first_imgCourtesy of Abilene Christian Athletics Media RelationsABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian head football coach Adam Dorrel this week agreed to a multi-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2023 season. A three-time Coach of the Year at Northwest Missouri State, Dorrel led the Wildcats to their first winning DI season in 2018 and has high expectations for his squad at the start of fall camp.”I’m so thankful for the high-level commitment (University President) Dr. Schubert and (ACU Athletics Director) Allen Ward have made to our program,” said Dorrel. “Even in the short time I’ve been here, there’s been substantial upgrades with regard to our game day facilities, weight room, and academic areas all of which have a profound impact on what we do as coaches. Having quality spaces for our student-athletes to learn, train, study, eat or even relax goes a long way in recruiting the very best players from around the country. “I’m more than pleased with the direction our program and university are headed together, and I’m ecstatic to get this season started. But, for me, it’s not just about winning games, my coaches and I also are here to grow these young men spiritually and academically.”Ward, who previously extended the contracts of head basketball coaches Joe Golding and Julie Goodenough this spring following their first NCAA Tournament Appearances, said he’s pleased to have reached an agreement with Dorrel.”He’s doing a great job building our program, both competitively and academically,” said Ward. “I’m a big believer that patience is one of the key elements in developing a successful and sustainable Division I program, and giving our head coach the time he needs to develop his players both mentally and physically is essential in my opinion.”Dorrel signed a five-year contract upon his arrival to ACU in December 2016 and watched his program make significant progress between his first and second years.For starters, the team’s 2018 total and offense and defense numbers ranked the Wildcats third in the Southland Conference and among the top half of all FCS programs. The offensive line additionally allowed the fewest sacks in the league, which led to a top-15 passing offense (278.4 yards per game) and the nation’s sixth-highest completion percentage (65.6 percent).The linemen also were superb at protecting their specialists as the Wildcats were one of only 10 teams nationwide not to surrender a blocked kick. ACU’s defense excelled in many areas as well. From 2017 to 2018 the team jumped 36 spots from No. 87 to No. 51 nationally in scoring defense at 26.9 points per game allowed. The Wildcats also ranked eighth in sacks (3.09 per game), 14th in tackles for loss (7.7), and 29th with 13 passes intercepted.The statistical improvements carried the Wildcats to six victories (6-5) and a dozen student-athletes named all-conference. Linebacker Jeremiah Chambers received First Team recognition from Southland voters and has since been named to three preseason teams this summer.But where Dorrel is most proud of his team is in the classroom, as the Wildcats posted their first +3.00 team GPA this past spring (up from a 2.97 in the fall). The goal now is to see that number rise to 3.20 at the end of each term.Senior wide receiver and ACU SAAC president Josh Fink was voted First Team Academic All-America last December, and additionally made the Southland’s All-Academic list along with fullback Chance Pierce, offensive lineman Kade Parmelly, safety Erik Huhn and the league’s Student-Athlete of the Year quarterback Luke Anthony.”ACU fans saw the progress made in Adam’s second season at the helm,” added Ward. “They should be excited about the future of ACU football. And as the AD, it’s pleasing to know that Coach Dorrel is making decisions in the long-term best interest of the program. He has earned this extension.”Entering Fall Camp, the veteran-laden Wildcats are determined to take that next step by winning the Southland Conference. But first they’ll have to play close to perfection in order to qualify for their first FCS Postseason appearance.Fortunately for the Wildcats there’s quite a bit of depth on this year’s roster, and Dorrel considers the competition in camp to be a ‘coach’s best friend.’ “I’ve been extremely pleased with the efforts and energy through the first week of camp,” he said. “We’ve had guys come out and battle through the elements (hot weather) better than in my first two years here, and that’s a credit to our on-field leadership. Those guys are doing a great job setting the tone at practice in allowing us to get work done.”The execution has been there on both sides of the ball, and we’re seeing good things on special teams. I’m proud of our guys. We just need to maintain this level of consistency.”last_img read more

