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McNeese’s Blake Elliott Earns Men’s Golfer of the Month Award

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Blake Elliott picks up the Southland Conference October Golfer of the Month Award, league officials announced Wednesday. After a combined nine rounds of play, Elliott registered a 69.2 stroke average over a trio of tournament appearances. Elliott opened the month of October at the Marquette Intercollegiate where he finished tied for 16th place among a field of 70 competitors. He then steadily lowered his score during his next two Invitationals before claiming his monthly accolade. Honorable Mention: William Holcomb, Sam Houston State; Angelo Leyvani, Stephen F. Austin; Baker Stevenson, Nicholls October Golfer of the Month: Blake Elliott – Sr. – Liberty Hill, Texas Elliott won his first collegiate tournament in record fashion when he took home the championship at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational in Manoa, Hawaii (Oct. 28-30). His tournament-winning performance tied a McNeese and Louisiana record after he shot a 63 in the second round of the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. Prior to that, the Liberty Hill, Texas product finished second at the Quail Valley Collegiate, Oct. 14-16, with a 206 over three rounds of play. During the month of October, Elliott shot under par in seven of his nine rounds, while also shooting in the 60’s for five of those rounds. The award marks the first Golfer of the Month honor for Elliott during his career at McNeese.center_img 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. Southland Athletes of the Month are presented by MidSouth Bank.last_img read more

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Pacquiao wants Horn rematch in the Philippines

first_imgView comments “It will not push through there in Australia. But we are bringing the fight here in the Philippines,” Pacquiao said on radio station DZBB, adding negotiations were ongoing. “This will be good for our country’s tourism.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pacquiao, 38, had initially called for a rematch after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to the 29-year-old on points Horn in a major upset in Brisbane on July 2.Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had demanded a review of the bout but the WBO declared Horn the clear winner after a panel of judges re-scored the fight.  National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines watches Jeff Horn of Australia falls on the mat during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he was still wanted a rematch with Jeff Horn after the Filipino boxing hero  pulled out of their scheduled bout in Australia later his year.Queensland’s premier, whose state government was the financial backer of a November 12 fight, announced on Friday that Pacquiao “cannot return to the ring” due to other commitments. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Now in the twilight of a 22-year professional career, Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent in eight years and briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator.But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.Pacquiao has defied calls to retire for good, including from his family and celebrated American trainer Freddie Roach.  Pacquiao dismissed funding concerns about hosting the multi-million dollar fight in the Philippines. “We have lots of friends who are supporting us including our tourism (department). The president is giving his all-out support,” Pacquiao said referring to his political ally Rodrigo Duterte.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Djokovic becomes father of baby girllast_img read more


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Aminata Ganta Branch ‘Burglarized’

first_imgThe Ganta Branch of the Aminata Filling Station in Nimba County has been burglarized by some unknown persons, the Daily Observer has learnt.Up to press time, police in the county’s commericial hub had not made any arrest. However, two persons who were on guard when the burglary reportedly took place are said to be undergoing interrogation.Police sources quoted the two guards as saying that before the crime was committed on Sunday night, a man who identified himself as a “pastor” stopped at the station while the station was already closed for the day.Eyewitnesses said the man told the Eli Guard Service security guards that he was waiting for his friends, who he said were on their way from Sanniquellie, the county’s political capital. They told the police that while the ‘pastor’ was waiting for his ‘friends’, he took a pack of biscuit from his pocket and shared some pieces with the guards, who subsequently fell asleep.According to our source, shortly after consuming the biscuit, the guards became dizzy and subsequeltly slept, leaving the facility vulnerable to intruders.“When the guards regained consciousness the next morning, they noticed the station had been burglarized with pieces of (gas) coupons worth about US$3,142. 20 cents and L$41,280 as well as one laptop and a modem missing,” our source said.Meanwhile, LNP officers assigned in Ganta are still investigating the incident, while holding the two guards for questioning in the meantime.It can be recalled that a few years ago, some unknown persons penetrated the Ganta Branch of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment when they allegedly offered drinks to the North Star security officers on duty, who fell asleep as a result. The outcome of the case is yet to be made public. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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Rasville man nabbed with 6lbs ganja

