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  • Keystone XL Pipeline blocked; Hoosier senators ‘disappointed’

    first_imgThe red-dotted line shows the proposed 1,179-mile addition. (Image: The Washington Post)WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., spoke Tuesday following a vote on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.The legislation failed to pass the Senate by a 59 to 41 vote, with 60 votes needed for passage. Last week, the House of Representatives approved an identical bill authorizing construction of the pipeline in a 252-161 vote.Both Hoosier lawmakers were in support of the failed bill.Sen. Coats said, “I’m disappointed but not surprised that this bill failed to pass the Senate,” said Coats.“Once again, Senate Democrats blocked passage of this important legislation that would have resulted in new American jobs and increased our energy independence. Passing a Keystone XL pipeline bill will be a top priority of a Republican Senate in 2015.”Donnelly said following his vote, “A strong energy economy is critical to both Indiana’s and our country’s economic success, and crucial to our national security.”“As a longtime supporter of the effort to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline, I am disappointed the Senate failed to pass this bipartisan legislation. The Keystone XL pipeline would promote economic competitiveness and energy security for our country, so I will continue working Democrats and Republicans to push for approval of this commonsense project.”last_img read more

  • McDowell hits back to win in France

    first_img Press Association McDowell shrugged off the miserable conditions to retain his Alstom Open de France title, carding a closing 67 at Le Golf National, the joint-lowest round on a wet and windy day. But the former US Open champion also had plenty of help from American Kevin Stadler, who missed from two feet for par on the 18th to force a sudden death play-off. Graeme McDowell produced a brilliant final round to overturn an eight-shot deficit and successfully defend a tournament for the first time in his career on Sunday.center_img Stadler had seen his four-shot overnight lead disappear with a front nine of 41, but had battled back well with birdies on the 14th and 16th to pull within one of McDowell, who then carded his only bogey of the day on the 18th after finding heavy rough off the tee. That left Stadler needing two pars to force extra holes but after holding his nerve on the 17th, the world number 62 missed his second tap-in of the day to gift McDowell a 10th European Tour title. last_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Georgia wide receiver Dominick Blaylock will miss the 2020 season following his second serious knee injury in two years. Blaylock, a part-time starter in 2019, was one of the team’s top returning receivers and return specialists.Georgia says Blaylock, a sophomore, hurt his left knee on Wednesday in a non-ontact drill. Blaylock will need surgery and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2021 season. In other college football news:— A group of Nebraska football players filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a jury to force the Big Ten Conference to reinstate a fall football season. The lawsuit in Lancaster County District Court in Lincoln contends, among other things, the players lost opportunities for development in football, will lose exposure for possible professional football opportunities and won’t be able to market themselves in order to eventually capitalize on name, image and likeness revenue opportunities. The Big Ten had no immediate comment.NFL-JAGUARS-CONLEY’S CHARGE Defending men’s champion, Rafael Nadal, and 20-time Grand Slam title winner Roger Federer are also among those absent in New York this year. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic did decide to play.The U.S. Open begins Monday. Players took their positions, then reserves and coaches filed out of both dugouts and stood silently for 42 seconds to honor Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in modern major league history. Both teams then returned to their clubhouses, leaving only a Black Lives Matter T-shirt at home plate.It was yet another MLB game to be boycotted following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last weekend.Oakland’s game at Texas was among six other major league contests that were postponed Thursday as teams boycott over racial injustice. Also postponed were Philadelphia at Washington, Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Minnesota at Detroit, Colorado at Arizona and Boston at the Blue Jays in Buffalo, New York. Without much apparent guidance from MLB, teams were left to make decisions for themselves.The only games being played Thursday are doubleheaders, three of which were makeup games following Wednesday boycotts:— Clayton Kershaw struck out four and didn’t walk a batter over six scoreless innings Thursday, leading the Dodgers past the Giants, 7-0 in the opener. AJ Pollock belted a two-run homer and Dodgers star Mookie Betts reached 1,000 hits in his 824th game with his sixth-inning single. Austin Barnes doubled in two runs to highlight the Dodgers’ four-run fourth, when they also got RBI singles from Joc Pederson and Corey Seager. Walker was 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts this season, with 25 strikeouts and eight walks. He is 33-33 with a 3.95 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons. RACIAL INJUSTICE-SPORTS2nd day of NBA playoff games halted over racial injusticeUNDATED (AP) — An unprecedented walkout over racial injustice has postponed a second day of the NBA playoffs. The NBA decided to postpone three more games Thursday to join the three that weren’t played Wednesday, when players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues. The Milwaukee Bucks initiated the action in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Associated Press — Joc Pederson was the hitting star in the Dodgers’ 2-0, Game 2 victory, hitting a solo homer and scoring an insurance run on Will Smith’s double. Seven pitchers combined on a two-hitter as Los Angeles completed the sweep. The Dodgers won the nightcap despite collecting just three hits.— Cole Tucker singled home in the go-ahead run in extra innings and the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 4-3 in Game 1. The seven-inning game went to extras tied at one before the Bucs scored three times in the eighth, including an RBI single by Bryan Reynolds and an error by third baseman Brad Miller. Chad Kuhl delivered six innings of one-run ball for Pittsburgh.— The Pirates came away with a sweep as Erik Gonzalez and Adam Frazier provided RBI singles in a 2-0 decision over the Redbirds. Cody Ponce earned his first big league victory by pitching into the sixth inning of his first start, limiting St. Louis to five hits.