Southland Promotes Compliance Chief Thomas Samuel

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference has promoted Thomas Samuel to the position of associate commissioner for compliance services, league Commissioner Tom Burnett announced Monday. Samuel has served the past year as assistant commissioner.“We are very pleased to announce this promotion of Thomas Samuel to associate commissioner,” said Burnett. “Since joining our staff last year, Thomas has expertly managed the compliance needs of the Conference, and has provided legislative expertise and excellent service to the athletic programs of our member institutions.” Samuel joined the Southland in July 2017 after serving on the compliance staff at Texas State University since 2013. The Ruston, La., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Centenary College in 1997, and later earned a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State. He earned a juris doctorate in 2013 from the University of Memphis Law School. In his role, Samuel oversees all NCAA legislative services for the Southland, serves as a liaison to campus compliance contacts, athletic administrators, coaches and student-athletes, is the staff conduit to the NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs staff, and administers the Conference’s National Letter of Intent and NCAA Coaches’ Certification programs.last_img read more

Ronaldo says he’s father of baby girl

first_imgFILE – Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)MADRID — Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he is the father of a baby girl.Ronaldo posted a photo Sunday on Twitter of him with the baby’s mother, Georgina Rodriguez, and his oldest son in a hospital in Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT The Real Madrid and Portugal forward accompanied the image with the message written in Portuguese: “Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are fine! We are all very happy!”The baby is Ronaldo’s fourth child. He had two children earlier this year, reportedly through a surrogate mother.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRonaldo made his relationship with Rodriguez public last year. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES UAAP Starting 5: Week 10 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsoncenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Cush denies knowledge of new Director

first_imgParking meter controversy continuesIn light of the announcement of a new Director to spearhead the controversial Parking Meter Project, theManaging Director of Smart City Solutions Ifa Kamau Cushman who identified himself as the Managing Director of Smart City Solutions (SCS), the company contracted to execute the project, Ifa Kamau Cush, is claiming that he is not aware of the change.Public Relations Consultant for Smart City Solutions (SCS), Kit Nascimento, has indicated that Amir Oren, who is an International Director of Business Development, is now the major investor representing a consortium that has taken over SCS and would be spearheading the project.However, when contacted on Thursday, Cush indicated that he is not aware of this development, directing Guyana Times to seek further clarification on the matter from the person who divulged the information.But Nascimento explained that late last year, the Council formalised an agreement with National Parking Systems (NPS), which was operated by Cush. He noted that NPS introduced the Council an “international consortium with extensive experience, finances and the know-how”.The consortium, the company consultant added, includes several companies from Mexico, Peru and Panama and that the Council entered into an expanded contract allowing the consortium to establish a special purpose company, which is Smart City Solutions Inc in Guyana to take over the project. SCS in turn absorbed NPS.However, up until recently, Cush was presented as the Director of SCS and the public was not aware of a second contract being signed by the Council concerning the parking meter system.But Nascimento explained that the initial contract was “very old” and has been taken over by the SCS. Notably, he dodged questions about whether Cush has been replaced or whether it was Cush who approachedConsultant Kit NascimentoOren to set up the company.“Cush is a shareholder. His position is not operational,” he said.When the Mayor of Georgetown Patricia Chase-Green was contacted to provide clarity on the issue, she refused to comment, only saying that all questions should be directed to Nascimento.Over the past few months, the parking meter contract has come under fire from all ends but the Government has assured that they have found nothing illegal in the contract which was signed with Smart City Solutions Inc.When the contract was signed in June for its implementation throughout Georgetown, many persons were alarmed about the lack of transparency in the deal, with some saying that it appears to be a shady one aimed at exploiting the local populace.Despite this, Smart City Solutions Inc had gone ahead and conducted demonstration exercises on how the parking meter works throughout the city. Persons were also seen conducting assessments on various streets in the city.Government had ordered a review of the contract between Smart City Solutions and the Georgetown Mayor and Council (M&CC) following rising apprehension about the project’s transparency.The review was conducted by Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams and it was later disclosed that there were no illegalities found.The sum total of the finding was that (a) there was nothing illegal about the contract and it appeared that from a review of the documents that the terms and conditions of the contract were onerous and heavily in favour of the concessionaire,” Minister of State Joseph Harmon had indicated.He assured that recommendations were made to ensure that Guyanese are not ripped off.The project was slated for roll out this month.However, Transparency Guyana (TIGI) has opined that the deal is shrouded in unaccountability and ambiguity. TIGI contended that there was no open tendering for the project while there was “handpicking” of a contractor and Councillors to conduct due diligence in Mexico.last_img read more

