Nicholls’ Hebert, UCA’s Johnson Capture Softball Player of the Week Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Kennedy Hebert and Central Arkansas’ Jordan Johnson are the Southland Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. The pair and their squads competed in The Spring Games in Madeira Beach, Fla., over the weekend.Hebert’s strong week at the plate led the Colonels to a trio of wins last week, including a 4-2 victory over Purdue Friday afternoon. The sophomore stamped 17 plate appearances with three RBI, two homers and eight hits for a .471 batting average and her first Southland weekly accolade. Nicholls is back in action Tuesday evening with a 6 p.m. bout at home against Southern.Johnson appeared in three games and 11.1 innings for the Bears (7-4), claiming a 2-0 record on the week and allowing just one run over the three-game stretch. The sophomore claimed a 0.62 earned-run average and rang up a complete-game shutout victory over Middle Tennessee, her first of the season. The award marks the first of her career for Johnson. Central Arkansas hits the diamond again this Friday at 4:15 p.m. against Jackson State to kick off the Michelle Short Memorial Classic in Conway, Ark.Softball Hitter of the Week – Kennedy Hebert, Nicholls – So. – OF – Morgan City, La.Hebert continued her red-hot start to the season by hitting .471 with two homers and three RBIs in the Colonels’ six games last week. The sophomore had three two-hit games, highlighted by a double and two-run homer in the 4-2 win over Purdue Friday afternoon. She also hit a home run in the 4-3 victory over Mercer Sunday afternoon to go along with an infield single in the bottom of the seventh that led to a throwing error and a walkoff victory for the Colonels. Hebert reached safely in all six games, adding three walks, five runs and a pair of home runs for the week.Honorable Mention: Caylon Brabham, McNeese; Hayley Barbazon, Northwestern State.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Jordan Johnson, Central Arkansas – So. – RHP – Paola, Kan.Johnson recorded her first complete-game shutout of the season with a pair of strikeouts in a 3-0 victory over Middle Tennessee Friday afternoon. Additionally, she closed out the weekend for the Bears in Madeira Beach, Fla., with four innings of relief in a 3-0 win over South Dakota Sunday afternoon.Honorable Mention: Alexsandra Flores, McNeese; Emily Danehower, Nicholls; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Grand Bassa Forging Ahead

first_imgGrand Bassa County Superintendent J. Levi Demah said his administration will not leave any stone unturned when it comes to the issue of undertaking new development projects across the county.Supt. Demah highlighted the construction of the new campus of the Grand Bassa Community College, the completion of the Liberia Opportunities Industrial Center (LOIC) vocational training center, the Buchanan City Hall, the County Service Center (CSC), as well as improvements to the Coastal Defense Project, among others, as projects being undertaken by his administration. The improvement of the Buchanan Seaport, which now operates 24-7, he said, has augmented the status of the county as a revenue generating hub for the country.Supt. Demah expressed satisfaction with the level of development that is currently going on in the county, noting, “Development comes when people work in one accord.” “All of what we are now seeing in Bassa is as a result of the willingness of the Bassa people to embrace development and work collectively,” he said.Supt. Demah made the comments on Monday when a team of Executive Mansion reporters toured major development projects in the county.“With the level of cordiality that currently exists in the country, more development projects will be initiated to better the lives of the people,” the Superintendent said. “I’m very happy about what is happening in this county. We are really forging ahead now.” He added that the community college will indeed become the pride of the country when all of the relevant pieces are put together.Demah said the LOIC center, where scores of young people are currently enrolled, is serving as the center of empowerment for the young people of Grand Bassa and adjacent counties, namely, Margibi, Sinoe and River Cess. The students are being trained in seven disciplines that include masonry, welding, home arts, tailoring, carpentry, engineering and electricity. LOIC training is an 18 month program.Demah said the enrollment level at the center and the seriousness of the students to learn clearly indicates that vocational education will make a difference in the county.The center was built with funding from the county’s social development funds, the Superintendent said, though he didn’t disclose the amount. He praised the president of the Grand Bassa Community College, Dr. Levi Zangai, for his level of leadership that is shaping the college in the right direction. He lauded President Sirleaf for the supports, which he said are making Bassa better.The team of journalists also toured the Port of Buchanan where Port Manager Patrick M. Konneh indicated that the port is now on the right trajectory, being fully operational seven days a week and a 24-hour pilot service following the installation of a Pilot Aid Navigation System. The cost of the navigation aids is being put at about US$200,000.Manager Konneh said as a result of 24-7 operations time, the Buchanan port is experiencing an increase in vessel traffic, which is economically beneficial because there is an increase in revenue generation through tariffs and taxes, as well as royalties.The increase in service at the port is also making the port competitive through timely berthing of vessels, full utilization of all berths and berthing opportunities, and reduction in vessel idle time during berths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gov’t to Increase Budget for Agriculture

