2018 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SPRING MEETING CONCLUDES

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference Spring Meeting came to a conclusion Wednesday, as administrators established future basketball enhancement initiatives, planned multiple strategic efforts, transitioned Conference governance roles and set future championships locations, including a brand new league event. Beginning Sunday afternoon, the Southland’s presidents, athletic directors, faculty representatives, senior woman administrators, and student-athletes from the 13 member institutions, and other special guests, gathered for a series of meetings and the league’s annual Honors Dinner here at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel. “The Board of Directors endorsed the men’s and women’s basketball competitive recommendations from the Advisory Council in a continuing effort to improve these important sports,” said Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett. “It’s the intention of the membership to increase competitive ratings of Conference teams and put them in a better position for postseason opportunities and success.” The presidential Board of Directors confirmed 2018-19 plans to actively work on emphasis areas listed in the Conference’s previously-approved strategic plan, including academics, competition, diversity and inclusion, and student-athlete experience. In the competitive area, league administrators approved an enhancement plan for men’s and women’s basketball, effective in 2019-20, including more athletic director involvement in scheduling efforts, an increase from 18 to 20 conference games to add more Division I opponents and an additional DI home game, an encouragement of more participation in multi-team events (MTEs), and a prohibition of intentionally scheduling opponents that finish 300 or worse in the previous year’s NCAA RPI rankings. The Board also finalized its distribution plans for the NCAA Division I Academic Fund that begins in 2019-20, and reviewed NCAA and Southland student-athlete transfer policies. The recently-released Commission on College Basketball report was a significant discussion item, and other legal issues in collegiate athletics and higher education were reviewed. The league leaders also reconfirmed their commitment and investment to instant replay technology in basketball and football, where the Southland was the first FCS conference in 2014 to fully-commit to replay regardless of television coverage of games. League members also selected locations for 2019-20 Southland championship events, including the league’s inaugural beach volleyball championship at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Central Arkansas was awarded both the women’s soccer and volleyball tournaments, while men’s and women’s tennis will take place at Lamar, and softball will be held at Southeastern Louisiana.  Many of the other 2019-20 championships are at pre-determined sites and some locations will be selected at a later date. Administrators also committed to continuing to review future tournament formats and seeding tie-breaker procedures in various sports with unbalanced schedules. Houston Baptist was the winner of the Southland’s Academic Performance Achievement Award, and Sam Houston State University earned the Southland Strong Community Service Award.  Sam Houston also took the 2017-18 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup for overall athletic excellence, as well as the 2017-18 Men’s All-Sports Award.  Stephen F. Austin won the 2017-18 Women’s All-Sports Awards. There were also numerous changes in Conference governance roles this week, as the Board selected Central Arkansas President Houston Davis as its chair-elect for the 2018-19 academic year, thus assumes the Chair position in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. The Board also selected Abilene Christian President Phil Schubert as its next NCAA Division I Presidential Forum representative, following the term of current Forum member and Southeastern Louisiana President John Crain later this summer. The Advisory Council also rotated its officer positions for the next two academic years, as Northwestern State Athletic Director Greg Burke becomes the group’s president, Sam Houston State Associate Athletic Director Chris Thompson becomes vice president, and Houston Baptist Faculty Representative Bobby Towery moves into the Secretary-Treasurer position. At the league’s annual Honors Dinner, three Southland Conference legends were inducted as the Class of 2018 – former Lamar University President Jimmy Simmons, former Northwestern State softball student-athlete Rhonda Rube Baird, and Southland Conference Volleyball Coordinator Linda Fletcher, who was inducted posthumously.   Stephen F. Austin football student-athlete Marlon Walls as the 2018 male recipient of the Southland’s F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship Award, and Central Arkansas softball student-athlete Kate Myers was honored as the 2018 female recipient of the McDonald Scholarship.  Central Arkansas also swept the male and female Steve McCarty Citizenship Awards, as UCA women’s tennis student-athlete Marli Van Heerden and men’s basketball student-athlete Otas Iyekekpolor were presented the honors.last_img read more

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Hospital Construction Site theft

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP is now seeking public assistance in an investigation into a break, enter and theft case at the construction site of the city’s new hospital.A weekend news release says an undisclosed number of power tools was taken from a seacan at the site in the northeast section of the city. It gives the time of the theft as April 14th.- Advertisement -If you have any information regarding this incident, the numbers to call are 250-787-8140 or 1-800-222-8477.last_img

