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No. 2 Stephen F. Austin Downs No. 3 UCA, Advances to Championship Game

first_imgSFA kept the deficit in single digits, setting up Stevi Parker for a single-handed 6-0 run. A three-pointer from Newcomer of the Year Imani Johnson followed to tie the game at 44 with four minutes to play in the third. The Ladyjacks kept the run going to the end of the quarter, finishing with a 14-2 clip to reclaim the lead and head into the final stage up 50-46. Spearheaded by a well-rounded scoring effort with four different players scoring in double figures, SFA dismantled the trademark Sugar Bear defense which held opponents to 49.8 points per game this season. “There was a sense of urgency headed into the third quarter,” said Johnson. “We had to come out and push the pace after the second quarter we had.” Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – In a rematch of last season’s Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game, Stephen F. Austin flipped the script to come out on top against No. 3 Central Arkansas 70-60. “This was two great teams going at it today,” said SFA head coach Mark Kellogg. “It makes a victory that much sweeter knowing how good of a team you’re up against.” “This whole season is for these seniors (Parker and Jackson),” Johnson said. “We want to send them out with a bang.” At the half, Jordan led Central Arkansas and all scorers with 12 points while Channell Hayes led the Ladyjacks with 10. As the game clock fell below 2:00, time was running out for the Sugar Bears to make a final run. A Baudoin jumper with 1:32 to go brought them within seven leading into a timeout. It was as close as they would get, and the Ladyjacks would hang on down the stretch for a 10-point victory and a spot in tomorrow’s title game. UCA would push the lead to as much as eight points, but the ‘Jacks would claw their way back, capping the half with a 6-0 run and Taylor Jackson jumper at buzzer. This brought SFA back within two and UCA took a precarious 34-32 lead into halftime. It was a tale of two quarters, as back-to-back layups from Kierra Jordan pulled UCA within one at 22-21 then gave the Sugar Bears their first lead since early first quarter at 23-22 with 6:13 to play in the half. SFA jumped out to a quick 12-6 lead, forcing a Sugar Bear timeout with 4:09 to play in the opening quarter. The Ladyjacks kept rolling, and with a Stevi Parker three to end the first quarter, Stephen F. Austin would go up 21-14. Neither team mounted much offense in the opening stages of the fourth and SFA allowed UCA to stay within low single digits. With 5:00 on the clock however, another triple from Johnson pushed the Ladyjacks to their largest lead of the game since the end of the first quarter, 57-50. The deficit grew as a layup from senior Taylor Jackson put SFA up 61-50. The free throw line was a huge difference maker for the Ladyjacks as they went 21-29 compared to UCA’s 7-9. SFA also held a healthy advantage on made three pointers – seven to three. SFA faces No. 4 Nicholls tomorrow in the championship game at noon CT on CBS Sports Network, seeking its 16th tournament championship in program history. Stevi Parker led the Stephen F. Austin offense with 22 points while three fellow ‘Jacks also scored in double figures. A trio of Sugar Bears also notched double digit totals, led by Taylor Sells with 17. Kierra Jordan registered 16 points while Baudoin dropped 10.last_img read more

