Blake Elliott selected for NCAA Regional at Texas A&M

first_imgHe’s had seven top 10 finishes on the year and five in the top five, including three second place finishes. Elliott will be one of 10 individuals to join 13 teams at the Texas A&M Regional which will be played at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas May 14-16. He recently placed second at the Southland Conference Championships, marking his second consecutive top five finish at the league tournament. LAKE CHARLES, La. – McNeese Cowboy golfer Blake Elliott was announced on Wednesday as one of 45 individuals that have qualified to play in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. Teams participating at the Texas A&M Regional include Texas A&M, Baylor, Clemson, Kentucky, UCLA, Ole Miss, South Carolina, San Francisco, Georgia, Mississippi State, UNC Wilmington, Northern Colorado, and Bradley. The junior from Liberty Hill, Texas will be making his third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first playing as an individual. He was in the starting lineup in both 2016 and 2017 when the Cowboys qualified to the tournament as a team after winning the Southland Conference Championship and earning the league’s automatic bid. “I’m very proud of Blake,” said McNeese head coach Austin Burk. “This is a great honor for him and also for our golf program. It’s going to be fun to watch him play against some of the top players in the nation.”center_img He posted a 1-6-1 record on the season against players ranked in the top 20 nationally and will see three of those individuals at the Texas A&M Regional. In 12 tournaments on the season, he’s shot par or better in 27 of the 35 rounds played, including 10 rounds in the 60s with a low of 65, that coming in the final round of the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational during the fall season. Last year at the NCAA Austin Regional, Elliott finished in a tie for 18th on the individual leaderboard with a 1-over par 214 following rounds of 73-73-68. His 68 on the final round was the third-lowest score of the day among all golfers in the regional. Elliott, who led the Cowboys and ranked No. 1 in the Southland Conference with a 71.31 average, is ranked No. 132 in the nation and 38th regionally, which was high enough to earn him an individual spot. Individuals that qualified along with Elliott are Michael Perras of Houston, Mitchell Meissner (Rice), Zander Lozano (UTSA), Mario Carmona (Rice), Hunter Eichhorn (Marquette), Lewis George (Central Arkansas), Jake Brown (Indiana), Matt Murlick (Marquette), and Michael Sass (College of Charleston).last_img read more

Hingis: “Being a mother is more tiring than playing tennis”

first_imgMartina Hingis has revealed how she faces being a mother After standing out on the tennis courts within the late 1990s and early 2000s. “Being a mother is more tiring than playing tennis. I’ve performed and educated tennis for more than 30 years, however no person can put together you to be a mother “, the Swiss extenist revealed in an interview with the Swiss portal Blick. Hingis, former WTA number one and winner of 5 Grand Slam and two WTA Finals, confirmed the fervour that his daughter has already proven in the direction of tennis, though he didn’t reveal if he’ll comply with in his footsteps. “He has already acquired some tennis classes, however you continue to can’t say he performs tennis. Now he can take a racket and is interested by playing with the ball. “The Swiss additionally wished to focus on the nice second of type of his compatriot Belinda Bencic, one of many nice rackets of the WTA circuit. “It’s been a nice yr for her. Nobody can take away the actual fact of getting reached quantity 4 within the WTA rating. “last_img read more

Duo remanded for 2014 murder of businesswoman

first_imgMalcolm Cully and Shaheed Alli on Tuesday were jointly charged for the 2014 murder of businesswoman Sumintra Dinool and were taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The two men were not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that at 04:00h on June 19, 2014, they gagged, bound to her bed and strangled 65-year-old businesswoman Sumintra Dinool at her Barr Street, Albouystown, Georgetown home. Reports are, Dinool’s 42-year-old son, Shah Dinool, arrived home after a night out and found his bedroom ransacked. It was then that he became suspicious and went to check on his mother, who he found gagged and dead in bed. Her hands and legs were bound with telephone cords and tied to the rails of the bed. The younger Dinool then raised an alarm and contacted his father, Sheik Dinool, who lived a few houses away. Together with another son, the men went back to the house and waited for the police.Media reports in 2014 stated that a number of electronic equipment, including a flat-screen television set and other items, were taken from the home. However, some cash was reportedly found in the slain woman’s bedroom. According to media reports, the police had said that there were no visible signs of forced entry into the home.The vendor had lived at the Albouystown property for about 46 years. At the time of the murder, the police had questioned the son, among several other persons.The post-mortem showed that she died from strangulation.Malcolm Cully and Shaheed Alli were remanded to prison and the case will continue on April 23, 2019.Cully, a 27-year-old water vendor was previously charged and remanded for wounding Ronald Khan with intent to commit murder on May 18, 2018, at Cooper Street, Albouystown.The Virtual Compliant in that case suffered a punctured lung, three broken ribs, several lacerations about his body for which he had to undergo surgery and his condition was listed as critical.Sumintra Dinoollast_img read more

