31 May

Southland Announces 2019 Preseason All-Conference Football Teams

first_img OL Toby Sanderson Central Arkansas Jr. Edmond, Okla. OL P.J. Burkhalter Nicholls R-Jr. Franklinton, La. The 2019 preseason poll will be revealed next Thursday, July 18, to kick off Southland Football Media Day at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.First Team All-Conference Offense OL Brandon Floores* UIW Sr. La Vernia, Texas WR Jerreth Sterns Houston Baptist So. Midlothian, Texas The Lions boast a talented crop of return specialists with returning all-conference selections Juwan Petit-Frere and Devonte Williams named to the top squad and punt returner Austin Mitchell appearing on the second team. Defending co-champion UIW and Abilene Christian placed five on the teams, while Northwestern State garnered four preseason all-conference selections. Houston Baptist, Lamar, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin earned three spots each. KR Juwan Petit-Frere* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Orlando, Fla. LB Allen Pittman* Nicholls Sr. St. Rose, La. Pos. Name School Class Hometown P Winston Jones* Nicholls Sr. Thibodaux, La. P David Balcomb UIW Sr. Gordon, Australia Pos. Name School Class Hometown First Team All-Conference Defense WR Nathan Stewart* Sam Houston State Sr. Dallas, Texas WR Dai’Jean Dixon* Nicholls Jr. New Orleans, La. OL Chris Zirkle Northwestern State Sr. League City, Texas OL Jair Joseph Nicholls Jr. Napoleonville, La. LB Royce See Sam Houston State Sr. Shepherd, Texas KR Myles Ward Northwestern State So. Harvey, La. DL Daniel Crosley* Lamar Sr. DeRidder, La. DB Bolu Onifade* Abilene Christian Sr. Oklahoma City, Okla. WR Juwan Petit-Frere* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Orlando, Fla. LB Jeremiah Chambers* Abilene Christian Sr. Austin, Texas DL Erick Fowler* Sam Houston State Sr. Austin, Texas Led by senior quarterback Chase Fourcade and senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche, the Colonels accounted for eight of the 28 first-team slots. Fourcade, the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, enters his final season with the 10th-most career total offense yards in league history (8,990), and Laiche begins his senior campaign as the active FCS leader in career sacks (25.5). DL Chris Livings* McNeese Sr. Lake Charles, La. PR Devonte Williams* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Columbia, Md. The Bears’ secondary placed three on the all-league teams with Juan Jackson earning first-team honors after leading the team with 91 tackles in 2018. UCA’s second-leading tackler, junior Jackie Harvell (69), joins classmate Robert Rochell on the second team. OL Kade Parmelly Abilene Christian Jr. Abilene, Texas TE/HB Bransen Schwebel* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Amite, La. With 1,000 receiving yards in 2019, Sam Houston State wide receiver Nathan Stewart would become just the third player in FCS history to tally 1,000 yards all four years, joining Elon’s Terrell Hudgins and Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp. DL Sully Laiche* Nicholls Sr. Grammercy, La. QB Jon Copeland* UIW So. Argyle, Texas DB Zyon McCollum* Sam Houston State Jr. Galveston, Texas OL Terence Hickman II* UIW Sr. Converse, Texas Second Team All-Conference Offense WR Tamrick Pace Stephen F. Austin Sr. Brownsboro, Texas Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason all-conference teams and may advance to higher team slots if they are vacated by non-returning players. Open positions are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. DB Darren Evans* Nicholls Jr. Baton Rouge, La. RB Dontrell Taylor* Nicholls Sr. White Castle, La. PK Elvin Martinez Lamar Jr. Huntsville, Texas TE/HB Woody Brandom Sam Houston State R-Sr. Corona, Calif. RB Billy McCrary* Abilene Christian Sr. Austin, Texas RB Myles Wanza Lamar Jr. Houston, Texas Second Team All-Conference Defense Central Arkansas earned the second-most selections with seven, followed by six each for Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana. PK Storm Ruiz Stephen F. Austin Sr. League City, Texas RB Carlos Blackman* Central Arkansas Sr. Gosnell, Ark. QB Chase Fourcade* Nicholls Sr. Metairie, La. Pos. Name School Class Hometown DB Juan Jackson* Central Arkansas Sr. Gardendale, Ala. DB Alize Ward* Stephen F. Austin Sr. San Diego, Calif. OL Uzoma Okere UIW Jr. Grand Prairie, Texas OL Hunter Watts* Central Arkansas Sr. San Antonio, Texas LB Evan Veron* Nicholls Sr. LaPlace, La. DL O’Shea Jackson Northwestern State Sr. Arlington, Texas DB Khristian Mims* Nicholls Sr. Baton Rouge, La. OL Grant Burguillos* McNeese Sr. Mandeville, La. DL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference Football Preseason All-Conference Teams were announced on Thursday, with defending co-champion Nicholls leading the league with 11 total selections. DL Andre Walker Houston Baptist Sr. Slidell, La. LB Caleb Johnson Houston Baptist Jr. San Diego, Calif. Pos. Name School Class Hometown DB Robert Rochell Central Arkansas Jr. Shreveport, La. DB Hayden Bourgeois* Northwestern State Jr. Church Point, La. WR Josh Fink Abilene Christian Sr. Coppell, Texas LB Hunter Brown Sam Houston State R-Sr. Weston, Fla. DB Jackie Harvell Central Arkansas Jr. Gurdon, Ark. DL Chris Terrell* Central Arkansas Sr. Pensacola, Fla. DB Colby Burton* McNeese Sr. League City, Texas PR Austin Mitchell Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Plaquemine, La. * Automatic selection; returning all-conference playerlast_img read more

