Bearkats Rally to Claim Southland Regular Season Title

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, Texas – A ninth-inning rally and an extra-inning home run was just what the doctor ordered for the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Thursday night, securing the outright 2018 Southland Conference championship with a 5-4 win in 10 innings over UIW at Sullivan Field.UIW (29-24, 13-15 SLC) starter Bernie Martinez baffled the Kats (36-18, 22-6 SLC) for eight innings and entered the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead; however, Jack Rogers delivered a two-run single in the ninth with Sam Houston down to its last out and an inning later Hunter Hearn delivered a leadoff home run to put Sam Houston in front for good.The win secures the sixth regular season Southland title for Sam Houston in program history and clinches the No. 1 overall seed in next week’s SLC Tournament in Sugar Land with two games remaining in the regular season. The game-tying hit was the only hit of the night for Rogers, who finished with three RBI in the game. In all the Bearkats would be out-hit by the Cardinals, 10-8, but only three of those UIW hits came in the final four innings. That was thanks in large part in thanks to reliever Gabriel Sequeira who shut UIW out for 3.1 frames with four strikeouts on his way to picking up his fifth victory of the season.That came in relief of Nick Mikolajchak who gave the Kats 5.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Dakota Mills closed it out with the final three outs of the game, picking up his 14th save of the year and moving him into sole possession of second place in the SHSU record book in single-season saves.For UIW, Martinez took a no-decision despite being just one out away from his fourth complete game of the year. he struck out seven and allowed seven hits, but it was Cody Allen who fell to 2-5 with the loss after surrendering the go-ahead homer to Hearn in the 10th.The Kats got on the board first, plating a run in the second inning off of Martinez. Singles by Clayton Harp and Eric Bohnertset it up with Harp coming in to score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Chase Cryer.Mikolajchak kept the Kats out in front until the fourth when the Cardinals erupted for three runs off the Bearkat starter. Consecutive singles to open up the inning and UIW tied it up on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Eddy Gonzalez. It looked as though the Kats would get out of the frame still tied at 1-1, but Christian Gonzalez put UIW up 3-1 with a two-out, two-run double.Sam answered with a run an inning later on a sacrifice fly by Rogers, and could have had more except for a great play by Cardinal center fielder Ridge Rogers on a fly ball in center field off of the bat of Andrew Fregia that ended the inning. The Kats gave that run right back in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out error that allowed Rogers to score.Sequeira then entered with two outs in the sixth inning and picked up the first of his four strikeouts, getting the final three when he struck out the side in the eighth inning to give the Kats a chance in the ninth.Needing two runs to keep things going, Ben Haefner got the Kats the base runner they were looking for when he led off the inning with a pinch-hit walk. But Martinez would get the next two hitters out, putting the Cardinals just one out away from a win that would have essentially secured a spot in next week’s SLC Tournament.But Gavin Johnson then came up big for Sam, extending the game with a pinch-hit single and the Kats got even closer one batter later when Martinez hit Blake Chisolm to load the bases for Rogers. The freshman then came through with the big hit of the game, lining an 0-1 pitch back up the middle to plate a pair of runs, tying the game and pushing it into extra innings.Things did not last much longer as Hearn unknotted the game against Allen, blasting his eighth homer of the year over the left-field fence to put the Kats up 5-4. Sam Houston had a chance to add on, but three more UIW relievers managed to get the Cardinals back to the plate. But in the bottom of the inning Mills got it done, putting one runner on with two outs before punching out Christian Rodriguez on three pitches for the game’s final out. Courtesy of Sam Houston State Athleticslast_img read more

Miguel Silveira, the Brazilian jewel followed by the Premier

first_imgA regular in the inferiors of BrazilThe day before, June 5, had debuted with the first Fluminense teamat the premiere earlier of the history of the entity: against Cruzeiro, in the Copa do Brasil, participating in the play of the second goal. And shortly after, on July 16, he was also the youngest to do so in Brasileirao, 1-1 against Ceará. No wonder Nike joined his roster of players in 2013, with only ten years.2019 ended it with 4 appearances with the staff of the professional and in 2020 it takes another 7, 11 in total. This year he has given three assists in 415 minutes, with an average of one every 138 minutes. In this growth until taking its place with the elders has always been called by the inferiors of Brazil, from where also he is predicted a successful future… CBF / Disclosure ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Miguel Silveira, in a match with Brazil.CBF / Disclosure Miguel Silveira (16 years) still gaining attention not only in Brazil, but beyond your country. Little by little he leaves his insulting youth in an anecdote to go settling in the first Fluminense team and Premier clubs, especially Arsenal Y Tottenham, have knocked on your door. The London derby can be moved from the field to the market and the Gunners have moved fast, watching the boy play live and visiting him to meet him with his family at home.The powerful strategy of Real Madrid in South America has caused the greats of Europe to follow in its wake. This scenario has unleashed a kind of fever to distinguish the best player of each generation: Vinicius it was that of 2000, Rodrygo that of 2001 and Reinier it was uncovered like that of 2002. Now, Miguel is pushing hard to become the one in 2003. Juni Calafat, absolute dominator of the area, must know him already…Miguel, to whom they compare football and even physically with the Coutinho that began to emerge in Vasco da Gama, signed its first professional contract on June 6, 2019. The agreement with Fluminense arrived for the next three years, the maximum allowed by Brazilian regulations in that situation, and his clause already spoke of the evolution that is intuited: 35 million euros.last_img read more