Jagdeo stands firm against discrimination

first_imgIf all are to be judged by and held to, the same standards, then the entire Government, “is made up of a bunchFormer President Bharrat Jagdeoof racists.”Former President Bharrat Jagdeo made the bold assertion this past week, as he sought to again defend his stance taken when he recently addressed the Diaspora in New York, pointing out that supporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and more specifically, Indo-Guyanese, are essentially being persecuted by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Jagdeo’s utterances were widely condemned by sections of society including former PPP/Civic stalwart Ralph Ramkarran.He had suggested that the former President, in fact, exposed the Party’s new agenda and pointed to Jagdeo’s assertion that “we will take back Guyana.”No apologiesBut the former President made it clear he has no apologies for his comments and his position should not be seen as racist.Jagdeo holds firmly the view that it cannot be argued that simply because he speaks out in defence of one section of the population, this means he is racist.He suggested that persons such as pro-black activists, Professor David Hinds and Eric Phillips – both of whom are currently in the employ of the Administration – should also both be considered racists, given the public pronouncements made in support of the Afro-Guyanese population.Jagdeo met with members of the media this week at his Party’s Freedom House Headquarters and articulated why he remains steadfast in his declaration that the Indo-Guyanese population is under attack by the David Granger-led Administration.He was also later joined by the Executive Leadership of the PPP/C including his immediate successor, former President Donald Ramotar; PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee; Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali; and former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon.The PPP/C team met with scores of Guyanese during a public talk held at the Sleepin Hotel on Brickdam, Georgetown.Jagdeo used the occasion to concede that the PPP/C is partly at fault for allowing naysayers to continue to peddle the assertion that his Administration did in fact persecute the Afro-Guyanese population at an institutional level while in office.Jagdeo was hauled before the courts on two occasions over purported racist statements and acts, both of which have since been dismissed by the judiciary.Fact-based analysisThe former President said the PPP/C is in fact proud of its record and is prepared to have a fact-based analysis of its time in office, inclusive of its spending policies.The PPP/C Executive Members at the time were speaking to the very assertions of victimisation and discrimination against the Indo-Guyanese population in addition to what they termed ‘mounting concerns’ over the militarisation of the State apparatus in Guyana by former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Brigadier, David Granger.The Opposition Leader also repeated his assertion that Government was in fact discriminating against supporters of the PPP.According to Jagdeo, “I have spoken that if you are black and you support the PPP then you face the brunt of the Government, the Amerindians know that too.”Qualifying his assertions, when he said, “we will take back this country,” Jagdeo said it is, “from people who discriminate based on your politics and our race.”Jagdeo this past week said he will continue to “Unequivocally stand by every statement I have made so far.”Anti-Jagdeo campaignThe former President opined that there may be a campaign against him by the ruling Administration to, “characterise me in a particular fashion helped obviously by some of the friendly media.”Jagdeo said there have been many, other than him, that would have come out alleging discriminatory practices by Government, “but it seems as though if you are Indo-Guyanese and you speak about discrimination against Indo-Guyanese or Indian people in Guyana then you have to be racist but if you are Afro-Guyanese and you speak about discrimination against Afro-Guyanese historically or current, then you are a freedom fighter.”An obstinate Jagdeo posited, “if you were to judge several individuals by the same standards that you want to judge me every time I speak out against an act of discrimination against people based on their race or their politics then you will find that this Government is made up of a bunch of racists.”He reiterated that persons traditionally on the fringes, now part of Government, such as Professor Thomas, Desmond Trotman, Eric Phillips, Tacuma Ogunseye and David Hinds, have all been vociferous in their pronouncements that blacks in Guyana were being discriminated against based on their race and perceived political affiliations.Jagdeo went as far as accusing President David Granger of being a racists for “saying some of the things he did.”The former President said he is resolute that “I will not stop representing people if I feel they are being discriminated against because of their race, I will speak out against it whether they are Indo-Guyanese or Afro-Guyanese, but not because they are Indo-Guyanese I will suddenly cower in a corner and not say anything for fear of being labelled (a) racist.”Flawed argumentsHe also used the opportunity to take to task Professor David Hind’s defence of the APNU/AFC Government saying it was not racist and this is evident in the billions in subsidy transferred to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) which led Jagdeo to ask, “how can we (PPP) be racist?”He pointed to the per capita spending in Region 10 which is predominately Afro-Guyanese. According to Jagdeo, when looked at on a per capita basis, Region 10 received the largest amount of Government resources.He pointed to investments such as New Hospital, two new secondary schools, two new housing schemes (Amelia’s Ward & Block 22), a new water treatment and supply system in addition to the subsidies provided for its electricity, among other industries and asked, “how could we be racist then too?”last_img read more

