Southland Gives Back: Sam Houston State Partners with Local Elementary School

first_imgHUNTSVILLE, Texas – In the midst of busy athletic seasons, student-athletes from Sam Houston State have consistently instilled a Bearkat tradition of impacting the local community. This custom was once again on display last week when the SHSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) teamed up with Academy Sports + Outdoors to give back to a local elementary school.For the second consecutive year, Academy Sports + Outdoors donated 100 backpacks to aid a school-supply initiative coordinated by the Sam Houston State SAAC. The retailer, and partner of Sam Houston athletics, provided bags which were subsequently filled with necessary school supplies before being delivered to Scott Johnson Elementary in Huntsville, Texas.“One of the fun parts about this is that we are able to go into the schools and actually see how this has benefitted the kids,” said Sam Houston State Senior Associate Athletics Director Chris Thompson. “We have been doing this school supply drive for several years now, and now when we go to the schools, we are seeing the backpacks and supplies being put directly to use. That has been a really rewarding thing for myself and our SAAC kids to see.”Sam Houston’s 17 teams collected items to assist the school including Kleenex, scissors (round edges), glue sticks, hand sanitizer, No. 2 pencils, 16-count crayons, wide-ruled notebook paper and spiral/composition books.SHSU athletics has a history of supporting Scott Johnson Elementary including the department’s Bearkat Mentor Program, which allows the athletes to serve as positive examples and role models for the elementary school children.SAAC is comprised of representatives from all sports in Bearkat Athletics and is a group who initiates community service efforts throughout the year. The organization has contributed to local school-supply drives for the last 12 years, receiving a list of supplies needed to replenish the classroom and help those children who do not have the resources to make it through the year.Each Southland Conference member institution participates in a “Southland Gives Back” event around the holidays. As part of the ‘Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

Registration deadline for United Way golf tournament June 5

first_imgThe deadline to register for the upcoming United Way Northern B.C. Charity Golf Tournament is on June 5. The tournament will be held on June 11 and a number of prizes will be up for grabs.There will be four hole in ones along the course at Lone Wolf Golf Club with prizes attached. There will also be a silent auction and a live auction.The proceeds raised at the tournament will be going towards supporting the not for profit sector in Fort St. John with the aim of benefiting local residents.- Advertisement -The event is open to all skill levels. Those wanting to take part can register individually or as a group. The tournament will be played under a Texas rules best ball format.Lunch and dinner is provided in the registration as is a cart for the round. A beer tent will also be on site.The cost to register is $150. Those interested are encouraged to call Niki Hedges at 250-263-9266.Advertisementlast_img read more

North Peace Leisure Pool to reopen August 10

first_imgWork on the North Peace Leisure Pool after last month’s fire is nearly complete. As a result a release from the City indicates the facility will be open again on August 10.The summer schedule will be in effect starting at 6 a.m. that day and the lesson set that’s scheduled to begin on August 17 will be going ahead as planned.- Advertisement –last_img

