Southland monthly 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. Honorable Mention: Autumn Bynum, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Elodie Chapelet, Lamar; Emma Svensson, Central Arkansas; Kaity Cummings, Houston Baptist. She ended the month with third place honors at the Little Rock Golf Classic. She had three birdies in the final round to finish six-over par and two strokes from the leader. FRISCO, Texas – For the second time this season, Sam Houston State sophomore Hanna Alberto is the Southland Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Golfers of the Month are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Kingwood, Texas, native opened the month with a second-place finish at Sam Houston’s host tournament, the Bearkat Invitational, en route to earning the Bearkats a team win. She posted two rounds under par; only one of two competitors to accomplish that feat at the tournament. The Bearkats will pick action back up in the spring at the Islander Classic, hosted by Southland rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The tournament is set for February 26-27, 2018, at the Corpus Christi Country Club. The two-time Southland Golfer of the Month then finished tied for 12th at 13-over par at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational in Seattle, Wash., in a third place finish for the Bearkats. Alberto added two more top-three finishes in October to her resume, bringing her yearly total to four in five events.
Jamaica’s 400m champion Javon Francis feels he is at his strongest and fastest this year as he hopes to challenge for a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil this summer.The 21-year-old quarter-miler opened his season on January 23, with a 46.19 run at the inaugural McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic at his alma mater Calabar High School in Kingston, cruising home well ahead of the chasing pack.”It was the first time I had opened up so fast, usually I open at the Camperdown Classic (held in February) so I am very pleased with my time,” said Francis, who believes he is now stronger than he was last season when he ran a personal best 44.50.After winning the national championships later that month in 44.70, expectations were high that Francis would have been among the medal contenders at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. He was, however, eliminated in the semi-finals having run 44.77 to be 12th fastest overall. He qualified for the semi-finals with a creditable run of 44.83.Despite some disappointment from his fans, Francis was quite pleased with his performance.At the national championships Francis suffered a groin injury during the 400m finals, and it prevented him from training for three to four weeks. He managed to get fit in time for Beijing, but he was not back at his best.”I never expected to run very fast because I was coming off an injury, so I was very pleased with my performance although I didn’t get a medal, but I benefited from the experience,” said the runner, who would later lead Jamaica to a fourth-place finish in the mile relay with a blistering 43.5-second anchor leg.”Last year people were saying I could go for the national record, but in my mind I always say records come and records go. Every time I go out to perform I go to win a medal,” Francis said.
SURVIVED GROUP OF DEATH The coach, who took them to the inter-zone round last year, was clearly drawing a slight comparison with the 2005 championship winning team of Godfrey Stewart High, reasoning that his players are holding on to a similar belief. Dubbed as a group of death, Spot Valley High finished second behind Rusea’s High in the inter-zone round on four points, but ahead of the likes of Godfrey Stewart and St James High in Zone Two and now will, for the first time, play a daCosta Cup quarter-final game. “It is historic. But it’s also what we want,” Palmer said. “It’s going to be two schools in this position for the first time, playing quality football. It couldn’t get any better, except that we hope that after 90 minutes that we are the winners,” he added. WESTERN BUREAU: Getting to the daCosta Cup quarter-final stage is like tonic for Spot Valley High, their coach Gregory Palmer told The Gleaner recently, adding that a first, ever title is within their reach. Spot Valley are having their best ever outing in schoolboy football in the 11-year history of the school and will tackle another of this year’s surprise packages in Little London High, in the first match of a Jarrett Park double-header in the quarter-final round of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup this afternoon at 1 p.m. The other game matches Rusea’s against Paul Bogle High at 3 p.m. Palmer declared his team has enough quality to upstage their more fancied oppositions if they get past the ‘Londoners’, but was quick to brush aside their overconfident and hyped-up label heading into the quarter-final clash. “I will say we are confident of doing well against a very good Little London side, but we will not be overconfident at all,” he said. “In fact, if anything, my players are just delighted to have come this far. I see the belief in their eyes and I hear them speak of what it would mean to reach the semis. If that happens, I truly feel that we can advance to the final and win it all,” Palmer stated.
