TINTON 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 www.ranneyschool.org.
Mame Biram Diouf’s close-range header means QPR are behind at Loftus Road.Stoke manager Mark Hughes was given a predictably hostile reception from the home supporters because of his ill-fated spell as Rangers boss.The Welshman is faring much better at Stoke, however, and they went ahead in the 11th minute.Mauricio Isla’s hesitation enabled Victor Moses to cross from the left and Peter Crouch, perhaps unfairly, climbed above Rio Ferdinand to nod the ball down and give Diouf a simple finish.Moses then had a low shot saved by Green as the visitors continued to have the upper hand. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore: Barton; Mutch, Fer, Kranjcar; Vargas, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Phillips, Onuoha, Henry, Zamora, Dunne, Hoilett. Stoke: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Whelan, Nzonzi; Diouf, Adam, Moses; Crouch.Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Muniesa, Arnautovic, Sidwell, Assaidi, Bojan.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Former Arcata High left-handed pitcher Merek Sears verbally committed to Washington State University Wednesday.“After visiting the campus and with the coaching staff, I feel like Washington State is the right fit for me,” Sears said in an interview with the Times-Standard. “It’s always been a dream of mine to compete in the (Pacific-12 Conference).”Sears, during his junior season in 2019, led Arcata to a North Coast Section Division-IV championship in the Spring. In the title game against …
Article 370 is not an answer to important issues such as unemployment, economic crisis and slowdown, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday. Addressing his party’s newly elected representatives to the Assembly here at the NCP headquarters Mr. Pawar also raised an alarm on the upcoming Supreme Court verdict on the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “We expect that the judiciary will ensure that brotherhood and harmony remains intact in the country after the verdict. There will be forces in the country which may try to exploit the situation. But it will be the responsibility of NCP workers to ensure peace,” said Mr. Pawar. The NCP chief sounded the alarm on the economic condition, agrarian crisis and growing unemployment in the country as well as in the State. “This government thinks that Article 370 is an answer to every problem facing the country. I have never seen a Prime Minister who says “doob maro” to his own country’s citizens who do not agree with his position on Article 370. How can you say this to your own people?” he asked. Earlier, the party unanimously elected former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar as the new leader of the legislative party while the announcement of the Leader of Opposition is likely to be made at the start of the Assembly session. Mr. Pawar will lead the party in both Houses. State unit president Jayant Patil moved the resolution naming Mr. Ajit Pawar at Wednesday’s meeting, which was seconded by Mumbai president and MLA Nawab Malik, Jitendra Awhad, Dhananjay Munde, Hasan Mushreef, and Anil Deshmukh. Addressing the newly-elected MLAs, Mr. Ajit Pawar said, “We are ready to work as Opposition. For the first time in Maharashtra, the ruling party is not in a merry mood but the Opposition surely is.” While presenting the resolution, Mr. Patil said, “BJP did nothing except make Opposition MLAs resign and field them from the BJP. But people of Maharashtra ensured 80% of them were defeated.” Their party chief, he added, followed the motto of Chhatrapati Shivaji to not bow down in front of the throne of Delhi.Prior to the meeting of the MLAs, the parliamentary board held discussions at the Y.B. Chavan centre where the name of Mr. Ajit Pawar was decided and presented in front of the MLAs.Before being appointed group leader Mr. Ajit Pawar told reporters that there are no permanent enemies in politics. His statement comes on the background of the ongoing tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena.In 2014, the 41 NCP candidates had won 41 Assembly seats, of whom six left the party after the Lok Sabha polls this year. Later as many as 12 ticket aspirants too quit NCP. The Congress with 42 seats had named Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil as the Leader of Opposition. However, he left the party to join the BJP before the general elections. Mr. Ajit Pawar was the legislative party leader in the previous term also while Mr. Patil was the group leader in the Assembly. Dhananjay Munde was the Leader of Opposition in the Council.
