What a Week in Natchitoches: Hooks leads LU in first tournament, walks stage

first_img“Well, I wish I wasn’t talking about it because I would have chosen to be coaching but walking across that stage is just the exclamation mark on something I thought I would never do,” remarked Hooks. “I wanted to miss graduation! My mind was locked in on softball and getting this team ready to make a run. This week wasn’t about me and what I accomplished, it was about our team and what we wanted to accomplish.” Lamar University’s head softball coach Amy Hooks accomplished that feat this season. Hired on in June to lead the Cardinals, Hooks was one year away from completing her master’s degree from Northwestern State University. In her first year as the Cardinals head coach, Hooks led LU back to the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time since 2017. The SLC Tournament was set for May 7-10 at, you guessed it, Northwestern State. “It was a special feeling. I spent countless hours on that field coaching, field prepping, winning, losing, and that community is like family,” stated Hooks. “Taking a job in the same conference, I knew I would be back and have to coach against them.” The Cardinals went into the SLC Tournament as the seventh seed in the SLC Tournament and opened SLC play against the sixth seed Northwestern State, the school Coach Hooks came from and was an assistant at for six seasons prior to coming to Lamar. “It was awesome! Getting the opportunity to at least coach this group for one more game was special,” remarked Hooks. “They worked extremely hard to earn a trip to the postseason and I was proud to be their coach.”center_img Playing in the second game of the SLC Tournament, a single-elimination game, the Cardinals came up short as they were defeated by Northwestern State, 4-0, ending the Cardinals season. LU finished the season with a 23-34 record. Graduation for Hooks was set for Friday, May 10. The SLC Tournament Championship was set for Friday, May 10. If Hooks guided the Cardinals to the Championship game, she would have to make a choice, to walk for graduation or coach the Cardinals. “It was not easy by any means. I moved to a new city and I had to learn a new team, university and administration all on top of grad school which I was starting my internship portion,” remarked head coach Amy Hooks. “Our SWA Helene (Thill) was kind enough to be my mentor and allow me to do my internship with her. I wanted to make sure I gave everything I had to learn my team and getting them ready. So, there were a lot of late nights doing school work and early mornings preparing for softball.” Story by Travis Rae, Lamar Assistant Director of Media RelationsBEAUMONT, Texas – Being a first-time head coach is tough. Being a first-year head coach, completing your master’s degree and leading your team to the conference tournament, is even harder.last_img read more

“Playing behind closed doors is a sign that you are only looking for money”

first_imgPietrangeli, top-of-the-line gamers in Italian tennis, to whom a observe from the Foro Italico membership was devoted, expressed his disappointment that the emergence of the coronavirus has led to the postponement of the Roman Masters 1000.“So what The group had written to inform me that it will have been me to crown the winner, “stated the Italian., who in his profession was additionally a semifinalist at Wimbledon within the 12 months of his second Roland Garros.He additionally commented negatively on the choice of enjoying tennis tournaments behind closed doors: “Taking part in a match, like the US Open, behind closed doors can be a sign that you are only looking for cash.” Former Italian participant Nicola Pietrangeli, double champion of Roland Garros (1959 and 1960) and of the match in Rome (1957 and 1961), assured that he would reasonably “lose a 12 months than play far” from the Italian capital, commenting on the chance that this 12 months’s version will probably be performed in Milan or Turin.“I’d reasonably lose a 12 months than play away from Rome. Leo who thinks of Milan or Turin on the indoor courtroom, however to take a match of this dimension, with so many gamers, it will take an set up with ten or twelve courts, “Pietrangeli stated in an interview with the Italian newspaper” Corriere della Sera “.last_img read more

