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Girard, McKenzie Earn Women’s Indoor Weekly Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Allyson Girard and McNeese junior Grace McKenzie are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. This is Girard’s second-straight indoor track honor of the season, and second-straight for McNeese as a team after Alanna Arvie earned the award last Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Tristyn Allen, Sam Houston State; Migle Muraskaite, Lamar; Sashane Hanson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders have a weekend off from competition before heading to the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock from Feb. 9-10. The Cowgirls next head north to take part in Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., from Feb. 2-3. Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie set a new school record while leaping to the No. 1 ranking in the Southland in the pentathlon with 3,880 points to finish first at the Arkansas State Invitational. Of the five events in the multis, she finished first in three of them and second in the other two, setting new personal records in the 800m (2:22.01), 55m hurdles (8.19), and the long jump (18-4.00). Her point total ranks her 17th in the NCAA.center_img Honorable Mention: Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Dominique Allen, UIW; Alexandria Hackett, Abilene Christian. Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Allyson Girard, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Gilbert, Ariz.Girard continued her indoor distance running dominance at the Houston Invitational, taking first place in the 5,000m with a time of 16:40.37. In three meets this indoor season, Girard has earned three wins and three Islander records in three different events. This week’s time ranks third in the conference so far this season and was 38 seconds faster than any other runner at the event. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Barras go down by 3 runs to Western Grit

first_imgThe Western Grit side batted first and set a mammoth target of 315 for the Barras to chase for victory. Hiri Hiri was the Barras’ best bowler, finishing with 2/43. Nosaina Pokana was the next best with 1/36.The Barras were just as good with the bat with Vani Vagi Morea top scoring with 96. Assad Vala pitched in with 56, Riley Hekure finished with 54 runs to his name.The match went right down to the wire with the Barras eventually being all bowled out for 312 with two balls remaining in the final over.last_img

Zanzibar hold Kenya, progress to CECAFA semis

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars winger Ovella Ochieng vies for the ball with Zanzibar’s Issa Hidari during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 9, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 9- Kenya’s Harambee Stars are faced with a must win tie against Tanzania on Monday if they are to retain their hopes of making it into the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after being held to a 0-0 draw by Zanzibar in Machakos on Saturday.Zanzibar became the first team to book a semi-final ticket after the draw. The result takes the islanders to seven points with one group match left, while Kenya remain second with five. Zanzibar tackle Libya in the final match with the North Africans also having an opportunity to progress to the semis.  If they win against Zanzibar and Tanzania beats Kenya, then Libya and Zanzibar will progress to the last four while Kenya will be dumped out.It was another frustrating afternoon for head coach Paul Put whose boys failed to score for a second consecutive match. They have only scored one goal from open play in three matches, a huge concern for the Belgian tactician.Put made two changes to his squad, the injured Massoud Juma missing out and his place taken up by Kepha Aswani. Ovella Ochieng who came up in the second half against Libya on Thursday started ahead of Chris Oduor.The changes saw Kenya revert to the system it used against Rwanda playing with a target-man upfront supported by three men, two with speed out wide.The speed of Ochieng on the right and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo on the left was the masterstroke Kenya needed to open up the Zanzibar defense.In the fifth minute, Stars had the first opportunity at goal when Wesley Onguso’s long throw from the left dropped down on Aswani’s feet, but the striker’s shot at goal was blocked for a corner.Harambee Stars winger Ovella Ochieng and defender Jockins Atudo fly in for a header during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Zanzibar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 9, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaKenya’s attack majored on the speed on the width and set pieces, of which throw-ins counted for much, Onguso’s prowess at swinging in the long throws exploited to the maximum. However, none of those could open up for a goal.In the 23rd minute Aswani came close again, this time rising in the midst of Zanzibar markers to head an Ovella corner, but the effort went over. Two minutes later, Jockins Atudo had a similar effort from a Patillah Omotto cross go over.As the game progressed, so did Zanzibar get into the match. Abdul Aziz Makame and Feisal Salum Abdallah’s partnership at the heart of midfield once again was Zanzibar’s key but the final ball when it mattered most never came through for them.In the 32nd minute, Aswani broke away to rush to an Omotto long pass, but he was pulled down with goal in sight at the edge of the box by Abdallah Salum Kheri.From the resultant set-piece, Omotto’s effort was saved by the keeper with the rebound falling on his path again, but his low shot hit the side-netting.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Coup leaders given rebuke in Thai vote

