Undefeated swim team ready for county meet

first_imgMid’town swim club team more than 200 strong BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The Middletown Swim & Tennis Club’s swim team will be looking to complete an undefeated campaign in the Monmouth County Swim Conference on Saturday when it hosts Candlewood. Coach Lyne Cefalo’s swimmers have scored triumphs over Hazlet, Monmouth Heights, Marlboro, Holmdel and, most important, Freehold, historically one of the conference’s top teams. The success runs throughout the program. There are now more than 200 swimmers in the program — 60 more than a year ago — the bulk in the 8-year-old and under category. As a result, practices are broken up into four groups and fortunately, Cefalo has several assistant coaches, most of whom also compete in the 15-18-year-old division. “We’ve almost doubled our team and it’s great to see so many kids involved,” the ninth-year coach said. “It seems like a lot of our swimmers just told their friends and encouraged them to come out. Last year’s Olympics also generated a lot of interest. That’s really helped swimming become a more popular sport. Once the kids get in the water they tend to like it.” Speaking of Olympics, Cefalo also noted that it doesn’t hurt that former U.S. Olympic swimmer Tom Wilkens is a member and is frequently at the club. “We have a great club with a great atmosphere, and it’s a nice place to spend time at,” Cefalo said. “There’s always something happening.” Some of the Middletown club’s top competitors include: (8 & under) Vinnie Cinko, Charlie Ciraollo, Natallie Heim, McKenna Johnson, Megan Loh, Paul Reterer, Skylar Shafritz and Richie Trentalang; (9-10) Tate Algayer, Joshua Atienza, Sydney Cloff, Marirose Fitzpatrick, Erica Nagase, Andrew Rooney, Chris Smith and Brian Tucker. In the 11-12 age group: Ryan Andresen, Julia Bland, Abigail Hofman, Lauren Homack, Julia Reimertz, Dean Shafritz, Matt Shaw, Anastasia Shekhter, Andrew Smith and Chris Tucker; (13-14) Jodiann Atienza, Danielle Ciraollo, Harty Dizinagraia, Matt Farkouh, Erin Finn, Lily Kemm, Anna Pelligra, Jimmy Sullivan and Chris Zadala. The 15-18 group includes Kevin Boettger, Catherine Sufficool and Conor Urbealis along with assistant coaches Harrison Cefalo, Keala Evans, Megan Foran, Megan Massa, Christel Murray and Erin O’Malley. Daria Cefalo, also serves as an assistant.last_img read more

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United confirm Ibra exit

first_imgUnited have declined a mutual option to extend the Swedish striker’s stay at Old Trafford for a further 12 months, with Ibrahimovic expected to be out until 2018 after undergoing surgery to repair his damaged cruciate ligament last month.Ibrahimovic was an instant success after joining United as a free agent from Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances.The 35-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed last month Ibrahimovic was keen to extend his stay at United but the club have decided to move on and have identified Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata as the man they want to lead the line next season.United remain in talks to sign Morata and are increasingly confident a deal can be agreed.Contrary to reports, United cannot talk to Morata and discuss personal terms until a fee has been agreed between the clubs.Real value Morata at up to €90m (£78m) and have already rejected a £52.4m (€60m) from United. The Spanish club bought him back from Juventus last summer using a €30m option.Meanwhile, Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin have launched a cheeky bid on Twitter to sign Ibrahimovic but it sounds like he may have to take a pay cut from the reported £19m he earned at United last season.last_img read more

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GALLERY: Young athletes show their mettle in IronKids swim-run race

first_imgSUBIC–More than 800 kids aged six to 14-years-old participated in the annual the Alaska Ironkids swim/run event on Saturday.Zedrick Borja ruled the 13 to 14-year-old boys’ division for the second straight year while Samantha Corpuz crushed the competition in the girls’ side for her third overall gold medal in the event.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Here are some still from Saturday morning’s action:Photos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhotos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan votingcenter_img MOST READ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PBA: CJ Perez explodes for 39 as Columbian nails first win, shreds NLEX Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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ONE: No break for Joshua Pacio as he stays ready for any challenger

first_imgPhivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Overcoming his first title defense is just the beginning for Joshua Pacio.“Every victory motivates me to learn more and improve. There are a lot of athletes who will be gunning for the world title and I want them to know that I will always be at my best so I can hold this for a long time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MANILA, Philippines—Joshua Pacio is welcome to facing all potential challengers that will stand in his way after impressively defending his ONE strawweight world title.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption UST eliminates No. 2 UP, roars back into UAAP Finals vs Ateneo Banking on his ever-improving jiu-jitsu, Joshua Pacio submitted Catalan with an arm-triangle choke to retain his belt.The 23-year-old Joshua Pacio said his sterling performance was fueled by Team Lakay’s recent struggles in Tokyo, Japan where the Baguio-based squad went 1-3 in ONE: Century.“What happened to us in Japan, it hurts. I still carry it. But my teammates motivated me to get this win for them. I thank kuya Kevin [Belingon] and my teammates for motivating me and pushing me,” Pacio said.READ: Joshua Pacio keeps ONE crown, submits Rene Catalan“I haven’t really moved on from that Japan night until now so [it’s nice that] at the end of the year, we’re happy.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Joshua Pacio is fresh off a second-round stoppage of Rene Catalan in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate on Friday and he is already raring for another title defense sooner than later.“I don’t have any plans of taking a break, after this win, training continues. MMA is a continuous learning process and I am ready to learn more and develop the skills that I have now,” Joshua Pacio said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4READ: Rene Catalan sees long reign for ONE strawweight champ Joshua Pacio“January 31 is the next event here in Manila, and we’ll never know, maybe I’ll compete again,” he added. “I am not nitpicking opponents. If there is a deserving challenger, I’ll defend my belt.” Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘People evacuated on their own’ View commentslast_img read more

