” over the years, according to Deeken, who has developed the courses for the summer. “We have for 8- to 13-year-olds basketball, fencing, soccer, swimming and tennis. Then for 9- to 13-year-olds, we have boy’s lacrosse, and golf for 6- to 10-year-olds and then golf for 11- to 14-year-olds,” she said. “It’s a combination of skill building, practice and some opportunity for a little bit of competitive skill as well.”This year Ranney is offering a new program for 14-year-olds. The counselor-in-training (CIT) program is “going to be a really neat program,” Deeken said. “Stu­dents will have an opportunity to develop some leadership skills … assist in camp groups … and they are going to have CPR training,” she said. “They are going to be expected to keep a leadership journal and will have access to adult mentors.”Ranney School will be offering a variety of academic programs that will help students keep up with their studies and strengthen their skills during the summer. There also will be courses that will give children an introduction to new disciplines “so they will have an advantage stepping into the classroom after the summer,” Deeken said.There are math classes high-schoolers can take for credit and PSAT, SAT and ACT test preparation courses.Deeken is particularly excited about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classes, a program called STEM, that will be offered for children from age 4 to those in eighth grade.There are interactive preschool adventure weeks for 4 and 5 year olds. The sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during which the children will get an introduction to some academic topics using hands-on, critical-thinking skills with such offerings as “Amaz­ing Animal Architects,” “Mar­velous Magnets,” Engin­eer­ing Adventures” and “Crea­tive Adventures: Paint­ing and Drawing from Nature.”Youngsters interested in the performing arts and fine arts won’t be left out. There are arts classes for students in elementary school to those in eighth grade.“Kids work so hard during the school year, that they really need some opportunities to be able to engage in some things they may not necessarily see day to day in the classroom,” Deeken said.The school has scheduled open houses on March 2 and April 20 for its summer programs. Additional information is available by visiting the school’s website at read more

Messi is playing with leg discomfort, according to ESPN

first_imgAccording to ESPN, Leo Messi has played the last games with discomfort in his left leg. In fact, the player could be seen touching that area in the match against Levante, although so far it had not transpired that he was touched. In principle, he will be able to play in Bilbao, but the Argentine shows symptoms of fatigue. At 32, it’s not just the parties that weigh. Also the amount of responsibility you are having to assume in all matches. Messi intervened in the five goals against Leganés and both against Levante in the last two games. And he put everything in the losses against Atlético in Jeddah and Valencia in the League. Perhaps those inconveniences have weighed him in the success against the goal. In the last two league games he shot 19 goals and did not score. The inconvenience of Messi, in the left leg, they have nothing to do with the injury he suffered in the soleus of the right leg at the beginning of the season and that took him a couple of months out of combat. Without Luis Suarez and, to a lesser extent, due to his poor performance, without Dembélé, Messi’s loss would have almost dramatic consequences for Barça.last_img read more

Alia pursuing fast time for Rio medal

first_imgAlia Atkinson was the fastest in the world in the 100-metre breaststroke for 2015. At the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Dubai on November 6, the iconic Jamaican swimmer produced 1:05.93s to win gold.Not only was it the fastest time in the world for 2015, it was one of the fastest times in history and a new National Record.As she continues her preparation for the Olympics in Rio 2016 where she intends to win her first Olympic medal, Atkinson knows she has to be faster than ever to have a shot at that elusive medal.This past summer, Atkinson became the first Jamaican ever to win medals at the Long Course World Championships in Kazan, Russia, where she won two medals. Already, she has an idea of what it will take to win an Olympic medal.PLENTY COMPETITION”There is a number in my head, but in swimming, there is always a youngster that will just pop up, so I have a time, but there are also eight or nine people who can get that time to win a medal, so probably a low 1:05,” she said.The world record in the event is 1:04.35, set by her arch-rival, Ruta Meilutyte, in 2013.The reason behind Atkinson’s burgeoning confidence can be linked to her success in the pool since London 2012, when she finished fourth. In December 2014, she became the first black woman to win a World title at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Doha. She won the 100m breaststroke in a World Record 1:02:36 ahead of Meilutyte 1:02.46. Since then, she has set several national records and taken on and beaten the world’s best in the FINA World Cup series, establishing herself as an elite swimmer.Along the way, she has become a lot more confident.”That Alia was still lacking in confidence. She was shocked every time she made it into finals, and she felt like this was fine. The Alia now is like, ‘You’ve made it to the finals. This was my plan, so now let’s make it onto the podium.’ The difference now is that I have the confidence, and I know I can do it.”She revealed that when she set the world-best time in Dubai, she didn’t feel as if she was close to her limit.”I felt like the 1:05.93 wasn’t everything that I had. I still feel like I could produce a faster time right now. So if I think I can produce a faster time with more training and tapering down again, I should be able to get a little bit faster to 1:05 low, or, hopefully, even 1:04,” she said. “But for me, it’s confidence, because I have to have the confidence to go out fast and know that I can come back fast.”last_img read more

