Home Run Derby Returns, Opens Baseball Tournament Week

first_imgTickets are $10 at the gate, and admission is free for students attending Southland Conference institutions (all schools, even those not competing) and children under the age of five. Sam Houston State (29-20, 18-9 SLC) currently sits atop the standings, followed by Incarnate Word, Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana in a three-way tie for second at 17-10. Northwestern State, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin are knotted at fifth at 14-13, and Nicholls is slated to be the last team in with a 13-14 record. The home run derby will provide opportunities for local youth players to participate and interact with college student-athletes, as teams will be allowed on the field to shag balls. Youth baseball groups interested in being a part of the event may contact Emily Honeycutt in the Southland Conference office (972-422-9500, ext. 100). Fireworks will accompany each home run and the final trophy presentation. The winner will receive a custom Southland championship belt. Northwestern State’s J.P. Lagreco won the inaugural derby in 2018, defeating Houston Baptist’s Spencer Halloran in a swing-off. Lagreco swatted 20 home run in his four-minute first round, and Halloran forced the playoff after a replay decision gave him an extra run and forced a tie at the top spot. SUGAR LAND, Texas – The Southland Conference will host its second-annual home run derby at Constellation Field to kick off the 2019 Southland Baseball Tournament in Sugar Land, Texas. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.center_img The home run derby will feature one select player from each of the eight participating tournament teams. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the No. 8 seed team’s batter stepping in the box at 6:35 p.m. This event is scheduled for the eve of the 2019 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, which returns to Constellation Field for the fourth consecutive year and fifth overall. Northwestern State won the 2018 tournament with a 7-5 win over New Orleans in the championship game. Constellation Field, home of the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters, is a 7,500-seat park which opened in 2012. The dimensions are 325 feet to left field, 348 feet to right field and 405 feet to center. It was the home of the 2013 and 2015-18 Southland tournaments and will serve as the host site through 2019.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho ready to rival Chelsea in £40m transfer battle for Nathan Ake

first_imgTOTTENHAM have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, according to reports.SunSport revealed how Blues boss Frank Lampard could activate a buy-back clause in his contract to re-sign the Dutchman in a £40million deal.1 Nathan Ake could spark a transfer tug-of-war in the summerCredit: Rex FeaturesChelsea sold Ake to the Cherries in 2017 and he has gone on to star in the heart of Eddie Howe’s defence.Bournemouth’s perilous league position has left Premier League clubs on high alert over a potential summer transfer for their key player.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamAnd the Express report how Jose Mourinho wants a slice of the action as he targets a spending spree at the end of the season.The Portuguese boss will aim to strengthen his back four that includes landing a young central defender.Jan Vertonghen, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season leaving his Spurs future in doubt.Left-back Danny Rose also sees his time at Spurs as up after successfully pushing for a loan move to Newcastle in January.Ake would be seen as an ideal player to join the ranks and can also play at left-back when needed.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal scores this coming weekend and win £100most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids At the age of 24, his £40m price-tag could be eyed as good value if he can become a mainstay in the side for six or seven years.Chelsea remain their biggest competition and Champions League football could prove an important factor if he has a decision to make. Currently Chelsea sit fourth with Spurs four points behind in sixth.Mourinho could spend around £120m in the summer with Ben Chilwell and Benfica centre-half Ruben Dias also options.England footballer Dele Alli apologises after appearing to mock deadly coronavirus in airport Snapchat videolast_img read more

Fiji sprint king sets record

first_imgTabakaucoro flew the Fiji flag high, as host nation Papua New Guinea dominated the night on the tracks.The Fijian was a man on a mission, stopping the electronic timer on 20.53 seconds to win his second gold in the sprint event and maintaining his Pacific sprint king tag. “I know record will go today,” said Tabakaucoro after his win.PNG runners Nelson Stone (21.28s) came second and Theo Pinau (21.37s) third.The gold and silver medals are a repeat of the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia.last_img

