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Stephen F. Austin Billed Top Contender Heading into 2019 Volleyball Season

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin was voted the Southland Conference’s 2019 preseason favorite for volleyball by conference coaches and sports information directors, the league announced Monday.After a memorable 2018 season that saw the Ladyjacks produce a 32-3 overall record and a 14-0 mark in Southland play, SFA will look to build upon their recent success. In their 2018 campaign, the Ladyjacks established program records for overall wins (32), consecutive wins (29) and winning percentage (.914). Danae Daron, the 2018 Southland Tournament Most Valuable Player, joins reigning Southland Setter of the Year Ann Hollas as preseason first-team all-conference selections. Maddie Miller joins her Ladyjack teammates as a preseason second-team all-conference selection. Stephen F. Austin secured at the top of the poll with 19 first-place votes and 283 total points.Central Arkansas is next with 238 points and a pair of first-place votes. The Sugar Bears occupy second place in preseason voting after finishing the 2018 season with 26-7 overall record and a 14-2 mark in conference play, falling in the conference tournament title match. Following the conference tournament, UCA was invited to compete in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Elizabeth Armstrong will look to lead the Sugar Bears into the 2019 season as a second-team preseason all-conference selection. Central Arkansas led the league last season with 13.4 kills per set and .244 hitting percentage.Sam Houston State is third in the preseason poll with 227 points, while Houston Baptist follows closely behind in the fourth-place position with 213 points. The Bearkats and the Huskies each received one first-place vote. SHSU landed one selection on the preseason all-conference team in Breanne Chausse, who was voted a second-team selection. Last season, Sam Houston State relied on its defense, leading the conference with 17.68 digs per set as a team.The Huskies round out the top four spots after securing a trio of preseason all-conference honorees, tying them for most in the league. Makayla Vivens, an automatic first-team selection, is joined on the preseason roster by teammates Kelly Colwell and Megan Patillo, who both earned second-team distinctions. Vivens ranked second in the conference averaging 4.11 points per set last season, while the Houston Baptist squad combined for a league-best 202 aces.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi resides in the fifth-place position with 206 points and three first-place votes, followed by Abilene Christian with 194 points. Northwestern State (182) is expected to finish in seventh overall, while McNeese (135) occupies the eighth-place spot.UIW (95), New Orleans (88), Lamar (82), Nicholls (47) and Southeastern Louisiana (38) are predicted to finish in the ninth through 13th-place positions, respectively.The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland volleyball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted. 213 Stephen F. Austin (19) 283 Nicholls 182 Houston Baptist (1) 95 Sam Houston State (1) UIW Pl.  Team (First-place votes) Total 206 238 Southeastern Louisiana Lamarcenter_img Northwestern State Abilene Christian 47 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3) 194 New Orleans 88 82 McNeese 135 227 Central Arkansas (2) 38last_img read more

D-League: CEU ‘ready’ for must-win game vs Racal

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend CEU coach Yong Garcia. PBA IMAGESContenders for the past few conferences in the PBA D-League, Centro Escolar University has suddenly found itself on a precarious position, with its fate hanging in the balance on the final day of the 2017 Foundation Cup eliminations.But for coach Yong Garcia, he’s just glad that the Scorpions have their luck on their hands.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That scenario might be in play again if the Scorpions succumb to the also-ran Racal. The loss will put them on level with the Couriers at 5-5, but Wangs, thanks to its slim 88-87 win over CEU last May 30, will be the one to earn the final quarterfinal spot due to the win-over-the-other rule.Garcia is well aware of his team’s situation. That’s why the youthful coach has optimized the week-long break since the Scorpions absorbed the 96-89 loss to Cignal HD and prepared for this must-win tiff.“The team has been preparing and training hard for the game. I always remind the boys to give their best, play hard, focus, and execute. That’s the only way we’ll advance to the quarterfinals. We know we’ll be ready,” he said.CEU will lean on Congolese big man Rod Ebondo, Aaron Jeruta, and JK Casiño in hopes of advancing to the playoffs. JEADVERTISEMENT “It’s a do-or-die game for us, so we know the stakes of the game,” he said in Filipino.Sitting idle at 5-4, CEU will play its final elimination game against Racal Motors on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.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’A win can propel the Scorpions to as high as the fourth-seed, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals granting if Batangas loses to Flying V in the second game.However, a defeat will allow Wangs Basketball to take the final ticket to the playoffs, leaving CEU out of the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 Aspirants’ Cup, when it lost the seat to Blackwater due to having an inferior quotient. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Uyloan to Cignal, Celiz to Batangas as D-League teams beef up Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 respite McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

