Southland Conference Softball Tournament Tickets On Sale

first_imgEight teams qualify for the tournament with the top four seeds getting byes into the double elimination bracket (top two seeds get double byes). The bottom four seeds play a single-elimination round with the winners moving into double-elimination play. Available options include an all-tournament pass ($20 for adults, $10 kids) and single-game tickets ($10 adults, $5 kids). With valid ID, students from Southland institutions will receive free admission. TOURNAMENT CENTRALNATCHITOCHES, La. — Tickets are on sale for the Southland Conference Softball Tournament, which will be played May 7-10 at Northwestern State’s Lady Demon Diamond. Games 1-11 will be streamed on the Southland Conference Digital Network. In the championship round, game 12 will be televised nationwide on ESPNU. If necessary, game 13 is set for streaming coverage via ESPN3. Tickets can be purchased at Click “packages” for all-tournament passes. In addition, fans can call the ticket office at 318-357-4268 or buy tickets at the gate via cash or card.last_img read more

Conchita Martínez: “Muguruza is that good when it picks up”

first_imgWithin the preview of the ultimate of the Australian Open that will play his pupil, Garbiñe Muguruza, towards the American Sofía Kenin, Conchita Martínez spoke with the Spanish media displaced in Melbourne on how he sees the Spanish tennis participant, his good perspective and the development of his sport.Does Muguruza begin with a bonus within the ultimate for having already performed three Grand Slam finals?It is a brand new day and a brand new sport, which begins from scratch. Kenin is enjoying nicely. After all it all the time fits you to have gained tournaments, however I wouldn’t name it a bonus. That doesn’t offer you ensures both.How did you handle your free time without work the monitor?It depends upon the participant and the way you get there. Garbiñe arrived as he arrived, so he needed to take nice care from the start and relaxation was a precedence. We’ve got executed few issues off the monitor, so we’ve given precedence to relaxation and be nicely. It is not straightforward to disconnect in any respect earlier than a match like this.How is Garbiñe?It’s okay. You must management the emotions. We are going to comply with the routines and there are not any extra secrets and techniques. A Grand Slam ultimate is performed and it is troublesome to be tremendous quiet. It is as it normally is earlier than enjoying a ultimate.Are you excited to reside as a coach and once more with Muguruza what you already achieved as a participant (was Wimbledon champion and finalist within the Australian Open?What excites me is to see what is enjoying nicely, that the outcomes are coming quickly after placing many hours of labor. Issues are popping out, that’s the vital factor.Has your sport impressed you?It is not the primary time he does, if not, he wouldn’t have arrived the place he was. He is doing the issues he has to do and doing them nicely. I’m very completely happy to see her play like this.What do you want most about her in Melbourne?It is being very aggressive. All a bit. It strikes nicely to get to the ball earlier than and have the ability to select nicely and never need to hit on the final second when you’ll be able to solely select one shot. I like it when the factors on the web ends. Volley nicely as a result of it has plenty of attain. It’s getting nicely, like that 12 months in Wimbledon (2017). It is very strong from the underside, with a good sport plan.How did he discover her when he returned to her with respect to the earlier period? We begin from scratch. He got here from being on trip, in quotes, as a result of he climbed the Kilimanjaro. He got here ahead to make an incredible preseason, to play and win video games. The tournaments that have been raised have been raised, the utmost variety of matches potential has been performed and is now within the ultimate.What did he like about his sport earlier than returning to work along with her?His aggressive tennis, having the ability to endure from the underside and his expertise to develop a number of forms of sport. I needed to work and enhance little by little, that appeared one of the best when we have been collectively once more.To what extent was it vital within the preseason to enhance the ability and why was the brand new coach (the Argentine Santiago de Martino) employed?It was clear that we wanted a bodily coach. I’m forming a staff with the individuals that I contemplate acceptable and the concept is to work as a staff. We’ve got sat down, we’ve analyzed the participant and she or he has made a preseason in line with her. Mobility is all the time vital, as a result of should you go nicely in your legs, your arm will go alone.Have you ever made any adjustments in meals?I had already managed the feeding. It is managed, however as all the time.How is it potential that as Garbiñe got here he is now within the ultimate of an incredible?Work work. There are not any extra secrets and techniques. It is the fruit of labor and of getting executed issues nicely, as a result of we’ve given significance to issues that needed to be given significance when they touched. We’ve got had the time, virtually 5 weeks of labor, so very good in all elements. Within the first tournaments he gained confidence, as a result of he wanted to shoot, and happily issues are going nicely. Garbiñe is that good, so as soon as it picks up, it’s about occurring and on. I hope I can play an incredible sport.What is one of the best factor Conchita Martínez has as a coach?I don’t discuss me. I do my job one of the best I can. I’m a severe, orderly individual and I research nicely what every participant wants, and I attempt to apply it. Perhaps it’s the motivation or ardour that I put. The entire staff has labored very nicely.Has the attitude of the season modified?What adjustments is that it had dropped in rating, that it didn’t enter the tournaments … We needed to make an appropriate calendar for that and now it has taken a leap that will enable us to maneuver ahead. You can’t predict what is going to occur in 12 months. I’m glad I don’t have to fret about different issues. We should proceed to strengthen it and in that line we are going to go.last_img read more