first_imgPresident George M. WeahPresident George Weah has reiterated agriculture as critical to the transformation of Liberia’s economy. As such, the President said his administration is rationalizing government’s expenditures to put more money to the sector to improve food security.He made the pronouncement on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in his pre-recorded nationwide address.The President presented his speech against the backdrop of the mounting economic hardship facing the country where prices of basic commodities are sharply rising to the detriment of ordinary citizens.He added, “We are delivering a new and improved fiscal policy that will be announced with the passage of a credible national budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In the last several years, we have passed a budget that exceed our revenues potentials. We are now working together with counterparts in other agencies of government to pass a realistic budget.”“To achieve this,” the President said, “We will require sacrifices from all, because our actions will involve reform of our large wage bill, rationalizing government’s spending to put more resources to critical areas like health, education and agriculture.”Experts in the sector said since the end of the Liberian civil crisis (1989-2003), the country’s budget for agriculture is yet to align with the mandate of African leaders to allot 10 percent annually, this many stakeholders anticipate adherence.Up to current, the budget for agriculture remains at 3 percent annually with additional funding coming from external sources such as the World Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), African Development Bank and donor countries.However, despite these external sources for agriculture, experts are of the opinion that growth in the sector still remain elusive as smallholder farmers are faced with numerous challenges.It can be recalled that the President lamented the low agricultural productivity during his second annual message to the joint session of the 54th Legislature on Monday, January 28, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice man electrocuted

first_imgA construction foreman was on Tuesday electrocuted while working at a site at C Field Sophia, Georgetown.Dead: Elroy Haynes also called ‘Biggist’Reports are that the foreman was killed after a dragline came into contact with a high-powered wire.Dead is 59-year-old Elroy Haynes also called “Biggist” of Kiltairn Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). At the time of the incident, he was employed with Annirude Ramcharitar Construction Company of Friendship Village, also on the Corentyne.They were constructing a bridge for the Central Housing and Planning Authority under the International Development Bank, Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme.Speaking with Guyana Times, Annirude Ramcharitar said he received a telephone call at about 13:00h on Tuesday informing him of the incident.He said Haynes had been a very careful foreman and had supervised four other bridges in the same area which were constructed under the high-powered lines which belong to the Guyana Power and Light.According to Ramcharitar, if the dragline had come into contact with the line then the operator would have been “roasted”.The dead man’s sister, Michelle, said she spoke with one of the workers, who was on site and he gave a different version of what happened.“The person who had the phone said he was one of the workers on the worksite and one of them who took him to the hospital. He said to me that they were doing work in C Field and they had a crane moving piles from one place and placing them at another area and the boom of the crane came into contact with a live wire. My brother was below the machine, not inside holding a wire, and he fell and the guy that was next to him was pitched away.”Haynes was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The other worker was treated and sent away.A post-mortem performed on the body by Government Pathologist Dr Nehal Singh gave the cause of death as electrocution.Meanwhile, in a statement, the Central Housing and Planning Authority said the agency will be launching an internal investigation to see whether any safety standards were breached. The incident, the statement said, will be reported to the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry.At the time of the incident, Hayes along with other workers were moving construction piles from one location to another when a part of the crane which was being used to move the piles came into contact with a high voltage electric line resulting in the unfortunate incident, the Central Housing and Planning Authority said.Haynes was the third of eight siblings and the first to have passed away. He leaves to mourn a wife, four children and six siblings.last_img read more