MCSSTA Election Registration Extended

first_imgRegistration for the February 17 presidential elections of the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) has been extended to Jan. 2, 2017.The Independent Elections Commission Chairman, Mason Saweler, told this newspaper in an interview that the extension is to afford interested candidates the opportunity to complete their registrations.Mr. Saweler is also the regional chairman of the MCSS Parent Teachers Association (MCSSPTA). He said so far three candidates have registered for the presidency.He named the candidates as Veto V. Garway (G. W. Gibson), Jargbah A. Jargbah (Gaye Town) and Augustine N. Nyormui (Emmanuel Johnson).He also named other positions yet to be registered for to include vice president, secretary, assistant secretary, financial secretary, among others.“It is our responsibility to make sure that the time-table that the IEC has set for the conclusion of a successful and transparent election is observed,” he said.Saweler appealed to prospective candidates and MCSSTA members to demonstrate their commitment to the rules and guidelines associated with the elections.The MCSSTA Independent Elections Commission was established recently to organize presidential elections for the association, after previous arrangements did not work as expected.The current MCSSTA Independent Elections Commission is co-chaired by Ms. Sonita Dangan, with J. Nwanakula Paye as secretary. Other members are John K. Cummings and Ms. Quita Kumakeh. A representative each from the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) and the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) is expected to join the Commission.Chairman Saweler is also the president of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sole-sourced medical $135M contract given to fly-by-night company

first_img… last such contract I will defend – Health MinisterFollowing the pronouncements made by the Alliance for Change (AFC), Minister of Governance RaphaelThe Hydronie, Parika, East Bank Essequibo address of Caribbean Medical Supplies IncTrotman that government gave its no-objections in awarding, via sole sourcing, a $135 million contract for medical equipment to Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc, his A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) counterpart Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, now affirms he will not be supporting any more procurement contracts that will be sole-sourced.The AFC/APNU coalition government came under heavy criticism for promulgating the established procurement procedure that they vehemently condemned under the previous administration.Trotman had revealed through the press that Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc (CMSI), was awarded the $135 million contract to sole source medical equipment such as Biohit Pipette Tips and Devices; Nova Express Test Strips; two sets of Beckman Coulter Reagents and Becton Dickenson Syringes, needles and tubes.In defending the need for the entity to sole source the supplies, Trotman posited that sole sourcing is done when there is the possibility that tendering for supplies would inevitably cause delays which could bePublic Health Minister, Dr George Nortondetrimental to patients who are in need of critical drugs to be supplied.He said further: “The process of going out to tender – the time would cause delay in delivery and of course, the downside of that is people’s lives would be affected. So in an effort to avoid any complaint or any loss of life or injury to person as a result to the absence of critical drugs and equipment, we thought it best to approve this particular sourcing.”However medical sources opined that it was very unlikely the medical laboratory equipment was needed so urgently to “save lives” since they would have been used to conduct routine tests.According to Dr Norton, the swiftness at which they could acquire the medical equipment is why they opted to go the sole sourcing route, but “it is something we are making every effort to get away from, I can assure you. I thought by now we would be rid of sole sourcing, it still exists, but that is the last sole sourcing that I would defend at Cabinet. I wrote to all those in the process of procurement for the Ministry and said to them in no uncertain terms that I will defer any Cabinet paper seeking approval for sole sourcing.”Company’s credibilityGuyana Times understands from a well-placed source that the company, CMSI, which was given the sole sourcing contract is a financier of one of the political parties in the coalition government. This has to be taken against the backdrop of recent pronouncements made in AFC quarters that campaign contributors are “investors who expect returns” on their investments, the source highlighted.Last November the company which just has an address at Parika with no sign of employees or business activity won its first sole sourced contract to supply $35.1M of HIV rapid test kits for the ministry of public health. The HIV tests kits were simply bought over the internet and shopped into the country.In fact, Minister Norton in addressing the observations made about the credibility of the company to deliver such large contracts said: “I must tell you that my Cabinet colleagues, they argued strongly against that particular company, because people wanted to know why is it that this company only formed in 2013, have a large proportion of contracts. I don’t know anything about this company, where it was formed and so on except for the fact that they were recommended by NPTAB [National Procurement and Tender Administration Board].”The AFC/APNU government was very critical of the composition and structure of the NPTAB when they were in Opposition, in fact, AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan had said that “the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board is compromised, given that all of the members are appointed by the Ministry of Finance and are subject to directives from that Ministry.”“Now that they are in government, it seems they have adopted this ‘compromising’ stance” said the source.The Finance Minister, Winston Jordon, had said that a number of reforms to NPTAB were to be addressed but could not disclose what those reforms were going to be and when they would be accomplished. However, since the change of government, NPTAB changed the composition of its board.According to the reliable source, contrary to what the government is saying, the tenders for contracts are being deliberately delayed, either by NPTAB or higher, so as to facilitate sole sourcing for companies that are aligned to this new administration.The source said further, that confidential information, such as bidding prices, of companies that are vying for contracts are being leaked to “the select chosen companies” so that they can outbid or in some cases know whether to split the contracts so that they could come in at the lowest competitive bidding price.Just recently, Guyana Times published an article where a director on the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) accused the government of corruption, citing that they “secretly” awarded a $420M fertiliser contract to a foreign company HDM Labs, whose principal it was outlined, was a campaign financier of the AFC during the 2015 elections.The contract it seems is now dead since HDM Labs, based on the information supplied, does not have the capital necessary to execute the contract.Guyana Times source highlighted that there is a “worrying pattern” that is developing which shows that this government, in delivering on its “investors who expect returns on their investment” policy are allowing their “investors”, who might not be “credible” in a particular field of business, the opportunity to supply contracts. This the source said will have “deleterious consequences,” especially with the quality and standard of the commodity being imported and the impact such transactions will have on the economy.“If these contracts are given to foreign principals, even though there are local manufactures that can supply the same services, then the local manufacturers will suffer losses, eventually leading to them restructuring, which would equate to jobs losses as opposed to job creation had the monies expanded for the contracts been utilised in the local economy”, said the source.Attempts to contact CMSI which is located at Hydronie, Parika, East Bank Essequibo, for a response proved futile.last_img read more