— There was a thrilling end to San Diego’s 10-7, Game 1 win over the Mariners. Wil Myers hit a game-ending three-run homer with two outs in the Padres’ seven-run seventh. Manny Machado homered twice and had four RBIs, and Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. hit his big league-leading 13th homer an estimated at 448 feet onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building. — Rookie José Marmolejos hit his first grand slam and Shed Long Jr. also connected in a six-run first that carried the Mariners to an 8-3 victory and a split of their twinbill with San Diego. Manny Machado also went deep for his third home run of the doubleheader. — The missing father of Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander turned up early Thursday at a ranger station at a Florida state park. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said in a Twitter post Thursday morning that 65-year-old Jean Alexandre walked up to the ranger station at the Kissimmee (kih-SIH’-mee) Prairie Preserve State Park. He was reported to be in good health and will be reunited with this family. His son, cornerback Mackensie Alexander, was jailed Wednesday on a misdemeanor battery charge after deputies say he beat up a man who had last seen his father.— 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan called off practice after losing two more key players this week to injuries. Shanahan opted to hold a walkthrough instead of a full practice a day after a physical session with a roster with a number of players hurt.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OLSON OBITWildcats coach Lute Olson diesTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime Arizona basketball coach and Hall of Famer Lute Olson has died, according to his family. Jaguars’ Conley calls on NFL QBs to lead charge for changeJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Chris Conley called on “figures who are the face of the league” to do more to help fight social injustice.The sixth-year pro made it clear Thursday he was talking about the NFL’s top quarterbacks, the ones who have the most influence in games, in locker rooms and in communities. Think Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson, for starters.Conley said those in the NFL “who are irreplaceable” need to step up, but he doesn’t see it happening. He says there are leaders in the league who are speaking up and willing to make a sacrifice.In other NFL news: NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league hoped to resume Friday or Saturday. President Donald Trump criticized the NBA’s action, telling reporters that the NBA has become like “a political organization.”The WNBA also called off its three games for a second night.In related developments:— The NHL postponed its Stanley Cup playoff games scheduled for Thursday and Friday in response to the Blake shooting. The decision was reached by the league and the NHL Players’ Association, and was made after members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance asked the NHL to postpone the playing of games. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane says the HDA strongly feels this sends a clear message that human rights take priority over sports. Update on the latest sports TENNIS-US OPEN-DRAWOsaka-Gauff rematch could happen in US Open’s 3rd roundNEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 16-year-old Coco Gauff could face each other at the U.S. Open again. The tournament draw set up a possible third-round rematch. Other potential women’s quarterfinals: No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova vs. No. 8 Petra Martic; No. 2 Sofia Kenin vs. No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka; and No. 3 Serena Williams vs. No. 7 Madison Keys.Only two of the top eight women in the WTA rankings entered the hard-court tournament. Among those missing are No. 1-ranked Ash Barty and 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu. — The Reds knocked off the Brewers, 6-1 in Game 1 as Jesse Winker homered twice and prized prospect Jose Garcia singled in his first big league at-bat. Cincinnati starter Sonny Gray allowed four singles over five scoreless innings, striking out four and walking two. Omar Narvaez (nahr-VY’-ehz) accounted for Milwaukee’s run with a sixth-inning homer.— Eugenio (AY’-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez slammed a two-run homer and Wade Miley combined with two relievers on a one-hitter as Cincinnati blanked Milwaukee, 6-0 to complete a sweep. Winker and Kyle Farmer produced two hits and an RBI in the nightcap. Luis Urias singled off Miley in the third inning for the Brewers’ lone hit.MLB-BLUE JAYS-MARINERS TRADEMariners trade Walker to Blue Jays for player or cashSAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mariners have traded right-hander Taijuan (TY’-wahn) Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player or cash. — Several NFL teams canceled practices. The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and Washington Football Team all decided to not take the field Thursday. — The tennis tours paused play Thursday at the Western & Southern Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.— Football practices were canceled at Boston College, Kentucky and South Florida in joint decisions made by coaches and players. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSNo. 4 Georgia loses WR Blaylock to season-ending knee injury Matsuyama leads amid tough conditionsOLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah) birdied two of his last three holes for a 3-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Tyler Duncan through one round of the BMW Championship. Matsuyama carded one of only three rounds under par on a course that was long, tough, firm, fast and nothing like the last two weeks on the PGA Tour. Dustin Johnson opened with a 71 after winning The Northern Trust last week to move to No. 1 in the world. Tiger Woods finished with three straight bogeys for a 73. Woods needs to finish around fourth to have any hope of returning to East Lake next week in Atlanta to chase the $15 million bonus for the FedEx Cup winner. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEBoycotts highlight MLB scheduleUNDATED (AP) — It was a typical start to a major league game Thursday at Citi Field as players from the New York Mets and Miami Marlins stood in their dugouts for the national anthem. Olson spent 24 seasons with the Wildcats, revitalizing a fan base in the desert while transforming a program that had been to the NCAA Tournament just three times in 79 years before he was hired in 1983.Arizona began a string of 25 straight NCAA Tournament appearances in Olson’s second season. The streak would have been the third-longest in NCAA history, but the 1999 and 2008 appearances were later vacated by the NCAA for impermissible benefits to players and recruiting violations. The Wildcats won the 1997 national championship under Olson with a team led by Mike Bibby, Jason Terry and Miles Simon. Olson’s Arizona teams reached the Final Four four times and lost the 2001 national title game to Duke.The cause of death wasn’t immediately released by his family.PGA-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP August 28, 2020last_img read more

