ACU’s Payten Ricks Crowned Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian guard Payten Ricks is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.In a 73-72 win over McNeese, he poured in a game-high 19 points, including the game-winning three pointer with three seconds remaining. Ricks followed it up with a 22-point performance in a 75-72 victory over Southeastern Louisiana to secure the program’s first-ever win in Hammond and second-ever win against the Lions.Ricks and the Wildcats (14-3, 3-1 Southland) return to Moody Coliseum to host Houston Baptist (5-9, 1-2 Southland) at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Northwestern State (7-10, 2-2 Southland) at 6 p.m. Saturday.Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Guard – Wichita, Kan.Against McNeese, Ricks tied his single-game career highs with five made three-pointers and six assists, with his final one leading to a Jaren Lewis layup that halted a four-point run and put the game out of reach for the Cowboys. On Saturday, Ricks played a vital role in improving the Wildcats’ road mark to 5-3, converting all four attempts from beyond the arc, including the game-winner. His 22 points were the second-most in a game in his career.This is Ricks’ first Southland Conference Player of the Week award, joining teammate Jaren Lewis, who claimed two of the first three honors of the 2018-19 season.Honorable Mention: Cameron Delaney, Sam Houston State; Brandon Moore, Nicholls; Thatch Unruh, Central ArkansasSouthland 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.last_img read more

Ronaldo still scoreless as Juventus extends perfect start

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Federer’s ‘unreal’ shot at US Open Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the offseason in a Serie A-record 112 million euro (then $132 million) transfer, but he is still figuring out how to score in a league known for its defensive qualities. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also didn’t score in Real Madrid’s opening three Spanish league matches last season — although he did score in other competitions for Madrid during that spell.Mandzukic put Juventus ahead two minutes in with an easy tap in following a failed clearance but it wasn’t straightforward for the visitors as Parma began to threaten consistently.Parma’s Leo Stulac struck a free kick off the crossbar and former Arsenal and Roma forward Gervinho equalized from close range after the half-hour mark.Blaise Matuidi restored Juve’s lead in the 58th, taking a delightful backheel assist from Mandzukic inside the area before blasting in from a sharp angle.“I didn’t expect (Mandzukic) in this form after the World Cup but he’s in top condition,” Allegri said of the Croatia international.ADVERTISEMENT Mario Mandzukic scored one and set up another with a backheel pass as the Bianconeri won at promoted Parma 2-1 on Saturday to remain perfect.With Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa in attendance at Parma’s Ennio Tardini Stadium, the closest Ronaldo came to scoring was with a header off a corner that went just wide midway through the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ronaldo was also visibly upset when Mandzukic prevented the Portugal captain from connecting on a volley early on by getting there first — prompting an apology from Mandzukic.“I’m happy with what he’s doing and the international break will help him get in better condition — because the league really starts after the break,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.center_img 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 Napoli and Spal, which are also perfect, each play on Sunday. Napoli visits Sampdoria and Spal visits Torino.Ronaldo’s next chance to break his drought won’t come until after the international break, when Juventus hosts Sassuolo on Sept. 16.NINJA POWERWhen Radja Nainggolan signed with Inter Milan in June, coach Luciano Spalletti said he would give the underachieving squad the “boost” it needed.The Belgian midfielder, who is nicknamed “Ninja,” fulfilled Spalletti’s wishes in Inter’s 3-0 win at Bologna, scoring the opener on debut to send the Nerazzurri on their way to their first Serie A victory of the season.After a draw and loss in its opening two matches, Inter was looking at another disappointing result until Nainggolan scored in the 66th minute.Using his left foot to control a pass from Matteo Politano, Nainggolan unleashed a powerful shot with his right foot into the far bottom corner from the center of the area.“He still needs to improve his condition. He didn’t do all that much but the little he did was good,” said Spalletti, who previously coached Nainggolan at Roma. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is challenged by Parma’s Antonino Barilla’, right, and Massimo Gobbi during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Juventus at the Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)ROME — Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoreless after three matches with Juventus.Juventus, however, is doing just fine.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

