Jordan Howard Wins Consecutive Student-Athlete of the Year Awards

first_img Lafayette Rutledge Nicholls Sr. Gautier, Miss. 3.38 Interdisciplinary Studies Jaren Lewis2 Abilene Christian Jr. Orlando, Fla. 3.29 Business Management 2017-18 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Teams GPA Eddy Polanco Southeastern La. Sr. Bronx, N.Y. 3.62 International Business Name University Class Hometown GPA Major Major Along with Lewis, UIW’s Sam Burmeister was named to his second Southland All-Academic team, earning a spot on the second team. The Bears are one of two teams to garner two picks to the all-academic teams with Mathieu Kamba being named a second team selection. Abilene Christian is the other with two-time selection Jaren Lewis and second team member Hayden Howell. Mathieu Kamba Central Arkansas Sr. Calgary, Alberta, Canada 3.14 Finance Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Kareem South was the top vote-getter to earn a spot on the all-academic first team. Stephen F. Austin sophomore Kevon Harris and Southeastern Louisiana senior Eddy Polanco round out the top squad. ^2017-18 Southland Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year1All-Conference First Team selection2Two-time all-academic selection3Three-time all-academic selection#CoSIDA Academic All-District%CoSIDA Academic All-America Jordan Howard^1,3,#,% Central Arkansas Sr. Chandler, Ariz. 3.71 Digital Filmmaking Sam Burmeister2 UIW Gr. San Antonio, Texas 3.97 Business Administration Hometown The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member universities, voted for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to the one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Howard, a consecutive winner of the top Southland academic accolade, earns the award following a career year that saw him also claim the 2017-18 Southland Player of the Year honor. He becomes just the third player in Southland men’s basketball history to win Freshman of the Year and later be named Player of the Year. In his senior season, the Chandler, Ariz., native led the nation in total points (880), was third in points per game (25.1), second in field goals made, ninth in free throws made, 12th in three pointers made, 16th in in three pointers made per game and 21st in free throw percentage.He also etched his name in Southland history by setting the conference record for career three point baskets made (386) and career free throw percentage mark (.868). Howard produced a 3.71 GPA while completing his bachelor’s degree this past December in digital filmmaking. The three-time Southland All-Academic member also received his second CoSIDA All-America selection, being named to the second team earlier this month. He is the only automatic selection to the Southland All-Academic Team. Kareem South A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Toronto, Ontario, Canada 3.53 Biomedical Science Class Braxton Bonds Houston Baptist Jr. Nashville, Tenn. 3.52 Interdisciplinary Studies CoSIDA Academic All-District/All-American selections and First Team All-Conference athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic. Hayden Howell Abilene Christian Jr. Midwest City, Okla. 3.87 Composite Interdisciplinary First Team The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad. University Second Team Name Kevon Harris Stephen F. Austin So. Ellenwood, Ga. 3.18 Sports Business FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard is the 2017-18 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Wednesday along with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Houston Baptist junior Braxton Bonds and Nicholls’ senior Lafayette Rutledge were voted onto the second team.last_img read more

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Defiant Jones confident of upturn in England fortunes

first_imgThe RFU gave head coach Jones their backing after an ill-disciplined England squandered a 12-0 lead to lose the second Test – and the series – 23-12 against South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday.Jones has come in for criticism after three consecutive Six Nations defeats were followed by two against the Springboks, also losing to the Barbarians before embarking for their tour.The defiant Australian is confident the tide will turn with the World Cup to come in Japan next year.”I don’t need any dialogue with the RFU,” Jones told Sky Sports News. “All I need to do is my job and I do my job as well as I can every day.”I love the team. I love coaching the team. I’m excited about where we’re going to go.”I realise this is a tough time and that our fans and supporters will be disappointed but all I can assure you is we’re doing everything we can, every minute of the day, to turn this team around.”Jones said England’s slump is nothing new to him and he expected it after such a dream start to his tenure.He added: “I’ve been in many of these [situations] and I knew it was always going to come for England.”You’re always going to have a difficult run. Every team I’ve been in that’s been successful, we’ve had a difficult run like this.”Sometimes you need these periods to learn from, to cement those errors as things you don’t want to do again. We’re getting some hard lessons at the moment.”last_img read more

