2018 Southland Soccer Season Kicks Off Thursday

first_imgOpening Game: Aug. 16 vs. Utah State, 6:30 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 17 at Jackson State, 3 p.m. Conference play begins on Sept. 14 with all 12 league teams in action. Defending Southland regular season and tournament champions Lamar University is set to host the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament at LU Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Rank: 3rd – 2017 Record/Place: 9-11, (6-5 SLC), 6thAfter making an impressive run in the 2017 conference tournament in their first season of postseason eligibility, the Wildcats enter the 2018 season at the No. 3 preseason poll spot. Finishing sixth in the regular season, ACU defeated third seed McNeese 5-3 in penalties before falling to the two-seed Ladyjacks 4-2 in the same fashion in the semifinals. Abilene Christian held both opponents scoreless. The team enters with four preseason all-conference picks – tied for a league-best. ACU opens the season at Baylor and also heads to Lubbock to face Texas Tech on Aug. 26. Opening Game: Aug. 17 vs. UTSA, 7 p.m. UIW Cardinals – Preseason Rank: 12th – 2017 Record/Place: 2-13-1 (1-9-1 SLC), 12thThe Cardinals enter a new chapter in 2018 under the new leadership of Emma Wright-Cates. She takes the reigns of an experienced squad featuring 21 returners from last season and just four players lost. Wright-Cates is joined by a brand new staff as she looks to lead UIW to its first Southland tournament appearance since joining the league. The Cardinals open with two road games at North Texas and Louisiana Tech before hosting Houston and UTSA ahead of their conference opener. Opening Game: Aug. 17 vs. Houston, 7 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 17 vs. Little Rock, 7 p.m. Sam Houston State kicks off first at home against Utah State at 6:30 p.m. CT, while Abilene Christian travels to Baylor for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Nine games each are scheduled for Friday and Sunday to complete the 20-game slate for week one. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Rank: 8th – 2017 Record/Place: 6-9-3 (3-6-2 SLC), T8thThe Islanders will field a very young team in 2018 under second-year head coach Craig Shaw. The team lost five starters from the 2017 Southland tournament team but return six along with a field of 15 newcomers. The roster includes 13 freshmen. The Islanders head west for their season opener at Colorado College on Aug. 24 before returning home for matchups with Rice, Texas State, UTRGV and Prairie View. Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Rank: 7th – 2017 Record/Place: 7-9-2 (4-5-2 SLC), 7thAt the No. 7 preseason spot are the Bearkats, led by the longest serving active coach in the Southland Conference, Tom Brown. He enters his 11th season at the helm with Sam Houston State, bringing with him a strong core of returners from his 2017 conference tournament team. The team returns 13 letterwinners from last season while only losing six with the roster further bolstered by the addition of 10 newcomers. The Bearkats open at home against Utah State while their nonconference road slate features matchups with UL Lafayette, Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Houston. This year is the 22nd edition of Southland women’s soccer, a conference sport since 1997. Central Arkansas Bears – Preseason Rank: 4th – 2017 Record/Place: 11-10 (7-4 SLC), 4thThe Bears aim for their second Southland championship in three years after earning their first regular-season crown in 2016. UCA finished fourth last season and advanced to the conference tournament semifinal, falling 2-1 to eventual champion and top seed Lamar. Central Arkansas opens the season at home against in-state rival Little Rock before a four-game road swing at Memphis, ULM, Missouri State and Mississippi State. A pair of Bears earned preseason all-conference accolades in senior defender Kristen Ricks and senior forward Camille Bassett. Northwestern State Lady Demons – Preseason Rank: 10th – 2017 Record/Place: 6-12 (2-9 SLC), 11thThe Lady Demons enter the season under new leadership with co-head coaches Jess and Anna Jobe at the helm. The team will also have a new look with seven starters lost from 2017 and only four returning. In total, 14 letterwinners are lost from last season. Northwestern State brings in 13 newcomers to complement a strong returning duo of Brittany Caserma and April Trowbridge. Caserma, a senior forward, was an all-conference pick last season and earned a spot on the 2018 preseason all-conference team. After opening at home against UTSA, NSU hits the road to face Louisiana Tech, UL Lafayette and Mississippi Valley State. Lamar University Cardinals – Preseason Rank: 1st – 2017 Record/Place: 18-4-1 (10-1 SLC), 1stLamar enters as the preseason favorite, having won the