first_imgHAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana baseball head coach Matt Riser expects his players to be strong leaders on and off the field. The three players were among a group of five who ran down a rain-slicked embankment toward a burning car in the Canadian province of British Columbia, focused only on making sure anyone inside got out safely. Jack had never met the men who saved her, a group of four players and the head coach of the Port Angeles (Wash.) Lefties of the West Coast League. “The young men we recruit have to not only be good players, but even better people,” Riser said. For the players, it simply came down to living out the leadership lessons Riser has instilled in them during their time at Southeastern. “There are three ways to respond in moments like these: Freeze, flight, or fight,” Riser said in a text message to his players within days of the rescue. “Y’all responded with action and didn’t worry with putting yourselves in harm’s way to help someone else. To act in that manner tells you about who you are because you cannot script everything life throws at you.” For Pace, it’s all about paying it forward. It is the basis of the program’s mission statement: As members of the Southeastern Baseball program, we commit to excellence in the classroom, in the community and in competition. We do this by having a mental toughness that enables us to be consistent, confident, focused and determined during high-pressure situations in order to perform at maximum potential. Riser’s text congratulated the players for representing Southeastern and the Lions baseball program well, but, more importantly, “for reassuring yourself of who you really are.” Pace and Westergard noticed the fiery car and stopped immediately, waking the other three players, who were napping in the backseats. All five immediately sprang into action. And if things had gone as expected, they never would have met – the trio of Southeastern players, who are playing with the team for the summer, their teammate Ronnie Rust and head coach, Darren Westergard, only passed by because they missed their exit and were hurrying to get to their game in Kelowna on time. That’s why he focuses the Lions’ training not just on the art of the game, but on what it means to be involved in your community, to help others and to show courage. Last week, Trey Morgan (St. Francisville, Louisiana), Evan Pace (Zachary, Louisiana) and Kyle Schimpf (Covington, Louisiana) showed what it means to be leaders not only off the field, but in another country. “I didn’t realize what was going on until I got out of the vehicle,” Morgan said. “Pace and Coach jumped out and said follow them. Your thoughts head to how many people are there, looking on the floorboard or nearby, and how to get them out without injuring them. There was smoke everywhere as the car started to catch on fire. She was in shock, just kind of sitting in the car and not moving.” “The car was covered in smoke,” Pace said. “We couldn’t tell if there was anyone in it, but you could smell it starting to burn. My first reaction wasn’t thinking about all the smoke or how dangerous it could be, it was about getting people out.”center_img “The thought process wasn’t about the car exploding or catching on fire,” Schimpf said. “It was helping get her out of the car and getting my teammates out of the way. The thought of my safety never crossed my mind. It all happened so fast. When we were standing off to the side is when it all sank in.” Pace was the first to the car and, with the help of his coach, helped Jack out of the vehicle and carried her up the embankment. Then, they drove straight to the field because, after all, they still had a game to play.  Their actions saved the life of Linda Jack, a resident of Kelowna, British Columbia, who was involved in a one-car accident when her vehicle skidded in the rain and slid down the embankment, immediately filling with smoke as it caught fire on impact. Within minutes of helping Jack up the slippery terrain, the car was ablaze and a total loss. The players drove Jack, who suffered only minor injuries, back to her home. During the drive, they picked up a new fan. Jack told the men she’d always been a fan of the Kelowna team (the Lefties’ scheduled opponent). But, after this, she will be rooting for them. While he was surprised to hear the circumstances, Riser wasn’t at all surprised by his players’ actions. He was quick to praise not just his players’ leadership lessons, but their upbringing for their heroism. “Now go have fun playing some ball,” Riser quipped as his sign-off. “I’m extremely proud of them for handling the situation the way they did,” Riser said. “I’m not surprised. They show these type of leadership skills on a daily basis. They know what’s right and in that moment reacted with a sense of urgency.” Morgan, Schimpf and Rust helped pull Jack’s luggage and belongings from the smoldering vehicle. “Their parents have done a great job of bringing them up to be selfless, and when they see someone in need, they are not concerned with their own well-being,” Riser said. The way Riser has built the family reputation has led all the players to help the community, Schimpf said. “It instills pride in you,” he said of Riser’s leadership training. “That you want to help out, not let anyone down.” “You’re not worried about yourself in that situation,” Morgan said. “You’re not hurt, and other people are in danger. Everybody there went head first into the car.” “I had three older brothers who would help me no matter what,” he said. “In high school and at Southeastern, there are 35 others who have my back. It’s not a burning car, but a burning desire to help.”last_img read more

