SFA WIns Sunshine State Winter Classic

first_imgAfter sitting tied at 1-1 with tournament co-host Sacred Heart, SFA rattled off two game wins, including a 255-181 game three, en route to taking three of the final four games of the first-round match. Against fellow Southland Bowling League member Vanderbilt, the Ladyjacks rolled four-straight 200-pin games with scores of 208, 238, 224 and 234. Owning a pinfall total of 13,442 for the three days of play, SFA completed its perfect record by defeating two of the nation’s top three teams in bracket play Sunday. The Ladyjacks backed up a 4-2 opening round win over 20th-ranked Sacred Heart with a dominant 4-0 victory over fellow Southland Bowling League member Vanderbilt. Story by SFA Sports InformationORLANDO, Fla. – Down 3-0 in the championship match, the Stephen F. Austin bowling team dug deep and came from behind for an improbable 4-3 Baker match victory over third-ranked and top-seeded Nebraska to capture the inaugural Sunshine State Winter Classic title Sunday afternoon inside Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando. The Ladyjacks completed their first ever undefeated tournament in program history as SFA went an unblemished 13-0 to claim its second tournament crown in 2019 and fifth all-time. Finding themselves in a 3-0 deficit in the title match against the Huskers, SFA bounced back with a hard-fought 187-174 game four victory before catching fire in the fifth game and rolling to a 240-192 win. The Ladyjacks tied things up at 3-3 with another strong game, taking game six 210-151. In the decisive game seven with the Sunshine State Winter Classic on the line, SFA showed no fear in claiming a 195-160 triumph. Starting each bracket play match Sunday with the lineup of freshman Carlene Beyer, junior Megan Eaglehouse, sophomore Sarah Gill and seniors Dakotah Hazlewood and Paige Beeney, the Ladyjacks picked up their second tournament MVP honor of the season. Serving as the linchpin in the final day’s Baker matches, Beeney was tabbed Sunshine State Winter Classic MVP and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. She finished third among 93 total bowlers with a 212 game average in the five traditional team matches Saturday, knocking down 1,060 total pins and rolling a team-best 256 to will SFA to a 1,090-1,082 victory over ninth-ranked Tulane. “Every tournament we compete in it’s with the goal in mind of working toward the postseason,” added coach Lemke. “Today, we took a step in the right direction of achieving that goal and getting back to the NCAA Championship.” “We dug ourselves into a hole but there is a reason we play best 4-of-7 matches,” head coach Amber Lemke told the team in between the third and fourth games of the championship match. “I preached about having to make quality shots in order for us to get back into it.”last_img read more

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SHSU’s Mitchell Picks Up Third Southland Men’s Basketball Weekly Honor

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State forward Kai Mitchell is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.  He averaged 22.5 points per game on 76.2 percent shooting and grabbed six rebounds a contest in the Bearkats’ two wins last week. Mitchell shot 5-of-6 from the field with 15 points in a 79-70 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday and dropped a career-high 30 points in an 82-67 triumph over Central Arkansas on Saturday. The wins snapped a three-game skid for SHSU and secured a seventh-straight season with double-digit wins in conference play, the longest active-streak in the league and tied for the longest all-time with Stephen F. Austin (2011-18) and the Bearkats’ teams from 2004-11. Mitchell, who celebrated a birthday in Saturday’s victory over Central Arkansas, dropped a career-high 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a pair of shots against the Bears. Having never made more than one three-pointer in a game in his Bearkat career, he nailed three of his four attempts from long range. The senior forward dished out three assists versus Central Arkansas and averaged 2.5 per game on the week. This marks Mitchell’s third Player of the Week award this season. Week 16 Southland Conference Release (PDF)center_img Honorable Mention: Chudier Bile, Northwestern State; Hayden Koval, Central Arkansas; Avery Sullivan, Lamar. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State – Senior – Forward – Haverstraw, N.Y.After a quiet first half against Southeastern Louisiana, Mitchell accounted for three of the Bearkats’ first four field goals and eight of the team’s first 11 points in the second half. He also sank a pair of free-throws in the final minute to oust the Lions, who had cut SHSU’s lead from 14 points to just three with two minutes to go. SHSU concludes the home portion of its schedule against in-state foes Lamar and Houston Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, respectively.last_img read more

