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Lamar Picked for Top Spot in Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

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first_img 4. Nicholls 226 The preseason poll is voted upon by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted. Social Media Day can be followed on the Southland’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts, with a preview show streaming on ESPN3 tonight at 6 p.m. The ESPN3 preview show, available via https://sland.social/ESPN3MD and ESPN apps, will be archived immediately following its initial airing. 12. Incarnate Word 71 3. Central Arkansas (2) 231 Nicholls is tabbed for fourth after winning its first Southland Conference tournament and making its first foray into the NCAA tournament in 2017-18. Senior Cassidy Barrios will lead the way after earning player of the year honors last season. The 5-foot-10-inch guard finished the season third in the conference for points per game (17.3) and rebounds (9.1) and second in steals per game (2.9), blocked shots (1.5) and three-point field goal percentage (.400). Central Arkansas, the only team other than Lamar to receive first-place votes (2), is slated to finish in third place – the same spot they ended the regular-season last year. Sandra Rushing’s Sugar Bears are seeking a fourth-straight 25-win season after advancing to the WBI championship last spring. 1. Lamar (24) 288 6. Abilene Christian 178 School (First-place votes) Total The announcement was made this morning as Southland Conference Basketball Social Media Day commenced at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston. The home of the Houston Rockets is where all 26 head coaches from the league’s men’s and women’s programs are previewing the upcoming season today. Coaches are participating in Q&A sessions, media interviews, social media activities and one-on-one segments. The season is bookended in the Houston area, starting with today’s preview event and ending nearby at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, with the Southland Conference tournament on March 13-17. 2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll 8. McNeese 128center_img 7. New Orleans 153 Robin Harmony, last season’s Southland Coach of the Year, and her Cardinals are the overwhelming favorite to repeat as regular-season champions. Last season, Lamar went 22-8 and 17-1 in league play to claim the conference title. They are seeking consecutive women’s basketball championships for the first time in program history. Lamar’s leaders include a preseason All-Southland first team backcourt of Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard. Both are seniors and Barrs is the three-time reigning Southland Defensive Player of the Year. 2. Stephen F. Austin 248 5. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 209 9. Southeastern Louisiana 102 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, coming off a 19-12 campaign, is the No. 5 team. Meanwhile, Abilene Christian, New Orleans, McNeese, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston Baptist round out the top 10. They are followed by Northwestern State, Incarnate Word, and Sam Houston State. HOUSTON – Lamar received the maximum 24 votes from the Southland Conference’s head coaches and sports information directors to earn the top spot in the league’s 2018-19 women’s basketball preseason poll. Stephen F. Austin is expected to finish second. Central Arkansas received two first-place votes and is expected to finish third. 13. Sam Houston State 32 11. Northwestern State 76 Stephen F. Austin, who finished second last year after finishing 25-8 and 16-2 in conference, figures to push the Cardinals after letting a lead slip away in the Southland Conference title game. Mark Kellogg’s Ladyjacks return three starters in seniors Kennedy Harris, Chanell Hayes and Imani Johnson. Hayes is a second team preseason all-conference selection. SFA is seeking a third-straight 25-win season and a return to postseason play for a third consecutive year after a berth in the WNIT in 2018.  10. Houston Baptist 86last_img read more

The Botafogo prepares another bomb: Yaya Touré

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first_imgLess than a month ago, Botafogo has convinced Japanese Keisuke Honda to go play Brazil. However, the team continues to try to strengthen itself with another great player who has a few years left. It’s about Yaya Toure. 24 The Ivorian soccer player militates in the Quingdao Huanghai of China, but is willing to listen to offers. In fact, as published Goloboesporte, the coach will meet tomorrow with the former president, Carlos Augusto Montenegro, to try to close the operation.They will do it in Paris, after the player has spoken with the coach of what would be his future team, Paulo Autuori, and once the meeting is arranged, he seems to have liked what he has been told about the Brazilian club. The operation would be financed with the help of investors such as youtuber Felipe Neto or the humorist Marcelo Adnet, according to the Brazilian newspaper.If the agreement is finalized, the Botafogo would gather Honda and Yaya Toure in the center of the field, two now veteran players that were authentic cracks.last_img read more

