NACOGDOCHES, Texas – As has been the tradition during the holiday season for years, the Stephen F. Austin Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) once again teamed up with the Toys for Tots organization to provide a joyous holiday season for individuals and families around the Nacogdoches area.The Lumberjacks’ SAAC coordinated toy drives during the SFA’s Nov. 15 home football game against Northwestern State, the Dec. 1 women’s basketball game against Wiley College and the Dec. 7 men’s basketball game against Louisiana Tech.In addition to the toys collected during the three drives, various Stephen F. Austin student-athletes also donated toys during their team Christmas parties. Those offerings were added to the haul collected from SFA’s three games.Toys for Tots began in 1947 and has become an avenue for raising funds and purchasing toys. The organization currently distributes 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.
The bodies of five persons have been discovered in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). The bodies were discovered over a five-day period.Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of three bodies in East Canje, Berbice. One of the five is believed to have committed suicide while the bodies of three were discovered in their homes and one in a canal.Those dead have been identified as Roxanne Newyear, 45, a school teacher of New Forest East Canje; Ivlaw Henry Snr, 53; and Shelldon Fortune 41, both of Adelphi; Mangalram Chetram, 47, of Reliance, East Canje; and Ramdai Samnarine, 73, called “Aunty Pato”, of Lot 695 Number One Road, Corentyne.On Wednesday evening, the body of Chetram was found lying motionless under his Canje, Berbice home with what appears to be a wound to his forehead.When Guyana Times visited the area, residents said the man’s son had to help him into the yard after he fell on the road. He was later found dead at 17:30h. Reports are Chetram was an epileptic and an alcoholic.Meanwhile, on Wednesday afternoon also, the body of Samnarine was discovered floating in the Albion Estate drainage canal at about 16:00h.The discovery was made by a passerby.According to information, the woman left home at about 16:00h on Tuesday to visit a doctor. It is unclear whether she made it to the doctor’s office. The mother of three went missing on Tuesday. She lived with her 77-year-old husband. The couple had been married for more than 50 years.In the other case, Henry’s body was discovered at his Lot 3 Adelphi home shortly before 08:00h on Tuesday by his son.According to the younger Henry, at about 05:30h he took his bird out and as he was passing his father’s house, he saw his father looking through the window. He said he told his “morning” and continued on his way. He added that his father, who is a pump operator, was preparing to go to work but a few hours later when he returned, he noticed his father’s bicycle still in the yard. He said this prompted him to go into the house and he found his father lying face down on the kitchen floor.Earlier this year, Henry was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital for blood pressure related issues. The father of seven lived alone.Meanwhile, on Monday, villagers found the body Shelldon Fortune at his Lot 14 Adelphi home. He too lived alone. Reports also revealed that the welder claimed to have had a headache and his eyes were hurting on Sunday evening.He did not respond to friends when they called him on Monday morning. At about 09:00h, neighbours climbed on top of his fence and peeped into his home and saw him lying on a mattress on the floor and thought he was asleep. Five hours later he was seen in the same position. The neighbours then went into the house and found the television and a light in the building on. He was in the same position under a mosquito net.His sister, Roxanne Prince, said she received information that the father of one had passed but by the time she reached to the house, the Police had already taken the body to the mortuary.She referred to her brother as one who frequently used alcohol but was considered a very nice person.Meanwhile, on Friday evening, the body of Roxanne Newyear, a teacher of Zorg Primary who was recently transferred to Rose Hall Primary, was found hanging from her verandah.The woman had reportedly told her husband that she was going to on the verandah get some fresh air. After some time passed the husband went to check on her and found her hanging. Newyear is said to have been experiencing extreme pain recently as a result of a problem with her kidneys.Police are said to be investigating all five deaths.
A mother and son are now dead while three other family members are in critical condition following an accident on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Dead are Tessa Telford Ibrahim, 60; and her son Marlon McFarlane, 30. Injured are Maisha Ibrahim, 23; Patricia McFarlane, nine; and Roshana McFarlane, seven; all of Lot 119 Highway Boulevard, Amelia’s Ward, Linden.Reports are the family was returning to Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Saturday at about 15:30h when the accident occurred at the Moblissa Bridge, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.McFarlane was an employee of Guyana Goldfields and a former member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).Guyana Times was told that Maisha Ibrahim, 23, who is Tessa’s niece, lost control of the motorcar, PNN 3987, after she reportedly dropped in a pothole and swerved to the opposite side of the road.This ran the vehicle into a ditch and came to a halt after it collided with a tree.Following the incident, public spirited persons rushed the family to the Linden Hospital Complex where the seamstress and her son were pronounced dead on arrival.Nine-year-old Patricia McFarlane was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital in an unconscious state while seven-year-old McFarlane and Maisha Ibrahim were admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex.Police have since launched an investigation.
