FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Madisen Blackford and Nicholls’ Megan Landry are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Blackford was a catalyst for the Lady Lions (22-15, 10-5 SLC) as the team exploded for 57 runs and a 3-1 record last week. The sophomore launched a pair of home runs, brought in 14 RBI and accounted for eight runs herself on 12 appearances at the plate. In addition to an .833 batting average, Blackford tallied a 1.667 slugging percentage and a .875 on-base percentage.Landry pulsed her Nicholls (20-16, 9-3 SLC) squad to a 4-0 record last week with a trio of complete game victories for the Colonels. The senior delivered a 0.35 ERA over 20 innings of play in addition to a .173 opponent batting average. She retired 22 batters while allowing just one run over her three appearances.The award marks the first of the season for Blackford and the second of the season for Landry.Softball Hitter of the Week – Madisen Blackford, Southeastern Louisiana – OF – So. – Des Moines, IowaBlackford hit .833 for the week with two home runs, four doubles and 14 RBI, helping SLU to a three-game Southland Conference series sweep at Incarnate Word. She tied a single-game school record with three doubles in Friday’s 15-3 series-opening win. She recorded a home run and five RBI in each of the final two games of the series. Blackford also helped SLU set school records for runs in a game (21), a doubleheader (36) and a Southland series (54).Honorable Mention: Samantha Dares, Nicholls; Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin; Kimberly Mattox, Lamar; Tylar Vernon, Central Arkansas; Cori McCrary, McNeese.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Megan Landry, Nicholls – Sr. – Pierre Part, La.Landry tossed three more complete games for the Colonels, going 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA and 22 strikeouts for the week. She allowed just one earned run and struck out 13 against Northwestern State, which entered the weekend atop the Southland standings, as she clinched the series with wins in the first two games. Including her one-hit effort against Southern, Landry strung together 17 consecutive shutout innings before NSU scored in the fifth inning of game two. Earlier in the week, she surpassed 500 career strikeouts following her performance against Southern.Honorable Mention: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State; Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas; Alexsandra Flores, McNeese.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
Match Rating: “I wanted to say something, but I can’t. Everything went wrong. The elimination against Granada was tough. It was a game to win again and it was all shit. In defense, in attack. We have a week to recover and train hard to come back”. Gabriel Paulista was blunt in his assessments after the match between Getafe and Valencia. And that the Brazilian started biting his tongue. “I wanted to say something … but I can’t.” The central could only admit the bad game of his. The key to the match: “We have to change today’s attitude. They have been more men. We have to fight more in the field. We have to be stronger in all aspects of the game. In general it has been bullshit.”Without excuses: “There are important players outside, but we cannot say that the players who are outside have missed us today. The players we have must show that we are stronger. All. From the goalkeeper to Maxi. All. We must be stronger and now to think in the next one and at home. But if we play like this we will lose again. Congratulations to Getafe. “
Big seeds tumble out of Qatar Open OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Photo from Caroline Buchanan’s Facebook account.Two-time Olympian and world champion cyclist Caroline Buchanan has been seriously injured in a car crash, with the Australian detailing her horrific injuries in a social media post Wednesday.Buchanan, a five-time mountain bike world champion who has also won the BMX world title three times, said her lungs had collapsed and she had broken her sternum and nose.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “I wouldn’t say 2017 ended quite as planned,” she said on Facebook, alongside pictures of herself in a hospital bed in a neck brace and with a bloodied nose.“It’s been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll. I just moved to a private room and everything is moving in a positive recovery direction.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Injuries are… Broken sternum, broken nose, collapsed lungs. I’ll will keep you guys up to date as we go.”The 27-year-old Canberra-born rider, who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, did not say how the crash happened, but local reports said it was a single car accident. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone
Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Philippines will have one less problem with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Son Heung-min expected to miss the AFC Asian Cup opener against the Azkals on Jan. 7 in Dubai, but the South Koreans still boast a strong squad that will be one of the favorites in the competition.Due to a prior agreement between Premier Tottenham and the Korea Football Association, Son, who led South Korea to the gold medal in the Asian Games early this year, will reportedly miss the matches against the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments The Asian Games gold medal proved critical for Son, who was then exempted from two years of military service that could have frozen his club career.Even with Son’s absence, the Koreans still have a quality side that will be handled by Portuguese coach Paulo Bento.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 ChrissThe Koreans arrived in their training camp in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.While the Azkals have yet to release their 23-man lineup, Bento has already unveiled his squad that will also have another player from the English Premier League in midfielder Newcastle United’s Ki Sung-yueng. Gervacio, Tan cap BVR season with gold medal MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Augsburg trio of Koo Ja-cheol, Hwang Hee-chan and Ji Dong-won are also part of the squad, while Lee Chung-yong of Bochum and Lee Jae-sung of Holstein Kiel are the other European-based players for the Taeguk Warriors, who have won the Asian Cup twice.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom
Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes says that there is so much that Guyana can achieve in the information technology sector, if only there is some level of open-mindedness and thinking outside the box.Hughes, who recently returned from a Telecommunications Summit in China, said at a press conference on Friday that Guyana is on the verge of seeing major changes within the sector. Government is seeking to get out with the old and introduce new and innovative ways of improving the lives of every citizen as much as technology itself improves:“It is absolutely clear that as a country we need to think outside the box, and I am excited because it is absolutely clear also that technology and with the proper education and training, we can really push the development of our country forward.”Hughes said there is really no room for the use of the word “potential”, as the ministry is committed to making fundamental changes.Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesSpeaking to the telecoms industry, Hughes admitted that there have been some major challenges…it was in such a poor state that it took new legislations to open up that environment. For now, Government is working on improving the quality of internet access from as far as Moleson Creek in Berbice to as far as hinterland communities and other far to reach areas across Guyana:“I just want to say to you that we have started to create an environment where competition can come in and once there is competition you know there is better service and of course at a better price.”She spoke of the E-Government unit, which she described as a fundamental part of the telecommunications department, that has already began working on ensuring that the fibre link be re-established for the provision of internet access to far flung areas. During her recent trip to China, she was able to meet with the company Huawei, which built and installed the link and is now speaking with the company about expansion into the hinterland and other unserved areas.“That is the fundamental of the platform of the many things we think this Ministry can do,” she said.The minister spoke of the setting up of some 32 hubs to facilitate what she said are “telemedicine”. The hubs would be in strategic areas, providing free internet service to the community. She said her ministry is also seeking to renovate some offices within some post offices to have the service installed. Her ministry has already budgeted for these hubs:“Once we can bring the internet services to at least some community centres and some schools, I think it will give us the opportunity to deal with several of the problems that exist today” she said.The idea is not only to assist in the health sector, but also in the education sector for students in far flung areas. Minister Hughes said that a subject teacher in a school on the Coastland, could, through the initiative, assist in teaching a class of students who do not have a teacher for that subject.“What we’re trying to say, that it is absolutely clear, that once there is increased interconnectivity, once there is increased access to the internet, to information, to learning, then all the worldwide statistics show that there is a corresponding increase in the level of developments in countries.”Hughes went on to speak about the possibilities of improvement within the Ministry of Citizenship, particularly the access to passport services to other interior and other locations. She said through the technology, other services would be farmed out.“Imagine we’re working towards the day where persons who are seeking to have their driver licences renewed, don’t necessarily have to come all the way to Georgetown, not only would you have to download a passport form from the internet, but that you would be able to fill it in and send it back to the passport office. And just like you make an appointment to get your visa, then you can make an appointment to go the passport office to get the final stages of getting your passport in place”.That, the minister said, is among her and her ministry’s vision for the Information and Communication Sector (ICT) in Guyana.
The Judge of Criminal Court B of Montserrado County, Her Honor Nancy F. Sammy, has issued a most disturbing revelation that should immediately grab the attention of the Chief Justice of Liberia, His Honor Francis Kporkor, and the entire Supreme Court Bench.Judge Sammy, in her remarks opening her court last Monday, said court officers were in the habit of “demanding” money from individuals in order for those persons to serve on jury panels.But our Judicial Correspondent, Abednego Davis, reminded courtofficers that jury service is “a civil duty that enables a citizen to attend a court trial and help a judge to determine who is guilty or innocent.”Judge Sammy underscored her warning by insisting that “Court officers have been demanding and receiving payments from individuals in order to place them on the jury.””This practice must be discontinued,” she demanded,” because anybody or any court personnel who engages in this unwholesome behavior will face the wrath of the court.”Turning to the empanelled jury for this session of her court, Judge Sammy gave them this patriotic juridical charge: “It is in accordance with our Constitution and Statue that you have been summoned from the various districts of Montserrado County to be with us in this term of court. Your being with us is to perform a civil duty for our beloved country.”The erudite and faithful judge further explained to the jurors,”[This] means that you will be with us for the next 42 days to perform your civil duty with impartiality, so as to render a true verdict in each case, predicated upon the evidence and the controlling law.”Do not come to perform this duty with a mindset to render verdicts that are contrary to the evidence and the applicable laws before you for reward or hope,” she added, warning that such jurors do so at their “own peril.”In this editorial, we have quoted extensively from Reporter Davis’ article in order to highlight for the benefit of the public and the Supreme Court bench Judge Sammy’s grave concern about jury tampering and where it begins–right in the court itself, with the involvement of the very court officers who should be guardians of judicial equity and rectitude (integrity). This vile, despicable habit of jury tampering seems to have become a permanent fixture in Liberian jurisprudence. It has made it next to impossible for the government to win any case in court, for some of the vilest personalities in our society accused of blatant corruption have for this identical reason, gone scot free because they had a lot of money to pay the jurors.The ink had hardly dried on Judge Sammy’s written remarks when we published three days later a story revealing that “jury tampering” was overshadowing the murder trial of Jefferson Dahn, the defendant accused of allegedly stabbing to death Ms. Antoinette Nettie Peters, on January 3, 2013.Judicial Correspondent Davis reported that two of the jurors in the case, Nathan Chea and Rachael Kun Suah, were at different times seen in conversation with murder defendant Jefferson Dahn’s family members.Accordingly, Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court A in which the trial is being held, has removed the two suspected jurors from the case, according to Correspondent Davis.Judge Dixon must be commended for this bold