If there ever was a confirmation required that Indian cricket needed immediate rescue, then the incident now enshrined as the Ford Fiasco has provided it. Even if Graham Ford went back after giving his word, the current Board has so little credibility that no one imagines them as the victims,If there ever was a confirmation required that Indian cricket needed immediate rescue, then the incident now enshrined as the Ford Fiasco has provided it. Even if Graham Ford went back after giving his word, the current Board has so little credibility that no one imagines them as the victims of improper conduct.But the stumbling, bumbling Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cannot be wished away, it cannot be sacked. It governs Indian cricket, yes, that too very badly, but maybe it should be freed from running the game. The necessary evil that is the cricket Board needs to be worked around. Leave the elections to the politicians who flock to the game. Build around them a steel frame of men whose commitment is foremost to cricket, not the accumulation of votes or propagation of their legend.Men with vision and ambition, knowledge and humility, free of agendas, without the boulder-on-the-shoulder syndrome found in some ex-players. Finding such men may seem an impossible task. An India player mumbled, “Good people aren’t given chances, they don’t come forward.” But some do, like chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar, his colleague Sanjay Jagdale, CAO Ratnakar Shetty, coaches Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad or T.A. Sekhar at Chennai’s MRF Pace Foundation and constructive critics like Arun Lal, Saba Karim and Ravi Shastri.Tomorrow is actually brighter than it seems. Of India’s players today, Anil Kumble could make a fine coach and Sourav Ganguly an astute nonparochial selector. Rahul Dravid has the mind to turn the National Academy into the place it should be. There is no better roving ambassador for our cricket than Sachin Tendulkar, a proud Indian, steeped in modern game, universally loved and who loves cricket himself like a boy with a bat. This is a hunt for Indian cricket’s future leaders who deserve authority and responsibility in the next five years. Hearing their names, an insider commented wryly, “What you’re actually doing is ruining their chances.”advertisementThe crabby and the cynical may rule today. But the future is coming.CoachingRoger Binny/Paras MhambreyMhambrey is rated best coachAsked if he was ready to dehydrate himself into nothingness playing a mongrel tournament called the Afro-Asia Cup, one Indian cricketer replied, “I’m not playing for Asia or on Mahela’s team, I’m playing for Roger Binny’s.” Whenever local patriots jump to their feet and suggest Indian names for the post of Indian coach, their candidature rarely ventures beyond a handful, which, if you leave out the most credible Sandeep Patil who has had success overseas, are a familiar crew: Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Mohinder Amarnath, often the former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad with a stopover to pay passing obeisance to Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. Coach Binny needs to come homeRarely does anyone mention the name of former India all-rounder Roger Binny. Maybe because in 1999 Binny, with his star on the ascent, was dispatched by Jagmohan Dalmiya to the Asian Cricket Council in Malaysia where he still works. Recently Binny, 51, made a brief though typically understated return to Indian action when he coached Asia in the recent Afro-Asian Cup. The Indians on his team were grinning through their sweat for many of them have worked with Binny during his most productive years as a coach in India with the under-19 team that won the junior world cup in Sri Lanka, the India under-17s to their World Cup and the India A team to the West Indies. He is a hardworking and knowledgeable man who is trusted and appreciated still by the players he has worked with. These are not common qualities in all those aspiring to be India’s coaching stars. All it needs today, is for India to ask him to come home.The caterwauling around desi vs videshi coach is impressively patriotic but when candidates are sought, bowler-turned-coach Frank Tyson worked with many young Indians during his time at the BCA-Mafatlal bowling scheme during the early 1990s, and from among them has a candidate he rates as, “one of India’s young coaches of the future”.Paras Mhambrey, 35, had a brief stint with India but has made coaching his full-time vocation. In the summer, he plays as overseas pro and part-time coach for a club in England. In India’s winter, he serves his apprenticeship as a professional