Deadline for Clubs to Uphold Membership with LFA Ends Today

first_imgMember teams of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) in the 1st and 2nd divisions have up to 6p.m today to show their intent to recommit to Liberia Football Association (LFA).Today’s deadline marked the end of the 60 days’ ultimatum of the football house, urging the member teams divisions to write “Letter of Intent” to the LFA committing to CAF’s Club Licensing System (CLS) for the 2014/2014 League.July 17’s deadline is in consonance with the warning of the LFA to spontaneously drop any team which fails or deliberately refuse to write the LFA.“The LFA would declare the position of any club that doesn’t write and subsequently filled in its space,” LFA boss Musa Bility said on Saturday on local radio.He argued that the compulsory fill-in of spaces in the 1st and 2nd division is to uphold the revised statues of the LFA.Reports say up to press time yesterday, about 12 out of the 26 1st and 2nd division clubs have already sent their letters of intent to LFA, including Invincible Eleven, Barrolle, Watanga FC, Aries, LPRC, NPA, Fatu FC, and Fassell.LFA chief scribe Alphonso Armah said the implementation of the CAF’s CLS is to meet up with CAF/FIFA’s November 30, 2014 deadline.According to Armah, key among the requirements are: Youth team (ages 10-14 years), affidavit of ownership of club, stadium, practice pitch (at least up to three clubs could join), office space, prove of financial capacity to bankroll salaries, coach and a technical director (minimum B Certificate in Coaching).Armah noted that the LFA has agreed to make the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) the stadium for all applied teams and stressed that the requirements cover at least 50% and 30% of CAF/FIFA’s requirements for the 1st and 2nd division teams respectively.“These registration requirements serve as a prelude to the implementation of the LFA Club Licensing System, which compliance is a pre-requisite for participation of LFA 2014/2015 League,” Mr. Armah said.He intoned that FIFA seeks to ensure that clubs participating in any competition fulfill minimum standard requirements and the regulations set forth by FIFA took effect from January 1, 2008.“For CAF, the 2012/13 season was slated as the take-off date but in a recent circular, it granted a grace period and set a new date of November 30, 2014 as the deadline for full compliance,” Mr. Armah said.He noted: “According to the circular, CAF mandated all its national affiliates, including the LFA to confirm in writing by January 30, 2013 that the licensing regulation has been adopted by its congress which we did and subsequently adopted in our statute on January 18, 2014.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Recognizes VP Boakai, John T. Woods Contributions

first_imgThe charity group Alpha Phi Alpha has bestowed honors on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and University of Liberia’s Forestry and Agriculture Department chairman, John T. Woods for their contributions to building the Liberian society.This honor of recognition was carried out on December 4, 2014 at the Monrovia City Hall during celebration of the organization’s 108 years of existence.The head of Chapter #260 in Liberia, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Managing Director T. Nelson Williams II, told this newspaper in an interview that as a custom, the organization recognizes people who have made valuable contributions to the society.As such, Mr. Williams acknowledged that Vice President Joseph Boakai had honestly and sincerely contributed to Liberian in government over  many years.He recalled that VP Boakai served the Ministry of Agriculture, the backbone of Liberia’s economy and the Liberia Produce & Marketing Company (LPMC) where he blamelessly made meaningful contributions.Mr. Williams further stressed that VP Boakai had taken the same dedicated services to the nation to a higher level as  second to the nation’s President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and predicated upon these glaring facts they could not withhold this honor from him, but decided to bestow it upon him since he is still alive.“The Vice President has made numerous contributions to the Liberian society by serving in all these public positions without any fault, and because he is a quiet man, no one knows the role he has played,” Mr. Williams added.For Mr. John T. Woods, Mr. Williams indicated that he (Woods) had  been dedicated to the Forestry sector of Liberia and providing services to the state run University of Liberia, offering many Liberian students the opportunity to have knowledge of the sector.On the basis of the  services the men had  provided, the charity organization took note and decided to formally recognize them so they can be proud of their contributions to society.Vice President Joseph Boakai did not make any remark during the honoring. Mr. Woods could not be given the opportunity to stand for a longer time to deliver the great speech he wrote because of his health.Nevertheless, Mr. Woods in an interview with the Daily Observer said he was delighted that a group like Alpha could  recognize him as many people do not have the opportunity to be recognized in the society.He stressed that only noise makers and some insignificant people are recognized in the Liberian society for making noise and doing nothing.Having served with the University of Liberia’s Forestry and Agriculture Department for years, he has impacted Liberians by recommending some students to pursue the Master’s degree in Forestry abroad and seven of them are expected to return this December to be of help to the university.Considering himself as a true patriot, Mr. Woods said “You do not have to do all for yourself or by yourself, but need to prepare others to take over from you when you retire.”A brief history about his membership in Alpha indicates that he became a part of the organization when he saw the Civil Rights Movement in the United States between 1963 and 1966 while studying at the University of Kentucky.“I joined Etta Epsilon Lambda Chapter in 1967 upon my return to Liberia.  I did not make any impact that time because I was a neophyte observing and integrating into the Liberian society as a whole.  During the period 1967-1968 I identified my role models as David N. Howell of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and Dr. Christian E. Baker,” who once served as president of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University).  In his undelivered speech, Mr. Woods  recalled that in those days, they knew no tribes at the “YMCA—”  no Krahn, no Sapo, no Congo or Kpelleh, noting. “We were Liberians and members of the Y at various levels.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Naymote Releases Survey Report on President, Police, Utilities