Parika/Goshen Road among major projects for 2018

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has disclosed that one of the priority projects for 2018 is the Parika to Goshen Road.Patterson made the disclosure on Saturday during the re-commissioning of the Bagotville, West Bank Demerara.He explained that the preparation for works is in its final stage with the design almost completed and “hopefully it can go through a public/private partnership and can start soon.”In January 2015, the Public Infrastructure Ministry in collaboration with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), engaged the consulting Team, J-Dos Internationalé Incorporated to provide engineering designs and supervision of works for the Parika to Goshen Road.The proposed Parika to Goshen Road is approximately 56 km long and runs within the right-of-way of the Del Conte Road on the East Bank of the Essequibo River, passing through occupied agricultural and forested lands.Additionally, from the $1.8 billion allocated into the 2018 Budget for miscellaneous roads across the country, $137 million was provided for Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).Other projects“We have earmarked funds for repairs to roads in La Parfait Harmonie, Belle West, Wakenaam and other areas. For main access roads, we have funds earmarked for the repairs and phrase for the Canal One and Two. In 2018, also we are proposing to continue studies for roads, the additional paved highway road from Free and Easy to do an alignment to Sandhill then from Sand Hill to Monkey Jump,” Minister Patterson saidThe feasibility study for those works should commence shortly.Other projects slated for the region include the new Demerara River bridge, sea and river defence works and completion of the Parika Stelling, for which funding is already secured from Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).“We have secured about US$15 million from the CDB [Caribbean Development Bank] for two main projects; to complete the Parika Stelling and to convert the Lethem airport into a regional aerodrome. Also in 2018 the Ministry through the Government of Guyana with a grant from the Government of Japan is procuring 1610 LED lamps and several areas in Region Three have written their requests and they will get their fair share of those lights”, the Minister underlined.Some of those communities include Belle West, La Parfait Harmonie and new housing schemes in the region.“In 2016, I described Region Three as the new frontier, I think the future of the country lies in the development of Region Three due to the strategic location and the advantages it has,” Minister Patterson noted.last_img read more

Whole Foods developer backs off

first_imgBURBANK – A proposed Whole Foods Market slated for the Rancho equestrian district is on the way out to pasture, at least for now. In yet another last-minute twist, Westlake Village-based developer Tom Davies asked the City Council in a letter Tuesday to uphold its denial of his controversial project to build a branch of the natural foods grocer at 901 W. Alameda Ave. But his request that council members reject the project “without prejudice” leaves the door open for Davies to resubmit his project to the city without the need to undergo extensive review, as required for new projects. The council was debating how to proceed late Tuesday. “He can come back in a month,” opponent Roman Gora said. “He can come back next week and reapply.” The City Council was set to proceed with a 3-2 decision rejecting a 52,340-square-foot version of the store proposed on a 76,000-square-foot lot at Alameda and Main streets. Davies had been expected to ask the panel to reconsider its decision, offering to reduce the store’s size to 40,000 square feet. But in the letter addressed to Mayor Todd Campbell and the council, he said project proponents “have not been able to create a scenario that works on the Alameda & Main parcel or any parcel in Burbank at this point in time.” Plans to build a branch of the Austin, Texas-based organic grocer in this neighborhood of ranchettes with backyard stables ignited frantic opposition from residents who believe the project will bring excessive traffic and other problems to the area. Opponents and supporters faced off at least twice in front of the council, including at a nearly nine-hour public hearing. Davies originally proposed a 60,000-square-foot store with two levels of underground parking, a plan rejected by the city’s Planning Board. In appealing the decision before the City Council, the developer reduced the proposal to 52,340 square feet. Davies had said the market can’t be any smaller, but Councilman David Golonski suggested paring the building down to 40,000 square feet. He held firm and eventually voted against the project. The council was prepared on March 15 to enact its decision – a formality. But in an unusual move, Davies said he was preparing plans for a 40,000-square-foot store. A final vote was postponed last week when Campbell was absent. (818) 546-3304last_img read more

