No. 3 SFA Upends No. 1 Lions, Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament

first_imgAt the start of the game, Southeastern forced three turnovers on the Lumberjacks’ first three possessions followed by senior guard Eddy Polanco knocking down a three-pointer to make it 5-0 before Kyle Keller called an early timeout.The Jacks’ senior guard Ty Charles gave the team its first points of the game with a three-pointer that woke up the Lumberjack offense coming out of the timeout. SFA garnered its first lead at 8-7 and used two big stretches in the opening period to take the 32-25 lead at the break.Down 13-8 with 13:16 remaining in the first half, sophomore guard Aaron Augustin used a jumper to spark a 9-0 run with Holyfield capping it with a triple and layup to take the four-point lead.MBB: FINALLY back in the locker room,?? time for @coach_keller12. #AxeEm #SouthlandStrong @SFA_MBB— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) March 11, 2018 That’s when another Holyfield tip-in turned the tide. Veal tallied his fourth assist of the game with 8:10 left in the first when he fed Greenwood for a layup to cut the SFA lead to 22-19. It would be the last field goal for Southeastern in a six-minute stretch that saw the Lumberjacks net eight-straight points, including a monstrous slam by Holyfield, to go up 30-18.In the first half, Holyfield and junior guard Shannon Bogues each registered seven points to lead the Lumberjack offense while Polanco scored seven points paired with four rebounds and Veal had four points along with five assists for the Lions. SFA had eight second chance points to SLU’s zero and led the battle of the boards 15-10. SFA outrebounded Southeastern 34-27 for the night, 13 of those coming on the offensive side. The Lumberjacks put up 16 second chance points compared to the Lions’ two. They also led the turnover game, forcing 15 though the Lions scored a game-leading 18 points off 11 turnovers.“They do a great job defensively and play a style of defense that is not very common,” Ladner said. “I have this great respect for Kyle Keller and the Stephen F. Austin program. They did a great job of really disturbing Marlain Veal. Veal makes our team go. They did a great job of helping take him out of the game.” The Lumberjacks will await its fate in the NCAA Tournament when the bracket is announced Sunday at 5 p.m. CT on TBS.center_img Box Score | Photo Gallery | ESPN2 Replay | HighlightsKATY, Texas – After a one-year absence, Stephen F. Austin is headed back to the NCAA Tournament.The Lumberjacks won their fourth Southland Conference Tournament Championship in five years when they defeated top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana 59-55 on Saturday at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.“That was a great night for our school and these players,” SFA head coach Kyle Keller said. “I sat here about 12 months ago and told people that would listen that we’d be back. Thankfully our players did that for us. I’m very gracious our players listened.”SFA led by as many as 14 in the second half, but it was the last 4:46 of the game that proved all the difference for the Lumberjacks. In that span, the No. 3 seed outscored its opponent 16-6 to regain the lead and claim the 2018 title.The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 9-2 start to the second half to extend their lead to 14, but Southeastern strung together a couple runs of its own to regain the lead. After a 7-0 stretch came to a halt from a TJ Holyfield tip-in, junior forward Moses Greenwood and senior guard Joshua Filmore combined for 15 consecutive points to give the Lions a 49-43 lead with 5:45 left in the game, keeping SFA scoreless for almost nine minutes. Holyfield, the eventual Tournament MVP, led a six-point stretch to tie the game at 49 apiece which forced Southeastern head coach Jay Ladner to call a timeout at 3:51 left in the game. All-Tournament selection Marlain Veal completed a pair of shots at the charity line to give the Lions a 51-49 lead, but senior guard Ivan Canete answered with a three-pointer, and the ‘Jacks never surrendered the lead after that. All-Tournament TeamTournament MVP: TJ Holyfield, Stephen F. AustinMarlain Veal, Southeastern LouisianaShannon Bogues, Stephen F. AustinJosh Delaney, Sam Houston StateEddy Polanco, Southeastern Louisianalast_img read more

