Top-Seeded SFA Axes No. 5 HBU to Move Ahead to Championship Match

first_imgNATCHITOCHES, La. – No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin controlled the tempo early and strolled to a straight-set victory over No. 5 seed Houston Baptist in Saturday afternoon’s Southland Conference Tournament semifinal match at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Set TwoAlthough Stephen F. Austin never trailed, game two was evenly matched as both teams recorded four blocks and 15 kills throughout the set. Coleman and Hanna partnered for eight of SFA’s kills. After the opening set where HBU committed 10 errors, the Huskies turned their play around for a .250 team attack percentage. The highlight of the set came from SFA’s Peyton Redmond who channeled her inner soccer player and sent the ball over the net with her foot late in the set catching Houston Baptist’s defense off guard and sending the Ladyjacks ahead 22-20. The play was followed by a timeout from HBU, but the damage had been done as Stephen F. Austin rounded out the game with a block from Williams to capture a 25-22 win.Goal…errr…kill…uhhh…what sport are we playing again?#NCAAVB #SCtop10 (via @SFA_Volleyball)pic.twitter.com/2cY8kcVfj3— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) November 17, 2018 Set OneStephen F. Austin took control early scoring the opening three points on a block and pair of kills from Haley Coleman and Danae Daron. The Ladyjacks then proceeded create distance from the Huskies jumping to a 14-7 lead following a kill Anyia Williams. Houston Baptist chipped away at the SFA advantage and brought their deficit to 16-14 with a kill from Madison O’Brien. Stephen F. Austin then called a timeout that rejuvenated the squad and allowed the Ladyjacks to register four of the next five points to take a 20-15 advantage. Once again, the Huskies mounted another comeback that brought them within one point of SFA at 22-21. The late surge was not enough as SFA secured the 25-22 win on an attack error by HBU. 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox Score | Photos Houston Baptist’s Mikayla Vivens completed her 24th double-double performance of the season, a mark that leads the Southland Conference, after recording 13 digs and a match-high 14 kills. Hannah Lewis attempted to slow down the SFA attack with 17 of the Huskies 55 digs: however, HBU simply could not keep up with the Stephen F. Austin offense who dealt out seven aces.center_img The Ladyjacks will look seize the Southland Tournament Championship facing off against the winner of No. 2 seed Central Arkansas and No. 3 seed Sam Houston State. The championship match is slated for Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app. SFA’s offense made quick work of the Huskies as Makenzee Hanna led the Ladyjack charge with 12 kills on 20 swings for a scorching .550 attack percentage. Ann Hollas followed up her opening-round with 22 assists and 11 digs for her 16th double-double of the season. Sabrina Monaco joined Hollas with 11 digs of her own. McKenzie Brewer tied a season-high performance with a career-high five aces. Set ThreeThe Ladyjacks once again took control from the start racing out to a 14-5 lead over the Huskies following back-to-back aces from Brewer. Although SFA seemed to be in the position close out the set, HBU found a groove and registered a 7-2 run that brought the score to 16-12 in favor of SFA. Ann Hollas scored on back-to-back plays to reclaim the momentum and pace the Ladyjacks to a 25-18 victory.last_img read more

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Face for Toronto and cross for Phoenix on the day tribute to Luther King

