Team #SouthlandStrong Among 16 Still Alive for 3X3U National Championship

first_imgNotable Round of 16 matchups include the Southland and ACC squaring off in the opening game of the day at 9:30 a.m. CT, hometown favorite Jordan Murphy and the Big Ten taking on the MAC at 11:10 a.m. and the Colonial against the SoCon at 11:30 a.m. in a matchup of Conference Players of the Year Justin Wright-Foreman and Fletcher Magee. Each of the eight pool winners posted perfect 3-0 records after the first two days of play. The ACC (Pool A), West Coast (B), American Athletic (C), SEC (D), MAAC (E), Big Ten (F), Colonial (G) and the Pac-12 (H) earned the top spot in their pools. Given the extensive fan interest over the last two days, Sunday’s games are expected draw a wide audience. The 2019 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship has generated over six million live views on Twitter, in addition to the thousands of fans that have watched many of the Tournament’s 48 pool play games in person over the last two days. The Round of 16 begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. CT followed immediately by quarterfinals action. Both rounds will be streamed live exclusively on Twitter at @3X3UHoops. The runners-up in each pool also secured bids to the Round of 16, including the Patriot League out of Pool A, the Southland out of Pool B, the Northeast Conference out of Pool C, the Big South out of Pool D, the Mid-American out of Pool E, the Big Sky out of Pool F, Conference USA out of Pool G and the Southern Conference out of Pool H. BRACKETBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – After two days of competitive pool play, the team made up of former Southland Conference players is one of 16 squads that has punched a ticket to Sunday’s knockout round of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. They’ll compete for the event’s $100,000 grand prize.The Southland team features Abilene Christian’s Jaren Lewis, Sam Houston State’s Cameron Delaney, Stephen F. Austin’s Shannon Bogues, and Southeastern Louisiana’s Moses Greenwood. The semifinals, third-place game and Championship Game of the 2019 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 2 p.m., when one team will win the ultimate prize of $100,000, and earn the right to represent the Tournament at the 2019 USA Basketball 3×3 Open National Championship in Las Vegas next month.last_img read more

In Ebola Fight, PROCMURA-Liberia Reaches ‘Vulnerable’ Communities, Including Banjor in Virginia

first_imgMembers of PROCMURA-Liberia Chapter’a Anti-Ebola Taskforce Committee over the weekend reached out to the leadership of several of the‘vulnerable and most Ebola affected communities’ in Monrovia and its suburbs with items to help the residents in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). PROCMURA is an acronym for Pan-African Christian Organization dedicated to Christian constructive engagement with Muslims in witness, mutual tolerance and collaboration towards peace and peaceful co-existence for the holistic development of the human family. Founded in 1959, PROCMURA stretches a hand of friendship to the Muslim Community,  with a vision of a continent where religious communities can live with their differences in peace. It is well established in 20 African countries and visible in 10 more. It has well trained grassroots workers (men and women) on the complexity of Christian-Muslim relations.The items distributed included  Household disinfectants, several bags of the 25kg rice, and buckets with faucets, powder soaps, vegetable oil, etc.   The items were distributed among residents of Pianyonkosa Community in Banjor former refugee camp,  one of the hardest hit by Ebola. The Pianyonkosa Community is located near the Banjor Central High School in Virginia, outside Monrovia. It is one of the places that the EVD took the lives of at least 45 persons in recent weeks.Other areas that benefited included Hotel Africa Blessed Community and Banjor Beach, near the residence of the late  former Justice Minister, Jenkins Scott. An executive of PROCMURA-Liberia, Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey, who led the distribution committee, believes that the fight against the EVD in the sub-region would succeed only when those in the fight come together to kick the EVD out from the affected countries. With that message, Dr. Lartey called on the leaderships of afflicted communities that benefited from PROCMURA’s donations to take the lead in the fight by spreading the necessary awareness to complement the government’s  efforts. “This is not the time to score victory against anyone, but to collaborate by forging together in our fight to score victory against the deadly Ebola from the human race,” Dr. Lartey asserted.PROCMURA-Liberia Area Committee’s overall anti-Ebola message called for all to join in  kicking the disease out of the country and protect ourselves and others to stay alive.Dr. Lartey called for all communities to join and take ownership for the protection of the populace against Ebola which, he insisted, “has no place in the country or sub-region.” Their message also urged Liberians to stop religious and cultural practices that can expose people to Ebola attack. Heads of community members that received the donated items individually and on behalf of the residents expressed gratitude to PROCMURA for the gesture. They promised to distribute items they received first among Ebola survivors and other ‘vulnerable’ community residents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt should push to remove artificial barriers to trade – Ramkarran