18 Jan

Wicked good: LeBron undaunted by Boston, Celtics’ mystique

first_img“Just the history, you look up in the rafters and you see all the greats that has either played there or the previous arena they played in,” he said. “It’s a sports town. You look at the Patriots. You look at the Bruins. You look at the Red Sox. You add them, look at all that history. It’s just a sports town. If you’re not green, they don’t mess with you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland’s star has bounced the Celtics from the playoffs four times in the past seven years, and James carries a six-game postseason winning streak at Boston into this year’s Eastern Conference finals, which open Sunday at TD Garden.As a member of both the Miami Heat and Cavaliers, James — whose success against Boston did a 180-degree turn with a mesmerizing Game 6 performance in 2012 — has made the Celtics green(er) with envy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut while the 33-year-old has the utmost respect for the NBA’s most decorated franchise, James’ admiration hasn’t stopped him from standing in the way of Boston stuffing more Larry O’Brien trophies into its crowded case.And if he beats the Celtics again and advances to his eighth straight NBA Finals, James would join a club currently exclusive to Boston players with legendary status. Only Bill Russell (10), Sam Jones (9), Tommy Heinsohn (9) and Frank Ramsey (8) have played in more consecutive Finals than James, who said he hasn’t reflected on the possibility of admission to their group.“I do know that this is my eighth straight conference finals and I have an opportunity to play for a championship if I’m able to be successful in this conference finals, so I don’t take that for granted,” James said Friday. “You dream about being able to play in big games in the NBA. Even when I got to the NBA that was one of my only goals — to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the NBA and be remembered — and I think I’ve done that in my career.“Just trying to add onto it while I can.”Early in his career, James saw the Celtics as a postseason exit ramp.The “Big 3” Boston team featuring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen ousted him and the Cavs in 2008 and 2010, the latter series ending with James famously storming off the floor and pulling off his jersey to foreshadow his free-agent departure later that summer for South Beach.ADVERTISEMENT He avenged that loss the following year in the conference semifinals, and then in 2012, James had one of his most magnificent postseason exhibitions of his career in Boston. With the Heat down 3-2 in the series, James scored 45 points on 19 of 26 shooting and added 15 rebounds as Miami forced a Game 7 and went on to win consecutive titles.Since then, he’s 8-1 against the Celtics with a four-game sweep in 2015 and a five-game dusting last year in the conference finals.James has scored 979 points in 34 playoff games against the Celtics, the most by one player against a single team. And in his past six games on Boston’s parquet, he’s averaging 34.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists.James has eight playoff wins in Boston, more than all but four current Celtics.One of them, Jaylen Brown, knows what’s coming.“Physically, he is more superior than any guy that is on the floor,” Brown said. “He’s 260-plus pounds. Can run like a gazelle. Athletic. He’s physical. He’s just unstoppable. We gotta be mentally locked in and have a mindset to try and do the best we can. LeBron is top 3, top 5 of all-time. He’s going to do what he does. We just gotta take away the other guys and have a great mindset of mentally being locked in every possession.”Boston’s notorious crowd is known for rattling opposing players. In the first round, Celtics fans taunted Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe with chants of “Who Is Bledsoe?” after he unwisely made a comment about Celtics playoff phenom Terry Rozier.James and his teammates know they’ll have their ears rung as well.“One of the rowdy environments,” Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver said. “Boston is fun. They have a great crowd. They’re ready to get behind their team. There’s been moments where I’ve been on a team where there’s a decent lead and then they make one shot and the place just erupts. You’re like, ‘Man, they’re going to come back.’ You just feel it. It’s a great place to play, especially in the playoffs.”Boston’s roar only seems to strengthen James, who appreciates the passion and pride in the Celtics. 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Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadal’s magical clay court streak ended by Thiem in Madrid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Lebron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — There haven’t been any championship banners hoisted into Boston’s hallowed rafters since 2008.LeBron James won’t let go of the rope.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

