Central Arkansas is picked to finish fourth with 202 points while Houston Baptist rounds out the top five with 185 points. Lamar (172), New Orleans (168), Stephen F. Austin (144), Nicholls (122), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (92) and Northwestern State (74) were voted sixth through 11th while Abilene Christian and UIW (40) are tied for 12th. The 2018 season begins Friday, Feb. 16 with 13 games, starting when Houston Baptist welcomes Western Michigan at 2 p.m. CT. Southeastern Louisiana earned seven first-place votes and just 21 total points behind Sam Houston State with 261. The Lions finished second in the regular season in 2017 with a 20-10 Southland record. After bowing out in the second round of the Southland tournament, they went on to earn the No. 2 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional, defeating Conference USA champion Rice in the opening matchup. 6.Lamar172 T12.Abilene Christian40 3.McNeese (1)246 After finishing third in the regular season in 2017 with a 19-11 conference record, Sam Houston won four straight in the Southland tournament, winning its second-straight title and fifth NCAA Regional berth in the last six seasons. The team went on to win four games, including three straight out of the consolation bracket, to win the Lubbock Regional and become the first Southland baseball program to advance to the Super Regional. T12.UIW40 Southland preseason polls are voted on by each program’s head coach and sports information director. Individuals rank the conference’s other 12 teams in predicted order of regular season finish, with first-place votes worth 12 points, second-place votes worth 11 points and so on to one point for 12th place. 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Preseason Poll Pl.School (First-place votes)Total 8.Stephen F. Austin144 2.Southeastern Louisiana (7)261 Sam Houston enters the 2018 season with a conference-best four preseason all-conference selections. 5.Houston Baptist185 FRISCO, Texas – Defending Southland Conference tournament champion Sam Houston State is favored to win the 2018 regular season as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The Bearkats earned 18 first-place votes to top the preseason poll, the league announced Thursday. 9.Nicholls122 1.Sam Houston State (18)282 Southeastern begins the season with three preseason all-conference first team members, headlined by senior third baseman Taylor Schwaner. The reigning Southland Player of the Year notched a .330 batting average last year against league foes in 112 at-bats, including 41 RBIs and nine home runs with a .670 slugging percentage. 7.New Orleans168 4.Central Arkansas202 Defending regular season champion McNeese earned one first-place vote and 246 total points to rank third in the preseason poll. The Cowboys capped the regular season with a 37-20 overall record (22-8 Southland) and return with the reigning Southland Hitter of the Year Shane Selman. The Lake Charles, La., native hit .362 last season against conference opponents in 127 at-bats, tallying 10 home runs. 11.Northwestern State74 10.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi92
Donovan Bailey, the Canadian who produced a world record to win the 100 metres at the 1996 Olympics, wants to cleanse the all-time track and field performance list of drug-tainted marks.In an interview earlier this week, Bailey believes a reset of world records in athletics would do a world of good.According to the retired sprinter, a cleanse by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) would help fans focus on wonderful athletes like Olympic champions Usain Bolt of Jamaica and South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk.”I think the IAAF has to do something to ensure that doping is not the first thing you speak of,” he begun in an interview posted on www.insidethegames.biz.”I think for one you should press reset and get rid of all the records which were on the books if there has been a doping issue,” he recommended.His suggestion might also affect records and medals accumulated by East German athletes in the 1980s and 1990s.Documents released from that country after the unification of Germany confirmed the activity of a state-organised doping programme for its track and field athletes.”If there is a doping charge,” he explained, “you erase it – it becomes very simple – so we can talk about amazing positive things because there is so much to talk about, like Wayde van Niekerk and Usain Bolt.”Olympic GamesBolt famously did the 100 and 200 metre double for the third time in a row at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the same Games, van Niekerk smashed the 400 metre world record with a fine run of 43.03 seconds from the outermost lane.Bailey, who ran a world record of 9.84 second to win his Olympic gold 20 years ago, also agrees with the ban of Russian athletes from Rio.”My stance would be any country that has been accused of and found guilty of statewide doping,” he asserted, “all the athletes would be banned.”He believes it is unfair for clean athletes to lose medals, prize money and sponsorship to users of illegal performance enhancers.”It is a terrible thing to do,” the 48-year-old Canadian lamented, “because most athletes are clean and believe in the power of clean sport.”He was interviewed in Monaco at last week’s SPORTELMonaco sports marketing and media convention in Monte Carlo.