  • Buhari Didn’t Order Pinnick’s Arrest, Says Presidency

    first_imgAmaju Pinnick NFF President But in a swift response to the spurious news in circulation, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, insisted last night that it was nothing but fake news.A statement by the Presidency warned those dropping the name of President Buhari in the allegation to desist from such.The statement read, “A press release in circulation in the last 24 hours, to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Amaju Pinnick, the NFF Chairman, is fake news because anyone familiar with the President’s unmitigated and unshakable commitment to the due processes of the law will not make such assumptions of the President.“The position of the President that allegations of criminal nature should be addressed only by investigation and law enforcement agencies, within the framework of the law has not changed.“It is not in the nature of President Buhari to say go and arrest that man or woman as formed the practice in the past.“Rather, he allows all allegations of this nature to be addressed using the mechanism of the rule of law even as law enforcement and investigation agencies should not in any way be hampered in performing their duties.He warned those who are seeking to influence any investigation (if ever there is any) to desist from such.“At the same time, nobody should drop names to seek to influence the course of those investigations.”Earlier on Saturday, the NFF has described the news as outright falsehood, stressing that there was no such order from the Presidency.It also dismissed the so-called travel ban on Pinnick as part of the fake news from those who do not wish Nigeria football well. By Duro IkhazuagbeAttempts to drag the Presidency to rubbish the lofty gains made by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) under the watch of Amaju Pinnick fell flat yesterday as the Presidency in Abuja denied any directive for the arrest and prosecution of the NFF chief.A section of the sporting media had reported at the weekend that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute Pinnick on allegations of bogus fraud at the Glass House running into billions of Naira. “Mr. Pinnick was in Accra, Ghana on Friday, 4th January 2019 for a meeting with NFF and CAF partners AITEO and returned to Nigeria the same day. He has been going about his lawful official and private activities unhindered. The NFF published its audited account in two major national newspapers (THISDAY and Daily Trust) on Thursday, 20th December 2018 and in another major newspaper (Vanguard) on Tuesday, 25th December 2018. Anyone interested in the Federation’s financial transactions can refer to those pages. “The report is completely unfounded and is only a product of the writer’s imagination. The NFF President, who is also the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, has not received any such message from any of the agencies mentioned by the writer and has also never been placed on travel ban. “Before appointment into FIFA committees, Mr. Amaju and the two Nigerians in there passed rigorous integrity and eligibility tests. FIFA and CAF have not reported to anyone that their money is missing, and both organizations have been doing auditing of monies given to the NFF. Two years ago, FIFA handed the NFF a clean bill of health on financial management. Our accounts are audited by the same company that audits FIFA-PriceWaterHouse Coopers.center_img “We also urge our sponsors and partners, football stakeholders in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large, and other media institutions to disregard the said news report as its another attempt by the mob against the NFF to tarnish the image of the Federation and its leadership for whatever gains,” concludes the statement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “Our lawyers will take up the matter of the fake news item with the newspaper company that first published it in its online edition. But we urge other media companies and outlets to be painstaking in verification of their news items. “The attention of the Nigeria Football Federation has been drawn to a news item circulating in a section of the media saying a directive has been issued by President Muhammadu Buhari that the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick be prosecuted and that Pinnick has also been issued with a travel ban. “All incomes into the NFF from the Federal Government, FIFA and CAF from 2014 till now have been correctly recorded and reflected in our accounts. The NFF received nothing like the N59 Billion that the fake news reporters have been hawking. It is laughable.last_img read more

