Thompson, McLeod Sweep Weekly Softball Honors for Bearkats

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Tiffany Thompson and Lindsey McLeod are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouthBank.com.Thompson crossed home plate four times in three games for Sam Houston State (26-19, 17-4 SLC) to boost her squad to a perfect 3-0 week against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Friday and Saturday. The junior launched a pair of home runs to accompany two RBIs and a triple in the series. She also notched a 1.400 slugging percentage and a .600 on base average across the trio of games. The award marks the second of the season and second consecutive weekly honor for Thompson.McLeod delivered a stunning week in the circle for the Bearkats, posting a 2-0 record and dealing 24 strikeouts over 12 innings for a .081 opponent batting average. The senior pitcher allowed just three hits in a pair of complete-game shutout victories over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The honor is the second of the season for McLeod.Softball Hitter of the Week – Tiffany Thompson, Sam Houston State – SS– Jr. – Montgomery, TexasThompson continued her hot streak at the plate in a series sweep over the Islanders this past weekend, recording at least one hit in each game for a .600 batting average. She belted two more home runs, the second a two-run shot in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference in a 3-1 game-two victory. Thompson marked a 1.400 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base average over the three-game stretch. The junior also drove in four RBIs and scored six runs of her own to go along with a triple and a stolen base.Honorable Mention: Kasey Frederick, Nicholls; Ella Manzer, Southeastern Louisiana; Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Austin, TexasMcLeod tied a school record over the weekend, pitching her 40th consecutive scoreless inning following a pair of shutout victories. The senior threw a gem in game one of the series, allowing only one hit by the Islanders. Of the first 16 batters she faced, only two managed to put the ball in play. McLeod then struck out the next 14 batters, boosting the Bearkats into a share of first place with two weeks remaining in Southland regular-season play.Honorable Mention: Aaliyah Ruiz, Lamar; Sophie Hannabas, Southeastern Louisiana; Megan Landry, Nicholls.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Colonel Women’s Basketball Standout Barrios Signs Professional Contract in Bulgaria

first_imgBeroe posted an 11-3 record this past season in the Women Adriatic Basketball Association (WABA) and went on to win the league championship.A native of Raceland, La., Barrios graduated in the spring and leaves Nicholls as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. As a junior, she became the first Colonel to be named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and also went on to earn Southland Tournament MVP as she led Nicholls to its first conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She was also selected as Louisiana Player of the Year twice and garnered Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year in her junior and senior campaigns. Courtesy of Nicholls AthleticsTHIBODAUX, La. –  Nicholls State University women’s basketball guard Cassidy Barrios has signed a professional contract to continue her playing career with the BK Beroe Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. A six-time Southland Player of the Week in 2018-19, Barrios ranked 11th in the NCAA with 20 double-doubles. She also finished in the top six in the Southland in assists (4.3), steals (2.1), and blocks (1.3).The Colonels made the postseason for the second straight year, earning a bid into the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Barrios paced Nicholls to its first 20-win season in program history, which included a school record 14 victories in the Southland.ABOUT BEROE STARA ZAGORAThe women’s basketball team of Beroe is headquartered Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. The team was established in the 1980s. Beroe reached final of the WABA League and finished second in 2017 before winning its first title in 2019.center_img As a senior, Barrios averaged 20.6 points and 10.8 rebounds and was one of just six Division I players to average 20 and 10. Her 660 points set a school single-season record, which was the ninth best in Southland Conference history, and she ended her career with a school record 1,993 points.last_img read more

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Baldwin puts Ildefonso, other recruits on notice: Ateneo is ‘right place to be’

first_imgLATEST STORIES READ: Ateneo shuts down NU, improves to 2-1“Dave, as everybody knows, was a very valued recruit for Ateneo and we ended up not getting him,” Baldwin told reporters. “And I think we wanted Dave to rethink that decision or perhaps in hindsight, wonder why he made that decision.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Blue Eagles made it tough for Ildefonso, who struggled mightily with just four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field with three turnovers after coming into the game averaging 17.5 points against University of Santo Tomas and La Salle.Baldwin said Ateneo’s masterful defensive performance against the Bulldogs and Ildefonso is also a notice to the Eagles’ future recruits. Ateneo lobbied heavily to keep Dave Ildefonso in Katipunan but the former Blue Eaglet star opted to go somewhere else and join his father and older brother at National University.But after Ateneo handed NU a 72-46 whipping on Saturday night, Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin said he wanted Ildefonso to “rethink” the decision he made six months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “We want the next recruit who’s in that position to remember today and we’ll continue to put performances on the court that hope that all of our recruits take note and think that this is the right place to be because they don’t wanna be on the other side.”The 18-year-old Ildefonso, who was an integral part of the Blue Eaglets’ championship run last season, said he’s not having any second thoughts.“Well, I don’t think I made a wrong decision in switching schools and whatever statement they were sending me, I didn’t get it,” Ildefonso, whose father Danny serves as NU assistant coach while his brother Shaun also plays for the Bulldogs, told reporters.Playing major minutes, Ildefonso quickly emerged as the Bulldogs’ best player, something the 6-foot-3 forward felt that isn’t going to be the case if he had chosen to suit up for the Blue Eagles.“SJ is playing limited minutes and I would’ve even played lesser minutes had I stayed there,” said Ildefonso, referring to his former high school teammate SJ Belangel, who remained in Ateneo. “So I think I made the right decision. Coach Tab, right decision and see you soon.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Blakely powers KaTropa past Painters Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Dr. Broderick’s Ebola Theory under the Microscope: No Germ of Truth

