McNeese Inks Head Softball Coach James Landreneau to New Contract

first_img“We’re dedicated to keeping him here long term. He’s very deserving of this agreement.” Under Landreneau, the Cowgirl program appeared in a major national poll for the first time in school history at the start of the 2018 season when they ranked 24th in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 23rd in the Fastpitch News Top 25. LAKE CHARLES, La. – McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill, on Friday, announced the signing of a new three-year contract for Cowgirl softball coach James Landreneau. “I am grateful for all the players and coaches that have come through and contributed to the success of our team. Our goal will continue to be to prepare our student-athletes for life after sports as well as building a program that our McNeese community can be proud of.” Also that year, the Cowgirls defeated the eventual national champion in Florida State, ranked No. 9 at the time, as well as getting wins over nationally ranked Tulsa and then Baylor in the opening game of the NCAA College Station Regional. Landreneau recently completed his third season at the helm and has compiled a 117-71 overall record and 61-20 Southland Conference mark. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. “I am humbled and honored by the support our University and community has shown towards our softball program,” said Landreneau. “I’m excited to be able to lead this program for another three years and for the commitment the University and supporters have for our softball program along with the stability they are seeking to continue to grow. “Coach Landreneau has continued the winning tradition of the Cowgirl softball team and has also done a tremendous job with the team in the classroom and in the community,” said Hemphill. He led the Cowgirls to the 2017 conference regular season and tournament championship, the 2018 SLC tourney title, and three straight postseason appearances – two NCAA Tournaments (2017 and 2018) and the NISC tournament this past season. In his three seasons as head coach, Landreneau has coached 17 all-conference, seven all-Louisiana, four all-region, and three all-American selections.last_img read more

Plan International to Assist Schools in Observing Ebola Protocols

first_imgPlan International, a non-governmental organization engaged in education and child protection in Liberia, has disclosed plans to liaise with schools to help them to fully observe the Ebola protocols as schools resume classes.Speaking recently to the Daily Observer in Ganta where Plan International (PI) conducted a daylong workshop for school administrators and heads of parent- teacher associations, Plan’s education emergency coordinator, Miriam Murray, said PI will be closely working with schools in the county to ensure the safety of children.In addition to providing some materials to encourage the observance of the protocols, Ms. Murray indicated that PI will be reaching out to campuses to observe hand washing, teaching administrators how to detect quickly an Ebola patient, how to get a sick child to the parent and monitor cleanliness on school  campuses to ensure  students’ safety.She gave further assurances that besides the hand washing materials and thermometers provided to schools, PI, in collaboration with UNICEF, will be providing kits to students.Meanwhile, it has been revealed that one of the outstanding schools in Ganta, Hope Academy, will this year offer tuition-free education from nursery to grade 9 with less tuition fees for the senior high division.According to the principal, Rachel Gbatu, students in primary and junior high division are to register with the amount of LD$500 and senior students will pay a total of LD$4,500.The offer, according to the principal, is from Hope for the Nations, a Canadian based humanitarian organization, helping orphans in Liberia.Schools were shut down under a state of emergency last year when Ebola infections reached an alarming rate, claiming thousands of lives in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia’s Hottest Party Thrower Sets Date for Birthday Bash

first_imgIf you have a calendar and somewhere to jot down one of the most exciting and turned up events to hit Liberia, you’re going to want to take note that Hazem Harb’s, commonly known as Double H, all Black and White Bday Bash is set for July 9, 2016.Hottfm’s partner and long time friend, Double H, has brought in a new way of having fun and pulling in crowds during big events. His social group includes thousands and for everywhere he turns up, so does his followers. He has been bringing in a lot of money for events, concerts and so many other gigs.This time around it’s his 8th Annual Bday Bash. An event that you’ll walk in feeling like a million bucks with all the swag affiliated with party goers, and those there to have a good time celebrating the birth of one of Liberia’s greatest supporters. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two arrested after undercover drug sting