first_imgCUTTACK, India (AP):Crowd trouble stretched the game, but South Africa finally prevailed by six wickets to take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-game Twenty20 series against India yesterday.Pace bowler Albie Morkel grabbed 3-12 to lead a disciplined bowling display as South Africa dismissed India for only 92 off 17.2 overs.”Look, it’s an easy job to be a captain when your bowlers perform like that,” South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said. “I reckon it’s the best bowling performance we have had as a T20 team. It is Albie’s 50th game, and we are really proud of him for playing that many games. He was really clever with his lines.”India’s second-lowest score in T20s, after their 74 all out against Australia at Melbourne in 2008, led to the disappointed crowd throwing plastic bottles on to the ground.interruptionsIt led to two interruptions of 20 and 25 minutes during South Africa’s chase after the 11th and 13th overs of their innings.South Africa, which won the first game at Dharamsala by seven wickets, eventually coasted to 96-4 in 17.1 overs with Jean-Paul Duminy 30 not out.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, expected to be India’s trump card across formats during South Africa’s 72-day tour, shone with 3-24. However, India’s total was too little to give the visiting side a tough time.Ashwin had the satisfaction of dismissing big names Hashim Amla, A.B. de Villiers and du Plessis, but last-match hero Duminy followed up his 34-ball 68 not out at Dharamsala with another important innings.”I don’t think we played good cricket,” India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said. “There were not enough runs on the board. One thing is for sure, our spinners are bowling well and that has been our strength.”Earlier, the Indian innings stuttered in the face of some spot-on bowling and a couple of run-outs up the order.The final match of the series will be played in Kolkata on Thursday. It will be followed by five one-day internationals and four Tests.- APlast_img read more

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 “We’re actually kind of just weighing our options on that,” Drew said. “I really hope that we can get something resolved, but moving forward, I know there is a possibility that it may not be resolved. I would never quit. I won’t do that. As I said, I remain professional and will continue to do my job.“I was told that there could be a possibility of them just brining in somebody else to finish out the year and then I can move back into my original position as an associate head coach.”Drew filled in last season when Lue stepped away to deal with health issues. The Cavs went 8-1 under Drew, a former NBA player who also coached in Atlanta and Milwaukee.Kevin Love, who could miss several weeks with a toe injury, gave Drew a strong endorsement.“You saw it last year, we had a great thing going,” Love said. “I think he’s able to get that contract locked down and step right in, he’s going to do a great job for us, and L.D. is a guy that I believe in. He was, especially when Ty wasn’t there, he was the voice for us. He was the eyes and ears, so I love what L.D. does. I love the energy he brings, how specific he is in what he does, and he’s been around this league, what, 37, 38 years, so I’m excited for that.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Federer turned down an invitation to play Saudi tennis event FILE – In this April 1, 2018 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers interim coach Larry Drew gestures to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a coach for Tuesday night, Oct. 30. Top assistant Drew, who was expected to take over after Cleveland fired Tyronn Lue, said Monday, Oct. 29 that he is not the team’s interim coach but is merely “the voice right now.” Drew said his agent Andy Miller has been in talks with the Cavs about restructuring his contact and is not making any long-term commitment to the team until they reach an agreement. Lue was fired on Sunday, Oct. 28 by general manager Koby (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers want Larry Drew to be their “voice.” They aren’t listening to him.Drew said Tuesday night he’s “very disappointed” the Cavs have not yet restructured his contract. The team’s top assistant, Drew has been asked to fill in as head coach on an interim basis after Tyronn Lue was fired on Sunday amid a 0-6 start.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Drew asked for guarantees if he’s going to take over the rebuilding team. So far, the Cavaliers haven’t given him any.