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OFC U-20 journey outlined

first_imgGroup BTahiti (TAH)Solomon Islands (SOL)New Zealand (NZL)Preliminary Winners (TBC) This follows the official draw for the OFC U-20 Championship.The teams, including the winner from this week’s OFC U-20 Championship preliminary, have been drawn into two groups of four teams.Joining hosts Vanuatu in Group A are defending champions Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.Making up Group B are Tahiti, Solomon Islands, New Zealand and the 2016 OFC U-20 Championship preliminary winners.Football development across Oceania has been ramping up over the past few years and the 2016 OFC U-20 Championship is shaping up to be one of the most competitive editions in recent times.In Group A, Fiji have been building on the success of their debut FIFA U-20 World Cup appearance in 2015 and will be out to perform solidly at regional level, to once again progress to the world stage.But Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and New Caledonia will not be far behind. The latter two nations finished second and third respectively in 2014. Vanuatu were the only side to steal a point from the eventual winners two years ago and that will weigh heavily on the side as this time they play hosts.Papua New Guinea performed well in 2014 and their 2-0 win over Solomon Islands in their opening match marked only their fourth win at this level since 1978. Despite their history-making start, they struggled to find their footing, dropping to fifth on the table.However, like Vanuatu and Fiji, Papua New Guinea has a strong development and academy program which has been producing quality players and this event will not be any exception.After sitting out the 2014 tournament due to their automatic qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup as hosts, New Zealand are expected to make a strong return to the region.After claiming their first win at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and making their first foray out of the group stage, the side want to build on their growing reputation at youth level.On their tail will be Tahiti, a side also expected to make a strong charge for the title after having sat out each edition of the OFC U-20 Championship since their 2008 victory. Having made the final of both the 2015 U-17 Championship and the XV Pacific Games, the side is driven to do one better in this competition and reclaim their grasp on the silverware.While Tahiti and New Zealand look the favourites to progress from Group B, there can be no discounting Solomon Islands or the yet-to-be determined preliminary winners.Solomon Islands haven’t made the impact at youth level that their reputation suggests they could have. However, football is second nature in Solomon Islands, which means they will likely field a strong side.Coming out of the preliminary competition and into the competition proper can often be a difficult gap to bridge. But from the four competing sides in Tonga – Cook Islands, American Samoa, Tonga and Samoa – each nation has qualities which could see them upset their group.Their opponents will have to wait until the final whistles on 27 June before they learn exactly which of those four nations will join them in Group B come September.2016 OFC U-20 Championship Draw ResultsGroup AVanuatu (VAN)Fiji (FIJ)Papua New Guinea (PNG)New Caledonia (NCL)last_img read more

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WI banking on Dubai momentum

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):West Indies will be looking to draw confidence from their encouraging outing in last week’s first Test and avoid yet another series defeat, when they take on Pakistan in the second Test starting here today.Despite the loss in Dubai, West Indies gave a fighting display to take the historic day/night contest down to the final hour of the last day, before succumbing to the hosts by 56 runs and fall behind 1-0 in the three-Test series.And captain Jason Holder said yesterday his side would be taking the momentum gained from that game into the next five days at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.”We’re obviously confident. We played a very good Test match in Dubai and were very competitive,” an upbeat Holder told media here.GREATPOSITIVES”We had some great positives coming out of that game, so for me, it’s just to transfer it into this game. Abu Dhabi maybe a fortress for Pakistan, but we’ve shown we can compete in this series and we’re very, very confident heading into the second Test match.”He added: “Obviously, we did some good things in the last Test match. We didn’t get over the line and everybody was disappointed there. We showed hurt, we spoke about it, and refreshed our minds and we’re ready to go again.”Coming off embarrassing clean sweeps in the preceding Twenty20 and one-day international series, West Indies’ woes looked set to continue when Pakistan piled up a massive 579 for three declared in their first innings.But the Caribbean side responded with 357, then bundled out their opponents for 123, to open up the game with a gettable target of 346 to win.They were competitive thanks mainly to Darren Bravo’s eighth Test hundred, but once he departed in the final hour on the last day, the Windies challenge faded.Holder said his side were focussed on making the improvements necessary to come away with victory.”We need to sharpen up on the little mistakes we made in the field. I think we can be a bit better in the field and obviously cut down on those no-balls which we bowled,” he pointed out.As it did in Dubai, the spotlight will again fall on the spin attack of both sides. West Indies will depend heavily on leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo whose career-best eight-wicket haul in the second innings in Dubai, blew the game open.Pakistan, however, will be hoping for better from leg-spinner Yasir Shah and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz. Yasir picked up five in the Windies first innings, but was largely ineffective on a final-day wicket and claimed just two scalps in the second innings.UNDERSTANDING ROLESHolder said he expected the bulk of the work to be shouldered by the spinners and said it was important that their seamers understood their roles.”The wickets are very good. Both sides struggled to get wickets with their seamers [in the last Test],” the 24-year-old pointed out.”Both spinners dominated in the first Test match, so it’s a situation where the pacers have to be a little bit more patient, let the spinners get into their work, and be a bit more aggressive.”He continued: “Pakistan has a quality spinner in Yasir Shah and they’ve got an inexperienced one in Nawaz and the bulk of the work will be heavily dependent on Yasir Shah.”I thought we coped with him really well in the second innings. He was not as effective, though it was a day-five pitch and I think the more time we spend on each wicket we bat on, the better off for us.”Pakistan have been boosted by the return of veteran right-hander Younis Khan who missed the Dubai Test as he recovered from the effects of dengue. With nearly 10,000 Test runs, over 100 Tests and already 32 hundreds, Younis is a much feared campaigner but Holder said while they respected him, they would not be intimidated.”He’s a quality player [and] coming off a double in his last innings in England, there’s no doubt the calibre of player he is but cricket is played on the day and that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” Holder asserted.The game bowls off at 1 a.m. (Jamaica time).last_img read more

