Tyler Adams, Thai Williams Named Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year

first_img Long Jump Thai Williams, LU Sarea Alexander, UIW Tristyn Allen, SHSU Men’s Newcomer of the Year – Jamie Crowe, LamarIn Crowe’s first season with the Cardinals, he helped solidify Lamar’s dominance in men’s indoor distance running with his win in the 5,000m and leading a 1-2 finish ahead of teammate Matthew Arnold in the 3,000m. Triple Jump Sarea Alexander, UIW Tristyn Allen, SHSU Natayla Nance, HBU Men’s Athlete of the Year – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston StateAdams emphatically paced the Bearkats to their third consecutive team indoor championship, tallying 34 points behind gold medals in the heptathlon, high jump and long jump. Weight Throw Joshua Hernandez, SHSU Morgan Knight, ACU Kyrin Tucker, NSU High Jump Tyler Adams, SHSU Eric Moore, UCA Lentz Similien, MCN The 2018 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held from May 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas, hosted by UIW. Men’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Jamie Crowe, LamarJamie Crowe dominated the distance running events, taking gold medals in the 3,000m and 5,000m, helping pace Lamar to a fourth-place team finish. DMR LU: C. Kelly, W. Slaughter, K. Fallon, M. Arnold SFA: L. Deramus, C. Fentress, D. Murphy, E. Rotich UCA: M. Schweikert, M. Keeton, S. Sullivan, J. Jeandree Pole Vault Antonio Ruiz, SFA Clayton Fritsch, SHSU James Manders, AMCC 60m Thai Williams, LU Daijah Washington, SLU Dominique Taylor, LU 3,000m Jamie Crowe, LU Matthew Arnold, LU Garett Cortez, UIW 60m Hurdles Fabian McCall, SHSU Tremayne Flagler, NSU Darion Dunn, MCN Women’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Rabea Schöneborn, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiSchöneborn handily took gold in the 3,000m and 5,000m events. The senior Islander won the 3,000m by nearly five seconds and smashed the previous meet record in the 5,000m (16:36.01) by 9.55 seconds, finishing in 16:26.46 to win by almost 17 seconds over second place. Women’s Freshman of the Year – Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. AustinIn her first season as a Ladyjack, Ramirez found her way on to the podium with a silver medal finish in the mile run, one of two competitors finishing in under five minutes. She also ran the anchor leg of SFA’s second-place distance medley relay squad. 60m Chris Jefferson, SHSU Kie’Ave Harry, NSU Michael McGruder, NSU 400m Natashia Jackson, NSU Teona Spivey, SHSU Erekha Sebastion, UIW 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams Both shot their way into the conference record books last week in Birmingham, Ala., as Adams also won his third straight Outstanding Field Events Performer award and Williams was named Women’s Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive indoor season after two gold medal performances and a broken meet record. Pole Vault Kaylee Bizzell, SFA Hannah McWilliams, AMCC Carson Dingler, SFA Event First Second Third Southland Conference indoor track & field superlatives are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted. First, Second and Third Team All-Conference distinction is given to the first, second and third place finishers in each championship event final. Men’s Freshman of the Year – Zachary Johnson, Sam Houston StateThe Bearkat freshman put on a well-rounded performance in his first trip to Birmingham, taking second in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump as part of Sam Houston’s third-straight men’s team title. 