“There are no updates, which I’m very disappointed about,” he said. “But as I told them, I’m going to be professional and I’m going to do my job. It’s been close to 72 hours. My focus right now is to get this team ready for tonight’s game and I think our guys are ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOn Monday, general manager Koby Altman said he fired Lue because the team needed a new “voice.” He referred to Drew as the club’s interim coach. But Drew made it clear he doesn’t want that title without some assurances going forward.Drew’s agent has been negotiating with the Cavs since Sunday. Drew said they’ve been told the team could hire a full-time replacement, and if that’s what happens, the 60-year-old will remain as an assistant. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCarpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Team Lakay’s been doing their own thing, and to be part of the five belts—own half in the world—I’m very proud of that fact.”ONE world bantamweight champion Kevin Belingon, ONE world flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio, and ONE world strawweight champion Joshua Pacio are the other three titlists from Team Lakay and all three were in attendance during the card to show their support to Folayang (21-6), who just turned 35 on Thursday.“When Eduard was fighting I saw that even in the first and second rounds that it was a good fight, and Amir’s an amazing athlete, then the third round came and Eduard picked it up,” said Vera. “By the fourth and fifth rounds we knew it was Eduard.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang reclaimed his ONE world lightweight belt when he beat Singapore’s Amir Khan of Evolve MMA via unanimous decision Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in ONE’s Conquest of Champions card making him the fourth member of Team Lakay to get a gold in 2018.And one of the people who was in awe of Folayang’s return to championship glory was ONE world heavyweight champion Brandon Vera, who defended his title against Italy’s Mauro Cerrili in a fight that lasted just 64 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissVera is the fifth Filipino World champion in the ONE roster and he gave absolute respect to what Team Lakay has done not only in the mixed martial arts organization but also for Philippine fighting in general.“There are five world championship belts here in the Philippines and that’s a huge deal,” said Vera (16-7). “Team Lakay has four and the last one is mine.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/“Famed” doesn’t give Team Lakay enough justice to what it just did the competition in ONE Championship.Of the 11 champions in ONE, five are Filipinos and four of those are from the gym in Benguet.ADVERTISEMENT Keys to victory: Ateneo-FEU Final Four match-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) says oil blocks now out for international competitive bidding are not being sold neither auctioned contrary to media reports.“To suggest that the blocks are being sold, presupposes that Liberia looses ownership. That is not the case,” NOCAL said in a statement, adding “the Liberian State owns the oil under the seabed.”NOCAL is instead holding a bid round for old acreage which includes LB-6, LB-7, LB-16, and LB-17, which were made available under earlier bid rounds held years ago under the 2002 Petroleum Act.Production Sharing Contracts (PCSs) for LB-6 and LB-7 were awarded and negotiated but never fully executed. “In other words, no legally binding PSCs as in accordance with the Laws of Liberia for these two blocks were given,” the company noted in the statement.Regarding LB-16 and LB 17, NOCAL recalled, PCSs were held by International Oil Companies (IOCs), which decided to relinquish the blocks. The statement pointed out that it is standard petroleum industry practice for relinquished blocks to be made available for oil companies.NOCAL said further that it is not opening a bid round for new acreage for a bid round (LB-1 through LB-5, LB-18 through LB-30. These blocks, the company said will remain untouched until the new Petroleum Law is passed and a determination made regarding how to proceed in line with the new law. The National Legislature put a hold on all NEW BLOCKS from being offered for licensing until the new petroleum law is passed.  ‘New’ blocks refer to blocks that have never had a Production Sharing Contract attached to it, whether awarded or signed into law. “It is a good for the country that these blocks are being put out for lease,” NOCAL President and CEO, Dr. Randolph McClain said in a statement, adding, “doing so will generate more interest and help generate the revenue government so urgently needs for economic, human, social and other development programs.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_imgCharity Market sunken wharf…vendors to be relocatedThe administration of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is currently in the process of locating a suitable area to have the Charity Market Wharf vendors relocated to commence construction of a new wharf according to Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson. “We are in the process of finding an alternative spot for the vendors … we are in the process of having a consultant doing the technical aspects like the drawings and so that we will be able to construct the new wharf,” Hopkinson explained during a phone interview with Guyana Times.He added that the works were being executed by the administration assisted by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.