Chinese Businessman Admits to Tax Evasion

first_imgA Chinese businessman, Shun Feng, has admitted to defrauding the government by not declaring all goods he recently brought into the country via the Freeport of Monrovia.In late April, Shun Feng was arrested by authorities at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) for not declaring some of the goods he imported from China into the country.He was turned over to the West Point Magisterial Court for prosecution where he admitted to commission of the crime.In his confession as recorded in the court record, shows that Shun was fined L$200,000, and made to pay the evaded tax of US$5,842.41. He has since paid the amounts into government’s coffer.Court record quoted prosecution represented by Atty. Mark Duncan as saying that it saw it in good faith, and because this is the first time for the man to commit the crime, prosecution team suspended the jail tenure for him (Shun).According to section 90 of the amended Liberian Revenue code, such a crime requires the fine of L$200,000 and a jail sentence of five years.The prosecution, however, forgave the convict with a caveat that a repeat of this act will lead the LRA with no alternative, but to enforce the suspended five-year jail sentence.Defendant represented by Atty. Molley Gray, Jr., conceded with prosecution under the law for Shun to pay the fines and tax of US$5,842.41 as a way of amicably resolving the case.The court in its ruling also urged all parties, both prosecution and defendants, to operate within confines of the law in order for them to live in harmony with one another.On April 22, 2015, Shun Feng was arrested by the LRA for not declaring 837 quantities of goods including powder soaps, slippers and artificial hair for women.It is not clear how Mr. Shun got the goods out of the Freeport.  However, LRA Communications Consultant Trokon Tarr, had said earlier that Mr. Shun may have connived with some “foul players” to defraud government of its genuine taxes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We All Need Strategies to Govern Our Own Personal Lives and the Life of…

first_imgWhat does the word strategy mean, and how important is it to the organization or governance of anything — be it the life of an individual, a club, a civic, social or political organization; or even a church or other religious bodies — or any other organization?We are sure our many readers understand why the Daily Observer is today dealing with this critically important theme — strategy. The reason is, we have been rudely awakened to it by President George Weah’s Press Secretary, Sam Mannah, who proclaimed, and was reported in yesterday’s front page story, “[President] Weah Needs No Strategy to Govern.”It is our fervent hope and prayer that Presidential Press Secretary Mannah has already painfully regretted having made such a remark, because it will go down in history as one of the worst misstatements any public official can ever make.Now let us examine what the word strategy means. It stems from the Greek word stratēgia, which means the “art of troop leader; office of general, command, generalship. It is a high-level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty . . .”Now if even a Boy Scout troop needs a strategy to operate, how much more a whole nation of over four million people? The Internet tells us that Michael E. Potter, author of the bestselling book, Competitive Strategy, now in its sixtieth printing, says “strategy is important because the resources available to achieve strategic goals of any kind are usually limited.”Those of us in business should know and understand that a business strategy is a set of guiding principles that, when communicated and adopted in the organization, generates a desired pattern of decision making. A strategy is therefore about how people throughout the organization should make decisions and allocate resources in order to accomplish key objectives.A good strategy provides a clear roadmap, consisting of a set of guiding principles or rules that defines the actions people in the business should take (and not take) and the things they should prioritize (and not prioritize) to achieve desired goals. As such, a strategy, according to Potter, is just one element of the overall strategic direction that leaders must define for their organizations.A strategy, he says, is not a mission, which is what the organization’s leaders want it to accomplish; missions get elaborated into specific goals and performance metrics. A strategy also is not the value network — the web of relationships with suppliers, customers, employees, and investors within which the business co-creates and captures economic value.Finally, a strategy is not a vision, which is an inspiring portrait of what it will look and feel like to pursue and achieve the organization’s mission and goals. Visioning is part (along with incentives) of what leaders do to motivate people in the organization to engage in above average effort.In a nutshell, says Potter, mission is about what will be achieved; the value network is about with whom value will be created and captured; strategy is about how resources should be allocated to accomplish the mission in the context of the value network; and vision and incentives is about why people in the organization should feel motivated to perform at a high level.Together, says Potter, the mission, network, strategy, and vision define the strategic direction for a business. They provide the what, who, how, and why necessary to powerfully align action in complex organizations. Now let us see how the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines strategy.“Strategy is the science and art of employing the political, economic, psychological and military forces of a nation or group of nations to afford the maximum support to adopt policies in peace or war.”What we think Presidential Press Secretary Mannah forgot is that his boss and our President, George Manneh Weah, knows all about strategy.He developed and began implementing his strategic vision for his life right there in the street football pitches of Clara Town, Monrovia. Following that strategic vision, he found his way to one of the nation’s two leading football clubs, Invincible Eleven (IE), and on to football clubs abroad that catapulted (propelled) him to super stardom.It is that same strategic vision that has now led him to the Liberian presidency. And where did he choose for his first official visit abroad as President of Liberia? Paris, France, because that was the country that pointed him to stardom.Was that not strategic? It was, and French President Macron acknowledged that strategic move by giving Liberia, through its President Weah, a cool US$10 million to help jump-start the bankrupt economy he inherited.We trust that by now the Presidential Press Secretary realizes that President Weah is far more a strategic thinker than Mannah would allow. Let Press Secretary Mannah, and all who think like him, realize and know that President Weah is indeed a strategic thinker and actor.They should encourage the President to adopt even more strategic plans and governance, to steer Liberia with its many challenges in a positive and prosperous direction.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden administration to look into infractions