Jaguars hammer dismal Red Force

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC): There was little festive cheer for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force as they crashed to their second straight defeat and third in four outings in the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday. In yet another dismal showing, the visitors went down by 10 wickets to two-time reigning champions, Guyana Jaguars in the fifth-round encounter at the National Stadium here, a defeat which effectively left their campaign in crisis. Red Force entered the contest – the final one before the Christmas break – rock bottom and will remain last in the six-team standings after managing 3.2 points to move to 35.6. Jaguars, meanwhile, collected 20.6 points to move to 67.4 points, clinching their first victory since the opening round when they crushed Jamaica Scorpions. Resuming the final day on 96 for two with a big task of saving the game, Red Force were dismissed for 235 in their second innings. Opener Kyle Hope, unbeaten on 20 overnight, made 40 while Jason Mohammed got 36, captain Yannick Ottley, 31, and Yannic Cariah, 27. Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was once again at the heart of the attack, claiming five for 53 to end with match figures of nine for 93, while fast bowler Keon Joseph (2-38) and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (2-92) finished with two wickets apiece. Set 20 for victory, Jaguars needed only 16 deliveries to get home, with Shimron Hetmyer stroking an unbeaten 17 from 15 balls with two fours and a six. Still requiring a further 120 runs at the start of the day to make Jaguars bat again, Red Force were in early trouble when they lost nightwatchman Khary Pierre (5) in the fifth over of the day at 112 for three. Hope and Mohammed then added 35 to repair the damage, raising hopes of Red Force getting something from the game. While Hope faced 185 balls and struck three fours and a six, Mohammed counted four fours and a six in a fluent 66-ball knock. Hope was eventually caught, hooking at Joseph at 147 for four to leave Red Force on 151 for four at the interval. Unbeaten on 26 at lunch, Mohammed perished following a delayed resumption because of rain, caught at the wicket off left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer. Stuttering again at 169 for five, Cariah and Ottley made a last ditch effort to rescue the game in a stand of 39 for the sixth wicket. However, once Cariah was lbw to Permaul, Red Force lost their last five wickets for 27 runs. RED FORCE DISMISSEDlast_img read more

LICPA, Stella Maris Partner to Enhance Accounting Education

first_imgSMP president Mary Laurene Browne, and LICPA president Victor S. Tanwone, Sr. exchange copies of the MOU upon signing.The Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA) and Stella Maris Polytechnic (SMP) have signed what is being described as a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that seeks to raise the standard of the accounting profession in Liberia through the infusion of robust, efficient, standardized and up-to-date accounting education with the help of world-class instructional materials and staff.This initiative, according to the MOU, will not only help to bring sanity to the profession through discipline and professionalism, but it will also increase the number of competent accountants—and the likelihood of bringing to an end the importation of certified accountants in the country by international NGOs and other development partners.The objectives, as enshrined in the MOU will be accomplished by way of the LICPA’s Syllabi Integration Program (SIP), under which, as the name indicates, the syllabi of the Institute’s two (2) professional accounting credential programs will be suitably integrated into the accounting curriculum of the Polytechnic.The agreement was sealed on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, on the St. Joseph Campus of the Polytechnic in Monrovia. LICPA president Victor S. Tanwone, Sr., signed for the Institute, while SMP president, Sister Mary Laurene Browne, signed for the school.The LICPA president, in a brief remark, said: “The intent of the MOU is to enable the Institute to assist the Polytechnic in raising accounting education at the school to a world-class standard.”Describing the signing of the MOU as a historic moment “for us all, especially for the accounting profession in our country,” Mr. Tanwone expressed dismay over the manner in which students are taught the accounting profession in the country, noting that there has to be a paradigm shift.“We have noticed that the accounting curricula in the country are very weak. So as per our mandate, we started to engage the various universities. We want to say thanks to SMP for being the pilot. They have always been at the head of the queue,” he said. “This initiative started in 2013 when they embraced the program to sign an MOU with us but the EVD outbreak disrupted the process, thereby leading us back to the drawing board.”The LICPA president disclosed that the program is being used as an exit exam for SMP students. “What I mean is that when they should have completed their academic programs here, they will be required to pass the ASWA examination as a criterion for graduation,” he noted. This is a very good approach because it strengthens their competence, he also said.Stakeholders including Stella Maris Polytechnic and LICPA leadership at the MOU signing ceremonyThe LICPA’s foundation program is referred to as the Accounting Technicians Scheme, West Africa (ATSWA), which is organized and uniformly administered by the five (5) English speaking member institutes of the Association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa (ABWA), headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.ABWA itself is the umbrella of the Professional Accounting Organization (PAO) of the national PAOs of the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).On that basis, ATSWA examinations are uniformly administered (same exams, same day and exactly the same starting and completion time), east to west, in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.Mr. Tanwone expressed regret that Liberian students are not on par with their regional counterparts. “When you look around in the region, Ghana, Nigeria and others, students coming out of the universities and those completing the ATSWA exams have that technical competence that automatically qualifies them for the job market unlike Liberia.“Like some of us in the public sector, when our students come from the universities and into the working system, you find out that they are very weak in terms of the actual accounting practice. What baffles me is that how come a student comes from the university with a degree but cannot post a single entry?”It is against this backdrop that the LICPA, he said, is collaborating with SMP “so that we improve the accounting education in our country. We will make the instructors available and also provide instructional materials as well as other technical support.”Mr. Tanwone indicated that the vision of the LICPA is to see more competent Liberians on the job market, both nationally and internationally, in the next few years. He hoped other universities will follow suit.He added that the MOU will ensure that accounting education at the Polytechnic will be in line with the relevant accounting education standards issued by the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB). The IAESB is one of four (4) independent standard-setting boards of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), which is the highest Professional Accounting Organization (PAO) in the world.Upon signing the documents, SMP’s president Sister Mary Laurene expressed gratitude to the Institute for the partnership.“We are very grateful for this partnership. Anything that enhances our students [with] more confidence as future professionals make us very happy to embrace. And the idea of Liberian students being to external exams that will help boost their confidence and skills we will wholeheartedly welcome,” she said.The overriding objectives of the program are twofold. Firstly, for those who come under the SIP, starting the second semester of academic year 2018/2019 and going forward, an accounting major at the Polytechnic, who is covered by the SIP, shall be required to qualify to be credentialed as a Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) by the time the student completes junior year courses at the Polytechnic.Secondly, successful students have a chance to additionally qualify and be credentialed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by the time of graduation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Patterson meets officials to remedy delayed road works in NA

