WNBA interested to promote basketball in India

first_imgAdvertisement mNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsack7uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8e6wgk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bhdWould you ever consider trying this?😱9daf38Can your students do this? 🌚clRoller skating! Powered by Firework In a cricket crazed country like India, it is hard to imagine a time where another sport can ever take center stage. However, this doesn’t stop Women’s NBA legend Ebony Hoffman from aspiring that basketball can become India’s number 1 sport.Advertisement As Mumbai is to host two NBA games later this year , Hoffman is in B-town for the same.Advertisement “I think we have two great teams that we have got to (for) this game. Sacramento Kings have a very young and athletic group of kids.“You will see all types of dunks and all types of moves and then you have an older Indiana Pacers,” Hoffman told reporters.Advertisement “So we are going to see a wider range of talent that you have never seen live before. It is a lot different when you see in person and when you see it on your television screen. So I am excited for all of India to see that in person and raise their basketball,” Hoffman said.“We are coming here to take over, we love India, we know that cricket is the number 1 sport and so we are coming here to grow our game and to show India that they have basketball which can be a number one sport,” she added. Advertisementlast_img read more

The Mommy Chronicles

first_imgMy name is Krista and I am a mother of two children ages 5 and 7.  The ever-so-kind editor of this newspaper approached me at a recent wedding my family attended and asked me if I would be interested in doing a mommy blog.  I have writing experience, and 7 short years of mommy experience so I jumped at the chance to do it. The editor must have seen my two unusually well-behaved children at the wedding and assumed I had this whole parenting thing down to a science.  I didn’t want to disappoint her and tell her that I am often the mom arguing, screaming, and sometimes crying as my children push my limits on a daily basis and leave me asking why is it that I decided to have children. I can say that I thought long and hard about having children.  In fact, I was married 7 years before my husband and I decided to have children.  We never discussed having children before we got married (not something I recommend), we always just figured things out as we went along.   My husband and I enjoyed stress free ski and scuba vacations, quiet dinners, staying up late, sleeping in, going to the beach and actually sitting in a chair, reading, writing and all the other pleasures that childless adults experience. I knew of several reasons why I didn’t think I would make good parent.  I am cranky if I don’t get at least eight hours of sleep, I have limited patience, I like a neat house, and would stop to pet a cute puppy before I would reach for a baby to hold.  At least I was able to acknowledge my shortcomings, something that actually proved helpful once I became a parent. However, I was slowly becoming aware of how much children loved my husband.  At parties they gathered around him waiting in line to be tossed high in the air.  He had the ability to make the most introverted kids come out of their shell and join in a game of football.  He was the one giving piggy back rides, throwing pitches, pushing a swing, all the while looking like he was actually enjoying himself.   Still he was not pushing to have kids and neither one of us seemed able to make up our minds, so we continued to live our happy, yet childless, life.   I thought in order to know if you were ready to have children you had to be one of those people who couldn’t imagine your life without them or who stopped to look at babies in strollers or who loved to hold a newborn.  I knew that person would never be me. However, there was a part of me who thought that my husband and I did have some good things to offer to another human being.  If nothing else, we both had dark hair and blue eyes and I hated to see those genes go to waste.  So, we decided to take the plunge into parenthood.  9 months later we were rewarded with a vivacious baby girl and two and a half years after that a sweet baby boy.  And that is when life got interesting.Krista NewbertI hope you enjoy my perspective on parenthood on a variety of topics in the future.   I am going to take a nap now. Until next time…last_img read more

