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The 2017 Southland Volleyball Tournament Begins Friday

first_imgTOURNAMENT CENTRALCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – First serve of the 2017 Southland Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, is set for 11 a.m. CT Friday when No. 8 seed Abilene Christian takes on No. 1 Stephen F. Austin at the Jack Dugan Center.The Ladyjacks claimed the Southland regular season championship behind a 14-2 league record, one match ahead of No. 2 Central Arkansas. The Wildcats enter the conference postseason in their first season of eligibility following the program’s four-year transition to Division I.The winner of that match will play the winner of No. 4 Houston Baptist and No. 5 Northwestern State, who will square off at 1:30 p.m. Friday. In the regular season, the Huskies twice bested the Lady Demons 3-2 and 3-1.The bottom half of the bracket gets going at 4 p.m. when No. 7 McNeese challenges No. 2 Central Arkansas. The Cowgirls defeated the Sugar Bears in five sets in both meetings this season.The day will finish with a rematch of the 2016 Southland Volleyball championship when No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 6 Sam Houston State compete at 6:30 p.m.The Islanders enter the tournament as the back-to-back defending champions. The tournament returns to Corpus Christi for the first time since 2013; Central Arkansas won that championship as the top seed, defeating No. 2 Northwestern State in five sets. Since 2011, the No. 1 seed has won every tournament except in 2014 when the Lady Demons won it all as the No. 5.The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network. Go to Southland.org/live or download the league’s app, available for phones, tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.The championship round will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN3, available via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.No. 1 Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (26-6, 14-2 SLC)Stephen F. Austin claimed the top spot in the conference tournament behind a 14-2 Southland record. The Ladyjacks are backed by First Team All-Conference selections Haley Coleman and Danae Daron. Coleman leads an SFA offense that ranks first in the league in hitting percentage (.261) during conference matches. All-Conference Second Team member Makenzee Hanna finished the regular season as the conference’s leader in hitting percentage (.349). This is the sixth time SFA has entered as top seed.No. 2 Central Arkansas Sugar Bears (24-4, 13-3 SLC)Central Arkansas leads the conference in kills per set (13.8) and assists (12.77). The 2017 Southland Player of the Year junior right side Samantha Anderson leads the second-seed Sugar Bears who are looking for their first tournament championship since 2013. Anderson ranked in the top-ten for league matches in hitting percentage (.330), kills per set (3.49) and blocks per set (1.10). Senior middle blocker Megan Nash made her third consecutive appearance on the All-Southland First Team, entering the tournament with a .349 hitting percentage in Southland matches.No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (14-13, 11-5 SLC)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi heads into its home tournament hitting its best stride of the season. After dropping three-straight five setters, the Islanders have won five consecutive matches in straight sets. Four of those matches were against tournament teams (Stephen F. Austin, Houston Baptist, Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian). Three-time Setter of the Year Kristyn Nicholson marshalled an offense this season that led the conference in kills per set (14.37) in Southland matches.No. 4 Houston Baptist Huskies (20-9, 11-5 SLC)Senior outside hitters Bailey Banks and Jessica Wooten lead an HBU squad searching for its first conference championship. Banks ranked third in the league in kills per set with 3.60 while Wooten leads the league in double-doubles with 16. The Huskies’ defense ranks first in digs per set (16.59) and opponent hitting percentage (.160) in league matches.   No. 5 Northwestern State Lady Demons (15-16, 10-6 SLC)Northwestern State earned two individual accolades in Freshman of the Year Hannah Brister and Libero of the Year Channing Burleson, and a First Team All-Conference selection in Reagan Rogers. Brister started all but one conference match and averaged .229 hitting percentage. Burleson led the conference in digs per set in league matches with 5.50. Rogers is the conference leader in kills per set with 4.27 this Southland season.No. 6 Sam Houston State Bearkats (14-15, 10-6 SLC)Sam Houston State had its best start to a conference season with nine straight wins this year. The Bearkats, who reached the tournament championship in 2016, earned two Southland first team selections in Huntsville products Taylor Cunningham and Jordyn Vaughn. Cunningham ranked ninth in league competition for attacking percentage (.321) and kills per set (3.10). Vaughn led the league in overall matches for kills per set with 3.88 and ranked second in league-only matches with 4.08.No. 7 McNeese Cowgirls (19-12, 10-6 SLC)McNeese makes its third-straight Southland tournament appearance after compiling its most wins in a season since 2007. The Cowgirls earned a second team selection in sophomore middle blocker Shana Spree. She led the team in hitting percentage (.314), blocks (110) and service aces (36).No. 8 Abilene Christian Wildcats (11-17, 7-9 SLC)Abilene Christian won the two-team tiebreaker over UIW to earn the final spot in the Southland Tournament. The Wildcats enter the tournament ranked fifth in the league for blocks (2.44) and assists service aces per set (1.40). In overall matches, sophomore libero Amanda Chapa was second in the league in digs per set with 4.85.last_img read more

