President commissions David ‘G’16 in Berbice

first_imgPresident David Granger on Thursday commissioned David ‘G’ 16 at Fyrish Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice – Corentyne).The 26-seater bus will take students living in the Fyrish/Gibraltar community to and from schools at Rose Hall Town and Port Mourant.David ‘G’16 commissioned at Fyrish Corentyne, BerbiceThe bus is the fourth to be commissioned in the East Berbice/Corentyne Region 6 under the Bs (buses, bicycles, boats, books and boots) project.According to the President, commissioning the buses is a part of his duty, since he wants to see all children in school.The 3Bs project, which is now being touted as the 5Bs project, is not a political gimmick Granger said, but is one that makes economic sense. 180 children utilise the bus which operates on the East Bank of Berbice.The Head of State maintains that the project does not discriminate. “The aim is not just to give you a bus. I am here to ensure that there is equality in this country. I believe that this country can never be truly equal unless children have equal access to education. That is the root of equality,” he said.Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Head of State said the aim behind the project– which will see some communities countrywide receiving buses, bicycles or boats to assist children in getting to school — is to reduce the four hundred students who drop out of school every month.He noted that once children are given the opportunity to be educated, they will be in a better position to seek employment, and therefore develop Guyana.The President said the project targets persons at the grassroots level, so that they can be educated and be able to become self-employed.Guyana, he said, is the gateway to the South American continent, and if persons are educated, they could find ways to employ themselves and provide services other countries want.The bus, the second to be donated to the project by businessman Peter Lewis, who has also donated a boat and bicycles, will be maintained by the Region 6 Administration.last_img read more

Overboard victim thanks rescuers

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DENVER – An Air Force Academy cadet who plunged about 50 feet from a cruise ship balcony into the ocean with a female passenger thanked his rescuers Tuesday but didn’t discuss the details of what happened. Princess Cruise’s Grand Princess was about 150 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas, on March 25 when the pair fell from the balcony of the woman’s cabin. Both were rescued hours later by boats launched from the ship. In a statement issued through the academy, Ernesto Guzman, 22, thanked Princess Cruises and the U.S. Coast Guard.last_img read more

A.V. men to lead fundraiser walk

first_imgTwo Antelope Valley men will help lead the annual Easter Seals fundraising walk Saturday to support people with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Roy Fye, 57, of Lancaster and Carlos Villasenor, 32, of Palmdale were picked to be honorary ambassadors because of the level of independence they have attained through Easter Seals services. “It was mainly because they both achieved a level of success with their relationship to Easter Seals,” Easter Seals spokeswoman Marianne Tomich said. “They have grown in terms of what they are capable of in their own lives.” Fye and Villasenor are two of 10 ambassadors who will lead walkers in the sixth annual “Walk With Me” fundraiser at 9a.m. Saturday at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. “It’s a great honor,” Fye said of being chosen an ambassador. “I like taking the message of Easter Seals out to the public.” Born with a mild learning disability, Fye suffered a brain injury at age 22 while working at a construction site. He now volunteers in the community and has developed a talent for painting. He brought his art into the Lancaster Easter Seals office last fall and was inundated with requests to purchase his work. He has since sold four paintings. “Because of Roy’s cognitive disability and injury, he has never been able to master reading or writing, but in recent years he has developed a talent for painting landscapes,” said Michelle McKnight, director of Lancaster Adult Day Services. Several of Fye’s paintings are exhibited online at the Easter Seals Southern California Web site at “I feel pretty good because it’s the first time I’ve been an ambassador,” said Villasenor, who has a learning disability and moderate cerebral palsy. “Easter Seals helped me get a job.” Villasenor first started out part time at the Palmdale Home Depot in April 2005. Easter Seals provided him with a job coach who helped him learn job skills. In May 2006, Villasenor transferred to the Lancaster Home Depot to a full-time position as a sales associate in the garden department, where he watered the plants and helped customers. Four months later, Villasenor received a customer service award from Home Depot and a $1,000 check. For Saturday’s event, walkers are encouraged to register at and use the online tools to raise money. Walkers who raise $300 get to spend the entire day at Knott’s Berry Farm for free. Day-of-event registration opens at 8a.m. Refreshments, music and entertainment will be offered. The first 100 kids at the walk receive a free pair of Snoopy ears. Following the walk, all participants can go to Knott’s Berry Farm at a discount. For more information, contact Bonita Carr at (714)834-1111, Ext. 235. Easter Seals Southern California provides disability services to 3,500 individuals a year with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. (661) 267-5744 160Want 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