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Sporting greats De Vega, Nepomuceno, Coo inducted to PH Sports Hall of Fame

first_imgPosthumously enshrined were Filomeno Codinera (baseball/softball), Josephine dela Vina (athletics), Loreto Carbonell (basketball), Benjamin Arda (golf), Lita dela Rosa (bowling) and Sen. Ambrosio Padilla (basketball).Philippine Sports Commission chair William Ramirez congratulated all the awardees and extolled the virtues of hard work and dedication in his speech emphasizing, “it is love for sport and country that makes someone a legend.”The Philippine Sports Hall of Fame was created by virtue of Republic Act 8757, with representatives from the Philippine Olympic Committee, Games and Amusements Board, national sports associations and two other private groups.Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, GAB chairman Baham Mitra, Philippine Olympians Association president Akiko Thomson-Guevara were also present during the event.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Diego Costa in scoring slump before Atletico hosts Barcelona Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “It’s not easy to be an athlete and it’s not easy to win. It is difficult to do all the things that can make one achieve a very rewarding award like this,’’ said De Vega-Mercado, who came home from her coaching duties in Singapore.“I’m thankful that you have chosen me to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. This is one of the best awards that I received as a former athlete,’’ added the fastest woman in the continent during the 80s.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 ChrissCoo thanked her family who introduced her to the sport during the “trying times of her life.’’ while Nepomuceno, a recipient of countless local and international accolades felt proud by saying that “it is an honor to be recognized in your own country by your own people.”The three sports heroes joined the elite group of Hall of famers, which now has 37 inducted awardees since it was first held in 2010. Also present and inducted were boxing champ Erbito Salavarria, who held both the WBC and WBA flyweight belts during his prime. MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Asia’s former sprint queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado and bowling icons Paeng Nepomuceno and Bong Coo led the 10 awardees enshrined to the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night at the PICC.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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Institutions and individuals (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,I am convinced that the slide to dictatorship which Guyana experienced from the late 1960s occurred because many of the individuals that headed important constitutional offices failed to live up to their oath of managing without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.They allowed the courts, the police and the Elections Commission to become the arms of the ruling PNC.The result was great damage done to our country. Unfortunately, we have not overcome all the effects of that era. That is the real reason why we still lag behind the Caribbean in many aspects.Of course, there were some who stood up. They were removed due to the silence of the society.I have been writing about the ominous signs appearing in the conduct of the governance of the country.Every day, our laws are being violated. This is glaring in relation to procurement and in the awarding of contracts. This is leading to massive corruption in the society.Some of the decisions of the courts, the trumped-up charges placed on former ministers and senior officials of the PPP/Civic administration by the DPP are extremely troubling.Very worrying also, is the behaviour of the Police. The SOCU has already become a stooge of the political directorate. This body seems more interested in harassing political opponents of the regime. Their mandate to fight money launderers has been lost.The arrest of Shafraz Beekham in Berbice after he exposed the trickery and illegal acts of the AFC in obtaining signatures for the backing of the Party for the Local Government Elections is extremely dangerous.This occurred after the Minister of Public Security openly threatened the PPP member on the TV. This points to the creeping dictatorship that is taking place.While most of the society has remained quiet, leaving the PPP/C to fight the illegality of the appointment of the Chairman of the Elections Commission, the purging of that institution, and other public institutions of Indian-Guyanese, is extremely sad. People are sitting back as their rights are gradually being taken away.It is not too late. Those in top constitutional holders must appreciate that they too are leaders in the society. They must give our country the integrity and morality that is vital for social and economic progress of any society.The functions of these institutions can either help in the growth of a dictatorship with only the appearance of democracy, or they can help to ensure the slogan ‘Government of the people and by the people’ becomes a reality.The responsibility is great.Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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Trio on bail over stolen pump

first_imgAppearing before Principal Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday to answer a joint unlawful possession charge were Kenrick Charles, 25, of Lot 110 Eccles Park, East Bank Demerara; Michael Hores, 18, of Lot 103 Middle Road, La Penitence Georgetown; and Jermain McLeod of Lot 122 Meadow Brook, Georgetown.The court heard that on April 10, 2018, they had in their possession a pressure washer, property of Darian La Rose, said to be stolen or unlawfully obtained.The Prosecution’s case is that Police ranks on mobile patrol stopped and searched a motorcar in which the men were travelling, and the pressure washer was found in the trunk of the vehicle. The defendants were questioned about ownership of the item, but they all failed to give a proper explanation for being in possession of the item. As such, they were taken into custody, and an investigation was launched.The men all denied the charge in court, and were released on $50,000 bail each. The matter has been adjourned to April 27.last_img read more

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Albouystown resident gets 9 months jail for stealing tools

first_imgA 50-year-old Albouystown, Georgetown resident will spend the next nine months behind bars after he was sentenced by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a break and enter and larceny charge.The charge against Gregory Simmons alleged that on December 6, 2018, at Bel Air Park, Georgetown, he broke into the dwelling house of Mark Thrim and stole two diagnostic meters worth $170,000, one impact gun worth $45,000 and 20 screwdrivers worth $40,000.The unrepresented man admitted that he committed the act and told the Magistrate, “Your worship I would like to beg for lil leniency”.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the victim secured his home on December 5, 2018 and retired to bed. However, on the following day at about 05:30h, he discovered some window panes missing and his door open.Upon making checks around his apartment, he discovered the aforementioned items missing.He reported the matter to the Police and based on investigations, the man was apprehended with some of the missing items in his possession. He was taken into custody and the charge was instituted.last_img read more