first_imgBANGKOK, Thailand – Loyalists of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra won nearly half the seats in Thailand’s parliamentary elections Sunday in a striking rebuke to the generals who forced the billionaire populist from power in 2006. The first vote since the coup appeared to be a recipe for continuing political instability: The failure of the pro-Thaksin People’s Power Party to capture an absolute majority in the 480-seat lower house of parliament opens the way for his opponents to form a government despite the PPP’s substantial mandate. With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, the People’s Power Party – established after Thaksin’s Thai Rak Thai Party was disbanded by court order earlier this year – had won 228 seats, according to the state Election Commission. Complete results were due Monday. “I would like to call for all political parties to join us in forming a strong government,” PPP leader Samak Sundaravej said at a news conference. “I will certainly be the prime minister.” 160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHe said Thaksin, who was in Hong Kong, had telephoned to offer his congratulations after hearing the results. The second-place Democrat Party took 165 seats. The PPP got most of its support from the rural north and northeast, where Thaksin’s programs, including universal heath care and generous village development funds, won a hard-core following. The Democrats ran strongest in Bangkok, where the 2006 movement to oust Thaksin was centered.last_img read more

Nine injured when horse breaks loose

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Six children and three adults were injured Thursday at a Sacramento school when a horse on display for the students got spooked and ran through a crowd.Authorities said the horse was spooked by children who were shouting and waving metallic gold streamers during a jog-a-thon being held to raise money for Bradshaw Christian School. The horse bolted into the crowd of about 100 students, parents and teachers, dragging an adult behind. The nine who were injured were taken to area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries. Randall Williams, a school official, said none of the injuries was considered serious. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe school has about 740 students from preschool through 11th grade. The horse had been brought to the school by a parent to be petted by the children and was in a makeshift corral in a corner of the field when it escaped from its owner. The parent eventually was able to capture the horse. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES

first_imgNaomh Columba 09.08.2011Well done to our under 14 lads on winning last Friday’s southern divisional final, overcoming Killybegs in breathtaking style in Mountcharles. Final score: Naomh Columba 6.03 Na Cealla Beaga 3.05. They now face St Michaels in the county semi final, set for Friday, August 19th. Venue and time to be confirmed. Best of luck to Gabriel, Andrew and the lads. Many thanks to everyone who came out to support our fundraiser on Sunday night last. A special word of thanks to the Glencolmcille Show Committee for the use of the marquee for the night, and in particular to Seamus J Mc Ginley, for his trojan work in the bar and Owen Doherty for the disco. Thank you to everyone who helped us out on both Saturday during the day, and Sunday night. There are too many people to mention in the notes, and we are very grateful to you – míle. Congratulations to the Seó Talmhaíochta committee, on organising another fantastic show on Saturday. The next club meeting will take place on Thursday week, August 18th, at 9.15pm. All club members are welcome. Seamus Kennedy is currently accepting orders for the Donegal v Dublin semi-final. Contact him on 074 9739049 as soon as possible please. Níor bhaineadh lotto na seachtaine seo caite. B’iad na huimhreacha a tarraingíodh ná:7-8-9-12.  Duaiseanna Aitheantais: €50 Jimmy Byrne , Clogher. €30 Mick Gallagher, c/o Anna Byrne, Teellin. €20 Martin Cunningham, Gannew. €20 Mary Doherty, Rannakilla.€20 John Murphy, Ballard. Lotto na seachtaine seo €4400GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES was last modified: August 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTESGLENCOLMCILLE GAAlast_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A story Friday misquoted Los Angeles school board member David Tokofsky in regard to a comment he made about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s push for authority over local schools. Tokofsky referred to the mayor’s growing up in the City Terrace neighborhood rather than calling him a city terrorista. last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Routs Maine, 94-62