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Qatar suspends the League until March 29

first_imgUntil now Qatar had not decided to take drastic measures regarding football. Although earlier in the week, the government had suspended classes at all colleges and universities, kept going as for the king sport, before the outrage of the protagonists.Xavi Hernández, coach of Al Sadd, was the first to cry out to heaven last Thursday, showing his utter perplexity at having to play a game behind closed doors on Friday for the quarterfinals of the Emir Cup. “There is no point in continuing to play because we are talking about a public health issue“Denounced the technician. Fortunately, those responsible for the QSL took good note of the complaints and outrage of the protagonists, and have decided to suspend from today and until next March 29 the matches that had to be played in the League competition. Likewise, the rest of the matches scheduled in other competitions and categories are also postponed. Xavi showed his support for this decision, giving a ‘like’ to the official announcement of the Federation of the suspension of the League through social networks.Thus, the Government of Qatar wants to set an example on prevention measures and, although it does not have any coronavirus victims yet (about 300 infected have been counted so far), maintain a protocol of maximum intensity to prevent the spread of the pandemic. This month The Moto GP World Championship has already been canceled in Doha, although it did run Moto 2 and Moto 3. In any case, we must not forget that Qatar will host the 2022 soccer World Cup and it must be a paradigm in every way, both in safety and prevention.last_img read more

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‘I’m Not the Jangar Kamara in the FDA US6M PUP Fraud Case’

first_imgMr. Jangar Lossenee Kamara, 37, a teacher at the A.M. Fofana High School’s picture was erroneously identified as Jangar Kamara, accused and standing trial in the US$6M PUP Fraud Case at the Temple of Justice. The story appeared in Tuesday’s (April 7) edition of the Daily Observer in its lead story, ‘4 Former FDA Managers on Trial for US$6M PUP Fraud’ and after Mr. Kamara contacted the paper yesterday investigations conducted by the Daily Observer discovered the error, and regrets the inconvenience that the appearance of Mr. Kamara’s picture on the story may have caused him. Teacher Jangar Lossenee Kamara has never worked for the Forestry Development Authority, he told the Daily Observer yesterday.Former FDA Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, along with Jangar Kamara, manager for commercial forestry and others assigned in Grand Bassa County, are on trial for illegal issuance of 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of farm land.  In the story, the picture that identified one of the accused, Jangar Kamara, was that of teacher Jangar Lossenee Kamara. “I never worked for the FDA,” he told the Daily Observer yesterday when he walked into the newspaper’s offices on Benson and MacDonald Streets. “The picture in the newspaper is mine but I’m not the person involved in the case.” He said he’s disabled, with his left foot amputated due to diabetes infection.  He presently teaches at the A. M. Fofana High School near Fish Market, Monrovia. He wears prosthetics that enable him to complete his daily chores at home and at the school, he told the Daily Observer. Lossenee’s family has increased to three, he said, with the arrival of new born, Malofo Kamara.He spoke highly of Mr. Stanley O. Mulbah, principal of the A. M. Fofana High School.The A.M. Fofana High School has qualified instructors, the least of whom holds a Bachelor’s degree, he said, “with student enrolment of at 400 but with the capacity to accommodate nearly 1000 students.”The school provides instruction in three international languages, he said— “French, English and Arabic,” which prepare students for the challenges ahead. “The school welcomes all Liberians, regardless of their religious persuasions, to prepare for the future,” Kamara said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Library to accept donations of food/hygiene products for late fees this November

