• HBU, Abilene Christian Earn Final Women’s Outdoor Weekly Honors

    first_imgHonorable Mention: Irene Akwitti, Abilene Christian; Deja Moore, Northwestern State. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Kierstin Santana, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Baytown, TexasAt the LSU Invitational, Santana broke the HBU record in the 800m by more than second and ran the second-fastest time in the Southland this season. She finished fourth among collegians behind a trio from Texas A&M while running the fastest 800 in the league on the weekend. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist senior Kierstin Santana and Abilene Christian junior Kayla Melgar are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.This is Santana’s second weekly outdoor track award of the season, having earned the honor on April 10. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Tempe, Ariz.Melgar posted a new personal best in the hammer throw with a mark of 183-11.25 at the ACU Oliver Jackson Twilight. That mark moves her into fourth in the Southland. The junior also finished first in shot put (48-05.25) and second in discus (176-03.00). The junior ranks top four in all three of these events in the conference. Honorable Mention: Cori Runnels, Northwestern State. All Southland teams now turn their sights to the 2018 Southland Outdoor Championships, beginning Friday in San Antonio, Texas, hosted by UIW. 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

  • GNBS lauds companies with accredited status

    first_imgBY RENNELLA BOURNEThe Guyana National Bureau of Standard (GNBS) joined with the rest of the world in celebrating World Accreditation Day under the theme, “Accreditation: A Global Tool to Support Public Policy”.While Word Accreditation Day is celebrated by many North American countries that promote their businesses which have been accredited, Guyana lacks severely in this respect since it only possess two laboratories that are accredited internationally.The GNBS took the time on Thursday to celebrate and promote the two laboratories that have been accredited – Eureka Medical Laboratory (EML) and the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) laboratory. These two laboratories have overridden the challenges and became accredited by the Jamaican National Agency for Accreditation which is recognised by international standards.Head of the Conformity Assessment Department at GNBS, Candelle Walcott-Bestwick expressed delight that the two laboratories are being recognised by international standards. “We have been putting much recognition to accreditation since 2010. I must say over the years, the sensitisation has grown; now two laboratories have been accredited in less than a year.”Walcott-Bestwick added that policymakers should take note of accreditation since in these two cases, it reduces the cost for delays of retesting and it reduces rejections of shipments of rice.Chief Executive Officer of Eureka Medical Laboratory Andrew Boyle, speaking with Guyana Times expressed his satisfaction of gaining an accredited status. He noted that while the company will not recoup the investments made to have the company accredited “what we have gained at EML is self-satisfaction to know that we are following the correct procedures and we are able to give patients their results with confidence.”According to Boyle, “We have been improving every single day, “it is something that I see the need for. We have been improving our machinery and our equipment not because of accreditation but because we want to improve our services to the public.”EML is not only located in the city but provides services to Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); Charity and Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon Supenaam); Rose Hall and New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Parika, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); and Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Allison Peters, Quality Control Manager of GRDB speaking with Guyana Times noted that the rice board’s laboratory gained accreditation one year ago and has instilled confidence in their work.Peters emphasised, “The benefits of accreditation many do not understand, but accreditation does not have much benefits for us here but it is for the buyers that will recognise we have international standard and as long as they see that they usually become confident in our markets.”She noted that the GRDB at its national certification status had to comply with many unnecessary retests at the miller’s expense but now accreditation has removed all of that.The GRDB Research Assistant, Marsha Hohenkirk said she was proud of the new recognition the laboratory has received and noted that “accreditation has benefited the laboratory’s staff; enhancing the discipline in their testing so that errors cannot go out of the laboratory.”Walcott-Bestwick noted that only the health and agricultural sectors are being impacted by the accreditation. “We would like to see more laboratories being accredited especially those for export, Guyana ready for business should mean more accredited facilities.”last_img read more