UEFA bans Sergio Ramos for additional Champions League game

first_imgLATEST STORIES He will now also miss the first leg of the quarterfinals if Madrid advances from the round of 16.The Spain defender was booked for a foul in the 90th minute of Madrid’s 2-1 win in Amsterdam in the first leg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat triggered a one-game ban for the second leg at home, which would have cleaned Ramos’s disciplinary slate for the quarterfinals.Ramos reportedly acknowledged his intentions in a post-game interview, then retracted it in a Twitter post. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 24, 2019 Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) quarter-final first leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Girona FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. – Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos has been given two-game European ban for deliberate booking, AFP reported on February 28, 2019. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)NYON, Switzerland — Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been banned for an additional Champions League game for deliberately provoking a yellow card to control the timing of a one-game suspension.UEFA says its disciplinary panel found Ramos guilty of “clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose” against Ajax two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Plenty of respect and confidence for Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobslast_img read more

How much longer must we suffer their confusion and chaos?

first_imgDear Editor,Dr Clive Thomas, erstwhile anti-imperialist and dependency theorist, now a State functionary in the neo-liberal A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, reportedly said that the Government should give US$5000 from the oil revenue to each Guyanese household annually. He told the residents of Buxton-Friendship at the Eusi Kwayana Emancipation Symposium that a friend told him that this is what they do in Alaska.The Libyan Jamahiriya, under the leadership of the revolutionary Pan-Africanist Muammar Qaddafi did exactly what Dr Thomas is calling on this government to do, but the sum deposited was far more than US$5000. In the Libyan Jamahiriya, every Libyan was the recipient of thousands of dollars, deposited directly into their bank account because the Libyan revolution and its leadership affirmed the principle that the natural resources of the country are the patrimony of every citizen. Dr Thomas is certainly ignorant of the tremendous achievements of Libya. He heard about Alaska, but was completely unaware of what happened first in Libya on the African continent. In fact, Dr Thomas is one of those ivory tower academics who fell for the fake news and false narratives produced by the Western corporate media that “Qaddafi was killing his people”. Dr Thomas is on record as siding with the forces of white supremacy and the racist Gulf Arabs to destroy the most prosperous African country at that time, when he said: “Qaddafi must go.”Dr Thomas is an example of the kind of ideological schizophrenia that has Guyana where it is today. This confusion dates way back. Poor Burnham had to contend with these people when he was charting a course for true independence and a self-reliant economy. Dr Thomas and his party, the WPA, while claiming to be the big revolutionary socialists, hated socialist Burnham and fought him tooth and nail, eventually finding themselves on the same side as the imperialist forces who attempted to destabilise Burnham’s Government. When Burnham’s programme was overturned, they were unable to offer any alternative, and the country was plunged into the disastrous period of the imperialist-directed ERP (so-called Economic Recovery Programme) under Mr Hoyte’s leadership. This disaster opened the way for the brutal and racist PPP dictatorship. Despite their claims to be socialist and committed to the emancipation of Guyana’s suffering masses, today, Dr Thomas and his cohorts have no problem aligning themselves with a Government that is dictated to by the ABC countries, and which promotes neo-liberal policies that are causing havoc in this country.How much longer must we suffer their confusion and chaos?Sincerely,Gerald A PerreiraOrganisation for theVictory of the People (OVP)last_img read more