Drew reports to camp

first_imgHe had surgery on the shoulder in September 2005. “Completely normal,” Drew said about the delay in finalizing the deal. “I was under a complete understanding that the deal was a done deal. They just wanted to get some wording in to protect them and I was fine with that. I went about my business as usual.” He said he got another opinion on his shoulder from doctors and it feels “great” now. “Everything feels wonderful. I’ve been throwing, hitting, doing all things I need to be doing to get ready to be here,” he said. Drew hit .283 with 20 homers and a career-high 100 RBIs in 146 games last season. He replaces Trot Nixon, who signed as a free agent with Cleveland after batting .278 in eight full seasons with Boston. FORT MYERS, Fla. – J.D. Drew has no complaints about Boston adding conditions to his contract to protect the team in case he re-injures his shoulder. The club’s new right fielder is confident the Red Sox have nothing to worry about. Drew showed up at spring training Wednesday with a five-year, $70 million deal saying he’s as healthy as he’s ever been in his career and he’s sure his right shoulder will hold up throughout the duration of his contract. “Absolutely,” Drew said. “I’ve been in a situation over the last three years where I’ve changed some things in the way I kind of manage myself off the field, and that’s really paid off.” Drew reached a preliminary agreement with Boston on Dec. 5 after opting out of the last three years of his five-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers. On Jan. 26, the Red Sox finally announced the deal after language was inserted allowing them to get out of the guaranteed money for 2010 and 2011 if he re-injures his shoulder. center_img Fans are bound to compare the aggressive Nixon, who dove at fly balls, with the calmer Drew, who was criticized in a book for lacking passion by Tony La Russa, his manager for five seasons in St. Louis. Drew said he hasn’t read the book but would say hello if he saw La Russa. “You get kind of fed up,” Drew said about his image. “He’s entitled to his opinion and I’ve kind of heard things about \ here and there, but it’s something I can’t focus on.” Drew provides a solid No. 5 hitter to protect David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, who hit third and fourth. Drew, a left-handed hitter, figures he’ll benefit from the high left-field wall at Fenway Park. Balls that were long outs at Dodger Stadium could be doubles in his new home park. “His grinding out of at-bats and his on-base percentage are excellent,” manager Terry Francona said. “His ability to drive in a lot of runs is, also. He could hit second and he’d be on base, but we want him to hit fifth and get on base and drive in runs. That’s part of the package of why he’s so special.” 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

Day-labor hiring sites considered

first_imgThe council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee asked that big-box stores – those over 100,000 square feet – have negotiations on creating special day labor centers at their sites. Damian Jones of Home Depot said the firm wants to work with the city to deal with the issue. “We would like to work with the city on a positive approach,” Jones said. “We believe we’re a good corporation and want to be a good corporate citizen.” Jones said Home Depot is willing to rent part of its land to the city for such centers at $1 a year and would build a facility for the workers. However, attorneys for the company said they are concerned about the ongoing costs and suggested the city measure include provisions to divert sales tax revenue from the stores to pay for such gathering places. However, council members said they wanted to leave funding options open. Councilman Tony C rdenas said he is concerned about the day laborers who gather at other sites around the city. “I could drive to a home improvement store and see a day-labor center, but across the street is a hardware store where a group of workers are gathered and down the street is a paint store where other would-be painters are standing around,” C rdenas said. “Would this apply to those facilities as well?” C rdenas was told the city wants to deal with the larger stores that attract the most workers, hoping such centers would attract workers from smaller sites. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Designated waiting areas for day laborers looking for work would be required at all large home improvement stores in the city, under a proposal making its way through the Los Angeles City Council. The measure aims to end a long-standing dispute between the city and businesses over problems caused by day laborers loitering near home improvement stores, liquor stores and other businesses. Last month, the City Council delayed the opening of a Home Depot store in Sunland-Tujunga in part to deal with the day laborer question. “I think all of us get the most calls about liquor stores, bars and home improvement stores,” council President Eric Garcetti said. “None are inherently bad entities, but they can have a bad spillover effect.” last_img read more