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Dixon gets win No. 100

first_imgLevance Fields scored seven of his 15 points in the final 2 minutes to help short-handed No. 10 Pittsburgh hold off Seton Hall 71-68 Monday. “He was key and really hit some big shots,” Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. “He got some good screens and got some good looks.” Eugene Harvey scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half for Seton Hall (12-14, 3-10). No. 6 Kansas 71, Kansas St. 62: Freshman reserve Sherron Collins scored 20 points and led a key second-half run as the visiting Jayhawks (24-4, 11-2 Big 12) extended their winning streak in Manhattan, Kan., to 24games. No. 12 Marquette 80, Villanova 67: Freshman Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 18points as the host Golden Eagles (22-7, 9-5 Big East) snapped a three-game losing streak. No. 15 Butler 68, Wis.-Green Bay 58: A.J. Graves scored 20 points for the visiting Bulldogs (25-4, 12-2 Horizon League). WOMEN Levon Kendall had 14 points and eight rebounds and Sam Young added 11 points for the Panthers (24-4, 11-2 Big East), who were without injured 7-foot center Aaron Gray. The victory was the 100th for Dixon (100-26), the North Hollywood native who reached the milestone faster than any coach in school history. center_img No. 2 Tennessee 56, No. 7 LSU 51: Candace Parker had 27points and 13 rebounds to help the visiting Lady Vols (25-2, 12-0 Southeastern Conference) win their eighth straight. 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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MacKenzie RCMP investigating suspicious death

first_imgInvestigators along with Forensic Identification specialists were on site throughout Saturday and have completed their first response to the scene.Police have yet to confirm the identity of the individual or how the individual died.The BC Coroner Service has been called and an autopsy will be conducted in order to determine the exact cause of death.- Advertisement -As a result of the on-going and active investigation, a 17 year old youth was taken into custody and has been remanded under the Mental Health Act for assessment.Investigators are at the preliminary stages of this investigation but do not believe this is a random incident and are working to confirm what happened. No charges have been laid in connection with this matter.Police ask anyone with information to contact the Mackenzie RCMP.Advertisementlast_img read more

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DONEGAL CROKE PARK DISPLAY PULLS IN RECORD VIEWERS

first_imgDonegal’s All Ireland semi-final encounter with Dublin last summer was the third most watched sporting occasion on Irish television last year.More than 700,000 tuned in to watch the game at Croke Park which earned Jim McGuinness and his team so much negative press.And for a game that so many people claimed was example of all that was wrong with Gaelic football, that’s a hell of a lot of people. The most watched sporting occasion last year was, not surprisingly, the All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry which pulled in 1,085,200 viewers.Not even Daniel O’Donnell’s 50th birthday celebrations on the Late Late Show could top that! DONEGAL CROKE PARK DISPLAY PULLS IN RECORD VIEWERS was last modified: January 14th, 2012 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:All Ireland smei-finalCroke ParkdonegaldublinJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

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SHOPOWNER’S FAMILY THOUGHT HE HAD WON LOTTO!

first_imgThe owner of a supermarket which sold Ireland’s latest millionaire lotto winning ticket has revealed how his family thought he had won the jackpot.Mystery still surrounds the identity of the winner of last weekend’s €5M jackpot which was won at Doherty’s Costcutter supermarket in Ballybofey.The €4 ticket, doing the owner’s own numbers, scooped a cool, €5,146,800 on Saturday evening. Shopowner Michael Doherty said his family thought he had scooped the cash windfall.“I told my family that we, as in the shop, had won the lotto.“But my daughter thought we had actually won the cash prize and was already planning a trip to Disneyland.“I only wish I had won it but I am delighted for whoever has,” he said. There is also speculation that the winner could be from Northern Ireland as the winning supermarket is next door to well-known department store, McElhinney’s, which does a lot of cross-border trade.Mr Doherty, who gets a cash bonus for selling the winning ticket, said he honestly doesn’t know who owns the ticket.“We will receive a bonus from the lotto. It certainly won’t be a life-changing amount of money but it will go towards paying the staff their ages this week.“I hope whoever wins it spends it wisely and it brings them all the happiness in the world,” he said.SHOPOWNER’S FAMILY THOUGHT HE HAD WON LOTTO! was last modified: April 8th, 2013 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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SAG ousts Hessinger