first_img– discuss strategic plan for Ministries, green economyPresident David Granger and Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Thursday met with the permanent secretaries (PS) of the various ministries to discuss a number of issues, including ensuring that their work is in line with the policies of the government, a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP) said.The meeting was held at the MoTP.The statement said both the President and Minister called for meetings of this nature to become a monthly feature, so that public officers can communicate and interact more, exchange ideas and sort out differences that will arise from time to time.President Grange, according to the MoTP statement, said that the position of permanent secretary is the pinnacle of the professional career of a public servant and, as such, his government will ensure that the conditions under which they function are as close as possible to ideal and that there is a high level of satisfaction and commitment among them.He explained that like law and medicine, public service is a profession that requires a high level of competency and professionalism.“Ministers may change, but permanent secretaries are meant to be permanent…to run a ministry continuously for a long period of time, every day and whoever the minister is, the permanent secretary must be able to discharge his/her function in an efficient manner but they cannot do that unless they are educated,” President Granger said.Similar sentiments were expressed by Minister Harmon, who emphasised that permanent secretaries have a critical role to play in the functioning of ministries. He informed the permanent secretaries that the President will soon introduce a draft strategic plan for the various ministries, which outlines a broad framework within which each ministry will function and what they should focus on.This draft plan also highlights the government’s green agenda. Minister Harmon said that, “the first and foremost responsibility of every government ministry is to push that green agenda.”last_img read more

first_imgEmmanuel S. Wettee, Chairman, The All Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship.Dual citizenship for natural born Liberians does not include “opening up citizenship to non-Negroes.”The All-Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship, representing over 500,000 Liberians in the Diaspora, has revealed in a letter to President George Weah that dual citizenship for natural born Liberians, for which it is seeking support from the Government of Liberia does not involve “opening up citizenship to non-Negroes.”The All-Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship comprises the following: The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), The European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA), The Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia (FOLICA), Conference of Liberian Organizations in the South Western United States (COLOSUS), and United Liberian Association Ghana (ULAG).In a letter dated February 8 to President Weah, the All-Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship said the two issues should not be combined because combining these parallel and entirely different propositions (Dual Citizenship for natural born Liberians and opening citizenship to all races) as one item in a referendum will pose a significant challenge if not destroy its efforts for dual citizenship for natural born Liberians.“We need to immediately bring to your attention that these issues should be addressed separately in any future legislative action or referendum.“Furthermore, we strongly believe that combining the two issues into one proposition in any proposed referendum will confuse the Liberian people and lead to an unwelcome and untimely defeat of the cause of Dual Citizenship that we all believe is good for the unity and development of Mother Liberia,” the letter, signed by Eminent Emmanuel S. Wettee,Chairman, The All Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship, said.They told President Weah that “now that you have publicly and emphatically expressed your support for Dual Citizenship in Liberia, our appeal to you is to provide the necessary push with the Liberian people and their elected representatives using your powerful bully pulpit to campaign for the passage of a Dual Citizenship law in 2018.”The group also requested President Weah not to support “what appears to be a new proposal coming out of a House of Representatives committee to combine Dual Citizenship for natural born Liberians with citizenship for all races.”The group said over 500,000 Liberians in the Diaspora from the Atlantic to Pacific, have acknowledged President Weah’s concern and meaningful support for dual citizenship for those born as Liberians and those born of Liberian parentage.“Therefore, we have resolved to request a partnership relationship with your office to work together to achieve Dual Citizenship for natural-born Liberians and those born of Liberian parentage. We are encouraged by your expressed committed leadership and support for Dual Citizenship in your Annual Message to the 54th National Legislature, on Monday, January 29th.“Mr. President, your vision to involve all Liberians in the development of our country has added weight towards your call for Dual Citizenship for those born as Liberians and those born of Liberian parentage who are currently in the Diaspora and fully committed to the development of Liberia,” the group stated.The group also expressed appreciation to President Weah when he acknowledged that “our laws provide that only Liberian citizens can own real property in Liberia, and the current 1973 Alien and Nationality Law as amended in 1974 through the Fourth Regular Session of the Forty-Fifth Legislature strips natural born Liberians of their citizenship for assuming additional citizenship.