Honorable Mention: Polina Mutel, Northwestern State; Giovanna Fioretti, McNeese; Carrie Casey, Sam Houston State. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Amiru Shimoguchi, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Yokohama-Shi, Japan 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 at least 25 percent of ballots. The Bears have now claimed two Southland women’s tennis awards this season after Marli Van Heerden earned this year’s first award on Jan. 23. FRISCO, Texas – Amiru Shimoguchi of Central Arkansas is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Shimoguchi had a 3-0 day across singles and doubles competitions to lead the Sugar Bears (4-2, 0-0 SLC) on Sunday to a 4-3 win over Austin Peay and a 4-0 victory on Oral Roberts. UCA returns to the court Saturday to host Alcorn State at 9 a.m. CT followed by a 2 p.m. matchup with Missouri State. In a nail-biting dual match with Austin Peay, Shimoguchi locked up the doubles point with partner Chunan Xiang at the No. 2 slot 6-4 before providing the team with a much-needed singles point against No. 5 against Brittany Covington. The Yokohama-Shi, Japan, product evened the team match score at 3-3 with her 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. In the second match of the day against Oral Roberts, Shimoguchi moved up to No. 4 singles, winning in straight-sets 6-2, 6-2 over Ceijenia Cornelius.
The 27-year-old has only appeared once for the world champions in 2017, the 15-15 third Test draw at Eden Park.Surpassed by the likes of Rieko Ioane, Matt Duffie and Waisake Naholo in the left-wing pecking order, Savea has spent the entire second half of the season confined to the Mitre 10 Cup with the Wellington Lions.Playing a big part in the capitals championship winning performance, Savea said the break from international rugby has rejuvenated him.”The whole team played well,” he told reporters in London.”A lot of players coming through the ITM cup side looked really good, especially our younger guys.”We really gelled well together in a short amount of time. I give a lot of credit to the team and the way we prepared every week.”The 54-Test veteran will oppose the All Blacks at Twickenham on Sunday morning (NZT) when he runs out for Robbie Deans coached Barbarians, where a potential matchup against his brother Ardie Savea has older brother Julian feeling somewhat conflicted.”I’m just going to step him,” Savea laughs.”It’s going to be weird. Strange to be coming up against Ardie but at the same time it will be pretty cool.”A pathway back into the All Blacks remains a possibility for Wellington born winger, with national coach Steve Hansen commenting on recently that Savea has ‘a few work things to work on’ including getting into pristine shape for 2018.However Savea said his focus is on performing at a high level for the prestigious black and whites this weekend.”I’m enjoying my rugby. The offseason is going to be really important for me this year. I’m looking to come into 2018 fully prepared in terms of my physical shape and my mentality.”The door will always be there as long as I can play the best as I can. Whatever happens will happen. I’m focused on this week and preparing well for the Baa-baas.”It is a little bit strange but very excited for the challenge – very excited about being part of this club. It’s very special.”Savea has scored 46 tries in his 54 Test matches, leaving him second to only Doug Howlett on the all-time try-scoring list. Photo file. Caption: Julian Savea
EMAILS REFERRED TO BOARD LONDON (AP): The director of IAAF President Sebastian Coe’s office temporarily stepped down yesterday pending an ethics investigation into emails linked to Russian doping cases. Emails sent by Nick Davies, leaked to a French newspaper and published this week, indicated that he tried to delay public identification of alleged Russian drug cheats before the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. “I have decided to step aside from my role with the IAAF until such time as the ethics board is able to review the matter properly and decide if I am responsible for any breach of the IAAF code of ethics,” Davies said in a statement. Davies was IAAF communications director at the time under Lamine Diack, who was succeeded by Coe as president in August. The French criminal case against Diack deepened this week, with magistrates filing new, tougher corruption charges against him in connection with cover-ups of Russian doping. French prosecutors also suspect Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, a former IAAF marketing consultant, played an active role in an alleged “system of corruption” that sought to blackmail athletes, with demands of money to hush-up suspected doping. Davies is reported to have sent an email to Papa Massata Diack in 2013 asking what “Russian ‘skeleton’ we have still in the cupboard regarding doping” and suggesting using the marketing company chaired by Coe – then IAAF vice-president – to lead an “unofficial PR campaign” to “avoid international media scandals” related to the Moscow championships. If Russian athletes guilty of doping were not competing in Moscow, “then we might as well wait until the event is over to announce them”, Davies wrote in the email, which was published on Monday by Le Monde. After promoting Davies to run his office at the IAAF in September, Coe is now losing one of his closest aides just as he tries to clean up the scandal-tainted governing body. “In order to demonstrate that I am willing to have all allegations of unethical behaviour on my part in 2013 properly and fairly investigated, I have referred my emails to Papa Massata Diack in 2013, my statements and the circumstances of the emails to the IAAF ethics board,” Davies said in yesterday’s statement. Davies has suggested that emails reflected his job “to manage and promote the reputation of the IAAF”. Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF after a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission found evidence of systemic doping and cover-ups. Lamine Diack is now accused of “active corruption”, which generally involves offering money or other promises in exchange for violating a rule, an official with the Paris financial prosecutor’s office said yesterday. Diack was previously accused of “passive corruption”, on suspicion he took around €1 million (US$1.1 million) to cover up positive drug tests by Russian athletes. The official told the Associated Press the new preliminary charges center on suspicions that Diack bribed Gabriel Dolle, the former IAAF anti-doping chief who was also under investigation, to delay reporting of violations by Russian athletes. The preliminary charges allow magistrates more time to investigate before deciding whether to file formal charges and whether to send a case to trial. Diack, an 82-year-old former long jumper, is free on bail pending further investigation, but barred from leaving France.
In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But 33-year-old playmaker also knows this should serve as a challenge for the Gin Kings to get their act together and try perform like the way they did in Game 3.“For us, what we need is really the team contribution. I’m not talking about offense only but defensively also. Definitely, we’re not going to win if there’s only one or two players that will play,” he said as Tenorio, who finished with 20 points, and Japeth Aguilar, who led with 31 markers and 13 rebounds, were the only bright spots in the tussle.“Our team is built in a way that we need equal contributions every single game, just like last game. It’s clear that this series is not going to be easy, but we’ll take it one game at a time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Tenorio looked at this Game 4 defeat as a reality check for Ginebra as it was reminded of how tough it is to beat the three-time defending champs.“They’re the best team in the PBA and they showed it tonight. We have to give credit to the adjustments that San Miguel did,” he said..@barangayginebra’s @LA_Tenorio rued the team’s failure to adjust numerous times in Game 4. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/ujnBIYH2FV— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 15, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims “We cannot afford to lose our focus next game because it’s a do-or-die for us,” said LA Tenorio. “I hope we can bring our never say die spirit for the next three games, but the next game is what we need to think first.”The veteran guard cited Ginebra’s inability to keep up with the mighty Beermen on both ends, allowing the opposition to shoot a sky-high 51-percent while also losing the battle of the boards, 39-48.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt didn’t help that the Gin Kings’ 18 turnovers easily translated to 20 points off turnovers and 16 fastbreak points for San Miguel.“We weren’t able to adjust to them defensively and offensively. They adjusted in the second quarter and we weren’t able to keep up. We hesitated in everything we do and we looked like we’re not sure of what we’re doing,” he remarked. MOST READ Against coaches’ will, Ross plays through injury to give Beermen a boost Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s now time for Ginebra to put up or shut up.Forced to a corner after San Miguel’s 102-81 Game 4 victory on Thursday, the Gin Kings know there’s no more room for error come Saturday for Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 LATEST STORIES
The menace of perennial flood water over the weekend resurfaced in several parts of greater Monrovia and its immediate environs as a result of the heavy down pour of rain.The down pour was so heavy that it caused floods into public, private and business entities.Affected residents and business entities’ owners have sounded an urgent SOS appeal to the Liberian Government for the urgent rehabilitation of clogged drainages in greater Monrovia and its environs.Some analysts have said that the weekend flooding is indeed a signal that Monrovia’s inhabitants and business entities should anticipate extensive hardship in the coming months.They said if the heavy pour of rain continues in Monrovia, the devastating effects could intensify hardships of Monrovia’s residents and business entities.The flood water situation is becoming an annual menace in Monrovia and its environs, as every rainy season is characterized by flooding in Monrovia. However, relevant Liberian Government line ministries and agencies charged with the responsibility for Monrovia’s clogged drainages continue to remain silent.Nonetheless, residents and business owners in the weekend’s affected communities have sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government for a swift intervention into the clogged drainage projects in Monrovia.The weekend flooding points to the fact that the situation is indeed critical to the extent that sentiments expressed by the affected communities reflected anger, agony and frustration.