Remembering Judge Himelman

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK – Speaking with those who knew William Himelman, Red Bank’s long-serving Municipal Court judge who died last week, certain words keep coming up: “fair” being the most often repeated term, but also “tough” on the bench, and “decent” in his treatment of everyone he met while on the bench or in life.“I would say stability and civility,” were the words, said Mayor Pasquale Menna, recalling Himelman’s tenure on the bench here in the borough and in other municipalities over the years. “Those are the exact qualities you want in a judge.”“I’ve known him all my adult life and I respected him greatly,” said Menna, a lawyer, who earlier in his legal career worked as the prosecutor in Keansburg for about 12 years, while Himelman presided over the court.Himelman, 85, died on Jan. 25, after a relatively short battle with melanoma, according to his son, Daniel Himelman.Even at 85 and up until his illness prevented it, the elder Himelman had remained vital and active, going to the gym daily for up to two hours a day and playing golf multiple times a week, said his son.Himelman had been the longest serving Municipal Court judge in New Jersey, said Menna and former mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr., having sat on the bench in the borough from 1978 to 2017. He received unanimous approval for his reappointment from the Borough Council at the municipal reorganization meeting on Jan. 1.In addition to Red Bank, over the course of his career Himelman had been a judge in Little Silver as well as in Keansburg.“The death of a judge who has been a public servant for so very many years is a loss to all of us,” this week said Winnie Comfort, director of communications for the New Jersey Judiciary.“He always enjoyed it, acting in his capacity as a municipal judge,” Daniel recalled. “He loved working with all the men and women who work for the borough of Red Bank. He got to know all the borough police and borough workers.”“He was the best judge you could ask for. Very fair, just decent to everybody,” said Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell speaking of Himelman.McKenna said Himelman was “an incredible person in many ways.” McKenna said he was “a very astute businessman,” who with partners in his Tenco company had acquired considerable real estate holdings in the borough’s commercial district. “He was a great landlord, in that he always wanted to work with his tenants to keep the rents fair and keep the buildings occupied.”McKenna, a lawyer with a Red Bank practice, called Himelman “a great lawyer” and “a consummate professional.”Over the years McKenna found himself on the other side of Himelman in court cases. “He was one of the old school types,” McKenna remembered. “If he gave you his word you could take it to the bank.”Most profoundly for Red Bank, was his work on the bench. “He was tough but he was very fair,” McKenna said, “which is what made him such an exceptional judge.”That and “he was sensitive to real-life considerations,” for those who came before him in court, Menna said. “He understood them.”“He was understanding of people’s plights, as much as he could be,” Daniel said. Since his father’s passing, Daniel said he’s heard from people – some of whom the judge sentenced to jail – who offered kind words telling of how kind Himelman was.When Himelman considered retiring from the bench he offered to stay and agreed for a token $1 a year. This was at a time when Trenton eliminated state discretionary financial aid to municipalities – which was a real blow to Red Bank, Menna explained.Given Municipal Court judges can earn from the mid- $40,000s to upper $50,000 annually, “He saved the taxpayers of Red Bank hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Menna said. “It was a godsend.”“For him it was nice to be important but it was more important to be nice,” Daniel said of his father, remembering him as someone always willing to take time out to chat.“As busy as he was, as much as he had going on,” McConnell said, “he always had time to talk.” And, McConnell pointed out “He could talk you on literally any subject,” with football being a particularly favorite topic.“He just loved to talk and he was so down-to-earth. He could talk on any subject it seemed like,” offered Carl Colmorgen, who has been a volunteer in the Red Bank Municipal Court, working with Himelman for six years.“He always had a big smile on his face,” said Robert Koehler, as Himelman entered Koeher’s In-Between Café, English Plaza. He regularly had lunch at the restaurant, Koehler and his wife Ginny remembered, usually ordering his regular choice – scrambled eggs, “soft,” with salmon and cheddar cheese. “We all loved him. He was always so warm,” Ginny said.“We’re going to miss him terribly,” Koehler acknowledged.Himelman was born in Brooklyn, New York and move with his family to Belmar in 1935. He attended Asbury Park High School, where he played football.He attended Vanderbilt University, leaving his studies to serve in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, becoming a second lieutenant. He completed his undergraduate studies at Albright College and then went to Rutgers Law School. He began his law practice in Red Bank in 1957.His wife of 60 years, Joan, died last May. Himelman is survived by his son, and daughter, Carla Campbell, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and their respective families, which include five grandchildren.last_img read more

New ShopRite Construction Underway In Shrewsbury

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |SHREWSBURY – Construction has begun on the new ShopRite supermarket on Shrewsbury Avenue.The 77,100-square-foot shopping center is scheduled to open in the Shrewsbury Plaza in late 2019. Plans were presented to the Zoning Board early last year and approved, but there was a delay while the parties worked out clarifications regarding some of the restrictions on the approval, said Mayor Don Burden.The store is being built by National Realty and Development Corp. “We are delighted to bring a tenant of ShopRite’s quality to Shrewsbury Plaza,” NRDC president John G. Orrico said in a media release. “The support and feedback from the community to bring ShopRite to this project has been tremendous.”The new ShopRite facility will stand on the site of the former Shrewsbury Business Center, a 10-acre office park and light industrial zone area at 1151-1163 Shrewsbury Ave. It will serve the surrounding communities of Shrewsbury, Rumson, Little Silver, Tinton Falls and Eatontown.Shrewsbury Plaza is a multi-anchored retail center located at the intersection of Route 35 and Shrewsbury Avenue. Retail outlets like Home Goods, Marshalls, AC Moore and Saks OFF 5th are located in the plaza.When construction is complete, the free-standing food store will integrate with Shrewsbury Plaza through new connector drive aisles that will provide easy access to and from the various other retail outlets.“I’m certain that Richard Saker and his team at Saker ShopRite will deliver an extraordinary grocery experience to our community,” Orrico said. “We look forward to having them as part of the Shrewsbury Plaza.”The plans approved in February 2017 allowed for 390 parking spaces.The Shrewsbury store will be the 136th ShopRite location in the Garden State, and the 11th to take a foothold in Monmouth County, joining locations in Aberdeen, Belmar, Freehold, Hazlet, Howell, Manasquan, Marlboro, Middletown, Neptune and West Long Branch.This article was first published in the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Must win situation for Nelson Leafs

