UCA Women, Lamar Men Capture 2019 Southland Cross Country Titles

first_imgResults | Photo GalleryCONWAY, Ark. – Conditions were primed for the 2019 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships at Beaverfork Lake Park in Conway, Ark. The women’s team title will remain in Conway as Central Arkansas put together a first-place performance with 64 points for its first-ever Southland Championship. Lamar captured the title on the men’s side, landing six runners among the top-15 finishers and scoring 34 points to set a new conference championship record for widest margin of victory (86).New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova registered a first-place individual finish in the 6k race with a time of 20:50.5 in order to be named the women’s Athlete of the Year. Lamar’s Jordan Rowe snagged men’s Athlete of the Year honors with a first-place individual finish in the 8k event with a 24:01.7.Central Arkansas’ 64 points came on the shoulders of Erin Woodward, who led the Bears with a seventh-place overall finish. Central Arkansas landed five runners among the top 20 in order to beat out Stephen F. Austin’s 70-point performance.Kleshchukova narrowly edged out SFA’s Kelsey Ramirez by one second in order to grab New Orleans’ first women’s individual title in program history. The Ladyjacks’ Meredith Clayton was named Freshman of the Year following an 11th-place performance. Quin Johnson took home Newcomer of the Year for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a 13th-place finish.Five schools were represented on the women’s all-conference first team. A&M-Corpus Christi’s Valentina Campos, Abilene Christian’s Briahna Gerlach and Lamar’s Julie Emmerson all joined Kleshchukova and Ramirez with first-team honors.The Ladyjacks secured a second-place finish with 70 points, while the Islanders took third place with 94 points.Rowe led the Lamar men’s program to its sixth team title in seven years, while also cementing the Cardinals’ fifth individual title since the 2013 season. LU’s Liam Burthem stamped a fourth-place finish in order to be named the Newcomer of the Year, while ACU’s Denis Lagat took fifth-place along with Freshman of the Year honors.Lamar claimed three spots on the first team all-conference squad with Rowe, Burthem and Jack Gooch. Abilene Christian’s Lagat was also named a first-team selection, while fellow Wildcat Kevin Kipkosgei rounded out the five-man squad with a second-place individual finish.The Islanders claimed the runner-up trophy with 120 points, while Abilene Christian finished third place overall with 126 points in the men’s 8k event.The 2019 NCAA South Central Regional  race will take place at the Agri-Park on Friday, Nov. 15 in Fayetteville, Ark., hosted by Arkansas. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23. Third Team Kolyn Saltzman Fr. New Orleans Briahna Gerlach Jr. Abilene Christian Name Class School Denis Lagat Fr. Abilene Christian Valentina Campos Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Harry Hallford So. Lamar Matthew Arnold Sr. Lamar Gracie Hyde So. Central Arkansas Name Class School Isaac Vargas Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Name Class School Jordan Rowe Jr. Lamar Madison Compass Sr. Stephen F. Austin Second Team Anthony Cordero Jr. Southeastern Louisiana Austin Zirkel Fr. Sam Houston State Alia Henderson So. UIW Arina Kleshchukova So. New Orleans Erin Woodward Sr. Central Arkansas Tristan Stellmach Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Liam Burthem Jr. Lamarcenter_img 2019 Southland Championship Team Finishes:Women1. Central Arkansas2. Stephen F. Austin3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi4. Abilene Christian5. UIW6. Lamar7. McNeese8. Southeastern Louisiana9. Nicholls10. Houston Baptist11. New Orleans12. Sam Houston State13. Northwestern StateMen1. Lamar2. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi3. Abilene Christian4. McNeese5. Stephen F. Austin6. UIW7. Central Arkansas8. Southeastern Louisiana9. Sam Houston State10. New Orleans11. Houston Baptist12. Nicholls13. Northwestern State Name Class School Katy Whiteoak Jr. Lamar Kelsey Ramirez Jr. Stephen F. Austin Second Team Julie Emmerson Sr. Lamar Carnley Graham Sr. Abilene Christian Name Class School Kevin Kipkosgei So. Abilene Christian Andrew Bosquez Jr. Sam Houston State Tamara Reeves Fr. Central Arkansas Declan Neary So. Lamar Quin Johnson Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Name Class School Third Team Henry Kiplagat Jr. McNeese Sophie Daigle Jr. Southeastern Louisiana Meredith Clayton Fr. Stephen F. Austin Individual Superlatives:WomenFreshman of the Year – Meredith Clayton, SFANewcomer of the Year – Quin Johnson, TAMU-CCCoach of the Year – Beau Theriot, UCAAthlete of the Year – Arina Kleshchukova, UNOMenFreshman of the Year – Denis Lagat, ACUNewcomer of the Year – Liam Burthem, LUCoach of the Year – Tony Houchin, LUAthlete of the Year –  Jordan Rowe, LUWomen’s All-Conference TeamsFirst Team Men’s All-Conference TeamsFirst Team Jack Gooch Sr. Lamarlast_img read more

Biles wraps up remarkable worlds with 4th gold medal