first_imgA 57-year-old man is now in Police custody after he was found in possession of a quantity of marijuana on Saturday. The discovery was made sometime around 19:50h by ranks on duty at the Berbice River Bridge Checkpoint.According to Police reports, the ranks were acting on intelligence gathered when they intercepted a hire car heading to Georgetown. They conducted a search on the vehicle during which they found six parcels concealed under the bonnet.When examined, the contents of the package were revealed to be suspected cannabis. The narcotic was later weighed and amounted to 2749 grams.The driver of the car, a resident of Rasville, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown, has since been taken into custody and is assisting with the investigation.last_img


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Hart set to miss out on youthful England World Cup squad

first_imgHart, who has been England’s first choice goalkeeper for the last three major tournaments, was backed by Southgate after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola at City as the 31-year-old remained first choice during England’s unbeaten qualifying campaign.However, Hart started only half of West Ham’s Premier League games this season and conceded 39 goals in his 19 league appearances.Hart’s omission means the experienced trio of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and the uncapped Nick Pope will be Southgate’s options between the sticks.Pickford has also yet to feature in a competitive international, whilst Butland’s only two competitive starts came in qualifying dead rubbers against Lithuania in 2015 and 2017.Jack Wilshere is also set to miss out despite an impressive end to the season with Arsenal.Wilshere was initially included in Southgate’s squad for March’s friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, but was forced to pull out with a knee injury that cost him the opportunity to make his case.Liverpool’s Adam Lallana is in contention despite an injury-ravaged season. Lallana made his latest comeback in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Brighton, but made just one Premier League start all season.In defence, Phil Jones’s return to form and fitness for Manchester United could see him see off club team-mate Chris Smalling and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill for a place alongside Southgate’s preferred centre-back duo of John Stone and Harry Maguire.– Global stage awaits Kane –Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy head into the World Cup in fine form © AFP / PAUL ELLISHowever, at the other end of the field, Southgate is more spoiled for options with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy both in fine form.Kane and Vardy both scored twice as Tottenham edged out Leicester 5-4 in a final day thriller at Wembley to take their tallies for the season to 41 and 23 respectively.Both failed to carry their club form onto the international stage at Euro 2016, and former England captain Alan Shearer has encouraged Kane to bolster his reputation around the globe by performing on the biggest stage.“It’s a huge tournament for Harry because of what happened two years ago,” said Shearer on Tuesday.“To put himself on the global stage, he is known all around Europe obviously, but to put himself on a world stage he has to go out and perform and score goals in this tournament.”Another former England great Gary Lineker, who won the World Cup Golden Boot in 1986, believes Kane will relish the responsibility of spearheading England’s campaign in Russia.“There are certain individuals that embrace that pressure and embrace that opportunity to show you can do it on the biggest stage and Harry is that sort of guy,” said Lineker.Southgate has two more warm-up friendlies, against Nigeria on June 2 at Wembley and Costa Rica in Leeds five days later, to fine tune his preparations before England’s World Cup begins against Tunisia on June 18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hart-less: England veteran Joe Hart is expected to miss out on Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 16 – England manager Gareth Southgate will name his 23-man World Cup squad on Wednesday with some experienced figures such as goalkeeper Joe Hart expected to miss out.The BBC and Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that 75-times capped Hart won’t be included among Southgate’s three goalkeepers after a poor season on loan at West Ham from Manchester City.last_img read more


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H-DNL football: Week 6 highlights and Players of the Week

first_imgAn action-packed opening weekend of Little 4 Conference play, a big road win and duel up north highlighted week 6 of the Humboldt-Del Norte League football gauntlet.Let’s take a look at the teams, and players, which left their stamp on the midway point of the season.Ferndale outlasts ArcataIn what was the highest-scoring Little 4 game since the conference began play under its current format in 2018, Ferndale was able to outlast Arcata in a wild 45-38 win at the Redwood Bowl Friday night.The …last_img