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Towards a Liberian Currency and Everything Else: It’s Agriculture, Stupid!

first_imgEven President Samuel K. Doe, one of the least privileged and least educated individuals to ascend to state power, recognized the importance of agriculture to Liberia. During his tenure (1980-90), he actively supported agriculture, including the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) until, unfortunately, he appointed Aletha Johnson Francis as LPMC MD, who ran it to the ground.But during the 1980s agricultural cooperatives thrived and National Agricultural Fairs were held each year.  When last we had one under this regime?During the 80s the Agricultural Bank also thrived—until the war, when it was broken into and looted, they say, by ECOMOG soldiers.  This alone is a lesson for those who wish chaos to return to Liberia—be warned: the price is very, very high.In the past three decades we   have had four PhDs as Agriculture Ministers: Doctors Roland Massaquoi and Othello Brandy under President Charles Taylor; Chris Toe and Dr. Florence Chenoweth under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  With such eminently qualified individuals in charge, why haven’t we made progress in a sector so fundamental to our national survival?Professor Eric Eastman, an agricultural engineer who for over 50 years has taught agriculture students at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry— including some of these PhD Ministers—says the problem has been twofold: first, the lack of honesty and integrity; and second, the lack of seriousness and patriotism.Prof. Eastman is so disappointed about our failure in agriculture that he has dubbed Liberians as “not partners, but parasites in progress.” This is a very serious indictment of one’s own people. But with over a half century in the field—and still teaching the young in that one field, Agriculture, in the hope that, at long last, some “good [may] come out of Nazareth,” Mr. Eastman is, to put it simply, deeply disappointed.He cited one particular experience from the Taylor years, when the Ministry of Agriculture once distributed 25,000 tons of seed rice to Superintendents for the farmers.  And guess what! Most of that rice was stolen and sold! Professor Eastman says there have been similar experiences in the agricultural sector in which he has labored most of his life.  Most of our leaders, those at the top and middle levels, he said, want everything for themselves. How on earth can agriculture—or anything else—succeed in this country?Why have we chosen agriculture for today’s Editorial?  Remember, it was just last Monday that the Governance Commission and the Constitution Review Committee organized the critically important Roundtable on Dual Currency. Many of the nation’s leading financial and business experts participated. There was not a single person in the room who opposed a single currency—the Liberian dollar.  The ECOWAS Ambassador, Tunde Ajisomo, told the Roundtable that Liberia was the only West African country without a single currency. And yet we are Africa’s oldest republic.   How come?Most of the speakers emphasized the advantages of a single currency—the Liberian dollar.  Not only is it a matter of national pride; the vast majority of our people, without access to the United States dollar, trade in Liberian dollars. To be compelled to buy imported goods in USD, then sell them in LD minimizes their profits, a serious disadvantage for them, Liberian Marketing Association President Lusu Sloan told the Round Table.The use of LD as the country’s only legal tender means that everyone, including the foreign concessions, will have to pay taxes in LD and this would drastically reduce the LD to USD exchange rate.  It would also deal a serious blow to capital flight—Liberians and foreign businesspeople shipping out millions of US$ in suitcases.But most of the speakers, including Chamber of Commerce president F.A. Dennis, UL’s Prof. Wilson Tarpeh and Central Bank Deputy Governor Boima Kamara, insisted that the one thing that is needed to underpin (support, fortify) the Liberian dollar is our farm produce. To begin with, we MUST STOP importing food, especially our staple, rice, meat, poultry and vegetables.  These alone have historically made us dependent on the USD.So we Liberians—the ordinary people growing food in their backyards—AND the farmers—vegetable, rice, coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm farmers—we have ALL got to put whip to our horses and start taking agriculture VERY SERIOUSLY and free ourselves from dependency of any kind.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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Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team clinches spot in Rio Paralympics

first_imgBo Hedges and his teammates with the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team needed a top two finish at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto to secure themselves a spot at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. They’ve done just that after a win this morning over Brazil in the semi finals by a score of 70-54.The victory puts Canada into the gold medal game against the United States which will be played tomorrow at 8 a.m. local time.- Advertisement –last_img

