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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Natashia Jackson and Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.The Lady Demon duo competed at the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas, over the weekend, each taking home a first-place honor. Jackson ran in a trio of events, taking fifth place in the 60-meter dash, second place in the 200m dash and helping the Northwestern State squad to a first-place finish in the 4x400m relay.Steels completed a perfect day Friday, taking home the gold medal in the long jump with a 20-10.75 leap. Her long jump at the meet currently ranks fifth in the nation.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State – Sr. – Houston, TexasJackson concluded a busy weekend, producing a trio of top-five finishes for the Lady Demons as Northwestern State won its third consecutive Ted Nelson crown. Jackson placed second overall in the 200m dash with a time of 24.22, the Southland’s fastest time of the season. She also anchored the 4x400m relay team to a first-place finish with a time of 3:48.13.Honorable Mention: Ajah Criner, Central Arkansas; Tia Andrews, McNeese; Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin; Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Jr. – College Station, TexasSteels recorded the fifth-best jump in the nation on her first attempt Friday to take first-place distinctions in the long jump at the Ted Nelson Invitational. Her 10 points helped the Lady Demons win their third-straight team title at the meet.Honorable Mention: Annina Brandenburg, Abilene Christian, Alanna Arvie, McNeese; Kaylee Bizzell, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims “I’ve never let you down,” Alvarez said to his fans. “I’ve never let you down and I never will. I respect what I do.”Golovkin is hoping to fight a different opponent at T-Mobile Arena on May 5, but it won’t approach the huge event that the rematch with Alvarez would have been.“I am looking forward to returning to Las Vegas for my 20th title defense and headlining my first Cinco De Mayo event on May 5,” Golovkin said in a statement. “It is time for less drama and more fighting.”It’s possible Golovkin and Alvarez could meet later this year, depending on any sanctions placed on the Mexican fighter.Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, publicly doubted that tainted meat caused Alvarez’s positive test.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose during a weigh-in in Las Vegas. Alvarez has withdrawn from his planned middleweight title fight with Golovkin, the latest result from Alvarez testing for a banned substance. The fight on May 5 in Las Vegas was to be a rematch of the draw they fought last September. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES — The Canelo-Triple G rematch, expected to be the fight of the year, is off.Canelo Alvarez has withdrawn from next month’s middleweight title bout with Gennady Golovkin, two months after Alvarez twice tested positive for a banned substance.ADVERTISEMENT “I have always been a clean fighter and I always will be a clean fighter,” Alvarez said Tuesday during a conference call. “I want to prove without a doubt that I have never intentionally ingested clenbuterol. I have nothing to hide and I want to be open and transparent through this process. . I have never taken illegal substances and this is no different.”The May 5 fight in Las Vegas was to have been a rematch of the draw they fought last September. But on March 5, Alvarez’s promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, announced he twice tested positive for the steroid in February. They blamed contaminated meat, and Alvarez agreed to random drug testing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was unlikely the Nevada State Athletic Commission would approve the fight after it temporarily suspended Alvarez, who could face a longer suspension.Alvarez is to appear before the commission April 18 concerning the positive tests. Golden Boy President Eric Gomez said Tuesday the promoters were advised Alvarez likely would not be cleared to fight May 5. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Beermen aim for 3-1 spread Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Again with Mexican meat? Come on,” Golovkin said in March. “I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. … Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening.”The first bout was a memorable one. They traded big shots for 12 rounds, both believing they had won. The judging on one card, however, was strange.A 118-110 margin favored Alvarez by Adalaide Byrd; she had him winning all but two rounds. Another card favored Golovkin 115-113 while the third had it 114-114. The Associated Press also scored it 114-114.Such a close fight screamed for a rematch. And the May fight — on Cinco de Mayo, no less — has been highly anticipated.Now it must wait.Meanwhile, Golovkin’s promoters will search for a new opponent for the Kazakh, who owns the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO crowns.