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  • Incarnate Word Names Jeff Dow Head Women’s Basketball Coach

    first_imgDow had his first head coaching job at 24 years old at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1990-91). His team was picked to finish last in the preseason poll in his first year, but Dow propelled them to a third-place showing and reached the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference Tournament. As the Lady Javelinas’ coach, Dow recruited and/or coached Patricia Rivers and Karen Weiss who were named WBCA All-Americans under Dow and were later inducted into the university’s athletics hall of fame. Dow is married to Dr. Emily Dow and the couple has two daughters, Chloe and Helena. SAN ANTONIO — The University of the Incarnate Word Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom announced the appointment of Jeff Dow as the head coach of the women’s basketball team on Monday. In the postseason, Dow’s squad garnered first round victories in the 2009, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division II tournaments. He was also the first head coach in school history to win 20 games in his debut season, and to win 10 or more games in the PSAC West Division in five consecutive seasons. During his tenure at IUP, Dow recruited and/or coached three players that were named All-Americans: Jahzinga Tracey, Sarah Pastorek and Lindsay Stamp. Off the court, Dow had a combined 63 student-athletes earn IUP Dean’s List honors and 33 were named PSAC Scholar Athletes. Dow comes to UIW after five seasons as the head coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe (2014-2019). With nearly 30 years of coaching experience both as an assistant and as a head coach, Dow has guided his teams to 500 victories. He holds an all-time record of 258-192 as a head coach. In Dow’s five years at ULM, 45 Warhawks were named to either the ULM’s Dean’s List (3.5 or higher GPA), the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List (3.5 or higher GPA) or the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA). In 2015-16, senior point guard Aundrea Davis, a San Antonio native, was named to ULM’s President’s List for achieving a 4.0 GPA for the spring 2016 semester. “I’m thrilled to have Jeff joining our staff,” said Angela Lawson, head of the search committee and senior associate director of athletics/academic affairs/SWA. “One thing that stands out to me most is how detail-oriented he is, so I know he’ll take care of the little things on the court, like discipline and fundamentals. He has also been around the game for a long time and has had the opportunity to work for and with a lot of good coaches in the country. I believe this has put him in a situation to be confident in his systems and in his coaching style, which will help him be successful in the Southland Conference.” “I had the privilege of interviewing Jeff,” said Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, vice president for Mission and Ministry. “What inspired me was his commitment to academic excellence, the idea of play, and, most importantly, helping the members of the women’s basketball team engage in the quest of meaning and understanding of their spiritual, emotional and social journey. He is dedicated to helping the student-athletes recognize they are part of a community which looks beyond self to others who are in need.” 2019-Pres.: University of the Incarnate Word2014-19: University of Louisiana Monroe Head Coach2008-13: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Head Coach2005-08: Anderson University Head Coach2002-05: Colorado State Assistant Coach2000-02: Santa Clara Assistant Coach1999-00: UTSA Interim Head Coach1996-99: UC Irvine Assistant Coach1992-96: New Mexico State Assistant Coach1990-92: Texas A&M-Kingsville Head Coach1989-90: Oregon Graduate Assistant “I’m excited to bring in a high-caliber coach in Jeff Dow,” said Wickstrom. “Knowing where we are currently positioned as a department within the Southland Conference and knowing where our programs are going, I know Jeff will be a great fit to lead our women’s basketball program to future successes. I want to thank Angela Lawson and the search committee for their time and efforts in making the best selection for our program.” Prior to beginning his tenure at ULM, Dow was one of the most successful coaches in Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) history (2008-13), compiling a five-year record of 108-40 (.729) at the helm, with a 65-21 (.756) mark in conference. Dow guided the Crimson Hawks to the NCAA Tournament three times and