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It was all carelessness, says golf amateur

first_imgAmateur Anthony Quayle travelled to Papua New Guinea from Queensland, Australia, in an effort to gain professional tournament experience. As luck would have it, he became the runner-up of the 2016 PNG Golf Open after bowing out of a three-way playoff.In an exclusive interview at the Royal PNG Golf Course in Port Moresby, Quayle told Loop PNG: “I didn’t have a bogey all day so it was four birdies which were nice. I definitely gave myself a lot of opportunities today; I just couldn’t convert all of them. That is pretty normal and I am still happy with what I had.“What happened in the final playoff was all carelessness, I struck the ball nicely, giving all my concentration and estimation but unfortunately, it didn’t go my way as luck would have it.”Quayle’s caddie was his girlfriend, who inspired him to relax during the tournament.“I am happy to have Sophie out there with me as she brings the best out in me and playing out there, whenever I get frustrated, she keeps me a little bit more happy and focused.“However, the PGA has been very good to me and helped me out so I felt quite comfortable; I feel like my good stuff will be competitive.“My goal this year is to play as many professional events as I can to make that transition into the professional ranks a little easier and this is quite an achievement in a tournament like this.“It was all about the carelessness in the final hole of the playoff that I struck the ball without taking my time. I gave the game away but hope to be back and play in the 2017 Open with one or two changes that I feel I need to adjust on.”last_img read more

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Macro signs construction contract for Saturn Compressor Station

first_imgConstruction is expected to commence in early May, with substantial completion and in-service scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.In addition, the company is continuing its construction of the Groundbirch Compressor Station on the NGTL project with its expected completion scheduled for later this year. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Macro Enterprises Inc. has been awarded a contract for the construction of the Saturn Compressor Station.The Saturn Compressor Station is a single-unit greenfield compressor station located near Dawson Creek that is part of the NOVA Gas Transmission Limited North Montney Mainline Project, a subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines Limited.According to Macro, the lump-sum contract value is in excess of $30 million.- Advertisement -Macro says the work includes the removal, transportation and installation of a single 15.1 MW ISO rated gas-turbine-driven centrifugal compressor unit consisting of a Solar T130 Dry Low Emissions gas turbine, a C65-2 compressor, and associated auxiliary buildings from the Moody Creek Alberta Compressor Station to the Saturn Compressor Station.According to Macro, high-pressure gas piping, and utility piping and cable interconnect between buildings will all be newly fabricated and installed at the new site.It is said some new structural steel packages along with the relocation of existing structural steel as per the drawing package will be required.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GLASGOW HELICOPTER DISASTER: POLICE CONFIRM JOHN McGARRIGLE AMONG DEAD

first_imgPOLICE in Glasgow have confirmed that John McGarrigle, whose family is from Letterkenny, is among the nine people killed in the city’s helicopter disaster.John Jnr, left, pictured with his dad on a previous visit to the same barMr McGarrigle’s son John Jnr had been staging a vigil at the site of the Clutha Bar where his father was last seen alive on Friday night last, shortly before the police helicopter crashed on to the pub’s roof.Glasgow Police confirmed 57-year-old Mr McGarrigle, a poet and writer, was one of the victims shortly after midnight.  GLASGOW HELICOPTER DISASTER: POLICE CONFIRM JOHN McGARRIGLE AMONG DEAD was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by johngerardShare 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:deadGlasgowhelicopterjohnmcgarriglepublast_img read more