  • High Court to Review 13 Mercenaries’ Life Imprisonment Case on Tuesday

    first_imgThe Supreme Court will consider hearing of the conviction and life imprisonment sentence for 13 persons charged with mercenarism.The High Court, which is the final arbiter of justice in the country, will hear argument in the matter on Tuesday, December 2.The Justices said last week they would hear the convicted men’s appeal against the ruling of Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘D’ at the Temple of Justice.Judge Paye convicted and sentenced them to life imprisonment on June 17, after he affirmed the unanimous guilty verdict of the empanelled jury.This is the only option that is now available to the defense team. If the Supreme Court affirms the lower court’s decision, then that will be the final arbiter of justice in this case.But, if the Supreme Court reverses the ruling, the case could go into re-trial with a new judge assigned to preside.Initially, the lead defense lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe argued that the defendants were denied a fair trial, because the verdict of the six-member jury was not commensurate with the evidence adduced during the case.Their appeal was contained in an application requesting the court to institute a re-trial.Unfortunately, that request was denied by the Criminal Court ‘D’ judge, and he later stressed that the men will remain in jail for the rest of their lives.The 13 defendants were among 18 persons charged by the state with mercenarism in September 2012, in connection with the cross border attacks in the Ivory Coast, which resulted in the death of several persons including seven United Nations Peace Keepers from Niger serving in the la Cote d’Ivoire.The civil unrest in la Cote d’Ivoire had erupted between supporters of former Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo and that of President-elect Alassane Ouattara at the time.Five of the defendants were released for lack of evidence by the court, which the prosecution interposed no objection, while the rest of the 13 defendants were tried for their alleged role in the cross border attack.But, they denied all of the charges against them during the trial.Most of the defendants claimed they knew nothing about the war in la Cote d’Ivoire, with some of them considering the trial a witch-hunt against them, because of their connection to Grand Gedeh County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Senate Finally Confirms Dr. Jallah

    first_imgDr. Wilhemina Jallah, confirmed as Minister of HealthThe senate on Tuesday finally confirmed Health Minister-designate Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah as Liberia’s Minister of Health.The Senate’s Committee on Health, in its report vindicating her of any wrongdoing in her professional career, recommended to the plenary of the senate that they investigated Dr. Jallah but now saw it prudent to recommend her to that body for confirmation, because she has all the qualifications needed to serve as the country’s health minister.The CommitteePrior to President George Weah’s nominating Dr. Jallah, she worked with the John F. Kennedy Hospital. However, she later left and established her own private institution, the Hope for Women Hospital, which provides health services to many Liberians and other nationals.Following her nomination, Dr. Jallah faced strong opposition to her confirmation from several quarters; some argued that she lacked all qualifications to serve as the country’s minister of health; others questioned her ability to take over a sector that is yet to recover from setbacks caused by the Ebola crisis.It can be recalled that the New Generation International Church leadership called on the senate not to confirm Dr. Jallah until the charge against her was disposed of. The church said Dr. Jallah was facing court charges for “action of damages for murder.”The church had threatened to resist her confirmation due to the lawsuit. However not much has been heard lately from the church especially in the wake of her recent confirmation by the Liberian Senate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Dutch great Robben hangs boots

    first_imgHis contract at Bayern had expired on June 30.Robben played 96 international matches for the Netherlands, scoring 37 goals, and starred in the team which reached the 2010 World Cup final and finished third four years later.He won two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, before claiming a La Liga winner’s medal with Real Madrid.But Robben, a Groningen youth product, will be best remembered for his time at Bayern. He helped the Bavarians to eight Bundesliga crowns, five German Cups and the 2013 Champions League title, scoring 144 goals in 309 appearances for the club.There had been speculation Robben would continue playing, with a possible return to England mooted, but instead he has decided to hang up his boots after a career which was often blighted by injuries.“At the moment I’m fit and healthy and as a fan of many other sports, I want to keep it that way in the future,” Robben added.At Bayern, he combined with fellow winger Franck Ribery to great effect as the pair earned the nickname ‘Robbery’.“Thank you, danke, merci, dankjewel @arjenrobben,” wrote the 36-year-old Ribery, whose Bayern contract also expired last month, on Twitter.“Best @FCBayern counterpart I could imagine, #Robbery will never be forgotten! What a career my friend, now enjoy your time off the pitch.”Robben had already retired from international football after the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.He missed the majority of Bayern’s tight title contest against Borussia Dortmund in the second half of last term, but returned late in the season.Robben and Ribery both scored in their farewell appearance as Bayern secured a seventh straight German league title on the final day of the season with a 5-1 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Robben won his eighth Bundesliga title with Bayern last season © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLTHE HAGUE, Netherlands, Jul 4 – Dutch winger Arjen Robben announced he is ending his playing career at the age of 35 after a 10-year spell with German giants Bayern Munich.“It is without a doubt the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career, my heart says yes, my body says no,” Robben told the Telegraaf.last_img read more