Corentyne woman hacked to death by neighbour

first_imgA man is in custody after almost decapitating his neighbour at Belvedere, Corentyne.Dead is Bhumattie Delall, 53, of 351 Fifth Street, South Belvedere. Reports are that Delall was in her yard, when her neighbour, a cane harvester, armed with a cutlass, went into the yard and dealt her several chops to her neck, almost severing it. He then calmly walked out of the yard and crossed the street into his yard where he was later arrested. The suspect’s name has been given as Jainarine Balgobin, called “Boyo”. Balgobin had allegedly stolen money from a brother-in-law and was detained by Police at Albion. However, on Monday, his mother settled the matter and he was released.The bod of Bhumattie Delall being removed from her homeNeighbours say Balgobin has a history of physically abusing his mother and on most times, the now dead Delall would go over to make peace.On Monday, Balgobin allegedly sexually assaulted Delall by fondling her private parts as she was in her yard. About 09:00h on Wednesday, he started to verbally assault her and neighbours. He walked into the yard and left shortly afterwards and went onto the street where he continued his explicit tirade against the neighbours. He then ran back into Delall’s yard and chopped her to death. The dead woman’s sister, Chandra Kumarie Hussain told reporters that she was at home when she received a phone call informing her of her sister’s death. She said upon her arrival at the scene, her sister’s lifeless body was lying on the floor amid blood smears.According to one eyewitness, after Balgobin left the yard, neighbours rushed in and moments later some were seen slowly walking out with their heads bowed. One villager described the scene as “bloody”.Some referred to Balgobin as being “mentally unstable” and a frequent user of illegal drugs. Delall was divorced, unemployed and supported by overseas relatives. She took care of a 26-year-old daughter, Purnime Nandram and her two children.She leaves to mourn two children and two grandchildren, including a two-year-old who witnessed the chopping.last_img read more

