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Lamar University Favored in 2018 Soccer Preseason Poll

first_img 35 Lamar earned 20 first-place votes and 240 total points to garner the top spot. Stephen F. Austin earned two first-place votes and 212 points for second place while Abilene Christian collected a pair of top votes and 182 points for third. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar University is favored to repeat as the Southland Conference regular-season champion in 2018, the league announced Thursday with the preseason poll rankings. UIW Sam Houston State 212 The Cardinals are coming off a championship campaign which saw them win the Southland regular-season title with a 10-1 league record, followed by their first ever league tournament crown. This came just one year after a last-place finish in 2016, where Lamar finished 1-7-3 in conference play. This marked the first time in Southland soccer history a team went from last place to first in one season. Nicholls Central Arkansas Abilene Christian (2) 124 Stephen F. Austin is tabbed to finish second with 212 total points and a pair of first-place votes. The Ladyjacks finished tied for second in the regular-season standings in 2017 with an 8-3 league record. SFA fell 2-0 to Lamar in the conference championship match last season in Corpus Christi, Texas. 41 The Southland Conference preseason poll is voted on by each head coach and soccer sports information director. Each voter ranks their predicted order of regular-season finish, not including their own team. First-place votes are worth 12 points, second-place votes are worth 11, and so on to one point for 11th place. 240 182 School (First-place votes) Total 172center_img 61 Southeastern Louisiana Houston Baptist Stephen F. Austin (2) 169 Abilene Christian landed the number three spot with two first-place votes and 182 points. The Wildcats finished sixth last season with a 6-5 conference mark and nearly made their way to the conference tournament title game in their first season of postseason eligibility. ACU defeated the No. 3 seed McNeese 5-3 in penalties before falling to No. 2 SFA 4-2 in PKs in the semifinals. Abilene Christian enters 2018 with four preseason all-conference picks, tied for the league high, including the 2017 Freshman of the Year Christina Arteaga. 102 2018 Preseason Poll Lamar (20) 85 The 2018 season gets underway Thursday, Aug. 16, when Sam Houston State hosts Utah at 6:30 p.m. CT and Abilene Christian faces Baylor on the road at 7 p.m. Click here for a composite 2018 schedule. Lamar is set to host the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, at the LU Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Central Arkansas was voted to the fourth-place spot with 172 points while McNeese rounds out the top five with 169. Houston Baptist ranked right behind in sixth place with 161 points, followed by Sam Houston State (124), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (102) and Southeastern Louisiana (85). Northwestern State (61), Nicholls (41) and UIW (35) round out the preseason poll. McNeese Northwestern State 161last_img read more

Neither Carles Pérez nor Wagué go out to train Rodrigo’s earrings

first_imgIn both cases, the club said they did show up in training, but that they didn’t jump into the field because they stayed in the locker room doing specific work. A euphemism like any other to explain that they were finalizing their exit from the Blaugrana entity.Who returned to training is already a recovered Riqui Puig, who was low for the match against Valencia because of a febrile process. The French striker Ousmane Dembélé was also working with the group, although he still does not complete the training with the group.Setién also called the players of the subsidiary to complete the training with the first team: Peña, Chumi, Colllado, Saverio, Abel Ruiz and Araujo, apart from Ansu Fati, which from the first day is in dynamics of the first team.Before starting the training, the squad paid homage to Kobe Bryant, dedicating a minute of silence to him. Two outstanding absences in training this Tuesday. On the one hand, that of the subsidiary striker, Carles Pérez, who is finalizing his transfer to Rome, although the operation is still in the air since the player will only accept to leave if he does so with a buyback clause. The problem is that the Roman club is not for the work and will only accept a transfer with compulsory purchase of 13 million at the end of the season. The other absence was the Senegalese side, Moussa Wagué, who could enter the Rodrigo operation to make his transfer cheaper. In principle, the African defender looks forward to leaving Barcelona to leave for the ‘che’ entity.last_img read more