Time makes a brave sale to Liberty

first_imgBased on the closing price of Time Warner’s stock Monday, the market value of those shares would be about $1.27 billion. Liberty Media spokesman John Orr and Time Warner spokesman Ed Adler declined to comment on the report, which the Journal posted on its Web site Monday. Liberty currently has about 170 million shares of Time Warner, which is equivalent to a stake of about 4 percent of the media company, whose holdings include Time Warner Cable, HBO, AOL, CNN, Warner Bros. and Time Inc. The deal would reduce the size of Liberty’s stake in Time Warner to about 2.6 percent. Back in court The Major League Baseball Players Association asked a federal appeals court to revisit its December decision to allow investigators probing steroids in sports to use the names and urine samples of more than 100 players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The 2-1 decision in December by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned three lower court decisions and could help authorities pinpoint the source of steroids in baseball. If the December decision survives, the players who tested positive could be called before a grand jury and asked how they obtained their steroids. Time Warner Inc. reached a deal to sell the Atlanta Braves to Liberty Media Corp. after more than a year of negotiations, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The agreement, which must still be approved by Major League Baseball owners, would involve Time Warner transferring the Braves, a group of craft magazines and $1 billion in cash to Liberty in exchange for about 60 million shares of Time Warner, the Journal reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the deal. center_img “If the majority’s decision is allowed to stand, it will create circuit law giving the government carte blanche to use a warrant for some piece of data on a computer as the pretext for seizing the entire computer and perusing its contents,” attorneys for the union and lab wrote. Dice-K arrived at spring training. And so did crowds of reporters, photographers and television crews who flocked to Florida to chronicle the $100 million Japanese ace’s landing. That didn’t count the handful of puzzled passers-by who wondered what all the fuss was about Monday at Tampa International Airport. It’s all about Daisuke Matsuzaka. He arrived at the airport early Monday night, then got in a car for the ride to Fort Myers, about 130 miles to the south, to settle in before his first workout at Boston’s training camp. Matsuzaka arrives Around the horn Washington pitcher John Patterson and Florida reliever Kevin Gregg argued their salary cases in front of arbitration panels. Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will almost certainly miss the 2007 season. 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

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY!

first_imgLaura Holmes got this lot down to Sydney Harbour Bridge: Left to right, Lisa Crumlish, Majella McLaughlin, Laura Holmes, Ciara O’NeillTHANKS once again to all those who have sent in pictures to Donegal Daily this week.It never ceases to amaze us where you get to – and what you get up to.Four days to go – nervous or what? Enjoy the latest line-up.We start with four Donegal ladies in Sydney Harbour.Patsy Boyle and Family Dungloe (with a banner from 1992 game). It will be making a return trip to Croker on SundaySay that again Sam: 6 month old Shay Kearney from Buncrana with Sam Maguire in the Ulster Bank, Buncrana.LOOKING GOOD LADS! This is the gang in Rosbeg getting ready for Sunday. We’re still looking for tickets!! James Boyle, Gary McHugh, Brendan Quinn, Liam Boyle, Eamonn Boyle, Paul Barrett, Declan McTaggert, Steven & Alex Barrett, Philip Boyle….On top of Muckish! adrian gerard martin and neilHow’s she cutting in Dungloe there? Thanks to J Stewart for the snap!    COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

Project to quiet 60 Freeway

first_img“There are ways they can do a sound wall and make it harder to graffiti on,” said David Malkin, a 32-year Rowland Heights resident. In some Orange County cities, he said, freeway soundwalls are made of differently textured cement blocks, decorative tiles or pressed cement that resembles natural rock, he said. Residents were also disappointed the project does not include improvements to the Fullerton Road exit, where trucks trying to turn onto Gale cause serious backups. Four bridges – at 7th Avenue, Turnbull Canyon Road, Stimson Avenue and Stoner Creek Road – must be widened to accommodate the HOV lanes. In addition, pedestrian overcrossings at Kwis and Riderwood avenues will be removed for safety reasons. Residents complained the overcrossings were attracting crime, Shahbazian said. All exit ramps will be open for the entire construction period except for night closures, he said. shirley.hsu@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! New sound walls may help muffle the noise of truck and car traffic for residents along the Pomona (60) Freeway. Caltrans plans to begin construction in late November on a $130 million project to install car-pool lanes along 11 miles of freeway through Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Industry and Diamond Bar. As part of the project, about six miles of sound walls will be built along the north and south sides of the freeway. Construction will finish in about three years, said Zareh Shahbazian, project manager for Caltrans. The car-pool lanes will stretch east from the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to the Orange (57) Freeway, and west from around Brea Canyon Road to around Crossroads Parkway. The lanes will be added in addition to existing lanes, he said. Residents in Hacienda Heights said a major improvement over previous plans is that no private property would be used for the project and that sound walls will be included in a section from 7th Avenue to Crossroads Parkway. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“There are no property takes, private or public, in the whole project,” said Chung-Fu Luan, project engineer. The locations of the soundwalls are based on a noise study conducted in 2002 and are expected to drop the sound level from 67 decibels to 65 decibels. During the first stage of construction, outside lanes will be widened and sound walls constructed while traffic continues to flow. “For the first 1.5 years, you won’t feel any impact,” Shahbazian said. The second stage, involving removing the shoulder and shifting the traffic, will be the most difficult for drivers, he said. In Rowland Heights, residents worried the soundwalls would create six miles of fresh canvas for taggers. last_img read more