first_imgDrake’s hot shooting continued as Hittner ended with 21 first-half points and Rhine joined her in double-digits with 12. The Bulldogs finished 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and 50.0 percent from the floor. Drake controlled the paint with a 42-16 advantage and a 41-16 advantage on the glass. The Bulldogs converted 18 second-chance points. Their bench scored a season-high 34. Becca Hittner scored a season-high 30 points for Drake (5-2). Hittner blistered the nets making 9-of-12 shots and matched her career-high with five three-pointers. Sara Rhine added 15 points, Maggie Bair tallied a career-best 13 and Kierra Collier chipped in 10. Maine (2-5) was led in scoring by Maddy Mcvicar who finished with 11 points. vs. Maine 11/30/2019 – Watch Live Next Game: Story Links Full Schedule Roster Photo Gallery Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines FloHoops $ After halftime, Maine pulled within 14 points midway through the third, but Drake countered with a 6-0 run and later led by 15 at the end of the quarter. However, Sarah Beth Gueldner drilled a three-pointer for the Bulldogs’ first points of the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets until Bair started an 11-0 run with a layup and the run was capped by Maggie Negaard’s three. Drake would lead by as 35 points on its way to defeating Maine for the first time in three meetings. Gueldner set a new career-best with nine points on a career-high three three-pointers. PDF Box Score Preview HTML Box Score After a tough shooting performance against the Boilermakers, the Bulldogs bounced back going an impressive 33-of-59 (55.9 percent) from the floor. After making just one three against Purdue, Drake made 11 against the Black Bears. The Bulldogs grabbed an early 7-2 lead behind four free throws by Hittner and a three by Brenni Rose, which forced a quick Black Bears’ timeout. In the first quarter, Hittner knocked down all three of her three-pointers and finished with 13 points to help Drake lead 25-15. She was one of six Bulldogs to score in the opening period. ESTERO, Fla. – Following a tough loss to Purdue Friday night, the Drake University women’s basketball routed Maine, 94-62, Saturday, Nov. 30 afternoon on the second day of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Auburn and Drake will meet for just the third time on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the fifth-place championship game. The Tigers hold a 2-0 advantage after they held off the Bulldogs, 85-80, in the last matchup on Dec. 21, 2016 at the Tulane Classic in New Orleans. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Reversing Land Act legacy ‘key to NDP’