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Imagination Fountains: A Pick for the Best Part of Epcot?

first_imgShare This!Ever have one of those secret places that you want to share with the whole world, but you also like having as your own private retreat? Today I’m sharing mine with you–as long as you promise not to tell anyone!As far back as the early 80s, my absolute favorite place in all of Walt Disney World has been the Imagination fountains area, located near the exit of the 3-D movie theater at the Imagination pavilion in Epcot. Although there’s nothing cutting-edge tech there — after all, the fountains haven’t really changed much over the years — the jumping fountains still bring about a reaction of amazement, laughter, and joy for people who walk by. It is always fun to people watch to see guests try not to get wet (or to try and get themselves or their family members wet by leaping up to “catch” the jumping water.As a parent of a very active child, I gained new appreciation for these fountains. Here is one of the very, very few places in a Disney theme park where kids have open space to run free.Generally, the area is never busy, and only has people moving through as each show lets out from the theater. Plus, the area is filled with, well, imagination.At night, especially, this area retains a “Classic Epcot” vibe unlike any other. Between the fountains, the view of Spaceship Earth, and the occasional monorail passing by, it is a healthy dose of nostalgia for those of us who grew up in the age of EPCOT Center.The moving water helps keep the area slightly cooler than other parts of the park, there are ample places to sit, and who doesn’t love mellowing out to the sound of splashing water?And whether you let your kid get a little wet or soaked to the bone, one thing is certain, they will have a lot of fun exploring this off-the-beaten-path area and make memories for years to come.Do you like the Imagination fountains? Let us know in the comments if you have any fun memories of this area.last_img read more

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Mad Men: End of An Era?

first_imgWell, “Mad Men” is no more.As AMC marketed it, we have come to an “end of an era.” Or have we?While it was only a television show, or so people try to tell me, the workplace implications resonated with so many of us in the HR/business community. Perhaps that is because, while much has changed, some things are still painfully similar.Here are six themes from Mad Men which are as relevant today as they were in the “Mad Men days.” Knowing that not everyone watched the show (don’t understand that!), I will do my best to speak in broad strokes and not get into the Mad Men minutia of which life is made.Of course, we are talking about friends. So, I will refer to all characters by their first names only! 1.  Sexual Harassment.   Joan and Peggy were the two primary female characters. Joan experienced quid pro quo harassment not once, but twice. And both Peggy and Joan experienced gender-based hostility.  While the show began in the early 60’s, it ends in the early ‘70s.  When confronted with quid pro quo harassment the second time, Joan mentions the EEOC. Although she effectively settled her claims for 50% on the dollar, she probably would have ended up with nothing but for the legal protections she had by the end of the series. Sadly, sexual and other forms of unlawful harassment remain a problem today.  Employers must prevent and correct not only to avoid liability, but also to maximize the value of the talent we hire. Indeed the EEOC in its most recent strategic enforcement plan listed harassment prevention as a priority.2. Boys’ Club.   The initial employer, Sterling Cooper, was a boys’ club. But it was nothing compared to the depiction of McCann Erickson. A small group of powerful men called the shots and women were marginalized, at best. Peggy, who was promoted from secretary to Copy Chief at Sterling Cooper, will give it her best at McCann Erickson. It is hard to be better than Peggy’s best. She should be their Sheryl Sandberg. I fear she may end up hitting her head on a glass ceiling lined with cement. The statistics with regard to women in senior leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies today are depressing, at best.3. Women-owned Business.   After being forced out of McCann for not agreeing to submit to the sexual advances of a knuckle-dragger, Joan ultimately decides to start her own business. Today, we see many women leaving “big business” and starting companies of their own. Sadly, this, too, came at a cost for Joan. We thought Joan had found her true love, only to be left by him when she decided she wanted to be a player, too. As Sandberg has said, ambition is not always described in positive terms when applied to a woman.4. Male Allies.   Women don’t need men to protect them, but women alone cannot fight the battle for true equality. Nor should they fight this battle alone. Men benefit equally when workplaces have the business benefit of gender equality. While Don was a lothario in his personal life, and that included at work, he had redeeming qualities. He saw the brilliance in Peggy and both mentored and sponsored her. And, he learned as much as he imparted, as is true in any good mentoring relationship. And, he told Joan not to submit to quid pro quo harassment, while the less licentious men told her to do whatever it takes to land the client  More men need to be gender allies. Hopefully, modern day allies will do so without sleeping with colleagues and clients.5. Race.   There were two women of color in the show, Dawn and Shirley. Both started as secretaries. While Dawn becomes an office manager, it is ironically only because of racial discrimination, that is, one of the partners did not want Dawn as the receptionist—the face of Sterling Cooper.  At the end, Shirley tells Roger that she is not joining him with the acquisition by McCann. She said she would not feel “comfortable.” So the last episode is entirely white in terms of cast members. And that is still true today of many leadership teams and boards. Here too the Fortune 500 numbers are downright devastating. This must change if a company is to survive, let alone thrive. The business imperative of diversity cannot be underestimated.6. Comeback Kid.    Of course, I end this blog with my friend Don. In the last season, he lost almost everything until he finally found himself.  At the end, I believe his star rises again as I explain in my blog in the Philadelphia Business Journal.We often hear it said, but work is a marathon and not a sprint.  Not every day can be a win. Some of the most successful people have endured setbacks.  Don is hardly alone. Read Steve Job’s bio. His success was not a straight line. The same is true for Oprah Winfrey.Like a phoenix, Don rose from the ashes. But that was only after group therapy at an Ashram. While I am not suggesting that every employer should mandate therapy, sometimes what an employee needs most is time and space and the courage of introspection.To read Jonathan Segal’s Mad Men post in the Philadelphia Business Journal, please click here.last_img read more