Overlay is crazy

first_imgRe “Overlay is the right way to go for new Valley area code” (Our Opinions, Oct. 25): The editors got it wrong this time. In the past, when an area code is split, it was split geographically. Every area code in SoCal is by geography. Splitting the Valley is most logical thing to do. It doesn’t make sense to have to dial 10 digits to call your neighbor or have to dial 4 extra numbers if you don’t have to. Overlay is just another example of NIMBYism or NIMACism. If you’re wondering, I don’t mind switching to the 747 area code. – Ngan Adams AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Burbank Boston – Phooey! So the Red Sox have the best home team record in baseball. Why, you ask? Because they have an (unfair) advantage over the visitors because they play in a jai-alai palace instead of a ball park. Balls bouncing off the monster. No doubles defense. Bullpen banging on the walls. Give Manny a big “scooper.” This place should be condemned and torn down. But no! The “Bastan” fans go there to worship in this obsolete “house of horrors.” Ever wonder why New Yorkers can’t stand the Sox? Now you get the idea. – Thomas Wierzbicki Van Nuys PIOs work hard Re “Last P.R. hero” (Our Opinions, Oct. 26): Your Friday editorial regarding public-information officers took a “broad brush” approach to communications during a disaster and does not recognize the hard work performed by PIOs, especially in the wake of the recent fires. Here in Santa Clarita, our L.A. County fire and sheriff PIOs worked day and night, hand in hand with the city of Santa Clarita PIO to provide verified, up-to-date information to our residents around the clock. Our city Web site ( was updated minute by minute, a bulletin board was used on our local cable channel and we even set up a hotline for residents to call, which was utilized 6.4 times per minute Monday. The first priority was communicating with our residents, helping them through the disaster, not providing photo opportunities for our elected officials. – Gail Ortiz Communications Division manager/PIO City of Santa Clarita Chimneys survive Once again I am looking at photos of homes destroyed by the fires. Once again, the only surviving structures seem to be the chimneys, standing like obelisks in a smoldering landscape. Why can’t homes be built like chimneys, or am I missing something here? – Ann Harootyan Van Nuys Phone-users tax Re “Now we know” (Your Opinions, Oct. 22): George Timko is not the only one fuming about the corruption in L.A. city government. We do not need a telephone-users tax put on the ballot. We could make up the $270million just by taking away all the perks city officials get, letting them drive their own cars, paying for their cell phones just as we the taxpayers do, freezing their salaries, reducing the staffs that each council member has, getting rid of the assistant city attorneys because anytime there is a lawsuit they have to hire outside help and make a stipulation for city employees when hired that they can’t sue the city if they are fired. And put an end or cap to the outrageous lawsuits brought on by L.A. city firefighters who couldn’t take the heat. – Marianne Castro Lawson Granada Hills Jewishness Re “They are Christians” (Your Opinions, Oct. 24): Richard Sharfman has in a few brief sentences casually disregarded centuries of philosophical debate about “what is a Jew.” The answer depends on who you ask. Hitler considered Jews a race. I have known and been friends with several Jews and none of them believed that they were defined by their religion. Nor are they a nation. Some consider themselves a tribe or a clan. In the Bible, they are referred to as a tribe. According to Sharfman, anyone in the world who believes in and practices Judaism is a Jew and those who don’t, aren’t. That is a simplistic view to a very complex and as-yet unanswered question. – Leonard E. McGinnis Granada Hills Where there’s a will The administration should finance the health bill the same way it finances its war in Iraq. – Chuck Crawford Newhall160Want 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

