first_imgBEAUMONT, TEXAS – It will be a Louisiana battle in Beaumont, Texas, on Sunday when the No. 3-seeded Northwestern State Lady Demons battle the top-seeded No. 1 McNeese Cowgirls at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center. The two will meet in the tournament final Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. No 1 McNeese 4, No. 4 Sam Houston State 2 (Box Score)In a grueling match, McNeese was able to dig up just enough on the singles side to send the Cowgirls to the tournament championship for the first time since 2004. In doubles play, the Cowgirls were able to breeze past Sam Houston, winning at lines three and one in 30 minutes. Charoline Erlandsson and Phonexay Chitdara earned the 6-2 win at the bottom line for the Cowgirls with Sarah Jurakova and Hannah Brett winning at the top flight to give McNeese the 1-0 lead into singles. The singles matches was a different story as the Bearkats put the pressure on the top-seeded team quick. Sam Houston won five of the first six singles sets, but McNeese pushed back, sending four matches to three sets. The Cowgirls went up 3-0 as Marija Mastilovic won at line four 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, and line five with Charoline Erlandsson earning a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 match. Sam Houston brought the match within a point as Sahaja Yamalapalli won 7-5, 7-6 at the No. 2 line, and Mila Milanovic was able to hold Chitdara off from coming back down 5-1 in the third set, taking the match 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. The Bearkats’ Khee Yen Wee, pushing through a cramp that forced a medical timeout late in the third set, fell 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 3 line against Brett. The Cowgirls squeezed out a 4-2 win over No. 4 Sam Houston State while the Lady Demons battled to the very last set to score a 4-3 victory over the two-time defending champion, No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. No. 3 Northwestern State 4, No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3 (Box Score)Northwestern State is returning to the Southland Conference championship after a one-year absence, making its fifth appearance in six years. It was all down to Southland Player of the Year Polina Mutel at the No. 1 line against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Hortense Boscher in the third set with the team match tied at 3-3. Mutel had taken the first set 6-3 but fell 4-6 in the second. They were the only ones who needed all three set. Mutel never let Boscher get within a point in the third, taking the set 6-3. The Lady Demons garnered the doubles point after winning at lines two and three. Corpus Christi collected three-straight singles points with Caroline Bulatovic, Luna Dormet and Louise Trigona tallying wins at lines six, three and four, respectively. Polina Ivanova defeated Jelena Dzinic at the No. 2 flight 6-4, 7-6 to bring the match within one before Judit Castillo put away her match at No. 5 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.last_img read more