Dear Editor,In a recent interview with Guyana Times (March 26, 2017), the Alliance For Change (AFC) General Secretary, Marlon Williams, boasts about Guyana being a “beautiful” democracy. But there is nothing democratically beautiful about removing independent voices from the State-owned newspaper. And Williams cannot not know of the direct and indirect role AFC leaders played in removing me and Lincoln Lewis from the Chronicle.We are now reliably informed that a senior AFC Minister has over time been raising at Cabinet the issue of Hinds and Lewis’ columns. It was that same Minister who gave the instructions to the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) to axe the columnists. To add insult to injury, two top AFC members, Sherod Duncan and Geeta Chandan-Edmond voted at the Board level to rubber stamp the decision, citing the legal right of the Editor-in-Chief to make the decision. Whether Duncan and Chandan-Edmond knew they were rubberstamping a political decision is not known, but it would take a lot of convincing to assure me that they did not know. I hereby challenge the AFC to deny this version of events.The Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector. He is a journalist by profession, but we have not heard a single word from him on this matter. The AFC, as a party, has not said a single word. The AFC has from time to time hinted that it is being shortchanged by the A Partnership for National Unity within the Government. It is hypocritical to complain of being bullied when you engage in similar behaviour in areas where you exercise authority. This was the same party that famously warned me that I should be thankful to it for the freedom it allowed me and one of its leaders– Freddie Kissoon – accused me of wanting to return the PPP to power.Days before receiving the letter from the Editor-in Chief, I had been tipped off that the column would be discontinued and who were behind the move. I learnt that the EIC was tortured by the situation, but he had no choice in the matter. Armed with that information, I wrote to him asking for an explanation regarding the non-publication of the column for two consecutive weeks. It was then that he sent the letter informing me of the decision. We now know that he did so without the knowledge of the Board.What should be known is that in addition to my column, I have written scores of editorials for the newspaper; most of them complimentary to the Government. That they dispensed with the column while wanting to retain my services as an editorial writer speaks volumes about the mindset – they cannot stand my criticisms but are comfortable with my writings that sanitise them.I always knew that my independent stances were causing concern among Government Ministers – some of them have told me directly. I often wondered why they are so uneasy about self-critique. What is it about us that we cannot deal sensibly with dissent. Despite, the uneasiness, I remained at the Chronicle as a matter of principle. I took the position that they must shove me out and prove to Guyana who they really are. And true to the tradition of Guyanese leadership culture, they have done just that. What a shame!The People’s National Congress section is being blamed for what was executed by the AFC. But the public utterings of the party’s General Secretary suggest that they have no problem with the action – a case of the AFC doing the dirty job for them. One must ask if a Government is prepared to encourage that kind of behaviour towards a coalition member, how would they behave towards presumed enemies? There is something very ugly about government leaders stifling free expression and still preach about the beauty of democracy.For me, my lifelong struggle for a better Guyana continues. My voice will not be silenced. I will continue to speak back to power and the powerful and challenge them to do better. I am determined that this Government must break the cycle of authoritarian governance. In this regard, I am inspired by the words of our national poetic voice and conscience, Martin Carter:No I will not still my voice/I have too much to claim …And soif you see melooking at your handslistening when you speakmarching in your ranksyou must knowI do not sleep to dream,but dream to change the world.Sincerely,David Hinds
…Opposition Leader says entire bonus handled improperlyGovernment has brushed aside allegations that it possibly spent or transferred a US$18 million signing bonus it received from ExxonMobil, claiming that there is nothing sinister about this move.While Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman did not confirm nor deny allegations that the signing bonus might have been transferred from a private account at the Central Bank, or spent, the Minister did reiterate that the monies were put aside to deal with a specific matter.“The Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) has been speaking to Cabinet about this over a year and how it is going to be disbursed. Once we (Guyana) qualifiedOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeofor our appearance at the World Court which was the 30th of January I believe, then that triggered some release of the funds. There is nothing untoward or sinister about it,” referring to the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.Guyanese Economist Ramon Gaskin on Monday in a letter sent to the local media called on the Government to explain to the Guyanese people the circumstances which led to the bonus being spent unlawfully and without the approval of the National Assembly.Gaskin wrote, “The Bank of Guyana has published the list of 128 Government Account Balances at the end of January 2018 in excess of 36 billion Guyana dollars.” Gaskin said “the US$18M ‘Signing Bonus’ received by Guyana and allegedly placed in the account is not listed”.