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew While allowing it wasn’t her best, Biles took to Twitter in between beam and floor exercise to chastise those who criticized her for not winning gold. It’s a move she felt was necessary.“I think it’s upsetting to me whenever I see all the tweets after I do performances of how disappointed they are in me,” Biles said. “It’s not fair because they can’t set expectations on me. I have to set them for myself.”And no one’s expectations are higher. Biles took herself to task after the all-around, unhappy with a series of uncharacteristic mistakes. She vowed to redeem herself in the event finals and responded by reaching the podium on each event.“I’m really happy to be done,” Biles said. “Proud of my performances here. I wish some of them would have been better but I’m really proud of the outcome.”So was Hurd, who won a team gold, bronze in the all-around and silver on floor, validating her breakthrough performance at the 2017 world championships when she became an unlikely champion.“Oh, I wanted it so badly,” Hurd said. “Now I’ve got a full set.”Five-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak picked up the first world championship medal of his career when he finished third in the high bar final behind Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands and Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, who boosted his career medal at worlds to 21.Mikulak will settle with having just one for now.“I made a statement to the world that Sam isn’t some washed-out gymnast that’s holding on,” the 26-year-old Mikulak said. “He’s here to play and he’s here to get medals.”North Korea’s Ri Se Gwang picked up his third world title on vault. Men’s all-around champion Artur Dalaloyan earned silver, with Japan’s Kenzo Shirai taking bronze. China’s Zou Jingyuan captured gold on parallel bars with a score of 16.433 — the highest on any apparatus by a man during the meet — while Oleg Verniaiev took silver and Dalaloyan bronze. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Djokovic’s epic victory over Federer among the hardest wins View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The American star capped a remarkable 2018 world gymnastics championships by claiming gold on floor exercise and bronze on balance beam during event finals Saturday, giving her six medals for the meet and 20 overall in the world championships, tied with Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina for the most by a female gymnast.“I think there’s a lot to be proud, but I’m most proud of that I’m here, I made all the event finals, medaled in all of the events and I survived,” Biles said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSomething that wasn’t a guarantee when the meet began. Biles spent the night before qualifying in the hospital dealing with pain from a kidney stone. The stone was too big to pass and she couldn’t take prescription pain medication because of doping regulations, forcing her to simply deal with it.Biles did more than deal with it. She dominated. Just like always. 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Gold medalist Simone Biles of the U.S. celebrates after her floor exercise on the second and last day of the apparatus finals of the Gymnastics World Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)DOHA, Qatar — Simone Biles returned to training last November wondering if she could ever return to the form that made her an Olympic champion.She doesn’t wonder anymore. Neither does anyone else.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 21-year-old will head home to Houston with gold medals from the team final, the all-around final, floor and vault as well as silver on uneven bars and bronze on beam. She became the first woman to earn a medal on all four events since Yelena Shushunova did it for the Soviet Union in 1987.Biles believes it’s just the beginning. She’ll visit with doctors to treat the kidney stone, go on a short vacation and then point toward 2019.“Hopefully I feel more confident next year going into all of the events,” she said. “We’ll see about upgrades. I’m not sure. We’ll see.”Biles finished a busy 10 days by drilling her floor routine, which includes intricate tumbling runs that are as difficult as anything done by the men these days. Though she stepped out of bounds on her third pass, her score of 14.933 was a full point better than that of teammate Morgan Hurd, who earned her third medal of the meet by finishing with silver. Japan’s Mai Murakami took third.Biles wasn’t quite as crisp on beam, an event that she’s struggled with recently. She wobbled during qualifying and fell off during the all-around finals. Though she managed to stay on during event finals, she found herself off balance on multiple occasions. Her score of 13.6 held up for bronze behind China’s Liu Tingting and Canada’s Ana Padurariu.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

APA clearly playing politics