Football Receives 31 Commitments For 2016

first_img Dustin Anthony OL 6-0 280 Edmond, Okla. Edmond Santa Fe Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School Named Oklahoma 6A-1 Player of the Year, Tulsa World State Championship Player of the Game, Tulsa World first team all-state. Led Jenks High School to its fourth consecutive 6-A State Championship Recorded 2,853 yards passing with 35 touchdowns and completed 69 percent of his pass in 2015. 2016 Drake Football Commitments –  2015 Highlights Jacob Bacon OL 6-5 299 Hastings, Minn. Hastings Named first team all-conference and academic all-state                           Daeonte Calvert DB 5-11 175 Broken Arrow, Okla. Tulsa Union Jack Borvan DL 6-1 221 Plainfield, Ill. Oswego East Led Catholic Memorial to a WIAA Division 3 Runner-up finish Earned all-conference and all-area honors as a quarterback Named first team all-state punter by the Associated Press and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.      Cade Gilbert (OL, 6-1, 267, Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) Mitch McFarlane WR 6-3 175 Fond du Lac, Wis. Winnebago Lutheran Acad. Gavin Dineen DL 6-2 265 Algonquin, Ill. Marian Central Catholic Kolby Jensen WR 5-11 165 Ballard, Iowa Huxley Will Warner (DB, 6-2, 189, Pella, Iowa/Pella Community) Ross Kennedy K/P 5-9 165 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Washington Senior Isaiah Skinner RB 5-8 173 Glendale Heights, Ill. Glenbard West Named Des Moines Register 2015 first team all-state 3A and Iowa Newspaper Association first team all-state. Recorded 99 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks.                    Named second team all-state and first team all-metro, all-district and all-conference. Recorded 141 tackles, 15 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior.     Jacob Clay (Athlete, 5-8, 175, Brentwood, Mo./Brentwood) Received first team all-district honors Recorded 47 tackles with seven sacks and three forced fumbles            Named first team all-state and all-district Rushed for 1,971 yards with 43 touchdowns  Evan Downes DL 6-4 215 Tiffin, Iowa Clear Creek Amana Zack Clark OL 6-3 271 Hoffman Estates, Ill. Hoffman Estates Will Warner DB 6-2 189 Pella, Iowa Pella Community Tom Pugh (TE, 6-3, 215, Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City) Daeonte Calvert (DB, 5-11, 175, Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) Named first team all-district and all-conference and also was a second team all-conference long snapper. Helped lead Edmond Santa Fe to the state semifinals in 2015. Patrick Carr (LB, 6-2, 220, Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) Named first team all-area. Recorded 45 tackles and two sacks.              Named first team All-Wisconsin Little Ten defense and offense. Tallied 47 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks Christian Harmon DB 5-10 175 Omaha, Neb. Fremont  William Purdom (WR, 5-10, 175, Glen Ellyn, Ill./Saint Francis) Named first team all-conference and all-area. Recorded 99 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss as a senior.     Marko Ristic K/P 6-0 195 Willowbrook, Ill. Hinsdale South Named 2015 West Suburban Silver Conference Offensive Player of the Year Earned all-conference and led Glenbard West to a 2015 Class 7A State Championship                             John Clark LB 5-11 195 Clarinda, Iowa Clarinda High School Tom Pugh TE 6-3 215 Iowa City, Iowa Iowa City Ian Malaby (DB, 6-0, 185, Mechanicsville, Iowa/North Cedar Comm.) Ross Kennedy (K/P, 5-9, 165, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington Senior) Jacob Bacon (OL, 6-5, 299, Hastings, Minn./Hastings) Cade Gilbert OL 6-1 267 Lincolnshire, Ill. Adlai E. Stevenson Ian Malaby DB 6-0 185 Mechanicsville, Iowa North Cedar Comm. Named first team all-conference and all-region wide receiver and second team all-conference defensive back. Caught 39 passes for 853 yards and nine touchdowns.                           Alex Bray (QB, 6-2, 175, Muskego, Wis./Catholic Memorial) Jacob Hardy DL 6-3 218 Adel, Iowa Adel-Desoto-Minburn Named second team all-state by the Illinois High School Coaches Association, first team all-area by the Daily Herald and first team all-area by Kane County Preps. Was a Chicago Catholic League All-Conference honoree. Recorded 1,054 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.       center_img Mitch McFarlane (WR, 6-3, 175, Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran Academy) Named first team all-conference in football, wrestling and track as a junior. Selected as team captain as a senior.            