12 Jan

Govt now promising increase in Private Sector minimum wage

first_imgWith elections looming…amidst hundreds of broken, unfilled promisesAs the anticipation of early General and Regional Elections looms heavily over Guyana, the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition is slowly slipping into elections mode and has begun reintroducing promises it failed to fulfil after being elected to office over four years ago.This time, that promise comes in the form of a proposed increase in the minimum wage for Private Sector employees. According to the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department, headed by Minister Keith Scott, minimum wage in the Private Sector is set to receive another boost as consultations for the increase are in progress.The current Private Sector minimum wage stands at $44,200 after it was increased from $35,000 in 2017.The Labour Department’s consultant, Francis Carryl, said that the economy is vastly changing which makes it critical for Private Sector employees to receive another increase.“We’re not sure when the consultations will be completed but we are working assiduously to raise the Private Sector’s minimum wage, to bring it up to speed with the 2019 economic circumstances. We don’t want to excite anyone but all the parties including the unions, employers and the Government are interested with what has been brought to the table. As soon as the consultations are completed we will announce the increase,” Carryl said in a statement.The Labour Department boasts about recording “notable achievements” during the first quarter of 2019 in the form of the establishment of three new offices in Regions Two, Eight and Nine. These offices, according to the Department, will provide residents with access to services on a regular basis.InspectionsAdditionally, to date, the Labour Department has investigated in excess of 500 complaints and conducted about 300 to 400 workplace inspections. During the inspections, some persons who were caught in violation of the labour laws were sensitised and given opportunities to make corrections. On the other hand, others were placed before the court.Sensitisation workshops and training exercises were hosted by the Department, focusing on the introduction of the Decent Work Country Programme, which Guyana signed on to at the end of 2018. Currently, the Department is continuing its collaboration with the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) for the transformation from an informal to formal economy.Though the Department continues to boast of the strides made, the work continues to be overshadowed by sporadic outbursts from subject Minister Scott. Just last year, after salary and benefits negotiations between the Education Ministry and the Guyana Teachers’ Union failed, resulting in countrywide strikes, Scott referred to the striking educators as “selfish and uncaring”.This prompted a number of trade unions, organisations and civil society to call for President David Granger to tame Scott.The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) in a statement had said “Minister Scott seems to have a penchant for crass conduct. This is not the first time the trade union community had cause to draw attention to and condemn same, the last most contentious being in December 2016 in the National Assembly during the debates on the National Budget. The tendency to say whatever comes to his mouth, regardless of the impact, and irrespective of his role as the political voice of the Government on issues pertaining to Labour, is of concern”.The calls initially fell on deaf ears but Scott later apologised for his outburst.When it comes to fulfilling its promises, Government seems to be lost since they were elected as the champions of change. In the coalition’s 2015 manifesto, jobs for youths and overhauling the education system were placed as priority items but to date, the Government is yet to provide a tangible manifestation of those promises.According to the APNU/AFC manifesto “We (the APNU/AFC) believe that to keep the sugar industry viable, we will have to create ways to retain whatever manual labour is left and to diversify the industry…”ShelvedHowever, the Government ended up spending millions in a Commission of Inquiry, shelved the report, closed four estates and placed over 7000 sugar workers on the unemployment spectrum. To date, they continue to grapple to come up with a contingency plan and provide gainful employment for the retrenched workers.The coalition Government, in its manifesto, promised increased access to jobs for youths and improved education but that seems far from the reality of the present.Article 27 of the Constitution says “Every citizen has the right to free education from nursery to university as well as at non-formal places where opportunities are provided from education and training”.Nevertheless, Guyanese, particularly youths, are forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition fees to attend the rapidly deteriorating University of Guyana since that is the only tertiary institution in Guyana. UG continues to raise its tuition fees with students not getting any tangible benefits. Washrooms and classrooms are in deplorable conditions yet students are forced to pay some $50,000 in facilities fees in addition to their increased tuition fees.Additionally, there are no guarantees of jobs when one graduates from the University.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo borrowed the idea of supporting free tertiary education from the People’s Progressive Party. He was later called out by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the act.last_img read more