Cloudy policy

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALIFORNIA’S sunny skies make the state the perfect place for solar energy. Sadly, this technology has seldom had the support it needs out of Sacramento. Last year, it seemed that would change when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Million Solar Roofs program as part of his new “green” gospel. The legislation was intended to encourage solar panels with rebates to offset installation costs. It seemed like a great idea whose time had come. But when it comes to government bureaucracy, nothing is ever that easy. And now it’s becoming clear that the state’s solar-rebate program may actually be hurting the very industry it intended to grow.It has been reported in recent weeks that the state’s new rules and requirements for contractors and customers are making it difficult – and, in some cases, costlier – to install solar systems. The state requires solar-panel owners to pay energy rates calculated differently from standard rates for the electricity they do use. Having a higher electricity bill after spending $30,000 for a new solar power system is a curious way to “encourage” this green technology. It’s something only a government agency could think up. And, as one might expect, this is turning people off solar panels in a big way. If Schwarzenegger wants to get credit for more than just talking the green talk, he will fix this program before another summer of California sun goes to waste.last_img read more

Former Bookkeeper Charged

first_imgAn audit revealed several thousand dollars had gone missing from the business; RCMP recommended charges, to the Crown, of Fraud Over Five-Thousand Dollars.Kosinky has been handed a conditional 12-month sentence, however, details on those court-imposed conditions aren’t known at this time.- Advertisement –last_img

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, August 10

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea declared himself ready to play for their Premier League opener against Tottenham, despite manager Louis van Gaal dropping him and accusing the goalkeeper of lacking focus amid links to a Real Madrid switch. (Daily Mail)Having scraped three points against Spurs on Saturday, United are still keen on adding to their strikeforce before the window shuts, with the club reportedly making discreet enquires about Tottenham star striker Harry Kane. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are confident of tying up a £46m deal for Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin De Bruyne by the time they face Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday. (Daily Mail)Chelsea are reportedly set to test Everton’s resolve to keep young defender John Stones, with the Premier League champions lining up a THIRD bid of £30m for the England international. (Daily Mirror)West Brom manager Tony Pulis insists the rumoured record arrival of Zenit St Petersburg forward Salomon Rondon would NOT pave the way for Saido Berahino’s exit. (Daily Mirror)West Ham have not given up trying to sign Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and are readying an improved £12m offer as they seek a replacement for injured Enner Valencia. (Daily Star)And here’s the latest headlines…Premier League target Charlie Austin WILL leave QPR ‘for the right price’, admits RamseyCould David de Gea play for Man United again? ‘Of course’, insists manager Van Gaal‘Shaqiri will complete Stokelona!’ – Fans react to seeing Xherdan Shaqiri watching Stoke at the BritanniaEvery Arsenal fan’s frustration summed up by passionate Stan Collymore analysis after West Ham defeatArsene Wenger: Petr Cech part of ‘collective’ Arsenal failure after West Ham defeatBrendan Rodgers lauds Philippe Coutinho’s “phenomenal strike” as Liverpool avenge Stoke humiliationArsenal v West Ham: reaction to 16-year-old Reece Oxford being handed debutlast_img read more

