FAU, ODU meet in CUSA tourney

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed Florida Atlantic (16-15, 8-10) vs. No. 8 seed Old Dominion (13-18, 9-9)Conference USA Conference Tourney First Round, Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Florida Atlantic is set to take on Old Dominion in the first round of the CUSA tournament. Old Dominion swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last faced each other on March 1, when Florida Atlantic made only five foul shots on seven attempts while the Monarchs hit 20 of 26 on the way to the five-point victory. TEAM LEADERS: Seniors Jailyn Ingram and Cornelius Taylor have led the Owls. Ingram has averaged 10.9 points and five rebounds while Taylor has recorded 11.8 points per game. The Monarchs have been led by Malik Curry and Xavier Green, who are scoring 13.5 and 12.7 per game, respectively.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Curry has had his hand in 48 percent of all Old Dominion field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 30 field goals and 27 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: Florida Atlantic is a perfect 10-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.1 percent or less. The Owls are 6-15 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Monarchs have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Owls. Old Dominion has an assist on 46 of 81 field goals (56.8 percent) over its previous three contests while Florida Atlantic has assists on 42 of 89 field goals (47.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Old Dominion has committed a turnover on just 17.7 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-lowest percentage among all CUSA teams. The Monarchs have turned the ball over only 12 times per game this season. March 10, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img FAU, ODU meet in CUSA tourney Associated Press last_img read more

Is this Man United’s next title challenging team?

first_img1 Man United manager Louis van Gaal is likely to be busy in the summer 1 Man United could once again look completely different next season.Funds for manager Louis van Gaal to turn the club into title challengers again are reportedly being gathered, so here are two possible starting line-ups for the 2015/16 campaign. Dani Alves has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, but it is thought any club wishing to have the full-back in their ranks will have to hand the 31-year-old a three-year contract. Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has also been linked with a stunning £35m move, while up front it is being reported that Man United scouts have been sent to Portugal to watch Porto striker Jackson Martinez.News of Martinez’s possible arrival follows the increasing pressure on Radamel Falcao, who continues to struggle in front of goal. As you can see below, it is not just in attack where the club are rumoured to be keen to reinforce.Juventus midfielder and former Old Trafford academy star Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Turin in a record-breaking transfer.If a deal for Alves does not happen, then Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne has also been identified as a possible arrival, while Mats Hummels remains a firm target of Van Gaal.Despite playing in midfield recently, Wayne Rooney could be utilised up top again. “I would not say he will always be a midfielder from now on because it depends on the formation we use and the form of the strikers,” Van Gaal said. Given that the Dutchman’s forwards are not firing on all cylinders, then Rooney may be asked to do what he does best: score goals. 1 What area do you hope Louis van Gaal strengthens in the summer?last_img read more

LETTERKENNY/RAMELTON CRASH – MAN FIGHTS FOR LIFE AS ROAD REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL AFTER 9PM

first_imgCRASH LATEST: A man who was a passenger in a car which struck a pole between Letterkenny and Ramelton is fighting for his life.Gardai have the road between Letterkenny and Ramelton closed until after 9pm this evening.The man, who is understood to be from Muff, was rushed to Letterkenny Geenral Hospital following the crash at Castleshanaghan this afternoon.A woman who was driving the car was also taken to hospital but her injuries are not believed to be serious. There was no other vehicle involved in the incident.Gardai have said diversions are still in place and the road will not reopen until after 9pm this evening.Traffic between Letterkenny and Ramelton is being diverted through Kilmacrennan.  LETTERKENNY/RAMELTON CRASH – MAN FIGHTS FOR LIFE AS ROAD REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL AFTER 9PM was last modified: June 22nd, 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:CastleshanaghancrashdonegalletterkennyRameltonlast_img read more

