Spit Fyah, Fort infeature clashJoint leaders Spit Fyah (24 points) and fourth place Fort International (17 points) will clash in the feature match at Passagefort Drive in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League tomorrow morning, starting at 11 o?clock.Co-leaders Right Stuff (24 points) should get the better of Passagefort United at Gem?s Bar, Waterford. Other matches on schedule (home teams named first) include Highlight Strikers vs Materpiece, Eradication vs Waterhouse United, Feluchie Strikers vs Soursop Tree, Naggo Head vs Correctional Services, Exceptional International vs Unity Strikers, Garveymeade vs Chedwin Strikers and Spring Village vs Ken?s Wildflower.In last Sunday?s games,Spit Fyah and Right Stuff remained unbeaten as they chalked up their sixth straight win. Spit Fyah whipped Naggo Head 300-241 and Right Stuff defeated Memory Lane 300-281, while third place Exceptional International (17 points) lost their first game, going down 300-287 to Waterhouse United (14 points).Mega Angels winnetball titleMega Angels carved out a narrow 44-41 win over arch-rivals Westchester to cop the inaugural South East St Catherine Neball League title in an exciting final on Ash Wednesday at the Westchester Community Centre.Mega Angels walked home with $50,000 for winning and Westchester received $30,000 for taking the runners-up spot.Pro-Santos B defeated Passagefort Strikers 40-23 to take third place and a cash award of $20,000.Meanwhile, Mega Angels were adjudged the Most Discipline team; the Best Attacking Player award went to Marcella Thompson of Mega Angels and Fiona Archibald from Westchester pocketed the Best Defensive Player award.The league was created through a joint venture between the Social Development Commission (SDC) and Colin Fagan, the Member of Parliament for South East St Catherine.Braeton stun Cumberland 5-2Braeton United stunned Cumberland 5-2 as action continued in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League.Jamie Morgan, Bale Boland, Ricardo Bernard, Shemar Malcolm and Kevin Williams put their names on the scoresheet for Braeton. The win propelled Braeton to 16 points and assured them top spot in the standings and a semi-final berth. The Cecil Morgan-coached Braeton are also in the KO semi-final.In other games, Edgewater (13 points) clipped Waterford 1-0 and are through the semi-finals, while Racing thumped Daytona 4-0. Cedar Grove (12 points have also qualified for the semi-finals.Dunbeholden, Reid?s Pen draw 1-1Dunbeholden and Reid?s Pen shared the points in a 1-1 stalemate as the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/All Island Community Football League kicked off, at Dunbeholden on Sunday.Christopher Caruthers scored for Dunbeholden from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute, while Rajat Genius equalised for Reid?s Pen in the 86th minute.
Nieza Viray and Satrriani Espiritu added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Lady Red Spikers.Joyce Sta. Rita had 13 points to lead San Sebastian while Sofia Sarmiento added 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cesca Racraquin lit up for 18 points to lead all scorers for San Beda.San Beda head coach Nemesio Gavino said all the losses finally lit the fire from under his players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The players were well motivated because they seemed to really want this win after all those losses,” said Gavino in Filipino. “I told my team that this was a fight of pride because we’re both NCAA teams so we have to show the difference between us.”Not only did the Lady Red Spikers outperform the Lady Stags in the spikes department, 46-34, but they were also on point from the service line with 16 aces. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew San Beda Red Lions. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda snapped out of its fruitless start and dispatched San Sebastian in four sets, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Red Spikers ended their three-game slump and got into the winning column while the Lady Stags are still winless after five games.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China gets back at misfiring Batang Gilas in battle for bronze Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ View comments