first_imgGuyana-T&T MoU Amid heavy criticism of the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, there are now calls for the coalition Government to ensure that it takes a stand to ensure that Guyana gets a better deal on trade with that small island state.In his weekly Conversation Tree column, former Speaker of the National Assembly and Attorney-at-Law, Ralph Ramkarran reflected on the long relationship between the two countries, stating that it has been a cordial one and to some extent, of mutual benefit.Ramkarran, however, reminded that at one time after the twin-island republic gained independence, measures were put in place to protect the island’s economy. As such, it became difficult for Guyanese professionals to get jobs there and for Guyanese business people to invest.He also recalled that in the mid to late 1970s, Guyanese flooded into T&T to live and work, mainly illegally, because Guyana’s economy began to contract dramatically. At this time also, numerous Guyanese entered the business of ‘suitcase trading’ – a phenomenon which would endure for nearly two decades, he said.The former House Speaker reasoned that in recent years, the economy of T&T has been undergoing severe stress because of the fall in price for natural gas. In 2005, the price for natural gas was US$10 per MMBtu. Today, it is just about US$3. And as a major oil-producing nation, Trinidad is now facing the full brunt of this.“A T&T economy that cannot generate enough foreign exchange to feed investment has sent many Trinidadian business people with capital to Guyana, seeking investment opportunities. Trinidadians have been flooding Guyana for about two years and have been investing and Guyanese business people have become wary and sometimes resentful,” he observed.According to Ramkarran, the visit of Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley has been seen with bitterness as expressed in criticisms about the alleged one-sidedness of the MoU. He thinks that the Guyana Government did not appear to have taken the opportunity to raise with the T&T Government administrative obstructions that it has placed on the entry of Guyana’s exports.“If that assessment is correct, Guyana lost a golden opportunity to open up T&T’s economy to Guyana’s goods,” he explained in his column.Trojan HorseRamkarran referred to a letter published in sections of the media that written by Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and former Foreign Trade and International Cooperation Minister Clement Rohee, who detailed the difficulty Guyana faced with T&T regarding trade during his years as Minister.Rohee, in his letter, described the MoU as a ‘Trojan Horse’, referencing the past when he as Minister tried persuading Trinidad to give Guyana greater market access for its rice by removing a number of non-tariff barriers which it had unilaterally imposed without the consent of Caricom’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED).“I led several official/Private Sector missions to Port of Spain. The Trinidadians never budged. They found fault with the colour, length and smell of the Guyanese rice grain and claimed that they had to impose the non-tariff barriers for the sake of consumer protection,” he recalled.Rohee said the issues with T&T were not limited to rice, but also extended to Guyana’s sugar and beef exports. “Guyanese potential exporters of beef like their counterparts in the rice and sugar industries were frustrated. So much for free trade within Caricom and small wonder why the Single Market and Economy is floundering,” he added.Ramkarran, therefore, believes that this and other reasons appear to be the basis of the criticisms of the MoU. Nevertheless, he opined that the MoU was an opportunity between the two Governments to enhance cooperation, noting that T&T has the capacity and expertise to assist Guyana, which is in dire need of such assistance.“T&T business people should also be encouraged to invest in Guyana, subject to any local content laws which may be implemented, much as T&T did, enabling its business people to flourish during the oil years and much of its wealth to remain in T&T,” he added.However, he said with opportunities now opening up owing to Guyana’s advantageous position, Government should begin pressing T&T to remove its artificial barriers to trade.He observed too that the Guyana Government raised the issue of T&T’s recent reluctance to maintain its full support for Guyana in the border controversy with Venezuela, which was a significant departure from the island’s previous full support for Guyana’s case.“Prime Minister Rowley’s change of posture and full endorsement of Guyana’s position is now welcome. Demarcation of maritime boundaries to eliminate overlaps appears to have to await further discussion,” the prominent Attorney noted in his weekly column.last_img read more