Indian boxer beats Chinese rival but doesn’t want his belt

first_imgIndian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, left, fights with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion of China Zulpikar Maimaitiali, right, during their fight for the double title in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)NEW DELHI — Indian boxer Vijender Singh won his fight on Saturday and then offered to give his Chinese opponent’s belt back in a gesture of peace between the two rival nations.The fight against China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali went all 10 rounds with Singh the winner in a unanimous verdict — 96-93, 95-94, 95-94.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Told to quit, Benedicto finishes race despite adversities 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas The countries have been involved in a lingering dispute over a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison PLAY LIST 01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison01:57Local peace talks in Davao City may proceed – Palace04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Singh successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and also took his opponent’s WBO Oriental super middleweight belt.Singh hugged top Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and other celebrities among fans at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai, the country’s financial and entertainment capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Singh then came back into the ring, took the microphone and said: “I don’t want this title. I will give it back to Zulpikar.”He added: “I don’t want tension on the border. It’s a message of peace. That’s important.” MOST READlast_img read more

ONE: Edward Kelly bows to Jadambaa via TKO

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew F2 Logistics whips Foton in PSL opener Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Jadambaa (13-5) controlled the majority of the fight taking the match to the mat and he took advantage of a gassed out Kelly (10-5) with just seconds left in the second round.Kelly gave his back to Jadambaa and the Mongolian took advantage by showering the Filipino with punches, prompting the referee to stop the fight 4:58 into the middle round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThis was Jadambaa’s first fight in almost two years after he last fought in November 2016 and lost the ONE featherweight title to Marat Gafurov.Kelly has now lost two of his last three fights. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihancenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MACAU—Edward Kelly failed to rack up two straight wins after losing to former featherweight champion Narantungalag Jadambaa via technical knockout in the ONE: Pinnacle of Power Saturday at Studio City here in Macau.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao perfecting a surprise package?

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Before taking the evening flight to Los Angeles on Saturday, Manny Pacquiao did a four-mile jog in the morning then sparred for eight rounds later, veteran sports scribe Eddie Alinea reported.In California, his camp said there would be no holiday break for Pacquiao. It will be work, work, work all the way to the Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight crown in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Truth is there’s neither rust nor evident rush, only renewed intensity.One reason behind this could be the fact that Pacquiao will be fighting a younger, talented and very hungry challenger in Adrien Broner, 29, listed as a four-division world champ who has never suffered a stoppage.But if the fight were held tomorrow, Broner would be at a terrible disadvantage. Unlike Pacquiao, he was still terribly over the limit as bared in the latest video from his training camp in Florida.During his last birthday celebration, Pacquiao, 40, declared he has been feeling young and vigorous as 25.He also vowed to show against Broner the unseen best in his arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Pacquiao readily re-linked with Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the famed Wild Card Boxing gym in Hollywood.Pacquiao was also photographed doing a morning run around the Griffith Park.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTo top it all, he did gym work with his son on Christmas Eve.Naturally, there were those who started to suspect Pacquiao could be cramming, rushing to hit peak form. He did not mention specifics, although there were strict orders during earlier training at the Elorde Gym for guests and media to refrain from recording the proceedings.The order, it would be noted, came at a point when his handlers were working to perfect sharp, snappy blows clearly intended for the opponent’s body.Meanwhile, Broner’s chief handler, Kevin Cunningham, said they plan to jam Pacquiao’s fighting rhythm and zero in on his predictable adjustments.It goes without saying that Pacquiao, with that declaration from the opposing camp, can only be expected to come up with a full-proof weaponry, something like a bag of explosives, killer blasts to the body.These new killer blows could only be expected to flash and dig like phantom daggers, thrown from incredible points and angles.Broner better be ready with iron-clad defense of his body.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

‘Criminals’ Attack LNP Officers, Businesses in Johnsonville

first_imgKpekeh Town Community in Lower Johnsonville, Montserrado County, over the weekend suffered two attacks reportedly from marauding armed robbers who, in recent time, were said to have recruited many of their brothers into criminal activities.Police identified two of the suspected robbers as Daniel P. Kolley (aka Bravo), and another one who was also identified only as Philip, alias Moutry. Bravo is the son of a police officer who, shortly after his son and his alleged accomplices were arrested on Saturday night, surfaced at the police station to appeal for the release of his son. The robbers, according to a resident police officer (not named), had in recent times reportedly attacked several business centers, among them women who involved in petty roadside trading.The suspects initially resisted police arrest until police reinforcement, backed by their counterparts from the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency, arrived brought the situation under control.The two alleged ringleaders have meanwhile been detained at the Uptown Police Substation, while undergoing investigation. The Daily Observer gathered yesterday that police assigned at the Uptown detail have already forwarded the suspects to court for prosecution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Safe Driving Lectures in Fort St. John