800m Alex Hanson, UCA Daniel Shelton, HBU Deion Hardy, UIW Mile Allyson Girard, AMCC Kelsey Ramirez, SFA Georgia Tuckfield, LU For athletes that achieved qualifying marks this season, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted by Texas A&M from March 9-10 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station. Long Jump Tyler Adams, SHSU Isaiah Pittman, SFA Michael Strong, UNO High Jump Hannah Noble, UCA Quanese Jones-Young, NSU Sashane Hanson, AMCC 4x400m SFA: K. Gleason, C. Fentress, D. Murphy, T. Hawkins ACU: A. Williams, J. Williams, L. Bloomfield, T. Hawkins SHSU: Z. Gasca, F. McCall, E. Pouncy, L. Colemancenter_img Women’s Coach of the Year – Dave Self, Sam Houston StateSelf also earned his third-straight Women’s Coach of the Year awards after leading the Bearkats to their third consecutive and sixth overall team title. This year, the team finished with 123 points, 28 clear of second place. Women’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Sarea Alexander, UIWAlexander earned a gold in the triple jump and silver in the long jump at the 2018 championships, helping the Cardinals to a sixth-place team finish with 56.5 points. 60m Hurdles Daeshon Gordon, NSU Jerica Love, UIW Dominique Taylor, LU 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams 200m Chris Jefferson, SHSU Amir James, NSU Lawrence Coleman, SHSU Shot Put Stevon Crooks, SLU Morgan Knight, ACU Cedric Paul, NSU Dave Self also repeated as both Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year, earning both accolades for the third consecutive season. His Bearkat men have now won three team titles while the women have won six. 400m Maverick Bowleg, SLU Tedrick Hawkins, SFA Kerry Gleason, SFA Women’s Athlete of the Year – Thai Williams, LamarWilliams earned her second-straight Athlete of the Year award with a meet-record breaking 60m dash gold medal (7.37) to go along with her first-place finish in the long jump. The Cardinals finished seventh as a team with 54 team points. Event First Second Third DMR SHSU: C. Grigsby, K. Church, J. Eckford, M. Seales SFA: L. Davis, K. Sanders, S. Ford, K. Ramirez UIW: S. Diaz, G. Odendahl, D. Allen, K. Ramirez 800m Camry Grigsby, SHSU Dominique Allen, UIW LaSean Davis, SFA Men’s Coach of the Year – Dave Self, Sam Houston StateSelf has confidently led Sam Houston State to three consecutive team titles in as many years. With the program since 2005, his team tallied 128 total points in this year’s championships, finishing 25 ahead of runner-up Stephen F. Austin. It is the largest margin of victory for his team in the last three seasons. Weight Throw Yarixza Rivera, SHSU Lonnie Smith, ACU Alanna Arvie, MCN FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior Tyler Adams and Lamar junior Thai Williams are the 2018 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with the first, second and third team all-conference athletes and individual superlative winners. Southland Athletes of the Year are presented by Ready Nutrition. Mile Deion Hardy, UIW Keith Fallon, LU Joshua Wilkins, NSU Triple Jump Brian O’Bonna, LU Zachary Johnson, SHSU Ceaser Stephens, NSU Heptathlon Tyler Adams, SHSU Hunter Key, SFA James Manders, AMCC 4x400m NSU: C. Willis, N. Jackson, W. Lageroy, D. Moore SFA: I. Nave, D. Jackson, T. Williams, A. Teel SHSU: T. Spivey, K. Dixon, K. Church, C. Grigsby Shot Put Ashley Davis, SLU Kristine Hanks, SHSU Kayla Melgar, ACU 200m De’Shalyn Jones, NSU Natashia Jackson, NSU Kendesha Ingraham, SLU 3,000m Rabea Schöneborn, AMCC Alexandria Hackett, ACU Michaela Hackett, ACU Men’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston StateTyler Adams won the heptathlon for the fourth consecutive year, tallying a final score of 5,544 points – the third-highest in overall conference history. In addition, he took gold in the standalone long jump and high jump, and sixth in the 60m hurdles to finish as the high point scorer with 34, breaking the previous meet record of 27 set in 1994. This mark’s Adams’ third-straight field events award. 5,000m Rabea Schöneborn, AMCC Alexandria Hackett, ACU Michaela Hackett, ACU Women’s Newcomer of the Year – Rabea Schöneborn, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiIn her first Islander campaign, Schöneborn helped pace Corpus Christi to its best program finish in history. The Islanders finished sixth with 69 total points, paced by her gold medals in the 3,000m and 5,000m. 5,000m Jamie Crowe, LU Nathan Jones, MCN Garett Cortez, UIW Pentathlon Grace McKenzie, MCN Courtney Lord, SHSU Migle Miraskaite, LUlast_img read more