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Guyanese failure to repay loans skyrockets by 36%

first_img…rise of bad debts a salient feature of financial crisis – former AFC execThe Guyana economy has been in freefall post 2015 and the plummeting ability of its citizenry to repay loans to banks and similar institutions now threatens even more bankruptcy in companies, especially small businesses – a salient feature of a financial crisis.This is the stark warning of former Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive Sasenarine Singh, who in a recent analysis found that Non-Performing Loans – commonly called bad debts – “have multiplied by some 36 per cent, since the (David) Granger Administration came to power”.For Change AFC Executive Sasenarine SinghAccording to Singh, “In simple language, the size of the bad debt portfolio is clearly going in the wrong direction.”SufferingThe former AFC Executive, in a letter to the editor, posits: “After a relatively calm decade, the Guyanese banking system is suffering under (Finance) Minister Winston Jordan.”Finance MinisterWinston JordanOn the matter of the declining ability of Guyanese to repay their debts, Singh deduced from information supplied by the Finance Ministry and the Bank of Guyana that bad debt in the local banking sector have moved from 8.3 per cent of all loans in June 2015 (at the end of the PPP’s tenure) to 11.3 per cent in September 2016.“I was reliably advised that at the end of 2016, the rate of bad debt is now some 11.5 per cent of the total loan portfolio…This data clearly indicates the predictable adverse economic trajectory.”He has since posited that the rise of bad debts was a salient feature of a financial crisis and suggested that “for the banks, delays in debt repayment make obtaining further credit more difficult, which often leads to a second round of debt default and even more bankruptcy in companies, especially small businesses”.He suggested that any sensible banking leader plagued with a high stock of bad debt was likely to focus on internal consolidation and improving asset quality rather than providing new credit.Ruling eliteAccording to Singh, “any serious Government would have done some strategising around this issue from day one, but it is now clear that the life of ordinary people has little meaning for the ruling elite in the Granger Government.”Singh suggests that from its public actions, the ruling A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition has reduced the most complex issues into sweeping political generalities which resulted in regular people suffering because of the intellectual deficit in the Granger Administration.Taking a swipe at Finance Minister Jordan, Singh recalled that with three successive budgets, he “has not once but twice proven to be one big amusing entertainer who does not have the awareness of the needs of the economy to be able to deliver the required policy actions to get Guyana back on track”.Singh is of the view “this mentality of taxing a flat economic cake, frustrating the productive sectors and spending recklessly on projects like the D’Urban Park parade ground is clearly an intellectually bankrupt economic strategy”.He opined that Jordan’s “saving grace is hoping for oil before 2020…But that is exactly that  ‘hope’, because oil will not flow until 2021/2022 at the earliest based on information I saw”.Singh’s publicly stated position comes on the heels of statements made in a recent interview with Guyana Times by Economic Adviser to the Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Ramsaroop, who had also warned of imminent dire economic straits as a result of policies being pursued by the current Administration.last_img read more

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Treaty Talks Critique

first_imgThe Fraser Institute says native treaty talks in B.C. have now cost more than a billion dollars over 15 years. It adds they’ve produced only 8 treaties in various stages of completion in that time.A new institute report concludes the treaty process is deeply flawed and pits Canadians against Canadians. The right-wing think tank also says governments are endorsing positions which discriminate against non-aboriginals, giving First Nations preferential tax treatment.Study author Mark Milke says aboriginal governments should be given the same taxing powers as other municipalities. He also argues treaties should settle all issues and governments need be more open about their negotiating positions.- Advertisement –last_img

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GDF successfully defend Intermediate title