CANYON COUNTRY – U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, who entered politics as a local school board member, will host a round-table discussion Wednesday on efforts to strengthen the No Child Left Behind act. Educators and business leaders will participate in the program, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. The discussion comes as Congress prepares to craft legislation to renew and strengthen the 2001 education reform law, which focused on goal-oriented, standards-based education. Locally, criticism about the reform has largely been that it sweeps special education students into its parameters with expectations that all students show improvement, even when it isn’t likely. An aide to McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said the special education issue is one that must be tackled as the law is reviewed. McKeon, Santa Clarita’s first mayor and a former member of the Hart Union High School District board, is the senior Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee. “The purpose of this round table is simple: to provide me an opportunity to listen to the comments and concerns of my 25th District neighbors directly, without a filter,” McKeon said of Wednesday’s event, during which he will hear from teachers, parents, business leaders and students. “I look forward to gathering valuable input that I can bring back to Washington as my colleagues and I begin the process of strengthening No Child Left Behind,” he said in a statement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish Liga football match against Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 9, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMadrid, Spain, Sep 9 – Lionel Messi’s hat-trick saw Barcelona move four points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Ousmane Dembele marked his debut with an assist in a 5-0 rout of local rivals Espanyol on Saturday.Earlier, Madrid paid for the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and a series of missed chances by Gareth Bale as they were held to a shock 1-1 home draw by newly-promoted Levante. Barca made no such mistake as for all their early season off-field problems, Ernesto Valverde’s men have taken maximum points from their opening three La Liga games.Messi led the way with a virtuoso performance, but his opener also needed a huge slice of luck as he was wrongly not flagged offside from Ivan Rakitic’s through ball before blasting into the top corner.Barca’s second arrived thanks to a counter-attack from an Espanyol corner led by Messi and Luis Suarez before Jordi Alba’s low cross was slotted home at the near post by the Argentine.“It is a privilege to play with the best player in the world,” said Suarez.“Game-by-game he keeps showing that Messi will be around for a long time to come.”Real Madrid’s Marcelo (right) in action during a Spanish league match against Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on September 9, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMessi put the outcome beyond any doubt by rounding off his hat-trick with another sharp finish from Alba’s cut-back.Dembele has the unenviable task of replacing the departed Neymar and Barca’s 105 million-euro man had to wait until 22 minutes from time for his debut as he replaced Gerard Deulofeu to a standing ovation.He showed why Barca have made the 20-year-old the third most expensive player ever as his pinpoint cross was swept home by Suarez to round off the scoring after Gerard Pique had headed home Barca’s fourth.However, even a fine display didn’t dissuade the bad feeling towards Barca’s under-fire board after a chaotic summer in the transfer market and splits between the boardroom and the dressing room, with Messi and Andres Iniesta yet to sign extensions to their contracts which expire in 2018.Suarez’s fifth goal was met with chants for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to reign.– Much-changed Madrid held –At the Santiago Bernabeu, a much-changed Madrid paid a heavy price for a slow start as they dropped points at home for the second consecutive game.A Levante long-throw from the right was allowed to bounce inside Madrid’s six-yard box before Ivi Lopez spun and fired across Kiko Casilla into the far corner after just 12 minutes.“We can’t be happy with our performance, above all in the first half,” said Real boss Zinedine Zidane.Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale controls the ball during a Spanish league match against Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on September 9, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU“We don’t need to go crazy. We need to have patience and think about the next game, which is just around the corner.”The hosts were dealt another blow midway through the first half as Karim Benzema limped off and with no other natural striker on the bench, Bale was forced to play as an auxiliary centre-forward.Madrid levelled nine minutes before half-time when Sergio Ramos’s towering header was parried by Raul Fernandez, but Lucas Vazquez bundled home the rebound.Bale then had a huge chance to turn the game around, but was denied by a smart stop from the Levante keeper as he tried to curl the ball home with the outside of his left foot.Marcelo saw a fierce effort from the edge of the box turned behind by Fernandez, but the