Southland Conference Softball Tournament Starts Thursday

first_imgAlanna DiVittorio Named Southland Player and Hitter of the YearDiVittorio, a first-team all-conference selection, is the first Cowgirl to earn both player and hitter of the year honor since Heather Moreaux took both awards in 2000. DiVittorio, a native of Harahan, La., led the league in Southland play in runs scored (32), stolen bases (29), on-base percentage (.590), walks (24) was second in batting average (.459), sixth in hits (34) and 12th in slugging percentage (.595). She is the second Cowgirl to be named player of the year and third to be named hitter of the year. DiVittorio became the 12th player in Southland history to be named player and hitter of the year in the same season. No. 5 Houston Baptist (21-26, 14-13 Southland)Houston Baptist makes its first appearance in the conference tournament in the Huskies’ second year in the league. The Huskies’ offense is led by first-team all-conference senior shortstop Kirsten Schwirtlich and sister, second-team member sophomore outfielder Lauren Schwirtlich. Entering the tournament, K. Schwirtlich leads the conference with a .411 batting average, while sophomore third baseman Shay Orsak leads the conference with 22 doubles and is tied for the national lead with 0.49 doubles per game. Freshman Emily Mueller leads the pitchers with a 3.00 ERA, with nine complete games, one shutout, 45 strikeouts, and 49 walks. HBU had four members on the all-conference teams with Orsak earning third-team honors. Mike Smith Repeats as Coach of the Year Smith received coach of the year honors for the second consecutive year after leading the Cowgirls to their fourth Southland regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Smith, who is in his third year at the helm of McNeese, becomes the first coach to win back-to-back awards since former Southland member Texas State Ricci Woodard (2001, 2002). McNeese posted a 20-6 mark in conference play, marking the first time the Cowgirls reached 20 wins in league play since 2010. McNeese’s 38-15 overall record marks the sixth consecutive season the Cowgirls have reached the 30-win mark. The Cowgirls swept Lamar in the final conference series of the season to claim their second-consecutive regular-season championship and fourth overall. McNeese is the first school to win back-to-back titles since former Southland member Texas State (2008-2010). The Cowgirls will be seeking to win their first conference tournament championship since 2010. McNeese State recorded a 38-15 overall record and a 20-6 record against conference foes. The Cowgirls posted their sixth consecutive 30-win season and are making a conference-leading 25th overall tournament. The Cowgirls will play the winner of the Game One matchup between No. 4 Stephen F. Austin and No. 5 Houston Baptist, Thursday at 4 p.m. In the second game of the tournament, No. 3 Sam Houston will face No. 6 UCA, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The Bearkats are making their 12th overall and third straight appearance in the conference tournament. The Bearkats have won two tournament titles with their last coming in 2007. Sam Houston finished the season with an overall record of 26-25 and a conference record of 15-11. UCA returns to the tournament for the third straight year after finishing the regular season with a 24-32 overall record and 13-13 in league play. The two teams did not meet during the regular season. The 2014 Southland Conference Softball Tournament plays a six-team double elimination format with a possibility of 11 games. The 11th game would be played in the event an undefeated team lost in the title game forcing a second game, upholding the double elimination format.  Northwestern State, the defending conference tournament champion, finished second to earn the No. 2 seed with a 27-20 overall record and a 15-10 league mark. The Lady Demons will make their 16th appearance at the tournament and are looking to claim their fifth league title. Northwestern will look to become the first team to repeat as tournament champions since Texas State (2011, 2012). Northwestern will play the winner of Game Two between No. 3 Sam Houston State and No. 6 Central Arkansas, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The tournament opens Thursday at 11 a.m. with game one between No. 4 seed SFA and No. 5 seed HBU. SFA is making its seventh appearance at the conference tournament and first since 2010. The Ladyjacks posted a 24-25 overall record and a 14-11 record in the Southland. SFA won six out of its last seven games to close out the regular season. HBU is making its first trip to the conference tournament after winning their conference series finale against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Huskies finished the regular season with a 