first_imgDear Editor,A section of the media reported on alarming news on Thursday, July 26th, 2018. A former member of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) Executive, Mr Lennon Shuman, revealed that the APNU/AFC Government was lobbying to ensure that the new Chairman of the NTC is someone whom Government can control.First, Mr Lennox Shuman said the old NTC Executive did work to counter this lobbying, but I respectfully disagree with him when he says that the counter-efforts were successful. I say this because of the photograph that has surfaced, and shows the new Chairman of the NTC; a top member of the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), Jean La Rose; and President David Granger socialising together. Imagine, the former NTC Executive could not get a meeting with President David Granger; a sit-down can be arranged to involve ONLY the new NTC Chairman – not the NEW NTC Executive – and the President.Second, the APA is clearly playing politics here with the NTC – with what is the ELECTED BODY that represents the rights and interests of Amerindians in Guyana. The reason I say playing politics is because the new NTC Chairman is also associated with the APA. Amerindians in Guyana can only hope that there is no sabotage of what should be a strong agenda of the new NTC Executive.Third, no one has forgotten that it was Jean La Rose who was the deputy head of the APNU/AFC List which was presented at the 2015 General and Regional Elections. Yes, the same Jean La Rose who is in the leadership of the APA. The same APA that has been silent on all of the transgressions visited upon Amerindians in Guyana by this APNU/AFC Government.When the controversial Land CoI issue came up and concerns were raised about the possible threat to Amerindian land rights, President David Granger did not meet with the NTC – the elected body that represents the rights and interests of Amerindians in Guyana. President David Granger instead met with the APA – a charade to show that he has engaged a body that is supposedly dealing with Amerindian issues. Both President David Granger and the APA insulted the intelligence of the Guyanese people because: one, nothing has been done since that meeting to substantially address the Amerindians’ concerns about land rights; and two, the APA said nothing about the controversial Land CoI.Finally, the international organisations funding the APA as a non-governmental organisation, including the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), should recognise that they are funding a political group, not a sincere non-governmental organisation that works to advance the interests of Amerindians in Guyana. What other evidence do you need to see that the APA is a political group when Guyanese know that a key leader, Jean La Rose, is also the deputy head of the APNU/AFC elections list?Sincerely,Anson Paullast_img read more

Reviving Historical Ties between Liberia and U.S. State of Virginia

first_imgMinister Counselor Gabriel Williams speaking at the historic eventBefore there was Joseph Jenkins Roberts, there was Margaret MercerWashington- The Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs at the Embassy of Liberia in the United States, Gabriel I.H. Williams, has called for strong partnership between the Republic of Liberia and the State of Virginia, USA, especially in the area of education and in economic activities.Hon. Williams noted that an enhanced relationship between Liberia and Virginia with a focus on education and business would be mutually beneficial. He added that Liberia is well endowed with natural resources, and the country is also ideal for the establishment of light and heavy manufacturing industries in agriculture and other areas to add value to the resources, which could expand more Virginia business outreach into West Africa. On the other hand, he added, Liberians could benefit from the education and training for empowerment, as well as the employment and revenue that could be realized from such partnership with the State of Virginia.According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Hon. Williams was speaking on Sunday, September 9, 2018, when he deputized for Ambassador Lois Brutus at the dedicatory ceremony of a historical marker in memory of Ms. Margaret Mercer, an educator and abolitionist. Ms. Mercer, who worked for the freedom and dignity of all people, educated children of slave and ex-slave. She also arranged and financed the repatriation of many former slaves from the United States to Liberia in the 1830s.The late educator and abolitionist, Margaret MercerHon. Williams recalled the longstanding historical ties between the Republic of Liberia and the State of Virginia dating from the founding of Liberia, as many of the country’s founders from the United States originated from Virginia. He added that out of the ten former presidents of Liberia who were American born, three were from Virginia, including Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the first President.The Liberian diplomat applauded St. David’s Episcopal Church for what the church does to keep alive and celebrate the lasting and important ties between the historic church and Liberia. In so doing, he indicated, the church is keeping alive and celebrating the historic connections between Liberia on the one hand, and the State of Virginia and the United States as a