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UCA’s Smith, NSU’s Pough, McNeese’s Raborn Tabbed Southland Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Breylin Smith, Northwestern State’s Ja’Quay Pough and McNeese’s Bailey Raborn earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Special Teams Player of the Week: Bailey Raborn, McNeese – Jr. – Kicker/Punter – Lafayette, La.Responsible for all kicking duties in the Cowboys’ 33-10 win over SFA, Raborn was 3-of-4 on extra-point attempts and nailed field goals of 21 and 39 yards. He averaged 45.8 yards per punt on six boots, including a long of 63 yards, and tallied five touchbacks on seven kickoffs. SFA’s average starting field position was their own 24-yard line. Offensive Player of the Week: Breylin Smith, Central Arkansas – R-So. – Quarterback – Conway, Ark.Smith wasn’t fazed by going up against one of the nation’s top defenses, throwing for a career-high 405 yards and tying a career high with four touchdown passes. After a slow start in the first half, he went 10-for-18 for 253 yards and all four scores in the second half to lead the Bears to another comeback victory. For the first time in his career, Smith is the Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 405 yards in the Bears’ 29-25 comeback victory over No. 21/25 Sam Houston State. UCA (6-2, 4-1 SLC) scored all 29 points in the second half, erasing a 16-0 halftime deficit, to take sole possession of first place in the league standings. The Bears look to continue their three-game win streak on the road against Lamar at 3 p.m. CT Saturday. Honorable Mention: T.J. Campbell, Central Arkansas; Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern La.; Sully Laiche, Nicholls; Brandon Richmond, Abilene Christian. Honorable Mention: Sama’J Davis, Abilene Christian; Chason Virgil, Southeastern La; Donovan Williams, Sam Houston St. Pough picks up Defensive Player of the Week honors on the heels of a 21-tackle performance in a 44-41 upset of No. 25 UIW, becoming the first Demon in five years to top the 20-tackle mark. Among his career-high tally, he recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, including a sack. The Demons (1-7, 1-4 SLC) aim to build on their first win heading to McNeese at 4 p.m. Saturday.center_img Raborn cashes in on his second Special Teams Player of the Week Award of the season after accounting for nine of the Cowboys’ points in a 33-10 win over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. He converted both of his field-goal attempts and was 3-of-4 on extra-point tries, and the junior averaged 45.8 yards on six punts. McNeese (5-4, 3-3 SLC) goes for a third-straight win in its home finale against Northwestern State at 4 p.m. Saturday. The signal caller connected with Joe Hampton on touchdown strikes of 40 and 53 yards in the third quarter to make it a one-score game at 22-14. His third touchdown pass went for 28 yards to Carlos Blackman to knot it at 22-all, and the final score – a 15-yarder to Tyler Hudson – gave the Bears the lead with just under four minutes to go. Honorable Mention: Ryan Stapp, Abilene Christian; Taylor Wallace, Central Arkansas. Defensive Player of the Week: Ja’Quay Pough, Northwestern State – Jr. – Linebacker – Sherman, TexasPough doubled his total tackles figure on the year in one outing, racking up a career-best 21 stops, including 11 solo tackles in the upset of No. 25 UIW. On the first overtime series, the Cardinals had a first-and-goal from the NSU three-yard line, but Pough assisted on a tackle for loss to help the Demons hold UIW to just a field goal and set up the winning touchdown. His 21 tackles are the most by a Southland player this season and the most for a NSU student-athlete since Marion Chapman recorded 20 on Oct. 18, 2014. 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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more


Warriors struck down by stomach bug

first_imgPreparing to try and bounce back from their fourth straight home defeat last weekend, and their eighth loss from 12 matches this season, four Warriors players missed Tuesday’s training with a stomach bug.Coach Stephen Kearney has confirmed those players were key playmaker Blake Green, veteran hooker Issac Luke, in-form utility player Karl Lawton and outside back Blake Ayshford.”Yea, they’ve come down with a bout of gastro. We’ll have to see how they pull up over the next little period,” Kearney said.”[We’re] pretty hopeful and the doc reckons it’s a 24 hour thing. So we’ll have to see how they pull up.”It better be pretty quick because we’re jumping on a plane in the morning.”NRL rules stipulate teams must name their squads for each round on Tuesday afternoon, but Kearney was hopeful they would be given a dispensation to name the affected players for the clash with the Titans.Kearney said they held a couple of team meals together last week, but added he wasn’t sure how the players had picked up the illness.The Warriors led 10-2 late in the first half last weekend against the Storm in Auckland, before conceding 30 unanswered points to suffer a convincing 32-10 defeat.The Titans have had an equally difficult start to the season, but last weekend’s 26-18 win away to the Broncos means the Gold Coast side have won two of their last three matches.Meanwhile the Warriors second-rower Tohu Harris has made himself unavailable for New Zealand’s rugby league test against Tonga, continuing his lengthy absence from Kiwis duty.Harris contacted Kiwis coach Michael Maguire to advise he would miss the July 22 clash in Auckland because of a knee complaint that has dogged him for the past six weeks.The 27-year-old has barely trained since damaging ligaments against the Melbourne Storm in round five, earning him the nickname “Captain’s Run Harris”, according to Warriors coach Stephen Kearney.Harris has played 16 Tests, with the most recent being the 2016 Four Nations final loss to Australia in Liverpool.last_img read more