first_imgIn light of complaints of unnecessary downtime received from residents of New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson led a team to the town on Wednesday to review ongoing road works being executed there.Accompanying the Minister were Permanent Secretary, Kenneth Jordan; and Coordinator/Chief Works Officer of the Work Services Group, Geoffrey Vaughn.After arriving in the Ancient County early Wednesday morning, Minister PattersonStalled works on one of the roads in New Amsterdamturned up to inspect the progress of works being undertaken by his Ministry on Main and Republic Streets in New Amsterdam. The visit came on the heels of reports to the Ministry of slothfulness in the execution of the project, which has caused inconveniences to the residents of the community.During the visit, Minister Patterson met with a number of officials including the Ministry’s Regional Engineer for Region Six; the contractor, Associated Contractor Company; and a representative from the Community Oversight Committee to ascertain the reasons behind the delay and determine the way forward.Following discussions, a number of solutions were determined, including the reopening of one lane of the road to vehicular traffic to reduce the level of inconvenience experienced by the residents. Nonetheless, it was emphasised that all necessary steps, such as the testing of materials, must be taken to ensure that the work will stand the test of time, despite the delays these steps may cause.“We don’t want to do something that’s just fast; we want to do something that is correct,” Minister Patterson stressed. He also emphasised that any internal conflicts must be put aside since the residents were ultimately the ones being affected.The works, which include scarification, asphalting, and deep patching of failed sections, are now expected to conclude by mid-December.Works have also been stalled on Republic Street and the visit to this site saw Minister Patterson urging remobilisation of the contractor to ensure that the project progresses as planned. “These are main streets in New Amsterdam and residents should not have to go through this; we cannot do this to people,” Patterson pointed out to the engineer. Meanwhile, the team from the Ministry also visited the East Bank Berbice road, the second such trip to the project in recent months.Just three weeks ago, Patterson led a team to the project site for a first-hand look at the progress of works to date. He also met with officials from Berbice to discuss infrastructural works being undertaken in the region.last_img read more