The President said two years ago that Liberia’s education system was “in a mess.” At that point, Madam Ettie Tarpeh, who succeeded Education Minister Othello Gongar, was in charge of the system.Dr. George K. Werner succeeded her as the new Education Minister. A few months ago shortly following his appointment, he toured the counties observing the operation of the school system in the interior.Last week he took his first stern action by suspending “for time indefinite,” Nimba’s Chief Education Officer, Wleh T. Sailah. Our Education Correspondent C.Y. Kwanue quoted two Nimba teachers, Larlesseh Whapoe and Mohammedd Saryon, who accused Wleh Sailah of placing on the on the county education payroll as teachers “two of his children and his girlfriend.” It was further revealed that the CEO’s two children are not teachers, neither do they even reside in the county.According to Correspondent Kwanue, the biometric system was employed by the Civil Service Agency (CSV) to check the teachers’ names and also their “unique physical and other traits, for the purpose of identification and security.”According to Mr. Kwanue, a cross-section of teachers in the county who had already gone through the biometric exercise accused the former CEO of introducing “fraudulent acts” during the biometric process, which included “deleting the names of legitimate teachers.” Well, since the CEO was allegedly determined to place his own children and girlfriend on the payroll, he had to exclude real teachers to make way for his fraudulent act. Where is the integrity? Where is the patriotism in the nation’s educational system? One of the first things that Madam Tarpeh did when she was appointed Education Minister was to tackle the major and crippling issue of “ghost teachers” on the Education payroll. And guess what: many of the very teachers resisted the exercise, some holding demonstrations outside the Education and Finance Ministries. But Ettie persisted in employing the biometric system, provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to curtail, if not eliminate fraud in the nation’s payment system. Informed sources told the Daily Observer at the time that certain Ministries, names withheld, tried to resist the biometric exercise, which was aimed at eliminating the colossal list of “ghost teachers” on the Education payroll. But Minister Tarpeh and then CSA Director General William Allen persisted and the exercise was carried out.Alas, those who were intent on beating the system by cheating became determined to find ways around it. So did CEO Wleh Sailah, who allegedly simply removed from the list qualified teachers, in order to ensure that his unqualified and unemployed children got on the payroll.We find it most unfortunate that it is Nimba again in which this alleged fraud has been uncovered. Remember that in the midst of the terrible Ebola crisis that afflicted the country two years ago, some Nimba healthcare workers were found commandeering a truck load of foreign-donated supplies toward theGuinea border. The truck was apprehended, searched and returned to Ganta, but nothing came of the case because the court could find no one willing to testify or say anything! What a massive, criminal conspiracy of silence! This newspaper has always lamented, “What kind of people are we?” Here was Liberia, faced with the worst health crisis in our history, and here, too, are the same Liberians determined to cheat, steal from and undermine government’s efforts, backed by the largesse of the international community, to deal a decisive blow to the epidemic.Remember, too, the riotous Nimba youth who violently attacked ArcelorMittal and destroyed millions of dollars of its property only because of a disagreement they had with the company. Remember, too, the Ganta motorcyclists and youth who angrily destroyed the property and home of one of Liberia’s few entrepreneurs.All of these have led this newspaper to ask frequently: Do Liberians really want development?Of course, when the alleged culprits in the recent education scandal are turned over to the justice system—if they ever will be—they will deny everything. Will whistle blowers Larlesseh Bordeh and Mohammed Saryon come forward to affirm their testimonies in court? We hope and pray that they will not take cover like Ganta’s Ebola supplies thieves. And yet Liberians frequently severely criticize the government, even abusing the President, for the lack of development. Do we really want development?We pray that Minister Werner has the guts to deal forthrightly and effectively with the monumental task on his hands, clean up our educational “mess” and reestablish a credible school system in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The U.S. Navy last week canceled a shipbuilding contract with Lockheed after negotiations to control costs on the second of two Littoral Combat Ships failed. The Government Accountability Office last month criticized Lockheed’s work on a new fleet of Marine One helicopters for exceeding program costs and for being at least 1,200 pounds overweight. And in February, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general concluded in a report that Lockheed knowingly equipped 123-foot Coast Guard cutters with unauthorized electronics, an investigation that was prompted by Michael DeKort, a former Lockheed employee who detailed safety and security issues beginning in 2003, and later chronicled his complaints in a YouTube video. Testifying Wednesday before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeKort said the problems he identified were “not simply mistakes … They were informed, deliberate acts.” The Coast Guard this week permanently decommissioned the eight cutters that had been removed from service late last year because of hull problems. Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar, D-Minn., said the Justice Department is “conducting its own inquiry into this matter.” WASHINGTON – Lockheed Martin is taking hits right and left – criticism of its newly designed presidential helicopter, the unusual Navy cancellation of a multimillion-dollar combat ship and losing its shared oversight role on a Coast Guard project worth billions. Wall Street so far has shrugged at the missteps of the nation’s top defense contractor, since its bottom line won’t be hurt in the near term. But Lockheed executives are worried, experts say, and not just about the negative headlines. The Democrat-led Congress is scrutinizing defense spending more closely and each time Lockheed stumbles, it gives rivals an opportunity to horn in on its business. “These are significant setbacks for Lockheed that occur against a backdrop of remarkable success over the last five years,” said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst at the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va. “The real question is if that trend is going to continue. The Coast Guard this week said it is taking over management of a troubled $24 billion modernization program dubbed Deepwater that had been run by a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. since its 2002 inception. Despite these events, Lockheed’s stock price has been relatively steady and Wall Street analysts have barely raised an eyebrow. In fact, many analysts praised Lockheed’s financial discipline for walking away from the combat ship deal after weeks of fruitless negotiations. Analysts said the canceled Navy deal would have little effect on the bottom line of the Bethesda, Md.-based company, which reported a 6.5 percent jump in 2006 sales to $39.6 billion. Since the beginning of the month, Lockheed’s stock has dipped about 1 percent, while some of its rivals, including General Dynamics Corp., Boeing Co. and others, have seen modest gains. But government and technology industry experts said Lockheed is concerned about the high-profile problems on government deals. Although continued contract wins in a variety of areas suggest Lockheed’s reputation remains solid, any problems that arise bring unwanted attention from the news media and lawmakers. “If you’re going to build a new technology, you’re going to have to accept some failures,” said James Lewis, director of the technology and public policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. And the company is not shy about branching out. While being known for making fighter jets and missiles, it also is expanding into government information technology and shipbuilding. Lockheed Martin used to be considered an aerospace firm, but Lewis said a company executive recently corrected him by saying, “we’re an IT company now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Goal glut: Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Apr 24 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games, and at least one in each of his last 11 matches in Europe. “It’s impossible to completely stifle Ronaldo, we can only stop him as a team,” Bayern defender Jerome Boateng said on Monday.“An attacker can not be more complete than him — left foot, right foot, head, he controls everything and in front of the goal, he’s a machine”.But while Ronaldo has enjoyed a fresh spurt in his new role of predatorial centre-forward, his two partners have found their responsiblities reduced ahead of the first leg at the Allianz Arena.Bale’s decline began first. After returning from injury earlier this year, he was on the bench for both legs against Paris Saint-Germain and the first leg against Juventus.In the second leg, he did start, only to endure the humiliation of being taken off at half-time.Benzema’s fall has been more surprising given the striker had been Zinedine Zidane’s preferred partner for Ronaldo, his work rate and supply highly valued despite the Frenchman’s lack of goals.But Benzema’s link-up play has slackened, thrusting that dry patch — one goal in 10 games and only four in 24 — more clearly into view.– ‘A little blip’ –“He does suffer a little bit, when he misses chances he suffers but the solution is easy,” Zidane said. “He has to keep working. It is just a little blip he is in at the moment.”Bale and Benzema’s dip has coincided with Ronaldo’s golden run, a parallel that may not be entirely coincidental.Ronaldo in a Real team centred on playing to his strengths is nothing new, but as the Portugese has grown narrower in his scope, perhaps his team-mates have had to sharpen their focus in providing service to him.Zidane has often deployed 4-4-2 in the biggest games this season, with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio preferred on the flanks for their defensive discipline and willingness to send crosses into the box.Bale is not viewed as conscientious enough in the wide midfielder role while Benzema’s key selling point was his link-up play. When that broke down, his appeal diminished.