Cortez, Rickert, Smith Earn First Soccer Weekly Awards of 2019

first_imgGoalkeeper of the Week: Erin Smith, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Wichita Falls, TexasSmith faced 18 shots and made six saves over the opening weekend of play, helping the Wildcats to their first 2-0 start since 2013, their first year in Division I. She made four of those saves in the second half of a 2-1 win over UTEP, setting up her team for a late comeback with two goals in the final 20 minutes of play. Offensive Player of the Week: Avery Cortez, Houston Baptist – Jr. – Houston, TexasCortez led the Huskies to a season-opening 5-0 win over Prairie View A&M, recording the program’s first hat trick against a Division I program since Sept. 5, 2007 versus Texas Southern. After opening the scoring with a successful spot kick in the 31st minute, she assisted on Noor Abukish’s goal just four minutes later. Her seven points marked the most by a HBU student-athlete since that 2007 win over Texas Southern. Houston Baptist (1-0-0) begins a stretch of four road matches at North Texas at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by another 7 p.m. start at Texas State on Sunday. Abilene Christian (2-0-0) hosts Southwest (N.M.) at 7 p.m. Friday before traveling to Texas A&M for a 6 p.m. match on Sunday. Cortez extended the lead to three in the 57th minute and capped off the victory with a 76th minute goal. Her three goals lead the conference through the first week of play and match her 2018 goal total. Honorable Mention: Natalie Jones, Abilene Christian; Esther Okoronkwo, Lamar; Anna Watson, McNeese. Defensive Player of the Week: Megan Rickert, Houston Baptist – R-Jr. – Round Rock, TexasRickert helped anchor a back line that prevented Prairie View A&M from generating quality chances on offense. The Panthers recorded seven shots in the match and just four on frame. The redshirt junior was on the pitch for all 90 minutes of the contest.center_img Week Two Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist and Abilene Christian earned the first weekly awards of the 2019 season, the league announced Tuesday. Avery Cortez earned Offensive Player of the Week, while fellow Huskie Megan Rickert was named Defensive Player of the Week. Erin Smith of the Wildcats earned the week’s goalkeeper accolade. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Ashtyn Franks, Houston Baptist; Roosa Hurmerinta, Nicholls. Honorable Mention: Ana Campa, UIW; Karina Gonzalez, Nicholls; Sophia Manibo, Lamar; Keely Morrow, McNeese. 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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Florenzi-Valencia Agreement

first_imgThe project that fascinates him the most is that of Valencia, with which he already has a total agreement. Now we need to find the two clubs: the entity that has proposed a transfer with option to buy (12 million euros), which would become mandatory only in case of qualification to the next Champions.The player and Roma, however, want to separate definitively and seek a transfer: this afternoon the agent of the footballer has met with the Giallorossa board to approach positions, and from the Italian capital filters optimism so that the operation comes to fruition. Having lost Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, Rome could say goodbye these days to another captain. Alessandro Florenzi has decided to change teams. The side, disappointed with the relationship with coach Paulo Fonseca (who did not grant him a minute in the derby on Sunday), is looking for a new adventure where he has more space to not lose his place in the Nazionale for the next Eurocup.last_img read more