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Gasoline Thieves

first_imgThieves across the province are getting sneaky, when it comes to targeting the trucking industry, for its fuel.Truckers are being warned to keep a close eye on their rigs and, to avoid refuelling at night.Mary-Anne Arcand with the B-C Forest Safety Council says, diesel thieves are showing up at job sites, long-term parking lots and, even in the bush, where logging equipment is parked.She says some crooks have even modified their trucks to look like service vehicles but, they actually carry large tanks and hoses used to siphon fuel from big rigs. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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UEFA approves creation of third club competition from 2021

first_img0Shares0000UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin gave the green light to a new European football competition on Sunday © AFP / JOHN THYSDUBLIN, Ireland, Dec 2 – UEFA confirmed on Sunday the creation of a third European club competition from the 2021/22 season designed to offer more clubs and associations the chance to play European football.After approval from UEFA’s Executive Committee in Dublin, the Europa League will be cut from its current 48-team group stage so that all three competitions feature 32 teams in eight groups of four. The seventh-placed teams in Europe’s top four leagues will qualify for the new competition, and they will be joined by a host of clubs from smaller associations.While the structure to UEFA’s landmark competition the Champions League remains untouched, Europa League winners will now progress automatically to the last 16 of the competition.Teams that finish second in their Europa League group and third-placed teams from the eight Champions League groups will playoff to join the eight group winners in the last 16.That process in repeated in the UEL2 with the eight second-placed teams from the group stage meeting the eight third-placed teams in the Europa League for a place in the last 16.“There will be more matches for more clubs, with more associations represented in the group stages,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.“This competition was borne out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association.“There was a widespread demand by all clubs to increase their chances of participating more regularly in European competition.”UEFA has been under increasing pressure to reform its club competitions by the threat of a breakaway super league formed by top clubs in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.However, the new competition is designed to appease those further down the food chain unhappy at changes to guarantee English, Spanish, German and Italian clubs 16 of the 32 places available in the Champions League.Matches in the UEL2 will be played like Europa League games on Thursday nights to ensure the Champions League’s prime Tuesday and Wednesday night TV slots are untouched.All three European finals will take place in the same week with the new competition played on the Wednesday, Europa League final a day later and Champions League final on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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5 things we learned from the Premier League