first_imgPhoto: Reuters In Atlanta, the Raptors let out a wide advantage and had to wait at the last minute to resolve their victory over the Hawks with prominence for Marc Gasol (14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists) and Serge Ibaka (8 points, 7 rebounds and 1 Stole).In fact, the Canadian team dominated for 14 in the absence of just over two minutes (100-114), but Trae Young, who left another sensational performance with 42 points and 15 assists, led the unexpected load of the hosts in the last plays .With the local star at full capacity, Atlanta reached two when there were 34 seconds left (113-115), but the Raptors prevented the comeback from finishing thanks to five points followed by Fred VanVleet. The base (20) and Norman Powell (27) were the best visitors at the State Farm Arena.A similar script was lived in Phoenix, where the Suns lost 16 in the last quarter (87-103) and ended up having a triple on the horn to take the victory against the Spurs.Ricky Rubio (15 points, 9 assists) led this comeback attempt along with DeAndre Ayton (25 and 12 rebounds) and Devin Booker (37), who could not score the last pitch that would have triggered the euphoria at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Derrick White (25) and Brin Forbes (24) were the best in Texans.In addition, the Hernangómez brothers again enjoyed little prominence with their teams. Thus Willy added 8 points and 2 rebounds in 12 minutes in another overwhelming defeat of the Hornets, while Juancho captured 1 rebound in 6 minutes in Minnesota, where the Nuggets signed a worked victory. The Spanish representation in the NBA has lived a night of contrasts with the victories of Toronto Raptors against Atlanta Hawks (117-122) and Denver Nuggets against Minnesota Timberwolves (100-107) and the defeats of Phoenis Suns against San Antonio Spurs ( 118-120) and Charlotte Hornets against Orlando Magic (83-106) on the day honoring Martin Luther King.center_img Ibaka and Gasol pull the car in Toronto’s win over AtlantaRicky brushes the ‘double-double’ but the Suns fall against San AntonioAnother discreet night for the Hernangómez with Denver and Charlottelast_img read more

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Guyana is in need of a truth and reconciliation commission

first_imgDear Editor,Following my November 25 letter in which I asked for an independent investigation of the narrative of the ‘execution of 400 Black men’, I was sent the original document, in which the claim was made by the People’s National Congress (PNC). After reading the document, I can safely say that no one currently making that claim has read that document, for far from being a list of black men killed extra-judicially, this was a call for inquiry into various cases of alleged Human rights abuse over a 17-year span (1993-2009).Editor, there are a handful of names on that list that would warrant a Commission of Inquiry, principal among these would be Ronald Waddell, Sash Sawh and Yohance Douglas, the rest of the document is odious bundling of innocents and police officers with the very people who murdered them. How can I describe the revulsion I experienced to see the names of the Lusignan massacre victims–men, women and children brutally murdered in their own homes, included on that list next to notorious murderers such as Shawn Brown, Troy Dick, Jermaine ‘Skinny’ Charles and Rondell ‘fineman’ Williams – the very men who murdered them! How do the families of the 35 policemen included on that list feel about them being named alongside the men who brutally murdered them? I am horrified that someone equated the lives of victims with the perpetrators of their demise without a thought of the additional hurt this would cause their families.The intellectual authors of that document were strangely silent after there was a change in Administration in 2015. HE Granger referred to ‘troubles’ to describe an era that included massacres, violent warfare between rival criminal gangs commonly referred to as ‘fine man gang’ and ‘phantom squad’. Leader of the Opposition, Former President Bharrat Jagdeo welcomed an inquiry into the ‘troubles’, “let’s have the mother of all inquiries” he said in 2005 and repeated in 2016, and alluded to political control of the Fine man and other criminal gangs; President Granger named the massacres that occurred in Kitty, Lamaha Gardens, Bourda (2002) Buxton-Friendship, Prashad Nagar (2003) Agricola-Eccles, La Bonne Intention, Bagotstown-Eccles, Black Bush Polder(2006) Bartica and Lusignan (2008) as incidents for which there have been no resolution and which require investigation during the ‘troubles’. Interestingly, the only incident of this period that has been subject to an inquiry is the Lindo Creek massacre; the one atrocity denied by the Fineman gang, this massacre occurred during the period the Fineman gang were on the run in that geographical area and were apportioned the blame. The Lindo Creek CoI was tainted from the outset with the appointment of retired Judge Donald Trotman, father of Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman as lead Commissioner and Patrice Henry, brother of Minister of Education Nicolette Henry as its attorney-at-law; it therefore came as no surprise when the Fineman gang was exonerated and the Joint Services were implicated; this CoI raised more questions than answers. Was vindication of the Fineman gang the objective? Why were none of the other massacres not subject to inquiry? Did HE Granger know the answer before he asked the Lindo Creek question? For that is the logical conclusion for his selective and essentially dishonest approach.Despite wide circulation to International organisations such as the United Nations, the dossier never compelled any recipient to begin an inquiry, partly because it is a poorly compiled document which does not survive a cursory examination. For example, among those listed are two GDF officers, Lt Colonels Ross and Narine who died of heart attacks, 26 unidentified males including a ‘gunman’, many who were killed by bandits during robberies and bandits killed in Police/Bandit shootouts such as Chowtee, Eddo, Bully et al. The list contains a significant number of Indo-Guyanese and other ethnicities so as to render the ‘400 black men’ claim meaningless, there are also names repeated so as to bolster the figures.Editor, in researching the claim of 400, I have come to the conclusion that Guyana is in need of a truth and reconciliation commission as was done in South Africa during the post-apartheid era, The mandate of that commission was to bear witness, record, and in some cases grant amnesty to the perpetrators of crimes relating to human rights violations, as well as offering reparation and rehabilitation to the victims.Unless Guyana engages in a similar exercise, our nation will forever be vulnerable to those willing to tell big bold lies such as is contained in the dossier of the 400. Let us always seek truth regardless of the consequence “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32 (King James Bible)Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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FSJ Flyers secure four players on NPHL All-Star Teams