South Africa: a top film location

first_imgAward-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland comes to SA to shoot a film based on the hit TV series 24. (Image: Sky) Cape Town and its spectacular environs has become a sought-after film location. (Image: South African Tourism) President Thabo Mbeki, holding the golden statuette, honours the cast and crew of Tsotsi after their Oscar win. (Image: National Film & Video Foundation)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa, and especially the Western Cape, has become a hotspot for international films and documentaries, with producers from Hollywood to Bollywood taking advantage of the natural beauty of the country and its skilled and capable local film industry. One of the latest productions confirmed for local shooting is the film 24, based on the award-winning television series of the same name.24 has won a number of awards, including Emmys for outstanding drama series and outstanding lead actor in a drama, as well as Golden Globes in the same categories. As Agent Jack Bauer, lead actor Kiefer Sutherland has been in the running for an Emmy every year since the show debuted in 2001, and has also won two Screen Actors’ Guild awards for Best Actor.Sutherland’s character Bauer is head of the counter terrorist unit of the US government, whose job is to guard the president and the country against terrorist threats. Each season is divided into 24 hour-long episodes which take place in real time, adding up to a single action-packed day in the life of Agent Bauer.The two-hour film will be screened in November 2008 and is described as a prequel to the long-awaited seventh season of the show, which was put on hold after the Hollywood writers’ strike that crippled the industry towards the end of 2007. By the time the next season is ready to air almost two years will have passed since the ending of season six, which makes the film a most welcome intervention for fans of the show.24 is only one of a growing list of international films scheduled for shooting in South Africa. Others in the pipeline include Running Wild, starring Samuel L Jackson and directed by Kevin Kerslake. Director Uwe Boll will film his new production Janjaweed, about the genocide in Sudan, in South Africa in January 2009. Nick Nolte comes to South Africa to star in Birds Sing in Kigali, based on a short story by Polish writer Wojciech Albinski, now a South African resident.In recent years many high-profile films have been shot in South Africa, among them Blood Diamond, Country of My Skull, The Lord of War, More Than Just a Game, the story of the Makana Football Association of political prisoners held during the apartheid years on Robben Island, and Flashbacks of a Fool starring current James Bond Daniel Craig.Local film industry is growingThe feature and advertising film industry in South Africa continues to grow vigorously. According to the Cape Film Commission the industry has a direct annual turnover of more than R2,6 billion.Backed strongly by the national Department of Arts and Culture, which allocated R35 million in 2002 towards the development of film in South Africa, the industry has produced a number of acclaimed documentaries and feature films, several of which have gone on to win top international accolades.The government has committed itself to assisting with the development of the industry and has put several strategies in place to promote and ensure equitable growth. One of them is the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), a statutory body that was mandated by parliament to spearhead the development process.The national Department of Trade and Industry has also introduced an incentive scheme that will allow rebates of up to 35% on the cost of films and full-length television programmes to both local and international filmmakers. Local films will get a 35% rebate while foreign productions will get 15%. Both schemes will run until 2014 and are expected to give the local film industry a much-needed boost through foreign investment and job creation.Cape Town’s new R500-million film studio, another government-backed initiative, is currently under construction and due for completion in December 2009. The Cape Town Film Studio, situated in Faure just outside Cape Town, will boost the economy of the region by creating jobs and bringing in foreign investment. Studio chair Anant Singh, a respected and successful filmmaker in his own right, says the ultimate aim of the development is to attract a greater contingent of international filmmakers.SA films win international awardsIn 2006 the film Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, following on the heels of Darrell Roodt’s Yesterday, which was nominated in the same category the year before but didn’t win. uCarmen e-Khayelitsha, based on Bizet’s opera Carmen, won the top prize, the Golden Bear for best film, at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Forgiveness, directed by Ian Gabriel, won nine awards at film festivals around the world.Other South African films making waves around the world include Drum, directed by Zola Maseko and based on the story of Henry Nxumalo, a journalist working for the activist South African publication of the same name. The film won the Golden Stallion of Yennenga award at the pan-African Fespaco film festival in Burkina Faso. The 2006 release Faith Like Potatoes, directed by Regardt van den Bergh, won the People’s Choice award at the Sabaoth International Film Festival held in Milan, Italy.Ramadan Suleiman’s 2004 production Zulu Love Letter won the Silver Award at the Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia, as well as the European Union award for films on peace and reconciliation, and the United Nations Children’s Fund Prize for the Promotion of Women’s Rights. These are just a few of the honours that South African films have earned in recent years.“The creative economy of this country and those of other parts of the continent have great potential,” said arts and culture minister Pallo Jordan, speaking at a function to honour the Tsotsi cast after their Oscar win. “Their growth and development will depend in large measure on the interventions we make. Tsotsi and the other African films that have made a mark internationally demonstrate that African stories have international resonance.”Related storiesRebate boost for SA filmMore Oscar Glory for South AfricaUseful linksNational Film and Video FoundationCape Film CommissionCape Film GuideCity of Cape TownFilmmaker South AfricaSA Film WebFilmmakers’ Guide to SAScreen AfricaSouth African TourismCape Town TourismFox Broadcasting: 24uCarmen eKhayelitshalast_img read more