Wolfsburg and Augsburg return to training

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first_imgWolfsburg have decided to return to training despite the spread of coronavirus. The German team, which has returned to the dynamics this Monday, is logically respecting all the recommendations of the central government, although the fact that they have returned to exercise has raised controversy in Germany.The club has reported that the players did not step on the grass and trained inside the facilities in four small groups. In addition, each of the divisions exercised two hours apart for the next to avoid direct contact between all members of the staff at all times. Disinfectant gels have also been placed throughout the rooms. Daniel Ginczek, footballer of the first team, spoke about the situation on the club’s website: “Of course, we would all prefer to play soccer, but now we have to accept the situation. It is our job to stay in shape, whether at home or in small groups together as we are now. The club has taken all possible measures in terms of hygiene“The player wanted to clarify that the rooms are large enough so that there is a reasonable distance between them and that each one had its own utensils. Even so, many fans have criticized this fact, for the risks of contagion that exist despite precautionary measures.They are not the only ones. Augsburg have also trained and, what’s more, they have done it on the pitch. It was in two groups of between seven and eight players, as reported by Bild. Of course, short passes were prohibited and could not collide. They devoted themselves to making long shipments for just over an hour. Subsequently, the showers were disinfected. Leipzig also ventured back last week.last_img read more

PBA: Phoenix torches TNT for third win

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first_imgPhoenix had TNT cornered in every possible way including a glaring 74-49 rebounding advantage and a 32-15 assist disparity.The Fuel Masters shot 42-of-89 from the field for a respectable 47.2 percent clip while holding TNT to a 29-of-91 conversion rate.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix lit up and torched TNT, 112-82, to bounce back in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The Fuel Masters were unrelenting both in their offense and defense and stifled the KaTropa with a 26-0 run to go up 61-23 on RJ Jazul’s three-point shot with 2:33 left in the second quarter.During that run, TNT was held scoreless for almost seven minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’With the win, the Fuel Masters improved to 3-1 to tie NLEX for the fourth spot while the KaTropa reeled to seventh with a 1-4 record.Phoenix head coach said their massive 30-point win was a huge recovery game after their 108-97 loss to Alaska in their previous outing in the conference. Carpio 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “This was a big bounce game for us because my starting five played heavy minutes in our last game and we just had one day of rest,” said Alas in Filipino. “I told them that I know they’re fatigued and the only thing I can help them with is manage their playing time but they can’t use being tired as an excuse.”“True enough they told me ‘coach we will play hard as long as we can, and until you play us,’ so everything they did in this game already compensated for the mistakes we had against Alaska.”Jason Perkins put up 22 points for the Fuel Masters while Matthew Wright added 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists.Eugene Phelps, who was averaging 35.67 points per game prior to facing TNT, finished with just 15 points and 11 rebounds.Alfrancis Tamsi had a team-high 14 points for the KaTropa who played without Terrence Romeo who was feeling under the weather.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Asian Games: Philippines bows to Kazakhs in volleyball qualification Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Boakai Amplifies Concerns over Election Irregularities