Golden Orr Shines in No. 8 Central Arkansas’ Upset Over No. 5 Sam Houston

first_imgUCA (12-17) finally pulled away in a spirited contest that saw eight ties and five lead changes when Maddie Goodner’s two free throws gave them a 70-63 lead with 2:03 left. Still, the Sugar Bears had to survive one last run from the Bearkats (16-13), who drew to 72-70 on a Jennifer Oramas 3-pointer with 52 seconds left.Orr’s free throws with 34 seconds remaining proved to be the winning margin as the UCA defense denied any chance of a Sam Houston State miracle by forcing a pair of missed treys. It was their ability to silence the Bearkats’ long range game that helped fuel the victory, as they held them to 3-for-16 shooting beyond the arc in the final three quarters after allowing Sam Houston State to connect on four of their first five 3-pointers in the opening 10 minutes.”Coach got on us a little bit, so we picked up the defense,” said Canaday.The Sugar Bears also received a huge boost from Hannah Langhi, who scored 12 points and added five rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench despite spending much of Wednesday in bed due to strep throat.The Bearkats  put daylight between themselves and the Sugar Bears when they used a 9-0 run early in the third quarter to take a 47-40 lead at the 6:15 mark. Amber Leggett capped the spurt when she scored off an Oramas assist that led to a Central Arkansas time out.Orr would not let the Sugar Bears go quietly, putting the bulk of the offense on her shoulders. The second team All-Southland guard knocked down a trey that pushed UCA within 53-49 before a pair of Alana Canady free throws cut the deficit to 53-51 with a minute to go in the third.Both teams kept the fans entertained in an exciting first half that saw seven ties and three lead changes. Despite being outrebounded and outshot for much of the first 20 minutes, UCA was able to stay in the game because of its ability to convert Sam Houston State miscues into baskets, turning 12 SHSU turnovers into 17 points.Sam Houston State was also hampered by the loss of starters Dominque Maxwell and Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year Jaylonn Walker, both of whom fouled out in the fourth quarter. UCA’s constant forays to the basket led to them going 8-for-11 from the line in the final 10 minutes and 20-for-32 overall.Walker was limited to just 3-for-12 shooting and finished with 12 points and three rebounds.”We played hard, but I thought we let some possessions get away from us,” said Sam Houston State’s Ravon Justice, the conference’s Coach of the Year. “We didn’t stop fighting, but we had too many defensive breakdowns to a well-coached team.” “They just played hard,” said UCA coach Sandra Rushing. “We didn’t play all the time, but they played hard and never quit.””I just wanted to literally do everything I could to keep our team advancing,” said Orr, who added 13 rebounds, seven steals and five assists in 36 minutes of play.”Kam is a ‘follow as I do’ person,” said freshman Alana Canady, who scored 10 points and added a pair of rebounds. “She rallies us. When we see her attacking the basket, we want to attack, too. When we see her rebound, we’re going to rebound, too.”Orr’s intensity on the defensive end helped pay off for the Sugar Bears, who scored 25 points off 18 Bearkats’ turnovers.WBB: Kamry Orr is on ??!#8 seed @UCAWBB goes up 58-55 over @bearkatswbb. 9:13 left in 4th.?? https://t.co/bJwBcUU3J2 ???? @espn apps#EatEmUpKats #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong #ChampWeek #ncaaW pic.twitter.com/iNMlZRLdGM— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Kamry Orr played Thursday’s Southland Conference women’s basketball tournament opener in such a manner that Sam Houston State was unable to overcome.Orr scored a game-high 29 points to help the No. 8 Sugar Bears pull off a 76-71 upset over the No. 5 Bearkats at Merrell Center, snapping the team’s five-game losing streak. The victory means UCA will now face. No. 4 Abilene Christian at 11 a.m. CT on Friday in the first of two second-round games.WBB: The #8 seed is still alive! @UCAWBB places its magnet on the big backstage bracket, moving on to a 2nd round matchup with ACU Friday.#BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong ??@UCASports @UCABears pic.twitter.com/q8CeWxK3Zy— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019last_img read more

Chung stresses on importance of maintenance

first_imgThis was the statement made by Oceania Football Confederation and PNG Football Association President, David Chung, during the opening of the two-day maintenance seminar this week in Port Moresby.The seminar that was run by FIFA had trainers fly in from the FIFA headquarters in Switzerland.They were Daniel Krebs, football facilities and income generation program manager, Mark Jennings-Temple, FIFA football turf and natural grass consultant and Steven Guley, FIFA facilities consultant. The seminar was attended by facilities and turf managers from within the Oceania Confederation. This included participants from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and host country Papua New Guinea. Chung said the workshop will enhance the participants’ skills in maintaining the field quality in order to have quality football fields for their players to enjoy. “I am sure that all of you will benefit from sharing ideas and also from learning from the FIFA experts who are here to ensure you learn as much from them and bring back your knowledge to implement in your respective countries,” said Chung. He said FIFA’s Forward Football Development program has committed USD25 million so far in the Oceania region since 2008 in building football facilities, and such workshops are beneficial to ensure the investment is sustainable. In welcoming the participants, Kreb said the objective of the seminar is to get them to learn about how to maintain their pitches and facilities. “Turf and facility maintenance is integral, therefore knowing how to maintain those two things will enable you to be strategic in your budgeting,” said Kreb.last_img read more