Free transit route for Olympic Torch relay

first_imgOne bus route will be on the house when the Olympic torch comes to town.The Olympic Torch Relay Committee announced on Friday that there will be free transit from Safeway to Centennial Park. The bus will provide transportation for passengers at the south side of the Safeway Parking lot, and drop patrons off at Centennial park.The bus will be making a continuous loop between 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.- Advertisement -Final Torchbearer Ross H. MacLean will be lighting the cauldron at Centennial Park, at approximately 6:30 p.m.The Fort St. John Olympic Torch Relay will be in the City on January 31st, and the relay begins at 5:48 p.m.Click here for a detailed map of the Fort St. John Olympic Torch Relay, along with other torch relays around the Peace Region.Click here for a story on Final Torchbearer, Ross H. MacLean.Advertisementlast_img read more

Curry sinks Finals record in Warriors romp

first_img0Shares0000Stephen Curry finished by shooting 11-of-26 from the floor, 9-of-17 from 3-point range with seven rebounds and eight assists as the Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland 122-103 © GETTY/AFP / Lachlan CunninghamOAKLAND, United States, Jun 4 – Defending champion Golden State moved to two wins from a third title in four seasons Sunday with Warriors guard Stephen Curry sinking an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in a 122-103 rout of Cleveland.Curry scored 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting from the floor, hitting 9-of-17 from 3-point range, with seven rebounds and eight assists as Golden State seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series. “To be on top of that 3-point list is pretty special,” Curry said.“Pretty special night. And hopefully some more special things happen when we get two more wins.”The Warriors, who never trailed, can sweep the series with wins in Cleveland on Wednesday and Friday.Curry, a 30-year-old guard, broke the old mark of eight 3-pointers in a finals game set by Ray Allen of Boston in 2010.“He was tremendous,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Nine threes and seemed to hit the big shot every time we needed one. Yeah, he was fantastic.”Curry scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a corner 3-pointer, a desperation heave from 35 feet and the record breaker from the left side with 3:30 remaining.“He makes tough shots. That’s what he does,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. “Once he releases it, (if) he sees the basket, he usually makes it.”Cavaliers superstar LeBron James netted 29 points with 13 assists and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to stop Golden State winning 122-103 © GETTY/AFP / EZRA SHAWKevin Durant added 26 points, Klay Thompson had 20 and JaVale McGee added 12 to spark the Warriors.Cavaliers superstar LeBron James netted 29 points with 13 assists and nine rebounds while Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 rebounds, but Cleveland came no closer than five points in the second half.“It sucks to lose,” a grim-faced James said. “It sucks when you go out there and you give it everything that you have and you prep and your mind is in it and your body is in it and you come out on the losing end.”– ‘Just getting started’ –The Cavaliers and Warriors are meeting for the fourth consecutive NBA Finals, with Golden State having won titles in 2015 and 2017 while Cleveland captured the 2016 crown, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the greatest comeback in finals history.“We’re happy with the way we played,” Kerr said. “But we know this is just getting started.”After an overtime opener loss James called one of the worst defeats of his career, the Cavaliers couldn’t play Golden State as close, Curry and his teammates thwarting every threat.Kevin Love (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends against Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors © GETTY/AFP / Lachlan Cunningham“You definitely notice the looks on their faces when he hit some of the shots,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said of the Cavaliers.“It was like dagger after dagger. Play great defense and he pulled up and hit a three in your face. You definitely notice the effect that it has on the opposing team.”Cavs guard J.R. Smith, whose late-game blunder in the opener denied Cleveland a potential winning shot, was greeted with a standing ovation by Warriors fans and chants of “M-V-P” when he went to the free throw line.Smith went 2-of-9 from the floor and scored only five points in what he called a “terrible” performance, but said the crowd wasn’t a factor.“I’m always a person the fans like to heckle. I like it,” Smith said. “I’d rather them do that than not acknowledge me at all. I appreciate it.”“We have confidence in J.R,” Lue said. “He’s got to keep taking his shots.– Curry’s ‘Dagger shot’ –“In that third quarter I thought we did a good job,” Lue added. “We did a great job of attacking offensively and playing more physically defensively. I was proud of our guys the way we competed. We could have let go of the rope down 13.”Cleveland pulled within five points three times in the third quarter but the Warriors carried a 90-80 lead after three quarters.“You’ve got to withstand that kind of stuff and keep playing and keep going,” Kerr said. “Our guys did a good job of that.”James opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer but Curry followed with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 96-83 Warriors edge and sank a desperation heave for a 103-89 edge.“That was kind of like a dagger shot,” teammate Thompson said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ballybofey United’s Duck Race promises to be good ‘Quack’