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first_imgVice President BoakaiWants NEC to quickly clean up and re-publish the Final Voter Registration RollAdding his voice to those of several other political parties, Unity Party leader Joseph Nyuma Boakai has called on the National Elections Commission (NEC) and other responsible stakeholders to expeditiously review concerns that are being raised by multiple parties and take the appropriate actions to protect the integrity and sanctity of the Liberian electoral system.Speaking yesterday at a press conference held at his residence in Monrovia, Boakai called on the NEC to immediately clean up and re-publish the Final Voter Registration Roll to enable voters to ascertain in advance the inclusion of their names on the roll and the specific precincts and polling centers where they should vote.“We believe this will reduce the confusion and the long delay voters experienced,” he said.“We too have been gathering reports from some of our field agents pointing to some anomalies and electoral management inefficiencies, which prevented some of our supporters and citizens from exercising their constitutional right to vote.”He disclosed that the Unity Party has consulted its legal and technical experts, who have examined the veracity and magnitude of those reports in order to decide on the proper course of action consistent with the laws of Liberia.The  Vice President said he stands in full solidarity with all other political parties, including the Liberty Party (LP), the Alternative National Congress (ANC), the All Liberian Party (ALP) and other stakeholders who have raised concerns about acts of irregularities and fraud at some polling places.“So also goes our solidarity to all other political parties that participated in the process. As our nation prepares to transition from one constitutionally elected administration to another through democratic and peaceful means, we believe that any mandate coming out of this exercise must truly reflect the collective free will of the Liberian people,” he stated.VP Boakai lauded Liberians who turned out in their numbers, including the National Executive Committee of the Unity Party and “our campaign management team, collaborating political parties and the hundreds of thousands of gallant members of the auxiliaries, for the October 10 presidential and legislative elections that brought us into the second, and final round. You have demonstrated your belief in our cause and manifested your support for the real transformation of our country. Indeed you have shown an unmatched national spirit and unparalleled determination to save our democracy and maintain our hard-earned peace. For this, you deserve our deepest gratitude.”He emphasized that the political battle to elect a new president of Liberia is not over, adding that at this crucial juncture, “we urge all of us to put aside our differences and forge a united front to ensure a resounding victory on November 7. Let us all return to the base and respond to the clarion call to deliver to the Liberian people the quality of leadership they truly deserve.”He, meanwhile, called on all “our collaborating parties, sympathizers and well-wishers to join us to roll up our sleeves, take our message of putting Liberia at the front and center of everything we do, to the towns and villages of our country. Our ticket represents experience, integrity, maturity, and commitment to the country.”According to the UP standard bearer, thinking Liberia, loving Liberia, and building Liberia will also mean that “we wage a more effective battle against corruption by not only strengthening the integrity institutions but by taking practical actions to improve the trust of the people in their government. In this respect, we intend to lead by example and will expect everyone working in my government to do likewise.”He added: “When we ultimately win these elections, we are going to form a government of inclusion that will bring on board all our citizens who are capable of positively contributing to their country no matter their political, ethnic, religious or other backgrounds. It will be a government that you will be proud of. The formation of our government will signal the beginning of our drive toward total reconciliation.”Vice President Boakai concluded: “What we seek is not so much a victory of the party as compared to a victory of the people. In the final analysis, the party that matters is called Liberia, and it is that party that we intend to govern with your mandate together.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 killed by fallen tree

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first_imgTwo men are now dead after they were on Friday afternoon pinned and killed by a fallen tree in Amatock Backdam, Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Dead are 40-year-old Kadesh Ganesh and his co-worker Sydney Hernandez, called “Dougla Man”, both of the North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini).According to reports reaching this publication, the incident occurred at about 15:30h on Friday. Guyana Times understands that the two men were at the time in the process of ‘washing down’ their lavadore when the tree which was nearby fell pinning both of them in the process.Reports revealed that Ganesh’s head was crushed and was almost severed from his body.Both men were picked up and taken to the Mahdia District Hospital where they were pronounced dead.last_img read more