“I don’t see anyone looking sad,” Zidane said. “I said to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well.“It is always going to happen in a side like ours, there are players in good form and in the team and playing well.”Even if Isco is selected, it means Real are likely to line up with one of their more modest-looking attacks for a crunch Champions League tie.“I’m not worried,” Zidane said last week. “It’s true that in the last two games we have had chances and we have not taken them but now we are going to have a game on Wednesday away from home.“We are going to try to score and what we have to do is to think positively and realise that this is football anything can happen, no matter who is playing on the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
In the same mini-league, Senegal left it late in Sudan to win 1-0 with Sidy Sarr heading the lone goal four minutes from time in Khartoum.Senegal and Madagascar have 10 points each from four matches, seven more than nearest rivals Equatorial Guinea with two rounds left, and the top two finishers in each section qualify.Tunisia and record seven-time title-holders Egypt secured places in Cameroon next June with away victories in Group J over Niger and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) respectively.A Firas Chaout brace brought 2004 champions Tunisia a 2-1 win in Niamey and Ahmed Hegazy and Marwan Mohsen netted as Egypt cruised to a 2-0 victory in Manzini.It was the second 1-0 victory for the Malagasy over the Equatoguineans within four days after captain Faneva Andriatsima scored the winner last Saturday,They qualified despite having to play a preliminary tie, won 4-2 on aggregate against Sao Tome e Principe, and being seeded last behind Senegal, Equatorial Guinea and Sudan.Qualification for the Malagasy came after 18 failed attempts, with French coach Nicolas Dupuis’ most common starting eleven comprising four players based in France, one each in Algeria, Belgium, Egypt, Reunion, Saudi Arabia and Thailand, and one local.After Chaout netted twice within four minutes, Youssef Oumarou pulled one goal back before half-time for Niger, who could not prevent leaders Tunisia maintaining their perfect record.Second-place Egypt were too classy for eSwatini despite lacking injured star Mohamed Salah, who strained a thigh muscle during a win over the same opposition in Cairo last Friday.– Hegazy used aerial strength –Defender Hegazy used his aerial strength to nod the ‘Pharaohs’ in front on 19 minutes and Mohsen doubled the lead soon after half-time.On a happy day for Indian Ocean island states, the Seychelles held South Africa 0-0 in Victoria and the Comoros snatched a late 2-2 draw with Morocco in Mitsamiouli.Although neither the Seychellois nor the Comorans are contenders for places at the 24-nation finals, they will be encouraged by the results against much higher ranked rivals.The Seychelles are 189th in the world, 116 places below South Africa, while the 149th-ranked Comoros are 104 places lower than Morocco.El Fardou Ben Nabouhane from Red Star Belgrade put the Comorans ahead on eight minutes in Mitsamiouli and levelled in the final minute after Khalid Boutaib and Nordin Amrabat scored.Cameroon, automatic qualifiers but playing in Group B to gain competitive match practice, drew 0-0 with Malawi in Blantyre to remain leaders with eight points, one ahead of Morocco.After celebrating slamming six goals past the Seychelles in Johannesburg last Saturday, South Africa suffered the embarrassment of dropping two Group E points in Victoria.Lebo Mothiba was foiled by the woodwork just after half-time and South African team-mate Percy Tau had a goal disallowed in a marginal offside decision.South Africa later surrendered the group leadership to Nigeria, who completed a double over Libya with a dramatic 3-2 away triumph.Nigeria built a two-goal lead within 17 minutes of the kick-off in a match moved to Tunisian city Sfax for security reasons only for Libya to score either side of half-time.But Odion Ighalo, who scored a hat-trick last Saturday, once again broke the hearts of the gallant Libyans with an 81st-minute goal, his second of the match.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Malagasy supporters cheer during the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifier Madagascar v Senegal match on September 9 in Antananarivo, Madagascar © AFP/File / MamyraelJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 16 – Madagascar, for the first time, Senegal and former champions Tunisia and Egypt sealed places at the Africa Cup of Nations finals Tuesday with two matchdays to spare.Njiva Rakotoharimalala scored four minutes before half-time to earn Madagascar a 1-0 Group A victory over Equatorial Guinea on the vast Indian Ocean island.