South Africa prioritises quality education

first_imgLawley residents were relieved to finallyget a high school in their area, childrenno longer have to travel long distances toother areas to attend school. (Image: Kirsten Koma) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hope Mokgatlhe Department of Basic Education +27 71 680 6849 RELATED ARTICLES • Education in South Africa • Youngsters to map out their future • South African matric results up 7% • SA matrics excel despite hardshipsNosimilo RamelaThe South African government has launched a massive turnaround strategy for basic education, committing to build more public schools in disadvantaged areas and radically improve the quality of teaching and learning.This forms part of the country’s Action Plan 2014 (PDF, 2.77MB), which promotes thorough teaching methods, regular assessments to track progress, improving early childhood development, focused planning, and greater accountability within the state school system.The action plan fits into a greater scheme called Schooling 2025 – the vision of which is to ensure that there are adequately resourced schools accessible to all South African children so they are able to attend and complete the compulsory grades one to nine.“We want South Africa’s children to get only the best education at school – this is one of government’s top priorities,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.In many of the country’s rural areas and townships, pupils have to travel vast distances to get to and from school, and sit in overcrowded and ill-equipped classrooms. With such obstacles, there is a high incidence of pupils dropping out of school before completing the compulsory phase or grade 12, the final year of high school.The Department of Basic Education has undertaken to build more schools to alleviate some of these problems. In 2011, seven new schools will be opened in Gauteng, nine in the Western Cape and 20 in KwaZulu-Natal.Changing livesMonako Tsotetsi from Lawley, a township in the south of Johannesburg, was excited as he prepared for his first day at the community’s new high school, aptly named Lawley Secondary School. “It’s so good to go to school just down the road from your house. I don’t have to wake up in the wee hours to travel for about two hours to get to school anymore.”Tsotetsi began his grade nine year at the newly built school, which was officially opened by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy and Johannesburg City Mayor Amos Masondo on 12 January as schools across the province began their academic year.In January of 2010 Motlanthe visited the Lawley community and many residents spoke to him about the need for a secondary school in the area. Most senior pupils at that time had to travel a distance to Lenasia or Ennerdale to attend high school – and transport was costly for their low-income families.“It also just took too long to get to school, which took a toll on us and tampered with our ability to be fresh and focused for school,” said Tsotetsi.Members of the community say they are impressed that the deputy president was so swift in attending to their need. “This is a really great move by Motlanthe,” said Thabiso Molefe.“Not having a high school here led to many of the kids, whose families could not afford school fees, doing crime or drugs. Now the kids have a chance at a better life.”  Speaking at the school’s opening ceremony, Mokonyane said: “You’re going to make history. One day when you’re older you will say I was among the first learners of this school.”The premier encouraged the pupils to study hard and work towards achieving great grade 12 marks. “Start today to prepare, and it is possible that your future can look brighter.”Motlanthe also encouraged the pupils and teachers to work together to bring about great results at the school. “This school begins with a blank sheet. It brings no baggage, it has no history of failure and can therefore move directly into becoming a school of excellence,” he said. “The future of this school depends on what both students and the teachers put in.”The school, which comprises 24 prefabricated classrooms, has 11 teachers and 200 pupils enrolled in it at the moment. The basic education department said the school could accommodate more pupils as time goes by.The government chose prefabricated classrooms as a temporary measure at the school because they could be set up relatively quickly and easily, as opposed to having to construct the institution from scratch.“If this school had not been built, I know I would have ended up without an education. My parents would not have been able to afford to send me to school far away for much longer. This school is saving a lot of our lives and our futures,” said Tsotetsi.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle targeting Eintracht Frankfurt defender Jetro Willems