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Billy Beane, David Forst and Bob Melvin reflect on A’s early postseason exit

first_imgOAKLAND – The A’s home clubhouse was a mess, but sparse. Not long ago a calm baseball haven, a handful of players returned their summer digs post-Wild Card loss to pack up their memories and gear.“Next year, we battle for the division.” Yusmeiro Petit said as he prepared to depart for the offseason, club option on his contract now hanging in the balance. “I don’t want to play in any more Wild Card games.”The A’s will instead watch (or ignore and disconnect) the 107-win Houston Astros – their …last_img


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South African director to helm Hollywood action film

first_img8 March 2016Gary Oldman-@GerardButler actioner “Hunter Killer” brings on Donovan Marsh to helm https://t.co/X2WnzIeeCE pic.twitter.com/uklXaXZiiG— Tracking Board (@MyTrackingBoard) March 5, 2016Director and writer Donovan Marsh, responsible for bringing South Africa’s favourite schoolboy to life on the big screen in the first two Spud films, has been chosen to direct his first Hollywood film, Hunter Killer, starring legendary character actor Gary Oldman and action movie hero Gerard Butler.Marsh is a fixture in the South African film, television and media industry, having directed a number of commercials and television productions, including the Class Act acting reality show. Feature films, though, are his first love and where he has gained his most success. His first film, the Safta-winning Dollars and White Pipes, was an action-packed South African gangster drama. It gained a cult following in South Africa.He also directed and scripted the first two Spud films, bringing John Milton, the lovable but awkward hero of John van der Ruit’s popular book series, to wider local and international audiences.“iNumber Number” – Donovan Marsh (2013) pic.twitter.com/YboqwS3gu5— Framing Blackness (@FramingBlacknes) Novembe r 8, 2015Marsh’s greatest international triumph so far, however, has been as director and writer of the critically acclaimed action drama iNumber Number, which earned selection for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also an audience favourite at the official Quentin Tarantino Film Festival. He won a Best Screenplay Award for the film at the 2013 Africa International Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. The film also won Best Director, Best Writer and Best Editing at the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas).And now Hollywood has come calling, selecting Marsh to direct Butler and Oldman in an action thriller about an American submarine commander sent deep into Russian waters to save the elected Russian president in the midst of a military coup. The film begins shooting in London in July 2016.Marsh follows other prominent South African directors working in international mainstream cinema, including Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine), Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) and Jann Turner (TV’s Castle, Teen Wolf).Speaking to the Screen Africa website in 2013, Marsh explained what inspired him as a director.“I am inspired by filmmakers who are always fully aware and respectful of their audience and do everything in their power, in every second and in every frame, to entertain, surprise, move and finally comment on the nature of humanity. Good solid thinking also inspires me. The world is in sore need of powerful thinkers.”A fan of directors such as Martin Scorsese, Tarantino and the Coen brothers, Marsh wants to create films that have both good action and real character development. His new opportunity working in international cinema will, no doubt, give him the chance to use that talent to tell more South African stories to the world.Source: Deadline (USA)last_img read more


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SA pushes for UN transformation