Jamaica outpower Guyana in Beach Soccer Championships clash

first_imgLivingston Scott, Gleaner Writer Jamaica rebounded from their opening game defeat to Belize in the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship being held at Malcolm Beach, Nassau in The Bahamas, by scoring a resounding 6-3 win over Guyana in their second match in Group A. The Jamaicans got off to a good start with Rohan Reid scoring two quick goals within the first six minutes of the first period to take control of the game. Jahshaun Moore got the Guyanese back in the game after taking advantage of a misjudgement by Jamaican goalkeeper Kirk Porter in the 10th minute before Reid completed his hattrick after converting a freekick three minutes later.  Deshawn Joseph finished neatly for Guyana with five minutes to go in the second period before Michily Waul restored the two goal cushion for the Jamaicans with an awkwardly bouncing shot from a freekick seconds later.   Jermaine Anderson scored either side of the end of the second period to put the contest to bed with Joseph again getting on the scoresheet with five minutes to go to round out the scoring.  The result sent the Jamaicans to the top of the group alongside hosts The Bahamas with three points ahead of their game against Belize.  The Andrew Price-coached team will be looking to secure a win in their final group game against host The Bahamas on Wednesday at 6:45pm, as they eye a spot in the play-offs. Belize will take on Guyana in the other game in the group today.last_img read more

No visa required for senior Govt officials to travel to Indonesia

first_img…courtesy not extended to ordinary Guyanese Guyana’s Government officials will no longer require a visa to travel to the Asian country of Indonesia. This was announced after Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge signed an agreement between the Governments of Guyana and Indonesia on visa exemptions for holders of diplomatic and service passports.The agreement was signed on Friday by Greenidge and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno LP Marsudi during the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.The agreement documents that “nationals of either country, holding valid diplomatic and service passports shall not be required to obtain a visa for entry into, exit from and stay in the territory or transiting through the borders of the other, for a period not exceeding 30 days.”While Government officials and their high-level staffers will be granted this benefit, ordinary Guyanese citizens will still be required to go through the process of applying for a visa into the country, as the agreement allows for only holders of diplomatic and service passports to enter without that piece of documentation.Back in May, the two Ministers met where they fostered conversations on strengthening bilateral relations between the nations.Guyana and Indonesia are said to have established formal diplomatic relations on August 27, 1999, and have collaborated on international fora such as the Non-Aligned Movement, The Group of 77 and China, and the United Nations, among other areas.Early in 2017, the Arton Capital’s Passport Index ranking international had noted that Guyana’s passport allows its citizens to visit a total of 74 countries without a visa, giving it a ranking of 103 out of 199 countries.The highest ranked South American nation is presently Brazil. Listed at number 40 with 143 destinations, Brazil jumped three places higher than the 2016 list.In comparison to Guyana’s continental neighbours, only two other South American nations are ranked lower. These are Bolivia, at number 116 with 67 destinations; and Suriname, at 109 with 70 destinations. Barbados is the highest ranked Caribbean state, topping the Region at number 50 with 132 destinations. Following closely are The Bahamas, at 53 with 129 destinations; Antigua and Barbuda, at 56 with 124 destinations; and St Kitts and Nevis, at 57 with 123 destinations. Trinidad and Tobago was ranked at 59, with 121 destinations.last_img read more