coach. He spent two seasons with Bengal, along with captain Deep Dasgupta shepherding them into two consecutive Ranji finals, before moving to Vadodara. A good organiser and communicator, Mhambrey has remained a student in cricket.advertisementPolicy and PlanningSanjay ManjrekarManjrekar is high on realityIndia’s cricket has enough marketing wizards, spin doctors and TRP magnets. What it could really use is a thinker, a functioning bulls**t-meter and people not afraid to look back and forward with objectivity. Cricket on TV seems to have only one philosophy these days: that the only expert worth hiring is an ex-player who will act like the idiot on the idiot box. Instead of sagely opinion-makers, the cricket media is peopled with mob-leaders.In this melee, Sanjay Manjrekar’s is one of the few measured voices. If the BCCI were to convene a think tank to chart out plans for Indian cricket, they would do well to sweep their table clean of the usual suspects and ask Manjrekar, 41, to head it. A composed and competent top-order batsman for India, Manjrekar is the kind of man who is the first to admit that his career wasn’t as successful as it could have been, and to then explain the reasons why. Indian cricket and the BCCI usually don’t do introspection, but Manjrekar has never been afraid to.In a recent column he wrote, “‘Stagnation’ is a more accurate description of the current situation than ‘crisis’? we have had some proud moments but after all these years, India needs to have a memorable era.”Low on rhetoric, high on reality, Manjrekar may be right or he may be wrong but he knows how to make you stop and think. He knows, more than TRP magnets, how to think.Fast Bowler DevelopmentJavagal SrinathSrinath,mentor for fast bowlersJavagal Srinath, 37, has always been a bit of a fast-bowling fundamentalist. The former India bowler-turned-commentator-cum-columnist and now ICC match referee never thinks twice about asking batting-obsessed India to contemplate the lot of the fast bowler. He will forever champion their cause, whether it is in preparing wickets to suit them, or playing five bowlers instead of the four, or, like he did in the last days of his international career, being the best kind of mentor to the younger bowlers in the team.Srinath’s understanding of the mysterious zone that is the mind of the fast bowler, the uses as well as the limitations of technology and biomechanics in fast bowling mean that there are few better than him to be put in charge of a fast-bowling development programme.His old coach John Wright, with whom Srinath had many a wrangle, says, “Sri would be a great choice to look after young fast bowlers wanting to play for India, where the the drop-off rate is very high. He knows his stuff, has empathy and is forthright and honest.”Corporate GovernanceM.R. SrinivasaprasadTons to Tech:SrinivasaprasadM.R. Srinivasaprasad, 48, would be astonished to find himself on this list but there could be fewer more qualified for the role of Indian cricket’s first CEO. Vice-president with Fidelity Business Systems in Bangalore, he manages insurance technology groups in three cities. An engineer-MBAwho has lived in Paris and Japan, he worked for ITI, Alcatel and set up Sony Technology Centre (which developed technology for products like Playstation 3).But 20 years ago, he was one of Karnataka’s distinguished first-class batsmen, his career spanning nine seasons. He still follows India, watches a Bangalore ODI when he can and misses the “sheer joy of playing hard”. Asked about his impressions of Indian cricket (ignorant of this list), he replied, “Running Indian cricket is like running a billion-dollar company. Having a CEO is great but it would be important to get the right person and create the right environment for him to succeed.”advertisementThe CEO, he said, would need to define end-goals and a time-frame, learn from successful examples and hire the right people. “The sport’s environment has changed, Indian cricket needs to recognise this and change themselves to be successful.”Junior DevelopmentPRAVIN AMREAmres eye for talentUsually the junior selection committee acts as a parking lot for those who the BCCI wishes to bless with favours or quietly induct into its hierarchy. Thanks to the Board’s zonal handouts, all kinds of candidates are lodged in the junior panel-the influential, the unsuitable and the unscrupulous. Doing a job, which, as chairman of the selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar admits, is tougher than what his colleagues on the senior panel must do.Junior selection is grunt work, unglamourous labour undertaken in the hope that there are diamonds waiting to be found in the dust of some faraway