  • Huge blow! Tottenham key star will miss Burnley clash

    first_img Tottenham star Hugo Lloris 1 Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Hugo Lloris will miss their clash with Burnley in the Premier League.The goalkeeper received a knee wound after a collision with team-mates Kyle Walker, which required stitches and kept him out of France’s internationals with Denmark and Brazil.Lloris’ wife Marine had allayed fears he would be unavailable for the Burnley match, tweeting, “Hugo needs to rest bit but he will be back really soon.”But it has now been confirmed the injury will keep him out of the game at Turf Moor.“Hugo Lloris is still recovering after his problem against Leicester – he is out,” said Pochettino.And the Argentine also reveal Roberto Soldado remains a doubt, he added: “Roberto Soldado is a doubt but we have two days ahead to decide if it’s possible for him to make the squad.”last_img read more


    first_imgHealthwise are reporting a massive response to the recent launch of their Online Photo Printing and gift service. Director Liam Grimley says the new online service was launched with a view to making it easier for customers to order prints and gifts from home, and have been blown away by the response.“From our point of view the most pleasing aspect of the feedback received is how easy the service is to use, even for anyone not very comfortable with new technology. “We are delighted with the many compliments on the quality of the photos and our prices which we worked hard to keep competitive.”He added that perhaps the most surprising result has been the huge uptake in photo gifts with personalised mugs , iphone covers and T-shirts proving especially popular for Fathers Day Gifts.The new Healthwise Venture offers photo printing , personalised photographic gifts and a range of Banners , Posters and Canvas printing from the comfort of home.It can be ordered online on www.healthwisepharmacies.ie or by linking from their facebook page. The real advantage to customers is that any work ordered online can be collected from any Healthwise Pharmacy allowing them avoid any delivery charges ( Home delivery is still available if preferred ). In appreciation of all of the new custom , Healthwise are continuing their offer of 24 free prints or a free enlargement for each new customer for at least another week – no gimmicks or catch.( see website for details )As an added bonus all customers placing any order online (including intital free order) will be entered into a free draw for a Canon Digital SLR 550D pack worth €1,000 . PHENOMENAL RESPONSE TO HEALTHWISE ONLINE PHOTO SERVICE was last modified: June 21st, 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:buncranaHealthwiseonline photo servicelast_img read more