Pollster bolsters GOP

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. California’s a blue state because it always votes for Democrats. Right? Not so says Republican pollster Steve Kinney, a partner with Public Opinion Strategies. In a presentation Friday to the Whittier-San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs, Kinney said that his polling shows that California voters’ opinions aren’t much different than the rest of the nation. “As a state, we’re not as left leaning as the media would like us to sound,” Kinney said. “Most of (the Republican Party) problems as to why it’s been so Democrat have more to do with campaigns and messages than where the population is in this state.” Kinney provides some polling data to back up his assertion. For example, the rest of the nation thinks the country is on the wrong track about as much as California voters do. Nationally, 60 percent of the voters believe the United States is going in the wrong direction. In California, it’s the same number. There also isn’t much difference on some key issues. Fifty-two percent of voters nationally are less confident about Iraq. In California, it’s 56 percent. In the nation, 52 percent want a smaller government, while 39 percent want bigger government. In California, 46 percent want a smaller government; 47 percent want a bigger government. On taxes, there’s also not much difference with 58 percent nationally wanting to keep the Bush tax cuts and 57 percent statewide thinking the same thing. MORE KINNEY: Look for a high turnout in the upcoming November election, Kinney said. In an October 2005 poll, 59 percent of voters said they were interested in the November 2006 election. “With all these congressional and Senate seats, there will be a enormously high turnout,” Kinney predicted. While that doesn’t necessarily help Democrats, candidates should plan on a high turnout, he said. A January poll also showed that the public favors a Democratic Congress to a Republican one, 46 percent to 40 percent. “That isn’t saying \ David Dreier or Jerry Lewis,” he said. “That’s saying just Republicans.” Still, Republicans can keep control of Congress, Kinney predicted. It doesn’t appear so far that the Democrats will be nominating enough strong candidates, he said. He cited a Roll Call magazine article that said when Democratic candidates don’t seem to have as much campaign money as Republican incumbents. STATE OF THE UNION: The Mark Twain Democratic Club will hold a viewing party to watch President George W. Bush speak at 6p.m. Jan. 31 at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For more information, e-mail or visit Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail read more

Liverpool vs West Ham: Live commentary, confirmed teams for Premier League game

first_img ALTERED 1 Klopp has splashed the cash over the summer Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA smart causal highlights Getty What time is kick-off?This Premier League opener will be held on Sunday, August 12.Kick-off at Anfield is at 1.30pm.West Ham fans won’t want reminding of last season’s meetings with the Reds, which both ended in 4-1 defeats.The Hammers last won here at Anfield in 2015, when Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho netted in a shock 3-0 victory.How can I listen to live commentary?You can do that right here on talkSPORT.Tune in on our online player or through your DAB digital radio for exclusive commentary of the game.talkSPORT is widely available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Liverpool and West Ham meet at Anfield in a clash of the big-spenders.Over the summer both sides have shelled out on new arrivals and go into the new Premier League season full of optimism. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more What are the confirmed teams?Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Keita, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, FirminoWest Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Rice, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Wilshere, Anderson, Arnautovic, AntonioListen to Liverpool vs West Ham LIVE on talkSPORT from 1pm on Sunday, August 12 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? gameday FOOTBALL LATEST Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible xi last_img read more