first_imgTwo people have been charged with drug-related offences after RCMP conducted an undercover operation near Chetwynd.Chetwynd RCMP and the RCMP North District General Investigation Section conducted an investigation near Moberly Lake after receiving public complaints about an area residence.- Advertisement -Police say a three-month long undercover operation took place in which officers purchased cocaine several times.They say a search warrant was then executed at the residence.A 44 year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.Police also say a 40 year-old woman has been charged with two counts of trafficking of a controlled substance.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgSummer is here and it’s time to spoil yourself at the Homegrown Food Festival in LYIT on the 11th and 12th July. 2014 saw the launch of the Homegrown food festival in Aura leisure centre with the help of the Letterkenny town council the show proved to be a great success, “Well organised, great to see an event like this in this area of Donegal” – Eve-Anne McCarron, The food coast.  Last year the show had over 5,000 guests during the two days with the highlights being the artisan producers from across the country showing everything from homemade chocolates to native beef from Dexter cows to a big collection of craft beers and ciders, along with the producers we were proud to have some great chefs giving demonstrations over the two days including Rachel Allen, Paul Rankin, Brian McDermott and many more.This year in conjunction with the Local enterprise board and Letterkenny Institute of Technology the festival will be held on the showgrounds in a custom built marquee at LYIT.We’ve introduced a separate area for the demonstrations and an eating area so you won’t have to wait to enjoy your treats.Some of the great line up this year includes Kevin Dundon, whose Modern Irish Food was awarded  Silver World Medal – the highest award given in the inaugural food series category beating off competition from some of the world’s leading food television producers and broadcasters at the New York film and television awards. Along with Kevin we proud to have back Rachel Allen, who proved to be a great crowd favourite at last year’s show.On both days the “No salt chef” Brian McDermott will be showcasing his skills in the kitchen and teaching us how to be a little bit healthier when we are cooking.Ian Orr, from Browns restaurant, will be cooking up some mouth-watering dishes to further tantalise our palates and Letterkenny’s own Martin Anderson will be MC over the two days.This year we have an inflatable fun area for the kids to enjoy and again entry will be free for all kids under 12.We are very excited to have such a great program in store for our guests and can’t wait to see what the exhibitors will have as tasters enticing us to Facebook: HomeGrownfoodfestivalTwitter: homegrownfoodfeSTAR LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DONEGAL’S MOST EXCITING FOOD FESTIVAL was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Polamalu pick should have stood