MOCI Gears Up for Annual MSME Confab

first_imgCommerce Minister Addy (center) and an international guest interact with an agripreneur at a past MSME conference in Monrovia.The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) will on Saturday, November 25, launch the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) annual Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) conference in the Monrovia.During the MSME week, the government of Liberia will offer US$20,000 in Prizes for ICT Exhibitors, E+ Business Plan Competition with US$100,000 in grants, which will be held at the Liberia Marketplace and Trade Fair in Monrovia.The conference is the largest annual gathering of small businesses with the chance to exhibit their products to a larger audience.The SME Week will commence with activities by GIZ and the tradition of the conference opening and closing by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.The Liberian leaders will be accompanied by members from the Cabinet, members of the Legislature and the Judiciary.According to MOCI, they will address Liberian entrepreneurs, business executives, local and international partners, members of the diplomatic corps, youths and a cross-section of stakeholders at the Liberian Marketplace, Nancy B. Doe Jorkpen Town Market, 8th Street Sinkor.This year’s annual MSME Conference, according to authority from the Ministry of Commerce will be held under the theme “From Vision to Implementation, Buying Liberian, and Building Liberia” with a special focus on “Promoting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Liberia.”Flashback: (L-r) President Sirleaf, Minister Addy and other government officials observe as ICT entrepreneur Caesar Morris leads a demonstration at the MSME conference in 2016.Since its inception in 2013, the SBA MSME Conference has focused on different topics and allowed MSMEs to explore partnerships and receive financing to expand their operations.The conference has facilitated over US$42 million in public procurement from SMEs in FY2015/2016 and led to several innovations, such as the Small Business Empowerment Act which created the Small Business Administration, the E+ project, the Lofa Women Weaving Center, and the Liberian Marketplace, funded through the Liberia Innovation Fund for Entrepreneurs (LIFE).Each year the conference has had a specific focus. The last year’s conference centered around ‘Women Entrepreneurship’ and covered topics such as financing options available for MSMEs; the role of Government in support of MSMEs; challenges and opportunities faced by MSMEs today.The theme for 2015 emphasized ‘Youth Innovation for Economic Empowerment’ and was a platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their creativity and innovations at the Trade Fair.This year’s emphasis is on Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and will showcase ICT professionals/innovators that have developed business solutions that can resolve challenges and transform businesses in Liberia.This year’s conference will, again, be the annual flagship conference organized by the MOCI and provide opportunities for capacity building, product exhibition, networking with investors, partners and clients and business linkage events.With the business competition, the conference also provides the chance for innovative Liberian ICT professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs to win US$20,000 prizes through a business competition in which applicants showcase their solutions that help solve community and business problems. Four prizes of US$5,000 each will be awarded in the following categories: Agribusiness, E-commerce, Education and eGovernment.Besides showcasing ICT innovations, in partnership with Mercy Corps and the Embassy of Sweden, the second annual E+ Second Class Business Plan competition will be launched. E+ is a flagship program that selects, train and promotes ten entrepreneurs through a competitive process that results in grants of $100,000 to be shared among the winners of E+ to start their own businesses.This year, the trade fair will also showcase other SMEs from all over Liberia. Like last year, all exhibitors will receive various trainings including IFC BusinessEdge training by BSC. The conference will climax with an event, including the Liberian Marketplace/Trade Fair and concert on Saturday on December 2nd, 2017 hosted by Orange Liberia.The Annual MSME Conference is the flagship conference of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Small Business Administration (SBA) and takes place this year in collaboration with the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication.Hosting partners include Orange Liberia, Mercy Corps, Embassy of Sweden, USAID and the Government of Japan.Sponsors include CEMENCO, the National Port Authority and supporting partners include K-3 Inc., the Business Start-up Center,, SMARTLiberia, Blue Crest University, HAK Technology, Albright Liberia, British Embassy, Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) and Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC).It may be recalled that, the MSME Conference was first launched in 2013 as a pillar of the Ministry of Commerce’s new administration, under the watchful eyes of Minister Axel M. Addy and the Senior Management Team.The annual MSME conference was introduced as a core strategy for the implementation of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Policy, which was the country’s first National Policy on Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation for Liberian MSMEs.The Policy was endorsed as critical to inclusive growth given that small businesses are at the heart of the country’s private sector. They make a significant but often unaccounted for contribution to Liberia’s economy; as such, there was every reason to devote public resources to strengthening small businesses in Liberia.As the main source of income for 80% of Liberians, microenterprises are the cornerstone of family welfare in Liberia. Households with successful microenterprises that generate steady revenues are positioned to provide better health services, housing and education for their families.Founded primarily by Liberians with the desire and potential to establish and grow their own businesses, small and medium enterprises are the emerging core of the domestic corporate private sector. If an enabling environment is provided for them, they will contribute substantially to national growth, job creation and exports.The conference has become one of the main national platforms that address the four pillars of the 2011 MSME Policy including legal & regulatory reform, access to finance, access to market and Access to Capacity Building.As such, the conference provides capacity building training for selected Liberian-owned businesses that produce for local and international consumption; crucial market linkages as international and local buyers express their needs to vendors and panels on access to finance in the form of ‘breakout sessions.’Several policy statements that came out of discussions at the MSME Conference directly impacted Liberian SMEs. For example, the President issues Executive order #73, which was renewed during the 2015 Conference, under which SMEs in the agriculture sector benefit from tariff exemption on certain agricultural equipment.Trade fair winners walk away with US$5000 each and many SMEs get connected to local and international financial institutions. Success stories of the Annual Conference have been told by participants of past conferences, such as SEGAL Security Firm, Efficient Logistics, Fabrar Rice, Falama INC, and J-Palm Liberia, only to state a few.The competence of Liberian MSMEs to progress within the Liberian local markets depends on their ability to improve their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in all aspects of commerce and trade.Although the four pillars of the MSME Policy are critical challenges which form the basis of MSME development in Liberia, among them, building skills and knowledge are of particular significance and are a priority area for the Ministry. The Ministry’s willingness to propel and sustain private sector development requires the devotion of public resources in the generation of knowledge, fostering stability and sustaining growth.This year’s Conference, as with the past ones, aims to address these issues by fostering new ideas, exhibiting new innovations and sharing knowledge of best business practices amongst ICT MSMEs.David A. Yates contributed to this story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Salt fish thief gets 6-month jail sentence