first_img22 September 2014 – South Africa has vowed to push for the transformation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) ahead of the 69th UN General Assembly debate in New York this week.The gathering at the UN headquarters in downtown Manhattan will discuss, among other issues, the crises in Gaza, Ukraine and Syria, progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the proposed post-2015 agenda.The theme for this year’s General Assembly is: Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda. President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to address the summit on Wednesday.UNSC reflects a “post-World War II global order’In an interview in New York on Sunday, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane expressed Pretoria’s unhappiness with the composition and functioning of the UNSC. She said the UNSC still mirrored the post-World War II global order and a change was needed in line with the current global challenges facing all UN member states.This is not the first time South Africa has called for the reform of the UNSC. The body’s composition of 15 member states – of which ten are non-permanent and five permanent – remains largely unchanged. At last year’s General Assembly, President Zuma challenged the world body to reform and proposed a more inclusive, democratic and representative UNSC by 2015.South Africa served as a non-permanent member of the UNSC on two occasions, in 2007 to 2008 and then in 2011 to 2012, and the country played a critical role in voting on various resolutions. But it appears that this has not been enough to strengthen the calls for a permanent seat for Africa.“We believe the economic challenges that we are facing, we should look at them with the lack of peace across the globe and the lack of transformation of the UNSC.“When we come back here in 2015, [we should say] at least we started some progress as to what do we do in moving forward in transforming the UNSC because we have so many security issues across the globe that need our attention. But we are still using instruments of 1945 to try resolve those issues,’ Nkoana-Mashabane said.“Yes we should be debating issues around the Millennium Development Goals but we should also be hearing a resounding yes to the transformation of the United Nations governing bodies, and in particular the Security Council,’ she said.South Africa is spearheading the motion that the UN include at least two permanent seats for Africa on the UNSC, saying this would amplify the continent’s voice on global security issues, including those that affect Africa. The call makes sense considering that the majority of the issues the UNSC discusses involve Africa. On several occasions, African leaders have had to watch the UNSC make decisions on security issues affecting Africa with little or no say on those matters.“For us, the key for this summit is that the post-2015 agenda will be incomplete if it only looks at some things, but it doesn’t say what we do with the untransformed, undemocratic United Nations Security Council representation.’Africa will also go to the debate on Wednesday with a key question on what happens to the MDGs now that the UN will be seeking to adopt a post-2015 development agenda, she said. Member states are reportedly currently discussing the possibility of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to complement or replace the MDGs.“As long as it (the post-2015 agenda) puts total eradication of poverty and sustainable development that gives room for Africa to continue rising, we will support it,’ said Mashabane. Oksalayo (the fact of the matter is) there will not be development without peace. So we are here, urging, telling, leaders, that there is no celebration of 2015 or the 70th anniversary of the formation of the UN without looking at what has not been successful and that’s to bring about world peace,’ Nkoana-Mashabane said.The UN could not move on issues when there were still “untransformed and undemocratic’ UN governing bodies, in particular the UNSC. It needed a road map which had to start in 2015 to ensure that all member states are accommodated.“When we start in 2015, we need to know, all of us, we have attainable goals and that all of us are on the same page and give the global community some assurance that indeed we are moving towards a transformed UN. It is very important for us,’ Nkoana- Mashabane said.The General Assembly debate on Wednesday will be preceded by several events, including discussions on climate change, and a report-back on the MDGS. On Monday, President Zuma will also hold a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and will later host a reception for heads of state and government in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy.last_img read more


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NCGA testifies in support of year-round E15

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Corn Growers Association First Vice President and Minden, Iowa, farmer Kevin Ross spoke in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to allow for year-round sales of E15 across the country.“Farmers stand ready to work with the Administration to clear obstacles to higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and ensure a final rule works for the full ethanol and fuel supply chain,” Ross said. “To ensure E15 sales are not interrupted, NCGA urges EPA to complete this rulemaking by June 1.”Ross’s comments came during a hearing held as part of the rulemaking that would remove outdated regulations requiring retailers in many areas of the country to stop selling E15, a blend of gasoline and 15% ethanol approved for all vehicles 2001 and newer, during the summer months.Year-round E15 is a no-costs means for farmers to grow demand. It also saves drivers between 3 and 10 cents per gallon and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.During the hearing, Ross also spoke on the negative impacts EPA’s expansive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers for refiners have had on farmers who are already struggling amid declining farm incomes and trade disruptions. NCGA has urged the EPA to rein in RFS exemptions provided to profitable refiners.Ross also urged caution around the proposed rule’s complex RIN market reform proposal.“To ensure E15 sales are not interrupted, NCGA urges EPA to complete this rulemaking by June 1, as well as keep the complex RIN market reform proposal from weighing down the E15 rule,” Ross said.last_img read more