first_img21 June 2013 Correcting the lasting effects of the Natives Land Act of 1913 is a crucial component of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), says President Jacob Zuma. Passed by the Union of South Africa in 1913, the Natives Land Act gave the right to own the biggest parcel of land in South Africa to whites, while blacks, in the words of former African National Congress secretary-general Sol Plaatjie, had to be content with being pariahs in the land of their birth. Zuma was speaking at a gala dinner in Cape Town on Thursday night to mark the centenary of the passing of the Natives Land Act. He said it was an occasion for optimism.Up to us to ‘do a great right’ “The reality is that these days are behind us. A great wrong was done, and now it is up to us to follow up by doing a great right. We are now in charge of our own destiny. We have achieved a successful transition to democracy. We have a model Constitution, based on fairness.” But he said South Africa still had to reverse the dreadful pattern of poverty and landlessness – “the havoc created by the Natives Land Act”. “Correcting the consequences of this Act is a critical cog in the wheel of state – it is a crucial component in the National Development Plan. There can be no successful national development without accompanying rural development and land reform.” He remarked it was good that there was still co-operation on this matter in South Africa and that the land question was being treated with sensitivity. The Cabinet approved the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill for publication and public comment in May 2013. In addition, the National Assembly recently approved the Special Planning and Land Use Management Bill which is now before the National Council of Provinces.National support needed These two Bills would help to reverse the process. “But, as I said earlier, success will require national support,” Zuma said. South Africa’s National Development Plan aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. Among other things, it projects what the agricultural sector should look like in 30 years’ time. “In this case, it is important to stress that land reform is not just about how much land is given back to claimants, but should include skills transfer,” Zuma said, adding that claimants should be empowered to use land productively for job creation, food security and attracting young people to farming. The government would provide better incentives for commercial farmers who were willing and capable of mentoring smallholder farmers. Adequate post-settlement support to new landowners would also be given so that land continued to be productive. “We call on all South Africans to commemorate this landmark, with a view to correcting the wrongs of the past and to reinforce reconciliation. We urge the public to participate in the process of improving land redistribution and reform to reverse the impact of the 1913 Act. We call on the public to engage in a meaningful debate about the acceleration of land restitution, within our constitutional framework.”Settlers’ ‘original sin’ Zuma called the 1913 Natives Land Act “the original sin” of those who came to settle in South Africa. He added that the apartheid government, which had succeeded the Union Government, had from 1948 relocated black people into impoverished homelands and poorly serviced townships. “Since they could no longer provide food security for themselves and their families, they were forced to look for work far away from their families. The Act marked the beginning of socio-economic challenges the country is facing today such as landlessness, poverty and inequality.” The Natives Land Act was repealed in 1991, but its legacy was still being felt today, almost 20 years after South Africa became a democratic country, Zuma said. When a democratic government was elected in 1994, it committed itself, in accordance with the rule of law, to address the inequalities of land ownership and “particularly to those dispossessed as a result of it. “Land dispossession is no doubt the fundamental violation of the rights of the indigenous people and the original sin, so to speak, of those who came to settle in the country.” The government has undertaken to restore 30 percent of the land to black people by 2014. Since 1994, when the first democratically elected government came into power, the government has been addressing land reform through restitution, redistribution and tenure reform. The national policy of reconciliation and nation-building also guided this process. “As we are all aware, progress has however been slow, and we have admitted that the 2014 redistribution target will not be met,” Zuma said, adding: “Only 6.7-million hectares of land have so far been transferred through redistribution and restitution.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

NFU public comments strongly endorse fair practice rules

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farm and ranch members, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday, advocating for the agency to finalize the Farmer Fair Practices Rules. The rules would provide family farmers and ranchers with protections against anti-competitive and abusive practices.“Family farmers and ranchers are operating in an extremely consolidated agricultural marketplace, where lack of competition provides the major meat companies with tremendous power,” said Johnson. “Farmer Fair Practices Rules provide family farmers and ranchers with the most basic of protections against egregious and anti-competitive practices. They are long overdue and we urge the USDA to finalize them as soon as possible.”In his comments, Johnson highlighted the extreme consolidation in the livestock and poultry sectors, noting that just four giant meatpacking companies control 85 percent of the beef market, 74% of the pork market, and more than half of the market for poultry.“Due to a lack of competition across the agricultural sector, farmers are subject to both the bargaining power of sellers of agricultural inputs and the bargaining power of buyers of the products farmers grow,” Johnson said.Johnson said that this bargaining power has allowed processors and integrators to institutionalize many unfair and abusive practices, particularly in the poultry and pork industries.“The development of contract farming as the model in the poultry and hog sector has institutionalized the ‘monopsony/monopoly relations between farm and agribusiness and the ability of the latter to capture value by the producer through price manipulation.’  The two parties that negotiate the contract are not equal. This asymmetrical power results in undue influence over contract farmers,” he said. “The status quo system of indentured servitude by contract growers who are subject to increasingly offensive demands by integrators is simply unacceptable.”Johnson noted that the Farmer Fair Practices Rules update the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, which was passed to protect competition in the meatpacking industry.“Congress passed the Act with recognition that the previous antitrust acts did not adequately protect farmers and consumers from the monopolistic practices of the meatpacking industry,” Johnson said. “The Act set out to regulate meatpackers engaging in unfair or deceptive practices that harm individual farmers.“Over the last few decades, judicial decisions have weakened the original act, providing farmers and ranchers with less protection in a more challenging marketplace. These rules will go a long way to make sure that farmers and ranchers can continue to operate with basic protections under the law.”last_img read more