  • Kunitz lifts Anaheim Ducks

    first_img The Blues had three power-play goals, including scores by Doug Weight and Mike Sillinger in the third to tie it. Kunitz, the second of three shooters in the shootout for the Mighty Ducks, beat Sanford with a backhander. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped McAmmond, Weight and Sillinger. Sanford played for the first time since Dec. 16, when he sustained a hip flexor after relieving Jason Bacashihua in the first period. “The coach looked over at me and told me to get in there and the blood started pumping,” Sanford said. “I felt real excited just to get in there and get back at it.” Kings 3, Stars 2 : Mathieu Garon made 38 saves, Derek Armstrong scored a power-play goal and the Kings strengthened their grip on first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Alexander Frolov and Tom Kostopoulos added goals to help the Kings take a three-point lead over the second-place Stars. Dallas’ Mike Modano had two power-play goals in the third period to make it close. The Stars, who held a 17-1 shots advantage in the third period, pulled goalie Marty Turco for a sixth skater with 47 seconds left, but failed to score. The Kings, who’ve won seven of their last nine, were playing the last of four regular-season games in Dallas this season. Los Angeles won three times by a total score of 16-7. The teams play the final four games of the season series in Los Angeles. Turco stopped 20 shots for the Stars, 4-4 in their last eight home games. The Kings jumped in front at 3:42 of the first period when Frolov knocked a loose puck through Turco’s pads. The Kings made it 2-0 on a power play when Armstrong converted Craig Conroy’s pass through the crease at 6:41 of the second period. That broke Dallas’ streak of 38 successful penalty kills. Kostopoulos stretched the Kings’ advantage to 3-0 at 14:11 of the second period, beating Turco from the slot. Wild 4, Canucks 3 : Rookie Kurtis Foster had a goal and an assist to lead host Minnesota to its sixth victory in eight games. Foster, playing in his 20th game for the Wild after being recalled from Houston of the AHL on Nov. 17, scored his sixth goal of the season in the second period and set up Randy Robitaille’s power-play goal in the third. Penguins 4, Rangers 3: Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal with 1 ½ minutes left in overtime by steering a rebound past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and also set up the first goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins won despite squandering three leads. Crosby has three goals in two games and has five goals and four assists in four games since being snubbed for the Canadian Olympic team. The No. 1 draft pick has six goals in six games since being limited to one goal in his previous eight games and 19 goals in 37 games. Avalanche 5, Coyotes 2: Ian Laperriere sparked Colorado’s productive offense with two goals, and rookie Peter Budaj was solid in goal, leading the Avalanche to victory in Phoenix. Pierre Turgeon, Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette also scored for the Avalanche, who won for only the fourth time in 11 games. Their last victory was a 7-4 win over Phoenix on Monday night. Budaj, pulled in the first period Wednesday at Los Angeles after allowing two goals in four shots, had 30 saves. This time, his only failures were on shots by Geoff Sanderson and Denis Gauthier. Red Wings 5, Blue Jackets 2 : Nicklas Lidstrom and Mikael Samuelsson each scored twice and the host Red Wings overcame a two-goal deficit for their fifth straight victory. Mathieu Schneider also scored and Robert Lang added three assists for the Red Wings, who outshot the Blue Jackets 43-15. Rick Nash and Jason Chimera scored for Columbus. The Blue Jackets had won their previous three games. Capitals 4, Flyers 3, SO : Brian Willsie and Matt Pettinger scored in a shootout to lead host Washington over Philadelphia. Olie Kolzig stopped attempts by Michal Handzus and Peter Forsberg in the shootout, with Mike Richards netting for the Flyers. Willsie, the last player to shoot, beat goaltender Antero Niittymaki low and to the stick side to decide the game. Hurricanes 5, Canadiens 3 : Rod Brind’Amour scored his second goal of the game with 1:52 left to lead host Carolina. Cory Stillman, Erik Cole and Aaron Ward also scored for the Hurricanes, and Martin Gerber made 24 saves. Andrei Markov, Michael Ryder and Jan Bulis scored for the Canadiens, 1-4 on a five-game trip against Southeast Division opponents. Maple Leafs 6, Devils 3 : Mariusz Czerkawski and Darcy Tucker scored 21 seconds apart in the second period to spark visiting Toronto. Mats Sundin, Jeff O’Neill, Tomas Kaberle and John Pohl also scored to help Toronto stretch its season-best winning streak to five. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Just having the chance to put it on the line at the end with the coach putting me out there was a lot of fun,” Kunitz said. “We needed the two points anyway it came and it was a great way to get it.” Francois Beauchemin had three assists for the Ducks, who blew a two-goal, third-period lead. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It wasn’t pretty,” Carlyle said. “I’m sure both coaches are not extremely happy with the way both teams played.” Anaheim scored an unusual goal in the second period when St. Louis’ Dean McAmmond’s pass to the point went into an empty net after sailing the length of the ice. “I was fairly deflated,” McAmmond said. “As for the rest of the guys, I’m sure they weren’t excited. But you know what, they said ‘Let’s not let that beat us’ and we battled back.” Kunitz scored in a two-goal, 10-second flurry in the first period. “He was firing it from everywhere,” Blues goalie Curtis Sanford said. “He got a couple of nice, high-shot goals and he buried the one in the shootout, so he had a pretty good game.” center_img Chris Kunitz was the surprise shooter in regulation, and that gave him a chance to score the game-winner. Kunitz, who has only six goals and 11 points in 26 games, scored twice in the Anaheim Mighty Ducks’ 5-4 victory over the host St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Staying the hot hand, coach Randy Carlyle picked Kunitz in the shootout and he was the only scorer. last_img read more