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Emergencies leave all with hard decisions

first_img Porter, who is white, was sentenced to two years of house arrest, three years of probation, 500 hours of community-service work. She was not charged with killing the children. The defense painted a picture of a good girl in a bad situation, a terrified, defenseless “broken woman” whose experience was so traumatic, her instinct was to crawl into a fetal position, contemplate suicide and do whatever her parents told her to do immediately after the crash. Porter didn’t come forward for days. People in the community questioned how someone who experts said was such a good person could run over four children and not stop driving, not call the police, and go back to work the next day. “If it was a dog, most people would have stopped to help,” someone said. Others added that, “If that had been a black man, he would have been in prison.” However, Clinton Paris, president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association, a group of local black lawyers said, “She’s not really a criminal. She’s a person who made a mistake. She exercised some bad judgment at that moment that shouldn’t stump the rest of her life opportunities.” Still, Paris, a civil lawyer, feels that Porter’s actions warranted a harsher sentence than the one she received. The facts show that there wasn’t anything Porter could have done to prevent the accident. Evidently, the streetlight was out and the children were running across the road. But she complicated her life by fleeing the scene. Her actions afterward are why she’s being punished. In a crisis, do you ever really know the decisions you would make? Sharon Woodson-Bryant is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Write to her by e-mail at woodson-bryant@hotmail.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Last week, my husband and I were back in Florida for vacation when he called from his cell phone to tell me he would be a little late getting back to our hotel. He had stopped to help a man he had seen fly off his motorcycle onto a construction area on the highway. Another motorist stopped behind my husband, and they made sure the rider was not injured and got him into a cab. This wasn’t the first time my husband has seen an accident and stopped to help the person. Would I do the same? I hope I would, but depending on the risk, I don’t know. People can react in peculiar ways. With gunshots blasting and bullets flying, our nephew – a record producer – was crawling out of a club with a bodyguard when, from under the table next to him, he heard a voice say, “Man, I want to talk to you about some studio time.” In 1998, I wasn’t dodging real bullets but, while sitting in an executive management meeting at MTA, I knew I had to quit. I had been working there for two months when my moment of truth hit. It was the first time in my life that I was totally overwhelmed with a job. Right then, I made the decision to swallow my pride, push ego aside and call my former boss to see if I could get my old position back at the Gas Co. Sometimes it isn’t just the decision but rather what you do as a consequence of that choice you made. In Tampa earlier this month, a judge ruled that Jennifer Porter will serve no prison time after pleading guilty to charges from an accident last year that killed two children and injured two others. All of these children were black. “Do you agree that we should not place him on a life-support system?” the nurse asked me – or something like that – over the phone. It was a rainy Saturday afternoon about eight years ago when I got that call from the hospital in Kansas City. My stepfather had reached the dangerous stages of dementia and they hadn’t been able to reach my mother at home. She had told me about his declining condition, but I was living in Florida, hundreds of miles away physically and emotionally. Whatever she had said was as much a blur as what the nurse was saying at that moment. “No,” I said, feeling both panic and fear. “I could not make that decision.” Later that day, when I talked to my mother, she said he had made it through the critical hours and was recovering. Yet, I focused selfishly on myself. I stressed that she had to get a beeper so I wouldn’t have to ever decide something like that again. A few months later, my stepfather passed away, but the torment of that that call haunted me for years. In those dark moments of a crisis, do you know what you would do? last_img read more