Hoping for closure as frozen airman’s body found

first_img The four young men left at 8:30 a.m. on an overcast day with five hours of fuel aboard the AT-7 craft for a navigational training flight through the Central Valley. The weather had been stormy and gusty. Training missions had been canceled the day before, when “it rained cats and dogs” according to a diary entry by serviceman William Bechter, who trained at Mather Field in 1942, and died in action the next year. Leonard Spivey, a friend of Bechter who graduated from the base as a navigator three days after the accident, said strong winds and poor visibility may have led the plane far off course. It crashed nearly 200 miles from home. “Imagine being in a hot air balloon on a windy day,” he said. “At that time, we didn’t have sophisticated navigational devices.” Spivey read Bechter’s diary entry from the night the plane disappeared: “The war was brought close to home tonight when one AT-7 … failed to return from this morning’s hop.” Bechter wrote that flights scoured the valley for days. They gave up a month later, after 581 hours of fruitless ground and air searches, according to a 1942 military accident report. Five years later, ice climbers scaling the 60 degree slope of the Mount Darwin glacier found the first hard evidence of the crash: pieces of the motor, scattered shoes, clothing, and a piece of frozen flesh. Among them was a badge with the name of Mortenson, of Moscow, Idaho. That appears to eliminate him as the frozen airman because the uniform on the remains also bore a name tag. Forensic anthropologists in Hickam Air Force Base, in Oahu, Hawaii, have examined the body and sorted through decades-old dental records to piece together the identity of the airman who died of massive trauma in the crash. The ice tomb preserved the skin and muscle, the young man’s fair hair, even the trinkets he carried in his pockets – a 1942 calendar, coins, a fountain pen and a comb. Physical remains weren’t conclusive, so officials are gathering samples of DNA from the airmen’s families to look for a match, said Nielson-Green. The news of the find generated a lot of excitement in Munn’s hometown of St. Clairsville, Ohio, where most who grew up with him just “married and settled down,” said Shriver. Two of her sisters still live there. The find brought back bittersweet memories of the ambitious youngster who wanted to see the world beyond his parent’s confectionary store and the placid landscape of rural Ohio, Shriver said. But a phone call from military officials early in November laid her hopes to rest. “They told us they didn’t think it was him,” she said, without giving more details. That leaves only Gamber and Mustonen, the youngest son of Finnish immigrants who settled in Brainerd, Minn. Anna Mustonen never overcame her son’s disappearance, said Marjorie Freeman, who went to school with Leo and his brother, Arvo Mustonen. Freeman lived with her mother-in-law during the war and Anna Mustonen would visit their house for coffee each day. The two older women chatted in Finnish at the kitchen table. Sometimes Mustonen broke down and cried over her missing son, said Freeman. Leo Mustonen had pushed himself through junior college and the University of Minnesota. He enlisted to pursue a goal of designing aircraft, Freeman said. Anna Mustonen died in 1968, without conclusive word of her son. But if this airman turns out to be him, Freeman said, she believes he should be buried not in a military cemetery, but in Brainerd’s Evergreen Cemetery. “She would have wanted him nearby,” she said. “What mother wouldn’t?” Ewing, 92, and in a retirement home in Ohio, is also eager to bring her brother home. She had followed him to California when he enlisted. The two were close, and it was up to her to pick up Gamber’s clothes and car from the base after he disappeared. But she waited a year, hoping for some sign of the handsome former college basketball player. When she finally returned to their hometown, she was alone. For decades, she’s ached to give the body of her 23-year-old brother a proper burial in their family plot. Being able to do it now, she said, would be “truly amazing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRESNO – When a flight crew training for combat in World War II disappeared in the Sierra Nevada on Nov. 18, 1942, four families were left waiting for a word or a body to bury – for some end of the grief that was only partly eased when wreckage and scant remains were found five years later. Now, 63 years later, one family might get their wish. “It’s been a long struggle,” said Millie Ewing, the sister of pilot William Gamber. Military anthropologists analyzing the well-preserved body of an airman found encased in ice last month in Kings Canyon National Park have narrowed their options to four men who flew out of Sacramento’s Mather Field on the mission that went astray: Gamber, 23, and aviation cadets John Mortenson, 25, Ernest Munn, 23, and Leo Mustonen, 22. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Experts were able to read a name on a faded badge on the serviceman’s clothing, but they won’t reveal it until they confirm the identity through DNA. It could take weeks, or months – but that’s not long for family members who waited for decades. “What we do has to stand up to scientific and legal scrutiny, so that the family knows for sure this is their loved one,” said Maj. Rumi Nielson-Green, with the Hawaii-based Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, which identifies remains of missing service members. “These families have been waiting for a long time, and they deserve that.” The details and the wait have been nerve-racking for Lois Shriver, who, like Ewing, was never able to bury her brother Munn, a cadet with slicked-back blond hair who still smiles, handsome, in a family picture. Munn, like the other three, was given a military funeral in San Bruno’s Golden Gate National Cemetery, but the grave is empty – a bitter memory for Shriver, who was 17 when the cadets disappeared. “You never forget these things,” she said. last_img read more