first_imgDr. Cyril Broderick’s conspiracy theory about the origin of the Ebola Virus Disease cannot be substantiated.  His sources failed to corroborate his sweeping conclusion that “Ebola is a genetically modified organism” (GMO) invented by Western powers.  Yet, Dr. Broderick’s hypothesis is alluring mainly because it evokes the specter of past unethical uses of science, such as the notorious 1932-1972 Tuskegee syphilis experiment.  In that experiment, the United States government deliberately withheld syphilis treatment from unsuspecting African Americans.  Dr. Broderick’s Ebola conspiracy may stir memories of Tuskegee, especially, since President Bill Clinton’s public apology of 1997 acknowledged that “what the United States government did was shameful.”  Still, Dr. Broderick’s conspiracy theory must be evaluated solely on the evidence he presents.  I have analyzed each of the five points he put forward in support of his argument.    First Point: “Ebola is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).”  His source is “Emerging Viruses” by Leonard Horowitz.  The following is essentially all that Dr. Broderick presents from the 100-plus page book in defense of his highly controversial claim: “In Chapter 7 . . . the discussion made it obvious that the war was between countries that hosted the KGB and the CIA, and the manufacture of AIDS-like viruses was clearly directed at the other.  In passing during the interview, mention was made of Fort Detrick, the Ebola Building, and a lot of problems of strange illnesses in Fredrick [Maryland].  By Chapter 12 . . . he had confirmed the existence of an American Military-Medical-Industry that conducts biological weapons tests under the guise . . . to . . . improve the health of black Africans overseas.” After reading the 1995 # 1 New York Times Bestseller, The Hot Zone (cited next by Dr. Broderick) it became clear that the places Dr. Broderick mentions above were connected to a 1990 near biological disaster in the United States.  That event made national headlines, and involved research in deadly diseases and apparently bioweapons at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland; this must be Dr. Broderick’s so-called “Ebola Building.”  Virologists at USAMRIID discovered a “strange illness” and raised alarm when they realized that the unidentified illness had infected several persons.  Investigations further revealed that the infected people had contact with monkeys imported from the Philippines by a private company in Reston, Virginia.  It was later determined that the infection was a new strain of the Ebola virus and was subsequently named Ebola Reston.  Though Ebola Reston was fatal in the monkeys, it proved to be non-lethal in the infected people.  The other Ebola strains are Ebola Sudan and Ebola Zaire.  It is the latter, the deadliest, that is currently killing Liberians (as well as Guineans and Sierra Leoneans).  Dr. Broderick clearly failed to prove his provocative point that Ebola is a GMO. Second Point: “Ebola has a terrible history and testing has been secretly taking place in Africa.” Here, Dr. Broderick’s only source is the above-mentioned The Hot Zone.  But amazingly, he gives no citation from the 422-page book to back his argument.  Instead, Dr. Broderick writes the following:  “A terrifying true story . . . what was found in animals killed by the Ebola virus is what the virus has been doing to citizens of . . . Liberia in its most recent outbreak . . .. The 1976 Ebola incident in Zaire, during President Mobutu Sese Seko, was the introduction of the GMO Ebola to Africa.”There is no clear indication in The Hot Zone of clandestine Ebola experiments in Africa, the crux of Dr. Broderick’s second point.  What is rather straightforward is that following a number of outbreaks of new diseases in Africa (Ebola Zaire in 1976, for example) specimens were gathered and sent overseas.  Take as an example, Marburg virus.  This disease, though not as deadly as Ebola (Marburg kills 25% of its victim compared to 50%-90% for Ebola Zaire), also rapidly reduces body tissues to liquid, a process known as liquefaction.  When an unknown disease struck in Kenya in 1980, specimens from a victim were sent abroad.  Experiments later proved that the unknown infection was Marburg.  Earlier in the 1960s, this disease had been diagnosed in Marburg, Germany, in monkeys imported from Africa.Third Point: “Sites around Africa, and West Africa, have over the years been set up for testing emerging diseases, especially Ebola.”  Here too, Dr. Broderick’s presentation is dubious.  For instance, he cites one quotation in The Guardian: “The US government funding of Ebola trials on healthy humans comes amid warnings by top scientists in Harvard and Yale. . . .”  But so far, I have been unable to locate this source.  A well-known US-based conservative blog that has been similarly critical of Dr. Broderick’s article noted this about that quotation: “A routine Internet search finds no evidence that such a sentence was ever written in the pages of The Guardian.  A second reference by Dr. Broderick is likewise questionable.  Indeed, the latter source raises important questions about biological research by Western nations inside West Africa.  But it leaves these queries open, i.e., it provides no answers or evidence: e.g., “Is this purely defensive research? Or as we have seen in the past, is this research being covertly used to develop offensive bioweapons?” Dr. Broderick simply repeats the author’s insinuations.   Fourth and Final Point: Dr. Broderick’s last two points sound essentially like manifestos.  He calls for political and judicial actions against the perpetrators of “the detestable and devilish deeds” by repeating his allegations. The Ebola epidemic is giving rise to hysteria in the United States.  This in turn contributes to the negative image of Liberians and Africans.  Dr. Broderick’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theory feeds into this negative stereotype.  Hopefully, more fact-based exchanges will present a balanced and nuanced image of Liberia, and Africa at large.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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1st policy to tackle youth violence in Caribbean to be launched – CDB