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hessinger, who had previously spent five years as CEO of SAG’s sister union, the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, was hired earlier this year by a board led by then-SAG President Melissa Gilbert. He was brought in to replace SAG’s previous CEO, Bob Pisano, who had become a lightning rod for criticism among certain board members who had long sought to oust him. While Pisano was paid out for the remainder of his contract, Hessinger was not offered the remaining $1.6 million on his contract. Sources said Sunday that SAG’s board was unhappy with some major hires made recently by Hessinger. He had also supported the merger of SAG and AFTRA, which was opposed by the new board leadership. Hessinger said Sunday that he was “honored” to work on behalf of SAG’s approximately 120,000 members, but said he expected the board to meet the terms of his contract. “While the board may have the right to choose its own chief executive, that right does not include the ability to repudiate a legally binding contract entered into in good faith,” he read from a prepared statement. “SAG members, who depend upon the enforcement of their own contractual protections for their very livelihood, should understand the sanctity of a contract. If their elected leaders choose not to do so, I will take all steps necessary to enforce my rights.” Greg Hernandez(818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a surprise move Sunday, the national board of the Screen Actors Guild fired the union’s executive director and CEO, Greg Hessinger, just six months after he was hired. The action was announced by SAG President Alan Rosenberg, who was elected only last month but has been quick to assert himself and the priorities of a board dominated by reform-minded members of the historically divided union. “The national board has decided to make a change in our staff leadership that will allow us to focus our resources more intensely (on collective bargaining and organizing),” Rosenberg said in a statement. “We have great respect for Greg and are grateful to him for his service to the guild. We wish him well.” Peter Frank, currently SAG’s chief financial officer, was named interim national executive director Sunday. Rosenberg said a committee from among the national board has been created to select a replacement for Hessinger. last_img read more

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Uganda 2-0 Lesotho: What We Learnt From Cranes Six Point Haul

first_imgThe Cranes defeated Lesotho 2-0 in MaseruKAMPALA – Uganda Cranes’ 2-0 victory over Lesotho in Maseru on Tuesday night put the national football team on the brink of qualification for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and taught us one or two things.Chief among the lessons is that Cranes’ French tactician Sebastian Desabre is getting to grips with the team’s DNA.  After chopping and changing his starting line up over the last twelve months, Desabre finally has a good idea of his strongest IX.Cape Town City wide man Allan Kateregga’s immaculate use of the ball in Lesotho helped Cranes put up their best passing game in a decade. For the first time since Jackson Mayanja retired from national duty, we have a player who can help Cranes put more than ten passes together with regularity. In future it would be prudent to ask Kateregga to move into a more central position behind the strikers. It’s the best way to get maximum mileage from his exceptional ball utilization.Joseph Ocaya has for too long occupied a position on the left side of midfield without proper justification. He’s neither an accomplished passer, nor an accurate crosser.  The TP Mazembe player also has an unproductive habit of hugging the touchline, which denies Cranes compactness in central midfield, while simultaneously impeding Godfrey Walusimbi from making trademark forward forays.Kateregga’s emergence freed the whole team’s creative instincts. Must admit that prior to Maseru, I had never seen Denis Iguma pass the ball better in the midfield holding role.  The only downside to Kateregga’s evening is that he was hauled off for an ineffective Isaac Muleme before completing his passing carousel. Scant surprise the team’s passage of play declined during the final quarter of the game. I would like to see the Cape Town City player feature for the entire ninety minutes.Desabre’s refusal to start Edrisa Lubega in Maseru in disregard for his performance in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over the Crocodiles shows the Frenchman still considers number nine a problem position. However, Lubega’s replacement in Maseru, Patrick Kaddu, largely anonymous. This implies Lubega, who set up Emmanuel Okwi for Cranes’ third goal, must be allowed to have another crack when Cape Verde visits for the penultimate qualifier next month.All round, Cranes aficionados who made the trip down South must have felt the 4000km journey was more than justified. Exactly eleven years ago, I was one of the few dozen Ugandans who trooped to Maseru only for the Cranes to be held to a goalless stalemate that ultimately cost the team a place at the 2008 AFCON finals. Better tidings portend this time round.Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersUganda Craneslast_img read more