“We are working with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, but the region would be taking the initiative because it is our responsibility. I cannot put a date (for the removal of the vendors) because they have to pick up everything and move, but I can say that we are moving speedily,” he noted.The Charity Market, according to engineers, have sunk more than six inches and poses a serious risk to life and limb, but the vendors utilising the area are refusing to relocate until the Public Infrastructure Ministry mobilises a team to execute urgent repairs.In an earlier interview, Vice Chairman of the Region, Nandranie Coonjah, said that the Wharf has been engaging the attention of the Region’s Works Committee since August 2017 and that was the reason for the initial study on the wharf. She explained that they engaged the regional engineer who ventured below the wharf and discovered the rapid deterioration.While under there, the engineer observed large cracks in the flooring with several rotting boards. Further, most of the piles were determined to be unable to support the structure. The solid concrete wharf is thus sitting precariously on a few remaining piles, and the prognosis is that it would likely collapse.The vendors reported that they were aware of the danger posed by the sinking wharf, but they needed a solid plan before they could relocate their businesses. They are also waiting on the Ministry to officially commence work and remove them.The Wharf is 32 years old, and requires urgent attention since over 30 persons utilise it for vending and countless others for travel and other purposes. It is also a parking area for many persons using their boats to traverse the Pomeroon River.last_img read more

first_img‒ lack of land “lazy excuse for discontinuing housing development”Government’s rush to move in the direction of constructing apartments, condominiums and duplexes could yield much disaster since, apart from it being a backward move, there were obviously no studies carried out to determine the needs of the people.Former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, said too that talk of there not being enough land for further housing development is nothing more than a lazy excuse for not continuing what could have been a booming sector.On Tuesday, Minister with responsibility for Housing, Valerie Sharpe-Patterson, said there was an issue with the availability of land in the country and that Government would be moving to begin the construction of apartment complexes by the first quarter of 2017.The new housing project will see some 3300 apartments and 1000 duplexes being constructed in five regions across Guyana.Ali, who had previously criticised the project after it was first announced, said it is obvious that a needs assessment was not done before implementing the plan.“I don’t think that a proper study has been done in relation to the project, and the idea that we don’t have enough land is because the thinking of Government is concentrated in one area. If you put infrastructure and investment, you are going to open up new opportunities to develop new land. That is a lazy excuse for not continuing to expand the housing sector,” he told this publication on Wednesday.He said if such decisions are going to be made, then some study or analysis of the markets must be carried out.“First of all you need to ensure that people are inclined to go in this direction,” he argued. According to Ali, this new project will most definitely move away from what has been in existence for some time, including the Young Professional Scheme, which had allowed persons to even move to the construction of their own homes.On the question of the subsistence of these apartments/duplex, Ali questioned whether all the resources would be put into these apartments. “How are we going to deal with the housing demands in Region Six and 10? Are we saying that we are going to move all these people to a central location?”He said that consideration should have also been given to the “mix”. He explained that taking up equity value for affordable homes, the former Government did a mix between middle-income and private development, which he said drove up the value of land around that area. Private development invested huge sums of resources in the development of housing and that ultimately drove up the value of other areas.