21-26 overall record and a 14-13 record in conference play. During the regular season, the Huskies took two of three from the Ladyjacks in Houston, Texas, March 29-30. No. 4 Stephen F. Austin (24-25, 14-11 Southland)Stephen F. Austin closed the regular season 5-1 in league play to finish in fourth place and make conference tournament for the first time since 2010. Senior pitcher Carlie Thomas has been one of the top hurlers in the conference with a 16-13 record overall and six complete game shutouts. She threw four shutouts in conference play to rank among the leaders in the league. First baseman Shalie Day is among the top run producers in the Southland, driving in 22 RBI in league games. The Ladyjacks have a balanced offense with three different players driving in 30 or more RBI on the year. The Ladyjacks placed three members on the all-conference teams with Day and Thomas earning first-and-second team honors, respectively. Fifteen Players Return as All-Conference SelectionsFifteen players made a return appearance to the all-conference teams led by DiVittorio and junior teammate Ashley Modzelewski, who are both making their third consecutive appearance. Thirteen additional players are making their second all-conference appearance led by McNeese sophomores Allred and Emily Vincent, Northwestern State seniors Brianna Rodriguez, Tara McKenney and Kaylee Guidry and juniors Brittany Virgoe and Cassandra Barefield, Houston Baptist sophomore Kirsten Schwirtlich and senior Lauren Schwirtlich, Central Arkansas sophomore Sarah Bigej, Southeastern Louisiana sophomore Katie Lacour, Sam Houston State sophomore Tiffany Castillo and Nicholls sophomore Danielle Phillips. NCAA Softball Selection Show on ESPNUThe winner of the 2014 tournament receives an automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show airs Sunday, May 11 at 9 p.m. CDT on ESPNU. No. 2 Northwestern State (27-20, 15-10 Southland)Northwestern State secured the No. 2 for the second-consecutive year and will make its 16th overall conference tournament.  The Lady Demons are the reigning tournament champions and have won four league series in a row, including a sweep of Southeastern Louisiana in the regular-season finale. The Lady Demons hold a tournament winnings percentage of .635 (40-23), which is the best percentage among current league members. Northwestern had seven all-conference selections, including first-team member Brittany Virgoe at third base. Senior outfielder Tara McKenney and freshman outfielder Kellye Kincannon lead the Lady Demons from the plate with .371 and .369 batting averages, respectively. McKenney has dished out a team-high 59 hits, and Kincannon has picked up 38 RBI off 41 hits, including 12 homers, to make an early mark in her young career. From the circle, senior Kaylee Guidry (10-3) boasts a 2.94 ERA after allowing 38 runs, 35 of them earned, in 83.1 innings.center_img Taylor Terrio Garners Top Freshman AwardTaylor Terrio was tabbed as the league’s top freshman as she also earned first-team all-conference honors. Terrio becomes the first Colonel to win freshman of the year honors. In conference play, the freshman from Paulina, La., led the league with a .463 batting average and was tied for first in hits with 37. She ranked fourth in on-base percentage (.494), eighth in total bases (48) and 11th in slugging percentage (.600). On the season, she was tied for first in hits with 65 and finished fifth with a .389 batting average. 2014 Southland Conference Softball Tournament Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – McNeese State earned the top seed in the 2014 Southland Conference Softball Tournament that will get underway Thursday, May 8, at North Oak Park on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. No. 3 Sam Houston State (26-25, 15-11 Southland)Sam Houston State returns to the Southland tournament for the third consecutive year and for the 12th time overall. The Bearkats have a 30-18 overall record in the conference tournament and have made it all the way to the championship game the past two seasons. Sam Houston has won two tournament titles (1988, 2007), and have appeared in the title game five times. The Castillo sisters, Cecilia and Tiffany, from Port Lavaca Calhoun, give the Bearkats a one-two punch. Cecilia, the Bearkats senior right fielder, sports a .346 batting average while younger sister. Tiffany, a sophomore catcher, hits .294. The pair rank first and third in hitting for Sam Houston. Sam Houston placed four players on the all-conference teams, including three third-team members. Tiffany garnered second-team honors while junior shortstop Tayler Gray and pitcher Shelby Lancaster earned third-team honors. The Southland Digital Network is available at, as well as the official SLC mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. ESPN3 programming can be found on, plus the WatchESPN app for iPhone, iPad, Android and XBOX Live systems. TOURNAMENT TEAM NOTESNo. 