whole, on the other.He also lauded St. David’s for continuing to support Bromley Mission, a boarding school for girls in Liberia operated by the Episcopal Church of Liberia, and expressed the need for such partnership to be further deepened.The historic marker stands on the grounds of St. David’s Episcopal Church and School in Ashburn, Virginia. According to historical accounts, Ms. Mercer gave the land on which St. David’s Church and School is built to the Episcopal Church.As a result of Ms. Mercer’s work, there has been a longstanding historical connection between the Republic of Liberia and St. David’s Episcopal Church and School.Loudoun County Board Chair Phyllis Randall (center), with County Supervisor Koran Saines (left) and Rev. Mary Brown during the presentation of the resolution to St. David’sAn example of the special ties between Liberia and St. David’s is the critical support being provided to sustain Bromley Mission. Another example was the Very Rev. Dr. Emmanuel W. Johnson, former Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia and former President of Cuttington University College, now Cuttington University, who served for 16 years as priest associate, spiritual leader and mentor at St. David’s until his death in March 2018.The late Very Reverend Dr. Emmanuel W. JohnsonFollowing his funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Father Johnson was laid to rest at a cemetery on the grounds of St. David’s Church and School, where many prominent citizens of Virginia are also buried.St. David’s also has many Liberian parishioners, some of whom are prominent members of Liberia’s Diaspora community.The ceremony was graced by the presence of several state and local officials of the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially in Loudoun County. Those who made remarks at the well-attended event included the following: Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock; the Chair of the Board of Loudoun County Supervisor, Ms. Phyllis Randall; Loudoun County Supervisor Koran Saines, who is a Liberian descendent; and Ms. Julia Randle from the office of the Diocesan Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Virginia, among others.Earlier, the Rev. Mary K. Brown, Rector of St. David’s, and Mr. W. Conrad Jones, Chair of the Vestry of St. David’s recalled the historical ties between St. David’s Church and Liberia through the foresight and sacrifices of Ms. Mercer.The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation extolling the work of Ms. Margaret Mercer for the betterment of humanity. The proclamation was read and presented to the church by Loudoun County Board of Supervisor Chair Randall and Supervisor Saines.The ceremony began with a march-in of the flags of the Republic of Liberia, the United States, the Church and the Boys Scouts of the U.S.A. by the Scouts Color Guard, followed by the singing of the national anthems of both countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

France reach World Cup final as Paris erupts

first_imgA header from Samuel Umtiti in Saint Petersburg was enough to give Didier Deschamps’ team a 1-0 win against Belgium.The 49-year-old coach is now just one win away from winning the World Cup — 20 years after he captained the team to victory on home soil.The tournament favourites must wait 24 hours to discover whether they will play England or Croatia in Sunday’s final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium but they will approach the game brim full of confidence.Belgium started the stronger of the two teams but Umtiti’s header from a corner in the 51st minute was the pivotal moment as the defender stole the limelight from jet-heeled Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.France players celebrate Samuel Umtiti’s goal © AFP / Jewel SAMADFrance’s other hero was goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who made a spectacular fingertip save in the first half to deny Toby Alderweireld and then kept out Alex Witsel’s drive as Belgium cranked up the pressure towards the end of the match.Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which Portugal won in Paris.“I am very happy for my players,” he said. “It was hard against a very good Belgium team. I take my hat off to my players and my staff.”“Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago,” he added.France started the tournament in Russia slowly, struggling for goals in the group stages but hit their stride in an impressive 4-3 victory against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the first knockout round.Boasting an impressive combination of experience and youthful zest, they controlled their quarter-final against Uruguay, running out comfortable 2-0 winners.The defeat is painful for Belgium, foiled at the semi-final for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called “golden generation”.Captain Eden Hazard dazzled in patches but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Romelu Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.Martinez bemoaned the goal his team conceded from a corner.