QUEENS, New York: ONE of the world’s leading athletes, Veronica Campbell-Brown, says based on her own experience, she distrusts the way anti-doping measures are effected. At the National Championships in 2013, Campbell-Brown returned a positive test for diuretics (lasix) and was provisionally suspended. She denied knowingly taking banned substances and was later cleared (October 2, 2013) by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and issued a public warning. The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the sport’s world governing body, appealed the decision, but the Court of Arbitration for sport (CAS) cleared Campbell-Brown of all doping charges, citing the JAAA’s testing procedures for not being complicit with international standards. As a consequence of that experience, she has no faith in the system and is urging fellow athletes to be honest and arm themselves with enough information to avoid making incorrect decisions pertaining to doping. Seventeen-time Olympic and World Championships medallist Campbell-Brown was in New York at the weekend where she was a guest of honour at the 21st Children of Jamaica Outreach yearly function and presented with its Humanitarian Award for her work as a philanthropist. While here to collect her award, she was asked about a couple of current drug-related happenings in her sport, one relating to the Russian Federation – and, by extension, its athletes – being banned from competition after a systematic doping programme was uncovered; and corruption allegations against former IAAF president, Senegal’s Lamine Diack. “I tend not to judge people,” she said, when asked if the IAAF’s first-time decision to ban an entire country’s athletes from competition was unfair. “You never know what’s going on, and based on my experiences, which I really don’t want to go into, I really do not trust the system, and I won’t ever trust the system and that’s the most I want to say,” Campbell-Brown stated firmly. “But I do believe that God has blessed a lot of people and there are a lot of talented people out there, and the great talent that we have makes for great competition, but that’s all I’m going to say about that. “The federation made their ruling and I don’t know all the information they have to make that ruling,” she added. Diack is alleged to have taken bribes totalling more than US$1 million as part of a cover-up for Russia’s doping issues. “I do not know the president personally, so there’s nothing I can say on that matter,” was the Jamaican sprinter’s offering on that topic. She said the bad news isn’t good for track and field. “I do not follow the negative part of my sport too much, because it is not good for us, it’s not good for the upliftment of the sport,” the 33-year-old pointed out. “Track and field needs more support, we need more sponsors, and with the negative publicity that we’re getting, it’s not helping us, so I tend to just stay focused on me and I just pray that people will be honest in what they’re doing .”
My Fellow Liberians:Let me begin by extending my solemn condolence to all Liberians who have lost loved ones to the deadly outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease or have been otherwise affected by the epidemic. My prayer remains that all of us will continue to work together with international partners who have come to our aid to remove this scourge from our country and from the region as a whole.I have convened this Press Conference this morning to inform the Liberian public that I have just respectfully asked President Sirleaf to accept my resignation which I tendered on March 31, 2014. You may recall that last October, the Supreme Court of Liberia held me in contempt for granting “compassionate leave” to Rodney Sieh, in keeping with Section 34.20 read in concert with 34.2(d) of the Criminal Procedure Law, ILCL Revised. Pursuant to a public hearing on October 21, 2013, where my counsels were not allowed to raise any legal arguments, but were instead browbeaten into offering an apology to appease the judiciary, the Court proceeded on January 10, 2014 to render a decision suspending my license to practice law for six months. At the instance and reasoned expert advice of my lawyer, Counselor Varney Sherman, I petitioned for re-argument. Regrettably, the court affirmed the decision to suspend my license as punishment due to its objection to my good faith enforcement of law which it construed as disrespectful, amounting to evidence of contempt of court.In a letter dated March 31, 2014, I tendered my resignation as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia to President Sirleaf. However, for reasons best known to her, the President delayed acknowledgment of my letter and ultimately postponed consideration of my prerogative to resign from her cabinet appointment.On July 11, 2014, I formally notified President Sirleaf by letter that I had completed the six-month suspension imposed by Supreme Court on my license to practice law and that the Court had ordered that I resume practice. She responded immediately, asking me to return to work and indicating that we will discuss my letter of resignation of March 31, 2014 at a later date. Out of deference for the Office of the President and in view of