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‘RTE News should have more Irish reports’ – McHugh TD

first_imgMinister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D. has called for more Irish language news reports on mainstream RTÉ TV news programmes.Minister McHugh told an audience in Killarney, Co Kerry, where he launched the annual cultural celebration Oireachtas na Samhna, that the national broadcaster already has an ‘excellent’ record on promoting Irish.However the Minister said: “We have a situaton – which I often see – where a news report appears on the Six One News in English and the same report appears on TG4 an hour later in Irish. “It often involves regional reports from Gaeltacht areas which were filmed originally as Gaeilge and the reporter is asked to do an English version.“Why can’t RTÉ broadcast the original report in Irish and include sub-titles in English? I think they can do that; the technology is there and I know the willingness is there.”The Donegal Fine Gael TD, who says he continues to learn new Irish words every day, said the audience for such reports is nationwide.“It appeals to that gaelscoil child and his or her parent in Meath or Louth or Dublin or Wexford – and tells them their language, their native language is part of the main news programme and is relevant,” said McHugh. “I know RTÉ News Now does broadcast TG4 news reports; and no-one is asking RTÉ News to change their news agenda or their running order on news stories.“But I think this would be another small step in taking the language to a mainstream audience.“Every year during Seachtain Na Gaeilge – for a week or so – RTÉ does include lots of Irish initatives in news programmes and through their content from continuity announcers to weather presenters.“It would be a massive boost for the language if that attitude was adopted all-year-round.”McHugh said Bliain Na Gaeilge 2018 next year is an opportunity to do that for 12 months – and beyond. “It should be a normal natural thing and has the potential to have a positive impact for Irish,” he added.“Media organisations generally have had a very positive impact on the language. The ‘Seachtain’ news supplement and education supplement in the Irish Independent on a Wednesday is hugely popular – as are the Irish sections of the Irish Times.“Locally in Donegal both traditional printed newspapers and online papers often carry Irish content and I know our local radio stations also serve the language well. All these initiatives – taken together – have had a hugely positive impact on the use of Irish.”‘RTE News should have more Irish reports’ – McHugh TD was last modified: November 2nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:gaeilgeirishMinister McHughRTE newslast_img read more

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Picture Special: LYIT Graduates strike out in dazzling design show

first_imgStudents from the LYIT Department of Design & Creative Media recently held a showcase to exhibit their work in the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny.Works were displayed by students from the LYIT Animation, Digital Media, Film, Fashion with Promotion, Graphic Design and Photography courses from the 2017/2018 academic year.The week-long exhibition began with a fashion showcase on June 1st. The theme was ‘Brain Storm’ representing the energised graduates who are set to strike out into the world of design and creative media. Final year BA Fashion with Promotion student Luke Barber won the McElhinney’s Fashion Design Award on the night.Classmates, the public, the student’s families and representatives from award sponsors McElhinneys attended the event to view the work, and it was an extremely awarding experience for all involved.Luke Barber Fashion: L-R Anthony Barber, Steve Breslin, Gabrielle Doherty, Luke Barber, Designer, Matis Tamosaitis and Keith Fallon. Photo Clive WassonL-R: Eilish Kennedy, McElhinneys, Sharon Maxwell, LYIT Fashion lecturer, Martin McElhinney, McElhinneys of Ballybofey and Nollaig Crombie, Head of Design & Creative Media. Photo Clive WassonTo view all courses offered by the Department of Design and Creative Media, visit www.lyit.ie.Discover the many department courses and names of showcase participants here: gradshow.lyitdesign.com Pictures by Clive Wasson Photography.Keith Fallon in a Luke Barber design. Photo Clive WassonNiamh McElhinney in a Lauren Doyle Dress at the Department of Design Graduation Show. Photo Clive WassonJohn Ugwu, in Aroldis Rodriguez design. Photo Clive WassonShauneen Brolly in a Jennifer Lock, Design. Photo Clive WassonJasper Coll, Joe Coll, Damien Cranny and Cormack O’Kane, Animation Lecturer at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Photo Clive WassonFrom left: Ailish Bradley, April McManus and Rianna O’Brien in Eimear Bradley Designs. Photo Clive WassonNiamh McDaid, Choe Mulherron and Niamh Bradley. Photo Clive WassonAilish Bradley, April McManus and Rianna O’Brien in Eimear Bradley Creations. Photo Clive WassonMaria Kapawa, Lauran McDonald, Candace Gillon and Doris Maria Gallagher. Photo Clive WassonHelen McNeilis, Molly McNeilis, Conal McNeilis and Margaret McNeilis. Photo Clive WassonEllen Mckay and Grace McGlinchey. Photo Clive WassonFred Williams, Katie Porter and Arolvdis Rodriguez. Photo Clive WassonPicture Special: LYIT Graduates strike out in dazzling design show was last modified: June 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:FashionLetterkenny Institute of Technologylyit gradshowpicture specialRegional Cultural Centrelast_img read more

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