GTT urging public to report vandalism of equipment

first_imgCEO of GTT Justin NeddChief Executive Officer of GTT Justin Nedd has issued a call to the public, urging them to report instances of vandalism of the company’s equipmentNedd in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times related that in most instances, persons who witness vandalism and sabotage fail to report it to the telephone company and the police. He explained that there are frequent incidents where telephones lines are cut and the cables are stolen.As such, the company has to bear the cost of repairs and customers’ services are often disrupted for lengthy periods. He therefore issued the call to the public to file all reports with the relevant authorities when they witness the destruction of GTT’s equipment.“It’s sad to say that the society that we live in continues to allow this. In many instances, there’s sabotage and people that live right there don’t report it. So I would really encourage persons to dial our call centre, dial the Police and report the instances of vandalism because not only is it a cost to us but there’s also a loss to the customers,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, the CEO also revealed that there are a number of plans underway in terms of upgrades and expansions to ensure customers receive improved services. He explained that GTT has been making its broadband internet service available countrywide for customers, and is continuously looking for ways to improve the service.“We’re right across the Coast, we are in Region Two all along the coast to Region Six, and then we go all the way into Linden which is Region Ten. We’re always looking at ways to increase the speed which is always good for the Country,” he stated.He continued to explain that GTT recently launched its 4G internet service which has seen customers browsing the internet at a faster speed, with the company already setting its sight on increasing the speed to 5G and above: “Last year we slashed prices by 50 per cent, increased speed five folds, and that’s something we intend to constantly introduce… increase speeds, reduce prices and adding value. The future is bright for our customers,” Nedd declared.last_img read more


Cap gun responsible for school lock down in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe Dawson Creek RCMP say a cap gun was used during the incident Wednesday at South Peace Secondary School and Central School.The Dawson Creek RCMP are still investigating the incident, which they state happened at about 2:30p.m. Wednesday. The RCMP received a report that a young person entered South Peace Secondary School displaying what looked like a hand gun.According to Staff Sergeant Darren Traichevich, during their investigation, they located a cap gun that had been discarded by the suspect. Currently two Dawson Creek youths are in police custody awaiting a court appearance.- Advertisement -At the height of the incident, South Peace Secondary School along with Central School, went into lock down and students were kept within the building.Although the suspect had left the school before police arrived, police set up a perimeter around the school and found the person with a group of students. The suspect was then taken into custody.Police say students were never in danger nor were they threatened during the incident.Advertisement The investigation into the incident continues.last_img read more


Pep says early wins gave Man City huge boost

first_img“Winning against Liverpool at home, winning at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea), winning against Napoli, against Shakhtar at home, they’re both complicated teams,” he said.“Confidence — you can’t just say it, ‘oh, now you have to be confident’. It doesn’t work like that. They have to see it and believe it. You have to feel it — ‘OK, we can do it’.“The captain, Vincent (Kompany), said ‘we now have the feeling wherever we go we are able to win’. That is the first step to arrive at the end of competitions to fight to win the title.”Guardiola, 46, has earned a reputation for talking up opponents, regardless of how modest they appear on paper. Already this season he has described Napoli as the best team in Europe and claimed Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk were one of the continent’s best sides.He says that it is not simply a case of mind games but a genuine respect for every side he faces.“These kind of things happen in Barcelona,” said Guardiola. “I was asked many times about that when we have good results.“I speak well about the opponents and people say ‘Pep has false humility. He’s a liar. He’s saying something he doesn’t believe’. I can’t think it’s already done, or it’ll be easy. I think it’s ridiculous.“We have to respect them and the best respect to them is to be serious and play the strongest team possible. That’s why we’ve done that in the last period.”Guardiola has made the best start to a season in his managerial career, which also includes hugely successful spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.But while he is clearly delighted with his players’ efforts to date, he is predictably playing down talk of setting records and winning trophies, despite a 12-match winning streak in the Premier League.“We cannot deny I am so satisfied with the previous results, but there are more than 70 points to play,” he said. “We have to more than double the points to be champions.“Barcelona and Bayern Munich won a lot of titles and prizes before me, during my management and after,” he said.“Here we have broken a lot of records, but that’s good for us. The club doesn’t have the history (of winning titles).”“It doesn’t count much for the title but it counts for the way we play — in the good moments we win comfortably, in the bad moments we keep going and keep our faith to try to do it,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, whose team host West Ham on December 3, 2017, believes four victories in particular gave his players an injection of confidence © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Pep Guardiola says landmark early-season wins infused his Manchester City stars with the belief that they could beat all-comers but warned that his Premier League high-fliers they have won nothing yet.The City boss, whose team host West Ham on Sunday, believes four victories in particular gave his players an injection of confidence.last_img read more


Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea: Diego Costa denies Gunners as Per Mertesacker sees red

first_img Diego Costa Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea completed a league double over 10-man Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.Per Mertesacker was given his marching orders in the first half for bringing down Costa as he ran through clean on goal.And they were to be punished further as Costa scored to rub salt in the wounds of the Arsenal fans in attendance.The result means the Gunners missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League and now sit in third, only two points ahead of north London rivals Tottenham.The game began brightly with Chelsea’s high tempo nearly rewarded inside two minutes but Oscar dragged his shot wide of Petr Cech’s upright.The moment of the half happened after only 17 minutes when Mertesacker brought down Costa as the striker raced through on goal, leading to referee Mark Clattenburg producing the red card for the German.And it got worse five minutes later when Costa arrived at the near post to hit home Branislav Ivanovic’s low cross ahead of substitute Gabriel as Chelsea took the lead in north London.The Blues continued to dominate as Arsenal looked to hit their visitors on the break, and they came close when Nacho Monreal split the defence to find Theo Walcott, but his shot went just wide of the post.Cech needed to be alert at the other end to prevent Costa doubling his tally as the Spaniard skipped through the Arsenal defence before unleashing a powerful shot at the near post.The Gunners should have been level on the stroke of half time but Mathieu Flamini spooned the ball over the bar from six yards after a delightful dinked pass from Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal were an improved side after the break but Chelsea felt hard done by when they were denied a penalty when Laurent Koscielny body-checked Cesc Fabregas as the former Gunner drove into the box.As the game wore on Chelsea looked to consolidate their lead but were made to do so without goalscorer Diego Costa, who limped off with what looked like a hamstring injury.Arsenal showed a bit more urgency through the returning Alexis Sanchez but his rustiness was evident having not played since the end of November.The three points mean the Blues move up to 13th, only five points off Manchester United in fifth. 1last_img read more



first_imgSt Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar.A new Information Guide for Older People will be launched today by the Donegal Age Friendly Alliance in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar.This Information guide has been produced to address the information needs of older people in the county, in particular the needs of the most vulnerable older people in our community.It provides information on entitlements, health, housing, home service supports and maintenance, safety and security, social & leisure activities, transportation, local support groups, useful contact details and so on. This guide has been produced by the Donegal Age Friendly Alliance which is made up of representatives from both Statutory and Voluntary agencies that provide services and supports to older people and representatives of Older People themselves.The need for this type of a guide was identified in the Donegal Age Friendly Strategy which was launched in May 2015. The information in this guide is presented in a clear format making it very easy to use and is free of charge.It will be available from post offices and local libraries as well as from Donegal County Councils website .NEW INFORMATION GUIDE FOR DONEGAL’S OLDER PEOPLE TO BE LAUNCHED TODAY was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 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) Tags:donegalDonegal Age Friendly Allianceinformation guideold folkslast_img read more