first_imgBallybofey United FC have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season – and their form has been compared by some to that of the Minnesota Mighty Ducks when they were lead by Gordon Bombay in the early 90’s. Barney Lafferty is in charge at the minute, and they’ve already won the Area Cup after a brilliant 4-1 win over Castlefinn Celtic.However, this weekend their focus turns away from football.This weekend it’s all about the annual Ballybofey United ‘Duck Race’ fundraiser which takes place tomorrow.Star player Shaun ‘Wizzy’ McGowan told Donegal Daily, “This event separates the men from the ducks, and it should be a good days ‘quack’.“There’s 900 ducks in the race, so it’s going to be tough for my duck to win, but I’m just hoping he isn’t ‘flat-footed’ and doesn’t let the occasion get to him.“In all seriousness though, it’s a great fundraiser for the club and we’re hoping a big crowd turns out to support the fundraiser.“The winners wins €1,000 and 2nd place gets you €600, while there are other cash prizes, so there could be a few men ‘waddling’ around the town tomorrow night with their winnings.”The Ballybofey United ‘Duck Race’ gets underway tomorrow at noon (sharp) from Drennan Bridge.The race is expected to last for fifteen minutes! Good luck to all involved with the fundraiser!Ballybofey United’s Duck Race promises to be good ‘Quack’ was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Ballybofey UnitedDuck RacefundraiserSportlast_img read more

CRANA COLLEGE GETS ‘GREASED UP’ FOR HIT MUSICAL

first_imgAcross the county dozens of schools are getting ready to put on their annual musical offerings.Crana College in Buncrana are one such school. This year the pupils from the well-known Inishowen school are putting on the legendary Grease.This video goes behind the scenes to show the hard work (and craic!) that is behind putting on a stage show.The show itself will be produced at St Mary’s Hall for three nights on Tuesday, November 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th.Tickets are selling fast so those interested should contact the school. EndsCRANA COLLEGE GETS ‘GREASED UP’ FOR HIT MUSICAL was last modified: October 23rd, 2011 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:CRANA COLLEGEGREASElast_img read more

ENGLISH FINISHES SECOND IN NEW YORK WITH SUPERB RUN

first_imgMark English has finished second in the 800m at the New York Diamond League in a season’s best of 1.45.03.The race was won by current 800m Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha of Kenya in 1.44.63.USA’s Duane Solomon, who was fourth in the London Olympics, was third in 1.45.13. This time places the Letterkenny man man fourth in the European rankings list and it is his third fastest run of all time.ENGLISH FINISHES SECOND IN NEW YORK WITH SUPERB RUN was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmark englishnew yorkSEASON BESTlast_img read more