“This imposes legal restrictions on many Liberians by birth, who fled abroad due to war and conflict, from investing in the country as they cannot own or inherit real property in Liberia. It also stifles the participation of Diaspora Liberians in the reconstruction and economic recovery of the land of our nativity.”The letter further noted that “For the past 10 years or more we have continued to take numerous steps to remove this legal impediment so that Diaspora Liberians can actively invest in the country and participate in the economic recovery. These include several meetings with you during which we have continued to crave your indulgence to help repeal the Alien and Nationality Law.“We have sent delegations to Liberia, written letters and held meetings with the leadership and individual members of the National Legislature. We have submitted proposals and actively lobbied to repeal the Alien and Nationality Law.“We were deeply involved in the national consultation to amend the National Constitution, and were represented at the National Constitution Review Conference in Gbarnga, Bong County.”The group expressed gratitude to President Weah for his public support for dual citizenship and urged him to bless it with the terrific platform of his office to fully advocate for its passage into law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“A lot of people like getting married on Valentine’s Day, so we try to personalize it a bit and make it fun,” Logan said. “The staff decorates everything with hearts and we have candy out. Everyone thinks of government transactions as so sterile, so it’s a nice change of pace for them.” Indeed, the normally drab government-building interior of the offices was bursting with red everything – hearts, candy, lips, balloons and streamers. People carrying big bouquets of red heart balloons jostled for space in elevators with other Valentine-bearers. Carolyn Cobb, one of the deputy commissioners who was performing the ceremonies, said it was her first time working on Valentine’s Day. “I love it. But I love it on any day,” Cobb said, saying more commissioners were on duty Wednesday to accommodate the volume of weddings. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Wedding day • Video: Getting married on Valentine’s Day NORWALK – Getting married on Valentine’s Day was not a last-minute decision for Anthony and Maritza Marquez of Norwalk – it took five years and almost two kids to finally decide the time was right. After Maritza, 27, found out she was pregnant with the couple’s second child recently, she and Anthony, 24, decided “why not?” and planned on a Valentine’s Day wedding at the Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk’s office in Norwalk, she said. The Marquezes joined more than 200 couples in the Registrar/Recorder’s six district offices throughout Los Angeles on Wednesday to tie the knot on a day known for copious romantic gestures. On an average day, the Registrar’s office will unite about 40 couples in marriage, said spokeswoman Kathy Salama. When stating her name to reporters, Maritza stumbled on her new last name before correcting herself. “It will take a little while to get used to my new name,” said Maritza, who was dressed in a white wedding dress and veil and holding her son Nathan’s hand. “We had talked about getting married for a while. It was long overdue,” she said. Dean C. Logan, chief deputy registrar-recorder, said scheduled marriages were up slightly to 195 from last year’s 189. That figure did not count walk-ins – of which seven had already been recorded by mid-morning. last_img read more

first_img 11 11 11 11 11 11 Midfielder – Fernandinho (Manchester City) – Many baulked at the £30m fee, which Man City paid Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 for his services, but he’s been worth every penny. Once again he put in a dominant display at Old Trafford as he broke up play superbly in midfield. 11 Midfielder – Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – The Argentine was perhaps a surprising loan addition for the Hammers in the summer but he’s growing into a key star for Slaven Bilic. He didn’t get on the scoresheet but was a constant menace across the pitch and even made a goal-line clearance as West Ham defeat Chelsea 2-1. Centre-back – Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – Wayne Rooney didn’t worry any City fans during the derby on Sunday and much of that was down to the brilliant display from £32m summer signing Otamendi. Manuel Pellegrini’s previous big money defender, Eliaquim Mangala continues to underwhelm, but the Argentine already looks an excellent addition. Striker – Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – Can anyone stop the England striker right now? He scored for the seventh consecutive game on Saturday, helping the Foxes to defeat Crystal Palace 1-0 on home soil. His constant pressing and his directness has been key for Claudio Ranieri and more international caps are sure to follow. Midfielder – Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – The Spaniard has made the deep-lying playmaker role his own at the Emirates and against Everton he once again kept the Gunners ticking. He saw the ball more than any other player on the pitch and completed 74 of his 80 passes. Midfielder – Erik Lamela (Tottenham) – Once maligned at Spurs for failing to deliver, the Argentine is now starting to prove fans wrong. Against Bournemouth he again impressed with his all-round performance as he harassed and harried opponents, and he neatly tucked away his second