town. The junior selector, if he is diligent, must travel to distant places, where comforts are few, identify players of skill as well as mental toughness, and then shepherd them up the ladder. Pravin Amre took to junior selection as chairman as if he was being given the keys to the kingdom of heaven.A former India batsman and chairman of the junior selection committee, Amre formed a fruitful partnership with Vengsarkar when he was chairman of the BCCI’s Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) created in 2002. The names that came through with Amre and his fellow junior selectors working with Vengsarkar are familiar: Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Karthick, R.P. Singh, Robin Uthappa, V.R.V. Singh, Piyush Chawla, Suresh Raina. The barrel is not, he believes, empty, “We need to go out and spot talent, groom it, be patient with it, monitor it and not abandon young players if they struggle.”Vengsarkar believes, “Pravin is perseverant, he is patient. He can play a important role in our junior cricket. I feel the best people must be employed to look after young cricketers. The wrong person can ruin a young cricketer’s career.”Amre is currently coach with Ranji champions Mumbai after doing his Level II coaching course in South Africa when he played provincial cricket for Boland, and his Level III when it was first offered in India. His training as coach has added to his judgement as selector. As junior chairman, Amre was diligent, a believer in monitoring those he was meant to keep an eye on. The scoreboard was not the benchmark for selection, the conditions in which scores are made or wickets taken are paramount. With information sourced and stored in his computer, Amre’s meetings would end in 15 minutes.His colleagues speak of his open mind and his ease with new technology and old tools: a cricketer’s instinct and his eyes. He says, “With juniors, you have to reinforce in them what they’re doing right rather than criticise them for doing something wrong. Most of the times they really don’t understand what their own talent is.”OperationsVijay DahiyaSo what makes former Delhi captain and India wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya the man to keep an eye on the many arms of the cricket business? To see that grounds are being maintained, equipment is being used, contracts are being honoured and a game’s clockwork universe is in order? In Delhi, they will only point to the St. Stephen’s Ground and say, look.It was once a place for truckers to rest their vehicles, a haven for drug addicts and general vagrants, the famous college’s grounds had deteriorated through disuse and abuse. The college sought some of its old cricketing glory back and an old student, Dahiya, who is employed for Indian Airlines, was up for the job that began in 2005. It took him a year-anda-half to have the area cleared, to get a round-the-clock guard put in place around the fringes of the ground to keep the layabouts at bay.Today, nearly 50 train at the St. Stephen’s Cricket Academy, which is run by Dahiya on a day-to-day basis. The college has two grounds, nine match strips in good shape, and a field that has gone from murky brown to lush green. Like all wicketkeepers, it seems, Dahiya, 34, comes armed with enough skill and smarts to survive in the shark pool that is Indian cricket.Grounds and grassrootsMoncho FerrerFerrer at the RDT stadiumAnantapur is a southwesterly district in Andhra Pradesh that houses one of the game’s best kept secrets. A Ranji Trophy venue with a lively wicket and an outfield that Moncho Ferrer, president of the Anantapur District Cricket Association, says, “is the best in the country”. This, in a town, said to be the most arid in India after Jaisalmer.The Rural Development Trust Stadium has hosted six Ranji Trophy games and could provide the prototype for that elusive of entities: a lively Indian wicket. Ferrer, 36, researched pitch preparation, sent his team out for samples, tested them, met with experts in engineering college, before his team found their answer: the black soil from the coastal parts of northern Andhra Pradesh in the Godavari region can be used to prepare wickets that make Indian fast bowlers burst into song.Neighbouring Karnataka heard and borrowed the formula to lay three new wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, used in the national Twenty 20 and the Afro-Asia Cup. Ferrer says, “I’m at a very low level in cricket administration, but am glad we have been able to do something in this small town.” BCCI bigwig I.S. Bindra’s dream is to have a proper ground in every district: if he finds someone who knows how it’s done, he doesn’t need to go too far. Only to Anantapur.