regular-season and tournament titles in 2017. The Cardinals became the first Southland soccer program in history to go from finishing in last place to first place in consecutive seasons. LU faced No. 6 seed Texas A&M in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, falling by a score of 1-0. The team returns 12 letterwinners from last season, including six starters. The Lamar schedule features back-to-back home games to open the season and a pair of Power Five matchups against Oklahoma State and LSU.center_img Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks – Preseason Rank: 2nd – 2017 Record/Place: 13-8 (8-3 SLC), T2ndThe Ladyjacks head into 2018 at the preseason No. 2 spot. SFA finished tied for second in the 2017 regular season and was runner-up at the conference tournament. Under sixth-year head coach Wally Crittenden, the ‘Jacks will look to returning experience this season with 14 letterwinners back on the pitch from last year’s team. Stephen F. Austin holds 10 all-time regular-season titles, the last coming in 2015, and won its last tournament title in 2012. SFA’s nonconference slate features a home matchup against Mississippi State and road games at TCU and Texas. Opening Game: Aug. 16 at Baylor, 7 p.m. Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Rank: 6th – 2017 Record/Place: 7-7-3 (6-3-2 SLC), 5thThe Huskies eye a return to the Southland tournament championship after winning the title in 2016. Head coach Misty Jones enters her 13th season at the helm of HBU, holding a 30-19-7 league record in the team’s tenure in the conference. The team has a healthy contingency of experienced players, losing only three starters and returning eight – part of 15 total returning letterwinners. The Huskies tied for the league-high with four preseason all-conference picks. Returning all-conference selections from last season Baylii Bieke and Autumn Wildung are joined by goalkeeper Alanis Guevara and defender Megan Rickert. HBU opens the season at home versus Houston before a four-game road swing at Grand Canyon, Arizona, Prairie View and SMU. 2018 Southland Soccer Week One Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference soccer season gets underway Thursday with a pair of evening matchups, the first of 20 opening weekend games on the schedule. Opening Game: Aug. 17 at Prairie View, 7 p.m. McNeese Cowgirls – Preseason Rank: 5th – 2017 Record/Place: 12-6-1 (8-3 SLC), T2ndThe preseason No. 5 Cowgirls are coming off a second-place finish in 2017. McNeese lost last season’s Southland Player of the Year in forward Savannah LaRicci but return the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year Emma Roccaforte. Along with Roccaforte, senior midfielder Nola Prickett collected a preseason all-conference spot. In total, the Cowgirls return six letterwinners and lost five from last season. A strong nonconference slate awaits McNeese, highlighted by a pair of Power Five matchups. The Cowgirls open on the road at Prairie View and at TCU before a four-game homestand against Texas State, Arkansas, ULM and UL Lafayette. Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions – Preseason Rank: 9th – 2017 Record/Place: 5-10-3 (3-6-2 SLC), T8thAfter narrowly missing out on a Southland tournament berth last season, the Lady Lions head into 2018 with second-year head coach Christopher McBride. The team holds the second-most regular season titles in conference history (5) and is tied for the most league tournament titles (4) among active members. SLU aims to continue rebuilding, having last won the Southland tournament in 2015. Southeastern will also field a young team in 2018, with just four seniors and 19 underclassmen on the roster. The Lady Lions open at Jackson State before hosting Alcorn State in the opening weekend. The team then goes on the road to North Texas, Southern and UL Lafayette. Opening Game: Aug. 24 at Colorado College, 3 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 17 vs. LSU-Shreveport, 7 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 17 vs. North Dakota, 4 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 17 vs. Grambling, 7 p.m. Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Rank: 11th – 2017 Record/Place: 6-11-1 (3-7-1 SLC), 10thNicholls’ 2017 season came down to the wire, dropping a win-and-in match in double overtime on their regular season finale which eliminated the team from the Southland tournament contention. Third-year head coach Mac McBride looks to turn the page this season, beginning with an experienced roster featuring 15 upperclassmen. The Colonels will host 12 opponents this season for the first time since 2009, including eight of their first nine. Nicholls opens against North Dakota and Grambling in the opening weekend before a road matchup at Mississippi Valley State. Opening Game: Aug. 17 at North Texas, 7 p.m.last_img read more

Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle

first_img“First off, I want to get a shout out to the Seattle Storm for holding it down and winning a championship,” Durant said while pointing toward Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart sitting courtside. “On behalf of myself, the NBA, our organization, my teammates we want to thank you guys for coming out and supporting us. I know it’s been a rough 10 years. NBA is back in Seattle for tonight. Hopefully it’s back forever soon.”Every Durant basket was met with the loudest cheers and the couple of times he dunked the crowd erupted as if it was the 90s all over again.In the closing minutes, the chants of “Super-Sonics!” grew louder. A decade ago when Durant played in the last game of the Seattle franchise, those chants were “Save Our Sonics.” Now, the chants served as hope for the future of someday seeing the green and gold in the NBA again.“I think every NBA player at this point knows Seattle needs a basketball team and it’s obviously over the top of our heads, but to continue to show support for the city of Seattle I think that’s what everybody wants to do,” Durant said.Every major Seattle basketball luminary in attendance was honored from Bird and Stewart, to Gary Payton, Slick Watts and Jamal Crawford. Jack Sikma, Lenny Wilkens and Fred Brown carried out the 1979 NBA championship trophy during one timeout. And Bill Russell sat at midcourt watching over it all.The stands were a mix of the green and gold of the SuperSonics and the blue and yellow of the Warriors, with the old Sonics colors winning out. And while there were jerseys of Kemp and Gary Payton in Sonics green, and Stephen Curry in Warriors white, the No. 35 with “Durant” across the back seemed to be the overwhelming jersey of choice.“Kevin, he kind of represents the last season of the Sonics and hopefully a return, however that happens,” Kerr said during pregame while wearing a vintage SuperSonics shirt .Curry did not make the trip for personal reasons while Draymond Green sat out due to a sore knee. Durant was the star, but getting his share of adulation was Thompson, who played collegiately at Washington State and was the recipient of a few “Go Cougs,” chants from the crowd.“It didn’t feel like a preseason game,” Thompson said. “It was almost like you could feel the energy with your hands.”Durant broke out custom green shoes with gold accents to wear during the game. Even more personal were the white Nike’s he wore coming into the building with “KD” and the old Sonics logo featuring the Seattle skyline on the back. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Canelo Alvarez says he’ll fight Rocky Fielding next at super middleweight Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For three hours, Seattle said hello to the NBA once more while saying goodbye to a building in which the Sonics hung their only championship banner, the Seattle Storm won three WNBA titles and served as the epicenter for hoops in a basketball-crazed city.On this night, it was again home to the NBA with the same energy, excitement and noise that bounced off its walls in the heyday of the Sonics, when they were among the NBA’s elite franchises. The game sold out in a matter of hours and the lower bowl was crammed with fans more than an hour before tipoff.All the focus was on Durant, who along with Jeff Green are the only players remaining in the league who played for the Sonics in Seattle. When he was introduced as the last member of the starting lineup for Golden State, Durant pulled off his warmup revealing a Shawn Kemp SuperSonics jersey from the 1996 season, the last time Seattle made the NBA Finals. The crowd erupted, as if Durant needed to be any more beloved in the Emerald City.“I’m not really big into the surprises and all that stuff but I thought it would be cool to honor one of the past legends,” Durant said.Durant also took the microphone before tipoff to relay a message to the fans that turned out.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, appears during player introductions wearing the jersey of Seattle SuperSonics great Shawn Kemp as he greets teammates before an NBA basketball preseason game against the Sacramento Kings, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel.He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I thought it was very fitting I came here representing the whole city,” Durant said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “When I woke up from my pregame nap I was nervous,” Durant said. “I never felt that way coming into a game, especially a preseason game, but knowing this whole thing was set up for that moment I guess it was a crazy feeling to come out and feel that much love.”Durant was back in Seattle on Friday night along with his Golden State Warriors for a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings for the first NBA game in the city since the SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City following the 2007-08 season. It was an opportunity for the Seattle basketball community to gather once more before KeyArena becomes a construction site later this fall as part of a $700 million renovation that is expected to land the city an expansion NHL team, and has raised hopes of the NBA and the Sonics returning in the future.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 ChrissThe Warriors beat the Kings 122-96. Klay Thompson scored 30 points. Durant had 26. None of that truly mattered.“It was a very special atmosphere. Very different from anything I’ve ever experienced,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. 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Missionary Who Contracted Ebola Will Return to Work in Liberia after Surviving Killer Disease