first_imgLet’s say that Tony has $15 in overdue charges. During Food for Fines, Tony brings in three cans of corn. Staff collects Tony’s cans of corn and pays off $15 of his charges. Tony no longer owes any overdue charges. Welcome back to the library, Tony – enjoy!Let’s say that Lisa lost a copy of Twilight in 2013 and owes FSJ Public Library $27.95. She brings in 2 cans of soup and 3 boxes of Kraft Dinner during Food for Fines month. Staff collects her donations and $25.00 in charges is cleared from her account. Lisa can pay the remaining $2.95 and owe no other lost charges on this book.Let’s say that Nancy has five books that are all three days overdue on November 4th. She returns all five books to the staff at the Circulation Desk with a can of tomato soup. No fines are assigned and Nancy owes $0. For the month of November, the Fort St. John Public Library is accepting non-perishable food and/or hygiene product donations to pay off existing library fines.All donations are going towards the Fort St. John Women’s Society.For those that bring in non-perishable food items, Library staff will waive up to $25 in existing fines in exchange for the donation.- Advertisement -Each non-perishable food item is worth $5 towards existing fines – to the maximum of $25 waived.Overdue fines and lost fines for items which were lost more than one year ago are eligible for the Food for Fines program. Food for Fines applies to the Public Library owned materials only and does not apply to Interlibrary Loans.And, of course, any of those lost/overdue items can be returned to the Library as well.Advertisement Even if you don’t have fines on your account, the Library says they are happily accepting non-perishable food donations for the FSJ Women’s Resource Society throughout the month of November.The Public Library says fines often act as barriers to their patrons, and they believe removing small fines will encourage customers to come back to the Library and use their services.They also said that it also acts as a way to update patron accounts, as well as help feed those in our community who need it most at the same time.To show how it works, the Public Library has outlined some scenarios and how they will be handled during Food for Fines:Advertisementcenter_img For more information, the Library can be contacted at 250-785-3731.last_img read more

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Eagles defender agrees new three-and-a-half year contract

first_img Joel Ward in action for Crystal Palace 1 Joel Ward has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with Crystal Palace.The defender has played every minute in the Premier League for the Eagles this season and his new deal sees him extend his stay at Selhurst Park until 2018.“I’m really pleased,” Ward told Crystal Palace’s official website.“It’s been something that has been talked about a little bit and I’m glad to now put that to the back and just concentrate with my football and I’m delighted to have signed the deal.“The relationship with the gaffer and the club helped. I’m excited for what the next few years have in store.“I love the passion of the club, the fans have been exceptional since I’ve come here and they’ve welcomed me with open arms.“It’s been a joy to play in front of them – especially at home – week in, week out. Even the travelling support’s been incredible.”last_img read more

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Michael Carrick opens up about depression, Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba

first_imgMichael Carrick has urged anyone suffering from depression to talk about it, rather than suffer in silence like he did.The former Manchester United midfielder recently opened up about a two-year depression sparked by his mistake in the 2009 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.Carrick’s mental health struggles left him desperate to return home from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and he admits nobody knew the true extent of his feelings. BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware huge blow MONEY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Carrick describes Mourinho as an ‘unbelievable’ manager Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Pogba looks to Carrick for inspiration Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won He told talkSPORT: “I was having a bit of a tough time personally in 2009/2010 and it came to a head in South Africa.“At the World Cup in 2010, I was finding it tough and I literally didn’t want to be there.“I remember saying to Lisa, my wife, I just want to come home. Even now when I’m explaining it I find it difficult to understand why I felt like that because it was my dream, but that’s how I was feeling.“I’m quite independent, reserved and stubborn in many ways. I just thought I’d get through it myself. Not many people really knew – my wife Lisa knew a bit, my mum and dad knew a bit, but I didn’t really let on to them because I didn’t want to put it onto them as much. RANKED REVEALED Carrick spoke about his mental health battles in his upcoming autobiograohy ‘Behind the Lines’ “I didn’t really want help. Maybe I should’ve spoken to someone and it would’ve eased how down I was feeling, or whether it would’ve been taken less time to get over it.“Speaking about it would’ve made it easier and I would urge if anyone is going through something similar – pull someone aside and share because it will make things a lot easier.”Carrick, 37, also shed light on the supposedly ‘split personality’ of Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho, who he is currently assisting in the Old Trafford dugout.The United number two draws on similarities between himself and his under-fire boss, suggesting they are both completely different men away from the game. 3 3 3 “I liken him to myself,” Carrick said. “On one side, there’s this personality that’s driven, stubborn, cold, professional. I would go to training and just do everything I could to succeed. It was only winning that mattered.“But then away from that, I’d be the family man, I’d be daddy, I’d be the husband. I’d be playing golf for instance, and if I won, I won, if I didn’t, then whatever.“There’s almost a split personality there. When it comes to football, it’s win at all costs. You’ve got to have that way and Jose’s exactly the same as me.“He’s been nothing but brilliant – to give me the role that he’s given me and to help me. Obviously it’s challenging for me but it’s an unbelievable opportunity and he’s there for me when I’ve needed him. Sometimes from the outside it’s not always as it seems. ADVICE REVEALED “Jose is an unbelievable manager; he’s proven that over many years, there’s not many as good as him for what he’s won.“Yeah, things aren’t exactly what we all want, but time can change that and it’s up to us to do that.”Another contentious character at Man United is star midfielder Paul Pogba, who has previously spoken of Carrick as a mentor.And Carrick, who made 464 appearances in the Red Devils midfield, believes the expectation surrounding the World Cup winner is unfair.“It’s not realistic to pin that all on Paul,” he added. “He’s a terrific player and we all know what Paul can do but it’s not all on him by any means.“I’m enjoying working with the players, I’m enjoying trying to help them.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL MUM ‘TRIED TO PREVENT CRAZED HUSBAND FROM KILLING KIDS’ – TV CLAIM

first_imgEXPERTS on a TV3 documentary have claimed that a crazed father had such control over his Donegal wife, he was able to persuade her to take part in a murder-suicide pact which ended the lives of their two children.The programme – broadcast tonight – concluded that they “would probably never know” how the deaths took place; but that the mum may have struggled at the last minute to get out of the incident.Adrian Dunne (29) was found hanged and his wife Ciara (24) strangled, after their two daughters, Lean (5) and Shania (3) were suffocated in their home in Monageer, Co Wexford, on April 23, 2007. The TV investigation found several factors contributed to Adrian and Ciara Dunne’s decision to end their lives and those of their children.It said the Dunnes may have been devastated by fear and despair at mounting debts and isolation from loved ones.Adrian Dunne had first approached a funeral planner over two weeks before the family were found dead – and visited the planner with his wife.The TV3 team – including a retired Garda – said the couple were in debt to the region of €34,400 to banks and credit unions in Letterkenny, Buncrana and New Ross, as well as to businesses, utilities and individuals. Mike Berry, forensic expert, said he believed that a black eye suffered by Ciara was evidence to him that she may have changed her mind at the last minute and that husband Adrian, who was registered blind, had struck out and killed her.The experts believe a struggle ensued after Ciara tried to prevent the killings from going ahead.Mary Aiken, research psychiatrist, said she believed “a mother’s instinct” had over-riden any loyalty to Dunne and she tried to stop it.“It would appear he was the planner,” said Aiken. “She was a strong defender of him. She was adamant the plan was going ahead…Adrian may have convinced Ciara that she was going to die in a car crash.“It could be that was the case.” The team concluded that while they both planned the deaths, that Adrian was the driving force behind the planning and execution of the deaths of both Ciara and their two children.Gardai, health workers and local priests were alerted when Mr Dunne was driven by his wife to a funeral directors 20 miles away in New Ross to make funeral arrangements for the couple and their two young children.That part of Dunne’s evil plan never came off.Ciara’s family brought her and her two children home to Burt for burial. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL MUM ‘TRIED TO PREVENT CRAZED HUSBAND FROM KILLING KIDS’ – TV CLAIM was last modified: January 25th, 2012 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:buncranaBURTdonegaldunne familyletterkennymurderSUICIDElast_img read more