Watching Her Life Flash Before Her: “I Want Her to be Like Me”

first_imgTwo single parents living with one another share a lot of things in common, including the fact that they are lesbians. What many in their communities, churches, social life and work places don’t know about the two women is that they are living together as a couple.For the past five years they have been secretly living as ‘husband and wife’ in a small rented room outside Monrovia, which barely can accommodate two people, let alone an entire family.Mommi, who’s the dominant, masculine one, keeps her hair cut low and feels her lifestyle and preference for women has over the years been a test of time.”I love women and have suffered because of it. Liberians don’t accept this type of fetish and desire that I have for my wife. So we have to try to hide it the best way we can,” she shrugged.What confuses many of their tenants living in the 8-bedroom house that they all share is the fact that these two women do everything together, including taking baths.”Sister, when you love the same sex, you have to counsel them, the people around you, to help them understand why you are the way you are. They need to understand why my wife and I are doing some of the things that we do, together,” Mommi maintained.”They understand why I teach my wife that she should never trust or like a man because men have hurt both of us. And because of this, she trusts me and those around us respect our feelings” she revealed.Because of that trust, Martina, Mommi’s partner, says she finds herself satisfied with her life, which she says has never been this good.”She has put it in my head, her daughters head that we should hate men, that they are no good to us because of many reasons. You pick your own that has happened to you before, either way, all women have suffered behind a man. Our daughter is two years old and we want her not to depend on a man either. Period,” she declared.Meanwhile, I watched a pretty child with carmel skin kick on a football, which seemed to be her favorite toy. When I called the child over to me, she bounced over with aggression and ran past me to pick up a mini sized toy car to play with.”If you see our daughter, she’s already behaving like a boy child. We’re training her to love women, because she will never be hurt by one,” she said confidently.“Watching her grow reminds me of how I was brought up and I want her to be like me in everyway possible,” she added.Martina, who has been unable to have children to date, says as a teen, a man she lived in the house with abused her.”I don’t blame my feeling for women on being raped. But, this man always abused me and there was no one that I could run to and tell. So I grew up with this feeling that my life with a man ever again would be ruined, so I’ve decided to forget about men. I was 18 when I learned how to be with a woman,” she revealed.According to Mommi, who says she gave birth only to please her wife says she tried to find a normal life, but lives and does everything as a man would.”I wear men’s clothes and I am what you call a stud. And when it comes to the men who see me portraying them, they feel offended at times and humiliate or mock me. But I’m okay with it; I try to block out the rude remarks and evil stares whenever I’m in public places with them,” she added.Meanwhile, the child who has never felt pain, abuse or reason to hate men or dislike them, watches her parents with love. For her, she trusts that every decision her parents make will be for her best interest.“What I have planned for my daughter is already working, she gets excited whenever other women come around her, and frightened when she sees men. That’s the reaction we want from her,” said Mommi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