first_imgThe Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is in the process of developing a new youth policy with the intent of tackling the scourge of youth violence, which has been plaguing the Region.This was on Tuesday revealed by the Chief of Social Sector Division at CDB, Deidre Clarendon at the opening of the Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence Prevention, hosted at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.Clarendon said, “At the CDB, we are in the process of developing our first Youth Policy in Operational Strategy and this is scheduled for roll out this year.”According to the CDB representative, the project will feature youth mainstreamingCDB Social Sector Division Chief Deidre Clarendon making the announcementand crime prevention. As a precursor to this strategy, CDB will be channelling greater investments into other youth innovation and empowerment programmes.The need for such a programme was highlighted at the forum, especially since 80 per cent of prosecuted crimes was found to be committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29.This was according to the Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, who shared remarks during the opening ceremony of the Summit on Tuesday.LaRocque noted, “Some of the main findings of recent studies are that the majority of victims as well as perpetrators of crimes reported by the Police are young males 18 to 35 years old.”“There are a number of socio-economic determinants of crime, of the least of which is the high youth unemployment in the Region of 25 per cent in 2017. That is three times the average and the highest,” he added.According to him, it has been realised that there was great need for intervention in order to combat the current challenge.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, while delivering the feature address on Tuesday, spoke of the need for developing programmes to help build the self-esteem of youths.Norton told his fellow Caricom States’ representatives that, “We must all continue to implement programmes and activities that seek to develop and enhance youths’ self-esteem and confidence; promote tolerance; respect for laws and rules and empower them to be change agents in our societies”.The Minister explained that such programmes must include an avenue for youths to be able to shake off their aggression and release stress and anger, which built up owing to insecurities.The Summit was hosted with the intent of pooling ideas for the prevention of youth violence in communities and schools and, to an extent, individual countries. It concluded on Wednesday.The Summit was also geared towards creating “targeted actions” for policy-makers and stakeholders to create and maintain a peaceful Caribbean environment.Participating in the event were a number of Caribbean countries like Jamaica, St Lucia, as well as other nations, including the United States.last_img read more

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Anti-war protest draws 200 to downtown

first_imgAn anti-war protest drew a small crowd through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, police said Saturday. The Troops Out Now Coalition march gathered roughly 200 people, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman. They began their procession at Olympic Boulevard and Broadway around 1 p.m. and moved north toward the downtown Federal Building. They concluded at 4 p.m. without incident. 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