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsIn years past the Nelson Leafs have faced must win games — but against Grand Forks, a team the coaching staff generally gives the back-up goalie the start and an opportunity for the players to improve the individual stats?However, when your record is 5-8 and 10 points from the top of the division, every game, especially against a team lower in the standings, are, well you guessed it, a must-win game.The struggling Nelson, losers of two straight and three of its last five games, face the Border Bruins Saturday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“There are huge games coming up,” said Leaf sniper Adrian Moyls when asked about the weekend tilts against Grand Forks and Sunday in Spokane. “These games are going to be crucial to our year.”
 Nelson is a not-very-good 1-1 against the perennial Murdoch Division bottom feeders from Grand Forks.The Leafs received a rude awakening to start the season when the Bruins scored six power play goals en route to a 6-2 victory. Nelson managed some revenge, thanks to a four-point night from Gavin Currie, to take the rematch 8-3.One aspect the game the Leafs may want to improve if the club wants to make a run in the Murdoch Division is the power play. The club is a dismal 1-for-31 with the man advantage in October.“Our power play has got to get going,” Moyls admitted, one of the many Leaf forwards with no power play goals. “Right now there’s no finish. It’s getting better but right now it’s not good enough.”Grand Forks just might be what the doctor ordered to help the Leafs regain some confidence. The Boundary City squad had one win in its last ten games, and has allowed league-high 5.30 goals per game this season — perfect medicine for a team that scores 2.70 goals per game.Sunday Nelson travels to the Lilac City to meet the red-hot Braves. Spokane had reeled off six straight wins before the Fernie Ghostriders cooled the Braves with a 7-4 victory.LEAGUE NOTES: Spencer Brodt of the Rebels has a few more games to sit on his four-game suspension for a gross misconduct during an October 9 home contest against Beaver Valley. . . .Brodt’s teammate Adam Smith and Ryan Schibler of the Bruins received one-game suspensions for earning game misconducts in the last 10 minutes of the game October 16. . . .Taylor House and Stefan Jensen of Osoyoos lead the KIJHL in scoring, respectively. Ryan Aynsley of Castlegar is third. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Nelson Curling Club offers FREE DAY of curling Sunday

first_imgCome one, come all to the Nelson Curling Club’s free day of curling.Doors open on the family-fun day at 11 a.m. for four hours of curling.Instructors will be on-hand to assist with learning how to deliver a rock, sweep, or just to provide fun activities for making it fun for everyone from ages two to 82.Equipment is provided so all curlings need to bring is a clean pair of running shoes.  Helmets for the younger curlers under the age of seven are recommended, along with a pair of mitts. Refreshments and snacks provided.  The off-ice curling game of Rocks and Rings will also be available for younger people to try out. As the Christmas season is rapidly approaching, the club is inviting participants to help with the Nelson Food Bank’s annual Christmas food drive by bringing a non-perishable item.The Curling Club invites the public to come and find out why curling is such a popular Canadian sport.last_img read more

Rebels, Leafs begin what could be a long stretch of games between the two West Kootenay rivals