Diepsloot school gets a spring clean

first_imgPlay Your Part’s clean-up campaign at Akani Primary, Diepsloot, got learners to not only tidy up their school but also learn the importance of a clean environment. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Play Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.Despite the morning heat, Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and her runner-up, Jade Axon, as well as representatives from Play Your Part and GEM Project joined the schoolchildren on Saturday, 24 October, as they cleared the school of litter.According to Play Your Part representatives, the campaign was in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Viktor, who was crowned Miss Earth South Africa in September, said the clean-up formed part of the environmental work she would undertake during her year as titleholder. However, her biggest initiatives would be greening projects. “It involves a lot of tree planting, a lot of educational work at schools, teaching the kids why it is important to clean up and recycle, and also getting them to be active citizens.”At the same time as she undertakes her environmental work, she is also preparing for her next big project, that of winning the international Miss Earth pageant in Austria in December.Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor didn’t mind getting her hands dirty at the clean-up. Miss Earth South Africa and Play Your Part have partnered for similar initiatives before. KEEPING THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN IS A HABITAkani Primary principal Fikilie Dikgale said the aim of the clean-up was to remind children about keeping their school clean. “Repetition is very critical because the kids forget. Every quarter there needs to be a campaign like this so that they can be reminded that littering is not acceptable.“The Brand South Africa initiative of Play Your Part is also very appropriate because Akani wants to do our part and you can see we are doing our part to keep the school clean.”Akani’s general manager, Thoko Mbense, said that the habit of cleaning could filter into the Diepsloot community. “The kids needed to learn to pick up litter because not only is it done for the school but for the community too.”She said that keeping their school clean should become embedded in their conscience. “You need to teach them almost everything and remind them. We want this to be a quarterly thing so that it can be part of their conscience.”Akani, which is a Shangaan word meaning “to build”, was chosen as the location for the clean-up after Miss Earth South Africa representatives approached it about the initiative.Akani Primary learners had to throw the litter they had picked up into a Pikitup recycle truck.GEM SPREADING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAPlay Your Part invited GEM Project to help mobilise volunteers within and outside Diepsloot. GEM, which is an acronym for Going the Extra Mile, has mostly been active in Gauteng. But its founder, Camilo Ramada, said activations would spread beyond the province to Cape Town in January 2016. “In theory, we can be anywhere, but in practice we’re mostly in Johannesburg. But we are already preparing and planning activations in Cape Town from January onwards.”The GEM app, which was developed in conjunction with Play Your Part, rewards volunteers for their good deeds. Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app. Once the good deed is done, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.last_img read more

“The Emerald Lakes” GC24VY3 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 4, 2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedAn Easter (Island) Geocache – Rano Kau – Rapa Nui (GC22ZGB) – Geocache of the WeekMarch 27, 2013In “Community”Jellyfish Lake – Ongeim’l Tketau GC11A56 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 28, 2012May 28, 2012In “Community””Glaciar Perito Moreno – Patagonia” GC1JPHG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 23, 2011May 23, 2011In “Community” View of “The Emerald Lakes” “The Emerald Lakes” (GC24VY3) reveals the rugged beauty of New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park.  Geocachers hike to the top of Mt. Tongariro to discover the three picturesque lakes.  The lakes themselves began as craters formed during volcanic activity.Geocacher funkymunkyzone created the cache in March of this year.  The difficulty two, terrain 4.5  EarthCache requires a day hike of nearly 20 kilometers (12 miles).There are three requirements to claim the EarthCache.  Geocachers must use their GPS units to record the elevation of each of the three lakes, describe the color of the lakes and take a photo of the lakes showing their GPS device at the published coordinates.View of “The Emerald Lakes”More than a dozen geocachers have already logged a smiley on the cache.Continue your exploration of the some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world.  Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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