move to cleanse the jury of suspicious elements and we pray that this decisive action on his part will serve a warning and a deterrent to this jury and all other juries.The overriding question with which the three branches of the Liberian government and the people of the country themselves must wrestle is whether or not the jury system has served its usefulness in Liberian jurisprudence. In a country riddled with poverty and corruption, it has become increasingly clear that people’s peers cannot be trusted in exercising impartial and trustworthy judgment in judicial matters.There are just too many instances of jury tampering, involving not simply court officers but lawyers, too, as well as other key officials of court.Do we, or do we not need a referendum on the efficacy of the jury system in Liberia? This, it seems to us, is a matter for serious constitutional discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Police on Saturday arrested an East Coast Demerara (ECD) man in connection with the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman at Thomas Island, Puruni River. Based on reports received, the alleged suspect had worked at a mining camp in close proximity of where the woman’s remains were found.While information remains sketchy about the arrest, the identity of the woman is yet to be confirmed by Police. The man was, however, arrested based on his past record of abusing women in several interior locations.Up to late Sunday evening, the Police could not confirm if the man was the prime suspect. They are continuing their investigations.The skeletal remains were found more than a week ago at Thomas Island, Puruni River, Region Seven. The badly-decomposed body was found in a shallow grave. A bag containing the woman’s clothes was close to the body, but there were no form of identification.It was reported that a security personnel stumbled upon the remains while heading to an Internet cafe to make a call. He reported the findings to the Police on Tuesday. As such, a party of Police ranks was dispatched to the scene to conduct preliminary investigations.Owing to the state of the body, which was clad only in a brassiere – identification was not possible. A post-mortem is expected to be performed on the remains to determine the cause of death.
… Govt unmoved by students’ burdenWhile the cries over the addition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education continue to permeate the air, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said the move has nothing to do with targeting institutions but broadening the country’s tax base.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe move has been deemed an unfair one by parents of students attending private institutions, but Jordan said those very institutions could work out a system to assist poor students with the increases.He said there was no link between the imposition of the 14 per cent tax and the non-cooperation of private schools to pay their share of taxes. The rationale behind the tax on private tuition, however, is founded on the need to broaden the country’s tax base, and to help fund the country’s expenditure shortfall seen in the 2017 $250 billion budget.According to the unmoved Jordan, Government is committed to the education of all Guyanese, whether it is accessed privately or from the public schools. However, for the poor students attending private institutions, parents could approach the school or the school, the parents, so that a system could be worked out to lessen the burden the tax measure may place upon them.“There is the argument that a number of poor children attend these private schools…let’s say it holds water…I ask my question…should that then be a basis of removing tax or should we find a creative way of getting around that?… Schools could isolate those poor students and work with the parents and say, ‘I know you are poor and you are paying with your ($100 and $20) maybe you carry X per cent of it and we will carry the Y bulk per cent of it’, or they can carry all,” Jordan said.Win-winHe noted that the measure was not a burden for the schools. According to him, it’s a “win-win for everybody” except for those who have been avoiding paying their taxes.According to the Finance Minister, to remove a tax – which Government had carefully thought out and which will bring income in excess of $350 million – is to request that the Administration look at other areas at a time when it has already indicated that it will be borrowing some $38 billion to cushion the economy.“It’s not that we have a fully financed budget from our taxes …either we upturn our economic programme which will have effects or we continue on this path and do whatever adjustments we will require so we can all co-exist,” he said.Jordan revealed that of the private schools operating in Guyana, 57 per cent are currently registered with the Guyana Revenue Agency (GRA), 20 per cent of those schools are recognised by the Education Ministry and 10 per cent of those institutions are not-for-profit organisations, while 14 per cent are registered as profit-making organisations. He noted also that 26 per cent of those institutions were registered for and were already applying the VAT for some services and sale of zero rated items. Jordan said both categories of registrants provide educational services at competitive rates, and tuition fees range between $144,000 and $300,000. In many cases, he said, the fees payable to the schools exceed those charged by the University of Guyana.According to Jordan, prior to the 2017 budget, educational services enjoyed zero-rated status, which enabled the institutions registered being refunded over $150 million in VAT. This tax, he said, was already being charged to the users of these services, thereby allowing the institutions to benefit, since the refunds were not passed on to the students in reduced fees.Meanwhile, the GRA will be moving swiftly, targeting the more than 40 private schools that remain non-compliant, many for as long as 2012. GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia said the revenue body has looked at the schools and has since been demanding their returns.ProtestJordan said he was unaware of the tax status of the private schools until his team began the process. Since the announcement of VAT on school fees, stakeholders have come out condemning the move, with many parents crying out against the additional burden placed on them.In fact, persons took to outside the GRA Office on Camp Street, Georgetown calling for the removal of the 14 per cent tax on private education.Organiser of the protest, businessman Roshan Khan stated that while expecting a larger crowd, he was not fazed by the comparatively low turnout. Khan demanded that the Government immediately reverse the VAT charge on education and issue an apology to the country. Other persons on the picket line had similar cries and called on the Administration to act swiftly to reverse the measures.