Jones pleased with developing boxers

first_imgJamaica Boxing Association (JBA) President Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones says the national team’s performance at the Caribbean Development Boxing Championships in Barbados last week has enhance their reputation a regional competitor and set the stage for a more active 2017.Jamaica finished the championships with eight medals, which also included two golds, four silvers and two bronze, and he was full of praise for the two gold medallists, Kerron Thomas and Jerone Ennis.Jones said Thomas’ success represents more than boxing, while he calls Ennis the ‘future’.Sixteen year old Thomas only took up boxing eight months ago through a programme the association initiated in the inner-cities of Denham Town, Hannah Town and Fletchers Land to instill discipline in inner-city youth through boxing and martial arts. Thomas gravitated to the sports and with hard work came away with the gold medal in the Novice flyweight after beating Iniggakaya Lythcott from host country Barbados.MORE THAN BOXING”Kerron went through this programme and went on to represent Jamaica and achieved gold after boxing for eight months, so it shows that a lot can come out of the inner cities. She represents more than just boxing, Thomas represents that gold can come from anywhere,” he told The Gleaner.In the youth Welterweight final, Ennis ended tied with Cayman Islands’ Hopkin Ebanks at the end of their bout and even though there was a points deduction on Jamaica for rule infringement, the judges awarded the gold to Ennis and Jones thought it was deserving of his talent and hard work.”Jerone is just an unbelievable talent … him going and getting the gold, we were expecting that, so it’s just to manage him and keep his ego down and the focus on track,” he said.Jones says all the other representatives have potential to go on to better things and that the future is looking bright for 2017.”It’s not just Kerron and Jerone, all the others; (super) heavyweight Ricardo Brown, only had a couple fights and he went up against elite boxers and did well. Give him more competition and hone his skills so he does not make mistakes that they can deduct points, and he can be a real force to reckon with in no time.”We have been working on building from now for the tournaments coming up, and we wanted to have a stronger presence in the region, we wanted to stake our claim, and although we went with the intention to get all gold, we are pleased. They represented very well,” he addedlast_img read more

‘I’m A Fighter’

first_imgALP standard bearer, Benoni W. UreyAll Liberian Party (ALP) political leader Benoni Urey says he has always been a fighter in the cause of improving the lives of the ordinary masses. And in the spirit of this cause, Urey says, he is launching a presidential bid to eventually rescue Liberians from their current precarious living conditions perpetuated by the current regime.As a man who is successful in the business arena, Urey is poised take his successful track record to the poll come 2017 in the cause of economic, political and social liberation.“I have been here”According to him, he stands the best chances of all in the presidential race because he has always been with the Liberian people, especially the ordinary ones during the nation’s dark days; therefore, he knows the plights and their needs. “I have been here with the ordinary people; I have gone nowhere so I know the plights of our people,” he told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, August 30, adding that managing Liberia is simple, but those who have been opportune to occupy the highest positions do not love the country neither its people.Though being someone who is accustomed to victory, as he believes, Urey is also a believer in the realities of life, as a result, he expects to either win or lose next year—but does not want to experience the latter to the current ruling establishment, neither to any of its associates. “I do not have to be president”In this regard, he said, he will not rule out partnering with other opposition politicians or parties to unseat the Unity Party (UP) government. Urey says he and other politicians are discussing a merger to have the weight that would eventually deny the ruling party a third term. They have been having several meetings to ensure that this comes to fruition in 2017, though the issue of who becomes the standard bearer, in case of any merger, remains sticky.“I do not have to become president of Liberia,” Urey told the Daily Observer, “I just want to see the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf small group of people who together govern Liberia for their own purposes come to an end.” For this reason Urey said, “I am preparing myself to fight tooth and nail to ensure that no one will come from the UP to take power—if it requires me to spend everything that I have, even down to my precious life, to ensure that the UP and its many tentacles spread all over the place, with some in disguise, receive massive defeat at the poll next year.” As a successful Liberian businessman, Urey does not see any possibility of losing next year’s election, but if he does, he promised to remain on the ground—as he has always done— and work with any victorious candidate, but cited the UP or any of its associates, as an exception.He compared a UP victory or the emergence of any of its associates to an “old wine in a new bottle.” “Ellen and her cronies have failed the Liberian people, and so, they must be booted out. The President and her associates, some of whom have left her sinking boat, have ruined our country and let us to know that they don’t have the commitments to move this country forward,” he said.“If it cost my life, I am willing to die, but UP and its associates will not win,” Urey said, adding that victory in this case is sure as ever.The ALP leader further told this newspaper that Liberia has always lacked a president that would exhibit leadership commitment to move the country forward. “We need a president who is farsighted, committed and above all, love the country and its people. But we have been unfortunate in this regard,” he said.ReconciliationUrey also noted that genuine reconciliation under this government has become illusive, because those who are supposed to commit their political will to the process are themselves not reconciled into their hearts. He therefore frowned on the manner in which the process of reconciliation is being conducted and those appointed to lead that direction. “The ALP has a list of 15 ‘Musts’,” Urey said, “and the first ‘Must’ is that we must reconcile Liberia.” Highlighting what he saw as a fundamental issue with the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation process, Urey asked, “How could you bring someone who has almost lived his entire life abroad and was not here when devastations were ongoing, to come and lead such a nationally important process?” The person is not part of any social and fraternal group to bring some level of relevance to the process of mending the hearts and healing the wounds of Liberians. And as a result, he said, President Sirleaf does not want Liberians to reconcile, because she is not willing to lead the process.“When you have a President who says one of her major weaknesses is her inability to forgive, this clearly indicates that we are not ready for reconciliation in this country. And I strongly believe that President Sirleaf cannot make Liberia a reconciled state when she herself is not willing to reconcile with others,” Urey added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Model Village houses handed over to owners