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had no comment on Porter’s statement. Foster out, Goings to start: Carolina’s featured running back, DeShaun Foster, was still dealing with the emotions of yet another season-ending injury. The UCLA product broke his fibula when he was tackled in the third quarter of Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff win over Chicago. The starting job will go to Nick Goings, who filled in last year when Carolina lost five running backs to injuries. On the other end …: A smiling Shaun Alexander said Monday he expects to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers after leaving Seattle’s playoff win over Washington with a concussion. Had the call stood, the Steelers would have had the ball at their own 48 with an 11-point lead. The call in Indianapolis incensed Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter, who said after the game: “I know they wanted Indy to win this game; the whole world loves Peyton Manning. But come on, man, don’t take the game away from us like that.” The NFL acknowledged Monday that referee Pete Morelli erred when he overturned on replay Troy Polamalu’s interception of a Peyton Manning pass Sunday in the playoff game between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. “He maintained possession long enough to establish a catch,” Mike Pereira, the league’s vice president of officiating, said in a statement. “Therefore, the replay review should have upheld the call on the field that it was a catch and fumble.” center_img “We’ve got to wait and see,” Alexander said. “But it looks pretty good.” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said doctors and the team will continue to monitor Alexander. But the coach expects Alexander to practice Wednesday, the Seahawks’ next work day. Dungy mulls future: Tony Dungy plans to return as Indianapolis coach but left open the possibility of retirement following a season marked by the death of his 18-year-old son. “I really don’t know how I’ll react the next few days,” he said Monday, a day after the Colts were eliminated from the playoffs. “I think I’ll be back. But it will really be the first time I’ve had to think about it.” Coaching updates: Former Minnesota coach Mike Tice interviewed with the New York Jets, the final candidate to meet with the team to fill their vacant head coaching job. General manager Terry Bradway said through a team spokesman that Tice was “well prepared and did a good job.” But indications are New England defensive coordinator Eric Mangini could be offered the position as early as today, when Bradway, assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson huddle to make a decision. … Oakland interviewed Tampa Bay defensive line coach Rod Marinelli for its head coaching position on Monday. ESPN also reported Marinelli had emerged as a “strong finalist” for the Detroit job and “likely” would interview again today. … Jim Bates stepped down as Green Bay defensive coordinator after getting passed over for the Packers’ head coaching job. Seahawks tackle jailed: Seattle Seahawks starting right tackle Sean Locklear was being held without bail Monday in the King County Jail for investigation of domestic violence, the team said. Locklear was booked early Sunday, hours after playing in the team’s 20-10 playoff win over the Washington Redskins. He was awaiting an appearance before a judge, scheduled for today because of the holiday. Locklear’s status for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game was unclear. Coaching updates: New England Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini has accepted an offer to become the next New York Jets coach, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press. Mangini, who turns 35 Thursday, becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL. He replaces Herman Edwards, who left for Kansas City after five seasons. The Jets moved quickly to hire Mangini after interviewing former Vikings coach Mike Tice earlier in the day. … 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_imgSHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CLUB NOTES.24th April 2016. Sheephaven SAC dived Pan Rock on Saturday morning, after what seems to have been quite a long break.Weather conditions were bright and dry but the north easterly breeze over the previous few days had reportedly left water visibility conditions out to sea quite poor, in comparison to Pan Rock were in-water visibility was known to be well over 10 metres horizontally.Leading Diver candidate Simon Henderson led the two stick dive, which had surface to surface times of over 40 minutes to a maximum depth of 30 metres.As always marine life on-site was excellent, with an abundance of Sponges, Sea Squirts, Anemones, Blennies, Gobies, a wide variety shellfish species and thankfully a welcome, but rare sighting, of Thornback Rays. In-water temperature has shown its first sign of improving, up from last week temperatures of 7 to 8 degrees Celsius. It was just a super morning of diving.On Sunday morning Sheephaven divers got out to open sea, across the bay from Downings to Pat Mc Gee’s for the Sunday Morning Trainee Dive. But before the diving commenced the club members were presented with their new official club jackets by John Joe Rowland and Hugo Mc Fadden, on this historic weekend of the anniversary of the 1916 Rising.All divers remember their first dive intensely but for two of the Sunday mornings dive party on this 1916 Centenary Weekend they indeed have a special date to remember, as they conducted their first Sheephaven scuba dive on that date.Trainees Danny Boyle and Martin Glackin were instructed by Anne Boyle and Joe Neely respectively as they conducted their first 10 metre open water dive in the clear waters of Pat Mc Gee’s.Water temperature at 8 degrees Celsius is still a bit chilly for the wet suited trainees, so for them dive times were restricted to no greater than 20 minutes.Marine life on site included numerous sightings of Lobsters, Brown Crabs, a Spiny Starfish killing a Sea Urchin and a beautiful Plaice in all its glory. Both trainees showed great composure on their first dive, with good buoyancy control throughout the dive. What a memorable way to start a dive career.For the rest of the two boat dive party it was an opportunity to check out the reef that runs south easterly from Mweefin head towards Downings, which has two distinct substrates. On the northern side of the reef is a rock face that descends from 10 metres to the sandy seabed at 20 metres.Behind the rock wall is an extensive rock and gravel seabed that extends towards Marblehill and in the summer time this site teems with fish life, in particular the home of some lovely large Pollock.With the 2016 dive season stretching ahead of Sheephaven divers there a two important dates for the club diary, starting with the CFT Northern Region Dive rally on the weekend of the 24th June 2016, which Sheephaven has volunteered to lead. There has already been some considerable interest from divers around the region and indeed from further afield about the upcoming dive weekend. Rumour has it that available accommodation around Downings is already at a premium.Depending on the weather Sheephaven expects to take the visitors onto sites that range from Mulroy Bay to Tory Island, with two dives on Saturday and one on Sunday morning.While on Saturday evening the clubs entertainment committee will put on a bit of a show for everyone involved.This will be followed on the following weekend by the Sheephaven Bay swim, when the local open water swimming club will conduct a charity swim from Duncap on Horn Head to Portnablagh Pier.Sheephaven SAC will provide boat cover for the swimmers for their crossing of the couple of miles of open water between these locations, once again everyone involved can only hope for good weather on day.SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB DIVE ON PAN ROCK was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DivingPan rockSheephaven Sub-AquaSportlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BREA – A man suspected of robbing a sandwich shop in Brea was arrested, along with his getaway driver, who led police on a brief chase in a stolen vehicle, authorities said. About 4:50 p.m. Friday, Jose Luis Flores, 34, of Diamond Bar allegedly entered a Subway store at 403 W. Imperial Highway, ordered a sandwich, then demanded money when the clerk opened the register, Brea police said. Flores then fled on foot with about $50 before entering a Honda Accord driven by Jerry Edward Pasillas, 33, of Whittier, according to police. Another store employee spotted the men and followed their vehicle, alerting police, who located the two suspects and chased them before the two eventually surrendered, police said. Flores and Pasillas were booked on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and auto theft, police said. Pasillas was being held in Orange County Jail on $50,000 bail. Flores is being held without bail due to an outstanding robbery warrant, police said. Children offered nature field trips SOUTH EL MONTE – Whittier Narrows Natural Area and Nature Center offers “Field Trips in Nature” to elementary school-age children from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children are given an overview of the ecosystem and shown various live animals that can be found in the park then taken on a walk/hike through the natural area of the park (wear appropriate shoes). Staff discusses native plants, mammals, reptiles, insects and other topics. Informational handouts and suggestions for classroom activties are also available. For more information, call (626) 575-5523. La Habra donates items to military LA HABRA – The city has collected donated items to send to its adopted military unit, Charlie Company 426, currently stationed in Iraq. Gifts were collected at the city’s annual tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 3 at City Hall, 201 W. La Habra Blvd. A bin was also placed weekly in the lobby of City Hall. For more information, call (562) 905-9700. Artists encouraged to enter contest WHITTIER – Applications are being accepted for the 38th Annual Young Artists Competition at Whittier College on Feb. 5. Vocalists through the age of 30 and string players through the age of 26 can apply before Jan. 12 to participate in the competition, which will distribute cash prizes of $1,500 to winners. Winners will also participate in the Rio Hondo Symphony orchestra’s “Festival Finale” concert May 7. The runner-up in each category will receive $500. The first 25 eligible musicians will be chosen. Submit applications with a $35 fee and self-addressed stamped envelope no later than Jan. 12. For information, call (562) 631-5262 or (406) 563-3036. From staff reportslast_img read more