Sweet potato production in Guyana will be enhanced thanks to collaborations between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Partners of America (Local Chapter), the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) and the University of Guyana.A two-member team from UAPB comprising of Sweet Potato Specialist Dr James Garner, and Dean of School of Agriculture Dr Edmund Buckner, recently visited Guyana to initiate the project implementation.Sweet potato productionThey met with Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and other key stakeholders, including Chief Executive Officer of NAREI Dr Oudho Homenauth.Minister Holder expressed gratitude to the UAPB team for selecting Guyana to be part of this important activity and pledged the Ministry’s full support for the project, which will run for five years.The project, which is being funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will focus on improving seed quality in order to boost production and yield.Emphasis will be placed on the development of superior sweet potato lines as measured by horticultural quality, reduced virus infection and increased yield and soil pest resistance.Additionally, two local scientists would be trained in the areas of micro-propagation and biotech procedures needed to establish a virus tested sweet potato foundation seed programme.The successful implementation of this project will add to NAREI’s efforts in advancing sweet potato production. NAREI is currently conducting sweet potato trials at Mon Repos and Parika.The aim of the trials is to determine whether the use of sprinkler irrigation would increase yields. Further, NAREI is also engaged in the multiplication of different varieties of sweet potatoes.
Nesbitt’s victory came after she won the 1,000 metres on Saturday, a distance at which she’s the defending world champion. Nesbitt also won bronze in the 1,500 at the world championships and her strong performances in Berlin reaffirm her emergence as a topcontender at the 2010 Olympics. Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison finished in third at the first World Cup Speed Skating event in Berlin Sunday.With a time of 1:45.69, Denny came in third in the 1500m race, just over a second behind race winner Shani Davis from the US. This was Denny’s first podium finish at the meet after stumbling in the 1000m race on Friday. On Saturday, Denny’s brother Jay competed in the 5000m race and came in 17th with a time of 6:38.44.Canadian Christine Nesbitt picked up her second gold medal in as many days Sunday, decisively winning the 1,500 metres Sunday at the season-opening speedskating World Cup.- Advertisement -The 24-year-old from London, Ont., zipped to victory in one minute 55.54 seconds, nearly a second and a half better than CzechMartina Sablikova’s time of 1:56.99.Sablikova’s skate prevented a Canadian sweep of the podium, as Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was third in 1:57.26 while Kristina Groves of Ottawa was fourth in 1:57.62.Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg, on the comeback trail after surgery on both her knees last year, was ninth in 1:58.63, while Justine L’Heureux of St-Tite, Que., was 24th in 2:04.32.Advertisement
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A story Thursday incorrectly reported who would be eligible for higher tenant relocation fees under a plan approved by the City Council. In fact, renters who have lived in their units at least five years will receive the higher fees if they are evicted because of a condo conversion.
The next exercise for the district will be on September 30th. The District of Taylor did an emergency preparedness exercise yesterday, and Fire Chief Alan Stebbing of Taylor Fire and Rescue says the team was fairly well-prepared for the mock emergencies.“We always have learning outcomes, whether we’ve done this once, or a hundred times,” said Stebbing. “But I think we did very well. We definitely picked up on some things – I think everyone involved picked up on some things where they can improve.”A tabletop Emergency Excercies at the @DistrictTaylor. Being Prepared!! @EmergencyInfoBC #yxj #embc pic.twitter.com/YX98UA1WUt— Taylor Fire Rescue (@TaylorFireRescu) September 9, 2015- Advertisement -In these mock emergencies, they test the communication between district staff and first respondents should an emergency come up.Emergency preparedness was recently put into the minds of British Columbians following the windstorms that took out power for thousands in Metro Vancouver on August 29th.Advertisement Closer to home, the evacuation due to fire for Hudson’s Hope last summer got people thinking about how prepared they are here.“It’s our job, as emergency managers, to help keep people reminded that this is out there, you really need to be prepared all the time,” Stebbing said about emergency preparedness. “Definitely, we learn from others and other communities.”All municipalities in BC are required to follow a precise emergency management system, so that there are no gaps in communication during an emergency.Stebbing feels that Taylor is a safe community that would be is ready for an emergency if one occurred.Advertisement