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Jarwolo of NAYMOTE The Naymote Partners for Democratic Development has announced the results of its third survey on citizens’ assessment of the performance of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), the Liberian Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), the Liberian National Police (LNP) and the post Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration.Naymote conducted the survey using mobile phones by  which it solicited citizens’ opinions and evaluation of services provided by the government highlighting water, electricity and security as the nation holds elections about six weeks hence.According to Naymote’s press release issued by its executive director, Eddie Jarwolo, the survey is significant considering that water, electricity, and security are basic amenities that people need for sustenance. These services if provided, could build citizens’ trust in the governance process, the release said.The survey targeted as respondents 1,240 registered voters residing in the 17 electoral districts across Montserrado County. Of the total number who participated in the survey, 58.5 percent were males and 41.5 percent were females; 42.3 percent were below ages 25 years, while 57.7 percent were above 25 years.With 43 days to the October elections, public views of the LNP are positive. The survey revealed that 70.7 percent of the respondents believe the LNP is adequately prepared to provide security during and after the electoral process, while 29.3 percent said they do not think so.Eighty-eight percent of the respondents are positive of a better Liberia after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s 12 years in office, 10.4 percent are not hopeful, while 1.6 percent stated they do not know whether Liberia will be better off after the Sirleaf administration.According to the survey, thirty percent of respondents rated the performance of the LEC as good, 24 percent rated it as poor, 19.5 percent said fair, 7.8 percent graded it very good, and 18.7 percent said they were unsure.A majority of the respondents or  53.1 percent gave a negative assessment of LWSC’s performance. 31.3 percent said they are very disappointed and 21.8 percent said they are disappointed with the Corporation.  Only 15 percent said they are satisfied and 3.8 percent are very satisfied, while 27.7 percent said they don’t know.NAYMOTE says the survey was conducted to provide LNP, LEC and LWSC with direct feedback of how citizens rate their performances and the services they provide, and how they can improve their services to Liberians and foreign residents. The survey was conducted from the institution’s “phone-bank” of over 9,500 names and contact details of registered voters across the 73 electoral districts.The institution’s trained call center staff randomly selected 1,240 respondents from the phone bank for the survey. Eight enumerators conducted the survey using mobile phones for collecting data as well as enabling data entry clerks to enter and store data from the respondents on to its computer system. The survey was conducted in 25 working days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gasoline, Oil and Natural Gas Prices

first_imgBy Dwight FordIt appears that Fort St. John gasoline prices are into a bit of a roller-coaster ride and budget conscious motorists would be well advised to shop before they purchase this morning. – Advertisement -After pushing the price to a 109.9 cents a liter yesterday four out of seven local filling stations as of early this morning had dropped their posted price for a regular liter back to a 101.2.Meantime, the price of crude oil is again struggling to stay above 80 dollars a barrel, after losing a $1.30 yesterday and finishing the day at $80.61 U.S.Natural Gas is now barely above 4 dollars U.S. per million BTU and that’s only about half of where it’s suppose to be to instil drilling confidence among producers.Today, we could find out more about where that confidence level is in this region, when 77 parcels covering more than 25,000 hectares are offered in BC’S March natural gas and petroleum rights sale.Advertisementlast_img read more