the national security crisis posed by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, I obliged and continued with my schedule of duties, while in utmost good faith awaiting President Sirleaf’s convenience to ratify my longstanding decision to resign.On July 17, 2014, in the interim of my good faith anticipation of the follow up discussion about my resignation which the President had promised, I was shocked and dismayed to learn that the Minister of Information, the official spokesperson for the government, issued an eight-page statement which pronounced the parody of justice in the Contempt Proceedings Against Christiana Tah, Minister of Justice and Counselor Beyan D. Howard as a classic example of judicial independence and equality before the law, irrespective of social class.The copious press release, which was disseminated without the commonplace collegiality of informing me ahead of time, failed to acknowledge my pending resignation notice. Indeed, the ceremonial appeared to be aimed at a preemption and/or retaliation of the prerogative to resign, which I sought to exercise nearly four months earlier.My fellow citizens, as difficult and as painful as it has been for me to be objectified into a lightning rod for controversial claims about “the rule of law,” I was willing to subordinate my grievances to the best interest of our dearly beloved nation, to bite the bullet, and to count it “all in a day’s work,” as the saying goes. I was particularly appalled that the Government chose to announce its reaction to my matter with the Supreme Court given that the nation was at the height of its fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.Nevertheless, it has become unbearable to me to persevere in name as the dutifully appointed Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia when in reality concrete actions indicate a determination to systematically undermine and gut the portfolio of relevance and effectiveness. The landscape of the Liberian Jurisprudence is being transformed in arbitrary and inscrutable ways that make it onerous to conscientiously navigate. Amidst the prevailing interpretation of the doctrine of separation of powers and the ensuing blurring of the rules and roles of engagement, even within the executive arm of government itself, the investments of national and international stakeholders promoting the rule of law is being eroded by actions that contradict the values that underpin the fabric of our society.I cannot be the Minister of Justice and not supervise the operations of the security agencies under the Ministry of Justice, for example; or what is “the rule of law” if the President asserts that she does not trust the Ministry of Justice to independently investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency? What is “the rule of law” if a duly appointed Minister of Justice with oversight for security has grave concerns about what her volitional resignation will mean for her own personal security and freedom as a Liberian citizen?Cognizant of the President’s rhetoric of commitment to the rule of law, my own painstaking efforts to help re-establish the foundations for justice and venerate defining principles such as the separation of powers in our nascent democracy, and most importantly the duty of transparency and accountability that we owe Liberians as public servants, I believe that it is unconscionable for me not to resign with immediate effect. Accordingly, I have asked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to accept this reiteration of my notice to resign from her cabinet as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia with immediate effect.Many of my friends and family who have lived through this trying experience with me, and were perplexed that I tabled my decision to step down on March 31, 2014 at the behest of the President, have asked: “why did you decide to go back to that job, after everything you have been put through?” The answer is simple: Love of country! Furthermore, the interest of our nation is bigger and paramount over any personal or partisan concern(s). I would also be remiss not to underscore my enduring belief that leadership must be enacted as an art in self-transcendence and that a public servant must necessarily prioritize the collective good through thick and thin. Finally, I deem it important to lead by example in showing young people who struggle everyday with the vicissitudes of life that integrity is its own reward and adversity is an element of growth. In this vein, I believe that as a public servant my oath of office means that I pledge to deepen our collective learning and institutional growth, even if it entails humbling myself at great personal costs.It is the same public spiritedness that informs my world view which underpins the ethical dilemma that has compelled my decision to unequivocally draw the line beyond which I cannot continue to fill the position of the Minister of Justice in name without the substantive support of the Chief Executive. This is especially given that my allegiance is first and foremost to our nation. Having relented at retreating at the height of my own personal pain when my hard-earned professional asset was suspended and my credibility called into