American Philanthropist Pleads for Socio-economic Inclusion

first_imgAn American philanthropist and university lecturer has asserted that for any country to carry on a speedy development will require inclusion of every citizen in the socio-economic process.Dr. James Simon made the observation when he was honored by students of the University of Liberia (UL) for his intervention in their academic sojourn.He said people must not learn to envy others when they excel in the society, and those excelling should also take into consideration that they alone cannot make the society better without the involvement of all.He pointed out some of the socio-economic benefits as better and quality education, vocational training, safe environment, job opportunities amongst others.He said when people excel, they must also look back at others, who lag behind to create the corridor that will allow them go through to become productive and be part of the economy.“Without conscience of looking back to get others be part of the socio-economic program of a country, that country is doomed to chaos as there will arise more deviants,” Dr. Simon told the students.He said it was with such an idea that he and other Liberians in the United States rallied around to gather medical materials to bring to the UL during the Ebola crisis and still working on other programs that will help to bring in many other educational materials for the university.He asserted that socio-economic inclusion helps to unite people to take collective approach to national development, and failure to do also yields division thus causing people to consider the welfare of a country to be for only a particular group.He then expressed gratitude to the students for the honor bestowed upon him, adding, “I am more delighted that Liberian students can recognize me for contributing to humanity to make me feel identified with Africans in a well designed gown.”UL Student leader Daniel T. Woart, in a brief interview about the honor, said they saw it expedient to show their gratitude because Dr. Simon’s contributions have impacted lives of many students at the university.He said Dr. Simon has initiated programs that have enabled Liberians to travel to the United States to earn their graduate and post graduate degrees, while others are looking up to the day that they too will benefit from the same gesture.Dr. Simon is a professor at the Department of Plant Biology and Plant Pathology as well as Director of New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.In direct connection, he serves as chairperson on Rutgers University Committee on strengthening university linkages with the University of Liberia.He is on UL and Cuttington University (CU) students’ records for personally initiating mobilization of philanthropists to donate medical supplies to both universities during the Ebola crisis.He currently works with Liberian students under the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) program at the Rutgers University to ensure their success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Driver of motorcar succumbs

first_img…brings death toll to 3Almost one week after that horrific accident occurred at Kuru Kururu, along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, a third person has succumbed to injuries sustained. This time it is the driver of the motorcar that was involved in the two-vehicle collision.Shennelle Hughes, 31, of Rohan Housing Scheme and Back Half, Diamond, East Bank Demerara, is the third person to have died in the accident. Her daughter, six-year-old Arianna Hughes, was the first to have died. Her death was followed by that of Quinton Odle, 42, of Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara.Ariana died on Monday last, while Odle took his last breath on Thursday. Presently, Prem, Lakeram and Rookmin Persaud of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara; and Jada Enmore, 9, and four-year-old Tyrese Authur, remain patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The now dead woman moments after the accident on Sunday lastThe dead persons were occupants of motorcar PMM 548, which collided head-on with minibus BHH 8451. The bus was reportedly heading to Grove, East Bank Demerara while the motorcar was heading to Linden.Initial investigation revealed that Shennelle Hughes had driven the motor car into a pool of water, causing her to lose control of the vehicle, which swerved into the path of the minibus and resulted in the collision.Several persons from both vehicles had sustained injuries, and were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they were treated. Those with the more serious injuries were transferred to the GPHC.Three of the eight persons transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital have subsequently succumbed.A sister of the dead woman, when contacted, refused to offer a comment.last_img read more

City prepares to launch Winter Photo Contest

first_imgOn Friday of each week of the contest, a weekly winner will be selected by 4:30 p.m. Starting Feb. 15, public voters on the City’s Facebook page will be choosing the grand prize winner by voting on one of the three winning photos. The photo with the most likes by 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 will be crowned the grande prize winner.The City notes that everyone who enters agrees to having their photo used by the City for promotional purposes, with credit to the photographer.All prizes will be available at the Visitor Centre in the Pomeroy Sport Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City is launching their Winter Photo Contest on Monday.Submissions for the contest can be entered from Jan. 25 at 8:30 a.m. to Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m.To enter, you must be at least 19 years of age — so parents can enter photos on behalf of their children who might not be old enough.- Advertisement -The submission must be both a photo of and have a comment included stating how you plan to live it up in Fort St. John. This can include recreation, leisure, scenery, volunteerism, and other northern activities.To qualify, the photo must have been taken in Fort St. John, or the surrounding area. As well, it must have been taken this past winter. (2015-2016)Those interested in submitting a photo can do it by posting it to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtage #liveitFSJ. Alternatively, submissions can also be sent to read more

