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Inaugural Southland Conference Academic Symposium Concludes

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference hosted its inaugural Academic Symposium on Thursday with more than 60 administrators from the league’s 13 member institutions gathering with NCAA staff here at the league’s office.  Discussions from the full-day symposium included a detailed overview of the NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP), strategies for improving student-athlete accomplishments in the classroom and on the path to eventual graduation, and a comprehensive review of the new NCAA Division I Academic Performance Fund and its qualifying standards that begin in the 2019-20 academic year.Participants included athletic compliance officers and academic support staff members, as well as provosts, faculty athletic representatives, senior woman administrators, registrars and certification officers.  NCAA staff members Eric Brey and DeAnna Wiley engaged the attendees in an active “APP Bootcamp,” a presentation that provided better understanding of the program, proven best practices and strategic plans for ideal academic outcomes.  Meeting attendees were also focused on the start of the new NCAA Division I Academic Performance Fund in 2019-20 that will reward institutions for strong academic performance and high graduation rates.  Breakout sessions were also conducted to allow administrators to analyze their own select APP data, report their ideas for success and propose thoughts on overcoming certain challenges.   GEN: Hear what attendees of the inaugural Southland Conference Academic Symposium had to say about their experiences. ?? #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) June 13, 2019 “The first Academic Symposium was a tremendous success, and we greatly appreciate the enthusiastic participation of our member institutions,” Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett said.  “Academic improvement and graduation success remain paramount among the Southland’s goals for its athletic programs and our participating student-athletes, and this event was laser-focused on enhancing these outcomes.  We look forward to seeing this meeting grow in the future with even more participation from our membership.”The Academic Symposium, organized by Southland Associate Commissioner Thomas Samuel, originated as a proposed concept from the Conference’s strategic plan, approved by the league membership in 2018.last_img read more

New Zealand end Australia winning streak at Netball World Cup

first_img Both teams were unchanged heading into the second quarter as the Bajan Gems’ goal shooter, Shonica Wharton, proved an essential target for Barbados in the goal circle. Trinidad & Tobago’s shooter, Wallace, steadied her side and levelled the score early in the quarter, and from there, it was a goal-for-goal tussle as neither side could establish dominance, with the half-time score 23-21 in the Calypso Girls’ favour. Barbados’ Sheniqua Thomas was introduced into goal attack at the start of the second half, as the Calypso Girls established a break of seven goals early in the quarter, with goal attack Joelisa Cooper making her presence felt, but pressure from Barbados meant the margin was reduced to five, with Trinidad and Tobago leading 38-33 at the end of three quarters. The Bajan Gem’s Faye Sealy replaced the injured Wharton late in the final term, but the Calypso Girls were able to punish Barbados for errors, converting on the scoreboard and winning the fourth quarter 17-6. Trinidad & Tobago’s Onella Jack felt the tough matches against Australia and New Zealand prepared them for the win. “It means a lot because, mostly, either Barbados will beat us or we will beat Barbados, so today’s win means a lot to us,” she said. Jamaica, the other Caribbean team in the tournament, played Scotland on Monday (last night local time) in a match to determine the second team to advance from Pool B with England. ESSENTIAL TARGET New Zealand broke Australia’s 21-match winning streak with a hard-fought five-goal win in front of a world-record crowd at Allphones Arena yesterday. A total of 16,233 fans flocked to Sydney Olympic Park for the much-anticipated trans-Tasman clash, with the Silver Ferns winning 52-47 in an electric atmosphere. The match sets the scene for a dramatic week ahead, as teams head into the next stage of competition on Tuesday (tonight local time). In other Day Three action, Wales made it two from two, triumphing 71-44 over Zambia, while Trinidad & Tobago defeated Caribbean rivals Barbados 55-39. England also continued their strong performance with a comprehensive 85-34 win over Samoa, while Malawi took home the points from their battle with Singapore, winning 75-31. In the all-Caribbean matchup, world No. 10 Trinidad & Tobago overcame the ninth-ranked Barbados yet again, at the World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago’s Calypso Girls had defeated the Bajan Gems twice in their previous three encounters in World Cup history and managed to extend their lead in head-to-head battles with their rivals by one more. Allphones Arena was treated to a feast of Caribbean-style netball, with physical challenges, clashes, deflections, and intercepts. The matchup between Calypso Girls’ shooter, Samantha Wallace, and the Bajan Gems’ goal keeper, Shonette Bruce, was crucial, as Barbados were able to capitalise on errors from Trinidad & Tobago to lead 13-10 at the first quarter, despite two stunning intercepts from Trinidad & Tobago’s Onella Jack.last_img read more