Florenzi has been in Valencia for 53 days to forget

first_imgAfter the fall of the Cup, Valencia appeared in Getafe. Florenzi was a starter and lived in first person the goals conceded by Valencia (3-0). Further, in the 78th minute, he was the protagonist of an inning to Cucurella for which he saw a direct red card. Alessandro Florenzi arrived in Valencia on January 30, just one day before the market closed. One of the captains of Rome He arrived at Mestalla as a star signing, a right back of guarantees after a long time looking for him. Two days later, Florenzi made his debut as a starter against Celta with victory (1-0). That day, nothing foreshadowed that his stay in Valencia was going to turn into an odyssey, both sportingly and personally. 53 days to forget.Only three days after their debut, Florenzi traveled to Granada to try to get into the Copa semifinal. The Italian came out in the 87th minute, willing to dispute the extension since the result was 1-1. Two minutes after entering, Jaume Costa made a penalty and Soldado scored after a few minutes of consultation in the VAR. Florenzi was penalized with one game and just that week, the Roman fell ill with chickenpox as an adult. This forced him to carry out a first quarantine.. He remained at home for ten days recovering from the disease. Se lost games against Atlético, Atalanta and Real Sociedad.center_img On February 29, just a month after his arrival, he returned to the squad although he did not jump onto the field against Betis. On March 6, with the psychosis of the coronavirus in the subconscious of the players, after having traveled to Milan, he traveled to Vitoria (one of the most important centers in Spain at that time). Florenzi returned to the ownership, playing 65 minutes.On March 10, he also played 11 minutes in the second leg against Atalanta and he lived in his flesh the 3-4 and the elimination of the Champions. Now, it is quarantined again due to the positive of several staff members.last_img read more

BaliPure-NU ends ‘productive’ PVL season with rout of Tacloban

first_imgView comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Compton roots for Abueva in Gilas stint: ‘Hopefully he’s doing a great job’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Up 8-6 in the second frame, Balipure used a quick 6-0 sprint to pull away for good.Janisa Johnson led the Water Defenders with 17 points while Faith Nisperos added 13.Amporn Hyapha delivered 13 markers for the Fighting Warays. Justin Robert ValenciaADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The win, however, had no bearing with BanKo-Perlas and Pocari Sweat already through to the semifinals, joining Creamline and Pocari Sweat.Despite their failed bid, the Water Defenders’ stint in the PVL had served its purpose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It was a very productive season for my team because it is the first time that a high school team was fielded in the league and we were able to go in step with the seasoned players,” said Balipure-NU head coach Babes Castillo.Tied at 15 in the third set, Water Defenders unloaded a huge 10-1 run capped by an Alexis Matthews ace to ice the victory. BaliPure-National University steamrolled Tacloban, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16, in its final game in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

I support the messages contained in the book the ROOTS OF EMPATHY

first_imgDear Editor,Influenced as I am and have been since my early career as a school teacher — that the focus of our basic educational pursuits should be both academic and attitudinal — I was recently impressed by a publication I chanced upon in my daughter’s home in Toronto (she herself is a School Superintendent with the Toronto District School Board). It is titled: “Roots of Empathy”, subtitled: “Changing the World Child by Child” and written by Mary Gordon.The following reviews of the book provide a good synopsis of its essential messages, which I firmly believe are quite deserving of attention by our own Guyanese educational community and political leaders and parents:“Every so often in the life of a civilization, there comes a book that can literally change the way we are in the world. Roots of Empathy is such a book—With violence, anti-social behavior, bullying and aggression among our young children escalating at a frightening rate, it is clear that we need to develop a new understanding of childhood”.“— In clear and lively language, Mary Gordon introduces us to the wisdom of babies, and shows us how they can teach us —and our children—what it is to be human—I have learned that the human capacities for empathy and respect must be fostered from earliest childhood to reduce violence in the world and build a truly civil society”.“This book describes the extraordinary value—probably the best program of its kind to support optimal early childhood development, and to help communities build tolerant pluralistic democratic societies”Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Body of Linden suicide victim recovered

