Match 2: No. 4 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 5 TulaneMatch two was evenly contested as Tulane took the traditional match victory by a 954-858 margin over the Ladyjacks. Tiera Gulum notched a 204 to help the Green Wave to the opening-round victory. Stephen F. Austin stormed back with a win in the baker series matchup, taking down Tulane with a 928-801 margin. Advancers BracketMatch 11: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Sam Houston State Arkansas State fought back and eventually topped SHSU 1,072-1,026 in the baker total pinfall matchup to force a best of seven series. Match 5: No. 5 Tulane vs. No. 8 ValparaisoTulane found their stride in match five where they topped Valparaiso with back-to-back wins. The Green Wave earned a score of 1,007 in the traditional matchup where Madison McCall led the squad with a 217. Gulum (212) and Crystal Sing (205) also found a groove joining McCall in the 200+ scoring category. With the series knotted at 1-1, the teams entered a Best-of-Seven Baker Series matchup where Stephen F. Austin claimed the opening round. Tulane fought back by winning two of the next three games, but the Ladyjacks proved too powerful and ultimately closed out the matchup with a pair of wins to advance in the bracket. Match 1: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 8 ValparaisoThe Commodores opened up tournament play with momentum, topping No. 8 Valparaiso 2-0 on the shoulders of 2019 Southland Bowler of the Year Maria Bulanova’s 230 traditional score. Vanderbilt’s Samantha Gainor also registered a 200 to close out the traditional format face off. The Baker total pinfall match pushed the Commodores to their opening round victory as Vanderbilt capped the meeting with a 963-908 advantage over Valparaiso. Louisiana Tech grabbed a 925-891 advantage over Youngstown State to round out the contest and advance to match 10 where they will take on No. 3 Arkansas State. Vandy tallied a 1,066 in the opening series and a 1,049 in the baker total pinfall series to advance as the first team to the semi-final round. Elimination Bracket – First Round Match 4: No. 2 Sam Houston State vs. No. 7 Louisiana TechSam Houston State completed a sweep of their own in their opening round matchup against Louisiana Tech. The Bearkats were led in the traditional score matchup by Kat Dickerson who knocked down a 229 to lead all scorers. SHSU continued to hit the gas, concluding the match in the baker pinfall series with a 975-853 advantage over the Lady Techsters. DALLAS, Texas – After a lengthy opening day of play at the Southland Bowling League Championship, No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 2 Sam Houston State advance to the semifinal rounds with pair of unblemished records. At the conclusion of play Friday, No. 6 Youngstown State and No. 8 Valparaiso have been eliminated. Youngstown State fell in the opening round at the hands of No. 3 Arkansas State and again to No. 7 Louisiana Tech. Valparaiso fell in round one to top-seeded Vandy before falling to No. 5 Tulane to close out their stay.Day two begins Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT with round three (matches 9-10), to be followed by round four (matches 11-12). Match 11 will serve as the semi-final contest of the advancing team’s bracket, with the winner earning a berth into Sunday’s championship match.Day Two Matchups:Elimination BracketMatch 9: No. 4 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 5 TulaneMatch 10: No. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 7 Louisiana TechMatch 12: Match 9 winner vs. Match 10 winner Match 3: No. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 6 Youngstown StateArkansas State claimed a sweep over Youngstown State in match three of the opening round. The Red Wolves tallied a pair of bowlers, Denishya Waller (216) and Montana Meyer (202), scoring over 200 in the traditional round matchup. Arkansas State followed suit with a 1,045-949 win in the baker total pinfall series. First Round Match 6: No. 6 Youngstown State vs. No. 7 Louisiana TechThe Lady Techsters ousted the Penguins with a pair of wins in the traditional and baker total pinfall contests. Louisiana Tech tabbed three bowlers in the 200 scoring category, with Kaitlyn Eder finding her stride and leading the team with a 215 in the traditional match. Sam Houston State jumped out to a 3-1 advantage in best-of-seven matchup with the opportunity to seal a victory in round five. The Red Wolves did not go down without a fight as they stole the fifth round, while forcing a sixth. The Bearkats finally concluded play with a round-six win that vaulted them into the semifinals where they will take on No. 1 Vanderbilt. Tulane rounded out the matchup with an 899-838 