Brazilian appeared to kick out at Jefferson Lerma as he hit the ground and was shown a straight red card.Despite their numerical disadvantage, Madrid still nearly grabbed all three points as Toni Kroos’s effort from the edge of the area clipped the outside of the post.Atletico Madrid also trail Barca by four points as without the suspended Antoine Griezmann they drew a blank in an intense 0-0 draw at Valencia.Sevilla moved up to second, just two points behind the leaders, as goals from Paulo Henrique Ganso, Wissam Ben Yedder and Nolito secured a 3-0 win over Eibar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Whatever the outcome this season, Tottenham fans have loved it and could only laugh at the ‘bitter’ Arsenal fans Arsenal fans were revelling in Tottenham’s disappointment as their rivals saw hopes of catching Leicester at the top fade after a 1-1 draw with West Brom.With the Gunners reduced to spectators having slipped out of the title race weeks ago, there were accusations of bitterness from the white half of north London. POCHETTINO: ‘WE NEED TO BELIEVE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS’Spurs have not been top once this season, while Leicester have never looked like surrendering their position, but Arsenal supporters, who enjoyed a spell at the summit, still enjoyed it.VARDY HANDED FURTHER ONE-GAME BAN 1
Fianna Fail spokesman on Education, Deputy Charlie McConalogue must resist making more mistakes with his education budget.Classroom numbers are getting biggerThe Inishowen TD has warned that frontline cuts will spell disaster for Donegal’s children.He warned that further increases in class sizes will have a serious impact on the quality of primary school education. He raised his concerns after reports that the government plans to slash €100 million from the education budget next year.“This is more than double the level of cuts originally targeted by Minister Quinn. Taking €44 million out of an already under-resourced education system was bad enough, but cutting €100 million will have very serious consequences for schools and students across the country,” said Deputy McConalogue.He said there simply isn’t scope to take so much out of the education budget without directly affecting the quality of our children’s education.“Approximately 1 in 5 children are already in classes of over 30 pupils. Further significant increases in class sizes would be the single biggest step backwards for the Irish education system. “Children with special needs have been the worst effected by Minister Quinn’s cuts so far. The dramatic reductions in SNA supports have had a serious impact on the most vulnerable children within the school system and on the classroom environment as a whole. It is these children, who are struggling in class and suffering as a result of cuts to one-to-one supports, who will become even more lost if class sizes increase further.“Minister Quinn has made many mistakes in his handling of the education budget over the past two years, some of which he has been forced to row back on. I am urging him against making more mistakes that could potentially set our education system back decades and undo much of the progress we have made in providing equal opportunities to all children.” FRONTLINE EDUCATION CUTS WILL SPELL DISASTER FOR DONEGAL KIDS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 30th, 2013 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:classroomdeputy charlie mcconalogueeducation cuts
A Carrigart girl has put the icing on the cake by becoming the runner up in national baking competitionSixteen year old Laura McFadden from Carrigart, a pupil at Mulroy College, was last night awarded 2nd place in national baking competition, The Big Bake in Dublin. Eight finalists from Donegal, Meath, Galway, Dublin, Kildare and Mayo battled it out in soaring temperatures with mouth-watering tastes smoking from the Cooks Academy kitchen in Dublin, where each of the eight had to bake their favourite recipe, which was chosen from a nationwide campaign.Head judge, award-winning celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon, who coincidentally is from Ramelton and recently won the national Celtic Cook-Off competition said he was pleasantly surprised at the standard of the competition.“Given her unique baking skills Laura McFadden should be stepping into some of Ireland’s finest eateries in a few years time’ he said.Laura baked a chocolate fudge cake and described her runner-up position as “the best thing ever.’ “I love baking, I’d do anything to bake and this is like a dream come true,” she said.The winner of The Big Bake was Laoise Casey from Dundrum in Dublin, who baked a Pistachio Bread and Butter Pudding. She will bake her winning recipe on TV3’s Ireland AM next Wednesday along with tv baker Catherine Leydon. She also received a Luxury Home Backing Pack from home interiors store Hegartys.ieThe Big Bake is run annually by Age Action as part of the nationwide week-long festival, Positive Ageing Week.As an intergenerational event that encourages young and old to take part, The Big Bake is one of the highlights of the festival. This year the festival is sponsored by homecare provider Bluebird Care.Fundraising Manager with Age Action Rhona O’Connor says, “we were thrilled with the level of talent at this year’s Big Bake and the interest from around Ireland. It’s great to see traditional skills being used by young and old and recipes being handed down through generations.”Eddie O’Toole of Bluebird Care described the event as another example of positive ageing, ’16-year old Laura with her traditional cooking methods, Karyn with her mother-in-law’s recipe in memory of her, and Laoise also used her Grandma’s secret recipe, it’s great to see all generations coming together’. Laura is the daughter of Carmel McFadden and the late Donal McFadden.CARRIGART GIRL LAURA PUTS THE REAL ICING ON THE CAKE! was last modified: October 2nd, 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)