won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship in 2009. Dow coached the Crimson Hawks to a No. 7 ranking in the WBCA Coaches Poll in 2008-09. He also got them to No. 19 in 2009-10, No. 17 in 2011-12 and No. 12 in 2012-13. In his final season at Anderson in 2007-08, the program finished in the top 10 in the country in win-loss percentage, scoring defense, rebound margin and scoring margin and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the WBCA national poll. For his team’s accomplishments, Dow was selected the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year. In his first two seasons, Dow’s Anderson squads were ranked 13th and 17th, respectively, in the WBCA national poll. “I want to thank Angela Lawson, Sr. Walter Maher, and Dr. Brian Wickstrom for giving me the opportunity to lead the UIW women’s basketball program,” said Dow. “With the resources UIW provides, along with the shared goal of providing the best student-athlete experience possible, I feel that together, the women’s basketball program can join the other successful sports in raising the profile of the university.” “Jeff is one of the best and brightest coaches in our game,” said Kelly Graves, University of Oregon women’s basketball head coach. “He has a great ability to relate to and motivate young people while being an excellent tactician and teacher of the game. I’m confident that Jeff will lead UIW to new heights. And, as a former Duck, we wish him and his new program all the best.” “Jeff Dow is a terrific basketball coach and mentor whom I’ve known for over a decade,” added University of Texas men’s basketball Head Coach Shaka Smart. “His passion for his players and ability to build relationships are truly impressive. Jeff will do big things at UIW.” Prior to Anderson, Dow held the first assistant position at Colorado State (2002-05), Santa Clara (2000-02), UC-Irvine (1996-99) and New Mexico State (1992-96). Collectively during his time at those four universities, they had an overall record of 218-134 and a combined conference record of 122-65. Over the course of those 12 seasons, Dow’s teams made five appearances in the NCAA or postseason WNIT tournament and won two regular season conference championships. During his tenure at NMSU as the post position coach, Dow worked with three-time Big West Conference Player of the Year, 1995-96 All-American and former WNBA player Anita Maxwell. While at UCI, the Anteaters posted an 11-4 record in Big West Conference play (1997-98), which still stands as the most conference wins the program has achieved since the 1994-95 season. While at ULM, Dow registered the Warhawks’ only non-conference winning record since the 2009-10 season, a feat his teams accomplished twice (2015-16 and 2018-19). Dow also recruited and coached Arsula Clark, the 2017-18 Louisiana Sportswriter’s Freshman of the Year (first in school history) and a 2018-19 All-Sun Belt Conference selection. This marked the first time in ULM’s history that a sophomore had achieved that honor. Dow started his career as a graduate assistant at the University of Oregon in 1989-90. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and physical education in 1988 and his master’s in physical education in 1991 from Oregon. COACH DOW’S FILEAlma Mater: Oregon (B.A. 1988 and M.A. 1991)Head Coaching Record: 258-192 Overall Coaching Record: 500-358  As a head coach and as a first assistant, Dow has compiled twelve 20-win seasons, seven NCAA tournament appearances, four postseason WNIT appearances and six conference championships. In the eight years just prior to his inaugural season at ULM, Dow averaged over 23 wins per season with an overall record as a head coach of 187-57 (.766) and a 117-29 (.801) mark in conference play. Dow’s squads also registered winning seasons in each of those eight years. Dow joined IUP from Anderson University (S.C.) where he tallied a record of 79-17 (.822) and led his teams to the NCAA East Region tournament each season. In his three years at the helm (2005-08), Dow was one of just eight head coaches to lead his program to at least one NCAA Division II tournament victory in three consecutive years. He guided Anderson to two Conference Carolinas regular season titles and one postseason championship in 2005-06. His 2005-06 squad led all NCAA Division II schools in scoring (83.5 points per game). Dow held a 52-8 (.867) record in conference play and posted a 40-2 home record in three seasons. While at Anderson, Dow recruited and/or coached three players that earned All-American honors: LaShonda Chiles, Deidra Langston and Nikki Anthony.last_img read more

  • STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019

    first_img7 34% $570,471 RAINBOW PICK SIX POOL COULD REACH $20 MILLION Bob Baffert33 5 Money Won 9 10 Money Won 16% 3rd $565,316 21% 4 Doug O’Neill73 6 57% 1 5 Flavien Prat92 22% 42% 19 Win% 9% 14% $799,110 $1,139,460 ITM% 8 8 13 7 19% 12% William E. Morey31 Agapito Delgadillo28 8 46% 58% 12% 38% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 24 5 William Spawr11 19% 39% 42% 2nd $204,119 7 Heriberto Figueroa94 $236,943 4 13 Drayden Van Dyke76 4 12 12 13% 42% $594,081 12% 4 11 6 21% $145,185 5 Tyler Baze106 7 14 4 SANTA ANITA RIDERS PLAY CHARITY GAME TONIGHT 47% 4 Joseph Talamo76 Joel Rosario102 4 16% 6 23% 11 17 5 1 11 $225,209 14% $547,848 Richard Mandella19 43% 2 $321,282 Peter Miller59 2nd 71% $577,100 14 3 10 4 6 15% 6 20% Hector O. Palma26 2 Martin Pedroza37 44% 9 Richard Baltas61 JockeyMts 14 17 14% 5 1 Edwin Maldonado34 40% 56% 5 Rafael Bejarano72 21% $181,600 Jerry Hollendorfer48 Steve Knapp24 1st 6center_img 4 50% 1st 19% 40% 17 42% 55% $460,688 $479,585 13 31% 37% 7 9 Tiago Pereira67 $736,768 12 3 SAN PASQUAL DISTANCE SUITS BATTLE OF MIDWAY 11 $473,422 Jeff Mullins31 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 27) 7 10 49% 10 $578,265 $458,974 6 37% 5 51% 5 29% FOX SPORTS SATURDAY TO AIR THE GRADE III LEWIS $338,940 Philip D’Amato45 12 14% 1 36% 19% $446,024 Geovanni Franco90 7 Vladimir Cerin26 5 J. Keith Desormeaux31 4 14% John Sadler39 6 2 5 15% 27% Mike Smith35 $141,838 39% Brian Koriner18 21 13 7% $108,016 $1,484,370 64% 9% Kent Desormeaux49 16% 38% $213,756 TrainerMts 40% 26% 15% 9 2 Mark Glatt32 3 2 7 5 17 59% 7 $625,325 $719,037 17% 58% $537,812 10 $190,753 LEWIS OFFERS 10 DERBY POINTS TO WINNERJerry Hollendorfer hopes Gunmetal Gray doubles his Kentucky Derby qualifying points for Triple Crown candidates in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Offering $150,000 in purse money, the Lewis awards 10 points to the winner, the same number Gunmetal Gray earned winning the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 5.“Mike (Smith) told me Gunmetal Gray can run as far as they can run,” Hollendorfer said, alluding to Mike Smith, who was aboard the Exchange Rate colt for the first time in the Sham, coming from seventh and last at the half-mile marker before getting up to win by a length despite going four wide.“I hope he’s right.”As for Battle of Midway going a mile and an eighth in Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes after 33 percent of his starts have been at a mile or less, Hollendorfer had no qualms about the five-year-old Smart Strike horse successfully negotiating the distance.“He ran well in the Kentucky Derby at a mile and a quarter (third by 7 ¾ lengths to Always Dreaming in 2017),” Hollendorfer pointed out, “and he won the Native Diver going a mile and an eighth. The (outside) post is good for him.”The field for the Lewis, race six of 10 with 12 a noon first post time: Kid Cantina, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Magnificent McCool, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Easy Shot, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Gunmetal Gray, Mike Smith, 9-5; Mucho Gusto, Joe Talamo, 8-5; and Nolo Contesto, Joel Rosario, 5-2.The field for the San Pasqual, race nine: Pavel, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Shivermetimbers, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Giant Expectations, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Sonneteer, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; McKinzie, Mike Smith, 4-5; and Battle of Midway, Flavien Prat, 5-2.FOX SPORTS SATURDAY AT THE RACES RETURNS AIRING LEWISThe New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), FOX Sports and The Stronach Group have announced the return of FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, the live racing television program launched in 2018 to provide nationwide coverage of the best Thoroughbred racing from marquee venues around the country.Airing on FS2 and produced by NYRA, the telecasts begin this Saturday, Feb. 2 , with a two-and-a-half hour show offering live coverage of the Grade III Withers from Aqueduct, the Grade II Holy Bull from Gulfstream Park and the Grade III Robert B. Lewis from Santa Anita.“FOX Sports Saturday at the Races kicks off year one of our expanded coverage of the very best in horse racing,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Research, League Operations & Strategy. “The races we are showcasing this Spring have produced five of the last six Kentucky Derby champions, including the immortal American Pharoah. As a horseplayer, you simply can’t be prepared for the Triple Crown without seeing these races. We are very excited to present these key stops on the road to the Triple Crown.”The year 2019 will see 12 editions of FOX Sports Saturday at the Races airing on FS2 with more than 24 hours of in-depth coverage and analysis of major stakes races and key Triple Crown preps such as the Grade II Fountain of Youth, Grade II San Felipe, Grade III Gotham, and the Grade III Withers.The 2019 package of live shows builds on the 2018 schedule, when FOX Sports Saturday at the Races aired on six Saturdays providing a national audience on FS2 with 17 hours of live horse racing.Santa Anita’s Michelle Yu will be reporting on the Robert Lewis, which has a projected “off time” of 2:56 p.m. PT.ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL FOR CITY OF LIGHTTrainer Michael McCarthy was back on the beat early Thursday at Santa Anita relatively bright-eyed and bushy-tailed despite cloudy skies that were a harbinger of imminent rain.Sated emotions remained fulfilled after he saddled City of Light to a powerful 5 ¾-length triumph over Horse of the Year runner-up Accelerate and 10 others in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park last Saturday.Now, the son of Quality Road begins a stud career at Lane’s End in Kentucky.“It was very satisfying, obviously,” McCarthy said of the victory. “I’m so happy for the horse to go out like that . . . He’s obviously a valuable commodity and hopefully the second half of his career will be as brilliant as the first half.“In watching his race at Gulfstream, it was unbelievable. I saw Javier (Castellano) shift out around the first turn, which was just a great move. I was watching them down the backside and when they were approaching the three-eighths pole, I went back a little bit (with his binoculars) to see how Accelerate was doing.“When I came back to the leaders at the quarter pole, I couldn’t find my horse! I put the   binoculars down and he was just bounding along . . . I didn’t yell or jump up and down or anything. It was just like an out of body experience all the way to the wire. He’s just an incredibly talented horse.”$2 MILLION GUARANTEED POOL IN 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOTRainbow Six mania is about to overtake Santa Anita as The Great Race Place steams toward a potential $20 million mandatory payout pool in the popular 20 cent Single Ticket Jackpot wager this Saturday, Feb. 2.With a crush of $450,982 in “new” money, Sunday’s total live money Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool reached $1,817,578. And, with Santa Anita guaranteeing another $2 million Jackpot both today and Friday, it seems certain there will be a $2 million live money pool on Saturday, which track officials project could possibly balloon to a total mandatory payout pool of more than $20 million.With six consolation winning tickets on Friday each worth $19,448.60, there were 36 consolation winners Saturday, each returning $5,226. While there were once again no single ticket winners Sunday, 75 consolation tickets with six winners each paid $3,199.90, resulting in an average daily consolation payout through 20 racing days of $7,893.20.Approximate post time for Thursday’s third race, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 1:30 p.m. PT. For additional information, please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET FOR CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME TONIGHTThe 52nd annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played tonight at La Salle High School in Pasadena.Proceeds from the game will benefit Holy Angels Athletics and the Bill HartackCharitable Foundation, which contributes to several Thoroughbred racing industry charities and presents the winning rider in each year’s Kentucky Derby with the Hartack Memorial Award. It is named in honor of the late Hall of Fame jockey, William Hartack, who along with Eddie Arcaro, won the Kentucky Derby a record five times.With tip-off set for 7:05 p.m., Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available at center court for an autograph session beginning at 6:30 p.m.The jockeys’ squad will be under the direction of Tony Vong, who also serves as “Big Money” Mike Smith’s personal trainer, while the Holy Angels will be coached by Michael Hernandez and Job Rivera.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals will receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Michillinda Ave. in Pasadena, approximately three miles from Santa Anita.Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School in Arcadia.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTVSTRONACH 5 ALL-STAR TICKET FOR FEBRUARY 1ST, 2019BOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW IMPROBABLE, THE UNDEFEATED THREE-YEAR-OLD ON THE DERBY TRAILBOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW HECK YEAHMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW CITY OF LIGHTCOLISEUM (OUTSIDE) AND SPEED FREAK WORKING FROM THE GATEUNDEFEATED GAME WINNER WORKING 5-FURLONGSMEGAHERTZ CHAMP VASILIKA WORKING 4-FURLONGSMCKINZIE (OUTSIDE) AND SHOW ME DA LUTE PREPARING FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKESGUNMETAL GRAY’S FINAL MAJOR WORK IN PREPARATION FOR SATURDAY’S ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKESMUCHO GUSTO (OUTSIDE) PREPARING FOR ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES ALONG WITH ROMAN ROSSODABSTER (OUTSIDE) PREPARING FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKES WITH NERO  FINISH LINES: Multiple Grade I winner Paradise Woods is working forwardly for her new trainer, John Shirreffs, who is eagerly looking forward to her debut under his guidance in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 16. 4 $114,862 4 10 7 GUNMETAL GRAY EYES ADDITIONAL DERBY POINTS Simon Callaghan19 $313,159 29% 42% 5 ITM% 1 5 14 6 $125,065 11 52% $95,745 7 18% $693,917 3 Ruben Fuentes53 Win% 58% 7 4 13 3rd 3 Assael Espinoza58 2last_img read more