United Methodist Church, Hospital Honor Out–Going Administrator

first_imgThe United Methodist Church of Liberia, in collaboration with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, last Sunday honored the outgoing administrator of the hospital,  Mr. D. Victor Taryor, for his numerous services, including the effective role he played in the fight against Ebola in 2014.The Head of Connectional Ministries of the Liberian United Methodist Church, Rev. George D. Wilson Jr., who also represented the office of the bishop, praised Mr. Taryor for  keeping  the hospital open during the Ebola crisis while most other  hospitals in country were closed, noting that it was one of Taryor’s greatest achievement.Mr. Taryor, who served the institution for eight years, was described by all speakers as hard working and innovative which led to the establishment of several new departments to the hospital including the Dental Department.His departure from the hospital at such a young age seemed surprising to many who graced the occasion, but Rev. Wilson said the occasion was part of the UMC’s usual actions to honor those who have worked with the institution for a long time. Because Victor Taryor had worked for over 20 years from the transition period up to present, the office of Bishop of LAC/UMC, in consultation with the board of health, decided to honor him and ask him to turn the position over to another person while awaiting a new assignment, said Rev. Wilson.“Every year bishop makes changes and in the bishop’s wisdom it is time that a new person takes over the hospital administration,” Rev. Wilson said.“Victor is one of the finest administrators the UMC can boast of because during the Ebola crisis, he stood firm and left the hospital open for operation when the health facilities in this country were closed.”“We have five health institutions and among them, Ganta is the largest followed by the branch in Guinea and it was Victor’s talents that took the Ganta Hospital from what is was during the 2003 war,” said Victoria Tomah, Head of UMC Health Board.Victor Taryor worked in many capacities during his tenure with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, including staff nurses service director and associate administrator before becoming an administrator from July 2006,  taking over from Mary Zigbou, a missionary.During his eight-year tenure as administrator, there were   several infrastructural developments, including the construction of the fistula center and the underground wiring of the mission’s electricity facility.Mrs. Nora Kiey Sandii was appointed to replace Mr. Taryor as acting administrator of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital until otherwise ordered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Top 25 basketball roundup: Durant lifts Texas over Texas A&M

first_imgKevin Durant scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead No. 15 Texas past No. 7 Texas A&M 98-96 in double overtime Wednesday night, denying the Aggies (24-5, 12-3) their chance to clinch a share of their first Big 12 title. The win keeps the host Longhorns (22-7, 12-3) within sight of the conference title, which they can share with a win Saturday at No. 3 Kansas. No. 19 Vanderbilt 99, South Carolina 90 (OT): Shan Foster scored a career-high 33 points as the visiting Commodores (20-9, 10-5 Southeastern Conference) surrendered a 17-point second-half lead before rallying to get the victory. WOMEN No. 12 Oklahoma 88, No. 16 Baylor 61: Courtney Paris scored 28 points as the host Sooners (23-4, 13-3) captured at least a share of the Big 12 Conference title, along with Texas A&M. No. 14 Texas A&M 67, Texas 60: A’Quonesia Franklin scored a career-high 27 points for the host Aggies (23-5, 13-3). No. 19 Bowling Green 92, Miami (Ohio) 62: Carin Horne scored 23 points to lead the host Falcons (26-3, 15-1 Mid-American). The Aggies’ Acie Law forced both overtimes with 3-pointers. His first over Durant with 1.1 seconds left in regulation tied it at 78-78. He did it again when he hit another with 26 seconds left in the second overtime to make it 88-88. No. 24 Maryland 85, No. 14 Duke 77: Mike Jones scored 25 points for the visiting Terrapins (23-7, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who swept the season series for the second time in three years. center_img 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

QPR youngster out to impress boss Chris Ramsey in pre-season

first_img Michael Petrasso 1 QPR midfielder Michael Petrasso wants to prove himself to the club’s bosses now he has returned from injury.Chris Ramsey was appointed first-team coach back in February to work with director of football Les Ferdinand, the same month the winger broke his ankle.Petrasso, 20, is now fit again and part of the convoy that is in Italy on the club’s pre-season tour where he hopes to catch the eye.“They’ll be at the games, too, I’m sure,” he said. “No doubt they’ll be looking at me and the rest of the boys. It’s our chance to impress.“I’m looking forward to getting some game time, it’ll be my first game in a while.“It’ll be nice to get back into games and playing against different opponents, having that intensity where you want to win. Hopefully I’ll get some minutes while I’m here.“I fractured my ankle around the end of February, and I was out for the rest of the season. I’ve just come back for the last two weeks, having been out for three months. That was very disappointing.“Now that I’m back fit, I just want to stay healthy and get back playing.”last_img read more