Dodgers break away from Giants in eighth

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Whatever plans the Giants may have had of escaping with another one-run win went awry in the eighth inning in a 7-2 loss Saturday evening to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park.The Giants trailed just 3-2 going in to the eighth, beat the Dodgers 2-1 Friday night, and have a 14-5 record in one-run games.Instead, reliever Dereck Rodriguez gave up a pair of bases-loaded walks and Corey Seager reached Mark Melancon for a two-run double to break the game open as an announced …last_img read more

Home Affairs ramps up services

first_imgShe said the processing of asylum seekers’ permits had been cut from one week to a single day, while a new refugee reception centre had also been set up in Musina. Dlamini-Zuma said the track and trace system presently being used for IDs had now been extended to include the tracking of birth certificates and passports as well. She said the department wants to do away with the late registration of birth process by making it easier for mothers to register children at birth. Where the system had been piloted in two district municipalities – OR Tambo and Sisonke – the department had been able to register 100 000 new people. A number of people over the age of 16 didn’t have IDs as they were never registered at birth, which meant they had to undergo a process of late registration of birth. Dlamini-Zuma said Home Affairs would also be widening its footprint, as many of its centres were still located in the “old traditional white areas”, with very few located in townships. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said while five decisions on applications for refugee status were recently made per refugee status determination officer per week, this had now been upped to seven applications being processed per official a day. Asylum seekers’ permits Over 140 hospitals around South Africa have been linked to the Department of Home Affairs so that mothers can submit birth registration forms for their babies before they leave the hospital, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said ahead of her budget vote in Cape Town this week. Gigaba said the department had increased the number of refugee determination officers and also intended to open a new refugee processing office in Bloemfontein. He said departmental officials would also be conducting an international benchmarking study to improve on the present processing system for refugees, as the department believed that the present system was not efficient enough. Commenting on the department’s success in clearing of the backlog in passport applications, Dlamini-Zuma said a new machine capable of printing 4 000 passports per hour had been introduced shortly before she took up her office as minister last year. Increasing footprint, clearing backlogs “I haven’t had SMSs or calls about passports for a long time, so I think that issue is behind us,” she said, adding that the waiting time from applying for and getting a passport had been reduced to “within 14 days”. The department aimed to open 10 new centres this year, following the 21 the department opened last year, and is partnering with the Department of Social Welfare in KwaZulu-Natal and Thusong Service Centres to open joint centres in rural areas. 16 April 2010 “When the child needs an ID, it won’t be a hassle as they will have a birth certificate right away,” Dlamini-Zuma said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more