One person is dead following an RCMP shooting in Dawson Creek.According to Global News, the Dawson Creek RCMP were involved in a fatal shooting Thursday night at the Fixx Urban Grill at the Stonebridge Hotel.At the same time, B.C. Hydro was holding a Site C open house. It has not been confirmed if the incident in question is connected to the open house.- Advertisement -The Dawson Creek RCMP will continue to be at the scene overnight and the Independent Investigations Office will arrive Friday morning to take over the investigation.We will post more details as they become available. If you have any information about this incident, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football stats experts WhoScored assess a reported Chelsea target. Check out WhoScored’s Chelsea page and take a look at their verdict on Michy Batshuayi…On Sunday, Eden Hazard secured the first – and at the time of writing, only – perfect WhoScored.com rating of 10 at Euro 2016. The Chelsea man was in fine form in Belgium’s 4-0 win over Hungary as the Red Devils waltzed their way into the next round of the European Championship. One goal and one assist contributed to his top marks, though it’s the latter contribution that has Blues fans salivating at the prospect of Hazard’s compatriot arriving at Stamford Bridge.The 25-year-old’s assist was for Michy Batshuayi’s first and Belgium’s second goal of the night. The Marseille star is in high demand this summer and his strike against Hungary, coming with his first touch off the bench, seemingly only added to the list of potential suitors on the continent. A host of European teams have shown an interest in the 22-year-old in recent months, but it seems as though Chelsea have won the race to sign the young forward.The Belgian enjoyed a notable campaign for a disappointing Marseille side last season, with his 17 league goals bettered only by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38), Alexandre Lacazette (21) and Edinson Cavani (19), despite L’OM finishing 13th in France’s top tier. His nine assists was also the fourth best return in Ligue 1 last season, with Batshuayi boasting the potential to establish himself as the all-round striker Chelsea require to fire them back to the top.Able to play as either the lone frontman or in a strike partnership, the youngster’s ability to sufficiently adjust his style of play to suit the needs of the manager is ideal for incoming boss Antonio Conte. Much of the focus has been on whether the Italian will deploy a three-man defence, as he did for Juventus and does so for Italy, and it’s now a question whether Conte can be expected to do similar in the Premier League next season.Of course, it’s difficult to gauge whether the 46-year-old can make his ideal system work in England. Louis van Gaal’s attempts to bring in a three-man defensive model ultimately backfired, while Conte’s stubbornness, should the system not work initially, could prove to be his undoing. Yet in attack, a strike duo of Hazard and Batshuayi is enough to fire Chelsea back up the Premier League table.While Hazard is far from an out-and-out striker, his performances behind the striker in a Blues shirt last season suggests he’s more than capable of playing in the support role. Indeed, his displays in the tail end of the Premier League campaign and for Belgium at Euro 2016 suggests he is back to his best. An average of 5.5 successful dribbles per game at the European Championship is better than any other player, while 3.8 key passes per game also ranks highly.His ability to drive through the opposition defence and create a goalscoring chance are two of Hazard’s endearing qualities. If Batshuayi can quickly adjust to the rigours of English football, the duo have the potential to form a lethal partnership. An increase in quality surrounding him will only benefit Batshuayi – who ranked third for shots on target (58) in Ligue 1 last season – and Chelsea.While not a target man by trade, with Batshuayi preferring the ball played to his feet rather than in the air, Hazard and his Belgium teammate have the ability to strike up a quick understanding. If that is the case, Chelsea’s chances of making an immediate return to the Champions League will increase significantly.For more stats on Michy Batshuayi, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Belgium star Michy Batshuayi has been linked with Chelsea 1