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSinoe County Senator Milton Teahjay has written the Senate, soliciting the consent of members to his request for an increase in the annual appropriation of County Development Funds (CDF) from US$200K to US$400K in the upcoming 2015/2016 national budget.According to the letter from the Sinoe lawmaker dated April 27, his idea is being proffered on the basis of the increasing development priorities of “our various constituencies.”“By maintaining the present recurrent annual allocation levels usually made in previous budgets, it would take each county in our country 10 consecutive years to achieve five decent projects in any given leeward jurisdiction,” said Sen. Teahjay.A former superintendent of Sinoe County, who on several occasions was accused of embezzling funds intended for the county development, informed his colleagues that the alternative to his proposed increase is to painfully force each county administration into investing in dirt-brick structures simply by increasing quantity in projects and sacrificing quality. “While dirt-brick structures are acceptable alternatives for disadvantaged communities such as ours, they do not guarantee the architectural integrity of structures for protracted periods.  Our ability to allow this increase will not only promote needed sustained community development, but will also add value to our constitutional oversight responsibility as elected legislators.”With the deployment of internal auditors in the counties through the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), Teahjay said the question of transparent management and accountability of the CDFs would be efficiently and effectively handled.  The anticipated outcomes will be achieved contrary to previous situations where controversies surrounded the usage of these funds,” Teahjay assured.It may be recalled that on March 1, 2012, former Maryland County Senator John Ballout wrote the Senate Plenary expressing what he described as strong feelings that “since the national budget was being increased, there was a need to increase the CDFs to US$1m, contending that the current US$200K allocated for CDF purposes remains largely insignificant to have the desired impact on the development needs of those districts.The idea of a CDF was first introduced by the 52nd legislature and was widely accepted with joy and embraced by the entire citizenry.But that joy was short lived in some of the counties, as citizens started filing complaints of either embezzlement or misuse of funds earmarked for specific projects.In January, Grand Cape Mount County Senator Edward Biakai Dagoseh, who then chaired the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and Audit, wrote to his colleagues about the need for a paradigm shift in the procedures and policies under which the Social Development Fund (SDF) operates.The SDF, like the CDF has had its bad times in some counties where concessions operate.Senator Dagoseh in his letter dated January 15, this year recommended that a CSD Trust Fund be set up and its management team be comprised of only professionals in order for it to operate without the influence of political stakeholders.The Grand Cape Mount County lawmaker asserted that annually, millions of United States Dollars are put into the SDF to ensure that affected communities benefit from economic development to lessen the impact of conflict in areas where concession companies operate.The Senators voted for the set up of an SDF Trust Fund and a motion proffered by the now Pro Tempore Senator, Armah Zulu Jallah, was voted for. The communication was sent to the committees on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation; Ways, Means, Finance & Budget; and Lands, Mines and Energy which were expected to report to plenary within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPolice in Monrovia have charged a man identified as Nathaniel Bestman with forgery, theft of property and economic sabotage for the act of defrauding the government in revenue payment in the tune of US$7,900, according to a press release the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) issued yesterday. The Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) alerted the LRA when suspect Bestman allegedly altered checks to divert taxes into an account called General Rainbow Account instead of the General Revenue Account.Bestman was arrested by police on July 29 at the Gardnersville Branch of the LBDI, while attempting to deposit a Citibank Check of US$105,000 under a similar fraudulent act.Police and LRA investigations revealed that suspect Bestman carried out the act in early June, when he altered an Ecobank manager’s check of US$5,401.97. The manager’s check, which was purchased by Madina Rock Crusher Incorporated, was issued to the General Revenue Account. On July 13, 2016, Bestman also carried out a similar act with another manager’s check from Afriland Bank in the tune of US$2,506.79. This manager’s check, which was purchased by Gossip Inc., was also issued to the General Revenue Account. Bestman altered the name of the payee by changing the payee from the