first_imgSOME of county’s best-known bars have come together to launch a unique initiative to offer their customers a unique Donegal experience.The 11 bars aim to offer the best of local produce and drinks under a promotion called Donegal Good Food Taverns.These bars intend to source as much local produce as possible for their menus, bringing the customer great quality food and drink such as local oysters, meat from local butchers, locally grown vegetables and Donegal produced beverages such as Tir Connell whiskey and McDaid’s soft drinks. Donegal Good Food Taverns have created a trail through delightful Donegal, and each tavern is instantly recognizable thanks to its trusty Toucan trademark adorning the outside of each bar.By creating a trail through Donegal to each bar, the bars aim to guarantee the customer live music every night at some point along the trail.Coupling this with Donegal’s breathtaking scenery and a host of activities available in the vicinity of each bar, Donegal Good Food Taverns offer a feast for the senses!There are eleven bars currently involved. They are; Nancy’s Bar, Ardara22 Main Street, KillybegsThe Village Tavern, MountcharlesDawros Bay, RosbegThe Tavern, Kilclooney Leo’s Tavern, CrollyThe Beachcomber, RathmullanThe Bayview Bar, DungloeThe Lobster Pot, Burtonport The Travellers Inn, Milford.The initiative will be launched in Nancy’s Bar, Ardara on Monday next, May 16th at 6.30pm with refreshments for all.The campaign will be launched by UTV’s Joe Mahon of Lesser Spotted Ulster fame.EndsDONEGAL’S BEST-KNOWN BARS TO GIVE CUSTOMERS SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT! was last modified: May 10th, 2011 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:Donegal Good Food Tavernslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL 0-07, DUBLIN 5-09: DONEGAL’S senior ladies were well beaten in their clash with Dublin in Donegal Town this afternoon.The Donegal side – without manager Maggie Foy who resigned after a meeting with the county board midweek – were mauled in the opening minutes by quick-fire goals from the visitors.Dublin led by a huge score at the break – 4-05 to 0-03 and Donegal ladies gave a better account of themselves in the second half, so there were some positives. The next crop of young players did well this weekend- pictured is the U-16 ladies who had a comprehensive win over Mayo on Saturday in a challenge game held in Sligo.TODAY’S SENIOR LADIES RESULTSMonaghan 4-18 Tyrone 0-8Donegal 0-7 Dublin 5-9Cavan 0-11 Down 3-9Fermanagh 1-5 Kildare 3-8Armagh 3-14 Offaly 0-3Roscommon 3-14 Antrim 2-7Derry 2-3 Limerick 7-8DONEGAL SENIOR LADIES WELL BEATEN BY RAMPANT DUBLIN – U16s DEFEAT MAYO was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal ladiesGaelic Footballlast_img read more


first_imgA man whose dog bit a child after it escaped from his garden has been ordered to pay €150 to charity.Jess Furnival appeared at Buncrana District Court charged with not having his dog under control.The court heard a woman was walking her daughter to school when it was attacked by a ‘collie’ dog at Swan Park area of Buncrana. There was no visible mark left by the dog but the mother later noticed the girl developed some bruising.The court heard that Mr Furnival, 65, was minding the dog for his daughter.He was driving out of his premises and the dog had escaped when some gates opened.Solicitor Ciaran McLochlainn told the court that some children had earlier ben throwing stones at the dog and this may have led to the incident.He added that both Mr Furnival, who had no previous convictions, had tried to resolve the issue with the child’s mother but could not and it had then ended up before the courts.His said his client was a fisherman and had never seen the inside of court before.He said he found it strange to be before the courts as the dog did not even belong to him.Judge Paul Kelly said he was prepared to strike the matter out if Mr Furnival, of Swan Park, Westbrook, Buncrana, paid €150 to charity.MAN ORDERED TO PAY €150 AFTER DOG BITES CHILD was last modified: January 10th, 2014 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:bitebuncranaBuncrana District CourtDOGJudge Paul KellySwan Parklast_img read more

Chelsea v Swansea line-ups: Hazard and Azpilicueta left out, four Blues changes, Swans man out

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte has made four changes for the game at Stamford Bridge, where Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta are substitutes.Cesc Fabregas has been recalled to the side and there are also starting places for Antonio Rudiger, Willian and Pedro.Swansea, who are unchanged, are without defender Federico Fernandez because of a family bereavement.On-loan Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham is ineligible to play against the Blues.Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Ampadu, Moses, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Hazard. Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Roque Mesa, Ki, Carroll, Sanches, Ayew, Bony.Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Clucas, Fer, Dyer, Routledge, McBurnie. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more