question, and having deferred to the President when she denied my prerogative to promptly exit her administration, it is with justifiable relief that I inform you that I can no longer continue to struggle to vindicate the portfolio designated for the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia when it is eviscerated and reduced to a pretext to legitimate and perpetrate arbitrary activities and inscrutable practices under the guise of “the rule of law.”My fellow Liberians, to say that these are perilous times for our nation is to put it mildly. Nonetheless, I take solace in our resilience as a people as I pray that we learn and emerge from the challenges of our nation-building stronger.I do honestly thank President Sirleaf for the opportunity to serve my country in the capacity as Attorney General and Minister of Justice for nearly six years. I thank the Liberian people for your support, cooperation, and understanding in even the most difficult times. God Bless the Republic of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Guyanese pilot who illegally flew two small aircraft out of the Eugene F Correia International Airport at Ogle in 2016 was on Saturday killed in a plane crash off Long Island, New York.Dead is 41-year-old Munidat “Raj” Persaud of Waterbury, USA.The twin-engine Piper PA-34 he was piloting crashed into the water around 11:10hDead: Guyanese pilot, Munidat “Raj” Persaudon Saturday with three persons, including Persaud. The first body was recovered soon after the crash, but the remaining bodies were found in the water on Sunday evening near the plane’s fuselage.It was reported that the plane took off from Danbury Municipal Airport in Connecticut but its intended destination was unclear.Moments after the two bodies were pulled from the water on Sunday, Persaud was positively identified as the owner of the aircraft.Based on a Newsday report, Persaud owned two companies that train pilots – Danbury Flight Training and Oxford Flight Training, according to Connecticut business records.On the Oxford Flight Training website, Persaud describes himself as a commercialThe crash sitepilot and certified FAA maintenance inspector and technician, adding that he started the company in 2004. He previously worked as an airline flight engineer, employed by Pan American World Airways as a technical representative and avionics tech.In addition, the FAA records proved that Persaud owned another Piper PA-34 that crashed May 20 on Bald Mountain in Vermont.The pilot in that crash died from his injuries and had received commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates just days before, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s website. The pilot had been flying back to Waterbury-Oxford Airport from Burlington International Airport — against the advice of an expert adviser, who was surprised to learn he had elected to fly in rainy and cloudy weather instead of waiting a day, according to the Safety Board’s report.Further, two years ago, a student flying a Cessna plane that Persaud owned suffered serious injuries after he crashed in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, according to the NTSB, which cited pilot error.Meanwhile, Persaud and an unnamed pilot in June 2016 had flown out from the Ogle Airport without authorization, two Cessna 206 aircraft, which were the subject of High Court litigation in Guyana. The cause of the crash is unknown and the two other bodies are yet to be identified.
Inter can be considered fortunate to escape the Allianz Stadium with a point after watching the dominant hosts create a series of chances, most of which were created by lively right-winger Juan Cuadrado and wasted by Mario Mandzukic.Inter started the game well but created nothing of note, and as the match wore on the away side sank further back into their own half, unable to keep the ball and in the end lucky to escape with a point.“Leaving Turin with a point and a clean sheet is positive,” said Spalletti. “The first 30 minutes were very good up until the final third.“I thought we had the potential to do more, but we gave the ball away because we weren’t determined enough in the second half. We almost seemed to rest on our laurels and be content with just keeping possession.”Despite Inter’s early domination of the ball, Mandzukic could have given Juve the lead as early as the eighth minute when a Cuadrado cross wormed its way through a crowd of defenders, but the Croat shot straight at Inter keeper Samir Handanovic from close range.Unfortunate Mandzukic went closer than anyone did to scoring just before the end of a tight first half, meeting another cross from his Colombian teammate only to to see his powerful header thwack the crossbar.The second half continued as the first ended, but Juve couldn’t capitalise on a wobbling Inter team that was struggling to get out of its own half, with the excellent Handanovic on hand to repel the hosts when they didn’t fluff chances on their own.Mandzukic — Juve’s freshest player after missing the 2-0 win at Olympiakos that secured their placed in the last 16 of the Champions League — had the best opportunity to win the match with just eight minutes left.