‘Maybe it’s me’ – Guardiola laments City lapses

first_imgThat was still 10 minutes slower than Liverpool’s three-goal salvo at the start of the second half in a 4-3 Premier League win over City in January.And Manchester United took just 16 minutes to turn City’s 2-0 half-time lead into a 3-2 defeat and prevent their local rivals from sealing the Premier League title on Saturday.City still boast a 13-point lead over United at the top of the table.However, City’s tendency to pay heavily for momentary lapses in concentration is a recurring theme of Guardiola’s career.His shots at Champions League glory in his first two seasons at Bayern Munich were also ruined by three goals in quick succession for Real Madrid and Barcelona in the semi-finals.“I drop many times Champions League games for 10-15 minutes and I think a lot about that,” said Guardiola.“In Barcelona (against Bayern in 2015) 71 minutes (it’s) 0-0, (at) 90, 3-0. Happen many times, maybe it is my fault. I have to think about it.”Before United’s second-half revival at the Etihad, City should have been out of sight.Goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan put them in a commanding position, but they were left to rue two glorious missed chances from Raheem Sterling.And in a recurring theme of his near two-year reign at City, Guardiola insisted his side needed to be more clinical rather than changing their style of play.“I came here to try to do what we have done this season and in the first half.“Maybe it is not enough to win (on the) European level or the Premier League. I will recognise I am not good enough or the way we want to play is not able, but I don’t think so.“Because what we have done in this season, in the first half and moments in the second half, I am happy (with).“When you play against Liverpool, United or in Europe when you have your momentums you have to close the door and we didn’t close it.“And when you have to defend you have to really defend because they are good.”Real Madrid and Barcelona have combined to win the Champions League for the past four seasons and both look well on course to reach the last four once more.And Guardiola believes City have to reach the standard set by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi if they are to break through as a European powerhouse.“Football in that level is (what happens in the) boxes,” added Guardiola.“When Madrid and Barcelona are always in front it is because they have players that when they have a half-chance they score two goals. At that level that is the difference.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guardiola’s sides have often paid a heavy price for momentarily lapses in the Champions League. © AFP / PAUL ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 9 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted he is at a loss to explain how conceding multiple times in short spells continues to cost his side.City must overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit when they host Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday after being hit by a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes at Anfield last week.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Newcastle make £6m winger their first summer signing

first_img1 Christian Atsu Christian Atsu has joined Newcastle United from Chelsea on a permanent basis.The Ghanaian winger spent the entire 2016/17 season on loan at St James’ Park, playing a key role as the Magpies sealed promotion to the Premier League.Atsu made 32 appearances for Rafa Benitez’s side, scoring five times.Newcastle had an option to sign the 25-year-old for an undisclosed fee – understood to be around £6million – and have now taken that up with Atsu penning a four-year contract.“We are happy to sign a good player,” said boss Benitez.“He’s shown us that he’s a good professional and someone who is very keen to learn and improve. “Christian has been a key part of our promotion campaign and he wants to help us to build something for the future.”last_img read more