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Love House Hunting? New iPad App From Realtor.com Rocks

first_imgAbove: A much more expensive house than the one I bought; click for larger viewMy wife and I thought that once we bought a house, our love of looking at homes for sale would be over. Turns out it’s just plain fun to look inside, at the backyards, around the neighborhoods and at the prices of houses available for purchase. I enjoy it, at least, and if you do too – you should check out the free iPad app released by Realtor.com this week. (iTunes link) I think it’s my favorite in the field. I wish we’d had it when we bought our house in Portland, Oregon.Tricia Duryee at AllThingsD wrote about the app first last night and focused on the way it fits into the overall Realtor.com business and realty industry. I think it’s most interesting from a user experience perspective.The app is really solid. It’s intuitive, not too complicated, a joy to use. It’s less feature rich than competitor Trulia on the iPad, and has less neighborhood historical data than Zillow – but Realtor.com’s app feels more responsive and feels like it has the right features for ongoing use. Unlike the other two apps, this one never leads me down a navigation path that ends in frustration. Nor does it introduce abstractions that require much thought to figure out. Not that I mind thinking, but pictures of homes you can’t afford are for perusing, right?All three apps offer something different, though, and if you’re really hunting for a house with an iPad in hand then you’re probably going to want all three installed so you can switch between them to see the different information each offers.You should install Qwiki on your iPad, too, so you can be entertained learning about the neighborhood you’re considering as you shop for your future home. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Manipur fake encounters: kin allege bribe for settlement

first_imgA court in Thoubal district of Manipur has disposed of a case of alleged extrajudicial killing of a man by a police team in 2011, thanks to the delay in sanction of prosecution from the State government.The family of the victim on Monday alleged that it was fighting the case despite coercions, including a lump sum being offered as “bribe” to withdraw the case.Tampha, the wife of Angousana Athokpam of Bishnupur district who was arrested on February 27, 2011, by a Thoubal district police team and allegedly killed in a fake encounter, told reporters in Imphal that some stranger had come to her home last month and offered her “₹7 lakh for an out-of-court settlement”.“I refused to accept the bribe and told the person that we only want befitting punishment to those personnel who killed my husband in a staged encounter,” she said at a press conference.Tanoubi, Athokpam’s daughter, said the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal, had disposed of her father’s case on Saturday saying it cannot proceed further as the Manipur government has not given the prosecution sanction. “Such prosecution sanctions had already been given in the Imphal East and Imphal West districts,” said Ms. Tanoubi.SC-ordered case She said her father’s “killing” was one of the 39 cases registered on the specific orders of the Supreme Court. The accused in nine such cases have already been chargesheeted. The SC is looking into 1,528 alleged fake encounter cases in Manipur filed by Extrajudicial Execution Victims Families Association Manipur, a group seeking speedy trial in these cases. There has been no explanation from the BJP-led State government as to why no prosecution sanction was issued in Athokpam’s case. The EEVFAM activists are not happy with the court order in the case. Renu Takhellambam, president, EEVFAM, said: “The judgment is not acceptable. How can a man be declared not guilty without a proper trial? People should appeal to the CM to issue the prosecution sanction so that the guilty are punished.”last_img read more

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ScienceShot: The Physics of Usain Bolt

first_imgIn the summer of 2009, during the World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt set a world record time of 9.58 seconds for the 100-meter dash—but he did so with a slight wind at his back. Now, a new analysis suggests that Bolt’s time without the tailwind would still have been a record-setter. Researchers used weather conditions during the race to estimate Bolt’s coefficient of drag, which is related to his body’s wind resistance. That parameter, along with data about the sprinter’s position (collected by lasers every 0.1 second during the race), suggests that Bolt’s time sans wind assistance would have been 9.68 seconds, the researchers report today in the European Journal of Physics. That’s 0.1 seconds slower than the official result but still good enough to squeak past Bolt’s previous world record time of 9.69 seconds, which he had set at the Beijing Olympics the year before. Race data also show that Bolt sprang from the starting blocks with an acceleration of 9.5 meters per second squared—that’s almost 0.97 g, the acceleration due to Earth’s gravity—and was churning out a whopping 2.6 kilowatts of power (3.5 horsepower) less than 1 second later.last_img read more

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