Country group Rascal Flatts heading to Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts revealed they will continue their headlining tour into the fall, revealing the FOREVER SUMMER PLAYLIST TOUR will stop in Canada for a special run of shows kicking off on Oct. 24 in Medicine Hat, AB with a stop in Dawson Creek, BC on Saturday, October 26. Presented by 100.1 Moose FM!Tickets are available starting Monday, June 24 at 10:00 AM PST. Tickets are priced at $116.00, $96.00 and $76.00 plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased online at by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus locations at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek or the Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet in Fort St. John.For your chance to beat the box office, listen all week to Moose FM.  Plus if you want a chance to buy tickets early, join the Newsletter and you could buy tickets this Thursday!- Advertisement -The trio, who are currently on their stacked SUMMER PLAYLIST TOUR across the United States, have been praised for their show offering a “a nice night of pop-country hits with a little extra flair tossed in” (St. Louis Post Dispatch). The group has invited special guests Aaron Goodvin and Steven Lee Olsen to join them on the newly-announced Canadian run and tickets go on sale starting Monday, June 24 10am local at Gold & Gold, Sakamoto Entertainement ProductionFOREVER SUMMER PLAYLIST Tour Dates:Advertisement 10/24 Medicine Hat, AB Canada – Canalta Centre10/26 Dawson Creek, BC Canada – Encana Events Centre10/27 Prince George, BC Canada – CN Centre10/29 Kamloops, BC Canada – Sandman CentreAdvertisement 10/30 Penticton, BC Canada – South Okanagan Centre11/1 Abbotsford, BC Canada – Abbotsford CentreOne band. Ten albums. Seventeen No. One hits. Time and success have only put Rascal Flatts closer to their core with expert musicianship, razor-sharp vocals and songs that have shaped lives, loves and the genre of country music itself. The trio’s Top 20 single “Back To Life” is currently ascending at Country radio and follows back-to-back chart-topping singles “Yours If You Want It” as well as “I Like The Sound Of That” (Big Machine Records).Rascal Flatts recently dropped a four-song EP, JUKEBOX as a surprise for fans, featuring special spins on their most-loved songs. The group has also earned over 40 trophies from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more, also making them the most awarded country group of the past decade. Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre with over 10 million tickets sold, the trio is currently on their stacked headlining SUMMER PLAYLIST TOUR playing major cities across the U.S. For more information, visit read more

Podolski going to Euros as Germany social media manager? Fans laugh at inclusion

first_img Lukas Podolski (middle) is in the Germany squad and some fans are confused Lukas Podolski is going to Euro 2016… as a player.The forward has been included in Germany’s team, but Marco Reus has missed out.Podolski spent three years at Arsenal where players enjoy a selfie or two and the 30-year-old was among the most active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so is he also going to the finals to lend the social media team a hand?That was one reaction online to his inclusion and you can see more here. 1last_img