first_imgA retired police sergeant will be the keynote speaker at a series of presentations on the risk of driving, entitled “Your Greatest Risk”. Grant Aune, the current President and CEO of Advantage Fleet Services Inc., and a retired RCMP officer of more than 24 years, is regarded as a riveting public speaker, whose message will ring home to anyone who drives, be it professionally, or for work purposes. Aune will be joined by Fort St. John Corporal Tom Woodall, who will give his emotionally charged speech “The Doorbell”, about being the first at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. – Advertisement -The presentations run on Wednesday (already sold out) and Thursday nights this week (May 13th and 14th), at the Lido Theatre. The evenings get underway at 7pm, with tickets available in advance, at Pimm’s Production Equipment (250-787-0808). As well, Aune will instruct a “Standard of Care” workshop, for employers, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, at the Enform Training facility at the Totem Mall. For more information on either the afternoon workshops or evening presentations, call the Enform BC office, at 250-785-6009.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lyon and Marseille win, Balotelli Nice’s hero

first_img0Shares0000Lyon’s forward Houssem Aouar (2ndL) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match against Amiens December 10, 2017 © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIPARIS, France, Dec 10 – Lyon and Marseille kept the pressure firmly on Monaco in the race for Champions League qualification in France as Mario Balotelli fired Nice to another victory on Sunday.Teenage midfielder Houssem Aouar scored twice, including a last-gasp winner, as Lyon came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Amiens and go second on goal difference above both Monaco and Marseille. OM eased to a 3-0 win against a miserable Saint-Etienne side at the Velodrome in Sunday’s late game, with Valere Germain netting twice.That trio are all nine points behind Paris Saint-Germain, who are certain to end the calendar year top of the table after beating Lille 3-1 on Saturday with goals from Angel di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe.With PSG, who were without the suspended Neymar, huge favourites to win the title, that leaves just two places in next season’s Champions League for the three sides below them.Serge Gakpe had given Amiens the lead against Lyon before Aouar levelled in the 79th minute.The hosts still could have won it, but former Chelsea prodigy Gael Kakuta missed a penalty in the 89th minute and Aouar made him pay as he popped up with the winner at the other end in the fourth minute of added time.“We got a couple of breaks but we did also go looking for the equaliser and then the victory by showing character and rolling our sleeves up,” said the Lyon coach Bruno Genesio, whose side have now claimed five consecutive away league wins.– Germain breaks Marseille duck –It was a sickening finish for Amiens, who have impressed on their debut season in France’s top flight. However, not for the first time security at their Stade de la Licorne was called into question.A part of the 11,500-capacity ground in the northern region of Picardy had to be evacuated before kick-off because strong winds had caused one of the floodlights to become partially detached, posing a security risk.Nice’s forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match against Nantes December 10, 2017 © AFP / LOIC VENANCEAround 500 spectators had to be moved to avoid any threat of the lighting falling on them.At the end of September, 29 Lille supporters were injured as a barrier collapsed while they celebrated their team scoring. That game had to be abandoned.Things were straightforward for Marseille in Sunday’s late match, with Germain finally scoring his first league goals for the club following a summer move from Monaco.He headed in the early opener after Florian Thauvin had flicked on a Dimitri Payet corner. And Thauvin set up Germain to make it 2-0 in the 71st minute after Saint-Etienne’s Ronael Pierre-Gabriel had been sent off.Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos completed a comprehensive win for OM late on, and Marseille are now 12 Ligue 1 games unbeaten. They go to Lyon next weekend.Meanwhile, Balotelli’s superb strike from the edge of the area with quarter of an hour left handed Nice a 2-1 win away to Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes.Nantes enjoyed a good start to the season but had won just once in four outings before this game, in which they took an early lead through Yacine Bammou.But Alassane Plea headed Nice back level before the interval and Balotelli won it with his ninth league goal of the campaign.A third straight league win lifts Lucien Favre’s side up into the top half for the first time since early October.Lyon, Marseille and Nice all go into the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League on Monday, while PSG will find out their opponents in the Champions League last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Crouch keen to extend Stoke stay

first_img Stoke City striker Peter Crouch 1 Stoke striker Peter Crouch is hoping a deal can be agreed to extend his stay at the Britannia Stadium past the end of the season.The ex-England international is out of contract with the Potters in the summer, leading to rumours he could enter talks over a lucrative free transfer oversees.New West Brom boss Tony Pulis, who signed the 6ft 7in frontman from Tottenham for £11million during his time at the Stoke helm, is also thought to be interested in the 6ft 7in frontman, while there were talks of a possible return to former side Queens Park Rangers.However, the journeyman – who has cost more than £43.5million over an eight-club career – has said he would prefer to stay on at the Britannia, with manager Mark Hughes keen to retain him.“I don’t know what will happen in the future but at the moment, for the foreseeable future, I am happy playing for Stoke,” said Crouch.“My contract is up at the end of the season so I don’t know what the future will hold, but at the moment I will just continue to do what I do – that is work hard and hopefully score some goals.”Crouch added: “It is nice to hear when the manager has got belief in you and hopefully I can stay here for a few more years after this.”last_img read more