Coral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.After another stunning comeback from Liverpool in Thursday night’s semi-final against Villarreal, the Reds are FAVOURITES to win the Europa League title.Despite defending champions Sevilla – who beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the other semi – aiming for a third consecutive title, Jurgen Klopp’s men are 8/11 to lift their first European trophy since their famous Istanbul Champions League win.The Spanish side, meanwhile, are 11/10 to make history and claim victory against the Merseysiders in Basel on May 18.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
1 Wales manager Chris Coleman has named a 29-man squad for an upcoming pre-Euro 2016 training camp.And Gareth Bale was NOT among the names on the list.Coleman’s will take his players to Portugal from May 24-29 to begin his preparations for the summer’s European Championship finals in France.But Welsh wizard Bale will not travel with his team-mates to the camp due to his commitments at club side Real Madrid, who play neighbours Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in Milan on May 28.With the Euros creeping ever closer, Coleman was given a scare over the fitness of his star man after Real confirmed he suffered a knee injury in their Champions League victory over Manchester City last week.Bale sat out Real’s 3-2 La Liga victory over Valencia on Sunday, but the Spanish giants expect the 26-year-old to be fit for their European showdown against Atletico.Wales, therefore, are hoping he will come through the final unscathed ahead of their first major tournament in 57 years, where he will be crucial to their chances.Wales have other injury worreis, too, with Joe Ledley limping out of Crystal Palace’s 2-1 victory over Stoke on Saturday, and it is understood that he has had a scan on a sore Achilles.David Vaughan and Adam Matthews have also both missed games with hamstring problems recently, while Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has had a knee injury.The trio, however, have all been passed fit for Wales’ five-day training camp at the Vale do Lobo resort on the Algarve.It had been expected that Coleman would name a provisional 28-man squad for Euro 2016, Wales’ first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.But, in the end, he named 29 players for the Portugal trip and found places for young Blackburn defender Adam Henley, Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw and Wes Burns, the Bristol City forward who has just completed an impressive loan spell at Fleetwood.Coleman will name a final 23-man squad for the European Championship on May 31.Wales will play Sweden away in their last pre-tournament friendly on June 5 before kicking off their Euro 2016 campaign against Slovakia in Bordeaux six days later.They also face England in Lens on June 16 and Russia in Toulouse four days later at the group stage.Wales training squad:Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Owain Fon WilliamsDefenders: Ashley Williams, James Chester, Ben Davies, James Collins, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Neil Taylor, Adam Henley, Paul Dummett, Ashley RichardsMidfielders: Joe Ledley, Joe Allen, David Vaughan, Emyr Huws, Jonathan Williams, David Edwards, George Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Andy KingAttackers: David Cotterill, Hal Robson-Kanu, Tom Lawrence, Simon Church, Sam Vokes, Wes Burns, Tom Bradshaw Gareth Bale will be key to Wales’ Euro 2016 chances
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A week of racially charged riots at Los Angeles County jails has sparked criticism of Sheriff Lee Baca’s performance, with questions the management of his department and whether he has done enough to recruit and deploy his deputies. One inmate died, about two dozen hospitalized and at least 100 others injured in fights that began last weekend at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic and spread to Men’s Central Jail downtown. Fighting broke out again at the Castaic complex about 4 p.m. Saturday, and officials reported that four inmates were hurt. The clashes follow the slaying of eight other inmates at Men’s Central jail in the last two years and come as Baca faces four challengers in his bid for re-election in June. Even Supervisor Michael Antonovich, a staunch law enforcement supporter, has criticized Baca for not being aggressive enough in recruiting deputies and ignoring intelligence that riots were imminent. “The intelligence indicated there was going to be a riot and there was no effort to separate gang members and rival gang members,” Antonovich said. “The seriousness of this, along with the injuries, the death and the potential injuries to our sheriff’s deputies, is the multimillion