DONEGAL SURFERS GET READY TO TAKE ON EUROPE

first_imgFIVE Donegal surfers have been selected for the Irish Surf team to represent the country when the European Surfing Championships “Eurosurf”, supported by Fáilte Ireland, happen in Bundoran, from September 23rd until October 3rd this year.Ronan Oertzen, 20, Shauna Ward, 24, Darragh McCarter, 25 and Richie Fitzgerald, 36 all from Bundoran and Easkey Britton, 25, from Rossnowlagh competed in a series of selection events in early 2011 in order to secure a place on the Irish national surf team.Student Ronan Oertzen originally hails from Belfast but now calls Bundoran his home.  He will compete in the “Open” section of Eurosurf 2011 and comes with a wealth of competition experience having competed in Eurosurf 09 held in Jersey, Euro Juniors in 2008 where he was ranked 9th, Worlds ’09 Open,  World Jrs ’07 U18 ranked 61st and Inter-Celtics ’06 U18 & Open.  He currently holds the title of Irish Student Champion and is looking forward to competing this September on his home break of The Peak .  He is sponsored by Xcel, Ocean & Earth and Dorrington Surfboards. Shauna Ward is a Bundoran girl through and through and has been surfing since she was 6 years old.  This goofy footer first represented Ireland in the 2002 Euro Juniors where she finished an impressive 4th.  She is sponsored by Powersource, Protest and C-Skins and counts Bundoran’s Peak as her favourite place to surf.  Shauna will be competing in the Women’s division of Eurosurf.Darragh McCarter is originally from Tyrone and now lives in Bundoran.  He works in his parent’s business of furniture stores.  Darragh is no stranger to international competitions having been ranked 14th in Eurosurf 07 and was also crowned Irish National Champion in 2007 – not bad for someone who has only been surfing now for around 7 years. He will be competing in the Men’s body boarding division of Eurosurf 2011 on his favourite surfing reef – the Peak in Bundoran.Easkey Britton has surfing in her blood!  The Britton family are well known in surfing circles right around the country and indeed the world. As well as surfing the normal breaks around her beloved Rossnowlagh, this four times Irish women’s champion has also recently become involved in “Big Wave Surfing” and recently competed in the Billabong competition held in nearby Mullaghmore, County Sligo as the only female big wave surfer!  She was nominated in the Girl’s Performance Award in the Billabong XXL Big Wave awards for the same event.  Along with Shauna Ward, Easkey (named after that famous surf break in County Sligo), will compete in the women’s surf division of Eurosurf 2011.  Easkey is sponsored by  Animal, Etnies, Surfplugs and JP SurfboardsWhat can be said about Richie Fitzgerald?  Possibly Ireland’s best known surfer and star of the surfing movie Waveriders.  Richie has been surfing in Bundoran for more years than he cares to remember and along with his family have helped promote the sport in both Bundoran and Ireland and firmly established it as a sport to be reckoned with.  Richie will be competing in the Masters division of Eurosurf.  He competed in Eurosurf 97 when it was held in Bundoran , the Euro Juniors in 1994 and the Worlds in 1994 and 1996. “It’s a huge honour for me to be surfing for the Irish Team in EuroSurf 2011 on home turf in Bundoran, I can’t wait for September” says Richie who is sponsored by Volkswagen, Vans, Billabong, C-Skins, and Northcore. The other team members are Cain Kilcullen from Enniscrone, Shane Meehan from Strandhill, Stephen Kilfeather and  Ashleigh Smith from Sligo & Oliver O’Flaherty and Stephen Kelleher from Lahinch, County Clare.One position remains to be filled on the team and the contest is between John Britton (JB) from Rossnowlagh and Keith O’Brien from Tramore.  A “surf-off” will take place at the Sea Sessions surf and music festival in Bundoran at the end of June to decide the final member of the Irish Surf team to compete at Eurosurf 2011.The team will be coached by Pascal Devine, a native of Newtownstewart in County Tyrone and managed by Stevie Burns from Portrush, County Antrim – with over 40 years of surfing between them, they are well qualified to bring the team through their paces to compete against the best of Europe in September.About Eurosurf 2011The European Surfing Championships alternate each year between the senior event “Eurosurf” (odd years) and the Junior event “Eurojunior” (even years).  The separation into a junior event and senior event happened in 1992.  The Euro’s were first held in 1970 in Jersey.  2011 will be Irelands 4th time to host Eurosurf, and 3rd time in Bundoran. The previous Eurosurf events held in Ireland were 1972 in Spanish Point, Co. Clare which was won by England, 1985 in Bundoran, Co. Donegal won by France, 1997 in Bundoran, Co. Donegal won by Portugal. Until recently there had been a trend that the winners in Ireland retained the senior title until the Eurosurf returned to Ireland. England held the title from 1970 to 1985, then France held it from 1985 to 1997 when Portugal won the senior title for the first time.  They then lost the title to Spain in 2003, who proceeded to relinquish it once more to Portugal in 2005. Portugal retained the title in 2007 before losing it to France two years ago in Jersey. About the Irish Surfing AssociationThe Irish Surfing Association is the National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the thirty two counties of Ireland. We are a voluntary organisation comprising of approximately twenty clubs and groups involved in the development, representation and regulation of surfing in Ireland. Representing surfing in many forms (shortboarding, longboarding, bodyboarding, kneeboarding, standup paddle surfing, skimboarding, body surfing and tow surfing) we are active in areas such as club development, training of coaches and judges, surf school approval, national and international competition, promotion of safety and protection of our surfing environment. The Irish Surfing Association is managed by an executive committee comprising of one representative from each of our member clubs. Our headquarters are located at Easkey Surf And Information Centre where we employ one full time development officer and one part time administrator.DONEGAL SURFERS GET READY TO TAKE ON EUROPE was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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 surferseuro championshipslast_img read more