– ‘Two dropped points’ –He was found alone in the area with space to shoot, but he slipped before he could pull the trigger and Inter escaped with a precious point.“Inter are top of the table, are a quality team and worked really hard. We were great in the second half and were only lacking a goal,” said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.“It’s a shame we didn’t win, but considering how much we can improve, I am happy with the performance, as Inter are competitive to fight for the title to the end.”But midfielder Miralem Pjanic conceded the draw felt like a missed opportunity for Juve as they chase a seventh straight league crown.“The disappointment of the team in the locker room was evident, as we were the stronger side on the field and didn’t take our chances,” Pjanic said.“It’s a pity, as we were superior on the night and could’ve done more to win…I see this as two dropped points, as Inter never really had scoring opportunities.”Sixth-placed Sampdoria missed the chance to close in on the Champions League places earlier after throwing away a two-goal half-time lead created by Fabio Quagliarella to draw 2-2 at Cagliari, who stay 13th on 17 points thanks to goals in four minutes from Diego Farias and Leonardo Pavoletti.Marco Giampaolo’s Samp are seven points behind Roma in fourth, who travel to Chievo in Sunday’s early match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ forward Paulo Dybala (L) and midfielder Blaise Matuidi (C) fight for the ball with Inter Milan’s midfielder Matias Vecino on December 9, 2017 © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 10 – Unbeaten Inter Milan maintained their lead at the top of Serie A after a hard-fought goalless draw at arch-rivals Juventus on Saturday.Luciano Spalletti’s Inter leave Turin two points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who are level on 38 points with Juventus and have the chance to reclaim top spot at home to Fiorentina on Sunday.
While forecasts had projected that government surpluses would total $5.6 trillion over the next decade, the 2001 recession, spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the president’s first-term tax cuts all combined to wipe out those surpluses. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ECONOMY: Analysts expect figure for entire year to be even better. Spending hits record. By Martin Crutsinger THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The federal deficit is running sharply lower than last year even though spending in August set an all-time high, the government reported Thursday. The Treasury Department said that the deficit through the first 11 months of this budget year totaled $274.4 billion, down 9.8 percent from the same period a year ago. Analysts believe the deficit for all of 2007 will be even lower because they are forecasting a sizable surplus in the final month, reflecting in part timing issues that caused about $44billion in Social Security and Medicare payments that normally would have been made in September to be shifted into August. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting that when this budget year wraps up on Sept. 30, the deficit will total $158 billion, down by 36.2 percent from last year’s $248.2 billion deficit. The government’s books have been helped this year by record flows of tax receipts, which have continued even though economic growth has been reduced by a serious slump in housing. A deficit of $158 billion would be the best showing since the budget was actually in balance for four years. The last surplus was in 2001, President Bush’s first year in office.
Nine businesses from across Donegal will compete for four highly-coveted prizes in the final of the 2017 Donegal Local Enterprise Awards in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday night.Christopher Flanagan, Flanagan’s Furniture (Buncrana); Lynn Costello Erskine, The Pear in paper (Donegal Town); Annette Houston, Galuck Ltd. T/A Cleaners in a Click (Letterkenny); Sharon McDaid, Silver Birch Gallery & Studio (Carndonagh); Emmet Rushe, Rushe Fitness Ltd (Letterkenny); Jessica Peoples, ZoNa Dance Co (Letterkenny & Greencastle); Anna Good, Wholegreen Health Food (Letterkenny), Michael Faulkner, Euroxchanger (Bridgend and Muff) and Thomas McLaughlin, Tádaias, (Manorcunningham), will all be hoping they can take home one of the sought-after 2017 titles.The awards will be presented during a special spring business-networking event that will see television mentalist David Meade bring his unique brand of humour and entertainment to a fantastic night of celebration of business in the county. “David’s business skills have been used by a host of global giants such as Apple, Cisco and Saatchi and Saatchi (to name but a few) but he’ll be coming to Letterkenny to entertain as well as inform.He is hugely in demand and his show tour dates for 2017 have all sold out so we were delighted that he could find the time to come to Letterkenny for this unique business event,” said Ursula Donnelly, Deputy Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office.The nine finalists for the 2017 Local Enterprise Awards were revealed earlier this week following a rigorous screening and judging process.