“I couldn’t ask more of the players’ attitude,” he said. “If you are going to have to lose such a match, which is bearable, it is the manner in which our players lost, pushing for everything, trying everything until the final whistle.”– England dream – France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris celebrates victory against Belgium in the World Cup semi-final © AFP / Odd ANDERSENEngland face Croatia on Wednesday in the Luzhniki, seeking to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 against a background of near hysteria at home.Manager Gareth Southgate said his inexperienced side must look to perform at their “regular level” despite the pressure.Captain Harry Kane is leading England’s charge with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot.England are in the last four of a major tournament for the first time since Euro ’96, when Southgate himself missed a penalty in a shootout defeat against Germany.He is now trying to minimise potential distractions as his young team prepare to take the next step in their bid to repeat their World Cup triumph at home 52 years ago.“We’re going into a semi-final but it just seems like it’s the next step on the journey,” he said. England midfielder Jordan Henderson (right) and coach Gareth Southgate inspect the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia © AFP / YURI CORTEZ“This team is nowhere near the level they’re going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years, with us and with their clubs, they’re going to have more and more big-match experiences.“So we’re excited about the future but we also want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow.”Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his tired team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime.It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russia in a penalty shootout at the weekend.There are concerns that fatigue could be a factor for Zlatko Dalic’s side, given they were forced to come through 120 minutes and penalties against both Denmark and the hosts in the last two rounds.However, Liverpool centre-back Lovren does not think that will be a factor.“I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my teammates. We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel,” said the 29-year-old.“This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It may repeat itself once, maybe never.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fans in Paris celebrate France’s victory against Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals © AFP / ZAKARIA ABDELKAFISaint Petersburg, Russian Federation, Jul 9 – France reached their third World Cup final after overcoming Belgium on Tuesday, sparking scenes of unconfined joy in Paris as tens of thousands of people poured into the streets.In scenes reminiscent of France’s 1998 World Cup win, delirious crowds surged up the Champs-Elysees avenue and surrounded the Arc de Triomphe, waving flags and letting off flares.last_img read more

Success remains possible

first_imgBecause they will be looking at two or three or more years of rebuilding without him. Bryant’s value was clear in the heartbreaking 95-93 down-to-the- wire loss to Houston. With a wrist-to-elbow wrap protecting his sprained right wrist and no doubt adding to the degree of difficulty when shooting, he scored a hard-earned 45 points (18 in the fourth quarter). Consider how it is to start the season distracted by reports Bryant’s trade demand will be granted. “It’s not difficult,” said Phil Jackson, the esteemed coach of the Lakers. “It’s just what it is. You don’t have to deal with anything else but what is right in front of you. That’s what’s on our plate right now.” Just take a deep breath and play the game. That’s what Bryant has done throughout his career. Despite many predictions the Lakers are not a playoff team, success is possible as long as Bryant remains here. Lakers owner Jerry Buss must be part of the solution, as he generally was in years past when his teams won eight NBA championships, and not part of the problem, which he was when he took a verbal whack at Bryant with the announcement he would entertain offers for Bryant. He had several reasons to pop off. He did so because he was asked about Bryant’s status. He did so to make it clear to customers that the possibility of Bryant departing is very real. He did so because the stories amounted to a free “NBA star for sale” classified ad. Buss also spoke out to provide support for his son Jim, the Lakers’ vice president of player personnel and mucking up matters. Rushing in to protect little Jimmy at a time when it upset the delicate balance involving Bryant was not wise. It was what a father does. Rumors to the contrary, Bryant figures to remain with the Lakers at least until the end of the year. Holding a fire sale now does not make sense. It is possible for the Lakers to play good basketball and for everyone to suddenly become one big happy family. Please note that is possible, not probable. The Lakers are not a pathetic team. Not with Bryant. But they do have a long “if” list. If Lamar Odom, who did not play Tuesday, is healthy. If Andrew Bynum is ready to contribute for 15 quality minutes a game, if