first_imgShawn RobertsForty-five-year-old Shawn Roberts was on Wednesday sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by principal Magistrate Faith McGusty for stealing a quantity of salted fish and other items.The unrepresented man pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge when it was read to him at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The Police stated that on June 2, 2019 at Ferry Stelling at Stabroek, the defendant stole a quantity of salted fish, ground provisions, and carrots valued $59,009 from Janel Jupiter.In his explanation to the court, the defendant stated, “I was involved in an accident and after leaving the hospital, I decided to steal the salt fish in order to sell it to buy my medication.”Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman told the court the victim was the owner of a stall at the Ferry Stelling and sold ground provisions and other items.On the day in question, the woman was attending to a customer when Roberts took the articles mentioned in the charge and made good his escape. The matter was reported; an investigation was carried out, and Roberts was apprehended and charged.last_img read more

Lindeners receive school supplies, sporting gear from Police

first_img…initiative aimed at assisting development of children – LordBoth education and sport activities play vital roles in the overall development of youths in any society.Some of the beneficiaries who received school supplies from the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday in Region 10This is according to Commander of E Division (Linden- Kwakwani), Senior Superintendent Linden Lord, who, along with ranks of the division, in an effort to promote both education and sports, made donations of school items and sporting gear that will benefit scores of Lindeners.Commander Lord told this publication that on Wednesday, 45 children of Police ranks attached to the Mackenzie Police Station received school bags and stationary supplies to assist their families. He noted that in order to assist both the parents and children of those families, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) ZARA Computer Centre located at Eve Leary, Georgetown, provided these donations.Meanwhile, a quantity of sporting gear that can be used in various sports were also donated to a specific area in Block ” Upper West, Watooka, Demerara River (Region 10) where it is expected that over 100 residents there would directly benefit.Residents in Watooka, Upper Demerara River receiving the donation of sporting gear from Police ranks of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani)According to the Commander, there are instances where some parents found it extremely difficult to provide much-needed school supplies and items for their children to obtain an education and that such an initiative was executed with the aim of alleviating the financial burdens on Police ranks.Additionally, it was pointed out that while education is deemed as crucial for a child’s future, sport should not be overlooked. He added that this is why the Police force deemed it necessary to also provide sporting gear for residents so that their children can stay fit and healthy while learning or perfecting sporting talents.Also, such opportunities will provide youths and young adults with alternatives to safely and gainfully occupy their free time and this in turn would help to prevent them from indulging in criminal activities, he added.last_img read more

New Totem Archery Club hosting Cash shootout

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The New Totem Archery Club will host their 3D Redding Spot Cash Shoot on July 28th.The event will see competitors shoot two arrows at 25 different targets trying to achieve the highest score possible. A spot is worth 11 points, eight rings are worth ten points and bodies are worth eight points.Competitors will be shooting for over $1,800 with the top three finishers receiving the cash.- Advertisement -Divisions at the event include competitive and non-competitive. Only participants in the competitive division will have the chance to qualify for the shootout to win cash. The shootout will feature the top five archers in each competitive division.Registration for the event starts at 8:00 in the morning while the competition doesn’t begin until 9:00 a.m. Registration can be done in person on the morning of the competition. The cash shootout will commence after the Saturday’s rounds.Registration fees for the event are $50 for non-competitive adults and $20 for non-competitive juniors. The competitive fee will be an additional $20 with that money going into the pot.Advertisement Once the cash shootout concludes there will be a $3,500 cash raffle, so residents who don’t win the shootout could still go home with a full wallet.New Totem Archery Club Cash Shootout flyer. Photo by the New Totem Archery Club.last_img read more