first_imgA group of Liberians residing in the US have established the Benjamin Karmon Sehkar Foundation Incorporated (BKS).The BKS Foundation, as it is affectionately known, has been established in memory of the late Benjamin K. Sehkar. Benjamin was a broadcast journalist, who in 1990 and at the height of the Liberian Civil War was killed by Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) soldiers during a popular uprising against the Samuel Kanyon Doe government. BKS will be headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia.The Foundation was established with a focus on providing tuition assistance to disadvantaged and underprivileged children as well as students from the rural parts of Liberia; with Nimba County being the primary target.The idea grew out of the heartbroken and scary news in Liberia relatives to the deaths of those who have succumbed to the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).“All of us then realized the scary and truth of the EVD killer virus hitting close to home—Nimba County with reference to the Town of Nyor-Butuo, near the Buutuo Headquarters; just a stone throw from the Liberia/Ivorian border towns of Douhuba and Benhouwen. Knowing how poor our hometown is, and fearing the worst; our family in the USA and Liberia went scrambling, trying to come up with solutions, thereby establishing the BKS Foundation, Inc through which most of the assistance would come,” G. Alvin Sehkar, a senior founding member disclosed in a dispatch.Meanwhile, as the fight to contain the Ebola virus continues, the BKS Foundation in collaboration with its partners has decided to take the fight to Ebola.Based on that, the BKS Foundation has for the past few weeks, successfully completed the training of 50 individuals in the Buu-Yao District, Nimba County as part of the fight.The training, the dispatch said, was mainly conducted in the local dialect thus attracting the participants to the messages.There are future prudent projects we are considering. One of those projects would include the provision of BKS scholarships to students at all the major universities in and around Liberia.BKS Foundation mission is to provide the means and access to good, reasonable and quality education for children of underprivileged and disadvantage communities in Liberia.To that, each founding member is therefore committed to providing educational opportunities to every child in Liberia regardless the constraints while teaching them the word of God.The vision is to one day realize a Liberia in which children from all over the country, have equal access to quality education in this era of global competitiveness. The members are envision a Liberia in which children from these disadvantage and underprivileged parts of our society would receive quality education in a safe, constructive, and well-staffed educational facilities. The vision is based Ecclesiastes 7:12, “For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.”We carefully monitor and review programs and costs, use donations and grants for their intended purposes, and look for ways to leverage funds for maximum impact. Stewardship is an integral part of everything we do — because we recognize that every resource entrusted to us can transform real children’s lives. All of our executives are educated, trustworthy, and many of them own their businesses.The BKS Foundation, Inc. will be providing scholarships to qualified and selected to students to all major universities and colleges in Liberia next academic school year.           About Benjamin Karmon Sehkar  Born and raised in Nyor Butuo, Nimba County, the North-Central portion of Liberia, Benjamin Sehkar served as a reporter at the ELWA radio station from 1983 to 1990 rising to the position of Assistant Gio (Dan) Program Director. His passion and love for education was exceptional with a dream to help the underprivileged children in his home town and region with access to affordable and quality education.After his untimely death, his dream was temporarily delayed. Alvin Sehkar, a son of Benjamin Sehkar, decided to further his father’s legacy by founding the BKS Foundation, Inc. in 2013. The BKS Foundation is currently in the process of obtaining the 501c (3) Tax exempt status in the USA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgConcerns raised by citizens regarding tonight’s four-hour closure of the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) are centred on the weekend’s increased activities relative to entertainment gatherings in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), but the DHBC has said those timings are final and the bridge will be subjected to closure and maintenance during that period of time.General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC), RawlstonDemerara Harbour BridgeAdams, on Friday noted he is aware that commuters who expect to utilize the bridge during that time would be inconvenienced by the works, but the company is expected to work on a schedule which is not influenced by any public matter.“Those works will inconvenience them because [of] the timing. We do apologise for that, but unfortunately we don’t schedule our works around entertainment activities; (our works are) based on what needs to be done,” he stated.Commuters are being advised to traverse the bridge before its closure, to avoid any disruption in their scheduled activities.“We do apologise to those people, and we tell them to go over (the bridge) early, they’ll have more time to have more fun. So I’m hoping that they get over early. We’re finishing at two, so if they’re finished by then, we’ll just be finished for them to come over back,” he said, referring to those who would be travelling to the West Coast for planned entertainment activities.The bridge is expected to be closed for four hours, from 22:00h to 02:00h Saturday morning, for emergency maintenance works.last_img read more

first_imgDuring the Order of Restricted Access, a person must not enter or remain in the restricted area unless the person:a) first receives written authorization from a Wildfire Management Branch officialb) enters the area only in the course of travelling to and from his or her residence- Advertisement -This Restriction applies from 75 kilometre on the Tommy Lakes Road north to the end of the constructed road. A map of the affected area is available online at: Tommy Lakes fire is currently 4,400 hectares in size. The fire is a modified response fire; it is being actively monitored but not actively suppressed.  For more information on this fire and others in the region, click here. An Evacuation Alert is also in place for this fire. More information can be found at: www.prrd.bc.calast_img read more

first_img1 Some England fans were not happy with Andros Townsend’s inclusion Roy Hodgson has come under scathing attack from England fans following his team selection ahead of the European Championship qualifier against Slovenia.The manager’s decision to pick Andros Townsend ahead of Theo Walcott hasn’t gone down well, with other surprises including Phil Jones continuing his place at right-back instead of the in form Nathaniel Clyne.It is first v second in Group E of the qualifying stages with England’s five wins out of five keeping them six points ahead of their opponents.The England staring line up to face Slovenia in Ljubljana is: Hart, Jones, Gibbs, Cahill, Smalling, Delph, Wilshere, Henderson, Townsend, Sterling, Rooney.Read the angry England fans’ comments belowlast_img read more