Abege winner hands Sharks FKF Shield title

first_img0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate after winning the 2018 Football Kenya Federation Shield at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 20. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – George Abege’s goal five minutes from time saw Kariobangi Sharks edge out Sofapaka 3-2 in a dramatic Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield final at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Saturday evening, for their first ever major accolade.The match made for a dramatic end with two goals and a missed penalty all in the span of eight minutes. Sharks were trailing 2-1 having lost a one goal lead before Sidney Lokale equalized in the 82nd minute and George Abege scoring the third three minutes later. But, immediately after Sharks had gone 3-2 up, Sofapaka were given a penalty after Kevin Kimani was brought down in the box by Eric Juma, but the midfielder skied his effort with Shrks breathing huge sighs of relief to hold on to the lead and claim the title.They had gone 1-0 up through Abege before Stephen Waruru equalized and Kevin Kimani’s early second half goal giving Batoto ba Mungu the lead.Both chasing a piece of the history cake, the match was all set to be a cracker, Sharks looking for their first ever major title while Sofapaka’s head coach John Baraza was looking to be among the few men to win the title both as player and coach with the same team.Kariobangi Sharks forward Duke Abuya tries to go past Sofapaka defender Mousa Omar during their FKF Shield final at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIt was Sharks though who started the match with more urgency upfront and as early as the fourth minute, they were already causing ripples in the Sofapaka backline.Lack of communication at the back saw keeper Wycliffe Kasaya go off his line to try cut out a dipped ball, but Harrison Mwendwa beat him to it though his final shot came off the side netting with the goalmouth staring at him.Two minutes on the other end, Waruru had an effort with a header from the near post off a Kevin Kimani corner, but he couldn’t direct it on target, the ball going wide.In the 20th minute, Sharks were almost punished for some dangerous play when Pascal Ogweno lost the ball cheaply under pressure from Umaru Kassumba, but the Ugandan’s attempt to cut back a cross was futile, the ball being cleared away.Sharks all this time had more of the possession with their ball-playing men doing well to keep the ball and try open up the Sofapaka backline marshaled by Willis Ouma and Burundian international Moussa Omar.Kariobangi Sharks defender Bolton Omwenga tries to go past Sofapaka midfielder Kevin Kimani during their FKF Shield final at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 25th minute, Duke Abuya sent in an inviting dipped cross to Henry Juma on the right, but the winger’s attempt on the volley was wild, skying over the bar.But the goal they had yearned for came through in the 29th minute when Abege beat the offside trap to a Patillah Omotto pass before shooting low past Wycliffe Kasaya.It was a goal they had worked hard for and one that injected some bit of confidence especially on the ball. They kept pressing but this time, Sofapaka too had some urgency to score.They were lucky to escape in the 40th minute when Mwendwa did well on the right to find some space and slash in a low cross, but Juma at the edge of the box skied over.For that missed chance, they paid heavily a minute to the break when Waruru, not the tallest of players inside the box brushed in a header at the near post when he rushed to meet a well curved freekick from Kimani.In the second half Sofapaka started by making attacking changes, Ezekiel Okare coming on for Kepha Aswani. They were clearly coming into the final half on the front foot and they were awarded on the hour mark when Kimani headed them ahead.Sofapaka players celebrate one of their goals against Kariobangi Sharks during their FKF Shield final at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKassumba did well with some exquisite piece of skill on the right to get away from his markers and lay in a cross which was met by the pint-sized midfielder at the backpost, heading it in from a tight angle.Three minutes later, Kassumba had a chance to get a goal for himself when he was flicked on by Okare, but his volley on the first time of asking went over.Sharks made changes with Sidney Lokale coming on for Juma while Shaphan Oyugi was rested for Vincent Wasambo. Baraza made another change bringing on Teddy Osok for Elli Asieche in midfield as he sought to have more solidity.In the 70th minute, substitute Lokale had a brilliant opportunity to take Sharks back into the game off a swiftly executed counter but his eventual shot from inside the box went wide.But Sharks never gave up hope and their bid was improved by some schoolboy defending from Batoto ba Mungu.Sofapaka midfielder Dennis Odhiambo vies for the ball with kariobangi Sharks defender Eric Juma during their FKF Shield final at the Kasarani Stadium on October 20, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey hit the equalizer in the 82nd minute when Lokale turned the ball inside off a brilliant cross from Abuya after the Sofapaka defense cleared a cross into the right and were slow to leave their box, Lokale finding the ball unmarked.The dramatic end to the match continued with Abege hitting what would be the winner in the 86th minute when he took advantage of some indecision from keeper Kasaya who went into a lose ball inside the box half heartedly and the Ugandan outjumped him to head home.On the opposite end after the restart, Sofapaka won a penalty after Kimani was brought down inside the box by defender Eric Juma, However, he skied his penalty when he stepped up and that proved to be the final nail on their own coffin.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Let’s all laugh at Man United hero who Arsenal fans love to hate!

first_img1 The Netherlands have gone from third place at the World Cup last year to not even being able to finish third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group a little over 12 months later.The result is that the nation that won the 1988 European Championship and has appeared in three other Euro semi-finals, has failed to qualify for the continent’s big tournament for the first time since 1984.And this when the competition has been expanded to include 24 teams, making it virtually impossible for the leading nations to miss out.But miss out Holland have, and people couldn’t miss this opportunity to make a few jokes at the Dutch’s expense. Holland last_img read more


