madrid – Carlos Moya has decided not to stay on as Spain’s Davis Cup coach next year after the five-time winners, missing their top players, were eliminated from the elite World Group by Brazil at the weekend.Injured world No. 2 Rafa Nadal and No. 5 David Ferrer were two of the absentees as Brazil’s 3-1 success on clay in Sao Paulo dumped Spain into the Euro-Africa Zone Group I for the first time since 1996. Davis Cup, Carlos Moya GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS For a country with 10 players in the top 50 it was a bitter blow and further humiliation following setbacks for their soccer and basketball teams at their respective World Cups this year.Moya, who took over from Alex Corretja at the end of 2013, announced his decision to step aside on his Twitter feed (@Charlymoya) on Thursday.In an interview with El Pais, the former world No. 1 said he had not been expecting to find it so hard to convince Spain’s top players to take part in the Davis Cup and that he was leaving partly because he did not want to further disrupt the lives of his young family.“I signed for one year instead of the two they offered me for family reasons,” he told the newspaper. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Japan’s Saori Kimura spikes the ball against Argentina in the first set of a FIVB Volleyball World Cup match on Saturday at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Japan defeated Argentina 25-16, 25-19, 25-12. | KYODO Sarina Koga scored a team-high 14 points and Miyu Nagaoka added 13 as Japan got off to a good start in the FIVB Women’s World Cup by beating Argentina 25-16, 25-19, 25-12 on Saturday at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.Japan is playing host for the 12th straight World Cup, which features a 12-nation field in a round-robin competition. The top two teams will earn Olympic berths for the 2015 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Argentina, Masayoshi Manabe, Japan, FIVB Women’s World Cup, Sarina Koga, Miyu Nagaoka KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Japan, which lost the first matches in the 2014 World Championship and the World Grand Prix in July, started slowly, struggling to establish the combination between setter Chizuru Koto and wing spikers Saori Kimura and Nagaoka.“I was nervous at the beginning of the match and it affected my teammates,” Koto said.With Argentina up 10-9 in the first set, however, Japan used strong serves by Nagaoka and Kimura to build a rhythm. Japan scored four unanswered points on Nagaoka’s serve and Kimura’s for a 19-11 lead before taking the set.“Our service set the tune for us in the early stage of the match,” said Japan head coach Masayoshi Manabe, who also praised the team’s defensie improvement.“We worked hard on improving our defense the last 20 days. I hope that will work for our next opponent Russia on Sunday.”While Kimura and Nagaoka have been established spikers for Japan, the 19-year-old Koga made the statement as a new rising star. Koga had 11 points while spiking as well as two from blocks and one on service.Argentine players took advantage of their height to score points on blocks and fought to a 16-16 tie in the second set, but defensive mistakes cost the South American squad the set and allowed Japan to have an easy win in the final set.“We had a hard time adjusting to the arena’s atmosphere,” Argentina coach Guillermo Orduna said. “We rarely play in big arenas like this and in front of this much audience. We also had difficulty to adjust to Japan’s speed.”Meanwhile, Russia, which qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1999, defeated the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-18) earlier on Saturday. Nataliya Obmochaeva scored 18 points on spikes, followed by Yana Shcherban’s 12. Cuba defeated Kenya 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 12-25, 25-22).In the other venue in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture the United States won 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-15) over South Korea. China overcame a one-set deficit to beat Serbia 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-19). Peru marked a straight-sets win (25-16, 25-13, 25-16) over Algeria. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – Japan provisionally took fourth place in the women’s team qualifying on the first day of the World Gymnastics Championships on Friday as it bids to book the third straight place in the Olympics.Japan scored 223.863 in the meet, where the top eight teams qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Russia leads the table, and Britain and Italy placed second and third, while the U.S. and China are set to perform on Saturday. KEYWORDS World Gymnastics Championships GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “With us placed fourth provisionally I reckon we can get the Olympic berth. Selecting (Mai) Murakami from the reserves paid off,” said Japan coach Chieko Tsukahara.In the individual all-around, Murakami scored 56.366 after four events for fifth place, while Asuka Teramoto came 13th with 55.532. The maximum of two from the same country or region will advance to the final of 24 participants.A national-team debutant Sae Miyakawa topped the floor exercise, scoring 14.900 points. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Sonoda and Kamura faced less challenges in their semifinal from Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China, securing a 21-16, 21-17 win in 32 minutes.Akane Yamaguchi went down 21-12, 22-20 against Thailand’s world No. 2 Ratchanok Intanon in the women’s singles semifinals. Singapore Open, Ayaka Takahashi, Misaki Matsutomo, Keigo Sonoda, Takeshi Kamura KEYWORDS SINGAPORE – Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo reached the women’s doubles final of the Singapore Open on Saturday, followed by Keigo Sonoda and Takeshi Kamura in the men’s competition.Takahashi and Matsutomo, seeded first in Singapore, edged London Olympic champions Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei of China 21-17, 20-22, 21-16 in an hour and 20 minutes. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES M – elbourne AustraliaCameron McEvoy will head to the Rio Games brimming with confidence after storming to the Australian 100-meter freestyle title at the Olympic trials on Monday, but former world champion James Magnussen failed to book his ticket for the blue-riband event. KEYWORDS McEvoy, runner-up at the world championships in Kazan, Russia, last year, was lightning out of the blocks and posted a time of 47.04 seconds, the fastest recorded since synthetic suits were banned at the end of 2009.The swim also eclipsed compatriot Eamon Sullivan’s mark of 47.05 seconds at the Beijing Games in 2008, a then-world record only bettered by Alain Bernard (46.94) and current holder Cesar Cielo (46.91) in synthetic suits the following year.“A lot of the best swimmers past and present get up behind the blocks and just put up the curtains either side of the lanes and I did that and I guess it paid off,” McEvoy said in a pool-side interview.“(Rio’s) going to be a different experience but I’ve just got to treat it like any other competition.”Junior world champion and runner-up Kyle Chalmers was nearly a second behind McEvoy but booked the second Olympic berth in the individual event.The impressive 17-year-old upstaged James Roberts and fourth-placed Magnussen, who was crestfallen after failing to qualify in his favorite event on his 25th birthday.A hot favorite to win gold at the last Olympics, Magnussen was pipped by American Nathan Adrian for the London gold and spent much of the intervening years speaking of redemption at Rio.But he missed last year’s world championships to have major shoulder surgery and suggested he had lost his race to be fit for the trials.“Tough race, I’d done everything I could physically to get back in shape,” said Magnussen who is nicknamed “The Missile.”“Obviously pretty shattered, but I’ll just go home, soak that in and get ready for the 50 (freestyle) again tomorrow.” 2016 Rio Games, Cameron McEvoy, James Magnussen
Takuya Noguchi, Gold Coast Marathon, Kenneth Mungara KEYWORDS “It was an incredibly taxing race,” said Noguchi. “I knew I was up against tough opposition but I ran believing in myself.“I got married this year and have had the support of my wife and that has helped me focus more and increase my competitiveness.”Mungara, who was aiming to become the first male to win the race three times in a row, clocked 2:09:04, while 2013 winner Kawauchi, who lost to Mungara by a single second in last year’s race, timed 2:09:18. Ryo Hashimoto was fourth in 2:10:19.“I could not win the race (today) and was only the second-fastest Japanese runner, but I was able to achieve my goal of running inside 2 hours, 10 minutes and finishing inside the top three,” said Kawauchi, who will run for Japan at the athletics world championships in London in August.“I think I ran a good race looking toward (worlds in) London.” GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – Takuya Noguchi won the men’s race at the Gold Coast Marathon with a new personal-best time on Sunday, while compatriot Yuki Kawauchi had to settle for third.Noguchi held off defending champion Kenneth Mungara of Kenya to cross the line in a winning time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 59 seconds. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Japan’s women’s ice hockey team, Smile Japan, blanked France 3-0 behind goalie Nana Fujimoto’s 25 saves in their opening game at the world championships in Espoo, Finland, on Thursday.Mei Miura opened the scoring for Japan when she netted a backhander from point-blank range in the eighth minute of the second period after a nice pass from Rui Ukita. Japan took a 2-0 lead just three minutes later when Ayaka Toko scored from the slot on a pass from Chiho Osawa. The score remained 2-0 for Japan until less than seven minutes remained in the third period when Akane Hosoyama notched the final goal on a power play following a pass from Shiori Koike.