12 Jan

Ram cites Petrotrin’s failure as corruption, inefficiencies

first_img…warns Guyana Govt to consider this before deciding to use PetrotrinNow that the suggestion is being touted that the Guyana Government should consider partnering with neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) to utilise its oil refinery (Petrotrin) and save that facility from total collapse, outspoken social activist and chartered accountant Christopher Ram has said that company’s history must first be studied.Christopher RamRam told Guyana Times on Tuesday that both countries belong to the same common economic area and have a vested interest in ensuring growth in the entire bloc. As such, he thinks the David Granger-led Administration can cooperatively work with not only Trinidad, but other countries, to the benefit of Guyana.However, the chartered accountant said his major concern is what led to the failure of Petrotrin. This, he opined, had to do partly with corruption and partly with inefficiencies.“After our mindboggling incompetence with the oil contract, I don’t think I would recommend entrusting the end product of the sector in the hands of Trinidad, which has done such a poor job in its oil and gas sector,” he asserted.Individuals in civil society have raised concerns over the idea of Guyana utilizing the T&T oil refinery, claiming the Trinidadians, not Guyanese, are likely to benefit from that arrangement.Ram says the argument has merit, but the question must be asked whether Guyana is prepared as a country to build its own refinery.“Are we prepared as a country, to build our own refinery? If we can enter into a refining agreement with T&T with strong guarantees and on terms that are competitive; if anything else, I think it is something we should consider,” he said.Besides that, Ram also believes that given the volume of production that constitutes Guyana’s share, Government has to begin thinking about refining its own oil. He feels that unless Guyana can get the oil onshore, the country will never see the true benefits of that particular opportunity.As such, he said, at this point, everything should be looked at, and nothing should be taken off the table. He also criticised comments made by former Minister of the Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, criticising the idea about the oil refinery which was pitched by former Prime Minister of T&T, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.Robert Persaud has said Guyana should not be used as a ‘rainy-day friend,’ as the asset-rich country is due to become the next largest oil and gas economy of the Caribbean. But Ram said, “He was just trying to inject himself in Guyana’s affairs, and rules out something that I’m not sure he had enough time to think about,” he observed.Persad-Bissessar, who happens to be the twin island republic’s Opposition Leader, said to the Trinidadian press recently that she believes her country should attempt to partner with Guyana, as oil production is set to begin here in 2020.She said even if Guyana moves to build its own refinery in the future, the Petrotrin facility can still be used in the initial years of oil production.In response, Vice-President and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge, said the idea is good in principle, but would need to be discussed further.“The cost associated with the processing by the specific facility; volume is another dimension; and then there are a number of other issues to be examined, as far as I am aware,” he told sections of the local media.Greenidge also noted that the two governments would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the end of September. “Guyana and Trinidad are looking at an MoU covering energy, and there will be, later this month, a conclusion of that MoU,” he said.In May 2018, Pedro Haas, Director of Advisory Services at Hartree Partners, conducted a feasibility study for an oil refinery in Guyana, estimating that it would cost approximately US$5 billion to construct a refinery producing 100 barrels per day.Following that study, there were several discussions in regard to whether Guyana could afford such a facility. Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had stated previously that Government would not be going ahead with constructing an oil refinery. He said Government cannot afford such a large investment, but at the same time, he welcomed such investments by the private sector.In fact, the Natural Resources Minister had said that talks were buzzing about building a much smaller modular oil refinery, and Government is prepared to give favourable consideration that can meet good standards and guidelines.Petrotrin has a refining capacity of 140,000 barrels per day. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