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Miller shuts down Yucaipa for the win

first_imgYUCAIPA –John Romagnoli isn’t always sure if his A.B. Miller boys basketball team will have much of an offense. But there’s one aspect of the Rebels’ game that never leaves: a suffocating, frustrating defense. Miller shut down Yucaipa Friday night in a 52-37 Citrus Belt League victory, thanks to an aggressive defensive effort that included forcing the Thunderbirds into a two-point third quarter. “It’s something we always talk about,” Romagnoli said. “We might have trouble scoring sometimes, we might not be able to shoot, but we know we’re going to get it done on the defensive end. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “That’s what won the game for us tonight, because it certainly wasn’t our offense.” During one frenzied stretch in the second half, Yucaipa (8-9, 2-3) scored only three baskets in 14 minutes. At times, the Thunderbirds couldn’t get it out of the backcourt. “It gets you pumped, gets you into the game more, gets you enthused,” Miller’s Steven Durant said of the defensive stand. “Once you get on a roll, that roll is hard to stop.” The game could have been summed up by a remarkable sequence in which Miller (10-9, 3-2) forced three turnovers in approximately 10 seconds. For the night, the Rebels forced somewhere between 25-30 turnovers, although an exact total was not available. During the defensive stand, which began when the score was tied at 18 with three minutes remaining in the first half, Miller out-scored Yucaipa 25-6. Finally, with 4:46 remaining in the game, the Thunderbirds’ 8-0 run stopped the ugly stretch. center_img Yucaipa’s answer cut the lead to 43-33 with 3:28 remaining, and for a moment there was tension in the gym. But the Rebels simply buckled down again and allowed just four more points for the rest of the game. Miller has a young team, a fact Romagnoli often references by saying he hopes the Rebels improve ”sooner than later.” Lately, the team has worked on its chemistry by participating in several activities as a group. “We appreciate each other more now,” Durant said. As the Citrus Belt League season wears on, Durant said the Rebels’ endurance could be an advantage. Simply put, he said, “We can run up and down the court all day.” Erick Ellis led Miller with 12 points; no other Rebel had more than six. Julian Garcia and Jared Anthony paced Yucaipa with 10 points apiece. Yucaipa coach Yon Okorodudu was unavailable for comment after the game. 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

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MAN QUIZZED AS GARDAI SEIZE ANOTHER €70K OF DRUGS

first_imgGARDAI have seized another €70,000 of drugs as part of a massive investigation, Donegal Daily can reveal.It follows the seizure of €140,000 of drugs posted to an address in Lettekenny yesterday.In a follow-up operation a 28 year old man was arrested and is being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station. It’s understood the courier company DHL was being used to send drugs into the county.The combined drugs, 4- Methylethcathinone, with an estimated street value of €21o,000, were seized as part of the inquiry.4 MEC, is a synthetic stimulant that is chemically similar to Mephedrone.Gardai across Donegal have been carrying out numerous searches as part of an overall campiagn against drug dealers. Officers raided a house in the Mountaintop area as well as fields outside the town.The drugs seizures are being seen as a major breakthrough by Gardai.A man is expected to appear in court later. MAN QUIZZED AS GARDAI SEIZE ANOTHER €70K OF DRUGS was last modified: November 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MAN QUIZZED AS GARDAI SEIZE ANOTHER €70K OF DRUGSlast_img read more

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SKINNING CROCS AND SMUGGLING CASH – ALL IN THE LIFE OF DONEGAL MAN BRIAN

first_imgHe has hunted and skinned crocodiles. He has smuggled ivory and event set up a rocket base.But now Donegal man Brian O’Donnell has returned to the safety of West Donegal. Now his book, The Life of Brian……In Africa, is to be launched in the coming days.The books tells the life-story of Brian O’Donnell who left his native Donegal not even aged 18 years.His life journey took him to England and then to Africa where he spent decades living a life a million miles from the gorse of Donegal.Brian’s book will be launched in the Viking House in Kincasslagh on November 30th at 8pm. Brian’s fascinating book will be available to buy priced at €12 with €2 going directly to St Vincent De Paul. SKINNING CROCS AND SMUGGLING CASH – ALL IN THE LIFE OF DONEGAL MAN BRIAN was last modified: November 19th, 2012 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:book launchBrian O’DonnellThe Life of Brianlast_img read more

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TWO MEN APPEAR IN COURT CHARGED WITH ‘HARRY’S’ BURGLARY

first_imgTwo Dublin men have appeared in court tonight charged with a burglary on one of Donegal’s best-known restaurants.Harry’s RestaurantJohn Wall, 19, and Thomas McDonagh, 20, were charged with burglary at Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend in the early hours of Friday morning. The restaurant was damaged in the raid but reopened the same day.The men appeared at a special sitting of Sligo District Court having been detained in custody at Buncrana Garda station since their arrest.The court was told that both men were wanted for questioning about other alleged offences in the south.The court was told that McDonagh had been living in Derry but is originally from Dublin.Both are no fixed abode.The pair have been remanded in custody to appear at a future siting of the courts.TWO MEN APPEAR IN COURT CHARGED WITH ‘HARRY’S’ BURGLARY was last modified: March 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bridgendburglarydonegalHarry’s RestaurantSligo District Courtlast_img read more

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