  • Poch called ‘Big Brother’ by stars as manager watches training on CCTV

    first_imgTOTTENHAM players have nicknamed boss Mauricio Pochettino “Big Brother” as he watches training via CCTV cameras.The under-pressure Spurs chief likes to analyse his stars on screen, so his players have come up with the joke nickname.2 Mauricio Pochettino has taken to watching his players in training on the clubs CCTV cameras, earning the nickname “Big Brother”Credit: Getty – ContributorThe Argentine now monitors training from inside Tottenham’s plush Enfield training complex.Poch has become somewhat isolated from his players this term after a string of incidents.He was previously a visible figure but has stepped back as he searches for a solution to Spurs’ dire run.Tottenham take on Brighton at lunch-time today, just four days after the Bayern Munich debacle, the 7-2 defeat being the Londoners’ worst ever loss at home.Amazon Prime are set to start filming a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the club later this year.Spurs-troubles began when Poch revealed he would quit if they won the Champions League final against Liverpool.The problems have been exacerbated by uncertainty over soon-to-be out-of contract or wantaway stars Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela.Then, Poch accused some of his stars of having “an agenda” which did not go down well in most quarters.2But the former Southampton boss took full responsibility for the club’s troubles as they head to the South Coast desperately needing a win to boost rock-bottom morale.He said: “I am responsible for the situation of the team. I cannot escape or run away like a kid.“You need to behave like a man, face the problems and stick to your ideas. Be the leader the team need.”Pochettino continues to be linked with other clubs, despite signing a new five-year deal only 17 months ago.Their poor start and the battering by Bayern left some fans insisting he had taken the club as far as he could and many others fearing he would jump ship.But he has issued a rallying cry. He said: “This is a moment to stay all together.“I accept the opinions when you don’t win. In the end, all that happened is that we lost a game.”I have no doubt we are going to stay together and find a way to be successful again, no doubt.”In five-and-a-half years, every single press conference we have talked about my future.”I hope because we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five more years here, at least.”Ex-Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri wants to wait until next summer for Prem move amid Man Utd and Spurs linkslast_img read more