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Israel threatens trade restrictions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Palestinian medical officials identified the slain man as Nazen Farhat, 27. A second man who was with Farhat was missing, the officials said. Israel has complained in recent days that the Palestinians were violating a U.S.-brokered agreement by not providing instant information on people crossing from Egypt into Gaza. As a result, Israel said last week, up to 15 militants, including the brother of Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar, were allowed in. The Rafah terminal opened Nov. 26 under the supervision of European monitors, giving Palestinians control of a border for the first time. U.S. officials told a separate meeting of the so-called Quartet of international mediators Friday that the Palestinians were complying with the Rafah agreement and that any delay in relaying information was the result of technological problems that American experts were trying to resolve, according to notes of that meeting also obtained by the AP. Meanwhile, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said Friday that the militant group would not renew its truce with Israel when it expires at the end of the year. The truce, brokered in February, sharply reduced violence between Israel and the Palestinians. Mashaal said Israel had failed to honor it. “I say enough to the truce,” he told more than 1,000 supporters in a Palestinian refugee camp outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. The Palestinian Authority said Mashaal’s statement appeared to be an attempt to sabotage Palestinian parliamentary elections scheduled for Jan. 25, in which Hamas is challenging Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party. In addition to the agreement over Rafah, the deal reached last month with the assistance of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also called for a bus link between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to begin running by Dec. 15 and for a large increase in the cargo traffic allowed to pass through the Karni terminal between Gaza and Israel by the end of the year. Israel said Friday it was freezing implementation of the entire agreement until its problems with the Rafah crossing were addressed. Israel’s threat to begin treating its frontier with Gaza as an international border starting Sunday would require even more stringent checks at the crossings and could mean Gaza’s removal from a customs union with the West Bank and Israel. About 9,000 Gazans have permits to cross through the Erez terminal every day to work in Israel, and the Karni cargo terminal is the major outlet for the export of Gaza’s goods. The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, condemned the Israeli threat, saying the Palestinians were working to address all issues at Rafah as quickly as possible with the help of the European monitors. “The Rafah terminal has been functioning for two weeks only, and anybody with a sane mind should not expect the border between Germany and France,” he said, adding that the Europeans and not Israel should be the judges of Palestinian compliance with the agreement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERUSALEM – Israel threatened on Friday to restrict trade across its frontier with Gaza if the Palestinians fail to address its security concerns at the newly opened border crossing between Gaza and Egypt within two days. The restrictions, if carried out, would further choke Gaza’s already shaky economy and damage hopes for renewed cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians following Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip in September. The threat was made at a meeting between Israeli officials and international mediators. The Associated Press obtained notes of the session. Early today, an Israeli naval boat patrolling the Gaza coast shot and killed a Palestinian in the town of Rafah near the Egyptian border, Palestinian officials said. There was no immediate comment from Israel. last_img read more

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Prep Football Commentary: Looming questions entering the 2017 prep football season

first_imgAre you as excited as we are?With the high school football season kicking off this evening, your dedicated sportswriting staff here at the Times-Standard, which consists of sports-reporter extraordinaire Danny Penza and uber sports geek/editor Ryan Sparks, can’t wait to start covering high school football games once again. Having spent the past few weeks putting together our 2017 High School Football Preview, which was released yesterday, we’ve gathered quite a bit of knowledge about your …last_img

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Ag Credit/Country Mortgages opens new Mt. Gilead facility

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ag Credit/Country Mortgages, an agricultural lending cooperative serving farmers and rural residents and agribusinesses in northern Ohio, has moved their Mt. Gilead branch to 5362 US Hwy. 42 in Mt. Gilead. The move was made official with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on September 16, 2015.“We’re looking forward to serving our community in the new ag service center,” said Joseph Erb, “We will continue to provide the same superior customer service in our new facility.”  The building currently houses five Ag Credit team members:  Branch Manager, Joseph Erb; Account Officer, Andrea Bayles; Mortgage Loan Originator, Michael Kleinknecht; and Operations Support Specialists, Kristen Redmond and Brandy McKinney.The cooperative purchased the property in March 2014.  Jim Brucker of Mt. Gilead designed the new 11,700 square foot building and 2K General Company, Inc. was the lead contractor.  The new Ag Credit offices opened on Sept. 9, 2015. The initial tenants will also include:  Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District, OSU Extension, Community Tax Service LLC, and Community Bookkeeping LLC.“We are very excited about our new facility in Mt. Gilead and believe it will help us better serve the rural and agricultural community in Morrow and surrounding counties,” said CEO Brian Ricker.Morrow County Development Director, Brandon Miller, added, “I feel the new facility plays an intricate role in community by bringing a plethora of businesses, organizations and services under one roof.  The new facility is a direct reflection of Morrow County moving forward and investments in our future coming to life.  This is an exciting time for Morrow County residents, business owners and organizations as we shift into a growth and expansion phase of our community development.”last_img read more