win over Valparaiso in the baker total pinfall match. The win keeps the Green Wave alive and puts them in a rematch against No. 4 Stephen F. Austin in Saturday’s round three contest. Match 8: No. 2 Sam Houston State vs. No. 3 Arkansas StateThe final matchup of the day proved to be the most tightly contested showdown of the tournament so far. Sam Houston State’s Madysen Keller notched a 203 that pushed the Bearkats to a 1-0 advantage early on. Match 7: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Stephen F. AustinVanderbilt continued their success cruising to a 2-0 victory over No. 4 Stephen F. Austin in the seventh matchup of the day. Bulanova pulled no punches, registering a 243 to lead her Commodores squad in the traditional matchup where four Vanderbilt women scored a 200 or higher. Advancers Bracket – Second Round
The NRL today announced changes to the salary cap.Chief Operating Officer Jim Doyle said the changes follow a comprehensive review of the salary cap rules involving consultation with clubs, players, player managers, corporate partners, fans, media and other stakeholders.Mr Doyle said the changes, to take effect from 2015, will include:• Making it easier for clubs to put long serving players into careers with those clubs as they approach the end of their playing days;• Increasing the veteran player allowance by up to 50 per cent. This move recognises that clubs and players should be rewarded for long service. The allowance will now apply to players serving six years with a club (previously 8 years.) The allowance will be on a sliding scale with a maximum $250,000 per club in 2015 and $300,000 in 2016;• Promoting player welfare with a new allowance for clubs who need to field a player outside their roster to replace a player who has suffered a concussion;• Allowing clubs to exclude termination payments from the salary cap where the club has approval from the NRL to terminate a player for behavioural issues which have brought the game into disrepute;• Regulating transfer fees – either by including them in the cap or through other mechanisms. However the June 30 transfer window will remain in place;• Giving the NRL CEO discretion to compete with other codes to recruit or retain players in exceptional circumstances;• Simplifying the salary cap structure by rolling in the existing marquee player allowance and the sponsor servicing allowance into the base cap;• Developing a rookie player system for the next CBA to improve the welfare of young players and provide a talent pathway;• Introducing a new reporting regime to monitor football department spending.The changes are subject to formal negotiation and agreement with the RLPA.Mr Doyle said the 2015 changes were in addition to the reforms introduced this year which included an increase in the second tier salary cap and new measures to improve the governance of the salary cap.“The salary cap has played a key role in making our game so competitive and strong,” Mr Doyle said.“In fact, since the cap was introduced, all 16 clubs have finished in the top four – and nine different clubs have won the premiership.“But we recognise we need to keep updating the salary cap to make it more efficient and these changes are aimed at keeping our competition even while ensuring clubs remain financially viable.” read more
By Jarryl BryanAfter much advice and urging from oil and gas experts, Government has confirmed its intention to set up a national oil company of its own in the near future to act in accordance with the burgeoning sector.This was confirmed by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Friday in the National Assembly. The Minister was at the time making an appearance before the Natural Resources Committee.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman (centre) is flanked by his junior Minister Simona Broomes and a staffer of the Ministry, during the meeting with the Natural Resources CommitteeAccording to Trotman, the company will be one Guyanese may be able to buy shares in, through the issuance of shares. This will enable them to benefit directly from the oil and gas sector. Trotman also indicated that those with the means may even be able to bid and have part of a concession.