Kwame Brown is the force he should be rebounding and on defense, and if Chris Mihm can contribute in and around the post. If Luke Walton and Ronny Turiaf continue steady improvement. If Jordan Farmar can provide Derek Fisher the support at point guard. At the end, as at the start, so much is about Bryant. Outstanding player on the planet? Yes. Is more needed? Another yes. Jackson used Bryant as facilitator and shooter during the exhibition season. What is needed is for Bryant to seamlessly blend the two disciplines. Not score-score-score in the first half and pass-pass-pass in the second half. Or the other way around. What is needed is for him to flow between the two roles. If Bryant can do it all his game moves to another level and carries the Lakers with him. If he can do it all he’ll make his teammates better players, he’ll be the NBA’s MVP and the Lakers will become a dangerous team. Jackson says when Bryant’s heart is in it he’s a “dynamite player.” If his head and heart are in it he’ll be double dynamite. Bryant summed up his view when he said, “I’m ready to go.” You get to sit back and see if he, Buss, Jackson and all the Lakers’ men can sort it out. Mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As with Johnson, the boos turned to cheers when he produced. They were chanting “Ko-be, Ko-be, Ko-be” by the end of the third quarter. Granted, the prince of pout is flawed. But all the negatives do not change the fact that he is the outstanding basketball player on the planet. If they are wise, the Lakers will find a way to make it work with him. Because? Because they will not be a better team without him. See the wishing well? Think twice before throwing a coin into it. Your wish just might come true. This is a message to those who want Kobe Bryant gone. You ran out of patience during his summer of discontent. You’re tired of reading and listening to nonstop stories, rumors and speculation spinning out of his demand to be traded. Bringing back memories of Magic Johnson’s reception when he was blamed for getting Paul Westhead fired as coach, you booed him Tuesday evening when the Lakers opened the season against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. last_img read more

A law for every occasion in Sacramento’s game show

first_imgLest you think that the throngs of legislators with six-figure salaries and their ubiquitous staffers don’t do much more than fight with the governor and attend fundraisers, consider their New Year’s gift to California: 729 new laws. And that doesn’t even count the 232 laws vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Wow. What busy little bees our 40 state senators and 80 Assembly members are. Clearly, they showed they are worth every penny of the 12 percent pay raise they got in May. Along with the important new laws like busting sales of junk food at public schools or of puppies under 8 weeks old, there are, obviously, hundreds more that are unfamiliar to most Californians. That’s why it’s time to play Guess the New Law, a game in which readers must distinguish the real new law or laws from fictional ones I made up for fun. There’s no prize – just the satisfaction of learning how to identify the legacy of our zany lawmakers in Sacramento. New law or not? You decide: A. Requires that cigarettes sold in California, beginning in 2007, not be flammable – as in not be able to burn. B. Establishes the Talk to Your Child About Marijuana and Other Illegal Drugs Council, with a one-time allocation of $10 million, to make recommendations about how parents can be effective in developing anti-drug usage strategies with their children. C. Creates the Film Promotion and Marketing Fund, a public-private source of money to be used to entice moviemakers to make their movies in California. D. Allows foster parents to leave their charges with a baby sitter for a few hours without requiring a full-on background check of said 16-year-old sitter. E. Prohibits engaging in sex with animals on the Internet. F. Prohibits engaging in killing animals on the Internet. G. Monitors any erectile dysfunction by registered sex offenders, as they may seek Viagra or similar drugs, and prohibits the state from paying for Viagra for registered sex offenders. H. Allows taxpayers to get state income tax credit for filing tax returns early – on or before Jan. 31 of each year. I. Requires paid signature gatherers, when engaging in paid signature gathering for political purposes, to wear a badge that says, “Hi. I am a paid signature gatherer.” Answers: A. New law. AB 178 requires that most of the cigarettes sold in California be considered “fire safe” or self-extinguishing, so that it will be less likely for your no-good boyfriend to get drunk, fall asleep mid-drag and burn down the house. B. Not a new law. But sure sounds real, huh? C. New law. AB 1437 creates the Film Promotion and Marketing Fund to promote movie production in the movie production capital of the world. One can only hope that the spenders first study the misadventures of Los Angeles’ own Entertainment Industry Development Corp.and its president, Cody Cluff, a few years ago. Cluff used the EIDC’s private