lawsuits that will result from this mismanagement.” Baca did not respond to requests for an interview. But his spokesman, Steve Whitmore, said the steps Baca has taken to address the crisis “seemed to be working” to quelling the unrest. “Whatever these candidates say is nothing more and nothing less than political opportunism to get their name in the paper,” Whitmore said. “The sheriff of Los Angeles County is focused on real solutions for real problems.” But Ken Masse, a retired sheriff’s captain challenging Baca, said the sheriff’s decision to stop hiring deputies in 2002 because of tight fiscal times was a “mistake of disastrous proportions” that contributed to current staffing shortages. The department has about 8,200 deputies, 1,200 fewer than what Baca has funds to employ. Baca has partly blamed the continued rioting on the manpower shortage, which often requires deputies to work double shifts. “I believe this was intended to put pressure on the Board of Supervisors to think he needed more money in order to hire more deputies and reopen the jails,” he said. From 1999 to 2001, the department hired 1,987 deputies – including 1,516 who graduated from the academy – and lost 1,201 to attrition. But after Baca shuttered his recruitment operation in 2002, the department hired only 1,171 deputies – 901 of whom graduated from the academy – and lost 1,849 to attrition. Last year, the department hired 582 deputies, including 370 who graduated from the academy, and lost 486 to attrition. Currently, the department is spending $1.5 million on its recruitment campaign – up from $450,000 a few years ago – and employs 16 deputies and three custody assistants to go to job fairs, colleges and military bases to recruit candidates. In addition to advertising on the Internet, the department also advertises on billboards, buses, in movie theaters, at health clubs, on the radio and on airplane banners at the beaches. Although the beginning salary range for a deputy trainee is $43,704-$49,392 per year, Personnel Administration Capt. Bruce Pollack noted that after a few years it jumps to about $73,000 annually. With overtime, it can reach $100,000 per year, he said. The department also tries to attract recruits by highlighting that it offers deputies $2,000 annually to attend local colleges and universities and offers longevity bonuses after 20, 25 and 30 years, which Pollack said is tantamount to the pension plans many police agencies now offer. By promoting these points, Pollack said the department expects to hire 1,000 deputies this year and achieve full staffing in a few years. “It’s formidable, but achievable,” Pollack said. “The reason it’s so formidable is because it’s a known fact that there is a smaller pool of qualified applicants nationally. And all law enforcement agencies are in competition with one another for this smaller pool.” But sheriff’s Capt. Ray Leyva, another challenger for Baca’s post, said that despite an additional $70 million the Board of Supervisors gave Baca last year to hire more deputies, the department had a net gain of only 17 deputies – to 8,194. “We have seriously hampered the ability of our people to do their jobs by continuing to understaff the jails,” said Leyva, who oversees the North Facility at the Pitchess Detention Center. “Most of our jails are running at 20-28 percent vacancy factors. The law says we have to do this job, yet we continue to understaff our jail system,” Leyva said. “We have to require them to work overtime. I believe our overtime budget this year will be more than $180 million and may approach $190 million.” The candidates – which also include Glendale Police Department Lt. Don Meredith and sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Jernigan Jr. – also accused Baca of dedicating too many deputies and their superiors to running various jail rehabilitative programs, draining the department’s already strained resources. Jernigan said Baca has lost track of the “basics in law enforcement” by closing jails and releasing inmates early. “Instead of focusing on the fat in the department, Baca went and cut the jails back and took the easy way out to meet his budget,” Jernigan said. “As a result, a lot of these units, such as the jails and even patrol, have been shortcutted.” Meredith criticized Baca for not redeploying deputies from administrative duties to the jails and patrol until the riots are quelled and the staffing shortages addressed. “It’s time to stop the social practices,” Meredith said. “The sheriff is not to be a social worker. He is to be the peacekeeper for our county. We see a lack of leadership. “If you look at the recent things that have happened and go to find the sheriff, the sheriff is in Jordan, Pakistan and Russia. He’s somewhere studying terrorism to prevent it from happening here. But we have daily street terrorists and gang members who daily terrorize, rob and steal all across the county. That’s where the focus needs to be.” email@example.com (213) 974-8985