“I conclude subject to correction by the Minister of Finance that the monies if indeed placed there have been removed or withdrawn or spent without the authorisation of the Parliament as required by Article 217 of the Constitution of Guyana,” Gaskin said in the letter.He, therefore, called on “the Minister of Finance to immediately disclose precisely where exactly the money is, how much has been spent from it, and for what purpose, and what is the present balance in the account if, at all, there is any.”Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanGaskin said he was prepared to address the media on the matter once his findings were published as he was reliably informed that the monies might have been spent. Commenting on the issue, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said he is still upset with the manner in which the Government dealt with this matter, since the money was kept secret until it was brought to the public’s attention through the media.“I think the way they treated the US$18 million knowing that it was illegally kept out of all Government accounts, so it could not be audited, once it is not formally in Government accounts. Then the Auditor General would not be able to audit it. That it was parked in that way, to be stolen. So while parts of it may be used to pay a lawyer etcetera, we would have seen inflated bills and a whole range of other issues… expenditure that would have used up all the money and it would have gone into people’s accounts.” The existence of the oil bonus and the renegotiated oil agreement with the company was kept a secret until evidence of the transaction was leaked in December 2017. After mounting criticism, President David Granger defended the transaction by saying it was the thing to do at the time.Government subsequently defended its move not to deposit the singing bonus into the Consolidated Fund, saying it was holding the money to pay legal fees for Guyana should it have to take its border case with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Government’s decision to deposit the signing bonus received from ExxonMobil into a private account is being challenged by Opposition Member of Parliament, Anil Nandlall. Nandlall is contending that Government is in “breach of and contrary to, the letter and spirit of Article 216 of the Constitution of the Republic of Guyana and Section 38 (1) of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, Chapter 73:02.”At the last hearing on March 13, 2018, timelines were given for the parties to file the requisite documents. Nandlall had to file an affidavit in reply on or before March 26. Thereafter, the applicant has to file the submissions before April 20 and the respondents have to file their submissions before May 11.The matter was adjourned to June 14 for hearing or ruling.
Overseas-based Guyanese Ravindra Bufhraj, also called “Rick,” of Lot X 7 Amla Avenue, Prashad Nagar, Georgetown, reportedly drowned on Sunday, July 15, while jet-skiing in the Demerara River in the vicinity of Coverden, East Bank Demerara.The 46-year-old had reportedly arrived in Guyana with his wife and daughter on July 7, and a family outing was subsequently planned to Santa Mission, Kamuni River, Region Three.This family, along with relatives, travelled to Jettoo’s Sawmill wharf at Block ‘Y’ Coverden, EBD on Sunday, where they joined a speed boat which took them to an Amerindian reservation. They reportedly returned at about 17:00h.Wanting some more fun, Bufhraj and a friend mounted a jet-ski and went for a ride in the Demerara River. Bufhraj reportedly lost control of the jet-ski a short while after, resulting in both men falling into the Demerara River. Upon realising what had taken place, several persons rushed to their rescue with a boat. Unfortunately, only the friend was rescued, there was no sign of the overseas-based Bufhraj.Panting for breath, the rescued man was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, while a search was launched to find the missing Bufhraj. After several hours of looking, the search party came up empty-handed.The search continued on Monday, but up to late that evening, the body was yet to be recovered.
Bagotville fatal accidentD Division Commander Edmond Cooper has confirmed that 20-year-old Trevon Callender who was injured in the recent accident at Bagotville, West Bank Demerara (WBD) remains hospitalised in a serious condition.Dead: Dan BatsonCallender was the pillion rider on 18-year-old Dan Batson’s motorcycle which collided with a motorcar head-on resulting in the two being flung into the air on the Bagotville Public Road just outside Batson’s home on Wednesday evening. Batson was said to be turning into his residence.Batson lost his life while Callender was pitched into a nearby trench and rushed to the hospital in a critical condition. According to reports, the duo was proceeding on motorcycle CJ 2217 without headlamps at about 20:30h when they collided with the car HC 3870. The driver of the car has been identified as a 24-year-old Sisters Village, WBD resident who was reported to be a known speedster. A breathalyser test conducted on him reportedly showed no trace of alcohol.When Police had taken the driver the retrace his recollection of what transpired, drama unfolded as several of Batson’s relatives gathered, some of whom witnessed the accident and demanded that Police conduct a “proper investigation”. Batson’s 17-year-old cousin was identified as the principal eyewitness.