first_imgFlyers’ Jeff Shipton is one of the First All-Star Team’s forward, while Brady Busche and Tyler Loney are defensemen on the Second All-Star Team alongside Joey Massingham as one of their forward.“Busche is named to his first All-­Star Team,” NPHL Statistician Chris Clegg writes. “He joined the Flyers last year scoring 4-­14-­17 points. This season, he scored 3-­10-­13 points.”Clegg adds, “Loney is named to his second All­-Star Team after scoring 4-­15-­19 points in only 11 games for the Flyers this season.”- Advertisement -Manning Comets’ Braden Gamble is goaltending for the First All-Star Team against Grande Prairie Athletics’ Darren Walker in the Second.The NPHL Major Award Winners have also been announced, and while there are no Flyers on the list, there are some notable mentions.Dustin Sather of the Spirit River Rangers takes home the Most Valuable Player and Best Forward Award, while four members of the Grande Prairie Athletics were also recognized.Advertisement The Most Gentlemanly Player goes to Andrew Buote, Rocky of the Year goes to Devin Bell; Mark Stojan is recognized as the Best Defenseman, while Blaine Bablitz walks away with being awarded Couch of the Year.The Fort St. John Senior Flyers closed out their NPHL regular season schedule with 8-5 win over Manning this weekend.They enter the playoffs as third seed and take on the Spirit River Rangers in the opening round of the NPHL playoffs.The series is expected to begin February 17, 2015; however a full schedule of the dates and times for the other games has yet to be released.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Toyota takes a spin at NASCAR