Isaiah Skinner (RB, 5-8, 173, Glendale Heights, Ill./Glenbard West) Malik James DB 5-8 170 Kansas City, Mo. Park Hill Gavin Dineen (DL, 6-2, 265, Algonquin, Ill./Marian Central Catholic) Named second team all-state by Iowa Newspaper Association Recorded 81 tackles and an interception to go with 310 rushing yards and 730 yards receiving.              Print Friendly Version Cooper Nunley (QB, 5-11, 180, Jenks, Okla./Jenks) Collin Seymour DB 5-11 165 Peosta, Iowa Dubuque Senior Jacob Clay Ath 5-8 175 Brentwood, Mo. Brentwood High School Named Globe Gazette all-area and first team all-district. Received academic all-state honors.              William Purdom WR 5-10 175 Glen Ellyn, Ill. Saint Francis Named first team all-state wide receiver and defensive back. Recorded 39 tackles and four interceptions. Helped lead Pella to a 3A State championship. Taylor Murph RB 5-10 180 Omaha, Neb. Ralston Seth Krueger LB 6-0 207 Norridge, Ill. Ridgewood  Christian Harmon (DB, 5-10, 175, Omaha, Neb./Fremont) Cooper Nunley QB 5-11 180 Jenks, Okla. Jenks Malik James (DB, 5-8, 170, Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill) Earned all-conference and academic all-state honors. Tallied 16 pass breakups and two interceptions. Victor Jergens (LB, 6-1, 240, Webster City, Iowa/Webster City) Chris Evans DL 6-5 250 Jackson, Wis. Slinger Shane Feller WR 6-4 179 Charles City, Iowa Charles City Averaged 36 yards per punt on 33 attempts and placed 17 punts inside the 20 yard line. Named Team Most Improved Player. Seth Krueger (LB, 6-0, 207, Norridge, Ill./Ridgewood)Jacob Lewis (LB, 6-0, 201, Kansas City, Mo./Staley High School) Chris Evans (DL, 6-5, 250, Jackson, Wis./Slinger) Shane Feller (WR, 6-4, 179, Charles City, Iowa/Charles City) Victor Jergens LB 6-1 240 Webster City, Iowa Webster City Named first team all-area and all-conference. Garnered honorable mention all-state honors. Selected to the Nebraska Shrine Bowl.           Recorded 929 yards rushing with 10 TDs in 2015 Named 2015 All-ITG by              Taylor Murph (RB, 5-10, 180, Omaha, Neb./Ralston) Jacob Hardy (DL, 6-3, 218, Adel, Iowa/Adel-Desoto-Minburn) Collin Seymour (DB, 5-11, 165, Peosta, Iowa/Dubuque Senior) Received second team all-area and first team all-conference honors in 2015. Named academic all-state in 2015. Tallied 73 tackles with 15 being for a loss. Riley Ruhuba TE 6-3 225 Bloomington, Ill. Normal Named second team all-district. Received the team motor award.   Jack Borvan (DL, 6-1, 221, Plainfield, Ill./Oswego East) Caught 15 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. Finished his career with 39 receptions for 745 yards and eight touchdowns. Ben Mawdsley OL 6-4 260 Algona, Iowa Algona Named 4A District 8 Defensive Player of the Year Garnered first team all-state honors Recorded 46 tackles and six interceptions     Patrick Carr LB 6-2 220 Frankfort, Ill. Lincoln Way East Alex Bray QB 6-2 175 Muskego, Wis. Catholic Memorial Dustin Anthony (OL, 6-0, 280, Edmond, Okla./Edmond Santa Fe)               DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University football team has received commitments from 31 student-athletes to join the Bulldogs for the 2016 season, third-year head coach Rick Fox announced Wednesday to open the signing period.”This is a big day for over 30 young men, who have made the commitment to be Drake Bulldogs. It’s a big day because they are committing the next four-plus years to be a part of our football program, be a part of Drake University and to become the kind of impact men that we challenge them to be,” Fox said. “They chose Drake because at Drake they can get a Division I football experience and an uncompromised education.”The 30 student-athletes that will continue their academic and athletic careers hail from those seven states, including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Thirteen of the newcomers are projected as offensive players while 16 are defenders plus two specialist.”We attract students from all over the country but especially the heart of the country. We are very proud of the 10 Iowa guys that make up this class but we got some great football players from the neighboring states as well,” Fox said.The 2016 commitments join a program that has laid claim to two of the last five Pioneer Football League championships. The Bulldogs are slated to return three all-PFL selections from the 2015 season in which the team posted a 5-6 record.2016 Drake Football Commitments Jacob Lewis LB 6-0 201 Kansas City, Mo. Staley High Schoollast_img read more