“Each and every Rainy Season in Monrovia, we encounter serious environmental degradation, constraints and challenges at our various homes and business entities as a result of the continued water flooding,” resident Mary Greene Bryant cried out.Philip Bestman, who operates a provision shop on Gurley Street, has called on the Liberian Government and other support partners to prioritize the urgent rehabilitation of Monrovia’s drainages.“I would really appreciate it were the Liberian Government and its partners to focus some attention on the critical rehabilitation of the affected clogged drainages of Monrovia and its environs,” Mr. Bestman asserted.Hard hit areas in greater Monrovia and its surroundings include, corners of Gurley, Benson, Lynch, Johnson, Slipway, Waterside streets as well as many lowland parts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…$40 increase in the pipelineThe President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews has noted that a $20 fare hike is too little for the longer bus routes; as such, talks are ongoing for a $40 increase for those routes, which were not included in the new fare structure released on Thursday.According to him, passengers of those zones, which were not included on the new fare structure, will pay the usual transportation costs until the Business Ministry and the union decide on the most appropriate amount.Andrews noted that the Business Ministry is in talks with the Union as they are seeking to increase the minibus fare by as much as $40 in four routes – 94 (Lethem to Georgetown), 63 (Moleson Creek to Georgetown), 72 (Mahdia) and 73 (Bartica).“Those are long zones 60, 63, Linden, Mahdia and those things we’re still looking at because remember those are very long routes so $20 increase may not beUMU President, Eon Andrewsappropriate for an increase so we are looking at that,” he explained.The head of the union was unable to say when the new fare structure for those zones would be made available, although the new fare structures for 10 other zones were already released.He nevertheless said he understands that passengers in various routes were being exploited and were being forced to pay fares which were never legal.He is therefore urging passengers to pay the new fares, in accordance with the new fare structures, which were released and is available for viewing on the Ministry’s Facebook page.“Initially I had said in my proposal probably $40 more (for the longer routes) but that was just something I put forward. It doesn’t mean that is what it will be. It could be $60 you know, but I thought that the shorter routes should get $20 because we have to take the commuters into consideration because that is my most important concern although I represent minibuses,” Andrews added.However, Guyana Times understands that the Route 72 has already increased its fares from $8000 to $10,000 per passenger.The new fare structure for 10 different minibus zones were announced, following the recent report of a $20 across the board increase, expected to take effect from today, September 1.Among the zones with released fare structures were 31 (Georgetown to Patentia); 32 (Georgetown to Parika); 40, 41, 45, 46 (Georgetown to Kitty/Campbellville, South/North Ruimveldt/Guyhoc, Main Street, Lamaha and Albert, Lodge); 44 (Georgetown to Mahaica); 47, 48 (Georgetown to Back Road, East and West Sophia); and 42 (Georgetown to Timehri).Plans were first announced by the Business Ministry on August 20 for a $20 increase.Andrews, during previous interviews with Guyana Times had said he is satisfied with the Ministry’s decision to implement a $20 increase.In June, the President of the Minibus Union submitted a proposal for not only a fare increase, but for several other requests to ease the pressure on minibus drivers.The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) has labelled the $20 across-the-board increase in minibus fares as a burden on the beleaguered working people.The Union’s statement came one week after the Government made the announcement of a fare hike.According to FITUG, although it accepts that the operators have found themselves in a difficult position, taking into consideration the ban on used tyres and increases in the costs of licences and fitness in addition to other increases, the new increases, depending on the route, could work out to as much as a 25 per cent hike in fares.The Union pointed out that it believes the new fare structure would now require workers and their families, depending on the number of buses they would have to take, to fork out as much as several thousands more per month on transportation, though promised the ‘Good Life’ by the ruling coalition Government.