and public funds to promote film production in Los Angeles by attending strip clubs, taking his girlfriend out for fancy meals and making donations to his son’s high school football team – until he pleaded guilty to embezzling public funds. Oopsie. D. New law. SB 358 exempts baby sitters from the rigorous requirements of fingerprints and background checks before they watch Junior for a few hours on Saturday night while his foster parents are at the new Jennifer Aniston movie. Many teenage girls are presumably very relieved. E. Not a new law. But very creepy. F. New law. SB 1028 was created in response to a new Internet trend that allows people to “hunt” real animals by linking the computer mouse with a camera and a rifle at a remote location. Sort of like online training for serial killers in the making. Thank God we have laws. G. New law. Good thing, but it does make you wonder. Just how many child molesters were able to get taxpayer-funded Viagra before someone thought to prohibit it? H. Don’t you wish. Not a new law. I. Not a new law, but almost. AB 738 was passed by the Legislature but vetoed by the governor. Too bad for the badge-making industry. With 729 laws, this is a game that could go on for days and in many variations. To create your own version, check out the 79 pages of new and almost laws at www.sen.ca.gov/sor/WHATS-NEW/Whatsnew.htp. Have fun! Mariel Garza mariel.garza@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want 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_imgThe launch of a new name for Letterkenny Women’s Centre plus a celebration of women who’ve made outstanding contributions to the Donegal community will be featured at an International Women’s Day event on Monday, 9th March, which the public is invited to attend.Management and staff of the Letterkenny Women’s Centre ahead of an International Women’s Day event that the Centre will be co-presenting with NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network on Monday, 9th March: (front, l-r) Roisín Kavanagh, Vera Sweeney; (back, l-r) NC Britton, Eilish McArt, Mary Maguire, and Breid Kelly-McCollum.The event, which is being co-presented by the Centre and NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network, will take place from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the centre on the Port Road in Letterkenny. Participants are encouraged to wear something purple, which is the official colour of International Women’s Day.The event will include opening remarks by Finola Brennan of NCCWN-DWN and addresses by women whose own accomplishments reflect the International Women’s Day 2015 theme of “Make It Happen”, including Mary Crossan of the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Ann Friel of Donegal Travellers Project, and Roisín Kavanagh of the Letterkenny Women’s Centre. The Centre will then be formally re-named as the “Donegal Women’s Centre”, a name which better represents the county-wide range of services that it offers.“The Centre was 25 years last year, during which some of our services have expanded throughout Donegal,” said Ms. Kavanagh. “People were thinking the services of the Centre were only for people living in Letterkenny, so changing our name is just a natural progression as we now cater for women in Inishowen, South Donegal, West Donegal, East Donegal, and Aranmore Island, as well as the Letterkenny area. We’re delighted to be able to offer outreach services, including to rural women who are at high risk of social exclusion and marginalisation.”Current Centre outreach services include a Sexual Health Education Project which is run at schools and Youthreach Centres throughout the county. The six- to eight-week programme, which was delivered to more than 1,000 young people last year, was developed in response to a 2004 research report by Ms. Kavanagh that documented the sexual health education needs of 17- to 26-year-old women in Donegal.The Centre also runs the only Dedicated Domestic Violence Counselling Service in Ireland at locations throughout the county, offering long-term counselling for women affected by domestic violence. The service, which works closely with Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service, additionally runs educational presentations about domestic violence for men. “Usually the domestic violence counselling offered to women is on a short-term basis, but because of the level of trauma and dissociation involved a long-term approach is actually required,” said NC Britton, one of two service counsellors. “One result of the service has been a massive rise in awareness of the trauma and neglect experienced by children in domestic violence situations.”The Centre has also recently begun a “Let’s Get Talking, Donegal” general counselling service for women and men over the age of 17 on an outreach basis and at its welcoming and wheelchair-accessible Letterkenny location.Other services offered at the Centre include a Women’s Health and Family Planning Clinic, the Ilash Young Women’s Sexual Health Drop-in Clinic, Crisis Pregnancy Counselling, a Listening Service, a Breastfeeding Support Group, a Letterkenny CDP START Project addiction programme, educational courses, and more.Funders for Centre services include Donegal ETB, the HSE, the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, the Irish Family Planning Association, Tusla, and Victims of Crime.