first_imgMatch PlayDetails of this year’s singles match play event at Portsalon Golf Club have just hit the press. The prize on offer to the overall winner of the 2012 singles competition will be free subscription for 2013. To follow in the footsteps of last year’ s winner John Strain all you have to do is enter your name at the clubhouse. The entry fee of €15 must accompany your entry sit back and await the draw. Each round will be played over a calendar month, allowing sufficient time for everyone to get on the course and play their matches.The main prize will be dependent on numbers entering the competition. ResultsOn Saturday last Portsalon Golf Club staged their Winter Links event and the winners were as follows :In the net section Oisin Mc Aviney (24) Letterkenny 38 points Runner Up: John Mc Gettigan (15) Portsalon 37 points Gross: The Winner was :Eamon Mc Dermott (3) Portsalon 33 points Gross Runner Up: Paschal Cullen (6) Portslaon 29 points The CSS was 34 points. The winner of the On Wednesday last the winner of the open competition and making his second Wednesday victory was Tony Morrison Portsalon (16) 36 points runner up Eugene Gallagher Portsalon (18) 35 points Gross Enda Mc Menamin (3) B/S 32 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Sunday the winner of the members stroke competition was Shaun Gibbons (13) 66 nett, runner up Anthony Toland (18) 68 nett, Gross Pascal Cullen (6) 75 3rd Cathal Toland (11) 70 nett. The CSS was 71Events On Saturday 3rd March there is an open gents competition and on Sunday 4th March a members competition. On Wednesday 7th March a gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at www.portsalongolfclub.comGaeltacht LeagueOn Saturday 3rd March, Donal Cqallaghan will lead his team to the Rosses for their rescheduled Gaeltacht League match against Cruit Island Golf Club.Important Dates for your DiaryThis year’s Captains Prize ( D P Logue) will be staged on 18th August and the Presidents Prize ( Wm Mc Cleary) will be staged on 1st September.NewsletterThe first edition of the Portsalon Golf Clubs newsletter has been issued and the newsletter can be accessed through the Portsalon webb page at If you have any articles of interest please forward to the editor for inclusion in the next edition SubscriptionsThe council wish to remind all members that their fees for the 2012 golfing year are now due. An early payment would be appreciated.Change to Drop Off arrangementsMembers and visitors should note that you must drop off the fairways 2,7 and 9 at the nearest point of relief as this has now been designated ground under repair. Under a local rule all golf balls in the areas identified must be lifted and dropped without penalty. It is no longer permitted to use the putter inside the areas identified. All members are kindly asked to keep all pull trolleys, electric trolleys and drive buggies outside the lines surrounding the putting greens. This is try to protect the main playing surfaces as much as possible over the next few weeks..PlacingAll members and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: It’s not too often that Finn Harps teams go to The Brandywell and come away with a convincing 3-0 win over Derry City – but that was the case on Saturday for Joe Boyle’s u19 side. Boyle’s young charges have made an excellent start to their LOI U19 campaign and that good run was continued yesterday against Derry City. Harps were deserving winners and in truth could’ve won by more with Darragh Black in mercurial form.Goals from Black, Simon McGlynn and an OG from a wicked in-swinging  free-kick meant Harps ran out comfortable winners.Joe Boyle will be delighted with his side’s start to the season.To watch all the goals and highlights from the clash simply click play on the video above.  DDTV: WATCH ALL THE GOALS AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM FINN HARPS U19’S VICTORY OVER DERRY CITY was last modified: September 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgBikers from across Donegal at last year’s charity event.Calling all bikers –  the 5th annual Easter charity motorcycle run takes place on Easter Monday.The bikes will be leaving the Glencar Inn in Letterkenny at 12 noon.This year’s charity is the Little Angels Special School in Letterkenny. A great day out around the roads of donegal with a cup of coffee and a chat thrown in.Organisers say they are looking forward to see as many bikes out as possible for this great event . BIKERS TO HIT THE ROAD FOR CHARITY ON EASTER MONDAY was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by StephenShare 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:bikersdonegalLittle angelslast_img read more

Adult Stem Cells May Cure Muscular Dystrophy

first_imgMuscular dystrophy leaves children and adults in a nearly helpless state.  Parents watch in agony as their children suffer rapid and progressive weakness.  Attempts to support research, like the annual Labor Day events Jerry Lewis has held for over 40 years, have betrayed their inability to find a cure by the very fact of their continuance.  Now, there is a new possibility that the solution may not lie in some exotic drug or invention of man, but in cells that live right inside our bodies: adult stem cells.    The BBC News reported hopeful results from a study at Harvard that showed “Transplanting adult stem cells into mice with an illness like muscular dystrophy (MD) helped rebuild muscle structure and strength.”  It took awhile to identify the correct cells, but “Once the stem cells were in place, they spread throughout the muscle, producing new cells and improved the way it worked.”  It appears they also produce a stem-cell reservoir for long-term benefit.  Moreover, the cells were not rejected (in mice) when injected from a donor.    Before human treatments can begin, of course, much further study will be required.  Problems of distributing the cells to every affected tissue in the body will need to be solved.  The lead researcher said, however, that “This study indicates the presence of renewing muscle stem cells in adult skeletal muscle, and demonstrates the potential benefit of stem cell therapy for the treatment of muscle degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophy.”    In other adult stem cell news, Science Daily reported that dentists may be able to use your own bone stem cells to repair teeth.  Orthodontic work might be accomplished in months instead of years.  Another report on the BBC News said that immune cells cloned from your own skin might cure melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.  Yet another report on Science Daily said that scientists are finding ways to reprogram stem cells “in place” in the body without having to manipulate them in the lab.  This can even be done with your own neural cells inside your brain – reprogramming them in their natural environment.  All these advances are occurring without the need for embryonic stem cells.Praise God for progress on all debilitating diseases regardless of how scientists find them, but this one has special significance for those who have been watching the debate over embryonic stem cells.  It illustrates the disconnect between the researchers actually finding cures and the scientific establishments who keep pushing embryonic stem cells (ELS cells), which require the killing of fertilized human embryos.  Adult stem cells cause no ethical concerns.    Here is another tremendously hopeful example of a potential cure from the use of adult stem cells.  The list of near-miraculous cures has been growing for years now.  Big Science keeps pushing ELS cells, tricking voters into spending billions of taxpayer dollars on stem cell research centers, yet still have nothing to show for it.  They even admit that any treatments usable by doctors may be over a decade away – or more.  As a citizen and voter, don’t expect scientific institutions, with eyes on Nobel Prizes and international prestige, to do the right thing.  Doing the right thing has to start with you and me.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Taxi driver academy launched