1 McNeese State (38-15, 20-6 Southland)McNeese will be making its 10th consecutive tournament appearance and its league-best 25th tournament berth.  The Cowgirls also enter the tournament as back-to-back regular season champions and the tournament’s No. 1 seed.  Last season the Cowgirls were eliminated from the tournament after losing two straight games. The Cowgirls have a 3-2 record in the title game with their most recent title coming in 2010. McNeese State had a conference-best seven players selected to the all-conference teams, including three first-team members. Southland Player and Hitter of the Year Alanna DiVittorio earned first-team in the outfield while sophomore Jamie Allred was tabbed Southland Pitcher of the Year. Junior catcher Ashley Modzelewski is a three-time all-conference honoree. DiVittorio leads the team with a .397 batting average, a .570 slugging percent, 45 walks and 44 stolen bases.  She also has 60 hits and 23 RBI. In the circle, Allred has a league-high 25 wins and enters the tournament with a 25-7 overall record with a 1.50 ERA along with 195 strikeouts.  Allred is 8-2 in her last 10 games and six of her last eight wins have been shutouts. Kylee Studioso Named Newcomer of the YearKylee Studioso, a first-team all-conference selection, played a major role in ensuring that Central Arkansas would make the conference tournament for the third consecutive year. Studioso joins Holli Hill, who won newcomer of the year in 2010, as the second player in UCA history to ever win the award. The junior from Edmond, Wash., led the Southland in league play with 131 strikeouts in 94.2 innings. She posted an 11-4 record in 17 games while registering four shutouts and holding conference opponents to a .207 batting average. On the season, she led the league in strikeouts (212), appearances (38) and finished second in wins with 16. Southland Tournament Streamed Live with Championship Game on ESPN3The 2014 Southland Softball Tournament, with the exception of the championship game, will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network, including and the league’s mobile/tablet apps, available at: The championship game of the tournament will be carried exclusively on ESPN3, Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m.  Chris Mycoskie, assistant commissioner of television and electronic media for the Southland Conference, will handle play-by play for all games, while three-time Southland softball coach of the year Yvette Girouard  will be the color analyst and former Lady Lion Kati Morse, will join him for the championship as the dugout reporter. Jamie Allred Named Southland Pitcher of the YearAllred became the first McNeese State player to be tabbed conference pitcher of the year since Angela Harrison in 1994.  The sophomore ace from Hallsville, Texas, was named conference pitcher of the week five times during the regular season.  In conference play, Allred led the league in shutouts with seven and was second in strikeouts with 121, including 37 batters looking. She pitched 112.1 innings in conference while holding opponents to a league-leading .170 batting average. Allred made 17 starts and picked up 15 wins while registering a 1.00 earned run average. On the season, Allred was 25-7 with three of her wins coming against nationally ranked teams (No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 21 Alabama-Birmingham). She led the conference with a 1.50 ERA, 204.2 innings pitched and was second in strikeouts (195). No. 6 Central Arkansas (24-32, 13-13 Southland)Central Arkansas will be making their third conference tournament appearance. Offensively, the Bears are led by third baseman Sam Forrest and catcher Jessie Taylor. Forrest hit .348 with 18 doubles and eight homeruns while driving in 42 runs, and Taylor led Central Arkansas with 10 homeruns and a UCA single-season record 49 RBI. In the circle, Southland Newcomer of the Year Kylee Studioso finished the regular season with a 16-11 record and 3.25 ERA. The junior held opponents to a .248 average while striking out 212 batters in 161.2 innings, a number which led the Southland Conference. Central Arkansas placed four Bears on the all-conference team including sophomore Sarah Bigej who garnered first-team honors and Forrest who notched a spot on the second-team at third base. Tickets on Sale NowAdult all-tournament tickets are available for $20 and $15 for youth. Tickets will also be available for each day of the tournament. A single-day pass is $10 and $8 for youth. To purchase tickets, contact the Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at 985-549-5466 or visit the university’s athletic tickets website at last_img read more