“The fact that we can deliver services on an outreach basis is a major break that we are only able to do because of the funding we get,” said Eilish McArt, Co-ordinator of the Centre’s Sexual Health Education Project. “We also have a lot of dependence on volunteers; without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.” One long-term volunteer, Vera Sweeney, who started out answering phones and attending courses at the Port Road rental premises where the Centre was based before moving into a building of its own in 1996, explained the role that the Centre has played in her life.“I was like a wilted plant when I came here,” she said. “Through being here I received water, which helped me lift up my head and get out there again.”More information about Letterkenny Women’s Centre is available by ringing (074) 91 24985 or online at www.lwc.ie.LETTERKENNY WOMEN’S CENTRE TO GET NEW NAME ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY was last modified: March 6th, 2015 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe Ulster Championship launch in Belfast last nightRTE has confirmed it is to show the Donegal Tyrone Ulster Championship clash live on May 26.The clash will be a sell-out – with just 18,000 tickets available. More than 1,000 tickets released by the Ulster Council yesterday sold out online in less than half an hour.Donegal Daily revealed last night that clubs are already warning that they will be unable to give tickets to all members – with less than half expected to be there. Whatever the outcome of the game, Mickey Harte says he and his Tyrone panel will not give interviews to RTE before or after the Ballybofey clash.Tyrone have boycotted RTE since a John Murray Show sketch in 2011, which the county board felt was insensitive to Mr Harte and his family following the tragic death of his daughter Michaela.Asked at the launch of the Ulster championship if the RTE boycott would continue, he said: “Yep, that’s right. No further answer required.”Paul Durcan pictured at 2013 Launch of Ulster Championships for Football and Hurling at Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens  RTE TO SHOW DONEGAL’S CLASH LIVE – BUT TYRONE WILL REFUSE INTERVIEWS IN MICHAELA ROW was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 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:RTE TO SHOW DONEGAL’S CLASH LIVE – BUT TYRONE WILL REFUSE INTERVIEWS IN MICHAELA ROWlast_img read more


first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay have called on people in Gaoth Dobhair and the surrounding area to show their anger at continuing austerity on budget day by protesting outside the office of Minister for State, Dinny McGinley TD.“Minister McGinley needs to explain to the people of the area how he can justify continued support for the policy of austerity which is bleeding our community dry.” said spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig.“We are facing another savage budget which will further reduce living standards, take money from the local economy and cost jobs. It is not acceptable for public representatives to put their careers and pensions before their responsibility to defend the interests of our community.” The Can’t Pay Won’t Pay spokesman said she budget will also see the announcement of the Property Tax, which will be even more punitive than the hated Household Charge and looks to burden the average family with another bill for several hundred euro.“Just as we have resisted the Household Charge, we will also resist the Property Tax. There are still 45,000 households in Donegal, 700,000 across the state, who have not paid the Household Charge.“I predict the boycott of the Property Tax will be even greater. Last year we had to convince people that a huge boycott could work. This year everyone can see that it is a reality and it will encourage even more people that if we stand together we can make these bondholder taxes unworkable.”“We need to send a strong message to the government from the very start – we will not pay for the reckless gambling which drowned the economy in debt to bail out the banks and bondholders. If Minister McGinley and the government are looking for alternative sources of revenue, how about a wealth tax? Or higher income tax on high earners? Or ending the non-domecile tax scam? We still have a very wealthy society. The problem is that huge wealth is concentrated in too few hands.” “Show your anger at what is happening. Let them know that we will not sit back and let them pile tax after tax, charge after charge on us. Come along to the protest on budget day, even if it’s just for your lunch break.”The protest takes place on December 5th at 1pm outside the office of Dinny McGinley TD in Bunbeg.BUDGET PROTEST PLANNED FOR MINISTER MCGINLEY’S OFFICE was last modified: December 3rd, 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:Can’t Pay Won’t PayMinister Dinny McGinleyprotestlast_img read more