first_imgRick Sacra, a missionary doctor for SIM (Society for International Ministries) has expressed his interest to return to Liberia to continue medical mission work, after successfully receiving treatment for the Ebola virus he contracted months ago.According to a statement by SIM USA, the 52-year-old missionary doctor from Holden, Massachusetts, will return to Liberia on January 15 and work on SIM’s ELWA hospital in Monrovia. He is reported to stay in the country for a month.However, Sacra will not be treating Ebola patients this time, but patients who are suffering from malaria and other ‘chronic health issues,’ such as diabetes and high blood pressure.”I am feeling well physically, and it seems the Lord is opening the door for me to return to regular ministry trips to Liberia,” said Sacra in an interview. “My physician colleagues are working very hard, keeping ELWA Hospital open for a wide range of patients… I hope to be able to lighten their load, providing both compassionate care to our patients, as well as contributing in some small way to rebuilding and refreshing the staff…’ he added.In August, just when the Ebola crisis was beginning to get worse, Sacra went to Monrovia to treat patients. Within six days of treating patients with the deadly virus, the missionary doctor contracted the disease and was immediately transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center to receive treatment.The treatment was successful, and will allow Sacra to continue his medical mission work in Liberia beginning next year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PSC confirms Govt’s plan to implement VAT on exports

first_img…says move ill-advised, counterproductiveJust a few days after Finance Minister Winston Jordan denied that Government was seriously considering having zero rating of exports for Value Added Tax (VAT) purposes removed, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has come out confirming that such a move was intended and has expressed its deep dissatisfaction.The PSC said it considered the decision by the Government and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) ill-advised and counterproductive to the interests of businesses and to the economy of the country.“We wish to place on the public record our dissatisfaction over the decision by the Government to disallow exporters the right to reclaim the VAT paid on inputs used to produce goods and services to be exported from Guyana. Such refund claims were allowed since 2007 when the VAT was introduced,” the entity said on Monday.While the Government, through Minister Jordan, has advised that the export of rice is an exempt item, that exempted goods and services are not considered taxable goods and services, and that the provisions of the VAT Act which provide for the zero-rating of exports do not apply, the PSC had a different opinion.“We respectfully point out that it appears the Minister is misled on the chronology of amendments he has made to the VAT Tax Act since 2017 and on the specific provisions of the Act. Nevertheless, the Minister must be held responsible for the amendments which he piloted in the National Assembly,” the PSC said.Jordan’s response was in relation to concerns raised by the President of the Guyana Rice Exporters and Millers Association, that the action by the Government was negatively affecting the competitiveness of the rice exporters. His justification was that he consulted with the Commissioner General of the GRA.The Private Sector body strongly believes that the GRA is fusing two amendments, neither of which supports the interpretation and advice offered by the GRA to the Minister.The PSC said the GRA is causing the Minister to reverse an undertaking given to the National Assembly in January 2018 that “none of these proposed amendments will negatively affect any individual or business”.The first amendment, which became effective on February 1, 2017, resulted in a significant shift of items from the zero-rated list to the exempt list, the PSC stated. But, exports remained on the list of zero-rated items. The second amendment, which became effective on January 24, 2018, resulted in a deletion of guidance from the VAT Act on how to treat with an item appearing on both lists.It was observed by the PSC that no changes were made to the zero-rated list in respect of exports, but the Minister and the GRA were advising that exports of goods and services listed in the exempt schedule were not zero-rated even if they were listed in the zero-rated schedule.“The consequence of denying VAT refunds is that the exporter must either absorb the VAT, which can make their operations lossmaking, or seek to recover these losses by increasing prices for their exports of the goods and services, making them uncompetitive,” the PSC noted.Speaking on behalf of other organisations such as the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Guyana Rice Exporters and Millers Association, the PSC said while the margin in trade for their goods and services internationally was often small, it allowed local exporters the opportunity to offer competitive prices on the domestic market. “We, therefore, consider that should the Government proceed with this policy, the country, the economy, the exporters and consumers will suffer,” the statement from the PSC added.The PSC maintained that Government should encourage the export of products to earn foreign exchange and to avert the Dutch Disease and the creation of a “one-horse economy” referring to the impending oil sector.The new measure has the potential to negatively affect the following products: raw brown, white and parboiled rice; paddy; raw brown sugar; vegetable, corn or coconut cooking oil; fresh fruits and vegetables; plywood, logs and construction lumber; raw gold or diamonds; sanitary napkins; and bleach, among others.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has described the initiative as a misguided approach aimed only towards collecting more taxes. He said it could destroy the entire local export sector reducing its competitiveness; factories would have to close and more people could lose their jobs.last_img read more