Good news for Halfway River Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – No news is also good news for the Halfway River Fire.The fire has not grown past the 5,000 hectares it grew to yesterday. The fire is also still contained at 50%.The B.C. Wildfire Service says that operations have gone well, and will continue today.“Dozer guard west of Farrell Creek on the SW flank is complete, patrol and mop-up continues on the perimeter where possible. Planned ignitions on the south flank were successful and burning on the north and west flanks may happen today as opportunities arise”- Advertisement -Rain is expected to hit the Peace River Region tonight, which will also help fire fighting efforts.The current list of crew working on the fire are the following:Advertisement • 61 firefighters• 5 helicopters• 3 heavy equipment15 support staff are also working on this incident.last_img read more

Carver calls for Newcastle to be more professional

first_imgNewcastle manager John Carver called for his side to be more professional, after the Magpies conceded a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Sunday.The 50-year-old looked good for his second consecutive win as head coach, before Peter Crouch struck with a stopper-time header as the Potters exploited the hosts’ lack of organisation in defence. “I’ve told the guys in that dressing room they have to be more professional,” said Carver. “There’s two minutes left on the clock, we’ve got the ball in the final third, we play four five passes backwards to our goalkeeper who kicks it, we’re out of shape and before you know it it’s in the back of the net.“We can’t do that. They’re young players learning their trade.“Why take the free-kick so quickly? The one thing I’ve worked on since taking over is making sure that we’re in a good shape when we take goal kicks and free-kicks and we were too open.”He added: “We’ve got to see games out; you can’t afford to give one opportunity. Really, in the second half they’ve had one opportunity and scored.”Carver also refuted claims that Jack Colback should have been awarded a second yellow card for a tackle on Victor Moses, with Stoke boss Mark Hughes calling for referee Kevin Friend to be “stronger” in producing a red card for the 25-year-old.“Colback is a very competitive footballer and I wouldn’t have him any other way,” Carver said. “But so is Glenn] Whelan, so is [Steven] N’Zonzi, so is [Phil] Bardsley.“This is a competitive league and there are a lot of things that go unpunished. It might have been a suspect tackle, but the referee controlled the game quite well and managed that situation well, so I’ve got no complaints there.”last_img read more

`Sweat And Tears’

first_imgBungalow N26 outside County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a triple-wide trailer that for more than 20 years has served as the hospital’s Child Crisis Center, where doctors examine suspected child abuse victims. Until recently, Exam Room 1, where children are taken for physical evaluations, was a plainly decorated place with peeling wallpaper borders and an old, dingy floor. The walls hadn’t been painted in at least seven years. But now the room has a new vibe thanks to the efforts of Ali Gomez, a Redondo Union High School student who gave the room a makeover in her effort to receive the Gold Award, a Girl Scout’s highest honor. “It was an OK room before, but now it’s a very child-friendly room,” said Sheri Lovall, a nurse practitioner at the Child Crisis Center. “She performed a service that was much-needed for our clients.” The 17-year-old Gomez repainted the room light blue, put in white linoleum flooring and new blinds, added a shelf for books and sewed – for the first time – 100 cloth bags and filled them with school supplies for the center’s patients to take home. She even got a volunteer muralist to paint a beach scene on the wall across from the exam table. Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories profiling the community service projects of Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts earning Gold Awards. Send information on such projects to Lisa Martini, assistant city editor, at 310-540-5511, Ext. 356, or lisa. martini@dailybreeze.com. By Laura E. Davis STAFF WRITER Lovall said the mural is a special addition to the room because it provides kids with a distraction while they are being examined. “It makes a big difference with the families,” she said. “It’s very calming, very pleasant.” Gomez knew when she first began brainstorming ideas for her Gold Award project that it had to have a connection with children. “I knew I wanted to work with kids and help in some way with children,” she said. Gomez’s troop leader, Anna Conway, said she was proud of Gomez’s project choice. “She picked something that was out of her comfort zone because she doesn’t really like hospitals or that environment,” Conway said. Gomez proposed her project to the Angeles Girl Scout Council in March, she said, and the council approved it in late April. She began work on the room in mid-July. Gomez said she originally wanted to improve the pediatric emergency room in the main hospital, but she faced too much bureaucracy. The hospital referred her to the Child Crisis Center. There, she met with program director Rosanna Beaumont, who became her mentor. “She helped me and she encouraged me, and she motivated me to do it,” Gomez said. Last year, only about 5 percent of eligible registered Girl Scouts – those in grades 10 through 12 – received their Gold Awards, according to the Girl Scout Web site. Gomez and four other girls with her in Troop 91, which she has been a part of for 11 years, are going for their Gold Awards. Although Gomez logged 81 hours for the project, she is not yet a guaranteed Gold Award recipient. The Angeles Girl Scout Council must review her work and decide if Gomez should receive the honor. Gomez and her mother, Angelica Gomez, said the most frustrating part of the project was realizing that businesses she thought would donate supplies were not willing to help her. “She was thinking she was going to go in there and they were going to say, `Sure, let me see what I can give you,’ and everybody kept saying `No,”‘ Angelica Gomez said. “It was a lot harder than we thought.” Instead, Gomez relied on contacts through her friends and family for supplies and monetary donations. The dental practice where her aunt works gave her $200 for supplies, she said. And her grandfather’s autobody business bought all the materials needed for the room. She knew the muralist through a cousin, and a contractor friend helped install the floor. “It was literally true that Ali did put her sweat and tears into this project,” Beaumont said, since Gomez both cried over her frustrations and sweated during the labor. Gomez did all her work over four or five weekends, when the center is closed, so she didn’t get to meet any of the children she was helping, she said. But when she recently went to drop something off during work hours, she and her mother saw a young boy, about 2 or 3 years old, emerging from the center, holding a social worker’s hand and clutching a teddy bear under his arm. “It made it real for us,” Gomez’s mother said. laura.davis@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