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports There should be no question in the minds of the Castlegar Rebels and Nelson Leafs who their respective first round opponents will be when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs begin. The Rebels thought to have a chance at stealing away the Murdoch Division title from the front-running Beaver Valley Nitehawks after beating the Fruitvale squad four consecutive times. But the Hawks answered the bell Sunday in the Sunflower City, bouncing the Rebels 7-3 to all but end Castlegar’s stretch run to the title. So Friday in Nelson, unofficially, begins a best-of-eleven series between the two West Kootenay rivals. Of course the first four games — including this weekend’s home-and-home series starting Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena — will be a feeling out period. The real business takes place in Castlegar in the third full week of February. “Right now we’re preparing for the playoffs,” said Leaf coach and GM, Frank Maida. “Every day is important for the players to get ready, both mentally and physically.” Of course, you know the Rebels have a little more to play for than the Leafs. Steve Junker’s crew is not mathematically out of the race for the Murdoch Division title — trailing the Hawks by nine points with nine games remaining. The Murdoch champ receives an easier first-round opponent in the Spokane Braves. Meanwhile, the Leafs will finish third in the Murdoch and travel to either Castlegar or Beaver Valley to open the playoffs. So there’s really no incentive to bust a hump before the playoffs. Right? On the contrary says Maida. “This is a big weekend for us against Castlegar and we want both games,” Maida confessed. “We want the boys to come out to play a full 60 minutes and play good hockey against Castlegar. “That’s our key, battling with them on every shift.”Ironically, Beaver Valley has had Nelson’s number this season, losing once to the Leafs. Castlegar has gotten the better of Beaver Valley, until Sunday’s game. But not lost in translation is the fact Nelson has played the Rebels tough this season, splitting the first four games. Which should make for a very interesting best-of-eleven series starting Friday in Nelson.OVERTIME: Ironically is was a Nelson native that shot the lights out of the Rebels Sunday in Castlegar as Justin Niminiken not only scored the natural hat trick but added another goal and assist in the Beaver Valley win. . . .The Leafs finally have defenceman Blake Arcuri back in the lineup after the Nelson native returned from his second major injury of the season. Arcuri played in both weekend wins for Nelson over Golden and Columbia Valley. . . . Defenceman J.J. Beitel is listed as day-to-day. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida was pleased with the play of rookie Carsen Willans on the recent East Kootenay trip saying, “Carsen played well all weekend but had a great game Saturday (against Columbia Valley.)” . . .No doubt the Walton boys will be front and center when Nelson meets Castlegar as Stuart, leading the Rebels in scoring, goes up against Andrew, goalie for the Leafs. Stuart Walton leads Anthony Delong in Castlegar scoring but Delong has the team lead in goals with 32. . . . Nick Newman leads the Leafs in scoring but Patrick Martens is back as the go-to guy. Martens, returning from the BCHL at the roster deadline, has seven points in three games including six goals. . . .The teams return to Castlegar for game two of the series. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in the Community Complex. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Perkins scores twice to power Bombers past Rockers in West Kootenay Fieldhockey

first_img“We had great defence by Lauren Walgren and Emma Gregorich and the mid field is amazing with Hailee Gerun, and captains Naomi Perkins and Allie Zondervan,” said coach Val Gibson.The Bombers return to the pitch Tuesday in to play J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail, Wednesday Stanley Humphries before competing in the Kootenay Tournament Friday and Saturday at Pass Creek.On Tuesday, October 21the semi final playoff game is being played between the second and third-place finishers in the West Kootenay League.The Final is set for Thursday, October 23.There is a wild card game in Kelowna on Tuesday, October 28th for the runner up of the West Kootenay League. The L.V. Rogers Bombers head into a hectic week on the schedule after edging Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-2 Thursday in West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey action at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.Naomi Perkins led the Bombers with a pair of goals whbile Nao Butterfield added a single.Jenna Wheeldon was in goal to register the win for LVR. It was the first time guarding the cage for Wheeldon.last_img read more

Cats rebound to grab silver medal at Penticton Volleyball Tournament

first_imgMount Sentinel scored a straight set victory (25-19, 25-10) over Kelowna’s Mount Boucherie in the Consolation Final.“Our inconsistent play at Best of the West was a necessary wake up call,” said head coach Joe Moreira.“For the most part we were focused and determined the entire weekend (in Penticton).”The Wildcats finished second to Boucherie in pool play action, winning tough matches against Penticton and Westsyde of Kamloops.Saturday, the Cats continued to play well, defeating West Van 2-0 before losing to host Princess Margaret. The Maggies happen to be one of the better ranked AA teams in the province.Third-ranked single-A Mount Sentinel, which finished 21st in the 48-team pool at Best of the West, travel to Kimberley Friday to compete in the Selkirk Storm Girl’s High School Invitational Tournament. Time is running out on the Mount Sentinel Wildcats in this shortened BC High School Volleyball season.The Wildcats rebounded from a poor showing at the 48-team Best of the West tournament in Kelowna to capture the bronze medal in Penticton Saturday.last_img read more