Humboldt State’s losing streak extended to six games with loss to Stanislaus State

first_imgArcata >> As Calvin Young II whizzed a pass from the halfcourt line through the lane and out of bounds to completely miss his intended target, Tyler Green, Humboldt State head coach Steve Kinder could only look down at the floor and throw his hands up into the air in frustration.It was the kind of reaction that summed up the entire evening for Kinder and his squad.A painful 30-plus minutes on the offensive end of the floor equaled doom for the Humboldt State men’s basketball team, as …last_img read more

Disabled South Africans: know your rights – Infographic

first_imgSouth Africa has progressive policies to protect and uplift the disabled. For Human Rights Month, we take a look at how disabled South Africans are included in the workplace and in society.Research and text: Shamin ChibbaDesign: Sachin BabooClick on the image for a larger view.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

One killed, 5 injured as militants open fire on Army convoy

first_imgOne soldier was killed and five others were injured when militants opened fire on an Army convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Saturday morning.Preliminary reports suggest that the attack place at Hillar, Qazigund, in South Kashmir. The area is over 70 km south of Srinagar.A police official said a search operation was launched in the area to nab the attackers.Reinforcements have been rushed to the spot.last_img

Which Big 12 Offense Was Best?

first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswirePhoto Attribution: US PresswireDavid Ubben posed the question yesterday on his Big 12 blog. There are a number of ways to look at this but the title of “best offense in the Big 12” definitely belongs to one of the following five schools: Baylor, KSU, OSU, OU, and WVU.First, let’s rid ourselves of the archaic points per game metric when looking at best offenses. Oklahoma State does not necessarily have a better offense than Alabama because they score 20 or 30 more points per game. That’s dumb and outdated.The true measure of a great offense is how efficient you are when you get the ball.For example, if you get 1,000 possessions in a season and score 200 TDs but punt 800 times, you’d set the NCAA record for points scored, but you were ridiculously inefficient in doing it. And since other teams get the same amount of possessions (roughly) as you, you probably went 0-12. Plus, your punter needs a leg replacement and those are expensive.So to answer the question about which offense was most efficient, let’s dig into the numbers.[table id=72 /]Some notes on this table…% scored is what percentage of your offensive drives did you score points (FG or TD) on.% given up is what percentage of your offensive drives did you give the ball back to the other team without scoring on[1. These aren’t supposed to add up to 100% because we aren’t accounting for end of half or end of game drives, I just threw them out].Kansas State’s offense received the ball 141 times (fewest in the conference) — and only gave it back without scoring on 38% of their possessions. This was the best mark in the country. Next best in the Big 12 was OSU at 43%, next best nationally was La Tech at 41%.This is absurd, and really sheds light on the fact that KSU only had nine (!) turnovers all year. Nine! I think OSU had nine in the Arizona game!Also, on 52% of those 141 possessions, the Wildcats scored (again, the other 10% were end of the half or end of game drives). Only five other teams in the country had a mark over 50% (OSU, Baylor, Bama, A&M, and La Tech).Their points per drive mark (a model of efficiency) was 2.77. So if you gave KSU 13 possessions in any given game (the national average) you could expect them to score 36.01 points. Combine that with only coughing it up nine times all year and…well….you see why they won the Big 12.Baylor was nearly as efficient at 2.75 points per drive, even though they turned it over and gave it back a lot more than K-State did. The reason was that they scored 65 (!!) touchdowns and had one of the best TD/FG ratios in the conference (4 TD for every 1 FG). There’s a lot of room to make up for inefficiencies by putting the ball in the endzone.On the flip side, OSU scored more often than any team in the league (88 total scores) but they couldn’t post TDs. If they score TDs on just 7-8 of their field goals then they’re right up there on points per drive with Baylor and KSU.WVU and OU gave it back to their opponents without scoring far too often to be considered the conference’s best offense.So here’s how I would rank them based on efficiency:1. Kansas State2. Baylor3. Oklahoma State4. WVU5. OUAnd here’s how you guys ranked them on SportsNation:1. Baylor2. West Virginia3. Kansas State4. Oklahoma State5. OklahomaI don’t have a huge problem with WVU over OSU (because of the Savannah State game) but man, I have a hard time putting Dana’s squad ahead of Kansas State which, just like its coach, was an absolute model of efficiency in 2012.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Everton’s Farhad Moshiri: Ronald Koeman has my total support