Mark Cassidy leaving court at previous sitting. Pic copyright of Northwest News pix.A SOLDIER who drove the getaway car in a bomb attack has been jailed today for eight years – with the final two years suspended.Mark Cassidy, 31, from Burnfoot, was led away in handcuffs at Letterkenny Circuit Court after he admitted possessing two bombs which exploded beside a vehicle in the town in 2013. Today Judge John O’Hagan said Cassidy had used his expertise as a soldier in the Defence Forces to play a role in the attack on the Coyle family home in Manorview Park, Letterkenny, on November 22, 2013.Cassidy had pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing explosives.He admitted driving the car to the scene of the crime but claimed he had been put under duress by others to do so. He is already serving a sentence for possessing a bomb at his Burnfoot home.Judge O’Hagan said Cassidy was discharged from the Defence Forces when he was sentenced for the earlier offence in February 2014.He said it was clear that Cassidy had served with distinction overseas but that he “has used his profession as a soldier” to be involved in the bomb attack on the Coyle family jeep.He said this was an aggravating factor in the case and “puts the case on the higher level of seriousness” in such cases.The judge dismissed suggestions that Cassidy was acting under duress.“There is no evidence of that whatsoever. He knew exactly what he was doing,” said the judge.“The fact he did not know the Coyles makes it worse – he didn’t care. The affect on the family, the fall-uot has been life changing on their lives and they have no idea whatsoever what the reasons were for this incident were and they still don’t know.”He sentenced Cassidy two eight years in prison on each charge, to run concurrently, with the final two years suspended for two years..He granted a Destruction Order for the disposal of items recovered by Defence Forces bomb experts in the aftermath of the case.Members of the Coyle family were in court for the sentencing.SOLDIER JAILED FOR SIX YEARS FOR LETTERKENNY BOMB ATTACK was last modified: April 29th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Defence forcesLetterkenny bombMARK CASSIDYsoldier
3. Fernando Marcal (Guingamp) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.43 for the 2016/17 season 20 10. James Milner (Liverpool) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.26 for the 2016/17 season 20 20 20. Jose Holebas (Watford) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.16 for the 2016/17 season – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at the top 20 full-backs over the past campaign 20 6. Marcelo (Real Madrid) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.29 for the 2016/17 season 14 = Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.23 for the 2016/17 season 18 = Konstantinos Stafylidis (Augsburg) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.18 for the 2016/17 season 20 20 17. Frederic Guilbert (Bordeaux) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.22 for the 2016/17 season 18 = Dalbert (Nice) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.18 for the 2016/17 season 12 = Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.24 for the 2016/17 season 1. Alex Sandro (Juventus) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.72 for the 2016/17 season 7 = Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.28 for the 2016/17 season 20 12 = Sergio Escudero (Sevilla) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.24 for the 2016/17 season 4. David Alaba (Bayern Munich) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.35 for the 2016/17 season 20 20 20 5. Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.30 for the 2016/17 season 20 11. Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.25 for the 2016/17 season 20 20 7 = Bernardo (RB Leipzig) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.28 for the 2016/17 season 14 = Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.23 for the 2016/17 season 20 14 = Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.23 for the 2016/17 season 20 20 20 20 9. Djibril Sidibe (Monaco) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.27 for the 2016/17 season 20 2. Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) recorded a WhoScored rating of 7.55 for the 2016/17 season Full-backs have been the talk of the last season.With Antonio Conte reinventing this position so successfully at Chelsea, there’s an increase in interest over the best performers in this role.Pep Guardiola is even looking to bring in four full-backs in the summer transfer window, as he continues his rebuilding of Manchester City.But who have been the finest in this position over the past season?We’ve taken a look at the top 20 in Europe based on WhoScored stats – scroll through the gallery above to check them out.Players to feature made a minimum of 20 appearances for the 2016/17 season. 20