General Revenue Account to General Rainbow Account.He later withdrew the money from both accounts.Suspect Bestman was arrested with six different ID Cards with his photograph bearing different names. He has been charged, while his accomplices are being pursued.Meanwhile, the LRA has applauded the Liberia Bank for Development & Investment (LBDI) for the alert and called on other banking and financial institutions as well as the general public to help the LRA in combating fraud in the tax revenue system of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– says due process must be followed for MP, PAC ChairEven the Government, by way of Cabinet spokesperson and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, is of the view that due process must be followed for Opposition parliamentarian Irfaan Ali when it comes to the constitutional offices he holds.Nineteen politically trumped-up charges were on Wednesday instituted against Ali by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), in a move the parliamentary Opposition and the International Centre for Democracy (ICD) have criticised and deemed “victimisation of a political opponent”.However, Ali sits as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which reviews the Auditor General’s reports and calls officials to account based onMinister of State Joseph Harmondiscrepancies the Audit Office highlights.At his post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, Harmon assured that Ali’s post as Chairman of the PAC is secure under the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’“When the Parliament meets and the committee meets, the processes in the Parliament will determine that (recusing himself),” Harmon said.“I believe that we have a system of laws in Guyana where someone is innocent until proven guilty… So in fact if there is any need for any form of action, it will be guided by that basic principle of how we act and how we behave in public life… but I would not want to venture any further comment on the matter, since it is engaging the attention of the courts,” he added.Ali, who once served as Housing Minister under the previous Administration, was arrested at his Georgetown home at about 04:00h on Wednesday morning and taken to SOCU’s headquarters.He was interrogated after which he was taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where the charges were read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.After representation by several high profile lawyers, including former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, Priya Manikchand, Davendra Kissoon and Sase Gunraj, the Opposition Member of Parliament was released on self-bail.Nevertheless, the arrest and subsequent charges stemmed from the sale and transfer of lands located in Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (ECD), commonlyFormer Housing Minister and Opposition frontbencher Irfaan Aliknown as “Pradoville 11”.Political victimisationThe ICD, a non-government organisation, made up of Caribbean nationals but stationed in the New York Diaspora, subsequently expressed disappointment with the increasing evidence of “political victimisation” by the governing A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government against the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).“These legal manipulations to victimise political opponents at a time when people are worried about free and fair elections in 2020 do not inspire confidence that the Government has intentions for a strengthening of democracy in Guyana,” a statement from the ICD said.While acknowledging that it is the obligation of every Government to protect national assets and that every Government must act to prosecute those Government officials that deliberately convert national assets for personal gains, they feel the coalition has not been doing that.“However, the behaviour of APNU/AFC in charging former Government officials since May 2015 in Guyana appears to be more of a political witch-hunt rather than a transparent and legal process consistent with protecting national assets,” it observed.The ICD said it has monitored with dismay the worrying intensification of bullying, political harassment and intimidation in Guyana. The political victimisation carried out against senior members of the PPP and well-known supporters of that party.The ICD said it sees the charges against Ali and those against other senior members, like Nandlall, as strictly political and as a deliberate act of witch-hunting. “While we have tried to be objective as we support building a democratic society in Guyana and other countries around the world, we view the situation in Guyana as a weakening of the democratic fabric.”The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was singled out by the ICD as being the lead law enforcement organisation that has been engaged in this type of activity. Reference was made to Ali’s recent arrest. The organisation said it was clearly spurious criminal charges that are aimed towards amplifying the ongoing setting of political harassment and intimidation.last_img read more