GCAA being “vindictive” – Guyana Airways CEO

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first_imgFallout over airlineOne day after the Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field came out saying that the Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC) never filed an application with the Authority to operate in Guyana, the airline has lashed back saying that the GCAA is doing nothing but trying to create discourse and is being vindictive in its ways.Guyana Airways CEO Collin AbramsIn response to the statements made by Field, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airline, Collin Abrams during a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Monday morning said the GCAA is being vindictive, especially since the airline recently won a court order against the Government and because the Director happens to be affiliated with Fly Jamaica.“For him to say that, it’s vindictive and I don’t know why he’s got this smear campaign against Guyana Airways,” Abrams argued.According to the airline’s CEO, GAC met with the Civil Aviation Authority back in March 19, 2018, and the two were locked in discussions concerning the operations of the airline.However, it was five months after the initial talks that the airline was greeted with a court order, which documented that the name of the airline had been removed from the registry; it also ordered a resubmission of documents for the proposed operations.“We filed a pre-application…then we filed a PASI (Pre-application Statement of Intent) -that’s the pre-application stage and after you filed that…we were supposed to file the actual AOC (Air Operator Certificate) application, but we could not have filed the application until we had everything in place (such as) contracts for the aircraft, ground handling, hire contracts, every single thing had to be in place before you could submit the AOC application,” Abrams explained.He went on to say that the airline was hoping to resume its application from where it left off. “Five months later when we were in the midst of our process they (GCAA) interjected themselves, telling us, in a legal matter, that they stopped the entire process,” Abrams recalled.GCAA Director Egbert FieldNonetheless the CEO said that GAC will be hand-delivering that court order, where they won the case against the Government for the use of the airline’s name, to resume the process.On Saturday Field said the airline never filed an application to operate in Guyana.Although it has been in the air that the proprietor of the airline had submitted his application for operations, the director noted, “They’ll have to submit an application. They never did submit an application before and I want to make it pretty clear.”According to him, Guyana Airways filed an ‘intent of operations’ on the work they intended to pursue. Guyana Airways was hoping to begin operations in February 2019 as was related by its CEO.His dream may once again be postponed as this may not be possible since it takes at least 12 or 13 months before an airline’s application is approved due to the processing requirements.This period, Field said, is “absolutely important” as officials would use this phase to ensure that all aspects of the operation are covered such as training for staffers, evaluation of personnel and the documentation of the airline, essentially the operations manual, flight attendant manual, weight and balance manual, maintenance manual and several others, to outline the procedures for the specific section.Government had taken the private airline to court this year for using the name which was used by two other companies which no longer exist.The inconvenienced businessman explained during a previous interview, “Two years after we’ve been registered and putting all this together and spending all this money, they just snuffed the life out of us without a hearing, without anything. We just had a marshal show up at our secretary’s home and that’s it, so they kinda murdered us.”According to him, 110 flight attendants have already been hired for the two airlines which will soon provide flights to Cuba, Barbados and Trinidad for now and will extend its services to the United States of America when Guyana becomes authorised to do so.last_img read more

Public debt increases by US$19M

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first_img2018 first quarter– as external debt repayments are growingPublic debt is on the rise, and it has been revealed that external debt repayments are also on the rise. This is according to the recently released Bank of Guyana Quarterly Report and Statistical Bulletin, which pegged the hike in public debt at US$19 million.Public debt is on the riseThe report divides this debt into external and domestic. External debt increased by 1.5 per cent from a December position of US$1.241 billion to US$1.265 billion.“The rise in the stock of external debt was on account of higher disbursements by multilateral creditors, specifically, IADB and CDB, for financing of social and economic infrastructural projects,” the report states.Domestic debt, on the other hand, increased to $89.5 million, from a December position of $88.8 million. Domestic debt, the report notes, increased because of a hike in treasury bills by 1.3 per cent.“(This) resulted mainly from a 1.5 per cent growth in the stock of the 364-day treasury bills during the first quarter,” the report adds.RepaymentRepayment of this external debt, according to the report, grew by some US$24.3 million to US$85.3 million. This is a rate of 59.1 per cent when compared to the corresponding period of 2017. This was not the case for domestic debt.“Domestic debt service payments fell by 14.6 per cent to $726 million, resulting mainly from a 23.2 per cent reduction in interest payments for treasury bills. Interest payments for the 182- and 364-day bills fell by 38.7 per cent and 17.6 per cent to G$36 million and G$358 million respectively.”“This position resulted mainly from competitive bidding, primarily amongst the commercial banks, compounded with lower interest yields during the review period,” the report outlines as a telling indicator.Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who was recently interviewed on the sidelines of Parliament, had said that Guyana’s public debt rate is actually nothing to worry about.Jordan had contended that as the economy grows, it could actually take on more debt.“You must stop looking at debt in absolute terms; debt must be looked at in relative terms. You look at debt to GDP (Gross Domestic Product), debt to revenue or something. As the economy grows, it can take on more debt. So it’s not a question of the absolute amount of the debt, it’s the relative amount,” Jordan told this newspaper.Pressed on exactly what the Government is doing to bring down the debt, Jordan would only allude to the international threshold of debt to GDP. The Finance Minister did not mention any steps Government was taking to mitigate the debt rate. A subsequent statement had however reinforced this point.The Public Debt Annual Report released by the Finance Ministry last year had highlighted that, since 2015, there has been a 4.1 per cent rise in Guyana’s indebtedness to creditors. The report details that Guyana’s total debt, inclusive of external and domestic, increased to $330 billion as at December 2016.The Ministry attributed this to disbursements from the Export-Import Bank of China towards the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project, as well as monies from multilateral creditors.A breakdown of the figures shows that total external debt amounted to $240 billion, a 72.6 per cent bite out of the total public debt. On the other hand, domestic debt stood at $90.6 billion, or 27.4 per cent of the total.“At the end of December 2016, multilateral creditors continued to be the predominant creditor category, accounting for 59.7 per cent of the external debt portfolio, a slight decrease from the 2015 position of 60.6 per cent. Bilateral lenders and commercial lenders represented 38.8 per cent and 1.5 per cent of the public external debt portfolio, respectively,” the Finance Ministry explained.“Although the nominal public debt increased, the total external public debt to GDP ratio declined from 36.1 per cent as at end December 2015 to 33.7 per cent as at end December 2016, as a result of GDP growth outstripping the rate of growth of public external debt stock,” the Ministry said, in justifying the increase.last_img read more