  • India, NZ clash in Twenty20 World Cup Super 10 opener

    first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP):New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is wary of the threat Indian spinners could pose for his batsmen in their World Twenty20 match yesterday.”The pitch will be on the slow side and perhaps take a little turn,” Williamson said yesterday ahead of the Super 10 opener. “In Indian conditions, we can expect spin to play a big part, and it’s important that we adjust our game accordingly.”The pitch used here for a Test match against South Africa last year was rated as poor by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with the game ending inside three days.The World T20 qualifying games also saw the ball turn. That could magnify the challenge in batting against India’s Ravichandran Ashwin-led spin attack, which also boasts all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, part-timer Suresh Raina, and the backup of Harbhajan Singh.New Zealand have the added challenge of adjusting quickly to the format as their last engagement was a Test series against Australia, but Williamson played down this concern.”In international games, you get to change formats consistently,” Williamson said.Hosts India are the favourites to win the tournament but start their campaign against an opposition they have never beaten in four previous meetings, including in the 2007 edition, which India won in South Africa.”I don’t think our previous record has any meaning. We go into the match tomorrow with a clean slate. India is a strong side, and Twenty20 cricket is fickle in nature,” said Williamson, who has match winners of his own such as batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill and all-rounder Corey Anderson.India’s in-form batsman, Virat Kohli said that the team’s fine recent run gave them a lot of confidence.”We’re pretty confident after winning 10 of 11 games and hope to take that momentum into the World Twenty20,” Kohli said. “This is going to be far more challenging. This is a big event and the whole feeling, vibe, is different.”India’s recent successes include winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh as well as a 3-0 series victory in Australia. Kohli led the way, scoring 352 runs in eight T20 games at a strike rate of 134 and an average of 117.33, with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also among the runs.”The middle order has not got too much of an opportunity in recent games. So it becomes our responsibility to get the runs at the top of the order,” Kohli said. “I come in at No. 3, so I have a better chance of getting runs than batsmen to follow. We all understand that.”India and New Zealand are with Australia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in Group Two. Group One consists of the West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.- APlast_img read more

  • The decision to honour Kadir was no mistake

    first_imgDear Editor,There is total public outrage on the recent honouring of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir by the PNC Government. Chief among those who have expressed their amazement and indignation is the USA through its embassy here in Guyana. The move to honour a terrorist who clearly plotted to commit mass terrorism in their country certainly brought stern rebuke by the superpower. However, it must be noted that even amidst their rebuke, the USA has given recognition to the following commendable acts by the PNC regime.Those commendable acts as stated by the US Embassy are: “Guyana is a model to the world on religious tolerance and understanding.” These words of commendation were made at an international forum. Further, the US Embassy’s statement affirms the fact that “The Guyana Government has shown security cooperation with the US Government in its extradition of an alleged murderer.”So, the question any sane person would ask is, why would the PNC-led coalition Government want to change the time honoured good relations with the US, why would they want to upset the US in this wild, reckless move to acclaim a terrorist? Well, the answer is ever so clear. Now, here is the answer to my question. Pursuant to the US making such sweet words of the PNC, they have also made statements to the effect “All parties in Guyana must abide by the Constitution.” The US has also made statements that “there should be free and fair elections in Guyana”. And here is where the rubber hits the road, these statements made by the US do not sit well with the PNC. Whenever you speak of “respect for the Constitution” or the conduct of “free and fair elections,” you have automatically hit a raw nerve on the PNC’s side and this is the real reason for their reaction by honouring Kadir.The PNC, in a cold, heartless and calculated response to the USA’s what they would call, “interference in their domestic affairs,” plotted this response. The decision to honour a convicted terrorist was not spontaneous nor was it a mistake, it was a clear cut attack on the USA sending that message that you need to butt out of Guyana whenever we are in charge. The PNC is on a course to rig the next election and they are of the firm resolve that the USA should have no oversight of things here while they conduct that nefarious scheme of theirs.The real reason is as clear as day. Why they would want to sully the good relations they have had with the USA at this time? By their latest actions, they are sending a clear and decisive message to the superpower as to what they want to achieve in this country.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