“If you do a survey among potential home owners, you will see that the majority of them will not want to go in this direction. How will these apartments be financed, secured with equity value the mortgage act sales? Was this discussed with the banks or is this suitable, how it will be managed? These are all important questions that need to be answered. I think this is a step backwards and in the wrong direction,” he said.Land availabilityOn the issue of the availability of land, Ali said Guyana has enough land across the country. He said one of the problems was that persons did not want to relocate from places they grew up, particularly on the East Coast of Demerara.He said the previous Housing Ministry had identified new phases of lands, which included Cummings Lodge, the entire Ogle area with close to 500 acres of available land space. He said they had also moved to expand the road between Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara, and Ogle on the East Coast; an agreement that was already approved by the Indian Government. He said the road link between Diamond and Ogle had opened up thousands of acres of new land for the construction of houses and that infrastructure would have catered for easy connection between the East Bank, East Coast and even leading into Georgetown.Ali explained that along that new highway, the housing sector had also identified four additional locations for exit off to the city, which would have been shorter. That road, he said, was designed to create new value for the land in that scheme. That new road would have created new front lots, opening thousands of acres of new lands. There were also areas set aside for industrial and commercial development.“These industrial and commercial areas set aside, would have created jobs and opportunities for the people living around there.” He said it’s not just building the homes; it is ensuring that an entire infrastructural and investment mechanism is put in place to take care of the livelihood of people.“Especially if you’re going into affordable homes, you don’t want people going too far away for work and other things.” He said that is why Government had moved the second phase of the affordable homes on Eccles, East Bank Demerara.last_img read more

first_imgThe full CBC article can be read by clicking here, and the interactive map can be found here. The rate went from one for every 1,000 kilometres of federally-regulated pipeline to two in that time period.The documents, which were released through an Access to Information request, include details on 1,047 pipeline safety incidents from January 1, 2000 until late 2012. They run down everything from unintentional fires, serious injuries, to spills over 1,500 liters and every gas leak. Data from smaller pipelines monitored by provinces instead of the NEB are not included. The energy regulator explains the rise in incidents is from an increased awareness about what needs to be reported. – Advertisement -“We’ve been out there talking with industry associations and the companies themselves to ensure that they are fully aware of what the reporting requirements are and I think that’s why we’re seeing an increase right now,” NEB’s Business Leader for Operations Patrick Smythe told the CBC. Also seen in the data is an increase in reported product spills and leaks, from more than four per 10,000 kilometres in 2000 to 13 in 2011. The CBC reports that the most incidents have occurred in British Columbia, with 279 recorded events from 2000 to 2012, while there were 244 in Alberta. According to an interactive map of the incidents, the most in this province were in the Peace Region, including Taylor and Chetwynd, as well as Fort Nelson.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge reports there is a mudslide on Highway 29 approximately 12 km north/east of Hudson’s Hope.According to the tweet, traffic control is on site and the highway is open.  The slide has been caused by heavy rains in the area with some regions receiving up to 100 mm before the storm ends Thursday.A rainfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and Hudson’s Hope.  That community could be one that receives 100 mm of rain.- Advertisement -If you have any other information about the exact location of the slide, please email  You can also send any pictures or video of flooding to that same address.#BCHwy29 Mudslide on hwy 12km north/east of Hudson ‘s Hope. Traffic control on site. Drive with caution. #yxj— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) June 16, 2016Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img1 Tomas Kalas Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering recalling defender Tomas Kalas from his loan spell with FC Koln and sending him to QPR.Kalas joined the Bundesliga side in the summer on a season-long loan, but he has since struggled to break into the first-team.The 21-year-old made just two Premier League appearances last season and his parent club Chelsea are reportedly desperate for him to earn more playing time.As a result, Mourinho is said to be considering the possibility of recalling Kalas from Koln in January and sending him to QPR.Kalas’ agent, Viktor Kolar, told “We have been negotiating the situation surrounding Tomas Kalas and there are a number of options from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.“One of them indeed is Queens Park Rangers. We want Tomas to play regularly and would like to have his future sorted out before the start of the transfer window, so that the matter is concluded to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.”last_img read more