Events Happening this Saturday

first_imgHere is a list of events Happening in Fort St. John Today:08:00 AM 5th Annual Moose ATV Club Family Fun Day & Poker Ride09:00 AM-04:00 PM Farmer’s Market09:00 AM Sub Zero Running Club – Group Run09:00 AM-04:00 PM Today’s Techniques Ladies Day Out Fair09:30 AM ‘Art in the Peace’ Workshops12:30 PM SPCA Paws for a Cause Dog Jog07:00 PM Dayna ManningAll Day Event 10th Annual Rivers Day Photo ContestAll Day Event Telus Tour for the CureFor more events visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgCAMPAIGNERS today claimed there has been a massive snub to the latest tax – the septic tank charge.They claim just SIX PER CENT of homes in Donegal have registered with the county council.“Even the County Manager cannot put a positive spin on the figures he released this week for septic tank registration.” said Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, spokesperson for Can’t Pay Won’t Pay. “Only 2,486 septic tanks were registered by 17th September, less than 6% of the total,” he continued.“These figures are proof that the boycott of the registration process is working. Septic tank owners know only too well that if they register they are setting themselves up for potentially ruinous bills in the future. It is a disgrace that we are still awaiting government guidelines on what constitutes a compliant septic tank after all this time. The government are clearly afraid that if they reveal the required standards, then many, many people will realise that they face massive bills to get their septic tanks to meet them.”“We are challenging Mr. Neely to reveal how he arrived at his calculation that 51% of households have paid Household Tax.“Last month councillor John Campbell proved that Donegal County Council was deliberately understating the numbers of non-paying households. No one from the Council has challenged his figures, based on CSO figures and census data., which showed that more than 45,000 households in the county, more than 60%, have not paid Household Tax. “Ordinary homeowners throughout the county have shown enormous resilience and determination in the face of bullying and intimidation by the authorities over many months, by resolutely refusing to pay. As a third threatening letter is sent out to second home owners, Donegal County Council cuts services and councils threaten to delay Higher Education grants to young people, many are feeling bombarded.“We are calling on all those who have not paid to remain firm. Despite all the bluster and threats, the authorities are losing this battle and are resorting to scare-mongering. Anyone worried by a letter from the County Council threatending them with legal action should contact our camapgin for help.“The Household Tax has proven to be unworkable and uncollectable. The Septic Tank registration process is heading the same way. If we contine to stand together we can see an end to both.”Can’t Pay Won’t Pay are urging supporters to take part in a protest picket this Friday 21st at 10am outside Dinny McGinley’s office in Gweedore. AFTER HOUSEHOLD TAX FIASCO, JUST 6% OF DONEGAL HOMES REGISTER SEPTIC TANKS was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:AFTER HOUSEHOLD TAX FIASCOJUST 6% OF DONEGAL HOMES REGISTER SEPTIC TANKSlast_img read more


first_imgDublin singer Declan O’Rourke is set to enthral music fans with his distinctive, soulful, songs in his show at An Grianán Theatre this Friday.A decade on from the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Since Kyrabam, the platinum-selling singer/songwriter comes to Letterkenny on the eve of its official 10th Anniversary shindig in Dublin’s Vicar St.The album’s launch took place over three sold-out nights in Whelan’s and was broadcast live on national radio. Great songs, a unique voice and a personable stage presence have made O’Rourke one of Ireland’s most sought after live performers.He will be performing with his full band on Friday night as he warms up for his big night in Dublin the next day.When he was ten years old his family upped sticks to Australia for a few years before returning to Dublin where O’Rourke spent the majority of his adolescence.Originally from Ballyfermot, O’Rourke traces his musical career back to the little Australian town of Kyabram. Declan O’Rourke & Full Band with Karen Kelly & Simon McCafferty, An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Friday October 10th, 8pm. DECLAN O’ROURKE BRINGS SOULFUL SHOW TO AN GRIANAN THIS FRIDAY was last modified: October 7th, 2014 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:An grianandeclan o’rourkeletterkennylast_img read more