Guyana Wrestling Association to open new avenue for sport

first_imgThere is now a body to govern and promote wrestling in Guyana. Dubbed the Guyana Wrestling Association (GWA), this entity was formed in June 2017 and has gained affiliation with United World Wrestling in February 2018.United World Wrestling governs wrestling worldwide. It encourages the development of all wrestling styles, promotes the sport in all countries, and provides support and technical assistance to all affiliated members.President of the local association, Marcello Small, has said the GWA’s mission is to coordinate, promote, and develop the sporting activity of Wrestling in Guyana, in order to achieve the highest standards possible in the sport.Small indicated that while it’s a huge task ahead, he believes it’s achievable, since wrestling is an Olympic sport and this will now give Guyanese the opportunity to participate and compete in something new.Guyana will now have the opportunity to compete in Wrestling at the national, regional and Olympic levels.According to a release from the Association, the next step in the coming months will be to embark on training coaches. Interested persons can contact the Wrestling Association on telephone number 673-9221, or search for the Guyana Wrestling Association on Facebook; or email the Association at for more information.last_img read more

Wenger believes it is easier to prepare Arsenal for Barcelona than for Hull

first_img Arsenal training ahead of Tuesday’s game Arsene Wenger admits Barcelona are almost perfect – but insists it is easier to prepare his Arsenal side for the Catalan giants than it was for Saturday’s FA Cup meeting with Hull.The Gunners face a tough examination when they come up against Champions League holders Barcelona on Tuesday night as they look to progress past the round of 16 stage for the first time in five successive seasons.With Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez forming a formidable front three for the visitors to the Emirates Stadium many – including Wenger – make the Primera Division side favourites for the tie.Wenger believes Barcelona currently have “top, top class” attacking talent but says they have a chink in their armour and his players will take no preparing for the task at hand.“Honestly, of course the difficulty of the task is completely different but it is more difficult to prepare against Hull than Barcelona,” he said.“Against Barcelona everyone is naturally focused. It is more to create belief and confidence, because Barcelona are super-favourites in this game.“Against Hull it is more to raise the urgency level and convince everybody that it is a very difficult game.“Tomorrow everyone is convinced that we absolutely need to have, as a squad, total focus to have a chance and that is what I try to raise. Belief, confidence and let’s go for it.“Of course, there is no team – our world is not perfect and no team is perfect. But they are not far from it, Barca, I must say.“We have to use every moment in the game where we have the chance to score, and as I said after the Hull game, we had 70 per cent of the time the ball but we didn’t make a lot of it. Against Barcelona we will have the ball far less and we will have to make more of it.”Arsenal have suffered from poor results in the opening leg of knockout Champions League ties in recent years, last season losing 3-1 at home to Monaco before being eliminated on away goals following a 2-0 victory in the principality.And Wenger wants his squad to show they have learned from previous mistakes as he looks for the right balance to pull off a result on Tuesday.“It is a good opportunity to show we have learned because it is true we have given ourselves a difficult task after the first home leg and maybe after we have been a bit too keen to make the difference in the first game,” he added.“We need to find the right balance between being audacious because that is what you will need to be against Barcelona.“We need to be strong defensively as a unit and not put ourselves in front of a very difficult task in the second leg.” 1last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal county councillor has extended the hand of friendship to the family of dead Garda Gary McLoughlin – by inviting them to the Donegal International Rally.Keen rally enthusiast Kieran Brogan made the comment as Donegal County Council gave the family of the late Buncrana Garda a special commemoration in his order at County House.Garda McLoughlin was killed when he was rammed by a car being driven by convict Martin McDermott at Lisfannon, Burt in december 2009. Cllr Brogan invited Gary’s brother Enda to compete in the rally in June after hearing he is a rally enthusiast.A smiling Enda McLoughlin agreed to accept Cllr Brogan’s invitation to applause from all those present.All councillors representing all political parties across Donegal were united in their tributes to the late Garda McLoughlin.DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL ‘RALLY’ TO DECEASED GARDA’S FAMILY was last modified: May 6th, 2012 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)last_img read more