Utd players not to blame for Basel loss -Jose

first_img0Shares0000“We tried to play with three attacking players and that worked in the first half because they couldn’t handle us.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 23 – Jose Mourinho refused to blame his Manchester United players for their surprising 1-0 away defeat at Basel on Wednesday night. Michael Lang’s late winner ended United’s 100 per cent record in the group stages, meaning United still need to get a point in their final group game against CSKA Moscow.Anthony Martial and Marcos Rojo hit the frame of the goal for United but Lang’s strike gave the Swiss side a deserved win.Mourinho was left confused by the permutations for the group, but they only need to avoid defeat against the Russians at Old Trafford in order to progress.A draw in Basel would have secured top spot, but United appeared to be caught in two minds about whether to stick and secure a point or twist in a bid to win.“We played against a team that played with five defenders,” Mourinho said. “We knew that.“We tried to play with three attacking players and that worked in the first half because they couldn’t handle us.“We didn’t score in the second half probably [because of] the fact that we know one point is enough.“Probably [when] at 75 minutes, 80 minutes we didn’t score, so it is not time to try to win, it is now time to try control and in the end we lost.“So it’s hard for me to be upset with the players. The first half the attitude was good, the football was good.“It is really difficult to blame. It’s just football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watch Man United go under Van Gaal! Fergie backs Dutchman to turn team into world beaters

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the start to Louis van Gaal’s reign at Manchester United and expressed his belief that the Dutchman will bring major success back to the club.Van Gaal was tasked with picking up the pieces after a disastrous last season under David Moyes, who was axed just 10 months after replacing Ferguson, and spent more than £150million in the summer in a bid to transform the squad.Beset by injury problems to a number of the new arrivals and many of the current squad, United had a slow start to the campaign under the former Netherlands boss but have been in excellent from in recent weeks, with a seven-match unbeaten run moving them up to third in the Premier League.And, according to Fergie, the only way is up at Old Trafford under Van Gaal, with the legendary former United boss claiming the club will be a major force again once everyone is fully fit.“I don’t know how Louis van Gaal can expect to get the best results with the injuries he’s had,” the Scot, who won 38 trophies during his 26-year reign, told BT Sport.“When he gets the best players back, you watch United go – because he’s a great coach, he will do well. They have still got great players.“I’m not interested with what is happening with the players he’s brought in, as that will take time.“When I brought in Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic in the January of the same year, they were all over the place. They took five months to get used to playing for Manchester United – the culture and the history of the club. And these new players will be exactly same.”United’s recent run of impressive form has coincided with the return of Michael Carrick.Since the 33-year-old returned to the starting XI seven games ago, after recovering from an ankle injury, United have dropped just two points.And Ferguson, who signed the midfielder from Tottenham in 2006, lavished praise on the player.“I think Michael’s the best central midfielder in English football,” he said. “I think he’s the best English player in the game.”Robin van Persie has also been in good form in recent weeks, having struggled at the start of the campaign, and Ferguson believes the former Arsenal ace, and fellow forward Wayne Rooney, will be key players in United’s push for a top-four finish in the New Year.Ferguson added: “The World Cup has maybe taken a little bit out of Robin van Persie, but you watch him in the second half of the season. He will be fine.“Rooney is back flying and he will always get you a goal. Having a goalscorer in your team is always an advantage.”Ferguson has also been highly impressed by the form of goalkeeper David de Gea, who has won United many points this term with a series of outstanding saves.“The one that is most pleasing to me of the present lot is David de Gea,” said Ferguson of the Spaniard, who made a number of costly errors after he signed for United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid.“When we bought him as a kid he was really skinny but he had ability. He has special talents and he is showing that now and I’m really pleased for that kid.”last_img read more

Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa: Jordan Ayew stunner steals point for the Villans

first_img1 Jordan Ayew scored a stunning equaliser away to Newcastle to give Aston Villa a vital point in their fight against relegation.In torrential rain in the north-east Fabricio Coloccini scored the opening goal before half time as both teams faltered under the conditions.The Magpies looked like they were going to condemn the Villans to yet another defeat until Ayew produced a moment of magic from the edge of the area.That kicked Villa into gear but, despite their best efforts, they were unable to penetrate the Newcastle defence again meaning the Premier League’s bottom side remain 10 points adrift of safety.The match began terribly with both sides struggling to string many passes together in the horrendous rain soaking the St James’ Park pitch.The game was so poor that the first shot came after 23 minutes after Newcastle built up a good spell of possession.Papiss Cisse had the best chance of the game on the half hour mark when his header from Daryl Janmaat’s cross was saved by Brad Guzan.Cisse’s evening ended early after he pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury and was replaced by Aleksander Mitrovic, who was immediately in the thick of the action as he saw his header tipped over the bar.On 38 minutes, Coloccini broke the deadlock with a deflected low shot after Newcastle swung in a dangerous corner.At half-time there was a pitch inspection as the deluge continued to flood the surface of the pitch.However, the match did restart for the second half and Newcastle should have been two up 10 minutes later, but Siem de Jong missed a sitter from two yards out as he aimed his unchallenged header wide of the goal.And Newcastle were made to pay for that miss moments later as Aston Villa equalised through a stunning goal from Jordan Ayew.The Ghanaian turned on the edge of the box before curling an exquisite right-footed shot into the top corner.Villa grew into the game and became the better side but it was the Magpies who nearly nicked it but Georginio Wijnaldum – perhaps due to the weather – scuffed his shot straight at Guzan.Rob Elliot did brilliantly to keep Newcastle in it when substitute Rudy Gestede rose highest with four minutes remaining as Villa continued to pile forward for a late winner.The point for Villa means it is only their second in eight away games this season. Jordan Ayew last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Staff wanted for new Letterkenny cafe

first_imgThe owners of a new cafe opening soon in the Glencar area of Letterkenny are seeking staff.The following are the positions which are now open.FULL-TIME CAFE MANAGER – barista experience necessary– cafe/ food industry experience– responsible, mature candidate– HACCP trained FULL-TIME BARISTA– barista experience preferred– serving customers– preparing food and drinks– operating till – cleaning duties– HACCP trainedAll applicants must be available for full-time hours only.If you think either of these positions is for you then please email your CV and letter to by November 25th. Job Vacancies: Staff wanted for new Letterkenny cafe was last modified: November 16th, 2018 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:barristaCafédonegalletterkennyManagerwantedlast_img read more


first_imgJohn J Mc Gettigan, Vincent and Brigid O Rourke, present a cheque for Û25,000 proceeds of a cycle in memory on their son Vinnie, they are pictured with Annette Cunningham and Geraldine Casey and Dr James McDaid from the Donegal Hospice . Photo Brian McDaid/ CristephThe mother and father of a man who was cared for by the Donegal Hospice in his final days has handed over a cheque of €25,000 to the hospice following the successful Tour de Vince cycling event. This huge sum on money was raised by friends and family of the late Vincent O’Rourke and handed over by the family including his mother Bridget Burke. Vincent’s friends and family organised a fund raising event called Tour de Vince.It was a cycling event which began in Newcastle, Co Down, where Vincent was born and it finished in Carrigart where Vincent spent his last few days in his parents house.Those who took part in the three day cycling event were Andrew  Colhoun, Colin Shields, Cormac Kernan, Darren Tierney, Eamonn Hamill, Greg Hamill, Jerome Sharvin, John Gelston, Jonny Denvir, Marty Hamill, Mel Currie, Phil McCauley, Stevie Lowery, Wayne Murray, John J McGettigan, Daniel McGuigan, Ryan Harty, Art Kernan, Paul Tallon and Ciaran Walsh.The back-up team were, Damien McAlary, Andy Wallace and Fintan Sharvin. All together they raised a staggering sum of €33,000 and gave €25,000 to Donegal hospice and €13,100 to McMillan Cancer in Northern Ireland.The group would like to thanks their families and all who helped during the events in any way.  TOUR DE VINCE CHARITY EVENT RAISES €25,000 FOR THE DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: October 8th, 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)last_img read more