Central Arkansas defeats Abilene Christian, 66-60

first_imgThe Sugar Bears (8-5, 1-0) won their fourth consecutive game and their fourth straight Southland opener by holding the Wildcats (7-4, 0-1) below both their season field goal and 3-point percentages, keeping ACU to just 39.7 percent from the field and 25 percent from long range. ACU’s Alexis Mason and Whitney West, the Wildcats’ scoring leaders this season at a combined 27.1 points per game, were held to a combined 13 points on 5-of-23 shooting. ABILENE, Texas — In a battle of the Southland Conference’s top defense and top offense, defense won out on Sunday as Central Arkansas stifled the league’s highest-scoring offense – keeping Abilene Christian more than 17 points below its season average – en route to a 66-60 win on the road at Moody Coliseum in the conference opener for both teams.  Lizzy Dimba had 19 points to lead ACU, hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Coming into the game, she was 3-for-21 for the season. Sydney Shelstead had 15 points and 11 rebounds. “I’m very happy to start off conference with a win on the road,” said UCA head coach Sandra Rushing. “I thought we played extremely hard – maybe not always really smart, but we played very hard and fought and however we get it we’re happy to get a road win.” After a tightly contested first half that saw the Sugar Bears take a 29-28 lead into the locker room after a pair of Brianna Mullins free throws with five seconds left, UCA was able to break away in the second half – building a lead as large as 14 thanks in part to Maggie Proffitt’s offensive outburst as she scored 19 of her game-high 22 points after halftime. Junior guard Jameka Watkins, seeing her first action of the season after missing the first 12 games of the season due to a stress fracture, played 18 minutes and had a point, three rebounds, an assist and helped provide defensive pressure on the ACU perimeter threats. – Return to top –center_img UCA will now return home to play their next two games at the Farris Center, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 5:30 Tuesday and defending league champion Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. Thursday. Proffitt, the Southland’s leader in 3-pointers this season, knocked down three more on Sunday and was perfect in seven free throw attempts as she tied her season scoring high. Mullins, who had 25 points in last year’s win at ACU, continued her success against the Wildcats with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Brittany Agee had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in 17 minutes, Kendara Watts had 7 points and 7 rebounds, and Terai Sadler had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Conversely, the Sugar Bears were well above their season shooting percentages, connecting on 43.8 percent of their field goals (including 50 percent in the 2nd half), and 46.2 percent from 3-point range. The Sugar Bears also had a decided advantage at the free throw line, shooting 18 of 26 (69.2 percent) compared to just 7 of 13 (53.8) for ACU. Central Arkansas 66, Abilene Christian 60 Leading by one early in the second half, the Sugar Bears went on a 13-2 run – with Proffitt scoring eight of those points –to take a commanding 51-39 lead with 9:37 remaining. After going up by as many as 14 with 6:12 left, UCA maintained a double-digit lead until 2:38 left when Lizzy Dimba knocked down a 3 to cut the ACU deficit to 7. ACU would never draw any closer than four as the Wildcats were dealt their first home loss of the season after starting 5-0.last_img read more