“The idea is that the company will be able to issue shares as Banks DIH, etc so ordinary Guyanese can access and those who have the means to go beyond would be able to bid and have a part of a concession,” Trotman explained.Countries getting into the business of oil and gas are nothing new, experts recommended. In neighbouring Brazil, Petrobras is a well-known example of a State-owned oil company.Venezuela also has its own State-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). There is also the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (PETROTRIN). These companies usually have billions of dollars in assets and have been known to operate like a bank, lending monies to other states.The Finance Ministry’s recent Public Debt Annual Report had showed that since 2015, there has been a 4.1 per cent rise in Guyana’s indebtedness to International lenders. A breakdown of the figures shows that total external debt amounted to $240 billion, a 72.6 per cent bite out of the total public debt. On the other hand, domestic debt stood at $90.6 billion, or 27.4 per cent of the total.The report notes that Guyana’s four main external creditors are the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the State-owned Export-Import Bank of China (China EXIM Bank) and lastly, the Venezuela State-owned oil company (PDVSA).Following his bout with the Committee, Trotman was asked what structure this prospective oil company would take. He noted that in addition to the different models, Government has been the recipient of differing advice.“We’ve received advice saying yes, some no, but I believe we are going to get an oil company. There are different models. I’m not in a position to determine now how exactly it will be (structured),” Trotman said.According to reports, Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is lending support to the Government in this area. The entity is known for providing advice to emerging economies and has already given the Government of Guyana much advice on local content. read more
…as new marketing tarmac completedFollowing the completion of a new marketing tarmac at Annandale, East Coast Demerara (ECD), vendors from the Lusignan marketplace and surrounding areas were on Wednesday invited to participate in a lottery for market spots at the new location. However, this paved the way for a new situation.Some of the vendors at the lottery on WednesdayVendors who showed up at the Lusignan Community Centre Ground (LCCG) on Wednesday morning expressed reluctance to participate in the lottery after being informed that they would not be allocated spots in the front section of the tarmac.This new issue was disclosed by Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Ayube Mohammed during an interview on Wednesday with this publication. Only recently, the Chairman had made it public that vendors should comply with the respective authority, so as to make the relocation a much easier process.Nevertheless, the Chairman has once again explained that these vendors are making matters worse for themselves by refusing to accept a vending spot early, “They refused to push their hands in the bag, but then some of them came back and they did draw the lot…because most of the spots are gone already” he stated.Mohammed further explained that the new issue arrived since most of the merchants are in favour of the front section. However, according to him, the newly completed tarmac is sectioned to facilitate various vendors. He clarified that the specific area will house the clothing vendors.“We were doing the lottery for spots at the Mon Repos tarmac, but there were some controversy this morning because everybody fighting for the front part. We have sectioned the tarmac but some of them wants to sell where the clothing vendor would be” Mohammed related.Workers complete marking off spots at the new tarmacIn addition to this revelation, some vendors who ply their trade at the Lusignan market are contending that they were not informed of the lottery that was held. Shaheed Ahmad, one of the merchants, told Guyana times that he along with others were never informed of this activity.“Up to last we sell at Lusignan…and we were not informed by no one that today was the lottery. I am very much disappointed for not being informed about this situation” Ahmad said.Further expressing concerns over the new location, the worried vendor reiterated how unsafe the location is while adding that there is limited space for any business to be done as well as their vulnerability to significant losses.“When you speak about that tarmac, it is in chaos. I agree that many people would want to sell in the front because that is the only safe part, it is very much dangerous. People will be robbed, they will not have places to park their vehicles and people would not take the chance to come in there and purchase from you wholesale…there are people around the tarmac area that advise the vendors to very much be careful in that area”, a concerned Ahmad stated. read more