first_imgWard was found guilty of assault causing harm after he stabbed his brother-in-law.A MAN who stabbed his brother-in-law as he arrived for a memorial Mass has been jailed for ten months.Martin ‘Mattress’ Ward stabbed Michael McDonagh – who is married to his sister –  in the grounds of the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Letterkenny on June 26th, 2012. Letterkenny District Court had heard how Ward, 33, tried to stab Mr McDonagh up to a dozen times through the window of his carMr McDonagh, his wife Ann and their children arrived at the second anniversary mass for Mrs McDonagh’s late brother-in-law Charlie who had drowned.However just seconds after leaving his wife off to the front door of the church, Mr McDonagh was attacked.The father-of-six eventually struggled out of the passenger seat of the Ford Galaxy car and ran to a nearby shop where the shop-owner locked him in a room until the Gardai arrived.Mr McDonagh claimed the issue had arisen following a previous dispute the accused had with his brother John Joe.The victim said he feared for his life saying he still finds it difficult to get over his ordeal.“It’s hard to get asleep at night thinking about someone stabbing you through a window,” he said.Martin Ward, of 45 Ard Na Ri, Letterkenny, claimed he was nowhere near Co Donegal on the day of the alleged stabbing.He claimed he was hunting hares and rabbits with a friend in Thurles where he was living.Today Judge Paul Kelly, who had heard the case, refused a request from defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher for Ward to be dealt with by way of a suspended sentence or community service order.Mr Gallagher said the family dispute had erupted out of a trivial matter over who had bought a pint in a pub several years ago.Garda Inspector David Kelly said he was concerned that Ward would carry out such an attack sparked by a trivial matter.Judge Kelly said the attack had been “vicious and unprovoked” involving “the use of a deadly weapon.”He said only a custodial sentence was appropriate considering “the aggravated circumstances of the attack.”He sentenced Ward to 10 months in prison.The matter has now been referred back to the Circuit Court where Ward was given  a one year sentence, suspended for 7 years, in 2008 for a previous assault.MAN WHO STABBED BROTHER-IN-LAW AT CHAPEL IS JAILED was last modified: February 4th, 2014 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:attackMARTIN WARDstablast_img read more