Hunger strike grows in size at Guantanamo Bay prison

first_imgDefense lawyers said the hunger strike, which began last year, reflects increasing frustration among men who have little contact with the world outside the remote prison. “I think it is escalating because the people down there are getting more and more desperate,” said Bill Goodman, legal director for the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents many of the detainees. “Obviously, things have reached a crisis point.” The military did not release the names of the striking detainees, and lawyers said they have no way of learning whether their clients are involved until they can visit the base. “All these men want is a chance to have a trial,” said Zachary Katznelson, an attorney for Reprieve, a British human rights group that represents 36 Guantanamo detainees. “If they are guilty, punish them. If not, then send them home.” Only 10 of the prisoners have been charged and face trial before military tribunals. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in June whether President George W. Bush overstepped his authority in ordering the tribunals. Durand said the number of hunger strikers reached about 75 over the weekend. U.S. officials classify detainees as being on hunger strike when they have missed nine consecutive meals. Some 76 detainees began the strike last August to protest their confinement, with their ranks peaking at 131 in the fall, the military has said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The number of Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has ballooned from three to around 75, the U.S. military said Monday, revealing growing defiance among prisoners held for up to 4 years with no end in sight. Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand called the hunger strike at the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba an “attention-getting” tactic to step up pressure for the inmates’ release and said it might be related to a May 18 clash between detainees and guards that injured six prisoners. “The hunger strike technique is consistent with al-Qaida practice and reflects detainee attempts to elicit media attention to bring international pressure on the United States to release them back to the battlefield,” Durand said from Guantanamo Bay. The United States now holds about 460 people at Guantanamo on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. But human rights groups say innocent people have been sent to the jail. last_img read more


No guarantees

first_imgBy signing the $6.7 billion budget on Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made the trash fee hikes over the next four years official. While the approval process of the trash fee was less than honest, it’s done. That means that this time next year, the Los Angeles Police Department should have grown by at least 150 officers. At the very least. Right? The homeowners of the city are stuck with a trash fee hike this year from $11 a month to $18, and up to $28 within four years. The estimated $127 million raised from the public’s pockets will go to pay for the 1,000 new cops that Villaraigosa promised as part of his election campaign. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Since the weak-kneed City Council placidly accepted the mayor’s trash fee-for-cops scheme without so much as a perfunctory question, its members owe it to the public to make sure the money is indeed used for more cops. There was no guarantee built into the proposal to hike the trash collection fee for homeowners – that’s because such a commitment would have shown that it’s an illegal tax, and not a fee at all. The truth is that the city can use the extra revenue for whatever it wants. And it almost certainly will. City officials have a bad habit of doing that. That is why it is incumbent upon elected officials to set up benchmarks and a system for full accounting and tracking of how that revenue will be spent. And it’s up to the public to demand – and keep demanding – that this trash fee goes for what was promised, this year and indefinitely. If City Hall wants to earn back the people’s trust that it has squandered through years of dishonest spending, this not-quite tax is a perfect opportunity. It’s simple: They’ve got the money; now show us the cops.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


Donegal man shouted at man to “get out of this country” – in England!

first_imgA Donegal man hurled racist abuse at a man while brandishing a knife, screaming to “get out of this country” just hours after being released from prison – in England!John Sweeney, of no fixed address, was seen arguing in the street with Adedayo Fadeyi who told him to “put the knife down”. The 33-year-old pursued his victim, who then stopped and turned around before Sweeney tried to pass the knife to someone else.The two men exchanged blows and after Sweeney was punched on the nose, he picked up a walking stick and swung it around.Fresh from prison, Sweeney threw the stick and Mr Fedayi picked it up and started swinging it around before he racially abused him telling him to “get out of this country”.The Irish Sun reports that CCTV cameras caught Sweeney repeatedly trying to attack his victim in Maidstone, Kent in England on September 1.When officers arrived Sweeney then shouted racist insults to a PC of Asian descent.After his arrest he was let out of his cell to make a phone call and when it did not connect he started swinging punches at a female officer.At Maidstone Crown Court on Friday Sweeney, admitted possession of a knife, two counts of racially aggravated harassment and assaulting a police officer.Prosecutor Robert De Banzie said: “She describes pain in her left arm. She said her whole body was shaking.”Jailing him for two years and eight months, Judge Martin Joy told Sweeney: “Your behaviour is deeply anti-social and has to be stamped upon.“The reality is this behaviour in the town centre was committed on the very day you were released from prison.“Quite plainly, there has been racial language used among the violence. That clearly has to be stamped upon.“The police are entitled to look to the courts for protection. A PC was injured by your disgraceful and violent behaviour. Those who commit these offences can only expect severe punishment.”The painter and decorator, who has 241 offences on his record, claimed Mr Fadeyi was in his face and goading him.Eve George, defending, said Sweeney had been released on licence for offences committed in June and had since been recalled.She said: “He told me he is not racist. He used the terminology as a method of winding people up. He knew it would get to them.”Donegal man shouted at man to “get out of this country” – in England! was last modified: November 1st, 2017 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) Tags:donegalEnglandJohn Sweeneyracistlast_img read more