LETTERKENNY AND DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS CUP FINALS

first_imgThe Letterkenny and District Schoolboys league held four cup finals over the past week with Ballyraine FC, Letterkenny Rovers and Glencar Schoolboys all coming out victorious.Three finals were played at Leckview Park and one at the Community Centre. DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR BALLYRAINE FCBallyraine FC had a double celebration at the weekend when their Under 12s and 14s won their finals against Bonagee United and Glencar Hammers respectively. Their under 14s had a 4-0 victory over Glencar Hammers in the Shield Final at the Community Centre. Ballyraine goal scorers were Eoghan Harkin(2), Conor Gallen and Ben Fleming.Their Under 12s defeated Bonagee on penalties after the game finished 1-1 aet in the Schoolboys Under 12 Cup Final on Sunday evening. Ballyraine took the lead through Mikey Sweeney but Bonagee equalised with a wonder goal from Aaron Wasson. Ballyraine won 4-3 in the shoot out. The victorious Ballyraine side was managed by Charlie Shields. Charlie has been involved in local football in the town for almost 30 years. ROVERS COMPLETE TREBLELetterkenny Rovers Under 16’s completed a league and cup treble on Saturday afternoon after another penalty shoot out . Rovers who previously won the Schoolboys league along with the Donegal Schoolboys Champions League defeated Swilly Rovers in the Legues Cup Final. Letterkenny’s keeper Chris O’Donnell scored and saved three spot kicks in a dramatic 9-8 penalty shoot-out after the game finished 1-1 aet. Kevin O’Donnell had put the Cathedral Town side ahead before Darragh Black equalised for the Ramelton men.GLENCAR SQUEEZE PAST LAGANAnd also on Saturday, Glencar Schoolboys won the Under 14 Cup final after overcoming Lagan Harps by 3 goals to 2. Lagan were unlucky in this game as they found themselves 3-0 down at one stage in the contest. Glencar goalscorers were Billy Jnr Bandy, Gareth Doherty and Luke Nelis. Steven Gallagher along with an Og were the goals Lagan registered.RESULTSUNDER 12 CUP FINALBallyraine 1–1 Bonagee United Ballyraine won on penaltiesUNDER 14 SHIELD FINALGlencar Hammers 0-4 BallyraineUNDER 14 CUP FINAL Glencar 3-2 Lagan HarpsUnder 16 CUP FINALLetterkenny Rovers 1-1 Swilly RoversLetterkenny won on penaltiesLETTERKENNY AND DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS CUP FINALS was last modified: May 21st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny and District Schoolboy Cup Finalslast_img read more

CELEBRATING SAM’S RETURN AT PRAMERICA

first_img CELEBRATING SAM’S RETURN AT PRAMERICA was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CELEBRATING SAM’S RETURN AT PRAMERICA STAFF at Pramerica will be hitting the town in Letterkenny tonight to celebrate the return of Sam Maguire.Ahead of the visit here’s some snaps showing them getting into the spirit of Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland heroes. last_img