“Once we got our first goal it created momentum for us, but I think if they scored first I couldn’t tell you if the outcome would have been the same,” Hosoyamada told The Japan Times.“Nana kept us in the game and we were able to clean up the rebounds,” added Hosoyamada. “In this tournament, to put the pucks in the back of the net we need to have traffic in front and hunt for the rebounds just like we did against France.”Japan is in Group B in the 10-team championship along with France, Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic.Japan will play Germany on Saturday in its next group-stage game.Group A is comprised of the United States, Canada, Russia, Switzerland and Finland. KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Smile Japan, Rui Ukita, Chiho Osawa, Akane Hosoyamada, Ayaka Toko, Mei Miura GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Smile Japan’s Ayaka Toko, seen here in a file photo from last year’s Pyeongchang Olympics, scored in Thursday’s 3-0 victory over France in their opening game at the world championships in Espoo, Finland. | KYODO
The survey questions focus on evidence of education quality, challenges or issues impacting equal education, educational priorities, student skills and abilities, and financial priorities. There is also an area where community members can provide ideas for how the District can improve. Erkeneff: “The last time we went through it we really spent a lot of time and came up with guiding principals, a new vision and new mission. We’re thinking we’re going to stay within the vision, mission, and principals that we have right now, that’s what we’re hearing. But we set way too many goals for each of our three sections, which were academic success, community and family engagement and organizational excellence. So we’re really trying to hone it down and be really specific about what we want to do best.” Erkeneff: “This is going to be a several month process that we’re going through. We have a survey that’s open to community members, families, even our students and staff but we’re inviting people to respond to five questions and give us what their priorities will be within that question, what’s most important to them in the school district.” Click here to take the survey from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking for community input on how to improve their performance. Spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff says the input gathered through the District’s online survey will be refined and implemented in the 2017-2022 strategic plan.
Tonight’s meeting will be held at 5:30pm at the SoHi Library and broadcast in the Kenai and Nikiski high school libraries. They will be addressing the ongoing fiscal challenges faced from a multi-million dollar budget deficit. Pegge Erkeneff with the district… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is hosting a budget development forum tonight (Wednesday) in Soldotna for the upcoming 2017-2018 KPBSD budget. Erkeneff: “The biggest thing that we want parents, staff members, and community members, everybody to come to these budget meetings to really understand what the fiscal challenges have been and are doing to our KPBSD budget. So when school starts in August we do have right now a 3.45 million dollar deficit. We are looking at reductions as well as a possibility of more funding from the borough, and we don’t know yet if the legislature is going to end up ultimately making more cuts to education funding. We want our community to be informed and understand what is happening in our schools.”
According to Stuart’s presentation at two meetings this week, homelessness due to factors like drug use, alcohol abuse, developmental disabilities, mental health issues or physical disabilities has averaged about 47% of attendees. At Wednesday’s Kenai City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Gabriel asked Stuart what percentage of the local homeless population she estimates attends the events. Stuart says she believes about 20% of the total local homeless population attends, with the other 80% either not wanting to be identified or not knowing. Stuart: “[In] 2015 our data was 30% said they had lost a job whereas in 2016 22% said that they had lost a job.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Event coordinators for the upcoming 7th Annual Project Homeless Connect event say that job loss has been a rising cause of homelessness. The Kenai Peninsula Continuum of Care along with other service providers host the Project Homeless Connect event each year, where people who are homeless or near homeless can find the basic services they need, under one roof, on one day. In 2017, 14% of attendees also stated that they were U.S. veterans. Project Homeless Connect PR Chair Jodi Stuart says the statistics depend on how much of the homeless population attends, but in 2017, 35% of the events attendees said that they were homeless due to job loss. Project Homeless Connect is scheduled for January 24, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.