Christianburg: Touted as being Linden’s first community

first_imgThe ancient community of Christianburg is prided as being the first settlement in Linden, situated in the captivating Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) area, with a rich history dating back to the early 1800s.Even before Linden, which now incorporates Wismar and Mackenzie got its name, there was Christianburg, and earlier settlers were said to be Dutch who initially settled down the Demerara River in a little community which they referred to as Arague.A view of the Katapulli creekThe churchThe old courthouse that was destroyed by fireThe waterwheelThe area now known as Christianburg was also said to be a vast sugar plantation nestled on the left bank of the Demerara River, now also referred to as the West Side. The picturesque area of Christianburg is officially known as the community’s first village, which was established during the Dutch inhabitancy.But the area was first referred to as Stabroek, until then Governor Christian Finnette settled there along with his wife, Burg. The area was actually renamed ‘Christianburg’ by Finnette who coined his first name along with that of his wife’s.There is much history and earlier beginnings in Christianburg, known by many today as the home of the famous waterwheel. In fact, Scottish Engineer John Dagleish Patterson, who had been invited to Guyana to establish and develop living quarters by the English, also settled at Christianburg back in 1803.Tasked with providing lumber for the construction of the huts and buildings, Patterson is said to have acquired the services of the earlier Dutch settlers, Amerindians and even slaves to work alongside his logging establishment.The difficulty of transporting logs in those days eventually led to Patterson’s establishment of the first sawmill at Christianburg, with the powerhouse being the waterwheel which generated hydro power from the nearby Katapulli Creek.These new developments had followed in the year 1855. In addition to generating power for the sawmill, the waterwheel was also a useful means of generating much needed electricity to the nearby huts and buildings under Patterson’s close-knit establishment.Patterson’s large house had also been constructed in proximity to the Demerara River, on that section of the river bank which would later be called Wismar. Years later the house which had become a popular landmark had also served as the Christianburg Magistrate,s Court, which was destroyed only a few years ago by fire.Being the first community to develop in the area, Christianburg was later referred to as a Seat of Government, containing a Police Headquarters, district emissary and dispensary. The Wismar area was later developed alongside Christianburg, followed by Mackenzie on the opposite shore.Christianburg todayThe Christianburg community today is very much alive with its rich history and remains a close-knit family-oriented area.A visit to the area would reveal that names of earlier settlers such as DeClou, Allicock and D’Anjou are still in existence. It is reportedly home to numerous centenarians, one such being Agatha Campbell, also known as “Mother Gathie” who lives at Stewart Path, Christianburg. Today, Mother Gathie stands strong at 104 years.Also to date, the famous waterwheel, although no longer in operation, remains one of the earliest landmarks in the Linden community. The Katapulli Creek is also one of the most pristine sites in the Christianburg community. As a matter of fact, as any Lindener would know, it is hard to talk about Christianburg without mentioning or sparing a thought of the Katapulli Creek.D’Anjou Alley, an area named after one of the earlier settlers, also to date remains. The quiet community now sports a recreational ground, health centre, cemetery, nursery and primary schools, with a few scattered family-oriented businesses. It also has an active Community Development Council (CDC). Gully like alleys are also a prominent feature of the community.On a sunny day, Christianburg with a majestic view of the Demerara River is the perfect spot for bird watching or quiet relaxation.As other communities later came on stream, including Mackenzie on the eastern shore of the Demerara River, Christianburg is known as the one which initially set the pace for numerous others to follow.last_img read more

Saddened at GECOM chairmanship fiasco

first_imgDear Editor,I was jolted into motion by the recent decision of the President to reject the second list of nominees for the GECOM chairmanship. I was genuinely saddened at this move, and now solidly believe our nation is being governed by a man seriously out of step with reason; who seems more interested in playing games with our nation’s future than on furthering the significant gains made by the last administration. Before I go any further, please allow me to say as deliberately as I can that this nation owes the Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, and he stands like a colossus among the pygmies in Government, who are bent only on playing their racist politics. I will remind him that “Great spirits generally find violent opposition from mediocrity”.When the PPP rose to power in 1992, I prayed that the PNC would never return to power in my lifetime; so you could imagine my chagrin and great disappointment when they foisted themselves on the Guyanese people after the elections of 2015. At that time, I told a few people to keep two words in mind: “colossal failure”, which was what the APNU/AFC Govt was going to be. And I felt this way because they (the PNC party) have not shed themselves of their propensity to thuggery and violence, and I’ve always seen their relationship to the truth, as characterized by the element of expedience. Their continuing vilification of the PPP, in spite of that party having delivered Guyana from the abyss, is disgraceful; and although I would forgive those who are too young to understand Guyana’s recent political history, I cannot fathom those bent on political revisionism and blatant intellectual dishonesty.Broadly speaking, the 28 years’ rule of the PNC was characterized by failure, whereas the 23 years stewardship of the PPP was one not only of success, but of a virtual rebirth in almost every sphere of Guyanese life; and for those who question this assertion, I would invite them to cast themselves back to 1992 and think of what our objective condition as a nation was at that time. Simply put, Guyana was virtually a hellhole. The PPP first had to stop the haemorrhaging in the economy, then begin the long process towards rebuilding every dilapidated sector; and this with one arm tied behind its back, since the PNC was always obstructionist, and ALWAYS chose to act more like a petulant child than to partner in development with the government of the day.I will urge the opposition and the international community to remain vigilant, in order to ensure there is no engineering of our electoral process; which will push the next general elections beyond 2020.Sincerely,Mark Agardlast_img read more