“The awards have been running for over 20 years in Donegal and we have a stringent process in place to make the short-list, never mind be named as a finalist. The nine businesses who have reached the final have all presented business plans and faced rigorous scrutiny from a panel of judges, and can be justifiably proud of reaching this stage. All that remains is to see who will win the four awards,” Ursula added.She stressed however that Saturday night’s event is also a business-networking event and urged local businesses to make the most of the opportunity.When we ask for feedback from businesses, we are often told that they’d love more networking events, so we are really hoping that they will not miss out on this opportunity.It’s a great way to support the finalists in the awards, but also to meet others in business in a fun and informal setting. Apart from David Meade there will be music by Headroom and with dinner also included, tickets are superbly priced at just €25.The evening kicks off with a drinks reception from 7.30pm and tickets can be purchased online – http://bit.ly/2mGQVgp Nine compete for top spots in Donegal Business Awards was last modified: March 21st, 2017 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:Donegal Business Awardsfinals
Jayden Bogle shinned the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear GETTY IMAGES getty images The Rams had several good chances, before eventually taking the lead when Boro defender Friend diverted the ball into his own net from a cross by Derby left-back Scott Malone.On-loan Liverpool starlet Harry Wilson was again very bright and went close twice, hitting the post with a sweet curling shot before seeing an arrowed free-kick turned around the post by Darren Randolph.Pulis made all three substitutions not long into the second-half and Boro did improve, yet Derby were still on top for most of the match.Despite their dominance, though, they could not find the back of the net again and they were left to rue their lack of clinical touch when Boro equalised through Bogle’s freak own goal.Lampard was speechless on the sidelines, no doubt wondering how his team had let a sure victory slip through their fingers. A dominant Derby County were denied a third win on the trot by a comedic own goal by Jayden Bogle, as they drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.Frank Lampard’s side were set for a 1-0 victory having led for most of the match through another own goal from Boro defender George Friend in the first-half.But, in the closing stages, Bogle unintentionally volleyed into his own net from inside the penalty area. George Friend also put the ball into his own net in a game of two own goals 3 3 3 The 18-year-old, with his face to goal, attempted to clear after a Boro attack, but instead of hooking the ball over his shoulder and away he shinned the ball past the helpless Scott Carson.Derby would have gone top of the Championship table if they held onto their 1-0 lead.But instead, a point apiece has seen Boro go top, albeit before the rest of the day’s games begin and despite claiming only three wins from their league ten league games.Tony Pulis’ side will be grateful for a point having been comprehensively outplayed in the first half an hour.Derby made a blistering start, playing neat and fast football and keeping Middlesbrough pinned inside their own half for lengthy periods, eventually leading the Boro being booed off at half-time by their own fans. Frank Lampard watches on from his new position on the touchline
COMMUNITY ALERT: Gardaí are hunting a three-man gang of local criminals who terrorised a 75-year-old Donegal woman in her home at the weekend.The victim was attacked at her home in the townland of Ranny, a remote area outside Kerrykeel. She was assaulted during the incident and her phone line ripped out to prevent her using her panic alarm.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily that he believed the gang were local to the area. One of the three men, he said, was particularly aggressive.“This gang needed a car to get to this house because it is quite rural and the three men had local accents,” said the Inspector.“We’ve already had three calls from members of the public and they have been very very helpful.“But we need more information. I need to know if anyone saw a car in that area between 9pm and 11pm on Saturday night. “These people broke into the victim’s home around 9.50pm. They demanded money and when the lady said she didn’t have any, they ransacked the house, with one of the three was particularly aggressive.“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us straight away.”The gang was made off without taking anything but the woman was left terrorised. One of the men wore a cream coloured top pulled over his face. The other two men had scarves and jumpers covering their face.How you can help:Anyone with information or who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. COMMUNITY ALERT: LOCAL THIEVES TERRORISE PENSIONER IN HER HOME was last modified: December 24th, 2013 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:KERRYKEELkerrykellPENSIONERrobbery