first_imgRESIDENTS living near one of Donegal’s most historical monuments believe a massive gorse fire there last night (see video) was started deliberately. An Grianan Fort at Burt was threatened by the fire which broke out around 9.30pm last night.A donegaldaily reader at the scene told us the fire was being whipped up by winds and there had been no significant rainfall in that part of the county at that stage.Firefighters arrived at the scene around 10.10pm and managed to bring the blaze under control.A large crowd of local people gathered to help as Gardai sealed off roads in the area. The eyewitness said he believed the fire had been started deliberately when a second fire began.“It was awful for everyone around here,” he said.“An Grianan fort is a special part of this area and whilst fire can’t damage ancient stone, it was just very upsetting for all of us that this could happen here.“Then there was always the fear the fire could spread to property and do damage there.“I might be wrong but there were two fires here last night, not one. I’m convinced however the fires were started deliberately.”The eye-witness said the fire was around just yards from the ancient fort, a monument of huge significance.It’s early settlement dates back to 2000 BC and it became an important seat for the O’Neills in the 6th century. The blaze appeared to be the last in more than 350 fires across Co Donegal in the past week.Heavy rainfall in many areas overnight has finished off the superb job undertaken by firefighters, Air Corps pilots, soldiers and many many residents in tackling the worst gorse fires in living memory.However there remains a small risk of some fires re-igniting in areas not hit by heavy showers.Brilliant acting county fire chief Bobby McMenamin said: “People should remain vigilant over the next few days, but the worst appears to be over.” BURT RESIDENTS FEAR ARSONISTS BEHIND GORSE FIRES AT AN GRIANAN FORT was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgNEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 10th 10.00am6.00pm Mary & Terence Woods – AnniversarySunday 11th 9.00am11.30am Seamus Mc Carron – AnniversaryMonday 12th 9.30amTuesday 13th 9.30am James Carr – AnniversaryThursday 15th 9.30am Paddy Rooney – AnniversaryFriday 16th 9.30am Bella Mc Loone – AnniversarySaturday 17th 9.00am Feast of St. Patrick11.30am Aggie Mc Daid – Anniversary6.00pmSunday 18th 9.00am11.30am Tessie Mc Groarty – AnniversaryDIVINE MERCY CHAPLET & BENEDICTION this Sunday the 11th and next Sunday the 18th at 5.00pmTROCAIRE BOXES are available at the back of the churchEUCHARISTIC ADORATION – St. Patrick’s Church on Thursdays, from 10.00am –9.00pm. All Welcome!PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDESThis tour departs on July 16th ex Belfast, 5 nights Hotel Panorama – €709.00 per person sharing. For further details contact – Bob/Annie Faulkner – 0749721071or 087 4036252, Maura Caldwell – 0749723103 or 086 8875787, Patricia Ward -0749721737or 086 8855165, Joe Quinn – 0749722119 or 087 8362727, Fr. Peoples – 0749721026FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – 2012 – St. Patrick’s Church.GaelScoil Na gCeithre Maistri – 28th April, 11.00am Mass. – Scoil Aodh Rua Agus Nuala – 5th May, 11.00am Mass St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 10th 6.30pm Dan Boyle, Annie Stewart, Con Boyle – AnniversarySunday 11th 10.30am Gerry Mc Keown – AnniversarySaturday 17th 10.30am St. Patrick’s Day – James Hilley and Sr Valentia Hilley – Anniversary6.30pm Cassie and Christie Meehan and the deceased members of the Meehan family – AnniversarySunday 18th 10.30am Brede Hyland – AnniversaryPRAYERS REQUESTED FOR Mary Geary – AnniversaryMASSES DURING THE WEEK Monday, Thursday & Friday – 10.00am. Wednesday – 7.00pm.EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT -Tuesday from 3pm -7pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.CEMETERY SUNDAY MASS Sunday 8th July at 10.30am, in St Agatha’s, Church, Clar. Please tell your family and friends.CONFIRMATION for the children of the parish will be in St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Saturday, 24th March 2012 at 11.00am Mass.FIRST HOLY COMMUNION will be in St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Saturday, 19th May 2012 at 11.00am Mass.SCOIL AODH RUA AGUS NUALAJunior Infant enrolments for September 2012 will take place on Wednesday 14th March between 1.00pm-3.00pm in the Nuala building. Enrolment forms available on the day or from Secretary’s office (0749722661) SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT & PERSONAL LOSSA Group is being established to assist with Bereavement and Personal Loss. Monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month. First meeting will be held on Thursday March 15th at 8.00pm at The Solace Support Centre St. Joseph’s Avenue. Feel free to come along and bring a friend.D.A.R.A.There will be a Regional Meeting in the Abbey Hotel on Wednesday 14th March at 11.00am Lunch will be served at 1.00pmLEGHOWNEY DRAMA GROUP“Strictly for the Birds”, A 3 – Act Comedy by Sam Cree, begins on Sunday 11th March and runs through to St. Patrick’s Night, with the exception of Wednesday. Show starts at 8.3pm sharp. Matinee on Sunday for children and OAP commencing 2.00pmLINEDANCING CLASSESWill commence on Friday 9th March and every Friday from 10.00am – 11.00am in the Dance Studio, Drumlonagher, (behind Solo Stores). No dance experience needed. Admission €5. All welcome. Come along and have some fun!DONEGAL WOMENS NETWORKThere will be an Open Day and International Women’s Day Celebration at 6 Tirchonaill Street, Donegal Town, on Thursday, 15th March 2012. It commences at 10.00am and continues until 4.15pm. A light lunch, Tea and Coffee will be available. Julie Voss, Parentstop, will be joining us to talk about support services and to answer any questions parents may have.dtkiltd@gmail.comLOCAL NEWS: BULLETIN OF DONEGAL TOWN/TAWNAWILLY PARISH was last modified: March 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: BULLETIN OF DONEGAL TOWN/TAWNAWILLY PARISHlast_img read more