first_imgEverton news Share on Facebook Ronald Koeman Read more Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share via Email Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, has said the club’s fans “deserve better” than this season’s dreadful run of form but insisted Ronald Koeman retains his total support.The Everton manager has attracted fierce criticism following ineffective performances and poor results. The home defeat by Burnley on Sunday was their fifth in eight matches in all competitions and left a club that spent almost £140m in the summer languishing two points above the teams in the relegation zone.Koeman has argued it is wrong to question his future because his players continue to show commitment, while dismissing the theory that substantial investment in seven additions to the first team should have brought improvement.In a statement released to the Sky Sports presenter Jim White, Moshiri cited a demanding fixture list and European exertions as factors in Everton’s meagre return. He insisted any pressure on Koeman is not coming from the boardroom.“We are in a bad moment,” Moshiri said, “but we have played the four title contenders, three away. Today was the only unexpected loss. The four pre-qualifying Uefa games and two group games on Thursdays haven’t helped. There is mental and physical fatigue and seven injuries. These are early days and Koeman has my total support. We have great fans and they deserve better. We know the honest and objective expectations of our supporters and will not let them down.”The failure to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer has cost Everton, who have scored only four Premier League goals – three fewer than the Belgium striker has scored for Manchester United.However, Koeman’s team selection has also contributed to a woeful start with the manager struggling to find a solution to the lack of pace, threat and balance in the ranks. He dropped Wayne Rooney to the bench for the first time in the Premier League this season against Burnley as he gave Oumar Niasse, who he told to leave the club last summer, his first start. It was only after Rooney’s introduction that Everton exerted pressure on Sean Dyche’s well-organised and sixth-placed team.Koeman has claimed it was unrealistic to expect Everton to challenge the top four, despite the biggest spending spree in the club’s history. His team are also struggling in the Europa League having been comprehensively beaten away at Atalanta and drawing at home last week against a 10‑man Apollon Limassol, the lowest ranked team in the group.Koeman has cited a lack of confidence as a key concern and Michael Keane, the £30m summer signing from Burnley, admits he has been undermined by recent results. “Maybe it’s down to confidence,” the defender said.“There are loads of great players here but you get confidence from winning games. We had a bad week a few weeks ago. I think the confidence of a few of the lads is pretty low but the only way you can come out of that is to keep working hard and do the right things. I feel like we did that [against Burnley]. Sometimes you need a bit of luck and things aren’t dropping for us. We have to keep working hard to turn it around.”Everton travel to Brighton after the international break and then face another demanding sequence of games that could intensify the pressure on Koeman. They host Lyon in the Europa League and Arsenal in the Premier League before travelling to Chelsea for a Carabao Cup tie and then Leicester City. Ronald Koeman defiant over Everton future after home defeat by Burnley Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more