  • Armed bandits storm auto shop

    first_img…beat, rob customer, employees…escape with businessman’s gunPolice are on the hunt for six men, who beat and robbed employees and a customer at the Rich Thriving Auto Repair and Servicing Company, Industrial Site Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The brazen daylight robbery occurred at about 14:45h on Wednesday.When Guyana Times arrived on the scene moments after the incident, a worker attached to the company related that the armed men were all clad in black hoodies, long sleeve jerseys and tope headwear. He related that the bandits exited two motorcars – a Toyota Allion and Premio – which bore “straight plate” as if the vehicles came from an auto sale dealer. Another employee related that the bandits immediately rushed into the auto repair shop, where at least nine employees were on duty with one customer, who had arrived at the business premises minutes before the gunmen pounced. The bandits hit some of the staff and the lone customer over the head with their guns and demanded that they turn over all their valuables. The victim of the attack, a businessman, explained that he would normally fix his car at the auto body and repair shop.“I come here at the workshop to fix my car and I saw two cars with six to eight persons come out. They take money, phone and my licensed guns. I saw four or five guns, they lash me,” the battered Chinese businessman told this publication.When he spoke to Guyana Times, he was holding his head with a cloth as blood was at the time still streaming from his head. The injured employee, who had a stream of blood flowing from his head, was too distraught to speak with this newspaper.Another employee who witnessed the ordeal pointed out that the men were arguing.“They had jersey to cover their nose but they’re eyes and head were showing. I doing me work and see the two cars pull up and I see this thing long in he bag. They [were] just arguing with one another and one said, we got to get something before we leff here,” the young man added.Police responded promptly and took statements from those who witnessed the robbery.Last Tuesday at Stabroek Market Square, a taxi driver plying his trade had his silver-grey Toyota Premio hijacked by bandits at Atlantic Ville, Greater Georgetown. Police subsequently issued an advisory which warned taxi operators in the city to be on guard against bandits who had the aim of carjacking Toyota Premio and Allion models which were the same two identified in Wednesday afternoon’s brazen robbery at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt.Police investigations are continuing. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

  • Temperatures should rise tomorrow but we still have a Wind Chill Warning

    first_imgThe Peace Country may see a break in the cold weather Friday.Environment Canada’s latest forcast shows the temperature should rise on Friday to a high of minus nine and a low of -23.  Today the wind is expected to get up  to 15 km/h with a high minus 17. Wind chill minus 43 this morning and minus 33 this afternoon with a risk of frostbite.Some would say we are not as bad off as the rest of the province.  Snowfall warnings have been lifted in most areas including the south coast, Fraser Valley and most of southeastern B-C, but they remain in effect through the Similkameen, Boundary, Okanagan and Elk valleys. – Advertisement -Roads are described as extremely slippery around most of suburban Vancouver but all B-C highways are open again — except Highway 3 from Sparwood to the Alberta boundary, which is closed by blowing snow.last_img read more

  • FIFA fails to take decision in Israel-Palestinian dispute

    first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures as he address a press conference following the FIFA Council meeting in Kolkata on October 27 © AFP / Dibyangshu SARKARKOLKATA, India, Oct 27 – FIFA’s leadership refused Friday to intervene in a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over football in the occupied territories, opening up a likely confrontation at the international sports tribunal.The world body’s ruling council declined to adopt any of three possible actions recommended by an international commission which spent more than two years looking at the long-running battle. The FIFA Council said it “must remain neutral with regard to political matters” in line with the world body’s statutes.The Palestinian football association had demanded FIFA sanctions over six teams playing in the Israeli league which are based in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.FIFA president Gianni Infantino called the dispute “exceptionally complex” because of the political situation in the Middle East.It involved “issues which are there since 10,000 years and have not been solved yet and football is not going to solve them either I am afraid,” he told a press conference.He added that “any interference in the status quo in these territories, in the whole area, with regard to football, would have or could have an aggravating effect.”The Palestinians complain that their players face harassment and even arrest by Israel when trying to move between the occupied West Bank and Gaza and that some have been prevented from travelling to international tournaments.The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) said Israel had breached FIFA statutes which state that a member country’s teams cannot play matches on the territory of another association without permission.Israel said FIFA should stay out as there are no recognised frontiers for a Palestinian state.FIFA in 2015 appointed a commission led by Tokyo Sexwale, a South African businessman and politician, to look into the complaints.Sexwale told AFP there has been “marked progress” in conditions in the past two years but that Palestinian football has been left “in limbo”.“I have an opinion on whether the council took the right decision but for the moment it is irrelevant,” he said.The FIFA Council in an extraordinary move refused to let the world body’s annual congress in May take a decision on Sexwale’s report and said it would choose the action. Its final decision rejected all the options put forward by Sexwale however.However the Palestinian association has already gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which is expected to give a ruling in January.Palestinian Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub said that “the FIFA Council’s decision is taken in violation of its own statutes, it is a violation of international law and international humanitarian law.”Israel’s Minister of Interior Security Gilad Erdan called the FIFA decision “a great victory”.“The attempt of the instigator of terrorism Jibril Rajoub to use sports as a political weapon against Israel has failed and we will continue to work to thwart the boycott initiatives of the Palestinians.”The CAS could force FIFA to hold a vote at its next congress on the Palestinian demands.Infantino said that FIFA would follow any CAS decision.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Arsenal handed major boost as FIVE stars return to action