Nico Rosberg closes gap on Lewis Hamilton at Spanish Grand Prix

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first_img Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg claimed his first win of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix, finishing 17.5seconds ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari completed the podium but it was another devastating day for McLaren who lost Fernando Alonso midway through the race with brake failure while Jenson Button passed the chequered flag alongside F1’s minnows.The victory for Rosberg was his first since the Brazilian Grand Prix last year meaning the German closes the gap on Hamilton to 20 points at the top of the Driver Standings.For the first time this year, the start of the race was not fronted by Hamilton after Mercedes teammate Rosberg clinched pole in qualifying on Saturday.A poor start from the Briton, who was swiftly overtaken by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel , prompted a switch to a three-stop pit strategy which ultimately left the reigning champion with too much to do in the final stages of the race.The 30-year-old had responded well to his early setback with some determined overtaking at the top of the field and Mercedes’ strategy alteration moved the Brit ahead of Vettel into second.However, the lead established by Rosberg proved to be too big for Hamilton to hunt down and the German’s steady if unspectacular drive ensured the win and injects fresh impetus into the driver’s championship. 1last_img read more

GLENSWILLY GAA NOTES

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first_imgThe lotto numbers for this week were 2,13,15,20 and the match 2 winner was Dinny Doherty, Kilpheak. Next weeks jackpot is €1,980. Sellers this week are Dan McDaid and Peter McConnell.A Young Whistlers course to train new referees will take place shortly for anyone aged 16 or over interested in training as a referee. Please contact Paddy Mc Ginty.Anyone interested in doing a First Aid Course from Friday 20th May to Sunday 22nd May should contact Sharon Mc Ginty. Places are limited. Both teams played away to four masters at the weekend reserves lost by 4 points and the seniors were lucky to get a draw in the end up with a last minute free from Gerard McGrenragh salvaging a point.Please check papers for the fixtures this weekend.In conjunction with the sponsored slim a walk will take place on Good Friday morning. Meet in Glenveagh carpark at 9.30a.m for transport to the top of the bridal path. Everyone welcome. No pets allowed.Good luck to captain Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher and the Donegal team in the league final this weekend against Laois. The club are looking for stewards for the Ulster championship game on the 15th may against Antrim, anyone interested give their names to Barry McDaid or Paddy Tinney.Next monthly meeting is on the 3rd of May at 8.30.Former player Steve Breen is involved in running the 2nd Connemara Rough Diamond on June 4th this year. Check out www.connemararoughdiamond.com. This year they have organised an exciting new competition, they are holding the first ever “All Ireland Inter County Adventure Race”. For more info: http://www.connemararoughdiamond.com/en/crd_2011/all_ireland_challenge.html or contact steve on 087 9237682. The club will have a concert on Friday May 6 featuring local talent. Anybody interested in taking part should contact Anne Farrell (0863150932) Sharon McGinty (0879210846) or Dan McDaid (0868618261).EndsGLENSWILLY GAA NOTES was last modified: April 19th, 2011 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more