… appointments reek of political biasness – NandlallPresident David Granger has announced the appointment of several judges andAttorney Vidyanand Persaudlawyers as Senior Counsel (SC). This is the first time in some 20 years such appointments have been made.The announcement was made in a statement issued by the Ministry of the Presidency on Saturday morning. According to the release, the appointments will be effective from January 1, 2017, and were made taking into account the exemplary experience, erudition, excellence and diligence in the practice of theAttorney Neil Bostonlaw.The newly appointed Senior Counsel are: Neil Aubrey Boston, a trial lawyer for over 34 years; Charles John Ethelwood Fung-A-Fat, a Parliamentary Counsel and Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel for over 33 years; and Justice Alison Roxane McLean George-Wiltshire, who was admitted to the bar in 1990 and served as a Senior State Counsel, Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution and DirectorDeputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel Charles Fung-A-Fatof Public Prosecution.Also named Senior Counsel was Clifton Mortimer Llewelyn John, who was admitted in 1952 first as a solicitor and then as a barrister; and Rafiq Turhan Khan, admitted to the Bar in November 1984, appointed for his service as an advocate, member and Co-Chairman of the Legal Practitioners Committee.Additionally, Vidyanand Persaud, called to the Bar in London in JulyRegistrar of Lands Rosalie Robertson1976 and admitted to the Bar in Guyana the same year, was appointed for his service as an arbitrator in disputes and in private practice for 40 years; and Rosalie Robertson, a Legal Advisor and Corporate Secretary for 33 years as wellas Registrar of Lands.Justice Claudette Singh, called to the Bar in London in 1973 and admitted to the Bar in Guyana in 1976, was made SC for her service as the Deputy Solicitor General and as a Puisne Judge as well as a Justice of Appeal. She was also appointed for her leadership in spearheading the Modernisation of the JusticeJustice Roxanne George-WiltshireReform Project, and as the Guyana Police Force’s Legal Advisor.The ninth person to be appointed Senior Counsel by President Granger is AttorneyGeneral and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, who has over 33 years of law practice in both criminal and civil law.The last appointment of Senior Counsel were done in 1996. Back in May 2014, the Supreme Court of Guyana hadAttorney CM Llewellyn Johnadvertised for attorneys to take up the post of Senior Counsel. The notice invited attorneys who meet its criteria, which includes over 15 years of active practise at the Bar and are desirous of being elevated to the dignity of Senior Counsel, to make written applications.However, no such appointments were made until President Granger’s announcement on Saturday.Meanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has since expressed “shock” atAttorney Rafiq Turhan Khanthe sudden appointments of Senior Counsel by the President.“These appointments were obviously done in a very opaque fashion. Some of the appointments reek of political bias and baseless favouritism. Persons deserving were spitefully and discriminatorily omitted,” he posited.According to Nandlall, the fact that a sitting Judge was appointed runs contrary to every canon of practice and precedent which dictates that Senior Counsel must be practicing lawyers. He noted that it was for this reason that the Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, Ivor Archie, was forced to relinquish his appointment as Senior Counsel because he was a Judge and not a practicing lawyer when he was appointed.Likewise he added, the same obtained when Kamla Persaud-Bissessar wasLegal Affairs Minister Basil Williamsappointed Senior Counsel while being Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.Moreover Nandlall outlined that one of the persons appointed has never done a case of substance at the Bar. He went on too to question the rationale behind the omission of certain individuals, which he said are glaring.“On what basis was the current DPP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, omitted? As irregular as IJustice Claudette Singhbelieve it is for a Judge to be appointed, on what basis was one Judge appointed and the other Judges not, especially the Chancellor and Chief Justice?” asked the former Legal Affairs Minister.Furthermore Nandall enquired of the consultations done by the Coalition Government and/or President Granger in making the appointments, while adding that the slide into authoritarianism by this administration is moving faster than anticipated.