first_img– Regional Chairman calls for disaster preparedness managementThe body of a Linden woman who plunged to her death off the Mackenzie- Wismar Bridge in the RegionRegion 10 Chairman Renis Morian(Upper Demerara- Berbice) community on Tuesday morning was recovered on Thursday morning.E Division (Linden- Kwakwani) Commander Calvin Brutus confirmed on Thursday that the partly decomposed body of the victim, identified as 24-year-old Tabitha Small of Central Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden washed ashore at the Demerara River and was discovered around 06:00h in the vicinity of the Wismar Municipal Market.A Police source in Linden confirmed that the woman was diagnosed with tuberculosis approximately two years ago and was on Monday admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) around 15:10h after experiencing a series of fainting spells. This newspaper understands that she was discharged from the Hospital at approximately 08:30h on Tuesday and went straight to the Bridge.Meanwhile, Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian has made calls for systems of disaster preparedness management to be put in place in the community, so as to deal with such issues which may arise in the Region.He noted that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and Police in the Region were unprepared to deal with such a tragedy since they were not properly equipped to assist in retrieving the body. Morian said he would be requesting funding to have the Region get on board with disaster preparedness management, emphasising that it was an important component, at which the Council needed to take a serious look.last_img read more

Accused home invader remanded to prison

first_imgA 25-year-old man, who allegedly carried out a series of home invasions, was on Friday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Christian Webster appeared before Magistrate Leon Daly and denied the charges.The first charge stated that on September 10, 2019, at South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Jasmine Harris and stole a phone valued $114,000 and a gold and diamond ring valued $222,000, property of Ryan Smith.The second charge alleged that on September 10, 2019, at South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he broke and entered the home of Jasmine Harris and stole a laptop valued $354,000, the property of Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.The last charge stated that on the same day and location, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Jasmine Harris and stole four rings valued $442,000, the property of Harris.According to Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh, Harris secured her home and went to bed at about 21:00 on September 10. However, she was awoken by a loud noise and upon checking, she saw the 25-year-old man standing in her bedroom.The terrified woman quickly raised an alarm, which caused the defendant to jump through a window and made good his escape.Nevertheless, the woman and her husband made checks in their home and discovered the articles missing. A report was made and Webster was subsequently arrested.The prosecutor further indicated to the court that the defendant is being investigated for 10 other breaking and entering offences, and murder.As such, the prosecution’s submission was upheld and Webster was remanded to prison. The case will continue on November 8, 2019.last_img read more

PPP to confront Govt on hiring of special prosecutors

first_imgShowdown in National Assembly– questions put for details on emoluments, case load The much criticised hiring of special prosecutors is expected to be placed under the microscope during today’s sitting of the National Assembly, when Government will have to respond to several questions on notice from the parliamentary Opposition.According to the order paper, questions will be put to Attorney General Basil Williams by his predecessor, Anil Nandlall. The questions are derived from the fact that estimates show $109 million being allocated to the Attorney General’s Chambers in the 2017 Budget under programme 523.In addition, Nandlall contends that in the 2018 Budget, undisclosed funds were allocated for hiring special prosecutors, including foreign lawyers. He is therefore seeking answers on this issue.“Could the honourable Minister provide this House with information on the number of special prosecutors that have been hired, their salaries and benefits, travel and hotel costs, etc, incurred and the number of cases they have been handling for the period January 2017 to March 2018?” Nandlall questioned the State.In an interview with Guyana Times, Nandlall stressed the implications for the State’s involvement in retaining special prosecutors on a scale of this magnitude.PPP frontbencher Anil NandlallIn the first place, he pointed out that this practise is not supported by the law.“It is absolutely unlawful for (the State) to be paying special prosecutors. Since 1966, when we became independent, the prosecutorial functions of the State were taken away from the Attorney General office and given to an agency called the Director of Public Prosecutions.”“That agency is an independent agency and it ought not to be influenced in the discharge of those functions. Government has no role to play in the prosecution of criminal offences. That is not a function of the Government but the State agency.”The former Attorney General also noted that while serious offences like drug trafficking and murder are being prosecuted by Police prosecutor, the State shells out millions to prosecute members of the former Administration and perceived Opposition supporters on charges that are not even in violation of criminal laws.“Millions of dollars are expended to hire special prosecutors. And these special prosecutors are hired to prosecute us,” Nandlall noted. “They are not hiring special prosecutors to prosecute the serious offences being committed every day in this country, like robbery, murder, piracy, drug trafficking. These are the real oils of the society. So the public will judge whether that is the best use of taxpayers’ money.It had been reported that Cabinet appointed six Attorneys; Michael Somersall, Hewely Griffith, Lawrence Harris, Patrice Henry, Compton Richardson, and Trenton Lake as Special Prosecutors in the event that legal action might ensue from audit reports into the Pradoville 2 Housing Scheme and the 2007 World Cup cricket, among others.Attorney General Williams has long contended that nothing is wrong with Government’s move to hire special prosecutors to go after ‘State assets’ as similarAttorney General Basil Williamssituations existed in Guyana before.Williams had also highlighted that Government’s rationale for hiring special prosecutors was because the State prosecutors under the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were uncomfortable with handling such cases.Article 116 says “there shall be a Director of Public Prosecutions whose office shall be a public office.”Article 187 outlines the DPP’s functions which includes to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court and noted that the powers conferred upon the Director shall be vested in him/her to the exclusion of any other person or authority and that Director shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.Article 187 also notes that the powers of the Director may be exercised through other persons acting under, and in accordance with, the Director’s general or special instructions.In these circumstances, there has been no indication whether the DPP granted permission for the Government to establish its own prosecutions unit.last_img read more