Broomes to be removed if conflict of interest arises – President

first_img…information confirms Broomes applied for and was grantedmining permit while at Natural Resources MinistryPresident David Granger on Thursday rejected calls for Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes to be transferred out of that Ministry, as conflict of interest concerns continue to rage over her current oversight of the mining sector, even as her children take over ownership of her mining operations.There have been calls from several anticorruption and transparency advocates for the minister to be reassigned to another ministry after information surfaced that a Simona Broomes was recently granted a new mining permit.But the minister quickly rejected those claims, noting that it was her daughter, also named Simona Broomes, who was named in those documents.Commenting on the issue on Thursday, during the taping of his weekly telecast, The Public Interest, President Granger said Broomes will remain in her post until such time as there is a confirmed case of conflict of interest.“We have a draft code of conduct and if any situation were to arise, I’m very confident that she’d either be put in another place or she would demit office but that situation hasn’t arisen at the present time,” the Head of State remarked in response to the calls for Broomes’s removal.In fact, the President pointed out that the functions that the Junior Natural Resources Minister performs within the Ministry do not necessarily come into conflict with the fact that her children owning mining properties.Granger went on to explain that when the matter was brought up, actions were taken by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman to investigate the issue.“Minister of Natural Resources is an experienced attorney and I’ve asked him for his views and I would be guided by his advice, but presently I do not see that there is any need to remove her,” the Head of State posited.Minister Broomes applied and Granted PermitBut, while the president has said he awaits a clear case of conflict of Interest involving the Minister, Guyana Times was able to obtain a copy of an ‘application for permission to operate dredge or specified machinery’ dated March 4, 2016, in the name of Simona Broomes. The document contained National Identification (ID) Number 11383803.Upon investigations this publication was able to confirm that the ID number is that of Simona Judie Broomes, the full name of the Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, contradicting what Broomes had earlier said, that it was her daughter who was named in those documents.Independent analysts are now challenging the president to match his words with action in face of this evidence which has emerged.“If the President says he wants evidence and if the evidence is now available, it will be interesting to see what action he will take, because if indeed the minister applied for a permit and was granted that permit while holding political office, then it is clearly a conflict of interest. So let’s wait and see if the President will match words with action,” one analyst told this publication.Only recently, newly-appointed president of the local corruption watchdog, Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI), Troy Thomas said the entire situation was embarrassing, and supported calls for the minister to be transferred to another ministry.“(Government) might argue that she has expertise in that area, but I am not sure I will buy that, because ultimately she is working in that area and Guyana is a small country and the contacts with officials will be very close, so I think it does create a conflict of interest from a personal standpoint,” Thomas stated during a recent interview with this newspaper.The TIGI President added that he supported the position that the minister should be reassigned to another ministry, which could significantly reduce the accusations of conflict of interest.“It might indeed be better if she has to be a minister, to go somewhere else, because no matter how you turn, it doesn’t look good,” he opined.Similar calls were also made by political commentators Dr Henry Jeffery and Raymond Gaskin.But, Minister Broomes dismissed the allegations levelled against her as part of a “deliberate attempt to besmirch” her character and that of her children.The minister, who spent some 28 years as a miner, further stated that while her children continue to operate in the mining sector, there is no preferential treatment as her children are “towing the line.”Minister Broomes boasted that prior to becoming a minister, she maintained a spotless character and it is her intention to continue to maintain that character and leave a legacy of transparency and accountability.“It is not an easy task but I have committed. I am one of the female ministers that will stand tall and I will not buckle,” she said.Junior Natural Resources MinisterSimona BroomesPresident David Grangerlast_img read more