first_img1 Alex Sandro in action for Porto Manchester City and Juventus are battling it out to secure the signature of Porto defender Alex Sandro.The Brazilian defender has been one of Porto’s most consistent performers since joining them in 2011 and is being tracked by some of Europe’s financial giants.City are keen to add a full-back to their ranks this summer and are rivalling Juve in the pursuit of the defender, according to Sky Italia.However, Porto have already lost right-back Danilo to Real Madrid this summer and are reluctant to lose Sandro unless a they receive a lucrative bid.But the 24-year-old has just one year left on his contract and Porto may decide to cash in as it is unlikely he will sign a new deal.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The maneuvering followed a 273-156 vote that left supporters 13 short of the two-thirds majority needed to prevail in a bruising veto struggle between Congress and the president. It was Bush’s third veto of the year. He has yet to be overridden, although Democrats say they will succeed in doing so on a water projects bill that will soon go to the White House. “We won this round,” said White House press secretary Dana Perino. Democrats cited public opinion polls that showed overwhelming support for a health-care expansion, and they predicted some Republicans would pay a heavy price for sticking with Bush. At a cost of $35 billion over five years, the measure would have added nearly 4 million uninsured children to the insurance program. It provides coverage for those who are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but whose families can’t afford private care. By David Espo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The Democratic-controlled House failed on Thursday to override President Bush’s veto of a politically popular children’s health bill, and the White House called for compromise talks on a replacement. “As long as the bottom line is that 10 million children are covered. That’s nonnegotiable,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said. “You either stand with our children or you stand against them,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. “There is no in between.” Critics said the bill was a step toward socialized medicine, that too many adults benefited and that despite a prohibition, it would allow children of illegal immigrants to gain coverage. 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

first_img Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Liverpool against Borussia Dortmund 1 Liverpool will play Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.The Reds were drawn against the Spanish side after booking their spot in the last four in sensational style on Thursday night.Jurgen Klopp’s men looked certain to be heading out as Borussia Dortmund raced into a 2-0 lead at Anfield inside ten minutes.But they went on to stage a dramatic comeback, with Dejan Lovren scoring in stoppage time to seal a 4-3 win on the night and a 5-4 aggregate victory.Villarreal, who crushed Sparta Prague 6-3 over two legs to progress, now stand in their way of reaching the final.Shakhtar Donetsk and holders Sevilla will clash in the other semi-final tie.The Ukraine team, winners in 2009, eased into the last four with a 6-1 aggregate success over Braga.Sevilla – who have won the competition for the last two years – beat La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao on penalties to continue their remarkable run in the tournament.The ties will be played on April 28 and May 5, with Liverpool set to host the second leg.The final is at St Jakob Park in Basel, Switzerland, on May 18, when the winners can claim a place in the Champions League for next season.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Pogba may once again wear the red of Man United after the “huge error” in letting him go.Four years ago Juventus pounced when the 19-year-old’s contract expired and he has since gone on to become one of football’s most coveted midfielders.Rio Ferdinand, who was at Man United at the time, said he expects Pogba, now 23, to become the best in the business in a couple of years. “His star quality was undoubted,” he said during his role as a television analyst during Euro 2016. “There was not one person in that changing room who wasn’t sure. Everyone in that changing room knew that him leaving was a huge, huge error.”However, the latest rumour puts Man United in the lead to sign Pogba and the player is reportedly happy to come back to Old Trafford in a deal that could cost around £100m.In the years since leaving the club, the midfielder has won four Serie A titles, two Italian Cups and finished as a runner-up in the Champions League. Here is a selection of his best bits including goals, assists and skills.last_img read more

first_imgAs Antonio Conte continues his fledgling Chelsea managerial career, he’ll come up against a familiar sight in the shape of AC Milan.The Blues take on the Rossoneri at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, with kick off at 02:35 BST.It might be a tad late for British fans to stay up and watch but it will form an important part of Conte’s pre-season plans.He’s kept things fairly similar in their previous friendly clashes this summer but a few new faces could get some game time as he looks to assess his squad.So, who will start the match against AC Milan? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted XI… Left-back: Cesar Azpilicueta 11 11 Left wing: Eden Hazard Centre-back: Gary Cahill Central midfield: Cesc Fabregas Right wing: Juan Cuadrado Right-back: Ola Aina 11 Centre-back: John Terry Attacking midfield: Bertrand Traore 11 11 11 Central midfield: N’Golo Kante Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – Click the right arrow above to see how Chelsea could look against AC Milan… 11 11 11 11 Striker: Diego Costa 11last_img read more