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City thumped Chelsea © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 10 – Manchester City destroyed Chelsea 6-0 to return to the top of the Premier League after Liverpool’s convincing win against Bournemouth.Tottenham stayed on the fringes of the title race by riding their luck to beat Leicester 3-1 while Manchester United clambered into the top four for the first time since August. Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:City a class apartThe past two champions of England met in Manchester on Sunday and it was not even a contest as Chelsea trailed 4-0 midway through the first half against a rampant City.Manchester City are back on top of the Premier League © AFP / Oli SCARFFA huge week for Pep Guardiola’s men that saw Arsenal and the Blues visit the Etihad either side of a trip to Everton has ended with maximum points and City back on top of the table on goal difference ahead of Liverpool, albeit having played a game more.On this form City do not need any encouragement and Chelsea provided plenty.The visitors went to sleep from a quickly taken free-kick for Raheem Sterling’s opener in the fourth minute and Ross Barkley even teed up Sergio Aguero’s second goal with a careless header back towards his own goal.The Argentine went on to complete his 11th Premier League hat-trick, equalling Alan Shearer’s record.Wijnaldum an unsung heroLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring against Bournemouth © AFP / Paul ELLISOften overshadowed by the firepower of Liverpool’s front three and the defensive stability brought by the signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, Georginio Wijnaldum has quietly knitted the midfield together all season.The Dutch midfielder was badly missed in a 1-1 draw at West Ham that saw Jurgen Klopp’s men hand City the chance to take top spot in midweek.Wijnaldum returned in style, scoring with a delicate lobbed finish in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth.The goal capped an outstanding all-round display from Wijnaldum which only served to highlight the importance of keeping him fit for the title run-in.Kids are all right for SpursWith Dele Alli still recovering from his hamstring injury and Eric Dier sidelined by a virus, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was rewarded for trusting his emerging youngsters.Tottenham’s English midfielder Oliver Skipp in action against Leicester © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASPochettino fielded a central midfield of Oliver Skipp, 18, and Harry Winks, 23, for Sunday’s 3-1 win against Leicester.While Winks has been in and around the team for the past 18 months, he is still a relative novice when the stakes are at their highest.This was just Skipp’s 10th appearance, and only his fourth start, yet he and fellow Englishman Winks kept Tottenham in the title race with composed displays that belied their tender years.Tottenham’s failure to sign a single player for the past two transfer windows could prove a long-term bonus if Winks and Skipp make the most of their opportunities.Formidable Pogba fuels United chargeManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring against Fulham © AFP / Ian KINGTONFouled in a potential flashpoint during Manchester United’s 3-0 win at Fulham, Paul Pogba’s immaculate response to the incident showcased the maturity and class that is driving his side’s revival.Pogba had already put United ahead with a blistering strike at Craven Cottage when he was clipped by Fulham’s Maxime Le Marchand and responded by briefly squaring up to his fellow Frenchman.But rather than get distracted by a needless squabble, Pogba quickly shrugged off the incident and unfurled a sublime pass that launched another United attack seconds later.Freed of the constant feuding with former United boss Jose Mourinho, Pogba is thriving under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who deploys him in a free-roaming role that suits his flamboyant style.Fittingly, it was Pogba’s calmly taken second-half penalty that wrapped up the points on Saturday.Lack of clean sheets could cost ArsenalUnai Emery’s Arsenal are in a tough battle for Champions League spots © AFP / Oli SCARFFArsenal beat bottom side Huddersfield 2-1 on Saturday to stay in the hunt for Champions League places with Chelsea and a resurgent Manchester United.Their failure to record their first away clean sheet in the league under Unai Emery after a late own goal did not worry the Spaniard unduly but their defensive vulnerabilities could ultimately prove decisive in the race for the top four.Emery played down the issue, saying: “The clean sheet is important but our goal is to win. Maybe we can take a clean sheet and only draw.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Account Receivable Assistant – Radisson Blu

first_imgIs BLU for you?Do you like a full house? If you say Yes I Can! here at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny we’re looking for passionate hoteliers just like you!At Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, we stand out together as one team and make memorable moments for our guests. If you love a fast-paced, inspirational environment, full of people who are powered by passion, then you are just what we need.Our Accounts Assistants are natural organisers and team players with finicky attention to detail.Key Responsibilities:• Facilitates payment of all money due by promptly preparing invoices and processing incoming checks. • Maintains all necessary income reports and journals by accurately auditing the daily revenues of the hotel.Requirements:• Proven working experience in accounts receivable• Solid understanding of basic accounting principles• Clear thinker with excellent communication abilities, numerical accuracy and attention to detail • Hands-on experience in operating spreadsheets and accounting software• Driven and ambitious to consistently deliver and exceed service standards• Accounts qualification desirableIf you think this position is for you then please email your CV to Lynn.McLaughlin@RadissonBLU.com Job Vacancy: Account Receivable Assistant – Radisson Blu was last modified: May 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR MAN ON FLICK-KNIFE CHARGE

first_imgA JUDGE has issued an arrest warrant for a man who failed to appear in court on a knife charge.Flavius Jeler, whose address was given as Deva City, Hunedoara, Romania, was arrested by Garda Stephen McGonigle on the Kilmacrennan Road in Letterkenny on December 2nd.The 27-year-old faces one charge of possession of a flick-knife. However he failed to appear in court to answer the charge and a warrant was issued for his arrest.ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR MAN ON FLICK-KNIFE CHARGE was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrest warrantarrest warrnatcourtflick knifeletterkennyRomanialast_img read more

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