Lakers get Knicked in return to Staples

first_imgLakers coach Phil Jackson had warned his players that they couldn’t fall back on their 19-6 home record. The Lakers, however, now have lost three consecutive home games, dating back to games against Charlotte and San Antonio before the eight-game trip. The Lakers had a chance to win on the final possession but couldn’t get the ball to Bryant. Odom inbounded to Ronny Turiaf and got the ball back but wound up changing directions and missing an 18-footer over David Lee on a move to his left. Prior to that, Curry finished an alley-oop dunk with 7.1 seconds left off a Crawford pass. The Knicks were able to keep possession after Richardson missed a 3-pointer as Lee grabbed an offensive rebound and passed it back outside to Crawford, who fed Curry. Odom went scoreless in the first half and finished with 12points, 10 rebounds and four assists. The Lakers took a 104-103 lead as Bryant drove into a crowd of Knicks and was fouled by Richardson. Bryant made both free throws. LOS ANGELES – So much for the Lakers returning to Staples Center and the comforts of home after their two-week road trip. So much for things being different against the New York Knicks with Kobe Bryant on the court instead of serving a suspension. The end result Tuesday night was another crushing late-game loss for the Lakers. They returned home only to fall 107-106 to the Knicks, extending their season-long losing streak to four games. It was a victory that had Knicks fan Spike Lee running down the courtside seats to celebrate in front of Lakers fan Denzel Washington. The difference was an Eddy Curry alley-oop dunk and a Lamar Odom missed jumper in the last 10 seconds. Bryant finished with 31 points while the Knicks got 24 from Curry and 19 each from Quentin Richardson and Jamal Crawford. They made the plays late and the Lakers dropped another game to a team with a losing record. center_img Curry bowled over Smush Parker for a basket at the other end but Bryant drilled a jumper to push the Lakers in front 106-105 with 29.9 seconds to play. That set up the game’s fateful possession, the alley-oop from Crawford to Curry. for the first time since Jan. 28, with 59.5 seconds remaining 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

Goan Gymkhana to host Nairobi Chapa Dimba

first_img“We expect tough matches with a crop of new teams emerging. We have seen a lot of potential in the county and expect to get great players into the Spanish training camp, where they will get certified La Liga coaches to advice and sharpen their skills,” Maurice Omondi, Chapa Dimba Coordinator – Nairobi Region, said.The boys’ semis will have Starehe’s South B United take on Uweza FC from Langata while Bright Star Academy from Kasarani will face Jericho All-star from Makadara.Dagoretti Mixed school will play Langata’s Carolina For Kibera FC as Acakoro Ladies from Kasarani square it out with County Queens from Makadara in the girls’ semi-finals.The winners will walk away with Sh200,000 each and chance to represent the region in the national finals set for June where Sh1m is at stake. Runners-up will also pocket Sh100,000 each among other individualized prizes.164 teams participated in the entire Nairobi Region qualifier games of the tournament that aims at scouting for grassroot football talent and propelling gifted players into the national teams.This year an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two Gor Mahia Youth FC players (from Left) Otieno Selassie and Chris Alpher celebrate after scoring a goal during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba at Kakamega HighNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 26 – Nairobi region will host the final leg of the 2019 Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom this weekend at the Goan Gymkhana Grounds in Pangani.Reigning Champions Gor Mahia Youth and Beijing Raiders were eliminated at the group stages setting the stage for new winners to be crowned.last_img read more

Three family members die in crash

first_img susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – A woman and her parents were killed in a fiery crash on the Golden State Freeway after making funeral arrangements for her grandfather, officials said Tuesday. Sunny Nguyen, 48, of Canoga Park, and two unidentified women believed to be his wife and daughter died late Monday when the Honda Civic they were in caught fire after a multi-vehicle crash, said Michelle Esposito, spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol’s Newhall station. Nguyen and the two women had left Lancaster after making funeral arrangements for his father, who had died Sunday of a heart attack, Esposito said. Nguyen was following another relative’s car on the southbound Golden State Freeway. He mistakenly turned onto the on-ramp of the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway and changed his mind, cutting across the transitional road at a slower speed, Esposito said. That’s when a Ford Thunderbird rear-ended the Honda. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Debris from that collision flew onto another lane, causing a Dodge Ram pickup truck to swerve and hit the Honda, which then caught on fire. Authorities believe a total of six vehicles were involved in the crash. “The two occupants of the T-bird fled on foot and we’re still attempting to apprehend them,” Esposito said. Esposito said the collision, while particularly tragic, casts a light on a trend among motorists. “You see it all the time,” she said. “People aren’t familiar with the area and they cut across the transitional lane and it’s too late.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 last_img read more