first_img“We all wanted it more than anything,” Butler said. “We’re not going to let anybody take this from us. If they take it from us, they earned it.” It certainly didn’t seem like it was possible to take anything from No. 3 seed Colony (17-12) in the first half, when it built a 17-point lead in the first six minutes and saw Butler score 21 of her 25 points. Everything looked easy for the Titans in the opening two quarters. They shot 58 percent (19-of-33), including a 9-of-10 performance from Butler, whose only miss was on a buzzer-beating half-court attempt. “It was our last home game of the season, so we wanted them to be ready to play,” Colony coach Roger Anderson said of the fast start. “But the thing about jumping on teams early is it’s hard to keep that same intensity and momentum.” Meanwhile, despite trailing by 12 points at halftime, Victor Valley coach Darla Crawford wasn’t particularly worried about her sixth-seeded team’s psyche. “I was a little nervous,” Titans junior Amani Butler said. “Actually, I was a lot nervous.” But Colony, the younger and more inexperienced team, hung on and advanced to the semifinals for the first time in school history with a 63-53 victory. ONTARIO – With the gridlocked traffic heading up the Cajon Pass to Victorville, the Victor Valley girls basketball team likely had a long time to stare out the window and sigh about what might have been. The Jackrabbits had whittled Colony’s 17-point lead down to three with 1:39 to play during a quarterfinal CIF-Southern Section Division III-A girls basketball game. center_img “All year we’ve had slow starts, so I knew we could withstand that,” she said. “We always have a chance to get back in the game.” Anderson knew it, too, but his young team had to learn for itself. “A team like that, I knew they were going to make a run,” he said. “They’re too good of a team not to. They have some very, very good players.” Colony scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to go up 56-46, but went scoreless over the next six minutes. Meanwhile, Victor Valley (25-4) crept to within 56-53 until Camille Buckley’s layup with 1:17 remaining put the Jackrabbits within one possession. Colony hit its free throws down the stretch to clinch its trip to the semifinals, but it also didn’t hurt that Victor Valley shot just 3-for-20 in the fourth quarter. Colony is now just one game away from the CIF title contest – territory that some thought the Titans wouldn’t reach when they struggled against some tough competition earlier in the season. “I think everybody but ourselves had written us off,” Anderson said. Butler led the way for Colony with her 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals. Eisha Sheppard had 23 points for Victor Valley. Freshman Jenna Wilson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Colony. Autumn Jenkins added 17 points for the Jackrabbits. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgRebecca Lopez, a member of United for Marson Street who helped design and develop the park, will rotate monthly duties that include trash pickup and opening and closing the gates. “You’ll see me out here with a broom,” said Lopez, a 20-year resident. Councilman Tony C rdenas expressed gratitude, explaining that the grass-roots organizing proved how important locally guided projects are to Los Angeles. “We need to see 10, 20, 100 parks like these throughout the city,” he said. Joni Novosel, program director for the Valley Care Consortium, plans to organize a walking club at the park. Parks are key in the fight to eliminate certain chronic diseases, she said, especially those plaguing lower-income areas where park space is scarce. “We have seen the statistics: where there is less green space, there is a higher incidence of heart disease, diabetes and obesity,” Novosel said. “We can establish programs at places like parks because people like to congregate there and feel comfortable.” Some of the biggest supporters of the park were definitely of the pint-sized variety. Rocky, one of the tiniest park visitors, happily ran through his new play area. The black-and-tan dachshund-Chihuahua mix will now have plenty of green space to enjoy, his owner Norma Mendez said. “I am happy and excited,” said 8-year-old Kevin Gallego. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANORAMA CITY – Gloria Sanchez watched the lot across from her house fill up with abandoned mattresses, scrap wood and metal, and graffiti for 18 years. But on Saturday, with Aztec drums pounding and Mexican banda music blaring in the background, Sanchez stood amazed as the lot was transformed. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the newly inaugurated Marson Street Park filled up with dozens of neighborhood children. Sanchez knew the hard work had paid off. “There were many people who said this wouldn’t happen,” Sanchez said. “But I always believed.” As the first pocket park in the San Fernando Valley designed by community members, the green space has already broken new ground. But Tanya Torres, an organizer for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust who helped spearhead the park effort, explained that the opening is just the beginning. “We won one battle by getting the park,” Torres said. “But there is still a lot of work to be done.” Nearby residents will plan classes and maintain the 8,700-square-foot park. last_img read more