  • Home prices up, up away

    first_img Once an affordable outlet for young families looking for a home, resale homes in the Santa Clarita Valley hit a median price of $600,000 at the end of 2005, continuing a three-year trend of steep price increases. Prices surged 18 percent last year, according to the local division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. The December median price for a single-family home represented a $5,000, or 0.8 of a percent, increase from the month before and a 15.6 percent jump from the same period a year ago, according to the association. The median condominium price was $389,000 – a 1 percent increase from November and 17.9 percent higher than December 2004. The 2005 median price for both houses and condos held on for a fifth year of double-digit percentage gains. For single-family homes, the median was $564,600 – an 18 percent jump from 2004. The median price for condominiums was $356,242 – a 16.6 percent increase. Eighteen-year-old Santa Clarita, home of Magic Mountain, had a “tremendously successful” year in 2005, said Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin. Photo by David Crane / Staff Photographer AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Just don’t expect this trend to continue into this year. Record-high prices and rising interest rates are expected to slow sales in the coming year, though experts believe resale prices will likely continue to rise between 5 percent and 10 percent, slightly ahead of inflation. “Look for resale prices to continue rising, but not quite as fast as over the last several years,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. “Even the slightest increase in inventory, which hit rock bottom last year, will slow the increase in resale prices while giving buyers a little leverage to negotiate.” There were 1,059 active listings at the end of December, a 16.8 percent increase from a year ago. The number represents about a three-month supply at the current rate of sales, but short of the five-month supply or 1,525 listings that would favor neither buyer nor seller. “Supply and demand is the major thing,” said Peggy Mueller, president of the association’s Santa Clarita Valley Division. “There is just not that many properties, and Santa Clarita is so close to the San Fernando Valley. It’s the nicest area that have new homes still, and we are just not making any more land.” Real estate sales generated in excess of $2.9 billion for the Santa Clarita Valley economy in 2005, the association said. The figure does not include related services such as escrow, title, inspection or home improvement.center_img A total of 3,726 single-family homes closed escrow in 2005, down 3.7 percent from the record 3,869 homes sold in 2004. Condominium sales tallied 1,771, a 4.9 percent increase from the 1,689 sold the year before, the second-highest sales figure on record. New-home construction fell in 2005, though 14 developments were under construction. The average selling price for a new single-family home was $613,588, $366,740 for a condo. Mueller, who has sold real estate for 30 years – the past 12 in the Santa Clarita Valley – said the region remains a good value for buyers looking to relocate from the San Fernando Valley. “For what you get, it’s much more reasonable in the valley because you’re getting newer,” she said. “The only big obstacle we have is the traffic.” MORE INFO Santa Clarita Valley Homeownership rate: 75 percent Median home price: $600,000 Average rent: $1,480 Average rent one-bedroom, one-bath: $1,165 Housing authority: Los Angeles County Community Development Commission, (323) 890-7001, lacdc.org160Want 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


    first_imgThe Donegal Junior League are delighted to announce that for the first time since the league was formed more than 40 years ago, it will now have a “Player of the Month Award” which the public can vote on.In association with the league’s main sponsor Brian Mc Cormick Sports a shortlist will be drafted at the end of every month during the league season.An app has been designed through our main sponsor and will be available to download from their website www.bmcsports.ie Players of the Month have still to be selected for the months of April and May 2013. These two awards will provide the public with an opportunity to experience and vote prior to the commencement of the new season in late August.This is another step forward for The Donegal Junior League who continue to promote Association Football in the county. We hope that the new venture will be embraced by everyone who attends matches and would like to have their vote recorded for their favourite player.In another new venture the league is currently in discussion with a number of companies and businesses who they hope to sign up to their new Media Partnership initiative.Along with the league’s current sponsors this new group will help bring to the public the best possible coverage of the games in the league through our local media outlets. Full details of this Partnership will be announced soon.  SOCCER – DONEGAL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES NEW PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARDS was last modified: June 16th, 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:Donegal LeaguePLAYER OF THE MONTHlast_img read more