  • Beat writers predict a tight Syracuse win over NC State

    first_img Published on February 12, 2019 at 12:42 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to North Carolina State (17-7, 5-6) on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tip-off at PNC Arena. Syracuse looks for its ninth conference win and 11th overall win in its last 14 games, while the Wolfpack hope to snap out of a streak in which they’ve lost three of four. Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Wednesday night. Billy Heyen (19-5)On the road againSyracuse 70, North Carolina State 67Last Saturday, Oshae Brissett said the Orange “find joy” in leaving road venues with smiles on their faces. So far, SU is 5-1 in true road games this season, and I expect that to continue against a Wolfpack team that played well in nonconference, but has no strong ACC wins. Brissett and Tyus Battle should be the two best players on the floor Wednesday, and sometimes, that’s all it takes.Charlie DiSturco (18-6)Pack a punchSyracuse 67, North Carolina State 63AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNorth Carolina State is a really interesting team. The Wolfpack are a very strong offensive team yet haven’t been great in the ACC. They lost to Wake Forest, put up 24 points against Virginia Tech and most recently only downed Pittsburgh by one possession. With Oshae Brissett and Buddy Boeheim’s recent success, Syracuse should be able to handle NC State on the road — where the Orange have ironically been better. Frank Howard needs to become the senior floor general has can be, and I think he’ll bounce back from a rough couple of games against the Wolfpack on Wednesday. Matthew Gutierrez (16-8)Wolf wolf!Syracuse 68, North Carolina State 67NC State, which has played a tough first half of the conference slate, reminds me a lot of Syracuse. Both are good teams that have showed some promise, but neither has really shone at the level they’re capable. No road ACC game is easy, and it’ll take a close-to-complete performance for Syracuse to grab its ninth ACC win and improve to 18-7 overall. My eyes are on senior point guard Frank Howard and how he’ll respond amid his slump. Also of note: Who dictates tempo? One of the fastest teams plays one of the slowest. Tempo could decide the winner. last_img read more

  • Wildcats hit by Storm in final of Hawks Invitational

    first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats passed the first test of the 2010 B.C. High School Girl’s Volleyball season Saturday in Trail — well sort of.The Cats lost in straight sets (25-15, 25-20) to a much more experienced Selkirk Storm side from Kimberley but proved to head coach Joe Moreira this team will battle right to the bitter end. “We played great,” said Moreira when asked about his team’s play at the 38th annual High School Senior Girl’s Invitational Volleyball Tournament at the J. Lloyd Crowe gymnasium.“With only eight players (five – Grade 10’s and three – Grade 12’s) and no super stars like a (Team B.C. star) Katie Wayling, we are a very different team.“However, what we lack in experience, height, and provincial team calibre talent we proved, at least this weekend, that we can compete and play with tremendous enthusiasm.”Mount Sentinel completed the round robin draw undefeated, edging Selkirk Saturday morning just barely.The Cats dominated the other three teams in the tournament, L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson, Golden Eagles and host J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks. But in the final it was a different story as the Storm overwhelmed the Wildcats.Despite the loss in the final, Moreira believes this edition of the Wildcats has something he can build upon.“The surprise this weekend was our consistent play,” he said. “Something that was quite unexpected, but a great delight to see.”SIDE OUT: The Cats travel to Kelowna Friday to compete in the Immaculata Invitational Tournament. . . . The L.V. Rogers Bombers squad struggled in its first test of the high school season, finishing fifth in the tournament. Golden edged host J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the bronze medal contest.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