Sleep-In Hotel did not get a single unusual concession

first_imgDear Editor,I have seen the article headlined “MoU between PPP/C Government and Sleep-In secured Concessions Galore’ on October 13, 2017. The impression given is that the MoU offered more generous concessions than was the norm.I wish to state categorically that Sleep-In Hotel did not get a single concession that was not available for the type of investment it was making.The main aspect of that MoU was that the recipient of the concession had to   construct a hotel with not less than 150 rooms.The reason for this was stated many times before. It was part of our strategy in developing and promoting tourism.  Creating jobs for our people and diversifying our economy.Mr Clifton Bacchus has delivered on those conditions and is, therefore, entitled to the concessions. The Sleep-In Hotel employs a large number of Guyanese. It could do much more in employment and revenue generation if the APNU regime was more investor-friendly.I have spoken to Mr Clifton Bacchus, the owner of Sleep-In, and he assured me that all the materials used for construction of the hotel were made in Guyana; this includes furnishings, etc. In the process, he created jobs for hundreds of other Guyanese and created tax revenues in the millions for our treasury.I am proud that this investment began under my presidency. It holds out great benefits to our whole country.Some media houses would be serving a much better purpose if they encouraged investment instead of attempting to disparage them. Our country would advance further and faster.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Another delay tactic by a regime desperate to continue to wield power

first_imgDear Editor,I remember there was one House-to-House Registration period in my lifetime (before this one that is), during that period my older siblings were registered, neither of whom were at the age of majority, but when they became eligible to vote they were automatically placed on the voters’ list. Their story is similar to how I ended up on the voters’ list when I attained the age of majority, I was perhaps 15, I went to the GECOM office in my area, during a continuous registration period, and I got myself registered, NO, I was not on the voters’ list from 15. I took it upon myself to check the newspapers and see when I can get my ID card. Prior to the 2015 election, this was the first election I was eligible to vote in, I lost my ID card when my wallet was stolen, I went back to the GECOM office and got a replacement card, as a first-time voter, I ensured I was on the list, I wanted my voice to be heard, I did not want to disenfranchise.House-to-House Registration commenced last Saturday. There have been multiple elections without there being House-to-House Registration, including the one which the present Caretaker Government won. Using the current rhetoric being pushed, the coalition regime won with a bloated list?I am 22 years old, I am a young woman, I do not want to be disenfranchised; the women’s suffrage movement across the globe has ensured I have the right to vote despite class, education, finances or owning land. I am presently residing out of Guyana, we live in a globalised world, where people temporarily move to grow (whether it is to continue their education, attain valuable international work experience, or soul searching). I am against House-to-House Registration, simply because I will be removed from the voters’ list just because I am not home as I am a student studying away. I was born and raised in Guyana, I am a citizen of one country, that is Guyana. The process of House-to-House Registration will remove me along with so many others in my situation, which is a direct violation of our constitutional right under Article 59.What about the persons on vacation? The articles surfacing say this will take 90 days, what if someone decided to take an extended holiday? The last house to house, took well over a year.I see this as another delay tactic by a regime desperate to continue to wield power and have time to start initiatives to create the illusion that they care. This also further shows the hypocrisy of this regime, when Parliament was prorogued by then-President Ramotar, they (the present regime) talked about not upholding or abiding by the Constitution. This combined with all the broken promises; are these the real reasons behind House-to-House Registration?The CCJ ruling made clear we should have had elections within 90 days of the passing of the motion of no confidence, thus elections should have occurred since March.Regards,Nutana Singhlast_img read more

EBD NGSA toppers receive bursaries from Lions Club

first_imgFour students from along the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) who excelled at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) are the beneficiaries of bursary awards from the Central Demerara Lions Club.The organisation on Monday presented the students with the bursaries at its NewThe executives of the Central Demerara Lions Club with three of the four bursary beneficiariesProvidence, EBD den.The beneficiaries are Mickel Stephens of Peters Hall Primary and Nicole Naraine of Grove Primary, both of whom obtained 511 marks and were awarded spots at The Bishops’ High School. Celine Paul also of Peters Hall Primary and Ashley Ramjattan of Covent Garden Primary, both gained 507 marks and were awarded placements at the St Stanislaus College.The Central Demerara Lions Club has been recognising and awarding top performers for some 20 years and according to its President, Dwarka Singh, this year was no different.He explained that the bursary award has become one of the organisation’s signature projects; one that is aimed at fostering and building relations with the community especially youths.“These students are entering a new chapter in their lives and we just wanted to make a contribution to help them start this journey so that they can continue to excel in their academics,” Singh stated.last_img read more