Manufacture of South Africa’s new rail fleet under way

first_imgR32.8-billion will be spent on subcontracting to black empowered companies;R5.3-billion will be spent on subcontracting to qualifying small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs);R1.6-billion will be spent on subcontracting to companies owned by black women;R746-million will be spent on developing enterprises in the rail sector; and /li>R273-million will be contributed towards socio-economic development. 3 July 2014 Gibela Transport, a joint venture 61% owned by French company Alstom, has begun manufacturing the 600 state-of-the-art passenger trains, comprising 3 600 coaches, that are set to revitalise South African rail transport while giving a major boost to the industrialisation of the economy. Gibela signed the US$5.1-billion (R51-billion) contract to supply the trains – the largest deal ever struck by Alstom, and one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide – with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in October. Gibela’s 10-year contract represents the first phase of a 20-year fleet renewal programme in which Prasa will procure approximately 7 224 new rolling stock with a projected investment of R123-billion. Unveiling the final design of the new trains in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the project had reached financial close, and that the first of the trains would be running on South African railway tracks towards the end of 2015. “Today marks yet another milestone in the long journey … of transforming and modernising our passenger rail system,” Peters said. The first 20 trains are being manufactured at Alstom’s plant in Lapa, Brazil, with the remaining 580 to be manufactured at a new plant to be built near Nigel, east of Johannesburg. Gibela will spend R1-billion on the 600 000 square metre manufacturing facility, which will incorporate an engineering centre and training facility. Peters said that more than 500 South African technicians, engineers and other professionals would be trained in the skills required to build and deliver the new trains. Prasa Group CEO Lucky Montana said Gibela would deliver the 3 600 coaches between 2015 and 2025, while providing maintenance and technical support and supplying spares from 2015 through 2033. Around 33 000 direct and indirect jobs would be created in this process, Montana said, while 30% of ownership would be set aside for black empowerment partners. According to the terms of the contract: “These are the beautiful trains for all South Africans,” Montana said. “These are modern trains in a true sense of the word – trains that are safe, reliable and comfortable, and that even exceed some of the standards you will find in certain trains in the world. “It is a modern train which will restore confidence on public transport in the country.” Source: read more

Microsoft May Launch Microblogging Product

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news Here’s the quote Foley spotted:OfficeTalk is a good example of something that started as a project in The Garage, became a funded incubation, and now is being considered by the product teams. It was originally an idea that two Program Managers had, but neither of them were coders. That didn’t matter, though. They were super-excited about the idea so they fleshed out the design a bit and ended up getting a few friends to spend a couple weekends building it. As word spread, they got more help and pretty soon the project had 8-10 people contributing to it.This could become a “social layer” for Microsoft’s products, much the same way seems to be implementing Chatter. On the other hand, Microsoft could end up passing on it. However, considering the considerable traction microblogging vendors have experienced in the enterprise and the value activity streams can bring even to do established products, it would be surprising for Microsoft to pass-up on this.We took a look at the product last year when it was in Labs. You can read our coverage here. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair If you’re a Microsoft shop weighing your microblogging options, you might want to wait a little longer. Microsoft may launch a competitor to enterprise microblogging tools like Yammer and’s Chatter called OfficeTalk. OfficeTalk was first demonstrated last year as part of Office Labs and has been tested internally at Microsoft. ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley spotted a blog post by Microsoft’s Steve Clayton quoting Office Labs Program Manager Quinn Hawkins saying that OfficeTalk has passed the “funded incubation phase” and is being considered by product managers. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more