MINISTER DINNY McGINLEY UNDER FIRE OVER AXE ON IRISH LANGUAGE

first_imgMINISTER Dinny McGinley is under fire from Irish language groups after taking an axe to funding.Groups have called on Donegal South West TD to abandon proposals to merge the functions of the Language Commissioner with the Office of the Ombudsman.And sources have revealed that a massive €1.6M funding to the newspaper Gaelsceal – which sells just 1,000 copies a week – may also be axed after a value-for-money review found the costs “outrageous.” The paper sells just a handful of copies in Donegal each week. Deputy McGinley scrapped the Coimisinéir Teanga in November – merging the job with the Ombudsman.Language groups say merging the two institutions could actually cost more money than it would save, and pointed out that the current commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin has been appointed until 2016.His tenure means the government could have to buy him out of his contract.“Indeed, An Bord Snip Nua when it looked at the office identified no efficiencies to be made and made no recommendation to alter the status of the office of the language commissioner as an independent office,” the group said. They also pointed to the fact that all political parties had backed the 20-year strategy for the Irish language, laid down by the previous government in 2010, and that closing the commissioner’s office would “undermine the strategy and goodwill behind it”.The letter is signed by representatives from Údarás na Gaeltachta, Seachtain na Gaeilge, Conradh na Gaeilge, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Comhaltas, students’ union representatives and legal figures.But sources close to Deputy McGinley told donegaldaily that “the days of blank cheques for the Irish language are over”.The source went on: “We will check how every cent is spent. Just look at what Foras na Gaeilge has done with the newspaper Gaelsceal – they are giving it €10,000 a week to sell just 1,000 newspapers. It’s madness. The taxpayer is paying €10 for every copy.“The Irish language gravy train has hit the buffers. The spending of every cent will be monitored from now on.” MINISTER DINNY McGINLEY UNDER FIRE OVER AXE ON IRISH LANGUAGE was last modified: January 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Gaelsceal axed?irish language cutsvalue for monelast_img read more