first_imgKara Kara toll boothDespite the Kara Kara toll booth contributing tremendously to the overall economic status of the municipality of Linden, several “loopholes” have been uncovered.This is according to outgoing Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, who noted that he has instructed the administration to investigate these loopholes at the toll booth, which was reactivated a little over a year ago to secure much-needed revenue. Holland, however, did not disclose what the loopholes were, but noted that there have been reports of infractions.“The toll booth has been coming along well except, I think, there are still loopholes. I am fully aware that there are still loopholes with the toll booth. Things that I wouldKara Kara toll boothhave asked the administration to tighten up on, so that Linden can have the full benefits of that toll being in place. We’re getting reports of infractions. We’re getting reports of wrongdoing…,” he told Guyana Times. While the outgoing Mayor did not divulge much of the alleged infractions, there are reports that there are several drivers of logging trucks and other motor vehicles which are required to pay tolls who refuse to take the route where the toll booth is located, and have instead opted to use road diversions to avoid paying the toll. There have also been reports of malpractices regarding the finances and operations at the toll booth.However, according to Holland, these reports are so far unverified. He has since noted the need for stricter monitoring. “…what I’ve done is ask the administration to look into these things and I believe, indeed, we need to do more to keep monitoring the toll booth as is the case with any financial transactions and dealing. So, we would keep working on improving any loopholes that exist at the toll booth and any area of the Council.”In an effort to secure revenues for the municipality, which has a history of being cash-strapped, the recent Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) had made stringent moves to reactivate the Kara Kara toll booth in 2016. Since then, Holland said things have improved since revenues from the toll booth have contributed to the Council’s annual budget. He said, however, there was need for the stricter monitoring so that the community can reap the full benefits.last_img read more

Sterling agrees Sh39.7m a week’ Man City deal

first_imgThe 23-year-old, whose existing terms were set to expire in 2020, will reportedly earn around £300,000 ($389,000) per week once he officially signs the improved contract, which would currently make him the highest paid English footballer.Sterling played a key role in City’s record-breaking title triumph last term and this season has netted four goals in eight Premier League appearances in all competitions.His future at the club has been a hot topic since the start of the season.Coach Pep Guardiola, who has managed to get the best out of Sterling during his time at the Etihad Stadium, said before August’s Community Shield match against Chelsea that there was “no doubt” City wanted him to stay.Guardiola left the situation in the hands of Sterling’s representative and City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain and it appears the protracted negotiations have now been successful.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling is reportedly ready to sign a new contract with Manchester City © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 2 – Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has verbally agreed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions, according to reports on Thursday.Sterling has developed into one of England’s most exciting players since joining City from Liverpool in 2015 and the new deal is believed to have almost doubled his wages.last_img read more