Misuse of county funds

first_imgThis latest controversy creates a double dose of distrust. Not only will taxpayers view the agency with increasing uncertainty, but events held in cooperation with the DCFS to raise funds for foster children might also come to be viewed with suspicion. Corporate and individual donations could wane. We hope that’s not the case. We’re confident that county supervisors will insist on doing everything possible to implement all the reforms recommended by Auditor-Controller J. Tyler McCauley to revise purchasing policies. The county should also insist that anyone who used funds inappropriately pay restitution. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Agency employees usurped money meant for foster children. There has been no shortage of disturbing headlines in the past few years about the county agency charged with protecting children. The criticisms about the Department of Children and Family Services included these: In 2005, more than 900 children under the DCFS’s care ran away from their foster homes. In June, a grand jury blasted the DCFS for not funding an abuse-prevention program despite rising fears about the safety of children in foster homes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In August, an audit found that the agency had lax oversight of a $177 million services and supplies budget. An audit released this week is certain to increase doubts about the agency’s ability to do its job. A study of DCFS’s procurement operations found that tens of thousands of dollars which were supposed to go to children and foster parents to buy necessities such as food and clothing were misused. Instead, the funds went toward buying gift cards for nonessential goods and services from businesses such as the Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Glenn Ivy Hot Springs-Spa, Starbucks and Red Lobster. Many of these cards were given to DCFS employees, mentors and volunteers. DCFS funds were also tapped to pay for 160 tickets to a musical play, at a cost of $14,000. Only 53 of these tickets went to children, auditors found. The audit discovered that one DCFS office spent more than $200,000 on entertainment since March. The money trail ought to provide evidence of fraud and theft of public funds. DCFS officials say that the employees involved will be subject to discipline. But it should go further than that. Terminations and criminal prosecutions are also in order. The agency must send a clear message that people who take funds that were meant for some of the most vulnerable people in our society will be dealt with severely. last_img read more

Snowshoes shrink as appeal grows

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. – Over the past 30 years, snowshoes have shrunk. Once resembling huge wooden tennis rackets strung with catgut, most models now are about twice the length of your boot and only a few inches wider. Snowshoers say the design changes have revolutionized the sport, making winter hiking and backpacking more popular while drawing more endurance athletes into long-distance racing over snow. “The market used to be people that harvested maple syrup … trappers and ice fishermen,” said Richard Havlick, whose company began making snowshoes in 1965 in Mayfield, in the Adirondack foothills. With aluminum frames about 8 inches wide and 25 inches long, most snowshoes now have plastic decking, bindings and sharp metal crampons underneath for gripping ice and hard-packed snow. A pair costs from $100 to more than $200. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Most snowshoes weigh less than two pounds each. Racing models tend to be lighter and smaller, typically worn over running shoes instead of boots. Sanctioned races require a minimum 120-square-inch functional surface, said Mark Elmore, United States Snowshoe Association sports director. Even for backcountry hiking, they seldom are more than 10 inches wide and 36 inches long. The oval bear-paw design, with wood frames and traditional laced decking, is still preferred by a few traditionalists, especially for deep powder in open areas. According to Adirondack guide Dennis Aprill, snowshoes were invented 6,000 years ago in Central Asia for hunters and trappers to float over deep snow, and they stayed essentially the same until the 1970s, when Sherpa Inc. introduced aluminum frames. A pivot bar at the opening where boots attach to bindings made it possible to affix crampons or cleats for traction, and the solid neoprene deck could float more weight, permitting a smaller surface. “No longer did the snowshoer have to walk ‘Popeye-like’ with wide awkward 13-by-39-inch bear paws. The gait could be more natural,” Aprill wrote in “Short Treks in the Adirondacks and Beyond.” Havlick recalled attending a 1977 race at Ticonderoga in the eastern Adirondacks, which commemorated the snowshoeing exploits of Rogers Rangers in the French and Indian War. “Some teams came down from Canada. Mostly everybody was running on big old wooden snowshoes,” Havlick said. “They were running and tripping and falling. It was kind of fun.” Jeff Clark of Saratoga said the racing equipment has evolved even in the past six years. “When we first started out, everybody wore a type of snowshoe that had long pointed tails, which throw up a lot of snow,” he said. “When you started a race, it looked like a snow cloud.” Racing shoes are generally more oval now, Clark said. “It’s important to make sure you have a good harness and a good support,” he added. “Without a good harness, you whang the snowshoes against each ankle as you go. It’s never good to come home with bruised ankles.”160Want 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_imgForensic experts helping police in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, have carried out an extensive search of a hidden pit found in a wasteland close to where she was vanished seven years ago.Madeleine (second from left) on her last trip to Donegal before she disappeared in 2007.Madeleine’s grandparents are from West Donegal, and she had visited Dungloe just weeks before her disappearance.Madeleine was three when she disappeared from Praia da Luz in the Algarve in early May 2007. The forensic team wore specialist masks and blue overalls during the search and then dramatically decided to seal off the hole that had been discovered by sniffer dogs just 24 hours previous to that.Scotland Yard who are leading the investigation, refused to reveal whether or not anything had been discovered inside the pit, or if it was significant in the search for missing Madeleine.It is believed officers are looking for objects that may have been abandoned soon after Madeleine was taken.Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry are being kept informed and are reportedly bracing themselves for ‘significant news’. The search site is located 300, from the apartment complex that Madeleine was taken from.The deserted wasteland is also close to where a tourist reportedly saw a man with a girl in his arms the night she disappeared.MYSTERY PIT FOUND BY SNIFFER DOGS IN HUNT FOR MISSING MADELEINE was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2007donegalinvestigationMadeline McCannMystery Pitnewsportugallast_img read more