first_img… additional homes being constructed, infrastructural works ongoingBy Lakhram BhagiratThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) on Tuesday handed over the keys to the owners of the homes in its Model Village at Perseverance Housing Scheme, Providence, East Bank Demerara. The model houses were constructed for the CH&PA’s Housing Solutions Housing Expo in May.Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Patterson, handed over the keys on site to the new owners and urged them to preserve it, while noting that their homes would be the center of attraction for a long time.Minister Valarie Patterson handing over the key toWinston PersaudThe homeowners, Deborrah Wilson and Winston Persaud, expressed their satisfaction with the units and noted that they are in the process of making minor modifications and installation of electricity before they move in.The residents of the Model Village cannot make any exterior changes to the homes until after five years. The residents were also called upon to work with the Community Development Department at the CH&PA to form a home owners association within the Perseverance Housing Scheme.Forty-six-year-old Wilson said she had been waiting 24 years to own her own land and home, and was elated to be afforded the opportunity to be a resident in the Model Village. Both Wilson and Persaud paid $6.8 million for their homes.Keys were also given to Gary Rowe and his family, who will occupy the $7 million single elevated home.Minister Valarie Patterson handing over the key toDeborrah WilsonMinister Patterson said they are currently doing road works within the scheme and added that they are also in the process of constructing 20 three-bedroom houses in the area.“We are going to build 40 flat concrete duplexes right here at Perseverance. It is going to be like three feet off the ground, land clearing is already in progress and that total construction cost will be like $540 million. This project of the 40 duplexes we are very hopeful that it would conclude by the end of December this year. Each apartment would be a total of $7.1 million – $6.8 million for the apartment and $300,000 being cost of land,” Minister Patterson said.She urges interested person to visit the CH&PA Brickdam Office next Tuesday and Wednesday, where they would be able to prequalify for the 40 duplexes so they could be able to source financing. She added that they are also in talks with the financial institutions to be more lenient with persons applying for loans to build or purchase homes.Some 758 units of 530 duplexes and 228 town houses will be built under this Government, to maximise land use and increase affordability, while building cohesive communities in 10 locations across six regions.Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer of the CH&PA along with a team is currently in China where they are testing conductors for the electrification programme at Farm, Eccles, Peters Hall and Barnwell on the East Bank of Demerara. The CH&PA said they are aggressively pursuing the programme and have already begun the infrastructure and preparatory works.“Already the poles are on the ground and the CEO and other technical staff are in China and they are doing the testing of the conductors and immediately after that is approved they will be shipped to Guyana. We already have the transformers and cable on their way to Guyana (from Colombia). We don’t want to have defective equipment coming here,” the Minister, informed.last_img read more