first_imgThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) boxing gym has once again come out victorious after their boxers put on a spectacular show over this past weekend, asserting themselves as ‘the gym to beat’ in Guyana.The National Gymnasium came alive for the annual Lennox Blackmore Intermediate event organised by the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA). Prior to the competition, all eyes were on the servicemen and the Republican Gym (Prisons) as true fans knew the competition would come down to the two of them. However, GDF truly asserted their dominance with wins in six categories. Added to that, the rest of their contingent finished in the top two of the other divisions, making the military men untouchable in the competition.The event saw a number of riveting fights which all led up to the grand finale on Sunday evening. Orlando Norton of GDF finished his fight in fine style, knocking out Shawn La Fleur of Rose Hall Jammers (RHJ) just one minute into their second round. GDF’s streak continued as Seon Murray pummelled Donovan Richard of Republican Gym.Republican had wins of their own as Mark Chester fought to a technical knockout over Orin Bancroft of Forgotten Youths Foundation (FYF).GDF’s Andrew Griffith copped a split decision over Gordon Green in the lightweight category. GDF also experienced the losing side of the bout as VBG’s Christopher Moore was on the winning side of another split decision, this time against Orlando Grenville of GDF.Walkovers saw Clinton Clarke taking a win when he was intended to face Ishaun Khan of Harpy Eagle. Christopher Moore copped another walkover instead of facing Republican’s Mark Chester. Also, Jamal Eastman gladly accepted a walkover from Republican’s Deon Samuels.Friday and Saturday’s excitement made way for final matches on Sunday which were dominated by GDF, which often saw GBD boxers in both corners of the ring.In the line of technical knockouts, Renaldo Niles defeated Shemar Ming in the heavyweight category while Astion Niles completed the feat against Frank McRae within two minutes, 43 seconds of their light heavyweight bout.Clinton Clarke took the bantamweight division by unanimous decision as Albert Thomas was no match for his prowess. Later on, Royden Grant won the middleweight category after defeating Orlando Norton on points.Eventually, the best of the best had to be crowned. Quincy Boyce was adjudged the best elite boxer of the 2018 bout. After pummelling Denzil Adams on Friday evening in a TKO result, he went on to sink Jamal Eastman by the third round on Saturday and then defeated Seon Murray within two minutes on Sunday. Boyce’s streak was a clear answer as to why he was chosen.The best youth boxer was awarded to Shaquille Wright of VBG who was clearly seen as the best after an empathic knockout out of Junior Hyman in their lightweight encounter.The three nights of boxing was sure to be closed off in style as Renaldo Niles (GDF) and Shekeal Damon met in the ring. The boxers were engrossed in their fight, exchanging jab for jab; however, to the crowd’s dismay, the encounter was stopped just seconds before the conclusion of the fight owing to Damon’s wrist bandage being unmarked. As such, he was disqualified.last_img read more

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Iran tempers rhetoric

first_imgAhmadinejad’s relative restraint is also widely believed to show the influence of moderates within the ruling Islamic establishment telling him not to make provocative statements that could heighten tensions between Iran and the West. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said Sunday that Iran poses no threat to Israel, also suggesting the government was trying to project a less aggressive image. Iran says the aim of its nuclear program is to generate electricity, but the United States and some of its allies fear the Islamic republic wants to create the fissile core of nuclear warheads. Iran must halt uranium enrichment as a precondition for holding talks on its nuclear program, the countries have said. The United States added to its accusations against Iran on Sunday when a defense official said high-level Iranian officials were arming Shiite militants in Iraq with sophisticated armor-piercing roadside bombs that have killed more than 170 American troops. Ahmadinejad said Iran’s program would remain within the limits of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that bans production of nuclear weapons. TEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Sunday that Iran would not give up uranium enrichment, but he otherwise refrained from fiery statements during celebrations of the Islamic Revolution. The hard-line president’s speech fell short of an expected announcement that Iran had started installing 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium at its Natanz plant. During the revolution’s 28th anniversary, Ahmadinejad said he was prepared to negotiate with the international community. The Iranian president may have tempered his usual firebrand style in view of the U.N. Security Council demand that Iran halt enrichment by a deadline looming this month or face additional sanctions. “We are prepared for dialogue but won’t suspend our activities. … The government will defend the rights of the Iranian nation within the framework of the law.” At a security conference in Germany, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said Sunday its nuclear program is not a threat to Israel or any other nation. “We pose no threat, and if we are conducting nuclear research and development we are no threat to Israel,” said Ali Larijani. “We have no intention of aggression against any country.” But Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said he believes Iran is being duplicitous. “There is a wall-to-wall consensus that the Iranian nuclear program is indeed military and aggressive and a threat to world peace,” he said. Ahmadinejad said Iran’s nuclear technology advances will gradually be made public over the next two months until April 9. He did not explain what would happen on that date, but it marks the one-year anniversary of Iran’s announcement that it had enriched uranium for the first time. The Iranian leader implied last week that Tehran would announce it had begun installing a new assembly of 3,000 centrifuges in an underground portion of its uranium enrichment facility at Natanz, in central Iran. Iran now has two cascades of 164 centrifuges each that have been operating sporadically at the aboveground portion of the Natanz facility producing small quantities of non-weapons grade enriched uranium, IAEA inspectors say. The head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog on Sunday welcomed Iran’s willingness to resume negotiations but said nothing short of “full transparency” on Iran’s part will bring the two sides to negotiations. “I am still hopeful that they will move forward to try and find a way to get into negotiation,” Mohamed ElBaradei told Associated Press Television News. The Security Council approved limited economic sanctions Dec. 23 over Iran’s refusal to halt enrichment and has threatened to impose further sanctions later this month if the Islamic republic continues to refuse to roll back its program. Ahmadinejad’s comments Sunday were part of a speech that was broadcast live during nationwide celebratory rallies.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

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