first_imgGaudium Chamber Choir is proud to be performing as part of Culture Night 2014 this Friday in the beautiful setting of the newly-refurbished Conwal Church of Ireland, Letterkenny.The performance features the young soprano, Riana Lynch, in a program that has a strong Irish element and centres around the important themes of love, death and life.The program will include Stanford’s well-loved The Blue Bird, Michael McGlynn’s arrangement of Siúil Arún for Anúna, plus the first of Hubert Parry’s beautiful Songs of Farewell. There will also be pieces by Sullivan, Brahms, Bach, Buxtehude and Vivaldi, along with arrangements of other Irish traditional songs.Gaudium (“Joy”) was formed last year to give more experienced singers the chance to enjoy performing more challenging music in a variety of contexts.Based in the Letterkenny area, its members come from around the county as well as Derry and Fermanagh.It has a growing repertoire of a wide variety of both sacred and non-religious pieces, and as well as concerts it has provided high-quality music for enthusiastically-received choral liturgies featuring music from among the best of the treasure-trove of gems written for these across the centuries. Conwal Church of Ireland, Letterkenny – 6.45-8pm (as part of Culture Night 2014)Gaudium Chamber Choir (director/organ: Daniel Braddell)Riana Lynch, soprano soloistAdmission is free and no booking is required – just turn up at any time during our ‘slot’   GAUDIUM CHAMBER CHOIR TO PERFORM AT CULTURE NIGHT IN CONWAL CHURCH was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

first_imgBusiness-backed moderate Democrats took early leads Tuesday against liberals in seven of 13 key primary races that could go a long way in determining the political leanings of the next California Legislature. Voters were picking nominees for 100 legislative seats and filling a midterm vacancy in a heavily Republican Orange County Senate district. In early absentee balloting, Assemblyman Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, led Democrat Larry Caballero, a teacher. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Box Score (PDF) at Alaska-Anchorage 11/26/2016 – 3 p.m. Listen Live Preview Story Links ANCHORAGE, Ak. – The Drake University men’s basketball team dropped its second game at the GCI Great Alaska Shootout with a 64-58 loss to UC Davis on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Alaska Airlines Center.Drake (1-4) got a career-high 15 points from redshirt-sophomore Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) but could not overcome a late, 9-3, run by UC Davis (5-2) or a 15-rebound deficit on the glass that sealed the victory for the Aggies. Schlatter’s career night came on 5-of-7 shooting with a 5-of-5 night at the free throw line with three rebounds and two assists.UC Davis was paced by 17 points from Brynton Lamar including three three-pointers with five assists. Darius Graham added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting for the Aggies.”I thought we got better tonight and Davis is a good basketball team. We fought hard and had good mentality from start to finish,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “The zone didn’t work as well as it did last night and we had to play more man.”Drake faced a 5-point, 35-30, deficit at halftime but opened the second half with a 6-0 run to briefly take the lead. Seven minutes into the period, Drake took the lead for the final time with layup from Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) but a later 9-3 run by UC Davis gave the Aggies a 53-47 lead on a Lamar three-pointer with 5:54 left. Drake pulled back within three points, 55-52, on a Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) three-pointer with 3:21 left but would get no closer as UC Davis stretched its lead back out to as many as nine points twice in the final two minutes.The Aggies built up their first-half lead by making their first five shots from the field with a pair of three-pointers to open the game with a 14-5 lead in the first four minutes of the contest. With seven minutes left in the period, a 4-0 UC Davis run gave the Aggies an 11-point lead for the third time at 31-20. However, the Bulldogs outscored UC Davis, 13-7, over the final seven minutes of the period to trail at halftime, 35-30. Schlatter scored 11 of his points in the opening period on 4-of-4 shooting while making all three of his free-throw attempts.”Casey is somebody that we’re getting everything that we ask of out of him,” Giacoletti said of the forward’s career night.With the loss, Drake will face Alaska Anchorage on Saturday at 3 p.m. CST to close out the GCI Great Alaska Shootout. It will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Seawolves.Print Friendly Version Next Game: Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster Photo Gallery last_img read more