Loreto Milford students dress to impress at festive prom – Picture Special

first_imgStudents from Loreto Milford celebrated their prom on Friday last – with plenty of glitz and glam on display.The night of fun made for a great occasion in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny.Clive Wasson was in attendance to capture some of the best moments: Hannah Hunter, Kate Kemp and Zoe Brady at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Shields, Peter Carr, Cian Harkin and Ronan Sweeney at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonAisling Irwin, Emma Gallagher, Molly Kennedy and Molly Wheeler at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDainelle Kerr and Daithi McFadden at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonConor Smith, Tyler Durning, Oran Dunwurth and Mark Gallagher at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonConor McFadden and Lara Barrett at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKevin Gormley and Molly Gallagher at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCaolin Multagh and Peter Carr at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonProm King, Leo Blaney at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCaoimhne Herron, Jodie McGrory and Nicole Coyle at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonHannah Firel and Cain McFadden at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKeenan Barrett, Ella Khavia and Thomas Kees at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDainelle Keer, Hannah Firel, Rosha Robinson, Riannan Mottran, Laura McGeehan and Megan McGettigan at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonAt Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last front from left Mark Smith, Diane Jones and Luke McKeane. Back from left are Emma McNutt, Jennifer Burns, Aine McCaughan, Oisin Haley and Conor McLaughlin. Photo Clive WassonChloe Keer, Finn Curran and Caoimhe Roache at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDaragh Sweeney, Harrison Ferris, Mark Gallagher, Ronan Sweeney and Ciaran McDevitt at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLoreto Milford students dress to impress at festive prom – Picture Special was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Arcata downs Fortuna, now 11-0

first_imgThe Arcata High baseball team is off to its best start in more than a quarter-century after downing Fortuna 9-1 in a game which was called after six innings due to a lack of light, Tuesday evening at Fortuna High“This is our best start in my 25 years of coaching,” Arcata head coach Troy Ghisetti said. “I’ve never been 11-0. But our kids just have to stay focused. Wins and losses come and go.”Merick Sears started at pitcher for Arcata and went five-and-two-thirds innings with 10 strikeouts, …last_img read more

Indonesian Hobbit No Numbskull

first_imgWhoever Homo florensiensis was (see 10/27/2004 entry), it was no dumb half-ape.  This miniature human packed a lot of brains into a small skull, says Michael Balter in Science1 (see also EurekAlert, National Geographic and BBC News).  A cast of the brain made from the skull shows complexity: convolutions in the frontal lobe suggest an intelligent mind, a revelation corroborated by the presence of stone tools and evidence of fire nearby.  Balter quotes an evolutionary anatomist on the implications: the new study “upsets one of our main concepts of human evolution, that brain size has to increase for humans to become clever.”  Another calls the finding “a real stunner.”    All the same, News&Nature is claiming this silences the critics, like Teuku Jacob (who took possession of the fossils till recently returning them) who claimed the creature was only a modern human suffering from the disease of microcephaly (small brain).  Yet with so few microcephalic skulls available for study, others are not sure Jacob’s claim has been discredited.  Because the fossil doesn’t resemble that of a pygmy or a microcephalic individual, many are ready to call it a new species of hominid.  But then, because its skull showed evidence of “advanced development of the front lobes of the brain, where reasoning occurs,” (News@Nature), it is hard to consider it primitive.  Paleoanthropologists are divided between explaining H. florensiensis as a degenerate form of modern human, or a case of “a small-brained, small-bodied, pre-erectus hominid managed to get to Flores in the distant past, and then, in a case of parallel evolution with modern humans, evolved a relatively advanced brain on its own.”    Balter quotes Fred Spoor (University College, London) giving the bottom line: “The real take-home message here is that advanced behaviors, like making sophisticated stone tools, do not necessarily require a large, modern, humanlike brain.  It can be done by reorganizing a small brain, with convolutions and rewiring, and this goes to the heart of our understanding of human evolution.”1Michael Balter, “Small but Smart?  Flores Hominid Shows Signs of Advanced Brain,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5714, 1386-1389, 4 March 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5714.1386a].Any evolutionists thinking they have an “Aha!” case of a missing-link fossil to discredit creationists have a slippery object to try to hang onto.  If brain size does not correlate with intelligence, then a century and a half of human-evolution storytelling goes down the drain.  Fine measurements of skull capacity were a staple of human phylogenetic studies; some, like Paul Broca (now considered a racist), made a career out of it.  It should have been obvious that even modern human “small people” like Tom Thumb could be smarter than local fatheads.  And didn’t we learn that birds, with much smaller brains, outwit chimpanzees? (see 02/01/2005 entry).    If hobbitkind were degenerate modern humankind, there is no evolution story to tell.  But if they evolved smart brains independently, in parallel with other upwardly-mobile hominids, then human evolution has been falsified twice (see 12/30/2004 entry).  Take your pick, Darwin Party.  If indeed “this goes to the heart of our understanding of human evolution,” it whacks it with a sharp stone tool.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more