As a team, Drake shot 47.8 percent (33-of-69) from the floor, including knocking down nine three-pointers, with eight coming in the first half. The team recorded 24 assists as Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) had a game-high five. Rose posted a balanced stat sheet with six points, five assists, three rebounds, one block and steal in 16 minutes off the bench. Monica Burich (Roseville, Minn.) and Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) also scored six points. Watch Live PDF Box Score Gabi Haack paced Bradley (10-2, 0-1 MVC), which lost its first home game, with 23 points. Chelsea Brackman had 11 points and nine rebounds. Story Links Full Schedule Roster The Bulldogs started the game making 7-of-8 shots, including three three-pointers and finished the first period, 11-of-15, with five three-pointers. Hittner poured in 13 points and helped the Bulldogs lead 30-18 after one quarter. HTML Box Score PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team opened Missouri Valley Conference play with a 92-63 road win over Bradley Friday night at the Renaissance Coliseum. at Illinois State 1/6/2019 – 2 p.m. Drake closes opening weekend of league action at Illinois State Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines ESPN+ Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) recorded her fifth double-double this season with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) finished with 11 points to hit 1,000 career points exactly. Bachrodt added four steals, three rebounds and three assists while Hittner had six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Freshman Allie Wooldridge (Center Point, Iowa) had a career-high eight points and four rebounds in just 12 minutes off the bench. Next Game: Bradley cut the lead to 18 points late in the third quarter, but Drake closed the quarter on a 6-0 run. The Bulldogs would lead by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter. Drake (9-4, 1-0 MVC), which never trailed in the contest, was led in scoring for the second-straight game by Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) who poured in a game-high 26 points. Hittner scored a career-high 32 points in the Bulldogs’ previous game against Iowa. Bachrodt joined the 1,000 point club in the second quarter on a deep three-pointer as she scored eight of the team’s first 10 points in the quarter. She helped the Drake hold a 50-28 advantage at halftime. Seven different Bulldogs, led by Hittner’s game-high 18 points, scored. Bachrodt added 11 points and Rhine chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds. Preview
A Donegal-born professor is lobbying Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan over her Department’s handling of the school bus service in Urris on the Inishowen Peninsula.The Curadmir at Mamore Gap.Professor of Industrial Relations Jimmy Donaghey has written a strongly-worded letter to the Minister in which he says he is shocked and saddened by the Department of Education’s stance on the issue.And he challenges Minister O’Sullivan to take a ride in a 52 seater, tenth year old bus over the Mamore Gap! This is his letter in full which he has also sent to Donegal Daily. Dear Minister O’Sullivan,I am shocked and saddened to hear about the way in which the government is completely disregarding the needs and wishes of the people of Urris, Clonmany, Co.Donegal. Though now working in England, I am a native of Urris and frequently visit Urris. As you will know, parents of people from Urris are being given the choice of paying up to €650 to send their children to Carndonagh Community School or else send their children to School in Buncrana through the treacherous route over Mamore Gap. The route is completely inappropriate for bussing students to school- one side of the Gap is a corkscrew route, the other side is a 2km, steep gradient drop, only passable by cars going one way at a time. At Christmas when I was at home visiting my mother, a native of Urris who was married and living on the other side of the gap in Desertegney died and all the people from Urris attending the funeral had to go the longer route through Clonmany as the Gap was impassable due to frost. Many natives of Urris never use the road due to its nature. Are you prepared to risk the safety of school children going over a mountain road like this during winter? If an accident occurs, will you be willing to take responsibility for the welfare of these students? If this route is not used, then Carndonagh is much closer than Buncrana.However, this is not just a problem for the people of Urris but demonstrates a threat to life in rural Ireland being posed by the current government. Urris is one of the most economically deprived rural areas in Ireland. Historically, lower numbers from Urris go onto University than from local towns like Clonmany, Carndonagh and Moville. I realise you came from a different social background and attended a fee paying school, but as someone who completely depended on state support to go to School, I believe it is the duty of the Minister for Education and Skills to facilitate the education of people from economically deprived areas, rather than placing hurdles in their path. I ask you to stop this nonsense and stop the anxiety your Department’s actions are causing for the parents and children of Urris. As Minister for Education and Skills, the buck stops with you. To blame Bus Eireann is nonsensical and hiding behind the cloak of bureaucracy: Dysfunctional bureaucracy is the fault of the ultimate designer, not the implementer. As a final point, if you refuse to stop this nonsense, you owe the people of Urris one thing- you should come to Urris with other government TDs and Senators and go over and back Mamore gap in a 52 seater coach of at least twenty years old to show that you believe the route is safe for the children of Urris.RegardsJimmy DonagheyProfessor of Industrial Relations,University of Warwick, CoventryCV4 7ALStudent of Carndonagh Community School, 1989-1994DONEGAL PROFESSOR CHALLENGES MINISTER TO TAKE A BUS RIDE OVER MAMORE GAP was last modified: April 27th, 2015 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:InishowenMamore gapprofessor