NICIL begins sale of GuySuCo Estates

first_img…buyers, investors wanted for Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales, East Demerara, Enmore factoriesBy Gary EleazarThe Special Purpose Unit (SPU) that has been set up under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has begun the process of selling the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) assets, including a number of estates.Conducted under the ‘Sugar Industry Privatisation and Diversification’, the outfit isFinance Minister Winston Jordancurrently soliciting proposals from companies or persons either individually or as part of a joint venture or consortium “with an interest in the privatisation and/or diversification of Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and East Demerara ‘Enmore’ factories.”The request for letters of interest by the SPU is identified as the first step in the process of finding and shortlisting buyers or investors.The entity has noted too that in order to increase transparency, it is partnering with a suitably qualified international financial services firm ‘to provide technical and financial advisory support in the process leading to a successful privatisation and diversification of the sugar industry.’At the time of announcing the creation of the Special Purpose Unit, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had indicated that some $60 million had been set aside to hire an accounting firm in order to lead the divestment process, including updated valuations of the assets.Those looking to invest in, or purchase any of the assets have a month since the deadline for submission of letters of interest is November.NICIL has since stressed that it is under no obligation to accept any or all of the letters received.Included in the more than $6.3 billion supplementary request earlier this year wasMinister of State Joseph Harmona sum of $130 million earmarked as a subsidy for contribution to local organisations.According to the explanatory remarks accompanying the request, the money is “to provide for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry.”According to the Financial Paper, the amount includes provision for employment costs, utilities, professional and legal fees, advertisements, operating supplies furniture and equipment.“This is a Special Purpose Unit designed purely for what I indicated… the focus of this Unit is privatsiation and divestment of identified assets one of which is Skeldon Estate, that is their top priority,” Minister Jordan had told parliamentarians at the time.The Finance Minister told the House that other identified properties will soon be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit for divestment by that outfit.GuySuCo, he said, will identify the lands or assets to be divested after which it will be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit.“In other words, we pulling out this whole exercise from GuySuCo so GuySuCo can continue with its operations,” according the Minister Jordan.The Finance Minister said some $30 million has been set aside for the payment of salaries for the Unit which he expects will be headed by a Director and deputy along with support staff.As part of the ongoing divestment of the assets belonging to the beleaguered GuySuCo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, recently announced that Colvin Keith-London has been appointed head of that SPU.That Unit has been tasked with the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets, inclusive of its lands; and according to Harmon, Keith-London will be based at the Kingston Headquarters of NICIL.That Unit was first announced by the Agriculture Minister when, in recent months, he presented to the National Assembly a policy paper on the future of the sugar industry.last_img read more

Strange man approaches home, seeks to convince youth inside to let him enter

first_imgDawson Creek RCMP received a report at about 10:30 a.m. on July 7 that a man had approached a residence on James Paul Road, near the intersection of Highway 97 North and the 212 Road. The male reportedly tried to convince the young persons inside to allow him to enter the home. He was unsuccessful, and left the home in a white vehicle.The male suspect was described as being between the ages of 45-55 years old, estimated to be between five feet eight inches and five feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, balding, grey hair, and wearing glasses and a plaid shirt.Police report this is the only known instance of an event of this nature. They would also like to remind parents to explain to their children the importance and the dangers of allowing strangers to enter their residence.- Advertisement -Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment at 250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).last_img

Chances now officially a casino with live gaming tables

first_imgPresident of Pomeroy Lodging Ryan Pomeroy said that the addition of live gaming tables further enhances the experience of playing at Chances.“It concludes the full casino experience. We were offered electronic tables, slot machines, and bingo games in the past and I think this brings a full gaming entertainment experience to the community. It’s a product several people enjoy and we’re happy to bring it to the community.” he stated.He concluded by stating on to say that it’s been a process to get Chances where it is now from when it first opened but the demand was there to support the change.- Advertisement -“It was a unique situation wherein we opened as a gaming centre and added the live tables. Typically live tables are only in casinos so I think first and foremost we needed to prove support from the market and the patrons that visit the facility but also support from the City and the lottery corporation. It took a period of time. We’ve been open for seven years now but we’ve built along the way.” Pomeroy concluded.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are currently investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock.According to RCMP, on September 22, they received a report of a bull that was found dead and missing its genitals.RCMP say it is unknown when the bull had died, but significant time had passed before it was reported.- Advertisement -Then on October 1, RCMP received a report of a horse that was found dead, also missing its genitals.In both instances, the RCMP attended to investigate but were unable to determine a cause of death.Police say there is no indication they died due to predators and it is unclear whether the two events are related but both are considered suspicious in nature.Advertisement The B.C. RCMP Livestock Section has been contacted for consultation.If you have any information regarding these incidents or if you see any suspicious activity, you are being asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img