Man who obstructed and kicked out at Gardai has sentence suspended

first_imgA man who had been handed a two-month prison sentence after he obstructed and kicked out at a garda during a public order incident in 2014 had the sentence suspended on appeal at Donegal Circuit Court.Deva Ayres,19, of 22 Lawn Park, Ballyshannon had been convicted in the district court following the incident in Bundoran on December 26, 2014, and handed two, two-month, sentences to run concurrently. The court heard gardaí were affecting an arrest on another person when Ayres intervened while heavily intoxicated and acted in a highly aggressive manner to the officers and tried to pull the prisoner from them after the fell on the ground during the scuffle.He was in the company of his father at the time and both left the area afterwards.He had previous convictions for assault causing harm and road traffic matters and had been bound to the peace at the time of the incident.The court heard that he had come to the attention of gardaí since this incident but has not been convicted of any offence.Barrister Peter Nolan BL, said they were appealing the severity of the sentence and urged Judge Cormac Quinn to consider not sending him to jail.He said his client was “totally out of control” on the night , adding “parental control should have been a bit more rigorous but it wasn’t”.Deva Ayres took the stand and apologised to the gardaí and said he thought he was helping his friend but had little recollection due to the amount of alcohol he consumed.Judge Quinn recapped that the defendant had a number of previous convictions, had been on a peace bond at the time and also tried to kick a garda during the incident but added he would “take a chance on him” due to his age, the fact he had not been convicted since and also his apology.He said he would affirm the district court order but suspended the prison terms and bound him to the peace for 12 months.Man who obstructed and kicked out at Gardai has sentence suspended was last modified: March 22nd, 2017 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

Blaze containment near despite winds

first_img The cause of the fire remained under investigation. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “This fire is pretty much in the history books,” he said. Fierce, sporadic Santa Ana winds reached speeds of 47 mph Sunday but did not significantly slow the firefighters’ progress. “The winds were our main concern,” Luna said. “But now that we improved our containment lines, the winds won’t be much of a threat.” A red flag warning for dangerous fire conditions in the area expired Sunday evening and the National Weather Service had no immediate plans to issue a new one. Two minor injuries to firefighters were reported. One had smoke inhalation and the other suffered a minor eye injury. VENTURA – A nearly 4,000-acre wildfire burning in rough terrain above this oceanfront city was 90 percent contained Sunday night despite the return of hot, gusty Santa Ana winds. The blaze began Friday in foothills above expensive homes but none had burned and none was in immediate danger, fire officials said. More than 1,300 firefighters fought the 3,981-acre blaze in the area between Ventura and Ojai, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Ventura County Fire Department didn’t change earlier projections that the blaze will be surrounded by 6 p.m. Tuesday but spokesman Joe Luna said it might well be contained today. last_img read more

An F in fitness

first_imgWHITTIER – Just one in four children in Whittier and area communities is physically fit – a fact that mirrors “a silent epidemic of obesity and poor nutrition” among students across the state, according to results from this year’s California Fitness Report. For More Info AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Physical Fitness Testing results – From the State Department of Education Released Monday, the report showed a vast majority of Whittier-area students in fifth, seventh and ninth grades could not pass physical fitness tests measuring strength, endurance and flexibility, among other abilities.Among the least in shape were fifth-graders in the El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera, where only 9.2 percent of 997 students were able to meet state standards in all six areas of the Fitnessgram, the measure used by the state to determine students’ physical fitness.And that was up from 6.8 percent last year. The slight jump was in line with a statewide trend in which most California schools saw the number of physically fit students rise by about 3 or 4 percent from a year ago.Not good enough, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, who added that “far too many students\ failing to reach even minimal levels of physical fitness.”“A silent epidemic of obesity and poor nutrition is endangering our children’s health and their ability to learn,” O’Connell said in a statement. “This is just one more reminder that we need to rededicate our commitment to turn this trend around.”In the Whittier area, Students in the Whittier City School District scored higher than students from most other local districts on the physical fitness tests. About 27 percent of fifth-graders meet the standard, and 35 percent of seventh-graders were able to pass.Whittier City School District Superintendent Carmella Franco said all district schools received new exercise equipment. Also, more teachers are stressing state physical education standards.“We have in our board policy that students will be physically fit and healthy, with the expectation that it will positively impact students’ academics,” she said.State law requires districts to administer the physical fitness test yearly.It measures six major fitness areas: cardiovascular endurance, body fat, abdominal strength and endurance, trunk strength and flexibility, upper body strength and endurance, and overall flexibility.In the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, the numbers of physically fit ninth-graders actually declined from last year – from 13.9 percent to 12.1 percent this year.About 33 percent of 3,342 ninth-graders in the Whittier Union High School District met all six standards.“Aligning our procedures really did make a difference in our results,” Tryon said. “So the improvement of our scores is what we’re focusing on this year.”To view the results, visit www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf. Tracy.Garcia@sgvn.com(562)698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

UPDATE: POWER GOES AGAIN AS 1,320 HOMES WITHOUT ELECTRICITY

first_imgELECTRICITY supply in parts of Donegal have been cut for a third time tonight.ESB Networks says 1,320 homes had power cut again around 10pm; and they will have power restored by 1.30am.It is the latest in a series of outages which have affected homes in the north and west of the county. Some of the power cuts lasted a few seconds, with other homes cut off for more than an hour.The latest power cuts are affection people in Milford, Kilmacrennan, Glenswilly and parts of Letterkenny. UPDATE: POWER GOES AGAIN AS 1,320 HOMES WITHOUT ELECTRICITY was last modified: October 19th, 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:Donegal power cutsESB Networkslast_img read more