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle targeting Eintracht Frankfurt defender Jetro Willemsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are targeting Eintracht Frankfurt defender Jetro Willems.The Daily Mail says Rafa Benitez is keen to bolster his defensive options in January and in particular the left-back position. Holland international Willems has been identified as a transfer target and the club are planning to make a move for him in next month’s window.However, the Magpies are facing competition for the full back with Roma also interested in the 24-year-old. The Italian club are also interested in Crystal Palace star Patrick van Aanholt as they search for a new left back. last_img

J.T. Barrett Asked For Special Treatment During Arrest, Per TMZ

first_imgJ.T. Barrett walking off the field after losing the fiesta bowl.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Update: Here is video of the arrest, from TMZ.Earlier: TMZ has landed video of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s citation for OVI, and according to the gossip site, it doesn’t reflect well on him. They have not released the video yet, but according to their first write-up, Barrett tells officers that he is the Buckeyes quarterback, and seems to ask for special treatment.JT Barrett Arrest Video — ‘I’M THE QB OF OHIO STATE’ … ‘There’s Nothing You Can Do?’ https://t.co/KrsK4nchdw— TMZ (@TMZ) November 12, 2015TMZ Sports obtained the dash cam footage from the October 31 incident — in which you can clearly see Barrett’s SUV pull out of a line for an upcoming DUI checkpoint … catching the attention of an officer who pulled him over. … That’s when Barrett plays the “don’t you know who I am?” card … saying, “I’m the quarterback of Ohio State … officer, there’s nothing you can do?” The officer responds, “My intention is to not take you to jail. That’s about the best I can do for you.” Once Barrett sits in the back seat of the cruiser, he begins to scream obscenities to himself … “F**K!!! F**K!!!”Perhaps this should be a surprise, but it is not a great look for Barrett, who is expected to start Saturday against Illinois after a one game suspension following his arrest. Barrett’s case was settled Tuesday, resulting in a suspension of his license and a $400 fine.last_img read more

Air Baltic to buy up to 60 C Series while Bombardier unveils

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. shares hit a new 52-week high Monday after its aerospace division got a boost from new deal for up to 60 C Series planes and unveiled two secretly developed business jets.Air Baltic Corp. will become the largest European customer of the C Series and second-biggest worldwide after it moves to a common fleet by agreeing to 30 CS300 aircraft with options and purchase rights for 30 more. That’s on top of the 20 planes it has already ordered and eight currently in operation.Based on the list price, the firm order is valued at about $3.8 billion, rising to $7.7 billion if the additional planes are orders. However, high-volume customers typically receive large discounts.Bombardier shares closed up 4.3 per cent to $4.56 in Monday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the Montreal-based company also disclosed at a Geneva air show that it has secretly been developing two business jets. The new Global 5500 and 6500 will fly farther and cheaper than its existing Global 5000 and 6000s.The planes to be delivered next year will contain patented Nuage seats, updated wings and new Rolls-Royce engines.“We have to keep all our customers and get new ones. To do that you need a portfolio that is competitive or the best so for the Global aircraft there’s no question but not to have the best,” said spokesman Mark Masluch.The new planes have 500 and 600 nautical miles of additional range respectively and burn up to 13 per cent less fuel. The list prices are US$46 million and US$56 million.Flight testing of the new planes took place secretly last February in Wichita, Kan.The new business jets are largely a response to stay competitive with products from rival business jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace, said David Tyerman of Cormark Securities.“Whether they have improved their position to be able to generate a lot more business or we’re just in a competitive arms race between the various players and this is just the cost of staying in the arms race, I’m not entirely clear,” he said in an interview.The new planes are already factored into Bombardier’s guidance for deliveries through 2020 and demonstrate the company’s optimism about the improving business jet market, said Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets.“We believe this will enable Bombardier to remain ahead of its competitors in the business jet segment,” he wrote in a report.“In our view, the new aircraft launches represent a nice opportunity for Bombardier to leverage its past investments in the Global 7000 and the expertise gained with the CS100’s steep approach certification to increase its product offering and boost overall pricing.”At the same time, Bombardier renamed its largest business jet the Global 7500, from 7000, to keep in line with the other family of new planes.Meanwhile, Bombardier declined to confirm that the AirBaltic order stems from the letter of intention it announced in November coming from an undisclosed customer.Deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2019.AirBaltic plans to expand its fleet to 80 CS300 aircraft by phasing out other aircraft types over the next three years, said the airline’s CEO Martin Gauss.The largest investment in Latvia’s history will help the national carrier to expand its routes after recording its most successful year in 2017, added Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis.The order is a testament to the attractiveness of having Airbus as the majority partner of the C Series program, added Tyerman.“To me it’s indicative of the value of bringing Airbus into the story,” he said.Bombardier is nearing the finalization of an agreement in which Airbus will gain a 50.01 per cent control over the commercial jet program, with Bombardier and the Quebec government owning the rest.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Four Northeast BC communities get gas tax funding