Brand South Africa to host a Nation Brand toolkit engagement

first_imgBrand South Africa in partnership with the Marketing Association of South Africa (MASA) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation will host the Marketing Metrics Masterclass with an objective of enhancing and understanding of the application of a range of mathematical and financial tools that can assist to formulate to plan and measure the results of strategic marketing efforts.The engagement will be hosted on Wednesday 18 April 2018 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The key speaker at this masterclass will be Prof Geoff Bick from UCT School of business.“Brand South Africa is mandated to manage the country’s image and reputation and as such it continuously seeks to engage in public and private collaborations with an objective of strengthening relations and promoting cohesive approach when marketing Nation Brand internationally”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela“The Marketing Association of South Africa is therefore ideal as it encourages the development and education of Marketers which enhance the skills of South Africans in the marketing profession”, adds Ms Ntombela.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi Ntanzi on: +27 11 712 5071last_img read more

Indians spend 33.4 minutes playing Android games daily: Report

first_imgOn an average, an Android gamer in India spends 33.4 minutes daily, playing games on their smartphone or tablet. For comparison, the global average for daily time spent playing games on Android devices is 37 minutes according to mobile analytic research by Flurry.The global average is 37 minutes daily On the basis of this research by the firm, American top the list of global gamers and spend 51.8 minutes as a daily average. The data was collected from 60,000 android devices and provides insight into the habits and preferences of gamers worldwide.Germany, Russia, Italy and South Korea follow the U.S. in terms of time spent on gaming and India is placed 6th according to this research. China closes the top 10 with a score of 28.6 minutes spent daily.The research also reveals that Action and Arcade games are the most popular category across the board with more than half the gaming population engaging in these games and as high as 3 in four people in South Korea, for instance, playing these games.Indians play two times more Casino and Card games than others Exception to the rule also reveal tidbits about various countries. India, for instance recorded an average of 68 sessions per month on Cards and Casino based games (more than double the global average) and got its kicks from games like Teen Patti and Poker. Germans in comparison, would much rather play Brain and Puzzle games (66 monthly sessions).In terms of sports based games, national passions again sway decisions, with the UK audience preferring Football, and Indians choosing to play -no runs for guessing- Cricket even while on their smartphones.advertisementThe research depicts the latest situation in the Android based mobile gaming industry which is expected to grow to $27 billion by 2017. The Android population itself has crossed 1 billion this year, according to Google, almost double from 530 million last year.last_img read more

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