first_imgBreeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsSaturday, November 5, 2016Joe CiagliaMario GutierrezPeter EurtonPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to get started. The winner of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies was Champagne Room, and we’re very fortunate now to be joined by the winning connections on the right, Mario Gutierrez; in the center, the managing partner of a very large partnership, we’ll learn more about them, is Joe Ciaglia; and on the left, trainer, Peter Eurton. Congratulations, gentlemen, and thank you for joining us here. Peter, let’s hear from you first, if we could get your impressions of how the race was run today.PETER EURTON: Well, I mean, our whole thought today was just not get in her way, meaning don’t choke her down. She’s still a very aggressive by nature, and I think she’s going to grow up out of that and maybe be a little more relaxed early on, so we just wanted to let her run out of there and think about where we are after that. Mario did an excellent job on getting her into good position.THE MODERATOR: Mario, can you tell us about that trip as well as instructions that you might have gotten from Peter beforehand and how it played out.MARIO GUTIERREZ: Everything played out good, right? We got the win. We got the win. Just like how he said, you know, the main thing was like not to get in trouble with her. He helped a lot that she breaks really fast out of the gate, so that was a plus for us. She broke on top, and from that point on, the position really helped her as well. Then she was a little bit strong, but I was able to relax a bit in the backstretch and follow the buffer horse. From that point on, she was waiting until I said in the end, when I asked her, she was all game, she was all heart, and she demonstrated that all the way to the wire.THE MODERATOR: Joe, congratulations to you. I heard in your interview with Jay Privman, you’re a local. Tell us about the experience of winning a Breeders’ Cup Race here at your home track.JOE CIAGLIA: Well, we started out really kind of claiming horses, Pete and I, and Mr. Alesia, and another man named Mike Mellon. We were just happy winning. Slowly we started buying horses and learning from that, and Larry Zap, our Bloodstock agent, and we started spending a little bit more and a little bit more. We were fortunate five years ago to run the same race at Churchill, and we ran third, and that was our first graded winner that we ran with, it was a great experience.As we continue to progress, we have some new good friends and good partners. We have Ryan Exline, Justin Border, Dan Legan, Robin Christensen over here. Am I missing anybody else? Phil, Phil. So it’s nice when you have a great group of people. And we go to the sales with Larry Zap and Peter Eurton, we give them the opportunity to buy what they think is right. And they only buy horses that they love, and they love this one.So it’s great to have a group of people that can support us and buy in together. It’s a lot of fun winning as a group. This little guy, Mario, next to me, I would not want to win with anybody else. He’s got the greatest personality and greatest attitude. He’s shorter than me, which I love, and we’re good friends.THE MODERATOR: Well, we want to learn more about Champagne Room. But I’m going to open it up for the media if they have any questions. If not, I’ll keep going. Peter, if you can just take us through the last race where she had a little bit of trouble, which I’m sure is why she was overlooked by the betters today, but what happened last time out?PETER EURTON: Well, she broke well, and the whole theory was just to sit behind the speed. So she broke a little slow. Mike just kind of sat on her for a couple of strides and she grabbed the bridle. She was stuck inside for, I would say, probably a good 5/8th a mile, literally running off. But that was her first time going two turns, and I think that had a lot to do with it. And that’s why we didn’t want to get in her way today. Just let her run her race, and it turned out pretty good.Q. Coming up to this race today, on paper you’re an outsider, but how were you feeling? Obviously if you want to stay out of trouble, you felt like you had a live horse.PETER EURTON: The beginning, the best part was we got the outside this time. We drew the six hole. It gave us an opportunity in case we were outrun to just stay outside of the speed. And, I mean, going into her races, her last work, she happened to break in with Hoppertunity, and that didn’t work out too well. But it still probably made her the fittest horse in the race.Q. This is sort of the obligatory question after this race every year, but now you can’t help but think about next spring and the trail to the Oaks. So just talk about what your thoughts are on her future potential, and what will be her schedule the next few months?PETER EURTON: Well, I haven’t spoken to the owners at all, but I think they’re going to want to go to the Oaks. We’ll just have to sit down and enjoy this one first and then chart out a plan for next year.THE MODERATOR: Joe, do you have anything to add to that?JOE CIAGLIA: I thought Brandy Eurton said she wanted to go to the Derby.Q. Watching this race from up above, what do you think Uncle Frank would be saying to you right now?PETER EURTON: I think he’d be pretty proud of everybody. And Sharon, he’s just loving her. And we all miss Frank. I don’t know what he would be saying, but he was very, very happy for us all. And go Cubs, I think, was the big thing with Uncle Frank. To Uncle Frank.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more