  • Spring and fish make for exciting days on the water

    first_imgSpring has sprung on the water according to Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Fishing Charters in Nelson.So let’s get right to the details as Reed gives his take on what’s been happening on the water.Kootenay Lake Spring fishing has provided some exciting days. May was a decent month for weather, but an even better month for fishing.  Rainbows up to 23 pounds and Dolly Varden up to 16 pounds have been coming in lately. Although not every day has been hot, we have still seen some pretty consistent fishing. The latest derby saw one of our guests bring in a contender.  Shane landed a beautiful Rainbow just under 19 pounds to land himself a nice second place trophy.  That weekend we managed to hook into over 20-pound fish, with the majority of them being over 10 pounds.  Now that’s a quality fishing and why people come from all over to fish Kootenay Lake. The following week we had a new group out with us for a nice day trip on the lake.  They managed to hook into six  fish over 10 pounds, including a double header. The biggest fish weighing in at 18-1/2 pounds was landed by our friend John. And many other days have produced some great fish. The water temperature was finally at our optimum fishing temperature, until the weather changed. Temperatures have dropped and the fish are probably just as confused as we are. Oh well, there is one good thing about the cool, rainy days of June. It will help prolong our fishing season.  Usually the fishing remains fairly steady until the temperatures get too hot.  Which might not be until August at the rate we are going so far. Also with the rain comes high water.  This means there will be lots of debris floating around in the water. And while that makes it a little tougher to fish, it does help bring the fish to the surface to feed.  Fishing around these feed lines can be very productive.  But make sure to check your lines often, as they can become fouled with debris. Should be a good month for fishing if we can keep the debris off our lines.  What are they biting on ???Since most of the fish are coming to the surface to feed, we are mainly running our bucktail flies.  We have some new products that seem to be working well. The usual flies now come with a weighted head.  They are called fish skulls. This weighted head not only helps keep some of the debris off your lines, but it gives the fly a different action. And they have produced some fairly consistent fish on our boat.  My Favorite colors have been:  Blk/wht, grey/wht, and green/wht.  Or the common numbers are:  214, 215, 221, and 228. Also using my favorite Lyman plugs and Apex lures on the calmer days.  My favorites have been:  black/silver, silver/gold, blue/green or lucky numbers of #10, # 16, #53, #55, and the #102 of late. We’ve also managed a few fish on the downriggers.  Still using the old flasher/hoochie combo for the dollies.  But we’re catching lots on my favorite plugs again down deep.  Magic depths have been 40′, 60′, and 80′. The water temperature is almost perfect.  Lately I’ve had readings between 51- 53 degrees.  So, we should be in for some great fishing still. The next month should be great fishing. So, Let’s Get Out There !! Tight lines…..Another Record Year !! If this year’s Gerrard run is any indication of what our future holds, we should be pretty excited.  Another record number of fish were counted up at the spawning grounds this year. If you didn’t get a chance to see this amazing sight, then you missed out on a treat. More than 1,030 fish was the peak number this year.  That’s a lot of fish to be in one area at the same time. Although the total number of spawners over the one month period will be closer to 3,000 fish through the spawning grounds. That’s my estimate, but it definitely blows last years numbers out of the water. Looks like we have a bright future for Kootenay Lake.  Looking forward to the next few years !!! If you want to check out the day to day numbers that were at the spawning grounds, go to the ministry’s web site for a daily count.  Check it out at:  www.env.gov.bc.ca/kootenay/fsh/main/mainfish.htmYour Guide, Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Fishing Charterslast_img read more