    first_img1 Jack Wilshere stepped up his return from injury by scoring and helping an Arsenal XI defeat Brentford on Tuesday.The midfielder was part of a mixed side which took on Brentford at the Gunners’ training base in London Colney.He was among five senior stars to return to action, with Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini all starting alongside members of Steve Gatting’s under-21 squad.January signing Krystian Bielik also played as Arsenal ran out 4-0 against their Championship opponents.Wilshere opened the scoring before setting up youngster Daniel Crowley for the second. Alex Iwobi completed the win with a brace.Arteta, Wilshere and Diaby all played 45 minutes in the victory, while Debuchy and Flamini completed an hour. Jack Wilshere last_img read more

  • Transferring to universities can be rough

    first_img Boyum said students can get help by accessing CSU Mentor for an online transfer planner. “For the student who knows what she wants to do and where she wants to go, (it) is going to (give) a very direct route for doing that.” Students who don’t know where they want to transfer to or what they want to study would be directed to take general-education classes, with the hope that they would find their chosen major in one of those classes, Boyum said. “We always believe we can do a better job,” remarked Brad Hayward, spokesman for the UC system, although he said he had not yet had a chance to review the LAO report in detail. “We have been working with the community colleges around the state to make sure every UC has an agreement with every community college specifying how students can prepare for a UC major and have a smooth path to a UC degree.” Some students at Los Angeles Valley College and Pierce College said it’s fairly easy to figure out what courses are required to transfer – if the student has selected the transfer destination and major. “It’s not rocket science,” said LAVC student Ashley Dickerson, 18, of Toluca Lake, who said she found most of the information she needed online. Robert Cojulun, 20, of Panorama City, another LAVC student, said he has known for a long time that he wants to study human genetics at UC Berkeley. But he says he knows other students who attend community college without such goals. “My mom says I have to do something, either get a job or go to school,” he said uncommitted students often tell him, “and they don’t want to work, so they go to school.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Transferring community college credits to universities remains difficult and confusing for students and should be made more consistent, state Legislative Analyst’s Office officials said Tuesday. For example, students who take a particular set of math classes to meet the transfer admission requirements for the University of California, Los Angeles, might find they need a different set to get into UC at Berkeley. The difficulty in determining what will be accepted at different University of California and California State University campuses leads to confusion and often forces community college students to spend more time and money on classes than necessary, according to a report from Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill’s office. “At the student level, it’s difficult to determine: Does this course meet this requirement, or which requirement does this course meet?” said Anthony Simbol, an analyst in the office. “If you streamlined it, a student takes a course and he’ll know this course meets the UC requirement for introductory physics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “They won’t have to worry about: Well, does it meet Berkeley’s physics requirement? It makes the process a lot easier.” State officials have recently tried to improve the process for CSU campuses, enacting a 2004 bill from Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, that required the CSU system and community colleges to develop a uniform set of requirements. But Simbol noted the bill allowed a few loopholes for a small number of courses that continue to vary across campuses. The LAO report recommends closing those loopholes, as well as applying the same process to the UC system. Scott has a pending bill now to do that, but the process is seen as more complicated for UC than it was for CSU. Keith Boyum, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the CSU system, said its 23 campuses were already pretty much “one size fits all” in terms of transfer requirements, with some variations for impacted programs. For example, students who want to transfer to the impacted campuses at CSU Long Beach and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo need to declare a major when they apply. last_img read more