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Big Data: Can Next Generation Software Replace the need for Data Scientists?

first_imgVirginia Backaitis, Big Data recruiter, earlier this month wrote a piece for CMSWire called ‘the End of Data Scientists’ where she collects comments from executives of companies building analytics tools.  These businesses say that the next generation of software analytics tools to be unveiled in 2014 will be powerful enough to begin making the role of Data Scientist less relevant.Can that be right?  It was only less than 12 months ago that everyone thought we’d never be able to get enough Data Scientists to quench the demand when it comes to analyzing Big Data.But now, Big Data analytics companies like Tableau say that new software will allow non-technical business users the ability to generate insights from their data without the help of data scientists.  Alteryx says that “analysts will matter more than data scientists… Empowering analysts in business departments with big data and analytics will become more important than filling the perceived need for millions of data scientists.”  Andy Savitz, VP of Marketing at SAP’s KXEN, says too that their software will enable analysts to by-pass the data scientist and automate “much of their hard, messy and time-consuming work.”But not everyone agrees.Jordan Novet, tech journalist, quotes Pete Skomoroch, former principal data scientist at LinkedIn, saying that “startups might try hard to automate the process of discovering trends and anomalies in large volumes of data, but software most likely will not be able to replicate the capabilities of humans who are trained in data science principles and best practices…  Startups such as Trifacta could slim down the time it takes to get data ready for analysis, but later work still could use a skilled person’s input. Creativity, intuition — ‘the human element’ — still matter a great deal. ‘This is knowledge work.’”Ted Cuzzillo, business intelligence analyst, writes for Information Management that “you can’t replace a data scientist’s judgment and know-how with software — you wouldn’t dare rely on it for truly important decisions —it is possible to set up self-service that moves some functions down the ladder. The data scientist then works on the really difficult, complex problems.”So, if you’ve signed up to train to become a Data Scientist working with  Big Data analytics, it’s probably still worth it to keep on plugging — there are still jobs out there, at least still in 2014.last_img read more

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Three-dimensional printed throat implants save three infants

first_imgThree-dimensional printed throat implants recently saved three newborn boys in the United States—Kaiba, Garrett, and Ian—from near certain death, according to a new report out today in Science Translational Medicine. All suffered from tracheobronchomalacia, which causes the windpipe in infants to periodically collapse and prevents normal breathing. The condition typically leads to devastating side effects, including an inability to absorb food, respiratory failure, and even cardiac arrest. Researchers performed CT scans on each boy to determine the precise size and shape of their trachea. The images were integrated with a computer model to design hollow, tube-shaped plastic splints (above). These were then manufactured by a 3D printing technique called laser sintering, in which a laser melts powdered plastic particles together layer by layer to build a 3D structure from the bottom up. The splints were designed not only to be flexible, to allow the airway to move, but also to stretch slowly over time to match the growth of each boy’s windpipe. They were made from polycaprolactone, a polymer that naturally biodegrades over 3 to 4 years when exposed to fluids in the body. For each boy, surgeons wrapped the splints around the damaged trachea and sewed them in place to keep the airway open. The splints worked so well that each boy was able to come off a mechanical ventilator, leave intensive care, and even return home. The boys are now between 17 months and 3 years old. Once their tracheal splints fully dissolve, the boys’ windpipes are expected to be developed enough that they should continue to grow and work normally.last_img read more

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