26 Dec

Arsenal transfer news: Barcelona star makes admission about his future

first_imgArsenal have been dealt a blow in their bid to sign Ousmane Dembele on loan from Barcelona.The France ace, who was a member of their World Cup winning squad, has an uncertain future with his current club, especially following the signing of Malcom. latest smart causal predicted Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Reports in Mundo Deportivo suggested the player could join the Gunners in an initial loan move worth £10million, plus a clause allowing the Premier League side to snap him up for an extra £90million next summer.But the player himself poured cold water on the claims.While taking part in a live broadcast on Twitch with FM_Guru, Dembele clarified his situation, according to Marca.“I’m staying at Barca, I’m ready to play the Super Cup [against Sevilla],” he said. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade revealed center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most Popular Premier League News impact 1 possible standings BIG PRESENTS UP TOP BEST OF France and Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembele England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Arsenal could still make a deadline day signing with reports linking them to Croatian World Cup defender Domagoj Vida.last_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgFianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, has revealed that farmers in Co Donegal were forced to pay out nearly €500,000 in penalties under the Single Farm Payment scheme in 2013.Senator O’DomhnaillIn reply to questions from Fianna Fáil, the Department of Agriculture has said admitted that more than €5m was taken in penalties from farm payments last year.Farmers in Co Donegal were hit with among the highest level of penalties in the country, totalling an extortionate €499,118. Senator Ó Domhnaill said the hefty fines are causing real hardship to farmers across Co Donegal.“These fines are extremely harsh and totally unnecessary in most cases. Many of the penalties imposed are for innocent errors made because the process is overly complicated and bureaucratic,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“I know many smaller farmers across Donegal who are already struggling with cuts to supports and increased operating costs. On top of all of this, they are being hit with hefty fines for errors mainly caused by the unreasonable level of red tape they must go through to receive their Single Farm Payment.“It’s disgraceful that in Minister Coveney continues to allow Donegal farmers to pay the highest price when it comes to cuts and penalties. It’s further evidence of the Minister’s failure to stand up for the smaller farmers across the North West who are crippled by cuts to supports and unnecessary bills.” The Donegal Senator said many local farmers are becoming increasingly distressed about the high level of bureaucracy, penalties and inspections for extremely trivial issues.He added that many are choosing not to apply for supports because of the enormous amount of paperwork and procedures involved. Others are fearful of being hit with a penalty because of a minor mistake.“This penalty system is a blunt instrument that makes no consideration of innocent errors and why they occurred. I am appealing to Minister Coveney to immediately review the scale of these penalties with a view to cancelling them or reducing them dramatically.“I am also calling on the Minister to ensure that where innocent errors were made that were not the fault of the farmers themselves, the money taken from them be repaid in full,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. DONEGAL FARMERS CHARGED €500K IN SINGLE FARM PAYMENT PENALTIES was last modified: June 6th, 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:donegalSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLsingle farm paymentslast_img read more