Public clemency hearing is out

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he would not hold a public clemency hearing for Clarence Allen, who is scheduled to be executed Jan. 17 for ordering the slayings of three people in 1980. Allen, 75, is the oldest man on Death Row, and is asking Schwarzenegger for mercy because he uses a wheelchair, is deaf and blind and suffers from other medical conditions. Schwarzenegger has denied clemency to the three other condemned prisoners who have asked him since taking office two years ago. Schwarzenegger could hold a private clemency hearing, as he did earlier this month for Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang co-founder executed two weeks ago. Schwarzenegger, as California’s chief executive, sets the rules on clemency petitions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Governor’s Office has not announced whether Schwarzenegger would hold private hearings, or whether he would grant clemency to Allen. While serving time for murder at Folsom State Prison in 1980, Allen was sentenced to death for hiring a hit man who murdered three people at a Fresno market. Allen had the trio killed because he feared their testimony would hurt his chances of prevailing at overturning his murder conviction on appeal, prosecutors said. The convicted hit man, Billy Ray Hamilton, also is on Death Row. Prosecutors said Hamilton was following Allen’s orders when he killed Bryon Schletewitz, Douglas Scott White and Josephine Rocha. Allen also is petitioning the California Supreme Court to block his execution, saying it would be unconstitutionally cruel because of his medical condition. Allen suffered a heart attack in September. A majority of the Supreme Court must back a decision granting Allen clemency. last_img read more

New changes to Philippine Airline safety ratings

first_imgLast week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in America restored the Philippines civil aviation status to a category 1 rating after it was demoted to category 2 six years ago amidst safety concerns.  The FAA first banned all carriers from the Philippines in 2008 from flying into its airspace or adding to pre-existing routes between the Philippines and the United States. National carrier Philippine Airlines continued to fly to the United States under the FAA ban but it has been limited to 28 flights a week to four U.S. destinations and only with certain aircraft.  The lift of the FAA ban means any carrier from the Philippines is now able to fly in American airspace and for carriers like Philippine Airlines it allows it to increase capacity and routes between the two countries.In an encouraging day for aviation in the Philippines, the European Union (EU) also lifted a ban on Cebu Pacific (the country’s second largest airline) on the same day as the announcement by the FAA.  According to Julian Vassallo of the European Commission “the good news doesn’t end there…The European Commission is likely to mount another assessment mission to the Philippines later in the year to assess Philippine aviation as a whole, including internal aviation, with the prospect of lifting the ban on Philippine aviation as a whole.”Philippine Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya said in a statement that the FAA upgrade “cements a landmark era in the Philippine aviation sector”.As a result of these changes by both the FAA and the EU, AirlineRatings has also made changes to its safety ratings of airlines based in the Philippines.  Cebu Pacific which previously scored only a 2/7 for safety has increased to a more respectable 4/7 for safety and Philippine Airlines, the country’s largest carrier has gone from a 5/7 to an impressive 6/7.  Philippine Airlines low cost off-shoot PAL Express now rates as a 4/7 and AirAsia Zest a 3/7.See our safety rating criteria and the importance of FAA and EU endorsement.last_img read more