first_imgMary Mc Granaghan and Kieran Doherty, BASICC Committee.They’re walking back to health and happiness in the Twin Towns with the official launch of the BASICC Walks Initiative which took place recently.Ballybofey And Stranorlar Integrated Community Company (BASICC) who developed the project said they were are delighted with the project which is a further enhancement of the local walks initative in and around the Twin Towns.The actual works included upgrading the Drumboe Town walk and directional signage to other notable historic sites. The project funding was provided with a grant of €54,460 being allocated by DLDC through LEADER.There has been a huge increase in popularity of walks in and around the Twin Towns area thereby helping promote Tourism in the Twin Towns.BASICC had identified existing routes in need of upgrading, making them more accessable and safer to walk. A pocketguide has also been produced to promote the walks along with trailhead signs, directional signage and furniture.Speaking at the launch, Chairman of BASICC, Kieran Doherty said he was delighted with the project and that the objectives of the committee were to increase tourism and enterprise in the Twin Towns. He thanked all involved in the project, but particularly DLDC and Leader who provided the grant and guidance for the project. He thanked the Villa Rose Hotel, Jacksons Hotel, Kees Hotel, Mc Elhinneys Stores and CLADDA for also providing funds to match fund the grant. He also paid tribute to Coillte, Donegal County Council, Tús and Fas for all their support with this and other projects around the area.Chairman of DLDC, Mr Jim Slevin, said that his Board were always happy to help communities who wish to increase Tourism and Enterprise within their areas. He also commended the BASICC committee on all the great work that they have initiated around the Twin Towns.He said “This project ties in perfectly with the companies Rural Recreation Plan for Outdoor Pursuits in 2014”.He also pointed out that several other organisations in the Twin Towns had benefited from Leader funding in recent times including the Development of the “Pound” in Stranorlar, which includes statues of Frances Brown and Issac Butt, the Town Clock, Trusk Lough Walks Project, Gort Scíth Picnic Area, Enhancement works in both towns and more recently the Ard Mc Cool Playgrounds and the recent completed extension to the Finn Valley CentreLocal Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan also spoke at the event stating that it was great to see all organisation working in partnership to make this happen. He paid tribute to DLDC, Leader, RRO, Tus and Fas as well as the five business’s and CLADDA who helped support the development.The official cutting of the ribbon was performed by Mary Mc Granaghan, BASICC with Frank Kelly also of DLDC and Leader acting as MC for the event.WALKING BACK TO ‘BASICC’ HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN THE TWIN TOWNS! was last modified: August 11th, 2014 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:BASICCdonegalDonegal Local development Compnaytwin townswalkslast_img read more

United Fans reject football bandwagonism: Five talking points from last weekend’s football action

first_imgManchester United fans have stood behind Jose Mourinho despite an indifferent start to the season1- Man United Fans Know Their Football: In the wake of Manchester United’s patchy start to the season which saw the Red Devils lose two of their first three games, it would have been easy for United fans to pick on manager Jose Mourinho. Instead, they’ve rejected bandwagonism that would have seen them buy into the English press’ attempt to write him off as a man of yesteryear. At Turf Moor, they were in full voice backing the Portuguese gaffer. Why? Two reasons. One, United can’t find a better manager. Secondly, he’s carrying his passion for United on his sleeve and said he isn’t quitting the world’s best managerial job.2- Three Horse Race: At least 75 percent of football pundits called Manchester City to retain the English Premier League title. The rest called Liverpool. Four matches into the new season, nothing has happened to suggest they were way off the mark. Pep Guardiola’s trailblazers remain an irrepressible force. Except, Jurgen Klopp’s Kop are putting up a serious fight of it, as evidenced by their best start to a league campaign since 1990. Chelsea’s 100 percent start to the campaign, while playing champagne football, also suggests Maurizio Sarri is an exponent of the correct football philosophy.3- Hairstyles Don’t Affect Form: Soccer fans from conservative countries like Uganda are quick to notice players’ changes in hairstyle and often relate them to form. Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been a frequent target of the hairstyle bogey, with fans linking any drop in form to excessive time spent in the saloon. What hogwash! Stars like Pogba and Ruud Gullit, Didier Drogba, Carlos Valderama ‘El Pibe’ and Frank Rijkaard who need freedom to express themselves. You would have to be cuckoos to relate a players’ form to hairstyle.4- Ronaldo Needs Patience: Juventus fans are probably wondering what the fuss was all about. Having seen the club fork out a Serie A record transfer fee of €100m for the goal machine, they forked out $125 to buy CR7 replica shirts. Three games into the new season, Ronaldo is yet to score despite having 23 shots on goal. Old Lady aficionados needn’t worry. Before December, Ronaldo times himself to peak in the Champions League. He only turns on the afterburners after the winter break.5- Huesca Caught In Bright Lights: Newly promoted Liga Santander outfit Huesca made the grave mistake of playing an open game at the Nou Camp. They probably felt they can make life difficult by surprising Blagruana with an attacking game. Even though they took a 1-0 lead inside five minutes, they ended up on the wrong side of an 8-2 shelling. Lesson for the newcomers? Don’t play Barcelona at their own game, in front of their fans.Comments Tags: toplast_img read more