first_img“Everyone was happy to have four cars in the race because that was pretty much what we’ve been saying all along,” White said. “Our expectations were to have four and maybe five cars in the race. We were hoping for somebody to turn up in the top 15 and actually when the wrecks started happening with 25 laps to go, we really thought it might work out that way.” Jarrett was the highest finishing Toyota driver at Daytona. He came in 22nd. Waltrip and Dave Blaney, who drives for Bill Davis Racing, were credited with top 35 finishes. But getting NASCAR fans to accept Toyotas in the series is going to be a challenge. It is only one obstacle the car manufacturer faces. There is the question of how Toyota will affect the economics of NASCAR. Toyota is expected to pour record amounts of money into its programs in pursuit of race wins and championships. There is the question of teamwork. Toyota expects its three teams – Bill Davis Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Team Red Bull – to share information and data. And then there’s the big question of acceptance. Toyota may be based in Japan, but the Camrys are built in Kentucky. At present, they are the only model driven by Cup teams that is actually built in the United States. “But you’re not going to get that across to some people,” Jarrett said. “And I’m not going to try to. That’s not my job to come out here and try to convince everybody that this is the right thing to do for Toyota to be involved.” timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We could get into the argument about where the Ford Fusion is built; every one of them are built in Mexico,” Jarrett said. “The Monte Carlos are built in Canada. So we could go through all that stuff and see who is right and who is wrong, but there are a lot of Toyotas that are built in the United States.” International car manufacturers have shied away from racing in NASCAR for more than 50 years. Toyota has made the long, patient journey to reach the Nextel Cup Series ranks. With three teams and seven drivers, Toyota Camrys will race alongside the Cup versions of Ford Fusions, Chevrolet Monte Carlos and Dodge Chargers in Sunday’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. “I think it’s good Toyota is coming in,” said Chip Ganassi, who owns a three-car Cup team powered by Dodge engines. “I have some experience with them in Indy Car racing over the years, and they’ll come in and they’ll do it right. They’ll do it in a big way, and the fact of the matter is the sport obviously needs some new interest and new excitement.” Four Toyota drivers qualified for the season-opening Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip, owner of a three-car Toyota team, was caught in a cheating scandal that saw him lose his car, his crew chief and 100 driver points. His crew chief was also fined $100,000 and his team lost 100 owner points. Despite the controversy, Lee White, general manager of Toyota Racing Development, said the Toyota teams had a good week at Daytona. Dale Jarrett has his doubts that NASCAR fans will readily embrace Toyota in the Nextel Cup Series. The Japanese car manufacturer makes its debut this year in NASCAR’s top division, joining the ranks of American powerhouses Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge. center_img Some will say Toyota has no business being in an American stock-car racing series. Some will say NASCAR is an American sport and has no room for foreign influences. Some will say Toyota should stick to racing in other internationally accepted arenas of motor sports: Formula One and the Le Mans Series. Jarrett, who made the switch from Robert Yates Racing’s Fords to Michael Waltrip Racing’s Toyotas, said NASCAR fans need to embrace the change rather than fight it. last_img read more

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CHELSEA TRANSFER LATEST: Bologna star targeted by Blues in £18m deal

first_img Amadou Diawara [left] 1 Chelsea are still pursuing Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports in Italy. talkSPORT told you earlier this summer that Antonio Conte is a big admirer of the Guinean having watched him closely in Serie A last term. According to Tuttosport, Chelsea are prepared to pay £18m for the teenager, a fee which is likely to tempt Bologna into selling despite only signing him last year. Roma are also keen on Diawara but have yet to match the fee Chelsea have reportedly put on the table, while it is understood the 18-year-old would prefer a move to the Premier League, where he will earn a higher salary.last_img read more

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SINN FEIN ‘EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED’ AT VOTE

first_imgTHE leader of Sinn Fein on the county council said they had been ‘frog-marched’ into the vote – and was angry that an adjournment hadn’t been granted.Fine Gael, Labour and the independents saw the opportunity to strike when Cllr Donaghey failed to show for the vote.Cllr Mick Quinn said his party’s mandate was ignored and they were not given a chance to discuss the figures. Party colleague Jack Murray said it looked as though Fianna Fail would go through with the vote “all week but it didn’t end up that way.”He said he was shocked and disappointed with the outcome.Cllr Quinn said his party wanted to send a clear message to the Government.“People talk in this council about the forgotten county but it has been fed the crumbs from the Dublin table and we had the opportunity to force the Minister’s hand,” he said. “When your neighbours have their water meters fitted,” said Cllr Quinn pointing at Fine Gael, “you have accepted that.” SINN FEIN ‘EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED’ AT VOTE was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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

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Woman horrified by huge phone bill after falling victim to bogus call scam