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Four communities in Northeast B.C. will be receiving funding for various projects from money collected by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.The provincial and federal governments, along with the Union of B.C. Municipalities announced that five community projects in the Northeast have been approved to get a total of $3.2 million from the Gas Tax Fund. 108 projects across the province have been for nearly $193 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund.The City of Fort St. John will be receiving $105,000 for a long term water supply plan. The City has been looking at the issue since at least 2015, when it struck a tentative deal with BC Hydro to withdraw water from the Site C reservoir without charge. Three years ago, a report from Urban Systems looking at a 50-year growth plan for Fort St. John said that the city could be home to anywhere between 46,000 and 84,000 residents by 2065. The report also warned that the City, which currently draws its water from the Peace River through a series of groundwater wells, would experience a severe shortfall in its water supply without upgrades or a new water source in place by this year. According to the report from three years ago, the City’s water supply was built to serve only about 17,800 people.Taylor, Tumbler Ridge, and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will also be getting money from the Gas Tax Fund to support projects in their communities. Taylor will be receiving $39,450 for phase one of its Asset Management Plan, Tumbler Ridge is slated to get $80,000 to develop a Parks and Rec master plan, while the NRRM will be getting $82,500 for an economic strategy and $2.9 million for a renewal of its wastewater treatment plant aeration system.last_img read more

Police Assistance Needed in Missing Persons Investigation

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George RCMP continue to investigate the disappearance of Robert Poulin.On December 28, 2018, at approximately 9 p.m., the Prince George RCMP and the Prince George Fire Rescue Service responded to a report of a residential fire at 4416 Greenwood Street.  While responding to this fire, Police located a 2004 Black Ford F150 pickup truck. This truck was determined to be related to the residence.  The owner of the residence and the truck, Robert (Bob) Poulin, has not yet been located and Police consider his disappearance suspicious.The Police are interested in speaking with anyone who may have information about Poulin’s truck on the days leading up to December 28, 2018.  They are seeking the public’s assistance in locating any witnesses or vehicle dash camera footage that was obtained on the following dates: December 27, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between Chetwynd, B.C. and Fort St. John, B.C. During this time the police know that the truck had a white canopy on the back as shown in the photo below.December 28, 2018 from 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 9:00 p.m. between Fort St. John, B.C. and Prince George, B.C. During this time the vehicle no longer had the canopy attached as shown below.If you have any information, please contact Cpl. Meghan Driscoll of the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).Photo of missing man Robert Poulin. Source RCMPVideo Surveillance of Poulin’s truck. Source RCMPPoulin’s Truck. Source RCMPlast_img read more