Jose Mourinho receives apology from Chelsea coach who sparked touchline chaos

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Ianni provoked Mourinho huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Mourinho sees red! 👀🔴The @ManUtd manager was absolutely furious as @ChelseaFC equalised in the dying seconds of their @premierleague clash! 😳😡📲— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 20, 2018Mourinho was seconds away from a huge win on his return to Chelsea, after an Anthony Martial double cancelled out Antonio Rudiger’s opener for the hosts.However, the occasion turned sour after Barkley’s 96th-minute strike, and Chelsea fans joined in by chanting abuse at their former boss.Mourinho responded by holding up three fingers, reminding Stamford Bridge how many league titles he won for the club.Blues boss Sarri admitted his assistant was the guilty party and confirmed he will deal with the situation internally. And according to Mourinho, both Maurizio Sarri and Ianni have since apologised for the assistant’s behaviour.“What happened was with Sarri’s assistant and Sarri was first to come to me and say he would resolve the problem internally with him.“His assistant came to me in Sarri’s office and apologised to me.“I said if you really feel that way I accept your apology and forget it, I’m not going to kill you for one mistake.“He apologised and I accepted it.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF no dice Jose Mourinho received a personal apology from the Chelsea coach who sparked a furious touchline fracas during Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.The Red Devils boss reacted furiously after Marco Ianni celebrated Ross Barkley’s last-gasp equaliser right in front of the United dugout. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “After the match I spoke with Jose. Immediately I understood that we were wrong.“I then spoke with the member of my staff and brought him to Mourinho to say sorry. I think it is finished.“I want to speak to him again.“I have dealt with the situation immediately, of course, I need to speak with Mourinho again. I want to be sure he understands it was our big mistake.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Milford Inn is to reopen for business next week in time for the Christmas season.The Milford Inn is to reopen.The famous hotel, which was shut down a year and a half ago, will be managed by Neal Blaney family under a lease-back deal that was finally agreed in recent days after lengthy negotiations.And in the first big vote of confidence in the reopening the Milford GAA Club has already booked their annual dinner dance at the hotel on December 29th. The decision to reopen the Inn is being seen locally as a positive sign of brighter days ahead for Milford where far too many young people have been left without jobs.The Milford Inn is also seen as a very important component in the commercial life of Milford where a large numbers of the workforce were employed.The hotel has been closed since April last year when it was put into voluntary liquidation due to difficult trading conditions.The Tirconail Tribune reports that arrangement to reopen the hotel has been brokered between the liquidator and the representatives of the Blaney family and will operate as The Milford Inn Ltd. In the coming days a full Christmas programme will be put in place and party nights and the list of seasonal events will be published next week.The premises has been bought from the liquidator by a group of investors – however they will not hold any management profile in the company.The deal agreed between liquidator Tom O’Brien of Mazars, Dublin and Farren and Roarty Accountants will see the Blaney family lease-back the premises from the investment company and they will hope that the goodwill built up over forty years will return to support the new venture into the future.We understand the Blaney family has also secured the right to buy-back the Milford Inn at a future date, but Neal Blaney would only say that they were delighted to be back in business in Milford where the Inn has always been the flagship in their customer base.Confirming that the premises will be run under the Milford Inn brand name, Mr. Blaney told the Tribune he is delighted to see a bit of good news for the area where much needed work jobs be created once again. When the Milford Inn went into liquidation it was reported that over fifty full time jobs had been lost.Confirming the reopening of the Milford Inn Hotel Neal Blaney said that Seamus Farren had been successful in convincing financiers from outside of Donegal to invest in Milford.Mr. Blaney said this had been a major achievement at a time when dozens of similar opportunities were available elsewhere.The hotel was later put on the market for sale by Dublin auctioneers, Morrissey’s on behalf of the Liquidator, Mr. Tom O’Brien of Mazars with a price tag of €800,000 and it is believed a number of interested parties made enquiries. There was widespread astonishment on the morning of April 5th last year when the owners of the Milford Inn Hotel posted a notice on Facebook saying they wished to confirm that the Hotel has gone into liquidation due to financial difficulties and the business was to remain closed until these issues are resolved.For some time before it closed down the hotel had operated under the Best Western Brand and its closure caused widespread shock. The management moved quickly to redirect their substantial wedding portfolio to other family run hotels at the Silver Tassie and Water’s Edge.The premises is to be reopened on a phased basis, The initial phase will see up to twenty jobs created as the bar and dining rooms come back return.Neal Blaney said that he was optimistic despite the downturn and he hoped that the volume of business generated by a loyal customer base would still be there. He also believes that the reopening of the Milford Inn is very important for Milford and Ramelton where much of its staff have an historical affinity.Since its establishment in 1971 the Milford Inn has been a landmark venue in the Fanad and Rossguill areas and it was founded by the late Neil T. Blaney as a basic roadhouse and small restaurant. It soon became renowned for the famed Blaney hospitality, food, drink and welcome.Now some 42 years later, the new generation of the Blaney’s hope that that record will once again play a prominent role in the commercial life of the Milford area.FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL TO OPEN ITS DOORS AGAIN IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 14th, 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:blaneydonegalMilford Innreopenlast_img read more