*Liberal Candidate Lindsay Gidney will attend tonight’s forum*Tonight is federal election forum night in Fort St. John, as the candidates running in the Prince George/Peace River Constitutency, have been invited to participate in an all candidates forum at the Lido Theatre. As of last report all had confirmed their attendance, with Liberal Candidate Lindsay Gidney confirming his attendance just hours before the event. Sponsored by the Local Chamber of Commerce, the two-hour forum is set to begin at seven o’clock and, will be broadcast live on Moose FM. It will also be available after the broadcast, as a podcast on Energeticcity.ca. Meantime there’s still time to submit advance questions, for the candidates by email: to firstname.lastname@example.org.- Advertisement –
Stephen Ferris won the Blizzard Bike Club’s Thursday night Cyclo-cross race at the North Peace High School. Ferris completed the five lap race in 30:29. Placing second was Gord Harris in 37:22. Roger St. Jean was third, in 37:49. Other results: – Advertisement -Barb Polehoykie 39:01 Sam Keats 41:29 Rob Churchill in 43:04 Advertisement Ken Nix in 45:43. George Gamble did 4 laps in 31:18. The next road race is the ‘Race of the Fallen Leaves’ this Sunday. Start time 10:00 am at the Montney store.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – This weekend, July 12 to the 14, Grande Prairie RCMP Traffic Unit, along with Integrated Traffic Unit, and Enforcement Services, are conducting an enforcement initiative to target impaired driving.According to RCMP, Mobile Breath Test Unit will be at checkstop locations throughout Grande Prairie.Police say this unit provides RCMP with breath testing equipment tools on site to assist RCMP with impaired driving investigations.- Advertisement -If you are planning to drink alcohol or use drugs, RCMP would like to remind drivers not to drive and that they should find an alternative way of arriving home alive.If you happen to witness impaired driving you are being asked, if safe to do so, to call the RCMP or local authorities.
Gary Medel in action for Cardiff Inter Milan are still negotiating with Cardiff over a fee for Gary Medel but a deal is edging closer, according to reports in Italy.The Chilean impressed during the World Cup and is thought to be Inter’s prime target this summer.But while Cardiff want almost £7m to be paid up front for a player they signed from Sevilla last summer, Inter want to pay less and do the deal in installments.Sky Sport Italia report that Inter want to pay less than £1m in the first payment, with two further installments bringing the total deal to £6m.And it is thought the impasse should be resolved by the weekend, with Medel expected to seal his move from the Championship to the San Siro. 1
Wigan has suffered the loss of one of their shirt sponsors, just 24 hours after the controversial appointment of Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager.Lancashire kitchen appliance company Premier Range had a logo appearing on the back of the Latics’ shirt, but have claimed the recruitment of the former Cardiff manager has left them with no choice but to withdraw their sponsorship.Premier Range, whose sponsorship with the club started during the summer, said: “Unfortunately, their [Wigan] recent appointment of Malky Mackay has put us in a position that we find untenable.“Mr Mackay is currently under investigation by the FA for sending text messages that are at odds with the general ethos here at Premier Range – and, it would seem, Cardiff and QPR feel the same as us.“The texts Mr Mackay has admitted to sending are wholly unacceptable – and the thoughts expressed within them are a shocking reminder of a past we thought football had left behind.“A team that would employ a man who expresses views such these is not the kind of team Premier Range wish to deal with.”However, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan earlier defended the appointment on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast, saying: “I think they [the media] are making a mountain out of a molehill.” Malky Mackay in charge at Cardiff 1 read more
1 The future looks bright for Chelsea and Liverpool if last night is anything to go by.The Blues’ youth teams have excelled this sesaon, winning the Under-19 UEFA Youth League last month with victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.One of the stars of that team is Kasey Palmer, with the playmaker building a reputation for stunning goals – something illustrated emphatically by his screamer against Southampton for the Under-21s last night.Here is the 18-year-old’s stunner in Chelsea’s 2-0 win at St Marys:Elsewhere, Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent produced not once, but twice during the Reds’ 3-1 victory in the ‘mini’ derby over Everton at Goodison Park.Below is his opening goal:And here is his second:With both players scoring beauties, will either have done enough to catch the eyes of Jose Mourinho or Brendan Rodgers with the season nearing its finale? Kasey Palmer