first_imgA Letterkenny woman has been horrified to discover she has fallen victim to a bogus call after receiving a phone bill of more than €150. The woman was targeted by scammers pulling off Wangiri fraud. She told Donegal Daily that the number that called her phone originated from Liberia.Wangiri fraud involves the scammers calling your phone for a few seconds before hanging up, and when you ring back they will drain your credit. Over the past few weeks, Donegal residents have been plagued by these bogus calls from countries such as Libya and Macedonia, with area codes +218 and +389 respectively.Ireland’s communications regulator ComReg is asking people to be vigilant and encourages phone users to ignore such calls.ComReg advises taking the following precautions:• Avoid answering calls from numbers that you cannot identify, especially if you are not expecting a call.• Hang up immediately, on calls where there appears to be no recipient on the other end.• Be wary of multiple calls being received from the same number.• Do not call back any number that leaves you a blank voicemail message.• Do not provide any personal information for example – banking details/PPS number/credit card details/name and address/passport number etc. Unfortunately there is no way to identify a scam call number, and they can resemble a very normal, familiar, geographical or international number that we would come across on a daily basis.You can report any suspicious numbers to your network provider.Have you received unusual calls recently? Let us know in the comments below.Woman horrified by huge phone bill after falling victim to bogus call scam was last modified: November 19th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalmissed callphone numberscamwangiri fraudlast_img read more

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Irish Life Health premiums set to increase by 3.3%

first_imgThe premium rates of Irish Life Health are set to increase from June 1, rising 3.3pc on average by €30 annually.The company blamed the increased level and cost of hospital claims and continuing medical inflation including public and private hospitals and also rising consultant charges.Irish Life Health said the hike follows a sustained period of price reductions and freezes.Managing Director, Jim Dowdall told the Independent.ie: “Our commitment is to provide our customers with the best value and most innovative health and wellbeing benefits. We have a determined focus on managing our costs to keep our premiums at the lowest possible level.” “However, as a result of increases in claims costs, including those from public and private hospitals and also consultant charges, it is necessary to increase the premium charged to cover the rising cost of medical treatment for our customers”.The increase in health premiums does follow reductions last year for many policyholders.At the end of 2017, Vhi made the first in a series of price cuts in the sector and rivals Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health were forced to respond with cuts of their own.Irish Life Health premiums set to increase by 3.3% was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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SA invests in ‘FabLabs’

first_img7 August 2007South Africa has set aside R16-million to establish 10 Fabrication Laboratories, also known as “FabLabs”, around the country, providing disadvantaged communities with opportunities in the design, testing and fabrication process.FabLabs are a state-of-the-art resource venue aimed at promoting cutting-edge design, product development and process technologies for crafters and designers.Speaking at the launch of the Northern Cape FabLab in Kimberley this Monday, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Derek Hanekom said the facility was a hands-on laboratory with advanced desktop manufacturing equipment that allows for the building of “just about anything” from inexpensive and readily available materials.“Skills include design, fabrication, testing and debugging, monitoring and analysis and documentation of the process,” he said, adding that they were the brainchild of the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Centre of Bits and Atoms.The department is rolling out FabLabs nationally through its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) implementation unit, which is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).The AMTS unit has in turn entered into partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Centre of Bits and Atoms, the founders of the concept, to roll out 10 FabLabs across South Africa.Other FabLabs around the country are located at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, in Soshanguve (north of Pretoria), Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Potchefstroom in the North West province.Access to technologyAccording to Hanekom, the launch of such FabLabs across the country will put the country further along on the path towards achieving growth targets to accomplish the full impact of the infrastructure.He said it was important to make communities aware of the support and services available at the FabLabs, as they not only offer access to technology, but there is staff assistance in the development of design ideas, while there is fee applicable for users, opening up numerous possibilities to crafters and innovative designers.There are currently FabLabs in various countries around the world such as India, Costa Rica and Ghana to developed nations such as Norway.“The FabLab programme is a strategic intervention which provides appropriate skills development and infrastructure for entrepreneurs to develop new products that can be tested and modified in the market place according to customer needs,” Hanekom said.With regard to the establishment of the Northern Cape Fablab, he said there was the potential for not only job creation, but also the development of competitive small enterprises, the provision of enabling infrastructure for innovators and most importantly skills development.“Many of the young learners who have visited our FabLabs in the other four provinces have used the fabrication tools to develop many useful products,” Hanekom said.“These include a community based alarm system to warn fellow neighbours in distress, the alarm also indicates their location to enable emergency services easy access. There was also a disposable and affordable thermometer which can be used by anyone at home and disposed of without the hazardous risk associated with mercury based thermometers.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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