  • Dabbs Named UIW Volleyball Head Coach

    first_imgDabbs also gained valuable international experience as a member of the USA A2 Junior National Team. Dabbs joined the UNF volleyball coaching staff in 2012. In addition to coordinating North Florida’s recruiting efforts, Dabbs helped develop the team’s offensive system, working primarily with setters.At the conclusion of the 2016 sand volleyball season, Dabbs and Director of Volleyball Steve Loeswick garnered Atlantic Sun Conference Coaching Staff of the Year honors. The duo led the Ospreys to a record 24 wins and the program’s fourth ASUN Tournament title.Over the 2014-15 campaign, Dabbs was instrumental in the development of UNF’s two-setter indoor system. Under her guidance, Courtney Miller was named 2014 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year.During the 2015 beach season, North Florida’s top duo of Cari Whitmire and Cameron McGuire earned all-conference honors, while Jess Kinlaw landed a spot on the all-freshman team.In 2013-14, Dabbs worked with a young indoor program, while guiding UNF to another successful sand season. With the indoor team, Dabbs helped develop freshman setter Abby Fesl, who earned all-freshman team honors.North Florida compiled an 18-6 overall beach record and a 7-1 mark against Atlantic Sun competition in 2014. Dagnija Medina and Kim Hildreth concluded the season as the Atlantic Sun’s Pair of the Year and reached the championship bracket at the AVCA Sand National Championships.During the indoor campaign in the fall 2012, UNF earned a 22-12 record and an 11-7 mark in conference play. This was North Florida’s first 20-win season in Division I history and its first season with double-digit conference wins since joining the ASUN. UNF also reached the Atlantic Sun Championship match for the first time in program history. Under Dabbs’ tutelage, Britt Claessens put up 1,376 assists in 2012, which is the fifth-highest single-season total in program history.During the 2013 beach season, UNF went 16-5 overall and 8-0 in Atlantic Sun action. North Florida defended its ASUN Tournament title and became the first team in the country to earn an automatic bid to the AVCA Sand National Championships. UNF was one of six teams to compete for a team title. Additionally, two North Florida pairs – Anna Budinska/Dagnija Medina and Carolyn Jenkins/Cari Whitmire – were picked to compete in the AVCA Sand Volleyball Pairs National Championship. Budinska and Medina were named the ASUN Tournament’s Most Valuable Pair and both earned first team All-Atlantic Sun honors.Dabbs’ joined North Florida during the inaugural beach volleyball season in the spring of 2012. In its first season, UNF captured the ASUN Tournament title and Dagnija Medina and Emily Strack made an appearance at the AVCA Sand Nationals.Prior to UNF, Dabbs had stints as an assistant coach at Cincinnati and Appalachian State. “I want to thank Brian Wickstrom, Angela Lawson and the UIW Athletics administrative team for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be the head women’s volleyball coach,” Dabbs said. “I am proud to be part of the UIW Athletic Department and I’m excited to lead the Cardinals’ volleyball program.” Before moving to the sidelines, Dabbs completed and illustrious playing career as a setter for Louisville and LSU. She was tutored by North Florida head coach Steve Loeswick during her playing days in Baton Rouge. Dabbs earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration-Sport Commerce from LSU in 2010. A native of the Alamo City and former Churchill High School standout, Dabbs comes to UIW after six seasons at North Florida, where she served as head coach of the beach volleyball program and associate head coach of the indoor volleyball team. As a senior in 2009, Dabbs started 30 matches for the SEC-champion Tigers on her way to earning All-SEC and All-Louisiana first team honors. Dabbs also garnered AVCA All-America and All-South Region Honorable Mention recognition. As a junior, she ranked fifth in the SEC in assists and earned Louisiana Newcomer of the Year and All-Louisiana second team honors.Prior to LSU, Dabbs spent two years as the starting setter at Louisville, where she led the Cardinals to a No. 17 national ranking. SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Samantha Dabbs has been selected as the seventh head coach of the University of the Incarnate Word women’s volleyball program, Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom announced Tuesday. “I am excited to welcome Samantha back to San Antonio,” Wickstrom said. “Her commitment to building a championship program within the core values of UIW will be fun to watch. I believe our student-athletes will thrive off of her coaching energy and philosophy.”last_img read more