25 Dec

Bruins win by bonding

first_img Bruins linebacker Spencer Havner said the new relationship made it easy for him to meet Monday with defensive coordinator Larry Kerr and suggest how to possibly eliminate slow starts, by establishing a higher tempo at the start of practice to simulate a game. But the shape of the relationship between coaches and players began taking shape in the spring, and made it all right for players to ask for one change. Conditioning drills were 6 a.m., and unsupervised 7-on-7 drills were in the late afternoon. It left many players angry about sitting around campus for two or three hours until the passing drills. Lewis said some players spoke to the coaches about starting conditioning an hour later, and staging passing drills earlier. The coaches agreed, and everyone was happy. “Instead of making us fit their program, it seems like they’ve been doing things to make the program fit us,” Lewis said. “That’s a big difference.” In turn, the players thought they were more invested in the program. “By no means do we tell the coaches what to do, but it’s about working together,” Olson said. “It’s the relationship. We sat Coach Dorrell down and gave him ideas, and he sat us down and gave us his thoughts. It’s sort of a win-win situation if you take it the right way. Guys can take it the wrong way. Coach can take it the wrong way. You have to be careful with how you do it.” Bruins tailback Maurice Drew said the trust issue is also stronger among the players. His proof was Page’s decision to sit out overtime at Washington State with a groin strain and allow a healthy Eric McNeal to play. “When you’ve got guys like that on your side, that’s (trading) pride for a win,” Drew said. “Bob Cleary has stepped in for us when (guard) Chris Joseph got hurt and has done a great job for us. Bob’s a senior and maybe at the beginning felt he should have been a starter, but he took the role of second team and helped Chris out.” However, as well as trust and family work, UCLA wouldn’t be in the top 10 without on-field performance. Olson evolved into one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. He has 15 touchdown passes, just three interceptions, a 67.2 completion percentage and three consecutive fourth-quarter comebacks. The Bruins seem to be better conditioned, outscoring their opponents 88-17 in the fourth quarter, and have 24 touchdowns and three field goals in 28 red-zone trips. And UCLA’s six victories came against teams with a combined 15-22 record. “I have no idea what kind of team we could be,” Dorrell said. “I’ll tell you this: We could be so much better than we are. I know that, and we have a lot of potential to really improve and possibly be a great team in the end.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 brian.dohn@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In dissecting how UCLA rose from unranked to No. 8 in the nation, there are plenty of reasons – red-zone efficiency, superior conditioning, Olson’s much-improved play, a favorable schedule and a resiliency not seen in Westwood in a long time. But as the Bruins (6-0, 3-0 Pac-10) look for their first 7-0 start since 1998, and fourth since 1954, today at the Rose Bowl against Matt Moore-led Oregon State, one factor stands alone. UCLA quarterback Drew Olson rolled to his right last week against Washington State and lofted the game-tying touchdown pass to Marcus Everett with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. The first person Olson came in contact with after leading the 17-point comeback was running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, who engulfed Olson in bear hug. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We really feel like it’s a family,” fullback Michael Pitre said. “I think it’s the camaraderie, and how close the team is,” Olson said. “Everybody is so close,” tight end Marcedes Lewis said. After spring Football 101 classes, where players better learned what coaches expected and coaches better learned what players wanted, a close-knit bond formed, and the large gap between the two groups was bridged. “They talk to us now, and ask us for suggestions on how things should be going (in practice), or what we feel we could do to be better with this and that,” senior strong safety Jarrad Page said. “It’s because we’ve earned their respect and their trust by what we’ve done. It makes you feel like you’re all one, like the coaches are almost playing, too.” last_img read more