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Myles made a name for herself last season with tenacious defense, but her ability to score was often overlooked by opponents. She hit all five shots she took in the Lancers’ state championship game win over Stockton Mary’s to score in double digits in that game and the Southern California Regional championship a week prior. Myles was also considering Baylor, San Diego State, Illinois-Chicago, and UNLV. She chose Oregon State so her family could continue to watch her play. “I am so used to my parents and grandparents being at all my games, I felt that playing in the Pac-10, they could continue to see my games,” said Myles, who lives in Chino. Being isolated in rural Corvallis and the bad weather often associated with that part of the state is something Myles isn’t worried about. Juanise Cornell, a senior forward, committed to Colorado State in September. “It was really relieving and rewarding,” Myles said. “It was a great accomplishment for all the time, money and sacrifices we put into this.” Bishop Amat High School girls basketball player Christen Myles made an oral commitment late last month to attend Oregon State. Myles, a senior guard for the state champion Lancers, became the team’s second player to commit to a Division I college in less than a month. “I am so used to California weather, but I figured that if I went to Chicago, there would be nothing but snow,” Myles said. West Covina High’s football team has moved to No. 2 in the latest Tribune football rankings. The Bulldogs, who won CIF-SS Division VII last season, are undefeated at 4-0 and preparing for a difficult game Friday against Division II Ayala. “I am obviously happy that we’re 4-0, but we still feel like we have a lot of questions to be answered and improvements to make,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. “We’ve had a couple of tough games and I am expecting another this weekend.” Most coaches will tell you the two main ingredients for winning are a good rushing attack and strong defense. West Covina has had both thus far. The Bulldogs’ defense is allowing just 8.2 points per game. Running backs London Richmond and Tyler Hockenhull are both averaging more than 10 yards per carry. “Our defense has come around a little bit quicker than I thought it would,” Maggiore said. “Not only are they playing well, but I feel like the coaches are preparing them well going into games.” The Bulldogs are putting up big numbers without their top tailback William Wallace, who has been limited by a knee injury. Wallace has been starting on defense, but hasn’t looked ready enough to play extensively on offense. “Every week he’s a little bit better,” Maggiore said. “We were running sprints yesterday and he was finishing first. I feel like he’s a couple of weeks away from being full strength. “He probably wasn’t ready to play the first couple of weeks, but he really wanted to play. He didn’t really look that good, but now he’s starting to look like he did last year. When he gets to that point, he’s going to be another back we can use.” Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Click on the links above for more details on each clinic and registration forms. All clinics will take place in a positive and hardworking environment where the main goal is to make you a better player. Space is limited for each clinic, so register early! We look forward to you joining us this winter! Print Friendly Version 2016-17 Rich Calvert Winter Softball Clinics ScheduleDecember 18th, 2016 The Bulldog Elite Skills clinics for grades 8-12th will take place on December 18, 2016 and January 8, 2017 following the pitching/catching clinics. The hitting portion will include drills and techniques focusing on tee work, swing breakdown, hitting to all fields and mental approach. The defensive portion will cover footwork, angles, glove work and throwing technique. The cost is $90 to attend. The Bulldog Elite Pitching and Catching clinics for grades 8-12th will be offered on December 18, 2016 and January 8, 2017. The pitching portion will be geared towards teaching proper technique and pitching fundamentals while touching upon different pitches, including fastball, change-up, drop ball and rise ball. The catching portion will focus on receiving, blocking, communicating and fielding the position. Pitchers and catchers will split into their own group to focus on learning position-specific skills and will then come back as a group to further develop these skills together. Pitchers DO NOT need to provide their own catcher. The cost is $75 to attend. For those wanting to attend both a pitching/catching clinic and an elite skills clinic there is a discounted rate of $150 for the two clinics. Bulldog Elite Pitching & Catching – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – (Grades 8-12) – $75 Bulldog Elite Skills Clinic – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – (Grades 8-12) – $90January 8th, 2017 Bulldog Elite Pitching & Catching – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – (Grades 8-12) – $75 Bulldog Elite Skills Clinic – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – (Grades 8-12) – $90The Drake University softball program is excited to invite you to sign up for our Rich Calvert 2016-17 winter clinics! This winter we will have many different options available to enhance your pitching, hitting, catching and defensive skills. Our goal is to make you a better overall softball player!