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Arsenal and Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Ilkay Gundogan after the midfielder reportedly rejected an offer from Paris Saint-Germain.The Germany international is expected to be on the move this summer with his current contract due to expire in 2016.Arsenal and Manchester United both hold a long-term interest in the 24-year-old, while Barcelona have also been linked with a summer swoop.Paris Saint-Germain are another club interested in Gundogan but, according to Bild, they have been rejected by the player.The French champions reportedly offered the German £163,000-a-week to join but he has dismissed the offer.Gundogan is said to have no interest in moving to France, with his preferred destination being German champions Bayern Munich. 1 Ilkay Gundogan
A Donegal secondary school is going to extreme lengths to support a local charity – by playing a massive game of Twister!Loreto Community School in Milford will be hoping that up to 200 students take part in the game to raise funds for the Rathmullan to Malawi Habitat Group.The student council are supporting two students from the school heading to Malawi in August to build houses for people living in disadvantaged and poor communities, by playing the well know game on a mass scale in the gymnasium. Twister has been an extremely popular game since its invention in the mid 1950s and yet this will be the first time it will be played on such a large scale in Milford!The 200 students who will be playing Twister have been anticipating the “craic” all week.The school is known for holding unusual fundraisers after just last year they broke the Guinness World Record for the most people doing the “shuffle” at once.Twister is a game of physical skill where humans are the body pieces. It is played on a large plastic mat with four rows of coloured circles. Where you put your arm or leg is determined by a spinner. The spinner is turned and each player takes it in turns to put their arm/leg where the spinner says. It is usually played with 3 or 4 people. The winner is the only person not to fall or touch the mat with their elbow or knee. The student council have confirmed there will be four people playing on each mat, adding to the excitement.A spokesperson for the Rathmullan to Malawi Habitat Group said they extremely grateful the local community and schools have become involved in running fundraisers for this worthy cause.“We have a large amount of money to raise and by running fundraisers for us, the school is helping us draw nearer and nearer to our target.“We would like to thank each and every person who has contributed to our fundraisers in the past and continue to do so as without you we would not be able to help disadvantaged communities in Malawi build themselves a better future.”Rathmullan to Malawi Habitat Group are a group of Individuals from Rathmullan and the surrounding areas who will go to the South of Malawi on the 5th of August to build houses for people who live in isolated and primitive conditions as part of Habitat Northern Ireland. The 14 strong group will be in Malawi for two weeks constructing houses alongside the locals to help them to improve their standard of living. Many fundraisers are being held in Donegal and the public’s support at them to date is greatly appreciated. Facebook: facebook.com/RathmullanMalawi Blog: rathmullanmalawi.wordpress.comARE THIS GROUP OF DONEGAL STUDENTS JUST TWISTED? was last modified: March 19th, 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)Tags:Loreto Community SchoolRathmullan to Malawi Habitat
Brian Sweeney, Gabriel Fitzsimon, Bob Franklin and Cliff Smyth at the cheque presentation.The Loughside Community this week presented Woodland NS and Cashelshanaghan NS with the proceeds from the 5km fun run/walk that took place earlier in the summer. TheLoughside Community and the two schools worked together to host the popular event which attracted a large crowd.Brian Sweeney, chairperson of the Loughside Community said they are extremely grateful of the support from the local community. “We had a large crowd attending the 5km with almost €2,000 raised in entry fees”. “This money will be shared between the three organisations involved”. Brian continued “The Loughside Community is delighted to assist both schools in raising funds which hasn’t been easy in recent time”.The Loughside Community will host their Annual Table Quiz night on Thursday 26th November in Arena 7 at 9pm. Teams or individuals are welcome to attend. The Table Quiz will be run as a fundraiser for the Loughside Text Alert System. Everyone welcome.Conor Crossan presents a cheque to Janet Russell‘CHEQUE OUT’ WHAT THE LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY HAVE DONE! was last modified: November 9th, 2015 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:ChequedonegalLough side Community