  • Arthur Chung Convention Centre repairs well underway

    first_imgThe rehabilitation of the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC) at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara is progressing well. This was reported following a tour of the compound on Friday last by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, and members of the Project Monitoring Committee responsible for the repairs of the centre.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes with contractors and members of the Project Monitoring Committee at the ACCCThe tour was conducted by the engineering team from the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation that was contracted by the Government of China to execute the rehabilitation of the Convention Centre.General Manager of ACCC, Ramdial Nancoomar, disclosed the new sections and services that have been added to the complex.  These include a fully equipped computer room, new equipment for the translation service, as well as new press (media) and translator booths in the main auditorium.The main auditorium, also called “the Dome”, is being completely redesigned from floor to ceiling, and will now house 372 new seats affixed to the floor, the foundation for which was raised by approximately two feet.  The flooring of the entire complex was similarly raised, and thousands of new granite tiles are being laid.Minister Hughes has said she is anticipating handing the building back to the Guyanese public this May.  She described the complex, constructed between 2004 and 2006, as an example of Guyana’s historically close bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China, enjoyed for some 51 years.Works inside the compound near the Dome The centre was closed on December 1, 2016 to facilitate major rehabilitation, which is expected to be completed on time in the 18-month schedule. The rehabilitation had been catered for in the 2004 agreements between the two countries; and similarly, like the construction of the facility, the rehabilitation project is being funded entirely with grant aid from the donor country.According to Minister Catherine Hughes, the media will be invited to tour the upgraded facility in February.last_img read more

  • New LAFD incident adds fuel to the fire

    first_imgMore bad news broke Tuesday about alleged discrimination at the Los Angeles Fire Department, as interim LAFD Chief Douglas L. Barry recounted his accomplishments in trying to right a department tarnished by scandals. The disclosure of an incident at a West L.A. fire station came during a news conference in which Barry assessed his first 100 days since Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed him as head of the 3,500-member organization. “The truth is we will never be able to prevent every act of stupidity, but it is the response that tells the real story,” the mayor said. Officials refused to offer details of the case, which was disclosed days after news reports surfaced of an ongoing internal investigation into alleged harassment against an African-American firefighter at a North Hollywood firehouse. That firefighter told investigators he found a banana inside his locker and white lotion smeared on his clothing and uniform. “I’m extremely disappointed that our people don’t recognize these issues,” said Barry, flanked by Villaraigosa and members of the civilian Los Angeles Fire Commission. “I’m as amazed as you are. I have no patience for this kind of behavior. It will not be tolerated.” Barry, a 31-year LAFD veteran who is African-American, became interim chief Jan. 1 after former Chief William Bamattre’s retirement. Villaraigosa has touted him as a “change agent.” “He’s brought intensity, intelligence and integrity and he’s provided leadership and an intimate knowledge of this great department,” Villaraigosa said. “The chief has already begun to work to create a culture of respect at every single fire station, where hazing and harassment are unacceptable.” Litany of problems Barry assumed the post amid several high-profile harassment and discrimination cases that resulted in millions in settlements and payouts. An audit by City Controller Laura Chick’s agency aired problems with lax discipline, gender and racial discrimination and a desire by some to downplay offenses. And earlier this month, a jury awarded $1.73 million to Lewis S. Bressler, a Los Angeles firefighter who said he was forced to retire for blowing the whistle on harassment of a colleague. That firefighter, Brenda Lee, has a pending case against the city alleging harassment by her superiors because she is African-American and a lesbian. Also unresolved is the case of former Firefighter Tennie Pierce, an African-American who filed a discrimination suit after dog food was slipped into his dinner in what colleagues said was a prank. The City Council had approved a $2.7 million settlement, a sum that sparked public outrage. Villaraigosa subsequently vetoed it, and the case is headed for trial this fall. Tougher guidelines To head off further troubles, the department has enacted tougher disciplinary guidelines, and Barry said he has been visiting every firehouse personally to communicate his “zero-tolerance” stance on horseplay, hazing and other bad behavior. “Repeatedly, the LAFD has been unjustly characterized as an organization fraught with widespread insensitivity amongst its members,” he said. “The reality is that the overwhelming majority of our members are extremely hard-working and dedicated individuals. … Recent publicized cases have highlighted incidents where our human-relations efforts can be improved. And we’re working aggressively to do just that.” Among the messages he is asserting: “Your job is in jeopardy by engaging in those behaviors.” No one has been placed on leave so far in either of the two most recent investigations. Jerry Thomas, an LAFD captain and regular critic of the department who is currently on leave, said Barry has to mean what he says. “Once the facts bear everything out and the members are afforded due process, you got to hold them accountable,” he said. “You’ve got to start terminating people. The Fire Department shouldn’t condone that behavior.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more