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Ohio corn testing positive for vomitoxin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An increasing number of reports are coming in of corn testing positive for vomitoxin, with levels as high as six to 10 parts per million in some cases. Some of these numbers are taking producers by surprise.Although the weather has been favorable for ear rot development, and consequently, grain contamination with vomitoxin, test results could be misleading in some cases, and may even be incorrect. Since there is not much that can be done about grain contaminated with mycotoxins, you should at least check to make sure that you got a fair test. Get a second opinion if needed.There are several things about the mycotoxin testing process that could lead to inaccurate results, including how samples are drawn and handled. Remember, the number of ears infected within a field and the number of kernels infected on a given ear are highly variable. As a result, moldy grain and vomitoxin levels vary considerably within the grain lot. There are always “hot spots” and these may affect the accuracy of sampling and testing for vomitoxin. For instance, if a single sample is drawn and the location from which it is drawn happens to be a hot-spot, then the level of contamination of the lot will be overestimated. Conversely, if the sample misses the hot spots completely, vomitoxin contamination may be underestimated. Poor sampling may result in considerable variation in test results, and could be the cause of some grain rejections.If you have questions and concerns about how the samples were drawn and the test results, pull another sample and get a second opinion from an independent lab. Before pulling samples for toxin analysis, grain handlers should first protect themselves from dust and toxin exposure by wearing a mask, goggles and gloves. Careful attention to sampling, extraction and testing protocol should be followed to accurately measure vomitoxin accumulation in grain. To collect a representative sample from the bin or truckload of grain, five to 10 subsamples should be randomly collected from multiple locations. Samples taken only from the central or outer portions of the load or from the beginning and end of the grain stream will not provide an accurate estimate of toxin contamination. For end-gate sampling, sample from the entire width and depth of the stream. For probe sampling, use hand or mechanical probes to sample from the entire bin, in an “X”-shaped pattern, for example. The use of suction or air probes is not recommended when sampling grain for mycotoxins. Once subsamples are obtained, bulked, and cleaned, the grain must be ground uniformly, in a clean grinding apparatus, to resemble flour. Finer particle size increases surface area of the grain and allows for more efficient extraction of vomitoxin.The most common test for vomitoxin is an ELISA test. These kits are very specific for the toxin being tested (vomitoxin in this case) and will not provide estimates of other toxins in the sample. There are separate kits for each toxin. ELISA-based tests are generally qualitative, providing a yes/no answer for the presence of DON, or semi-quantitative, giving an estimate of DON above certain levels or within a given range. However, quantitative estimates can also be obtained using some ELISA-based test. A color-change will be indicative of vomitoxin presence in the sample. To quantify toxin concentration an additional step of assessing color quality through a well reader or spectrophotometer is required.There is a relationship between the intensity of color in the sample cup and vomitoxin, as determined by a standard curve included in the kit. ELISA tests are easy, quick and affordable, but must be performed carefully to ensure quantifiable and accurate results. Due to the test’s specificity, you must use an ELISA kit specifically designed to detect vomitoxin. In addition, the ELISA kit must be approved for the substrate to be tested (corn, DDGs, wheat, etc).In addition to resampling and retesting, here are a few guidelines to help minimize further mold development and toxin accumulation in storage:1.    Dry harvested grain to 15% moisture and below to prevent further mold development in storage.2.    Store dried grain at cool temperatures (36 to 44 degrees F) in clean, dry bins. Moderate to high temperatures are favorable for fungal growth and toxin production.3.    Periodically check grain for mold, insects, and temperature, and send grain samples for mycotoxin analysis.4.    Avoid storing severely affected grain for too long especially since it becomes much more difficult to keep grain cool and dry as outside temperatures increase in the spring and summer.See Fact Sheet # PLPATH-CER-04 for more on sampling, testing, and storage for vomitoxin in corn: http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/plpath-cer-04.last_img read more

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