goal of the campaign after an Artur Boruc error. Goalkeeper – Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland). Find out who else makes the team by clicking the arrow above – The Black Cats may have beaten Newcastle 3-0 but the Romanian still had to be on top form and made eight saves during the match to ensure Sam Allardyce claimed his first win as Sunderland boss and continue their six-game winning streak against the Magpies. Left-back – Brendan Galloway (Everton) – Leighton Baines’ absence will certainly have been felt but the emergence of the ex-MK Dons’ youngster has helped lessen the blow at Goodison Park. The 19-year-old, who was Everton’s Player Of The Month for September was in good form despite a defeat to Arsenal and could have had a couple of goals two. 11 11 Centre-back – James Tomkins (West Ham) – The Hammers centre-back is steady, solid and reliable and that was exactly what was need as Slaven Bilic’s side hosted a demoralised Chelsea side on Saturday. He was a leader at the back and helped keep the Blues attack quiet, giving West Ham a 2-1 win over their rivals. 11 11 It was another action-packed weekend of football in the Premier League as the title and relegation battles took new twists.Manchester City’s 0-0 draw with rivals United sees the race for top spot open up with Arsenal drawing level with the table-toppers on points, while West Ham claimed another big scalp as they sit third.Sunderland’s derby victory ensured there were changes at the foot of the division with managerless Aston Villa propping up the league.But which individuals made the difference this weekend?Check out our team of the weekend by clicking the yellow arrow above, right… Right-back – Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – Since being named PFA Young Player of the year in 2012, it’s fair to say he’s struggled to kick on. Now, though, the right-back is showing glimpses of that form again with Spurs and excelled against Bournemouth, winning six tackles and four aerial duels. Striker – Harry Kane (Tottenham) – He’s back with a bang. It hasn’t quite gone England star Kane’s way this season as he struggled to continue his goalscoring exploits from last year. Against Bournemouth though he was in the right places at the right times, causing havoc for the Cherries’ defence. The hat-trick should give him confidence to kick on.last_img read more

first_imgShane is congratulated by presenter Kathryn ThomasDonegal singer Shane McLaughlin done Donegal proud as he just missed out on being named RTE’s Voice of Ireland.The Downings singer silenced the begrudgers once and for all with an amazing final performance.He was eventually came third place behind Kelly Mongan and winner Keith Hanley. But Shane’s mentor Kian Egan said the Donegal man could hold his head high.“I think we have the beginning of a rock star here. We’ve had a lot of great fun and it’s not over for this man,” he said.Shane thanked his “amazing family” and all his fans and said he had enjoyed every minute of his time on the show.Not even an early stage invasion by presenter Kathryn Thomas could spoil Shane’s big night. The 28 year old, who was slated by some judges earlier in the series, has grown stronger and stronger throughout the series.And tonight he put in two amazing performances of The Stunning’s ‘Brewing Up A Storm’ and The Frames’ ‘Fake’ to win over the judges.Even Shane’s biggest critic, Jamelia, changed her mind on Shane and admitted she fancied him!“It was fantastic and this is what I have been waiting for. And it’s only because I fancy you,” she laughed.Sharon Corr said Shane was officially good from now on. “This beautiful tone has crept into your voice and it’s very sexy,” she added.Bressie said to Shane “You have figured it out and that’s why you are here.”Shane’s loyal mentor Kian who has backed him from the start said he was so proud of Shane.“You’ve had a lot of knocks from people sitting in a similar chair to mine and you didn’t deserve it,” he said. SHANE MISSES OUT ON VOICE OF IRELAND BUT DOES DONEGAL PROUD was last modified: April 29th, 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:shane mclaughlinVoice of Irelandlast_img read more

first_img Sarkozy told the National Assembly on Tuesday that the attackers were primarily motivated by greed. “But they believed, and I quote, `that Jews have money,”‘ he said. “That’s called anti-Semitism.” Sarkozy said raids by police probing the killing had turned up documents supporting a Palestinian aid group and others with a militant Islamic character. He did not elaborate. While authorities suspect an anti-Semitic aspect, it is not known how many, if any, of the kidnappers are Muslim or whether they were Islamically motivated. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PARIS – The kidnap, torture and killing of a Parisian Jew has rekindled worries about anti-Semitism in France, where one of Europe’s oldest plagues is seeping into poor French neighborhoods that are home to many Muslim immigrants and their French-born children. Jewish leaders had been encouraged by a decline in attacks on Jewish cemeteries, synagogues and community centers from a peak in 2004. But on Feb. 13, police found 23-year-old Ilan Halimi naked, handcuffed and covered with burns near railroad tracks in the Essonne region south of Paris. He died en route to the hospital. Authorities say a multiethnic gang that kidnapped the mobile phone salesman last month and tortured him for three weeks was after money, reckoning that since he was a Jew, he had to be rich – or at least worth a big ransom. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said the gang had tried to kidnap six other people since December, including four Jews. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Some Jewish leaders believe the group didn’t have political motives, but that hatred of Jews may have motivated the violence inflicted on Halimi. “This case is very serious, because it is the first time in 60 years that a person was killed because he was Jewish,” said Roger Cukierman, head of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions. President Jacques Chirac expressed his sympathy to Halimi’s family for the “barbaric act.” Chirac, his prime minister and other politicians joined about 1,000 people for a memorial service Thursday night at a Paris synagogue. “Today, I ask all French citizens to all stand up as one man and shout loud and clear, `Enough is enough,”‘ France’s grand rabbi, Joseph Sitruk, said at the service. Anti-racism groups planned demonstrations across the country Sunday. last_img

first_img Huddersfield Town players celebrate 1 Huddersfield are back in the top flight after 45 years, clinching Premier League football and a £170million windfall by beating Reading on penalties in the Championship play-off final.Few backed these sides to be challenging for promotion at the start of the campaign, with David Wagner’s men considered to be in for a relegation fight as the Royals started anew under Jaap Stam.Both teams have had memorable campaigns but Reading’s has ended in heartache, whereas Huddersfield can look forward to life in the Premier League after securing a 4-3 penalty shootout triumph after 120 goalless minutes at Wembley.The Terriers faced an uphill battle after fans’ favourite Michael Hefele missed his spot-kick, only for Liam Moore to blaze over and Danny Ward – the shootout hero in the semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday – to save Jordan Obita’s penalty.Christopher Schindler stepped up to send Huddersfield into the top flight for the first time since 1972, leading to wild celebrations on the field and in the stands.It could have been so much easier had Hefele and Izzy Brown not wasted early opportunities as a breathless start made way for a forgettable final.However, Huddersfield will not care a jot after winning the shootout and writing an exciting new chapter in their history.last_img read more

first_imgKilcar GAA News:Club Dinner DanceThe club dinner dance takes place on Saturday 24th January in the Blue Haven more details next week. Club AppWe have now 148 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Lotto There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €2,600 this week’s numbers were 10, 24, 25 and 29 winners were: €50 Derdrie Carr(Bavin ), €30 Martin Gallagher(Bogagh) and €20 Katherine Keeney (Cashel). Lotto Plus numbers 8, 9, 16 and 26 there was no winner. Results from 28th December €50 Stephen Hegarty, (Main Street), €30 Martin McKenna, (Towney) and €20 Eoin McHugh, (Bavin) Lotto Plus Numbers 3, 21, 23 and 30.BingoClub Bingo winners were €150 Joan Ellis, €140 Brendan O’Keeney, €80 Margaret Doherty, Roseanne Ellis, €70 Marie Gallagher, Connie McGinley, Mary Carr (Shalway) Suzanne McShane, Breege McCallig and Rosie Carr. The Jackpot on Sunday is €3,600 on 45 numbers. Winners on 27th December were €150Mairead Gallagher (Kilybegs), €100 Anna Cannon, €80 Bridie O’Gara and Eithna Doogan , €70 Rosealeen Boyle, Mary T Byrne, Doris Conwall, Margaret O’Donnell, Breege Boyle and Ann Marie Campbell.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAA GAA NEWS: KILCAR GAA DINNER DANCE TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: January 6th, 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:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgA 73 year old farmer who used a black marker to change the insurance details on his tractor has been fined a total of €400.Robert Jenkins was involved in a minor traffic accident in Co Donegal on September 23rd, 2016. When Gardai arrived at the scene, they found that the insurance disc on Mr Jenkins’ 1977 tractor had been tampered with.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle told Letterkenny District Court that the insurance disc had been tampered with and that the date had been changed from 2016 to 2017.When interviewed by Gardai, Jenkins, of Mondooey, Manorcunningham, admitted the charge.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Donagh Cleary, said his client had limited literacy.He said that he had every opportunity to remove the falsified insurance disc at the scene of the accident at Mongorry, Raphoe, before Gardai arrived but did not do so.He said he had been called to reapply for his license but because he could not complete the theory test, he could not get his license and was unable to renew his insurance.He added that Mr Jenkins had been driving for almost 60 years, has a small farm but can no longer drive.Judge Paul Kelly fined Jenkins €250 for having no insurance, a further €150 for having no tax and took the other charges including altering his insurance disc into consideration.Farmer, 73, fined after altering tractor insurance disc with black marker was last modified: July 11th, 2017 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)last_img read more