Usain Bolt was in his elements on Sunday night after winning a historic 100 metres final. From joking with friends in the stands to hugging teammates, the champion was in a relaxed mood. But once he started speaking, it was pure vitriol against London.”It’s weird… some of the rules. I had my skipping rope in my bag and they [security] said I can’t bring it in, and I asked why, they just said it is the rules,” said a shocked Bolt.”So, if I have a rubber band that I need to stretch, I can’t take it in and when I asked why, they say it’s just the rules. It’s just some weird small rules that don’t make any sense to me, personally.” Bolt again brought the security hassles into focus when he said: “Like, I was in the line, we were waiting to run and the guy was telling me to line up straight. I was like, ‘Really? We’re about to run and they are going to make me stand in a straight line?’ There are just some weird rules here,” said the man from Jamaica, where freedom is unlimited.Talking about the criticism in the lead-up to the Olympics, Bolt was frank. “There were a lot of people doubting me, saying that I wasn’t going to win, that I didn’t look good. There was a lot of a talk. It is an even greater feeling now that I am No. 1, still the best,” he said.So was Bolt nervous before the race? “For me, it was a wonderful feeling. I was slightly nervous, but that cheer that I got [from the crowd] made all the jitters go away,” he said.advertisementHis next goal is winning the 200m on Thursday, but thinks Yohan Blake may have a better chance. “That was the first step to becoming a legend. I need to focus for the 200m, but I’m glad this is the first step in the door,” he said.Now that he has proved his greatness again, Bolt reflected on what American swimming great Michael Phelps has achieved.”I think Michael Phelps has made himself a legend, he has really done great for himself, he has set the stage for a lot of athletes to come,” felt Bolt. “For me it’s always a great feeling to go in there to win a gold medal and defend my title, it’s an honour.” Looking ahead at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Bolt is not ruling it out. “I hope I’m there, although I’ll be 30 but Blake will be 26, so that will be interesting. Blake did a better run than me today. I hope I’m still in great shape. I’m looking forward to it,” said the champion.
American wrestler John Cena has been reportedly taken to court by Ford.According to TMZ Sports, Cena was sued by Ford for allegedly violating the company’s contract by selling his 500,000 USD 2017 Ford GT.As per the contract, Cena, who was picked from thousand of applicants for the opportunity to purchase the car, had agreed to keep it for at least two years, before being allowed to sell it.”Mr. Cena has unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip of the vehicle, and Ford has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale,” TMZ quoted Ford as saying.In his defence, Cena told that he sold the car and other property to pay bills.However, Ford has now asked Cena to lend all the profit, which he has earned from the car flip, to the company.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brighton striker Maupay: We deserved more against Burnleyby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay says the club deserved more from Saturday’s draw with Burnley.Jeff Hendrick secured a point for the visitors in the first minute of stoppage time to secure a point for the visitors.Maupay said: “We did enough to win. It wasn’t our best game. We didn’t start very well again but throughout the game we got better and we found solutions.”We scored the first goal, which we thought was enough to win.”But they scored a late goal so it was a frustrating game for us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter: Fans crucial against Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter says the home support will be key against Arsenal tonight.The two clubs meet in their opening Europa League group opener in Frankfurt.Hutter said: “We know what we in Frankfurt are capable of. “The fans are making even more steam internationally than usual. Maybe this mood tickles ten percent more out of the team. Anyway, we expect an incredible atmosphere here again.”He added: “We want to start with a win.”
Racing Santander keeper Luca Zidane not obsessing over Real Madrid futureby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacing Santander goalkeeper Luca Zidane says he’s not obsessing over his future with Real Madrid.Zidane is on a season-long loan with the Segunda Division outfit.”We’ll see what happens in a few years,” Zidane said.”I understand that it’s normal to ask me about Real Madrid, but I’m not there.”I see the team in a good state and although the results haven’t been great in the Champions League I trust the squad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say