Despite his presence the meeting was not a sell out.For a final time in Britain — he runs in Zurich on Wednesday before embarking on a road running career — Farah knelt to the ground and kissed the track before adorning himself bare-chested with the Union Jack flag.“It’s been an amazing week,” said Farah. “I have been tired but had a little downtime with family.“Emotion was high, not as high as London but it was the last time at home.“While I was racing I was just trying to think about race and who was there.“It means everything to me to be four times Olympic champion (2012/16 doubles) it is all I dreamt of as a youngster was running for Britain,” added Farah, who came to Britain aged eight with his mother and two of his brothers form war-torn Somalia.“A hobby has become a job which is what you want. Going to the road will be a new game and a new mindset, I am excited.”Jamaica’s double Olympic individual sprint champion Elaine Thompson put behind her a disappointing performance in the 100m world final to win the event in 10.93sec.“It was important to pick myself up and come back,” she said.Thompson’s bitter rival Dafne Schippers, the 200m world champion in London, finished down the field.There was to be frustration for Adam Gemili in the men’s 100m — an all British affair — as the man credited with running the decisive leg in their epic 4x100m relay world victory was disqualified for a false start.“It’s the first time that has happened to me in my career. I feel like I have let so many people down,” he said.“It’s not the world championships but I would still like to apologise.”CJ Ujah — another member of the victorious 4x100m quartet — won the race, for his fourth victory of the season on the circuit.American star Aries Merritt bounced back from his fifth place in the 110m hurdles world final — though he said it felt like a victory having had a kidney transplant just two years ago — to win the event on Sunday.The 31-year-old held off the late charge of world silver medallist Sergey Shubenkov in a race that featured six of the world finalists — though two were disqualified for false starts including Frenchman Garfield Darrien.“I wouldn’t call it good,” said Merritt. “I would say a lot of us are very tired from the championships. These gentlemen are world class so it is always good to get a win against them.”Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim produced a great jump of 2.40 metres for the world’s leading mark of the year and the newly-crowned world champion took the bar as a bonus.“I am really happy with this height,” grinned Barshim. “I am pushing for the world record and really want it.“I’m taking that bar home. I am going to store it somewhere and no one else is going to have it.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Britain’s Mo Farah poses with a national flag after winning the men’s 3,000m during the 2017 IAAF Birmingham Diamond League athletics on August 20, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFBIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, Aug 20 – British athletics legend Mo Farah began the day taking a lap of honour in an open top Bentley and ended it by giving the crowd what they wanted in his final race on home turf — a victory.The 34-year-old, who had agonisingly fallen just short of a third successive distance world double in London last Saturday taking silver in the 5,000 metres, cruised home in the 3,000m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card GM’s shares fell to a 23-year low after Kerkorian’s sale in December. In trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, GM shares rose 80 cents, or 3 percent, to $23.85. Kerkorian’s SEC filing was released after the markets closed, and the shares rose an additional 15 cents to $24 in after-hours trading. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian is acquiring 12 million shares of General Motors Corp. stock, matching the number of shares he sold in December, a federal regulatory filing showed on Wednesday. Kerkorian’s private equity firm, Tracinda Corp., bought 5 million shares of GM stock on Monday for an average purchase price of $21.40, or approximately $107 million, it said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. On Tuesday, Tracinda agreed to purchase an additional 7 million GM shares in a private transaction for $22.25 per share, or approximately $155.8 million. Those purchases would boost Kerkorian’s stake in the world’s largest automaker to 9.9 percent, the same as it was before Beverly Hills-based Tracinda Corp. sold 12 million shares in December. Tracinda said at the time that it sold the shares so that it could end its fiscal year with a capital loss, making it eligible for certain federal and California income tax breaks. But it left open the possibility of reacquiring shares, and it waited only a short time after so-called wash rules lapsed. Federal tax rules prohibit a taxpayer from claiming a loss on the sale of stock if replacement shares are acquired within 30 days.
DD LIFESTYLE: There are so many different designs, metals, ideas and traditions that choosing your wedding ring can be quite daunting.The wedding band is one of the few pieces of jewellery that you may choose to wear everyday – in the shower, at the gym, at work; so you want it to blend easily with your life.Hopefully, you will be wearing your wedding ring – a symbol of eternal love – for a very long time. It helps if you can narrow down your choices.Do you want the band to match your engagement ring? Would you prefer gemstones or diamonds? Would you like matching bands?GoldGold has always been a popular wedding band choice and is the most traditional option. White gold and platinum have become the most popular contemporary styles. This year has also seen a rise in the popularity of rose gold. PlatinumIt’s durable and therefore more expensive.PalladiumPalladium is from the same family of metals as platinum, it is just as durable as platinum but less than half the price.Titanium Affordable, durable, scratch-resistant and light to wear, it is also a growing trend in wedding bands.Diamond set ringsA little sparkle adds a touch of glamour but will also add to the price depending on the size of stones, the cut and the carat.Consider Buying Your Ring and Your Bands Together * Start Your Search Early – Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to go ring shopping. You’ll need this time to browse and research prices. Be mindful that any engraving can take up to one month.*Set a Budget*Keep Your Lifestyle in MindDon’t buy a wedding band that feels uncomfortable or if you have to remove it a lot. You have a bigger chance of losing it.*Take Your Time Trying*Wear the same metals together as a harder metal can wear a softer one down over time.*Beware of getting the right size. Do your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal. That means you should never finalise first thing in the morning (you retain salt from the night before), right after you’ve exercised (fingers swell) or when you’re extremely hot or cold (which can cause expansion and shrinking of your hands).*Check for QualityMake sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer’s trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT, for example (this proves that the metal quality is what the retailer says it is).If the ring consists of two or more metals, make sure there’s a quality mark for each.DD LIFESTYLE: GUIDE TO HELP YOU CHOOSE THE PERFECT WEDDING RING was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Donegal Dailyhow to buy a wedding ringring guide