Fike ready for redemption

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Through her experiences, the 17-year-old midfielder has gained a better perspective on not only soccer, but life itself. “It comes both ways,” said Fike, who has 10 goals and seven assists in 13 games for Desert Christian (16-1-1). “You just have to learn to go through the highs and lows. You have to expect the worst as well as the best. It’s made me stronger, mentally and spiritually, in so many ways.” Fike’s career began in storybook fashion, as she was a central figure during the Knights’ championship season, as well as their run to the semifinals her sophomore year. “(Winning a championship) is just a really great feeling, but so much has happened since,” said Fike, who shares team captain responsibilities with Alyse Alcaraz and Megan Couch. Megan Fike sees many parallels between her soccer career at Desert Christian High and the sport itself: exhilarating and rewarding one moment, frustrating and unforgiving the next. During her four years as a varsity starter, Fike has helped the Knights win 72 games, including the program’s first Southern Section title in 2003, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Milken Community of Los Angeles in the Div. VI final. She has also been selected High Desert League most valuable player, received All-Southern Section honors and will continue her playing career at UC Riverside this fall. For all the high points in Fike’s career, she has endured her share of disappointments as well. She was issued a red card in last year’s playoffs – forcing her to sit out Desert Christian’s 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Sage Hill of Newport Beach – and missed the first five games this season after rehabilitating her right knee following surgery in June. “I can still remember that day, being there with my teammates. That was an awesome experience.” Unfortunately for Fike and her teammates, those memories were overshadowed by forgettable playoff experiences the past two years. During Desert Christian’s 2004 semifinal match against Windward of Los Angeles, Fike had a breakaway opportunity late in the first half whistled dead as she was preparing to go one on one with goalkeeper so the referee could attend to an opposing player who had fallen down in the midfield area. During the second 10-minute overtime period, the Knights had the potential go-ahead goal disallowed as a result of a similar situation. After the teams played to a 1-1 tie after 120 minutes, Desert Christian lost 8-7 in a penalty shootout. In last year’s second-round match against Alverno of Sierra Madre, with the Knights leading 3-0 in the second half, Fike accidentally bumped into the opposing goalkeeper chasing after a loose ball near the top of the penalty box. Although she hadn’t been called for a foul the entire game, Fike was immediately given a red card, bringing a premature end to an otherwise brilliant season. “It didn’t hit me until a few seconds later that I would have to miss the next game,” said Fike, who could help her team secure a second-round rematch with Alverno, should the Knights defeat Villanova Prep of Ojai in Saturday’s playoff opener. “But I have to be thankful for it all. I’ve been tested, but it’s helped me grow as a person.” Fike was also forced to be a spectator in the early part of this season, recovering from surgery in June to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee, which she injured playing club soccer in May. Upon her return, it took Fike a while to regain her rhythm, even switching from her usual striker position to the defensive midfield to take advantage of her playmaking skills. “We were so strong up the middle, so it was like ‘if you move Megan here, then where do you play this person?”‘ said first-year coach Deann Lewis, whose team has outscored opponents 135-3. “She might have been a little discouraged at first, because she wanted to step up and play to the level she was used to. But it was cool to see her push through it.” Through all the obstacles and setbacks, Fike’s leadership hasn’t wavered. She hopes her final postseason journey ends the same way her first one did – as a champion. “She’s such a great asset physically on the field, but also spiritually with her leadership and how she relates to her teammates,” Lewis said. “A person of her character helps them grow and learn, and I’ve been really fortunate to have her around this year.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 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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