first_img27 October 2011The South African National Taxi Council has launched a taxi driver training academy in order to change driver behaviour and help reduce the number of accidents on the country’s roads.Driver behaviour change would be the main focus of the academy, Santaco president Jabulani Mthembu said at the opening event on Monday.“The academy provides the taxi industry not just with a solution on solving this problem behaviour change, but how we could resolve this through effective management systems.”Mthembu said the huge number of accidents involving taxis had prompted the industry to invest in the training and education of drivers.“We intend to use the Santaco training academy to help the industry to drastically reduce road carnage,” he said.The taxi industry sought to enhance the requirements of the professional driver’s permit (PRDP).Taxi drivers would be required to get specific training before he or she could qualify for a PRDP.The present PRDP system necessitated only an eye test and a check for a criminal record to get a permit.Mthembu said the taxi industry was now moving closer to formal employment structures for taxi associations.“We will shortly embark on a driver registration campaign that will formulate a reliable database of all taxi drivers working for the taxi industry.”He said the training programmes at the academy, based in Welkom in the Free State, would help taxi drivers get jobs in other modes of the transport sector.The academy’s start would include 1 000 women who would be trained as taxi drivers in January next year.The training classes would include customer care, communication and other related subjects aimed at providing a better service to commuters, Mthembu said.Sapalast_img read more

SA debt at sustainable levels: Gordhan

first_img23 October 2013 South Africa’s debt-to-GDP ratio remains sustainable, despite having risen from 23% of gross domestic product in 2007/8 to 39.3% of GDP in 2013/14, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Presenting his medium term budget policy statement in Cape Town, Gordhan said that South Africa’s net debt was expected to reach 43.9% of GDP in 2016/17, but assured those that have loaned the country money that its debt had not reached unsustainable levels. He pointed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a recent assessment of the country, had reached the same conclusion. At the same time, he said, the government was committed to rebuilding fiscal space by stabilising and then reducing the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio. This, he said, would allow government to respond to future economic shocks by bringing down spending on debt-service costs and creating countercyclical borrowing opportunities. South Africa’s budget deficit is expected to come in at 4.2% for 2013/14, declining slightly to 4.1% in 2014/15 before falling to three percent in 2016/17. While the budget deficit in the 2013 Budget was forecast as 4.6%, the 4.2% deficit is based on a new formula for government accounts which is in line with IMF provisions and includes extraordinary receipts and extraordinary payments in the calculation of the deficit. The borrowing requirement for the main budget is projected to increase from R168.5-billion in 2013/14 to R183.9-billion in 2014/15 before declining to R164.9-billion in 2016/17. Interest payments are the fastest growing expenditure item over the next three years, growing to R140-billion in 2016/17 – higher than current spending on health care. Compensation of public servants now accounts for 39.4% of the budget of non-interest spending and will continue to outpace inflation, but grow at a slower rate than over the past three years. Gordhan said the government’s debt management strategy over the next three years would focus on minimising refinancing risk accommodate redemptions. The government would also continue to build cash reserves and continue to switch from short-term to longer-term debt as market conditions allowed, he said. The government’s contingency reserve is projected to grow from R3-billion in 2014/15 to R6-billion in 2015/16, climbing to R18-billion in 2016/17. The contingency reserve has been reduced from R7.5-billion over the next two years to respond to spending pressures. As part of careful measures to restrict spending, Gordhan said state-owned companies would be expected to borrow on the strength of their balance sheets, rather than be funded from the fiscus. If capitalisation of the state’s core assets was required, state-owned entities would have to consider upfront disposal of non-core assets, while those state-owned companies that faced persistent difficulties would have to undergo operational restructuring, he said. Source: read more

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