Man shot to death in Abbotsford was set to stand trial in Dawson Creek next month

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Vancouver Sun is reporting that a man shot to dead at a home in Abbotsford on Friday was set to stand trial in Dawson Creek in just a few weeks.Police in Abbotsford found the body of Jaskarn Lally on Friday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. and early signs of the investigation show that he was shot multiple times at a house in the 3500-block of Chase Street in Abbotsford.Lallay was apparently scheduled to appear in court in Dawson Creek on April 24 for six weapon related offences from a shooting at a gravel pit back in 2015.- Advertisement -The article states that charges were filed after an investigation into the abduction of a 26-year-old man in Dawson Creek in February, 2015.The Vancouver Sun article states that according to a forfeiture claim, the abducted victim was taken to a gravel pit after being knocked out. He was then tied to a chair and shot in the legs. The victim managed to drag himself to a road nearby and ended up in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and broken bones.Lally and others were arrested at a traffic stop after the incident.Advertisement Lally was then arrested again after he was released on bail. When he was rearrested, he had been trying to break into a ‘stash’ house according to the article.Police say the shooting appears to be targeted and that Lally was known to police. They say he was also involved in gang activity.Original story by the Vancouver Sun: read more

Slain Southland soldier laid to rest in Arlington

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. – The final goodbye was hushed, intimate. Father knelt to the ground, left arm cradling a precisely folded American flag, forehead following right hand to touch the well-shined casket. Then mother and sister were beside him, hands locked together as they bent over to kiss the wood one last time. Only the song of a distant bird and the rustling of wind through the branches of a nearby maple tree were audible. After a week of public memorials in his hometown of Torrance, Cpl. Joseph Anzack Jr., 20, was buried Wednesday in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. All but family and military were kept at a distance during the somber graveside service, a full-honors funeral with a formal procession, Army honor guards, a 21-gun salute and a bugler playing taps. An American flag held taut by soldiers throughout the ceremony was at the end presented by Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, commanding officer of the 10th Mountain Division in which Anzack served, to mother Theresa Anzack. The two clenched hands tightly as Oates whispered his condolences before offering a second flag to father Joseph Anzack Sr. “I feel good that he’s finally in the ground. I feel good that he’s where he’s supposed to be,” Anzack Sr. said Wednesday afternoon after his son’s burial. “It was a good day,” added aunt Debbie Anzack, one of Joseph Sr.’s sisters. A storied site of history, tradition and honor, Arlington was officially designated a military cemetery in 1864. Some 300,000 people are now buried here, including former Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Taft and legendary civil-rights activist Medgar Evers. shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m honored that my son is buried here,” Anzack Sr. said later, both flags, now in triangular wooden cases, and his son’s many medals – the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and more – laid out before him on a hotel room’s dining table. “He earned it. “I believe he earned it big-time, above and beyond the call of duty, the works.” On May 23, the body of gunner Pfc. Anzack was found floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad with bullet wounds to his head and chest. He had been missing 11 days, since his patrol was ambushed May 12, leaving four soldiers dead, and Anzack and two others unaccounted for. An al-Qaida-affiliated group claimed responsibility for the attack and the abductions. A search is ongoing for Pvt. Byron Fouty and Spc. Alex Jimenez. Anzack, who received a posthumous promotion to the rank of corporal, came home to Torrance last week, his body met by his family, military officials and area law enforcement in a solemn hero’s welcome at Los Angeles International Airport. A private family memorial was followed the next two days by an all-day public visitation at a local mortuary and a massive tribute at his alma mater, South High School. last_img read more

Whittier QB questionable

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Noon Whittier High School quarterback Alec Campos’ participation in tonight’s nonleague finale against host Whittier Christian is questionable as he recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in last week’s 26-13 victory over Katella. The host Heralds also will be missing players. Linebacker Jake Butler is questionable, although this week he received a release to play after having his cast for a minor elbow fracture removed. Wide receiver /defensive back Alexs Schwerdt is out with a broken collar bone.last_img read more