25 Dec

Public dollars should be used to serve all the people

first_imgLast week, a spacious child-care center debuted in the Van Nuys Civic Center. The state-of-the-art center on Sylvan Street was built on county-owned land through the generosity of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who used $3 million from his 3rd District accounts to build it. The center has 7,125 feet of indoor learning areas and nearly 6,300 feet for outside play time. Once the organization running the center gets its license in the next few days, it will open to 80 lucky babies and children this first year, 90 in future years. As of Tuesday, there were still slots open. But don’t get too excited. The center was not built for the regular folks of Van Nuys. Although construction was funded with, and the center will be subsidized by, public money, it is intended primarily for the convenience and use of government workers. Besides, he said, government workers are taxpayers, too. Which is exactly my point. Government workers and all other taxpayers should have equal access to public services. I actually have no beef with child-care centers in government buildings. If it were a question of preschools versus new jails, for example, the kids would always get my vote. In my ideal world, there’s free day care and preschool for everyone regardless of income level, and they are all wonderful places where seldom is heard a disparaging word. There are also delightful woodland fairies and french fries that don’t make you fat, so obviously we don’t live in that ideal world. Here in the real world, the government is not building child care centers for everyone – just for the very poor, who can qualify for federal Head Start programs and, it seems, for government workers. The rest of us are on our own while our taxpayer money is blown on bridges to nowhere in Alaska and subsidies to corporate “farmers.” If that’s not annoying enough, consider this: The $3 million to build this new center serving mostly public workers came out of the 3rd Supervisorial District’s capital funds account, which was $10 million in the current year, according to Bellman. These funds are restricted to building or improving public facilities, which could include libraries and cultural centers or replacing the roof of a county building. The center’s price tag, then, was equal to nearly one-third of that fund. That’s a lot of money to spend on something that doesn’t serve the public at large. C’mon, Zev, make this right. Open up this nice new center to all local children, first-come first-served, no matter where their parents work. If there’s more demand than spots, then maybe there’s another $3 million next year for another state-of-the-art child-care center. Mariel Garza mariel.garza@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Got that? The center has reserved 70 of its initial 80 spots for the offspring of city, county, state or federal workers at subsidized rates. The general public will have to fight over 10 spots for which they will be charged $20 to $25 more than government parents. Admittedly, a child-care center is hardly something to get incensed about, especially since there’s a dearth of quality child care available to working parents. But the exclusionary aspect of this expenditure of public funds and use of public facilities gives me, at least, serious pause. And I don’t even have children. Joel Bellman, Yaroslavsky’s spokesman, thought I was blowing it out of proportion. The center is just an amenity for public employees, like the motor pool and the credit union and Costco memberships. And, he said, it benefits everyone if government workers don’t have to take off time to care for kids or rush to farther-flung centers to pick up kids. Super! last_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgA Ballyshannon family has offered a substantial reward of €1,000 for the safe return of their beloved pet dog.Rudy, the missing white ‘Staffie’ missing since Monday.Rudy, a 4 year old pure white Staffie dog, has been missing since Monday last.The family are heartbroken and have appealed to anybody who may have spotted Rudy walking the roads to contact them. The family can be contacted on 086 2329673.  DONEGAL FAMILY OFFER €1,000 REWARD FOR RETURN OF MISSING PET DOG was last modified: January 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) Tags:BallyshannonMISSING DOGrewardRudylast_img read more

21 Dec

Brentford youngsters hit five against Southampton

first_imgDanny Parish scored twice as Brentford’s B team beat a Southampton XI 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon.Reece Cole scored with a penalty and there were also goals for Luke Dunn and Kyjuon Marsh-Brown.Parish gave the visitors an early lead and they were 2-0 up by the 12th minute courtesy of Cole’s spot-kick.After Southampton pulled a goal back, Parish netted again after being set up by Marsh-Brown.It was 4-1 just 30 seconds in the second half after Dunn scored following good work by Zain Westbrooke.The Saints pulled a goal back again on the hour mark, but Marsh-Brown bundled the ball in from close range for Brentford’s fifth three minutes later.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more