UFC vice-president Joe Carr has hit back at Conor McGregor’s claims that Joseph Duffy isn’t Irish by saying the Donegal fighter is more Irish than him! McGregor was speaking at a Q&A session with MMA fans yesterday when he said, ‘He’d love to KO Duffy stiff.’He made derogatory claims about Duffy’s Irish authenticity which angered a lot of Irish MMA fans. Duffy hasn’t responded to the remarks as of yet, but the pair will meet this weekend in Las Vegas.However, vice-president Carr says Duffy has more in common with the average Irish person than McGregor.Carr said, “Being of Irish decent and growing up in an Irish community, I feel like, when push comes to shove, the Irish people identify more with a personality type like Joe Duffy than they do with Conor McGregor.“Conor is larger than life, and he’s probably well more liked than hated, but deep down that strong, silent go-about-your-business is more of an Irish personality type, in my personal opinion.“And, I think the Irish people, and the Americans, can very much identify with that.”Duffy and McGregor will meet at the UFC GO BIG launch event which takes places at the MGM Grand Garden Arena tomorrow. The event is expected to draw a massive crowd and is FREE and open to the public.All the big UFC stars will be in attendance including Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, Josh Barnett, Frankie Edgar, Justin Poirier and female UFC star Ronda Rousey at the meet and greet event.It’ll be interesting to see if there’s an exchange of words between the pair in Las Vegas tomorrow.UFC VICE PRESIDENT SAYS JOSEPH DUFFY IS MORE IRISH THAN CONOR MCGREGOR was last modified: September 4th, 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:newsSport
Tags: AFCON U17 regional qualifiersPeter Onentopuganda cubs Uganda will take on Ethiopia in the final (Photo by FUFA Media)CAF U17 Regional Qualifiers-Semi FinalsTanzania 1-3 UgandaNational Stadium, Dar es SaaamFriday, 24-08-2018Uganda booked a spot in the final of the 2019 AFCON U17 Regional qualifiers in Friday thanks to a 3-1 win over hosts Tanzania.The Cranes did not have a smooth ride as they required two late goals to overcome the spirited home side.The Uganda Cubs raced into an early lead inside five minutes through Iddi Abdul Wahid but the advantage was soon wiped out by Tanzania six minutes later.With 13 minutes of the 90 to play, Alau John Kokas restored purity for Peter Onen’s side and the victory was sealed when Amiri Njiri who put through his own net to ensure the Cranes seal a spirited 3-1 victory.How the action Unfolded:Uganda started the game on the front foot and were soon rewarded as Iddi Abudul Wahid opened up the scoring with just five minutes on the clock as he tapped in Ibrahim Juma’s corner kick from close range.Tanzania immediately took the game to Uganda and equalised through Edson Mshirakandi in the 11th minute.Wahid had a chance to double his day’s tally on 12 minutes but could only drag his effort wide of the target.The rest of the first half was near to uneventful as both sides want into half time locked at one all.At the start of the second half, Thomas Kakaire received a beautiful pass from Wahid at the edge of the box but shot over the bar, much to the agony of Uganda.On the hour mark, Tanzania defender Sulaiman Lupeto pulled back Iddi Abdu Wahid just outside the box but the resultant free kick taken by Juma Ibrahim was superbly saved by the Tanzania goalkeeper.Uganda’s relentless pressure finally paid off on 77 minutes as Alou John Kokas scored from close range to give Uganda a 2-1 lead.Yiga Najib had a golden opportunity to seal the game with seven minutes to play but pulled his shot wide while one on one with the goalkeeper.Uganda were nearly made to pay for Yiga’s missed opportunity but had custodian-Delton Oyo to thank as he pulled of a spectacular save to deny the ‘Young Taifa Stars’ an equalizer on 90 minutes.In additional time and with Tanzania pushing for an equalizer, Uganda broke away as Wahid found Alou with a simple pass and the later sent a low ball into the area which was connected by Amir Njiri and bounced into his (Njiri) own net for the Cubs’ third goal of the day.The victory means Uganda will take on Ethiopia who defeated Rwanda 4-2 on penalties in the other semi final, in the final.The winner will join host Tanzania at the AFCON U17 tournament next year.Uganda lost 1-0 to Ethiopia in the group stages earlier this month.The final will be played in Sunday.The Uganda Cubs team that started against Tanzania:Oyo Delton (GK), Ssekimbegga Kevin, Kasozi Samson, Kizito Mugweri Gavin (C), Ekellot Ibrahim, Ssekajja Davis, Kakaire Thomas, Iddi Abdul Wahid, Yiga Najib, Alou John Kokas, Juma Ibrahim.Comments